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UC Santa Barbara
cool schools 2013
Saturday, September 14, 2013
All 162 qualified schools who participated in our survey ranked in order.
The Maze, Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Green Life
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Find out which six hikes are considered the most dangerous in America.
Green Life
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Citizen-science group Nerds for Nature is learning about how drones can help the environment. Let's change the way we think about drones!
Taste Test Pickles
Taste Test
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
If you like your eating interesting and want to help the planet, it's hard to beat a local pickle--whether or not it's a cuke.
Compass
As I imagine you're doing this week, I’ve been reflecting a lot on what I'm thankful for. Along with family and friends, what tops my list are the people across the U.S. who are ushering in the clean energy era, reducing pollution, and turning the corner on climate disruption. Some of them are featured in a new video we're releasing today and trust me, if you want to renew your hope for the planet and our future, you need to take two minutes and watch it right now. I promise, it will rock your...
Orleans cover
Green Life
Monday, August 18, 2014
How will the future smell? How will it taste? The emerging Climate Fiction genre submerges all the senses in dystopias born from climate change chaos.
Loggerhead turtle
A photographer takes a closer look at animals fighting for survival.
On the One Hand: Sunscreen
On the One Hand
Thursday, June 5, 2014
On the one hand: Climate change is depleting the ozone layer, so you need sunscreen to protect yourself from UV rays. On the other: Chemicals from washed-off sunscreen are damaging aquatic ecosystems.
slow lorris
Critter
Monday, October 6, 2014
The slow loris, one of the world's most adorable creatures, is also the only venomous primate.
Watching over the World's Forests
Innovate
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Conservationists are turning to high-tech surveillance gear.
Lay of the Land
Mahogany, ebony, and rosewood. For decades, these and other rare tropical hardwoods have been extensively logged to produce valuable wood products, particularly guitars and other instruments. Increasingly aware of the impacts to forests and communities from over-harvesting, many instrument manufacturers have taken steps to make their supply chains more sustainable. Now, musicians are joining the call to make sure guitars and other instruments are made from legal, sustainably sourced wood.
Drones could be a boon for conservation--but first, they need to overcome their stigma
Grapple
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Drones could be a boon for conservation--but first, they need to overcome their stigma.
Survive
Thursday, March 13, 2014
You're on a solo hike and get sucked into a muddy swamp. Now what?
Next Big Thing: Mushrooms
Next Big Thing
Thursday, June 5, 2014
A 'shroom-based alternative to Styrofoam; fungi's crucial role in carbon storage; and using oyster mushrooms to "mycoremediate" damage from pesticides and storm runoff.
The calm gaze of a grey wolf
Green Life
Monday, August 11, 2014
Animal Planet's Monster Week Programming causes controversial media attention for wolves
Repurpose Telephone Bookend
Repurpose
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Turn a rotary phone into a bookend.
Feature
Monday, March 3, 2014
Why five Americans spent more than a month trekking through a jungle to summit an unclimbed peak in Myanmar.
Cool Schools 2014
Thursday, July 31, 2014
The Planet
Members of the Sierra Club's Middle Snake Group in Boise, Idaho, were brainstorming earlier this fall about what they could do to encourage more Boiseans to make the shift from gasoline-powered vehicles to electric cars. Read on to find out what they came up with.
fish canon
Green Life
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Who needs a fish ladder to transport salmon past blockading dams when you can use a fish canon?
Innovate
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Solar engineers are scrambling to make their products smaller and more efficient.
Lynx tracks in snow
Ponder
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Citizen scientists forgo the slopes to search for scat.
Coming Clean
Riding alone on the D.C. Metro Silver Line late last Thursday night, I shut my laptop in disgust. I had just left my sister's house in northern Virginia. And now, reading some comments on a Facebook post had wiped out much of the good feeling of reconnecting with family. The Sierra Club's expression of solidarity for organizations protesting the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and other victims of injustice provoked many reactions, some of which were racist, vicious, and crude. So I...
Green Life
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Never mind the solar panels: Walmart runs on coal, and lots of it.
The Green Life
Trees, you guys
hear no evil
The Green Life
This morning on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition," Jim Zarroli had a story called "Political Rhetoric Bogs Down Future of Keystone XL Pipeline." It was billed as being about "what's at stake for the oil industry and for energy production." Here's who got quoted:
Woe is Us: Jeepers Creepers
Woe is Us
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Large aggressive non-native species are invading coastal waters off the Southeast U.S. The best way to fight them is with knife and fork.
World's dumbest denier?
Green Life
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
When asked for evidence that the earth is getting colder, the "Palin of the South" flees the room.
It won't take but 10 minutes to learn not just the history of us, not just the earth, not just the solar system, but the entire universe. This video will make you a better informed human being who basically knows all there is to know about creation. Check it out and, if you like big explosions, scroll to 3:11 where there's a spectacular display of planet Theia as she plunges into Earth to create our very own moon. And if that isn't enough, stick around to see when life first climbed out of the...
A bison ambles on a groomed road in winter in Yellowstone National Park's Lamar Valley.
Feature
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Can the last wild bison roam free?

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