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You Can Virtually Visit 31 National Parks This Week With Google Earth

Adventure Journal: “In honor of National Parks Week, which runs through April 28, Google Earth has launched a stunning virtual tour of 31 parks. Obviously, you’d rather be in those parks, but if you can’t, this is a pretty novel use of eye-opening technology to bring you there. The tours are part of Google Earth’s… Continue Reading

Earth Day 2019 – Protecting At-Risk Fish, Birds, and Animals

GAO Watchblog: “It’s Earth Day; and this year’s theme is about broadening protection for at-risk species and their habitats. What is the nation doing on this front? Today’s WatchBlog examines some national and international efforts….” [h/t Pete Weiss] [Note – since 1/17 – efforts focused on saving species and habitat via EPA and other agencies,… Continue Reading

How climate change will affect birds in our country’s most treasured natural places.

Audubon – “As our climate changes, the bird species we see in our national parks will change, too. On average, one-quarter of bird species found in a given national park could be completely different by 2050 if carbon emissions continue at their current pace. New research, led by the National Audubon Society and National Park… Continue Reading

Scientists propose bird conservation plan based on eBird data

Cornell Chronicle – “A blueprint for conserving enough habitat to protect the populations of almost one-third of the warblers, orioles, tanagers and other birds that migrate among the Americas throughout the year is detailed in research published April 15 in Nature Communications. An international team of scientists used eBird, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s global citizen science database,… Continue Reading

Average person in Europe loses 2 year of life due to air pollution

World Economic Forum: “The average person living in Europe loses two years of their life to the health effects of breathing polluted air, according to a report published in the European Heart Journal on March 12. The report also estimates about 800,000 people die prematurely in Europe per year due to air pollution, or roughly… Continue Reading

Tidal Basin is falling prey to foot traffic, climate change as groups seek funds to restore historic area

Washington Post – “With the sun out and Washington’s cherry blossoms at peak bloom, visitors on Wednesday thronged the Tidal Basin, eating picnic lunches and taking selfies beneath some of the Mall’s 3,800 cherry trees. A few yards from the Jefferson Memorial, a pathway that rings the basin was under nearly a foot of water… Continue Reading

Near Eastern Landscapes and Declassified U2 Aerial Imagery

Near Eastern Landscapes and Declassified U2 Aerial Imagery, Advances in Archaeological Practice, https://doi.org/10.1017/aap.2018.38. Published online: 12 March 2019: “Recently declassified photographs taken by U2 spy planes in the 1950s and 1960s provide an important new source of historical aerial imagery useful for Eurasian archaeology. Like other sources of historical imagery, U2 photos provide a window… Continue Reading

Our nights are getting brighter, and Earth is paying the price

National Geographic – Electric lights have revolutionized our lives, but as illumination increases, the toll on wildlife and human health is becoming harder to ignore …But if light bulbs have a dark side, it’s that they have stolen the night. The excess light we dump into our environments is endangering ecosystems by harming animals whose… Continue Reading

NOAA – Historic, widespread flooding to continue through May

“Nearly two-thirds of the Lower 48 states face an elevated risk for flooding through May, with the potential for major or moderate flooding in 25 states, according to NOAA’s U.S. Spring Outlook issued today. The majority of the country is favored to experience above-average precipitation this spring, increasing the flood risk. Portions of the United… Continue Reading