If Edible Insects Are the Future, We Should Talk About Poop

If Edible Insects Are the Future, We Should Talk About Poop

Best case: insects that eat something people don’t , or can’t —solving a recycling problem while freeing up land to grow food for humans instead of human prey.

Pharma Spending on Doctors Is Correlated With Opioid Deaths

Pharma Spending on Doctors Is Correlated With Opioid Deaths

In a study published today in the journal JAMA Network Open, researchers at the Boston Medical Center found a strong association between direct-to-physician marketing dollars spent by drug companies, the number of opioid prescriptions issued by doctors, and the number of deaths in each US county from prescription opioids.

A Crocodile-Like Robot Helps Solve a 300-Million-Year Mystery

A Crocodile-Like Robot Helps Solve a 300-Million-Year Mystery

But today, in an epically multidisciplinary paper in Nature , researchers detail how they married paleontology, biomechanics, computer simulations, live animal demonstrations, and even an Orobates robot to determine that the ancient critter probably walked in a far more advanced way than was previously believed possible.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 16 January 2019

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 16 January 2019

Across the South Island, soil moisture levels generally decreased slightly in most locations, although small improvements were observed in Tasman and Buller District during the past week.

Could Spider Silk Become a Natural Replacement for Plastic?

Could Spider Silk Become a Natural Replacement for Plastic?

Researchers knew from Lewis how the genes were sequenced, and knew what the silk looked like under a microscope once produced, but they didn’t know how the proteins were arranged inside those glands.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 9 January 2019

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 9 January 2019

The driest soils in the North Island compared to normal are currently found in the eastern Far North District, around New Plymouth, and coastal Horowhenua. Across the South Island, soil moisture levels generally increased in Southland and the lower West Coast and remained constant or slightly decreased elsewhere.

Recovery: New Chance to Save Land and Water

Recovery: New Chance to Save Land and Water

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) quickly became America’s main tool for protecting and restoring historic sites, like battlefields, and for providing matching grants to states for urban and suburban recreation facilities, like ballfields.

A Wildfire Was Extra Close to Home for This LA Photographer

A Wildfire Was Extra Close to Home for This LA Photographer

"I took a lot of the photographs from my driveway, essentially." The hard work of local firefighters saved the house, and Cooley continued photographing the aftermath of the fire, which eventually consumed over 7,000 acres, becoming one of the largest in Los Angeles history.

Can a leopard seal change its spots?

Can a leopard seal change its spots?

Dr Krista Hupman, a NIWA cetacean biologist who studies leopard seals, says the species is now so common in New Zealand waters, it needs reclassifying.

This Year SpaceX Made Us All Believe in Reusable Rockets

This Year SpaceX Made Us All Believe in Reusable Rockets

To that end, the company has shown that it was able reuse the same booster three times; it also opened a new landing site, which should help reduce post-launch processing times.Another long-standing goal was to debut its heavy-lift rocket, the Falcon Heavy.

Underwater magician

Underwater magician

Based at Bream Bay, Whangarei, Crispin is also an acclaimed underwater photographer and the recipient of numerous photography awards. Chasing paper nautilus was our first New Zealand Geographic project and it was a toughie! We have several projects on the go in New Zealand.

The Finnish Swimmers Who Chill Out in Subzero Temperatures

The Finnish Swimmers Who Chill Out in Subzero Temperatures

Photographer Markku Lahdesmaki came across this scene while visiting Rauhaniemi beach on Nasijarvi Lake a few Januaries ago. "I felt like I couldn't breathe." Avanto—Finnish for "hole in the ice"—is a national pastime in Finland between November and March, when temperatures drop as cold as -35 degrees Fahrenheit.

See Peru's Pastoruri Glacier Melting via Drone-Mounted LEDs

See Peru's Pastoruri Glacier Melting via Drone-Mounted LEDs

Drone Scouts, of CourseWu has shot conceptual landscape photography in some of the world's most remote locations—East Java, Patagonia, Chile's Atacama Desert, Norway's Svalbard Archipelago—but this shoot, part of a mini-documentary about Wu's photography done as part of a Coors Light ad campaign, gave him the opportunity to highlight global warming by photographing a fast-receding glacier, one of the last in South America.

A SpaceX Booster Went for a Swim and Came Back as Scrap Metal

A SpaceX Booster Went for a Swim and Came Back as Scrap Metal

A SpaceX Booster Went for a Swim and Came Back as Scrap MetalSpaceXPort Canaveral, east of Orlando, was a hub of activity this past week as SpaceX officials attempted to rescue a wayward booster that had fallen into the ocean just off Florida’s space coast.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 19 December 2018

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 19 December 2018

The driest soils across the North Island compared to normal for this time of year are found across the Far North and Kaipara Districts in Northland, western Auckland, around New Plymouth, in the Central Plateau, and along west coastal Manawatu-Whanganui.

Overcoming a Climate Change Fallacy

Overcoming a Climate Change Fallacy

According to a recent study published in Nature Climate Change by Conservancy scientists and partners from Florida International University, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and others, healthy wetlands (think wetlands covered with plants) are net sinks for greenhouse gases in the U.S. That means, on the whole, the country’s coastal wetlands remove more greenhouse gases – especially CO2 – than they release.

Amazon Came to the Bargaining Table—But Workers Want More

Amazon Came to the Bargaining Table—But Workers Want More

Unsatisfied with the pace of progress toward improving working conditions, the group rallied a few hundred people, including local teamster chapters, to the Shakopee facility parking lot Friday afternoon to demand that Amazon reduce productivity rates to safe levels, respect the cultural differences of Muslim East Africans, and invest in a community fund to aid in affordable housing for workers.At 4 pm, as the winter sun was setting on the Shakopee business park, about 30 workers walked out of the fulfillment center to the cheers of the crowd gathered on the edge of the property.

News Article: FAO urges to scale up response to climate change in agricultural sectors

Climate-smart agriculture approach in action At a COP 24 side event of the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture earlier this week, FAO  launched a new publication that showcases ten success stories from around the world revealing how the management of farms, crops, livestock and aquaculture can meet food security needs while building adaptation to climate change and contributing to mitigation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 12 December 2018

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 12 December 2018

Across the North Island, soil moisture levels generally decreased during the past week due to lower than average rainfall for this time of year.

Manufacturing Group Supports New Clean Water Rule

Manufacturing Group Supports New Clean Water Rule

“Our proposal would replace the Obama EPA’s 2015 definition with one that respects the limits of the Clean Water Act and provides states and landowners the certainty they need to manage their natural resources and grow local economies,” said EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler in a statement announcing the rule.

Reclaiming India's wastelands to fight climate change

Reclaiming India's wastelands to fight climate change

Reclaiming and bringing into production some of India’s wastelands could partially offset some of the projected crop production declines expected because of climate change.

A Global Climate Summit Is Surrounded By All Things Coal

A Global Climate Summit Is Surrounded By All Things Coal

Coal isn’t just an energy source in Katowice — it’s a way of life.COP24’s president, Michał Kurtyka, a state secretary in Poland’s Ministry of Energy, argued in his opening remarks that bringing the climate summit to Katowice was a strategic decision: to exhibit a city and region in need of transition away from its lifeblood.

'Fortnite' Season 7: A Civilian's Guide to How We Got Here

'Fortnite' Season 7: A Civilian's Guide to How We Got Here

And with Season 7 arriving tomorrow, you'd be forgiven for having lost the thread along the way (or just wanting to know what your friends and/or relatives are talking about already).The GameplayFortnite: Battle Royale is a free-to-play game set on a large, varied island, seemingly abandoned except for the players fighting on it.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 6 December 2018

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 6 December 2018

With the rainfall amounts anticipated in the next week, additional soil moisture improvements are likely parts of the central and eastern North Island with the greatest potential for soil moisture increase from the eastern Bay of Plenty through to the Hawke’s Bay regions, particularly in the higher terrain.

SpaceX’s Failed Landing Still Ended With a Clean Plop

SpaceX’s Failed Landing Still Ended With a Clean Plop

But unlike Monday’s textbook touchdown, today’s landing didn’t quite go as planned.The Falcon’s first stage, the largest and most expensive portion of the rocket, was expected to navigate itself back to land after launching the Dragon spacecraft.

Holy Water Reflections

Holy Water Reflections

We cannot see the earth as something that God gave to us to use up and throw away, but rather, we must view it as God’s earth, handed to us in sacred trust, meant to be cared for and offered back to Him. In 1991, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew was installed to the throne of the Church of Constantinople and became the global leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians.

Epiphany: Science, Faith and Clean Water

Epiphany: Science, Faith and Clean Water

Then last fall, my work with the Long Island Chapter brought me into a conversation with leaders of the Greek Orthodox Church to discuss our chapter’s campaign to improve water quality.

China Is Both the Best and Worst Hope for Clean Energy

China Is Both the Best and Worst Hope for Clean Energy

That’s going to require every nation to make changes, as well as individual cities, states and businesses.“It will require things that are more aggressive, like shutting down existing power plants and by 2030, we probably need to reduce global coal power production by 70 or 80 percent,” says Nathan Hultman, director of the Center for Global Sustainability at the University of Maryland.Hultman, who worked on climate issues in the Obama White House, says the solutions may be politically impossible for now.

Here's a Way to Fight Climate Change: Empower Women

Here's a Way to Fight Climate Change: Empower Women

She argues that if women were treated more equally professionally, they’d have fewer kids and the land they farm would be more efficient, all of which would help save the planet.“Women are the primary farmers of the world,” Wilkinson says.

River Pollution Threatens Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

River Pollution Threatens Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Northern Australia’s torrential wet-season rains carve 10-meter-deep gullies into the landscape, washing an estimated 17 million tonnes of sediment each year into the rivers and, eventually, out onto the Great Barrier Reef (GBR).

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