Tag: nature

taking stock of our native flora and newcomers, with nybg’s robert naczi

[embedded content] WHEN YOU’RE TALKING plants and not people, how do you figure out who lives where? You can’t send census takers door to door to get a head count, but doing so is a critical step in devising conservation strategies in a changing world, among other key goals. A New York Botanical Garden botanist […]

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I had a close encounter with a grizzly bear

I’ve always felt a spiritual connection with grizzly bears. They’re slow, chunky and have an overwhelming affection for peanut butter–just like I do. From time to time, I’m fortunate enough to spot one, or at least the signs of one’s passing, while we’re in Alberta. But, as they generally don’t want anything to do with […]

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Cutting back on harmful chemicals is definitely healing the ozone layer

Global warming is on the tip of everyone’s tongue these days, and with good reason, but it wasn’t long ago that the biggest environmental talking point was the depletion of Earth’s ozone layer. Scientists worked hard to prove that certain chemicals, namely CFCs (chlorofluorocarbon), were rapidly eating away at our planet’s protective shield, and eventually […]

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Pacific nation of Palau is banning sunscreens because they’re destroying coral

Recent scientific investigations have revealed that some of the chemicals used in popular sunscreens are incredibly harmful to ocean life, including coral. With the world’s coral reefs already under attack from increasing ocean temperatures and human trash, they need all the help they can get, so the island country of Palau is going to do […]

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Scientists spot bizarre ‘headless chicken monster’ lurking near the ocean floor

If you have even a casual interest in science or nature you probably already know that the animals lurking deep within Earth’s oceans tend to be pretty weird looking. Scientists continue to discover strange species hanging out at depths where humans could never venture on their own, and a recent expedition by Australian researchers is […]

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