Archive for October, 2011

Unseasonable Nor’easter Brings Scary, Snowy Halloween to Northeast U.S.

Written by Lisa Hayden on . Posted in Extreme weather, Learn

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An unusual late October Nor’easter puts a snowy twist on Halloween 2011.

Oh, the weather outside is frightful … oops, wrong holiday!

But you’ll excuse my confusion. Instead of tramping through rustling leaves, little ghouls and goblins from Pennsylvania to Massachusetts will be trudging through crunchy snow tonight on their trick-or-treat rounds. With school canceled in many towns, they’ve certainly had more time to work on their costumes. That is, if parents and officials deem it safe enough for them to venture out amid downed trees and power lines.

Conservancy Lead Scientist M. Sanjayan Forecasts More Wacky Weather

Written by Paul Mackie on . Posted in Extreme weather, Learn


There are probably two reasons for the weird weather that constantly dominates recent news headlines.

M. Sanjayan, lead scientist of The Nature Conservancy, told the CBS Early Show today that there are probably two reasons for the weird weather that constantly dominates recent news headlines. The latest is the unusual snowfall seen along the Northeast on the weekend lead-up to Halloween. In some places, there was more than two feet of snow.

Keeping Ourselves (And Our Money) Safe

Written by Jennifer McKnight on . Posted in Learn


A new “progress report” by a U.S. government agency reiterates that our nation’s investments – including city, state, and private investments – are at risk.

With 10 natural disasters this year that have each cost more than $1 billion, the United States can now make the claim of being home to the most costly damage caused by extreme weather on Earth.

Can Safe Sex Help Protect Forests?

Written by Rane Cortez on . Posted in Learn

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At Natex, apparently, they’re not just churning out “rubbers” and providing decent livings for local people, they’re helping to save the forests too.

“Welcome to the only factory in the world that makes condoms using natural latex,” proudly states the hair-netted young woman as she begins our tour. “We currently make 100 million condoms a year, but we plan to double that beginning next year.” Clearly, business is booming for Natex, a condom factory in the small town of Xapuri (sha-pu-ree) in the state of Acre, Brazil.

Searching for Forest Gold Among Angry, Rare Amazon Monkeys

Written by Peter Ellis on . Posted in Learn

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We spent three full days travelling to this place deep in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon, and three more searching: slashing though thick tangles of vines, braving legions of biting ants, and wading waist-deep through murky waters. The gold we’re searching for are the numbers that will help us determine the amount of carbon stored in the world’s rainforests.

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