Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Environmental Science: Gun Control

I'm terrify when my 17 year old daugther gets behind the wheel of a car. How could any parent think letting a nine year old handle an uzi would be a great idea. I'm truly dumbfounded. You can see the story here:Shooting by 9-Year Old Stirs Debate Over Guns

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Meteorology and Psychology: Female Named Hurricane Kill more people than Male Named Hurricanes

Recent research seems to indicate hurricanes with female names kill more people than hurricanes with male. This is not due to the name, but the perception of people. People perceive female named hurricanes as less dangerous than their male counterparts. Ironically, it is the people with the greatest gender bias that tend to be killed in such hurricanes. So, you could say Mother Nature make the human population less gender bias by removing the worst offenders. You can read and listen to the story here: Americans less fearful of Storms Named After Women

Life Sciences - Ebola will kill us ALL!



Not Really!  Ebola is much harder to contract than most flu virus, but that doesn't stop people from panic.  You and read about Ebola at NPR and listen to the dread factor story here:  The Dread Factor: Why Ebola and "Contagion" Scare Us So Much

For all you hard core gamers out there bent on world destruction have you tried the game Plague by Ndemic Creations?  Plague is an realistic simulation of how diseases spread and humans react on a global scale.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Environmental Science: Environment and the Economy


Monterey Bay in California has bounce back over the last 50 year with an explosion of wildlife, and with it so has the economy of the surrounding communities. Once fertile grounds for hunting, fishing and whaling until depleted, Monterey Bay, California is making a comeback. An economy based on the diverse wildlife is starting to take shape. You can read or listen to the story here: Monterey Bay An "Ocean Buffet Open for Business" This Spring

Environment Science: Toilet to Tap






The city of Wichita Falls, Texas is so short of water they will now get 50% of their drinking water directly from wastewater.  Sometimes called Toilet to Tap, the wastewater is treated, sanitized and mixed with the city drinking water supply.

You can read and listen to the full story here: Drought-Stricken Texas Town Turns To Toilets For Water
There are many cites that have already made this same move: Los Angeles, El Paso, San Diego ,and Singapore. As water becomes more scares more large cities are looking for ways to quench their thirsty citizens.
You may Read that story here: As "Yuck Factor" Subsides, Treat Wastewater Flows From Taps

Environmental Science: Global Warming - 15 Years to turn it all around

The latest U.N. climate change report says that if the world doesn't do some really tough, expensive things over the next 15 years, the costs of climate change may spiral out of control. Some of those things involve technology that isn't available yet, such as removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

You can read and listen to the full story at Marketplace.org : Global Warming: 15 Years to Change Things...

Monday, April 28, 2014

Environmental Science: Who says Population laws don't work?

Samples from the Greenland ice sheet suggest the U.S. Clean Air Act had a clear effect on conditions in the earth’s atmosphere. Pictured is ice core drilling at Summit, Greenland, in 2007. (Photo : Joel Savarino / Laboratory of Glaciology and Geophysics of the Environment)
Samples from the Greenland ice sheet suggest the US Clean Air Act had a clear effect on conditions in the Earth's atmosphere.

You can read the full story here: Greenland Ice Cores show Impact of US Clean Air Act on Climate

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Environmental Science: When is water safe to drink?


Even Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virgina won't drink the water.  it's been over a month since the Chemical spill in West Virgina made the watershed contaminated.  Rendering the water unfit for human consumption: Drinking, Bathing, and Washing.  After week, no one is willing to say the water is now safe for use.  Even EPA is unclear.  Read the story here: Sen. Rockefeller Responds to Water Safety Concerns

Or you can listen to the story through the same link. 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Environmental Science: Chemical Spill in West Virgina

The chemical is called 4-methylcyclohexane methanol. The spills has forced a ban on using water in a large portion of West Virgina including the capitol. You can read or listen to the NPR story here: West Virgina Governor Declares Emergency After Chemical Spill

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Who would have thought that?

Maybe all that talk about conservation might have been on to something. The average amount of electricity used by Americans has dropped to levels not seen since 2001! All those energy effienct appliance and light bulbs seem to be working. You can read the whole story here: Home Electricity Use In US Falling To 2001 Levels