Topic: Environment

Predicting landslides

Current Event March 28, 2014

Predicting Landslides

Earth and Space Science Environment Geology

In Washington state the clean up effort is still underway after a large mud slide killed at least two dozen people. Landslides are hard to predict. Scientists can determine which hills are most vulnerable, but getting the information to people that could use is it difficult.

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Exxon valdez  25 years later

Current Event March 26, 2014

Exxon Valdez, 25 Years Later

Earth and Space Science Environment

The Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989 caused extreme environmental damage as well as long-lasting impact on the Alaskan farmer community. What are the lessons learned from the spill?

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Drought increases coffee bean prices

Current Event March 24, 2014

Drought Increases Coffee Bean Prices

Economics Earth and Space Science Environment Climate Change Weather and Climate

The drought didn't just close down ski resorts and impact agriculture— it also increased coffee bean prices due to a bean condition called "coffee disease rust." The widespread impact might even have customers at the local coffee chop feeling the price change.

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Nevada farmers hack drought

Current Event March 21, 2014

Nevada Farmers "Hack" Drought

Life Science Environment Weather and Climate

Nevada's farms are few and far between, and the recent drought has not made survival easier. Some farms decided to "hack" the drought by adapting to the region's water shortage by growing better suited crops.

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Food waste as energy

Current Event March 13, 2014

Food Waste as Energy

Life Science Environment Engineering

The same methane gas emitted from humans is also produced by the same bacteria that lives in old pizza crusts, curdled milk, and other discarded food. Scientists have found ways to convert the methane gas from old food into energy. Several cities are already converting waste into energy, listen to this story to learn how New York City is trying it out.

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Keystone indecision

Current Event February 28, 2014

Keystone Indecision

Life Science Economics Environment Climate Change

The Keystone XL Pipeline was initially labeled as a harmful source of carbon dioxide by leading scientist, Marcia McNutt. However, she recently switched her position and supports its construction — her reason? The pipeline will save the country money.

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Animal manure causes water pollution

Current Event January 6, 2014

Animal Manure Causes Water Pollution

Life Science Environment

Animal manure creates the necessary nutrients, phosphorous and nitrogen, to help plants grow. However, water sources surrounding animal farms are also heavily polluted, mainly due to phosphorous in the water beds. Find out how farmers are trying to be economic about the environment.

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