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Tag: Desert


Carbon Rise Keeps Water in Drylands

Increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere because of climate change is helping to turn the world’s drylands a more luxuriant green—but that’s not necessarily good news.

Posted on Feb 22, 2016 READ MORE


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Land Degradation Could Create 50 Million Climate Refugees Within a Decade

A U.N.-backed report offers a shocking depiction of the state of our global environment, revealing that about half of the planet’s agricultural land is now moderately or severely degraded.

Posted on Sep 21, 2015 READ MORE



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Salt Lake City Will Dry as Temperatures Rise

As climate change increases temperatures, parts of the American Southwest are likely to become increasingly arid, with increasing threats to water supplies.

Posted on Dec 2, 2013 READ MORE



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What Happens When the World Dries Out

As the atmosphere warms, the impact on the world’s drylands could alter the chemistry of the soil as well as increasing its aridity.

Posted on Nov 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Desert Yields Clues to Species’ Survival

Research into one of the world’s oldest and driest deserts has unearthed evidence of the evolutionary timeline for species that have avoided extinction by adapting to dramatic climate change.

Posted on Jun 27, 2013 READ MORE



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More Sunshine in Spain Not Always Good News

A study shows that cloud cover has been falling in Spain since the 1980s leading to new opportunities in solar power generation but also increased risks of desertification and harm to human health.

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 READ MORE



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The (Less Than) Eternal Sea

Happily aloft in the vicinity of my father’s hat, and the weather having cleared since the Ohioan missed its compass heading, I was free to form my earliest impression of the sea at a safe and sunny distance, lulled by the sound of waves breaking on the beach, delighting in the drift of gulls in a bright blue sky.

Posted on Jun 4, 2013 READ MORE


Magic Carpet Ride

Taking a page right out of “Star Wars,” California-based aerospace manufacturer Aerofex has released video showing a kind of “hover bike” maneuvering through the desert in scenes that resemble Luke Skywalker’s dashes through the Tatooine wilderness on his X-34 Landspeeder.

Posted on Aug 23, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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World Scientists Want to Ban Deep-Sea Fishing

In a report released this week, marine scientists from around the world said industrial deep-sea fishing should be banned because it takes much longer for those fish to repopulate than species that live closer to shore.

Posted on Sep 8, 2011 READ MORE


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Posted on Apr 29, 2011 ENLARGE



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Until We Meet Again: Giving Thanks to the American Cowboy

Once upon a time, a cowboy saved my life. I think of him in certain moments, at the sight of red rocks, for instance, or the hint of a desert storm. Now, the time has come to tell his story.

Posted on Nov 24, 2010 READ MORE



Mark Lamonica

Reconstructing Los Angeles: A Journey to the Other Side of L.A.

There are certain places that are still empty enough to give us a second chance, even as the empire of Los Angeles moves ever onward, making a reverse exodus into the region’s last frontier.

Posted on Oct 4, 2010 READ MORE



Adam Block / Mount Lemmon SkyCenter / University of Arizona

Riding the Milky Way in Tucson

A couple of days after I arrived in Tucson, there came a party invitation. The public was invited to the top of Mount Lemmon for a viewing of the annual Perseid showers, a breathtaking display of shooting stars. While I generally brake for sand, I also hit the road for star parties.

Posted on Aug 26, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Reed Saxon

We All Live on Turtle Island

When speaking of the natural world, for good reason we often turn to Native American myth. Turtle carries the world on its back is what many of these myths tell us; we are all citizens on turtle island.

Posted on Jul 22, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Airman 1st Class Nadine Y. Barclay

The Clean-Energy State

The Guardian reports that New Mexico, with its thousands of square miles of sun-soaked, wind-swept land, is vying to become the epicenter of the new green economy. Given the right tax breaks and technological breakthroughs, the Land of Enchantment could become the Saudi Arabia of sun.

Posted on Jun 23, 2008 READ MORE


Heidi Fleiss
Photos: Christopher Wray-McCann, illustrations: Miguel Valenzuela / L.A. Weekly

The Heidi Chronicles

Former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss wants to build the nation’s first brothel for female customers in the Nevada desert. To get the story, journalist (and Truthdig contributor) Steven Kotler had to survive roadside breakdowns, barren deserts, abandoned towns, a brothel war, and an assortment of cowboys, pimps and angry locals.

Posted on Jul 7, 2006 READ MORE


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