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The Coronavirus, Climate Change, and the Nature of Crisis – The New Yorker

Subscribers to The Climate Crisis newsletter received this piece in their in-boxes. Sign up to receive future installments. An idea beloved of the technorati is that we are actually living not on the earth we seem to inhabit but in…

Wonderchicken fossil casts new light on bird evolution

The oldest known bird fossil, from the age of dinosaurs, has skull features similar to modern chickens. The scientists who found it have nicknamed it “Wonderchicken.” It’s providing valuable insights into the evolution of birds.

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Attention Educators: Connect Students To Nature With Free Lesson Plans!

Raptor Resource Project: A wealth of knowledge on raptors, non-profit Raptor Resource Project has multiple lesson plans centered around the live peregrine falcon and bald eagle cams. In addition to their lesson plans, check in on the online classroom for scheduled Q&A sessions. Channel Islands National Park: The…

Welcome to Niue, the first country recognized as a Dark Sky Place

You may not have heard of Niue. From sea to shining sea, this island nation is about 100 square miles of raised coral in the South Pacific. The name, pronounced “New-ay,” translates from the native language as “Behold the coconut.”…

Are day and night equal at the equinox?

Equinox means “equal night.” And you might hear that day and night are equal at the equinoxes. Yet Earth’s atmosphere and our sun conspire to give us more day than night at an equinox.

Caterpillar 'plastivores' can eat and digest plastic bags

Each year, human beings produce about 400 million metric tons of plastic, a number that’s set to double in the next 20 years if oil and gas companies succeed in opening new plastics plants. That’s despite a burgeoning plastic pollution…

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Is polyester biodegradable?

Most polyester fabric is not biodegradable. Polyester, or polyethylene terephthalate, is made from a chemical reaction involving crude oil, air and water. The idea of synthetic polymers was first conceived in 1926 at the labs of E.I. du Pont de…

The Green Free School in Denmark focuses on a sustainable future

At the Green Free School in Copenhagen, students learn how to read and write and they study math and science. But the curriculum centers on sustainability. Students are taught how to garden and grow their own food. They make projects…

A mudlark explains the joy of her river hobby

As children, many of us dreamed of being treasure hunters when we grew up. I got interested by watching “The Goonies” too many times — but other generations have had other inspirations, from the classic “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis…