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Earth and Beyond

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Earth and Beyond

How Too Many Trees Can Be A Bad Thing

11 months ago

What's the Latest Development? A century-old government war on wildfires in the western US has resulted in the growth of several billion excess trees that are negatively impacting ecosystems in several ways, according to Jamie Workman of the Environmental Defense Fund. For example, he says that ...

Earth and Beyond

A Brief History of Outsider Science

11 months ago

If you look at the history of science you can ask have there been people who were outsiders in the past who are now accepted today.  That raises an issue about what it means to be an insider or an outsider.   Until relatively recently - and it only dates back to the really the middle of the 19th ...

Earth and Beyond

Is This the New Normal?

11 months ago

"Is this the future?" asked Bill Nye, aka, the science guy, on CNN this evening. Nye, of course, was referring to the tornado that devastated the area around Oklahoma City today, which is, of course, not an isolated extreme weather event. We have been witnessing storms of increasingly greater ...

Earth and Beyond

It's Getting Warm On Mount Everest

11 months ago

What's the Latest Development? At this week's Meeting of the Americas, held in Mexico by the American Geophysical Union (AGU), University of Milan researchers reported that Mount Everest is warmer than it used to be: The snow cloak covering the world's tallest mountain has shrunk by 13 percent ...