Miscellaneous Green Archives

By Grist staff

Some kids dream of being a movie star or an astronaut, but not Karina Castillo. “Hurricane Andrew hit when I was 6, and it changed who I was,” she says of the historic storm that devastated a swath of South Florida near where her family lived. She decided right then to become a hurricane forecaster.

The youngest daughter of Nicaraguan immigrants, Castillo pursued her dream with the intensity of the storms that fascinated her, earning two meteorology degrees at the University of Miami, then working at NOAA and the Miami-Dade County Office of Emergency Management. But the young scientist soon made …read more
Source: Grist

Tiny bird and cat 'fight' over who's cuter

By Noel Kirkpatrick

It's a battle for cuteness domination as two tiny critters — a bird and a cat — play on the floor. …read more
Source: Mother Nature Network

Lower-carbon power is less likely to kill you.

By Nathanael Johnson

That’s the finding of this new paper. To put it more precisely, the study found that switching from fossil fuels to renewable and nuclear power would not only reduce the risk of apocalyptic climate change, it would also make people and ecosystems healthier.

Um, duh? Sure, that finding might seem obvious, but there’s good reason for concern. Solar panel manufacturers, for instance, produce toxic slag. Wind turbine require tons of carbon-intensive steel and concrete. And nuclear waste will outlast us all. But, in every case, the pollution from fossil fuels are worse, according to the study.

The researchers basically created two alternate futures, one running on fossil …read more
Source: Grist

By Eve Andrews

It sounds insane, but may make more sense in the context of these three anecdotes:

1) The Heartland Institute, a libertarian, climate-denying think tank, is mailing its book Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming and an accompanying DVD to every science teacher at American public schools. About 25,000 teachers out of a targeted 200,000 have already gotten the package.

2) On Wednesday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos disparaged efforts by her predecessor Arne Duncan to invest in poorly performing public schools. Her words, via ABC News: “At what point do we accept the fact that throwing money at the problem isn’t the solution?”

3) Here’s …read more
Source: Grist

By Bryan Nelson

We've known that air pollution from manufacturing is bad in China, but we didn't know it was this bad. …read more
Source: Mother Nature Network

There's a great story behind this cute face

By Mary Jo DiLonardo

A rare English longhorn calf was born in Indiana from a frozen embryo shipped from the U.K. …read more
Source: Mother Nature Network

By Sami Grover

Electric vehicles are better for the planet, but they've thrown new kinks into our social norms and interactions. …read more
Source: Mother Nature Network

Drink in the hue of a Texas bluebonnet bloom

By Angela Nelson

Bluebonnets are the official state flower of Texas, and their brilliant blues will decorate fields and roadsides until early May. …read more
Source: Mother Nature Network

By Derek Markham

Clayola Egypt’s low-tech watering setup can keep your houseplants or garden watered when you’re away. …read more
Source: Tree Hugger

By Kimberley Mok

A trio of satellites are gathering some surprising data to help us better understand Earth’s complex and ever-changing magnetic field. …read more
Source: Tree Hugger

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