Summer 2013

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Volume 14, Number 2


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Vino Ecology Some of the best winemaking regions sit on the same real estate as the most biologically rich habitats on Earth. As vineyards are expanding worldwide, so is a new conservation science. By David Malakoff

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Visualizing CO2 Because seeing is believing Photo Essay

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Ditto Forget woolly mammoths. The business of copying cats is quietly making headway. First, scientists reprogrammed eggs from everyday house cats to contain instructions for building wild ones. Then they started churning out small endangered cats. Next up: Lions and Canadian lynx. By Emily Anthes


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(Natural) Gas Pains The recent natural gas boom has divided the green community. While some see an environmental train wreck, others envision a bridge to wind and solar. Either way, the transition to a zero carbon energy future could get uncomfortable. By John Carey

Background Check

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Bar Soap vs. Liquid Soap
Which Is Greener?
By David Tyler



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Energy Storage Wars
Compressed air technology is an underdog to watch
By Dave Levitan

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Calculate the value of the urban forest
By Sarah DeWeerdt

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Point, Shoot, Post
Crowdsourced monitoring made simple
By Caroline James

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Brick Biotope
Bird habitat built into the wall
By Lindsey Doermann

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Satellite Tags Made to Order
3-D printing meets fish tracking
By Sarah DeWeerdt

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Fingerprinting Fracking Fluid
New tracers could resolve water contamination questions
By Dave Levitan


Think Again

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There Goes the Neighborhood
A surprising wildlife comeback sets off new nature wars
By Jim Sterba


Journal Watch

Urban climate control
Climate change and turbulence
Mercury rising in seafood
Bushmeat hunting threatens tropical trees
Swallows evolve to dodge cars
Invasive crabs restore salt marshes
Backyard leopards


The Essayist

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Night Vision
The world’s first International Dark Sky Island
By Paul Bogard


Mixed Media

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Gathering Emotional Intelligence
A Review of Animal Wise
By Jason G. Goldman

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Fleeting Beauty Jim Denevan’s sand art

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Holding Water A cabinet modeled after snowpack data


More to the Story

Hope for the Banana
Armpit Science
The Cow Conundrum
Mercury Rising