Forget for a moment the scientists who predict that sea levels will rise 3ft by 2100. Here’s what the world would look like if all the ice on the planet melts and the active water in the oceans goes up 260ft. Head for the hills.
The book about Rachel Sussman’s project to “photograph continuously living organisms 2,000 years old and older” is out April 22nd.
Who knew that yesterday morning’s mention of Asian smog would align so well with last night’s light dusting of mid-April snow? If it’s cold here, then it is obviously even colder in the northern states, where sure enough half of the Great Lakes are still frozen over. While this is pretty cool for figure skaters, the prolonged ice melt will have a mixed effect on the lake economy and surrounding environment including delays in shipping and rising water levels. We’ll let The Atlantic explain all of this, though.
Tweaked out poachers in Northern California are running rampant through old-growth redwood forests hacking off burls, bulbous, rare deformities in the trees that are highly valued for their odd grain and beauty.
In a recent study, researchers found that when the pollution particles from Asia’s cities get pushed into the northern Pacific, they interact with water droplets in the air, resulting “in thicker and taller clouds and heavier precipitation.” These strong storms then feed into weather systems to the east, most noticeably during the wintertime. With no end to pollution in sight, expect winter to worsen forever.
In 2008, Japanese astronauts took cherry tree seeds with them to the International Space Station. After 8 months and 4,100 times around the globe, the seeds came home and were planted in various locations around Japan. Four years later, some of the “space cherry trees” are now blossoming with just five petals—compared with around 30—a full six years ahead of schedule. Hypothesizing about the radical growth, one researcher said “there is the possibility that exposure to stronger cosmic rays accelerated the process of sprouting and overall growth.”
Directed by Jeff Orlowski
Follow National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.
The Puente Hills Thrust Fault runs from northern Orange County through downtown Los Angeles and ends up in Hollywood. A large quake on this fault “could kill from 3,000 to 18,000 people and cause up to $250 billion in damage.”
Bummer Beach by Chris A. Smith
Tech billionaire Vinod Khosla bought the land abutting a popular surfing cove. Then he boxed the surfers out. The craziest thing? He might get away with it.
According to Geoscientists, Mount Hekla in Iceland is ‘bulging.’ By monitoring the expanding surface via GPS, the scientists have determined that there is more magma under the crust than in 2000 when it last erupted and that it ‘could erupt soon’. Which means that if you have to go to Europe, get there fast and be ready to stay.
photo by Axel Kristinsson
Beautiful work by Claude Cloutier
The newly discovered Anzu wyliei was 11.5 foot long, and weighed 500 pounds. The raptor with a beak, feathers, and extremely sharp claws roamed the earth 66 million years ago.
Raise the River vs. Move the Ocean. Comedy for a cause.
Urban Jungle Street View is a google street view hack that turns any place into a tropical environment.
The terrible effects of some illegal marijuana grows on the environment. This Is Your Wilderness on Drugs.
“It was on my first exploration that I realized I had, unwittingly, bought an illegal cocaine plantation.”
Sometimes saving the rainforest means saving the people too. Wildlife presenter Charlie Hamilton James bought a slice of land high up in the Andes in an effort to close off an illegal logging route, what he found was an impoverished community willing to do anything to survive.