49-million-year-old cockroach fossils discovered in Colorado, 5 million years older than scientists have long thought these species existed
Saudi Arabia is drilling for a resource possibly more precious than oil.
Over the last 24 years, it has tapped hidden reserves of water to grow wheat and other crops in the Syrian Desert. This time series of data shows images acquired by three different Landsat satellites operated by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey
Interactive map showing herbicide resistant weeds worldwide. Go to http://www.weedscience.org/ to learn more.
Cool image about the Salmon Safe habitat conservation program, from Grist.
This Map Shows Where All The Trees Are In The US
NASA’s Earth Observatory just released a map illustrating where all the trees are in America. The map was created over six years by Josef Kellndorfer and Wayne Walker of the Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) in collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Geological Survey. The dark swaths of green represent parts of the country with the greatest concentration of biomass. You can see dense tree cover in the Pacific Northwest as well New England, which has been reforested after intensive logging in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Very powerful paintings of polar bears, from painter Sally Linder’s “Approaching a Threshold" series. Linder’s artist statement is a quote:
The polar bear may be just the canary in the coal mine… If we can save the polar bears, we will ultimately save ourselves.
Linder was featured in NRDC’s OnEarth magazine, with images and an interview.
Very cool wildlife illustrations, from the Los Angeles Times
Why climate science hasn’t proved persuasive.
A year in the making, this video pays tribute to a critical scientific and academic figure in postmodern history: the late Climatologist and Stanford Professor Stephen Schneider (1945-2010)
This video was screened before a live audience by Climate One of the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on Dec 6, 2011 as the introduction to an event honoring Stephen Schneider and presenting an award in his name to Richard Alley, Professor of Geosciences and Associate of the EMS Environment Institute.
600-foot section of road quietly slips into ocean: City engineers have hired an outside firm to analyze the soil after the ground under Paseo Del Mar in San Pedro slid away Sunday. No one was hurt.
Photo: Crews survey the aftermath of the collapse of Paseo del Mar. The 100-foot high coastal bluff has been moving toward the sea for several months. Read an earlier story here. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times
(Source: Los Angeles Times)