So the news we report at Ecocentric is often of the doomy sort: overfishing, extinct species, killer heat waves, deadly disasters, that sort of thing. You can’t put all the blame on us–the world really is that unstable, and at the same time, the darkest posts do seem to get the most clicks. Show More Summary
The Indigo Bunting — Passerina cyanea — is a type of small bird in the family included in the family Cardinalidae. It lives a migratory lifestyle, with a range extending from northern Florida up to southern Canada during the breeding season, and from southern Florida to northern South America during the offseason/winter. Show More Summary
The two most active volcanoes in Alaska (in recent years) — Pavlof Volcano and Cleveland Volcano — are now both erupting. As of now, the activity is at relatively low levels, but the potential is there for larger eruptions, or a general intensification of activity. Show More Summary
Perhaps the most obvious fiscal reform for California lies in an oil severance tax, which charges producers per barrel coming out of the ground. California is the only major oil-producing state without such a tax (the miniscule fee to fund the Department of Oil, Geothermal, and Geophysical Resources doesn’t count), and because of the international […]
The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season is gearing up to be an extremely active one according to NOAA’s Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook, which was released yesterday. The outlook, issued by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, states that there is a 70% chance of there being 13 to 20 named storms this year. Show More Summary
Fishes that find their home in large-rivers — such as paddlefish, blue catfish, crystal darters, silver chub, etc — are largely headed towards extinction in the US as a result of habitat loss. But now, new research is suggesting that by utilizing a different approach to conservation that there is “hope” for them. Show More Summary
Animals raised in captive breeding programs, and then released into the wild, may transmit antibiotic resistant bacteria to the wild populations, new research on wallabies has found. Specifically, the research found that “endangeredShow More Summary
When it comes to U.S. transportation infrastructure, we'd rather build new roads than deal with the old ones -- or the bigger questions about how we get around.
The Dance of the Planets will be beginning tonight, and will put on a show until around May 30 — Venus, Jupiter, and Mercury will all appear to be “dancing” with each other in the dusk/sunset sky. The “dance of the planets” is the event...Show More Summary
Benzene levels soared in a Colorado creek after a natural gas facility spilled hundreds of barrels of natural gas liquid. So why haven't those responsible been fined?
President Obama has a surprising amount of power to reduce greenhouse gases from the two largest categories of emitters, the transportation and electricity sectors, without getting Congress to act. He has already used that power to dramatically tighten fuel economy standards for passenger autos. But his ability to reduce emissions from the electricity sector — […]
With an emergency rescue underway, Russia's 70-year tradition of placing research stations atop floating chunks of Arctic ice could be over.
Of course, you have to do the work of pedaling.
The prospects for high-altitude wind technology are looking a little more buoyant with the revelation that Makani Power has been acquired by Google[x], the semi-secret Google lab that’s dabbled in wacky stuff like driverless cars and wired eyeglasses. read more
Eugene and Mollie Griswold Christian make a lot of the same arguments for healthy living and raw food that you hear today. Only they make them in turn-of-the-century style.
Three-fourths of all tornadoes worldwide touch down right here in the U.S. of A. Why are we so lucky?
According to a new study from the Brookings Institution, big city lights may be growing brighter by the day, but the 'burbs are broke.
Earlier their month authors T. Colin Campbell and Howie Jacobson released their new book Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition. For anyone interested in the science and politics of nutrition, and why there is still so much confusion about the value of a plants focused diet, this is a must read.
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Well, probably not any time soon. But these theoretical Cousin Itt skyscrapers, covered in energy-collecting hairs, still look sweet as hell.