Stories about Land

June 24, 2019

Future of Fighting Fires in CA May Be Big Data

The firefighting community in Los Angeles has spent the last 18 months testing a program developed by the WiFire Lab at the San Diego Supercomputer Center that can predict in real time where active fires will spread next, which is particularly important in dense urban...

June 23, 2019

One Cool Thing: Conservation at “Downton Abbey”

I (Miro) got a chance to visit Highclere Castle yesterday (aka the real Downton Abbey) and aside from the stunning beauty of the grounds and the castle, I was taken with the message that Lord and Lady Carnarvon (owners of the estate) shared with us about their...

June 19, 2019

Supreme Court Upholds Virginia’s Uranium Mining Ban

In an unanticipated plot twist, the Supreme Court’s most liberal and conservative Justices joined together and upheld a decades-old Virginia law banning uranium mining, and did so over the objection of the Trump Justice Department and three other Justices who...

June 14, 2019

Manmade Earthquakes Rattle North Texas Even After Oil Exploration Ends

In recent years the Fort Worth Basin located in North Central Texas has become a major shale gas production region. In order to extract oil and gas trapped in the rock, wastewater is injected deep into the ground and works its way into dormant faults and eventually...

June 13, 2019

Nitrogen Fertilizer’s Double Whammy

Farmers rely on nitrogren fertilizer to cultivate their crops and feed our nation but the excessive application of the chemicals that help crops grow also pose serious environmental risks elsewhere. In addition to creating toxic runoff, the production of ammonia for...

June 11, 2019

How Protected are Protected Areas? The Data Might Shock You.

Rollbacks on Protected Areas Sets a Dangerous Precedent A protected area is a legally defined geographical space that’s actively managed to protect it in the long term from destructive human activities. These areas are crucial to the conservation of vulnerable species...

June 4, 2019

Green Roofs for a Green Detroit

As more cities develop plans to combat climate change and increase sustainability, green roofs are becoming an increasingly popular option to combat the effects of a warming planet. As CNN reported, research conducted by Michigan State University found that green...

June 2, 2019

MN to Pay Homeowners to Transform Lawns into Bumblebee Gardens

Minnesota lawmakers will allow a new statewide program to go forward which will pay homeowners to transform their lawns into bee gardens to help pollinators struggling to survive habitat loss. As the Star Tribune reported, “the state will set aside $900,000 over...

May 26, 2019

Volunteer at a Memorial Park

Our national memorial parks rely on volunteers to help keep them clean and preserved for future generations. Pictured here are the volunteers who clean the Vietnam War Memorial to ensure the hallowed space stays pristine to honor the legacies of the fallen soldiers...