A pair of beavers at the Oregon Zoo enjoyed a snowy walk on Wednesday while collecting some tree branches. The zoo in Portland says the pair, named Filbert and Maple, are their branch managers. (Dec. 29)
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- Kansas City Star
“Rarely do we get the entire pack in a one frame.”
- Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The fish causes erosion, harasses manatees and can walk on land.
- NBC News
Deep in the Southern California desert, a massive drill rig taps into what could be the energy of the future.
- The Conversation
How 'mechanical trees' pull carbon dioxide from the air and lock it away – an inventor of direct air capture tech explains
One 'mechanical tree' is about 1,000 times faster at removing carbon dioxide from air than a natural tree. The first is to start operating in Arizona in 2022. Illustration via Arizona State UniversityTwo centuries of burning fossil fuels has put more carbon dioxide, a powerful greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere than nature can remove. As that CO2 builds up, it traps excess heat near Earth’s surface, causing global warming. There is so much CO2 in the atmosphere now that most scenarios show endi
A pilot feeding program to save manatees from starvation has started, but the big lunks seem to be refusing to eat the floating lettuce so far, per the Sun-Sentinel.State and federal wildlife officials started the unprecedented feeding after a record 1,101 manatees died last year mostly from starvation. Officials agreed on leafy greens, like romaine lettuce, for their nutritional value and to help with hydration.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.What happ
- The Weather Network
The Great Green Wall could capture enormous amounts of carbon and bring much-needed rainfall to arid regions across Africa, but some scientists say that more research needs to be done on its potential impacts on the global climate before it is completed.
- The Conversation
Batteries get hyped, but pumped hydro provides the vast majority of long-term energy storage essential for renewable power – here’s how it works
The U.S. has thousands of lakes and reservoirs that could be paired for pumped hydro storage without the need for rivers. Ollo via Getty ImagesTo cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in half within a decade, the Biden administration’s goal, the U.S. is going to need a lot more solar and wind power generation, and lots of cheap energy storage. Wind and solar power vary over the course of a day, so energy storage is essential to provide a continuous flow of electricity. But today’s batteries are typi
- Idaho Statesman
Could the tides be turning for the imperiled fish?
- Better Homes & Gardens
Help woodpeckers, chickadees, and other insect-eating birds power through cold weather.
- Idaho Statesman
“During the search, a felt, short brim hat was located on the rocks approximately 60 feet from the docks.”
- The Stockton Record
The larger Eel River steelhead is in abundance on American River. Here's a look, plus where bass, rainbows are biting.
Maybe Sharknado will never actually happen, but sharks morphing into werewolves? Sort of. They might not grow fur and claws or howl into the night sky, but sharks are much more likely to come after you when the Moon is ominously full. But why is higher lunar illumination making them bite when most shark attacks happen during the daytime? The gravitational pull that affects the tides is thought to be what is really behind the feeding frenzy, and there could be something about the Moon getting bri
- Redding Record Searchlight
Experienced surfers would consider the waves reaching the West Coast barely high enough to qualify as swells.
- The Guardian
Tightening regulations and a growing eco-conscious workforce are major factors in heralding green office campuses The finished building in Mountain View will have an estimated 90,000 tiles forming a ‘solar skin’. Photograph: YouTube/Google Real Estate About 40 miles south of San Francisco, three futuristic structures rise from the earth. With sloping roofs clad in thousands of overlapping tiles, the buildings could be mistaken for the world’s most architecturally advanced circus tent. They are,
The heavy rains that soaked California late last year were welcomed by farmers, urban planners - and endangered coho salmon. "We've seen fish in places that they haven't been for almost 25 years," said Preston Brown, director of watershed conservation for Salmon Protection And Watershed Network (SPAWN). California received more precipitation from October to December than in the previous 12 months, according to the National Weather Service.
Trees are torn down and buildings ripped apart following Saturday's tsunami triggered by a volcano.
Charismatic Collarwali played a key role in boosting tiger numbers and made her sanctuary famous.
- Charlotte Observer
Temperatures were in the 30s when the children went out of their dad’s sight.
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Shootings of 4 rare whooping cranes in Oklahoma raise concerns about proposed Wisconsin sandhill crane hunt
The International Crane Foundation, located in Baraboo, is worried opening a sandhill crane season in Wisconsin could endanger whooping cranes.
- Biloxi Sun Herald
“Winter weather systems can cause drastic changes in water levels,” the Coast Guard says.