The Wrath of A Woman Storm

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According to new research: Hurricanes with a female name are often more deadly than their male counter-storms because people don’t take them as seriously.

When Nature Looks Like Art

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Munch’s painting “The Scream” as found in a Norwegian tree stump.

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The Sixth Extinction

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Fun times ahead: “Humanity is responsible for speeding up the natural rate of extinction for animal and plant species by up to 10,000 times”

Escape From An Icy Grave

Last week in Nepal, Dr. John All fell 70 feet down an icy crevasse while conducting climate research on Mount Himlung in the Himalayas. Luckily he lived, and had his camera with him to document his struggle back to the surface.

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The Lost Flamingos of the Cloud Forest

A surreal series set in the mountains of Costa Rica by photographer Pat Swain

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Everything You Buy Is Rubbish

Highlighting the disposable nature of modern consumption, this project by Charles Duffy, William Gubbins, and Billy Turvey takes trash back out of the environment, turning it into a tangible artifact that will eventually end up as waste again.

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Supercells are Scary Fucking Things

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As evidenced in this time-lapse video captured in northeast Wyoming by Basehunters, an Oklahoma-based storm chasing crew.

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Ode To A Flower

Adapted from an interview with theoretical physicist Richard Feynman, and animated by Fraser Davidson

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The Island of Renewable Energy

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By the end of 2014, El Hierro, the westernmost island in Spain’s Canary Island chain will be able to maintain a constant supply of electricity through wind and water power.

Climate Change: Earth’s Giant Game of Tetris

An Anorak Made from Recycled Fishing Nets

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Cool Hunting collaborates with Ecoalf on a waterproof piece of Earth Day friendly fashion.

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Extreme Climate Change, Baby!

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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 Oldest Living Things In the World

The book about Rachel Sussman’s project to “photograph continuously living organisms 2,000 years old and older” is out April 22nd.

On This Lingering Cold Weather

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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.

Midnight Burlers

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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.

Asian Smog

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The reason North America has been getting walloped with storms in the winter.

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.

Space Blossoms

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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.”

Weekend Watching: Chasing Ice (2012)

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 New “Big One”

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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.”

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