Blogs & Videos: Environment & Conservation

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Gases, Eddies, and Why Climate Change is Messing up Your Jet-Set Life

This summer, we’re seeing news of extreme temperatures in the western US. Oh, and airplanes were grounded in Phoenix because of temperatures as high as 119 degrees Fahrenheit! Extreme heat can cause the aerodynamics near the ground to make it impossible for some aircraft to become airborne (recent articles from the New York Times and Wired do a good job explaining how this happens).

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Steer Clear of Two Common Poisonous Plants—Here’s How

In Chicagoland, summertime means getting outside and enjoying the many parks and green spaces the city has to offer. While enjoying them, keep your eyes open for few plants that are a little deceptive—they look harmless but could cause discomfort. Here’s what you need to know about two plants common to the Midwest.  

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Bramble Cay Melomys: The First Mammal Extinct from Climate Change Caused by Humans?

The Bramble Cay melomys (Melomys rubicola) was a small rat with one of the most unusual distributions of all mammals. As far as we know, the only place it occurred was the tiny Bramble Cay in the eastern Torres Strait, at the tip of northern Australia.

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Every Flower Counts: Five Reasons to Add Native Plants to Your Garden

There are easy and specific things everyone can do to help out the monarch butterfly and other native pollinators. One action you can take is to beautify your yard: plant native plants, especially milkweeds, in your garden or in containers.