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October 24, 2021

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Arctic Oil Spill Readiness Virtually Nonexistent

Report: Arctic Oil Spill Readiness Virtually Nonexistent (via Desmogblog) Thu, 2014-04-24 11:16Farron Cousins Sea ice in the Arctic Circle is currently melting at a pace far greater than scientists had originally projected.  While this is bad news for the planet — sea ice helps reflect the sun’s rays and keeps the arctic…

Pluto’s Still Not a Planet… but This is Heartwarming

It doesn’t mean it’s worth any less. Neil deGrasse Tyson was on Late Night with Seth Myers on Friday promoting his show Cosmos, and he received a surprise guest – the (former) planet, Pluto. Tyson, if you recall, is famous for working to knock Pluto off the list of planets. Definitely worth a watch even for the non-science geek. While our Managing Editor, Jeanne Devon, may have a disagreement – I think this ends the argument.

Open Thread: Bill Nye Schools You on Poverty Myths

You know Bill from your childhood. Bill Nye, The Science Guy he had a excellent TV show a while back that taught kids science. Usually pretty simple stuff, non-controversial science. Well – he’s changed a bit – or maybe we have. Bill Nye, backed by the Gates Foundation is speaking out about poverty and it’s pretty stunning stuff. Check it out, from Bill Gates facebook page.

Beast It: A Film for Climate Science

By Paige Brown Tales of a little wonder of a film for climate science are popping up everywhere, from today’s feature story at Louisiana State University, to a recent Guardian blog post, to a Smithsonian story on the film’s stunning visual art. “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” a 2012 film directed by Benh Zeitlin and based on a play written by Lucy Alibar, is a film about loss, courage, climate changes and human perseverance in southern Louisiana. The fictional island in the film, the “Isle de Charles Doucet,” was inspired by real communities in Louisiana’s Terrebonne Parish such the rapidly…

These Bears – Not So Sweet

Everyone knows this bear. Probably after Winnie the Pooh and Yogi, it’s the most recognizable bear on the planet. Heck, outside of the US it’s probably THE most recognized bear on the planet. It’s also likely the only reason many school kids even know what a polar bear is (but let’s not get distracted by the terrible state of our k-12 schools in America). This is about looking at this bear in a different way. As a former die-hard Coca-Cola drinker, I’d look forward to these commercials as a kid. They meant Christmas was approaching. Suddenly, glass bottles would appear in…