after President Bush vowed to reduce America's dependence on Middle East oil by cutting imports from there 75 percent by 2025, his energy secretary and national economic adviser said Wednesday that the president didn't mean it literally.
posted by EarBucket
on Feb 1, 2006 -
is a feritle hybrid of cattle and buffalo (bison bison
). It's story cannot be told without mentioning the irascible "Buffalo" Jones
, the man who helped save the American buffalo and tried to cross-breed cattle and buffalo. He called it cattalo
Later successful hybridizations gave way to the beefalo
. Some cite the near-extinction and later ultimate repopulation of the buffalo to free-market
forces such as the private herds kept by Buffalo Jones for creating sustainable cattalo .
posted by ozomatli
on Jan 25, 2006 -
The Solar Decathlon 2005 winners announced. The Solar Decathlon brings together 18 teams of college and university students from around the globe to participate in an unparalleled solar competition to design, build, and operate the most attractive and energy-efficient solar-powered home.
posted by mathowie
on Oct 17, 2005 -
Extinct is forever
. Or is it?
Scientists are hard at work reconstructing entire genomes of our common ancestors. The present technology is a far cry from Jurassic Park, but we're getting there.
posted by mowglisambo
on Dec 8, 2004 -
The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative.
"Combining science and stewardship, we seek to ensure that the world-renowned wilderness, wildlife, native plants, and natural processes of the Yellowstone to Yukon region continue to function as an interconnected web of life, capable of supporting all of the natural and human communities that reside within it, for now and for future generations."
posted by homunculus
on Oct 14, 2004 -
The Long Reach of the Wolf
Wolves were returned to Yellowstone in 1995 after a 70 year absence (they were destroyed as menaces during the 20's). There are now 16 active packs in the park, and they have triggered a cascade of unanticipated changes in the park's ecosystem.
posted by Irontom
on Jun 7, 2004 -
Coral Reefs Doomed
Well, overfishing has destroyed the Grand Banks
and now according to studies, it is "dooming" the coral reefs as well. When will learn? That being said, can anyone actually see the world's governments agreeing on doing anything to stop it?
posted by Coop
on Aug 16, 2003 -
Fun Friday link it is not. unless you like Rivers on Fire! Eco-devastation! "We Californians are really not very good conservationists - we're very good preservationists," he said. "Conservation means you use resources well and responsibly. Preservation means you are rich enough to set aside things you want and buy them from someone else." Ouch.
I don't think environmental issues are ever as simple as some would like to believe. We live in a complex, interconnected world and this excellent--long--piece has given me a lot to think about. Ironic, in the beginning the author talks about finding a paper suitable to Print
the article...i say, just Post
it. Who needs paper for an article about resource conservation?
posted by th3ph17
on May 9, 2003 -
Happy Earth Day.
We probably need an all-encompassing post. So post your links here. Find local events here
(hint: they're not all taking place today, many are this upcoming weekend). Do something for the future generations.
posted by Ufez Jones
on Apr 22, 2003 -
Save Thousands Of Years And Preserve Graffiti Now: Bijan Omrani
playfully argues for the preservation of contemporary graffiti in Oxford's august Bodleian Library. Perhaps they're the modern equivalent of the Lascaux cave
paintings. "Kilroy was here" notwithstanding, witty graffiti
can be found on walls all around the world. Shouldn't some sort of repository be created to safeguard this undeniably pure - and unfairly overlooked - form of popular expression? I'm sorry to say I couldn't find one
single good written graffiti site on the Web. Does anyone know of one - or at least have a memorable graffito to share with the rest of us?
posted by MiguelCardoso
on May 4, 2002 -
I hope you'll consider participating in the "Roll Your Own" Blackout
tonight. Just shut off all the lights and appliances that you (reasonably and safely) can between seven and ten p.m. your time.
posted by sudama
on Jun 21, 2001 -
Another way to save energy:
make every day a Daylight Savings Time day. Why *do* we (USAians or anyone else with daylight-extending customs) bother to change back to standard time, anyway?
posted by darukaru
on May 29, 2001 -
Head of National Forest Service resigns.
Mike Dombeck was actually "protected" from replacement by the Bush administration but chose to step down and retire when it was obvious Dubya aims to open thousands of acres of national forest to logging as well as new oil, gas and mining operations. What's next? Will Bush lift regulations on how toxic and nuclear waste are disposed of? His new policy appears to be an environmental nightmare.
posted by bkdelong
on Mar 28, 2001 -
Forty-two billion dollars for conservation may soon be headed to the fifty states, if a controversial environmental protection package
passes the Senate. Election-minded lawmakers -- including at least one hundred Republicans -- have piled onto the Conservation and Reinvestment Act, which allows them to bring federal funds to their states while appearing to help the environment.
posted by palegirl
on May 15, 2000 -