Calling someone a birdbrain might actually be a compliment

“Size matters.” Maybe it’s time we toss that little putdown out the window, a new study says. Here’s why: The brain of a macaw, about the size of a walnut, is much smaller than the lemon-sized...

DATE: July 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

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Forest Service monitors ponderosa saplings The Pagosa Ranger District of the San Juan National Forest is monitoring 600 ponderosa pine saplings recently planted around the northern loop of Williams...

DATE: July 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

This new Antarctica study is bad news for climate change doubters

For a number of years now, climate change skeptics and doubters have argued that there’s a key part of the Earth’s climate system that upends our expectations about global warming, and that is...

DATE: July 5, 2016 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

Deep down, California may have a lot more water than scientists thought

In a surprising new study, Stanford researchers have found that drought-ravaged California is sitting on top of a vast and previously unrecognized water resource, in the form of deep groundwater,...

DATE: June 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

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Writers present on Grand Canyon Maria’s Bookshop and Backcountry Experience are sponsoring “Beneath the Rim: Stories, Poems and Pictures from the Grand Canyon” at 6:30 p.m. July 19. The talk will...

DATE: June 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

Drought kills 66 million trees in California’s Sierra

FRESNO, Calif. – The number of trees in California’s Sierra Nevada forests killed by drought, a bark beetle epidemic and warmer temperatures has dramatically increased since last year, raising...

DATE: June 27, 2016 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

Could bringing back camels 'rewild' the American West?

On March 3, 1855, the United States Congress earmarked $30,000 for camels. This was thanks to Jefferson Davis, acting as secretary of war before he would turn against his country in the Civil War....

DATE: June 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

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Leave No Trace training will take place July 12 A free Leave No Trace training will be held July 12 at the San Juan Public Lands Center, 15 Burnett Court, Durango. Three different time slots are...

DATE: June 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

Renewables proving to be robust sources of energy

Most people know that wind and solar energy are booming. And for the most part, we simply see this as adding two new and cleaner sources of electricity to the mix that we already have. But really,...

DATE: June 21, 2016 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

Bees' secret superpower explained: How they sense flowers' electric fields

At first, all Gregory Sutton really wanted to know was why flowers looked so different. He was “naive,” the University of Bristol biologist told the Christian Science Monitor. He didn’t know then...

DATE: June 15, 2016 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

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Comment period extended on Dolores trail project The San Juan National Forest Dolores Ranger District is extending the public comment period on the draft environmental analysis for the Rico-West...

DATE: June 15, 2016 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

Carbon concentration in our atmosphere hits grim milestone

Scientists who measure and forecast the concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere said Monday that we may have passed a key turning point. Humans walking the Earth today will probably...

DATE: June 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Good Earth