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Brian Yates
Vancouver
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and now for some optimism On one side, there has been dramatic progress in renewable energy technology, with the costs of solar power, in particular, plunging, down by half just since 2010. Renewables have their limitations — basically, the sun... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 21, 2014 at iBiome
Unless immediate action is taken, the famous coral reef system will be unable to recover from the "irreversible" damage that climate change will wreak on it by 2030, a new report out of Australia warns. Published by the World Wildlife... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 10, 2014 at iBiome
This is the best time of year to be underwater in B.C. As more light reaches into depths free of phytoplankton and bull kelp, visibility is incredibly clear. Just a few feet beneath the surface, water temperature doesn't change much... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 4, 2014 at iBiome
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From Scientific American: It’s worth noting how many authors agree with the basic fact of global warming – more than nine thousand. And that’s just in a single year. Now I understand as well as anyone else that consensus does... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 13, 2014 at iBiome
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In a new HuffPost/YouGov poll, only 36 percent of Americans reported having "a lot" of trust that information they get from scientists is accurate and reliable. Fifty-one percent said they trust that information only a little, and another 6 percent... Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 23, 2013 at iBiome
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this is bloody brilliant Elf advocates in Iceland have joined forces with environmentalists to urge authorities to abandon a highway project that they claim will disturb elf habitat, including an elf church. The project has been halted until the supreme... Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 22, 2013 at iBiome
Art Caplan: "I think there should be a right to decide not to vaccinate your child. But, we have been far too lenient in putting up with the consequences of that lousy choice. If your kid gets the measles, and... Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 16, 2013 at iBiome
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Last Sunday I managed to get close enough, courtesy of my megazoom, to a Great Blue Heron hunting in the duck pond at Jericho Beach. Beautiful creatures. Success! Our Herons are a non-migratory sub-species, and you can see them nesting... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2013 at iBiome
almost everything we eat has been genetically modified in some fashion. Some context from Scientific American: Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2013 at iBiome
Stephen Pinker writes about a matter close to my own heart - the apparent and growing distain for science as a way of understanding the world. Moreover, science has contributed—directly and enormously—to the fulfillment of these values. If one were... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 17, 2013 at iBiome
best Hamlet yet. Yesterday's natinee performance of Hamlet at Bard on the Beach was the best of the three versions I've seen, due mainly to Jonathon Young's interpretation of the title role. From the Strait: It’s Young’s work in the... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 7, 2013 at iBiome
The National Bureau of Asian Research has just made available a paper I co-authored for the Pacific Energy Summit. Entitled: "Social License to Operate, how to Get it and How to Keep It" the main findings included: “Social license” generally... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2013 at iBiome
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a rare albino sea turtle, in a Sri Lankan sanctuary. easily spotted by predators, they typically don't last long in the wild via i fucking love science Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2013 at iBiome
not much time to think let alone blog these days, but this is pretty awesome: The backstory: In the summer of 1981, the British band Queen was recording tracks for their tenth studio album, Hot Space, at Mountain Studios in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2013 at iBiome
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Mar 20, 2013
Genome British Columbia :: Salmon health: past, present and future. Genome British Columbia, the Pacific Salmon Foundation and Fisheries and Oceans Canada are embarking on a remarkable partnership to discover the microbes present in salmon in BC that may be... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2013 at iBiome
"What this should hopefully do is result in a major upgrade in the quality of writing about Wallace," the historian told BBC News. "Next year is the centenary of his death. Just like 2009 was the big Darwin year, 2013... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 27, 2012 at iBiome
the view from our pale blue dot...breathtaking Source: Hubblesite.org Because of the time it takes for light in the distant universe to reach Earth, when we look at, for example, a star a billion light-years away, we're actually seeing what... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 27, 2012 at iBiome
Vancouver is at risk of losing landmark communities like Granville Island and False Creek unless the city starts taking measures to defend its shoreline against rising sea levels, an urban planner warns. Andrew Yan, a planner and researcher with Bing... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 5, 2012 at iBiome
The relentless, weather-gone-crazy type of heat that has blistered the United States and other parts of the world in recent years is so rare that it can't be anything but man-made global warming, says a new statistical analysis from a... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 5, 2012 at iBiome
The Greenland ice sheet melted at a faster rate this month than at any other time in recorded history, with virtually the entire ice sheet showing signs of thaw. The rapid melting over just four days was captured by three... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 28, 2012 at iBiome
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well i finished the crimson serpent. doc savage delivers hearty satisfying pulp fiction. written in the 30's, it's a view of the world excited by science, technology, and the broadening horizons of global exploration. recommended reading for anyone. Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2012 at iBiome
i would love to provide lengthy and interesting reviews of my last three reads, but i really don't have it in me right now. Nonetheless, I would encourage you to profit from Steve Jobs, Wolf Hall, and The Better Angels... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2012 at iBiome