Roadrunner: Meet the Real Bird Behind the Cartoon

Roadrunner: Meet the Real Bird Behind the Cartoon

Greater Roadrunner getting ready to present his mate with a lizard.One bird distracts the snake, bending down with its head towards the ground, tail held vertically, and wings outstretched to either side.The birds then kill the snake by either pecking its head repeatedly, or bashing it against a rock.

Think Climate Change Is Messy? Wait Until Geoengineering

Think Climate Change Is Messy? Wait Until Geoengineering

This is the idea behind a solar geoengineering technique known as stratospheric aerosol injection, only instead of a pigment, engineers would spray a sulfate that bounces some of the sun’s radiation back into space, an attempt at cooling the planet.

How Sea Level Rise Impacts Marsh Sparrows

How Sea Level Rise Impacts Marsh Sparrows

By gathering data about tides, elevation, and sea-level rise, her models can predict what will happen to tidal marsh habitat in the future, and how that might affect the numbers of saltmarsh and seaside sparrows.

Our seas are sizzling again

Our seas are sizzling again

Marine heatwave conditions, classified when the sea temperature is above the 90th percentile for at least 5 days, have been observed in waters offshore of all regions of New Zealand.

Meet the Cyberpunk Albatrosses Scanning for Secret Explosions

Meet the Cyberpunk Albatrosses Scanning for Secret Explosions

“And you can’t put instruments on every single one of those volcanoes and be able to maintain them all the time.” But detectors hundreds of miles away can hear this eruptive infrasound just fine, and there is no risk they will be annihilated by volcanic fury.

When Wildfire Comes to Nature Conservancy Preserves

When Wildfire Comes to Nature Conservancy Preserves

© Blane Heumann/TNC Prescribed burning and other methods of fuel reduction are part of the management plans for many preserves, and these can in some cases help lessen the severity of ecological impacts.

7 Tips to Improve Battery Life on Windows 11

7 Tips to Improve Battery Life on Windows 11

Windows 11 comes with its own Battery Saver mode, which you can find by opening the Windows 11 Settings screen and choosing System and Power & battery .

Hints of New Life in the Shadows of Venezuela's Last Glacier

Hints of New Life in the Shadows of Venezuela's Last Glacier

Today, only one glacier remains in Venezuela: on the second highest peak, Pico Humboldt.“It’s an era that is [almost] completely finished now,” says Melfo, a particle physicist at the University of the Andes, who has recently been working on projects involving biology and ecology, including research on this last glacier.

Hotspot Watch 26 November 2021

Hotspot Watch 26 November 2021

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry conditions are now located in coastal Wairarapa as of 23 November.The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry conditions are now located in coastal Ashburton District as of 23 November.

How Early Warning Systems Help Us Deal With Extreme Weather

How Early Warning Systems Help Us Deal With Extreme Weather

Early warning systems can alert local communities on things like approaching hurricanes, cyclones, or landslides due to extreme rainfall, where getting ahead of incidents by even a few hours can make all the difference, says Tye. They can also provide knowledge of slower onset events, such as an upcoming drought several months away.

Dramatic first weeks for Wellington’s newly hatched kororā

Dramatic first weeks for Wellington’s newly hatched kororā

Dr David Thompson, a seabird ecologist at NIWA, highlights the hurdles these little birds must go through to successfully raise young: “Breeding for kororā can be a stressful time because they need to find food for both themselves and their chicks, with one adult remaining at the nest while the other hunts.

Humans Have Broken a Fundamental Law of the Ocean

Humans Have Broken a Fundamental Law of the Ocean

To find out, Sheldon and his colleagues hauled buckets of seawater up to the Hudson’s laboratory and used a plankton-counting machine to total up the size and number of creatures they found.

Fungi Could Be the Downfall of Humanity

Fungi Could Be the Downfall of Humanity

In recent years, a fungal infection called Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (chytrid) has decimated amphibian populations around the world, with some scientists estimating that chytrid is responsible for population decline in over 500 amphibian species.One of Casadevall’s studies estimated that 95 percent of fungal species simply cannot survive at average human internal temperature.

The North Carolina Town Besieged by Armadillos

The North Carolina Town Besieged by Armadillos

Bullard, an affable man in a camouflaged shirt, with a sonorous voice and prodigious beard, has rapidly gone from never seeing an armadillo in his bucolic corner of western North Carolina to killing 15 of them last year.The standard .22 rifles Bullard used on the first armadillos didn’t seem to kill them outright.

How 'Green' Are Wood Pellets as a Fuel Source?

How 'Green' Are Wood Pellets as a Fuel Source?

The wood pellet industry argues that it provides an alternative to coal and relies on a sustainable resource: forests that will regrow in the future and remove carbon from the atmosphere .But many scientists and conservation groups say the opposite: that burning wood is as dirty as coal, and the claim of carbon neutrality is an error that will boost emissions and make it impossible to keep the planet from warming further.

Norway Is Running Out of Gas-Guzzling Cars to Tax

Norway Is Running Out of Gas-Guzzling Cars to Tax

In Norway, the most progressive electric vehicle policies in the world started with a pop group, an environmentalist, and a small red Fiat Panda.The Fiat became the centerpiece of a nine-year campaign in which Hauge and members of A-ha drove the car on Norway’s toll roads without paying.

6 Essential Numbers to Understand the Glasgow Climate Pact

6 Essential Numbers to Understand the Glasgow Climate Pact

A noteworthy breakthrough at COP26 was the pledge from Scotland to give £2 million ($2.7 million) to vulnerable countries for loss and damage caused by the climate crisis.

Hotspot Watch 18 November 2021

Hotspot Watch 18 November 2021

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that no dry conditions are located in the North Island as of 15 November.The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that no dry conditions are located in the South Island as of 15 November.

This Dam Simple Trick Is a Big Green Energy Win

This Dam Simple Trick Is a Big Green Energy Win

There is even more potential out there: A 2016 US Department of Energy report found that an additional 4.8 gigawatts of electricity could be generated by retrofitting non-powered dams over the next three decades.

At the End of the World, It’s Hyperobjects All the Way Down

At the End of the World, It’s Hyperobjects All the Way Down

The word hyperobject offers a useful shorthand for why threats like global warming are so difficult to understand or accept: They threaten our survival in ways that defy traditional modes of thinking about reality and humiliate our cognitive powers, a disorienting shift that sends many people reeling into superstition, polarization, and denial.

The Science Museum Wants Their Plastic Samples. They Refused

The Science Museum Wants Their Plastic Samples. They Refused

When a curator from the Science Museum in London asked Deonie and Steve Allen whether they would like their work to be added to the museum’s permanent collection of artifacts, they jumped at the chance.

Meet the Raptors That Eat Avocados (and Other Fruit)

Meet the Raptors That Eat Avocados (and Other Fruit)

Fitzsimons found that frugivory had been observed in black kites only in the savannas of central Ivory Coast in Africa, where the birds were observed eating oil palm fruits.

Squirrel Parkour? The Science Behind Squirrel Acrobatics

Squirrel Parkour? The Science Behind Squirrel Acrobatics

Squirrels are also capable of changing course mid-jump and making split-second decisions about how far to leap depending on the strength of a branch.At least, that’s what former University of California Berkeley researcher Nathaniel Hunt and a team found after years of studying fox squirrels near campus.

Early Evidence of How Wildfire Smoke Alters Bird Migration

Early Evidence of How Wildfire Smoke Alters Bird Migration

Overton and his colleagues believe this marks the first time scientists were able to definitively document how wildfire smoke alters bird migration.Overton and his colleagues were also tracking 12 additional waterfowl species, all of which migrate later in the fall than Tule geese.

The Fashion Industry Could Reduce Emissions—if It Wanted To

The Fashion Industry Could Reduce Emissions—if It Wanted To

In 2019, some of the largest fashion brands in the world put their names on science-based climate targets, saying they would reduce their greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2030 in order to stay in line with a UN-endorsed pathway to keeping the climate from warming more than 1.5 degrees Celsius.

This Intrepid Robot Is the WALL-E of the Deep Sea

This Intrepid Robot Is the WALL-E of the Deep Sea

“The rover helps us understand how much of that carbon might actually make its way into the sediments in the deep sea,” says MBARI marine biologist Crissy Huffard, who coauthored the new paper.

A Vaccine Against Valley Fever Finally Works—for Dogs

A Vaccine Against Valley Fever Finally Works—for Dogs

An experimental vaccine that could protect millions of people living in the American Southwest from valley fever —an infection caused by a soil-dwelling fungus that is difficult to treat and can cause disability and death—has passed its first test of efficacy and is moving toward federal approval, possibly within two years.

Climate Pledges Fall Dangerously Short of the 1.5 °C Target

Climate Pledges Fall Dangerously Short of the 1.5 °C Target

An analysis released last week by the International Energy Agency (IEA) estimated that the climate pledges made so far at COP26 could help limit global warming to 1.8 degrees Celsius by the end of the century.

Deforestation Is Killing Workers in Tropical Countries

Deforestation Is Killing Workers in Tropical Countries

“You can think of cutting down the forest as 100 years of global warming happening instantly,” says Nicholas Wolff , a climate scientist at The Nature Conservancy and lead author on the research.

Hotspot Watch 11 November 2021

Hotspot Watch 11 November 2021

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that no dry conditions are located in the North Island as of 8 November.The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that no dry conditions are located in the South Island as of 8 November.

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