In the News: What We’re Reading This Week

Written by Stephanie Hedean on . Posted in Learn

In the News is a Planet Change selection of the latest news, stories and images on climate change, nature, our environment and the impacts of a changing planet. This is what we’ve found and what we’re reading.

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Watch a Great Blue Heron Chick Hatch on Live Webcam
The fifth and last of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology live webcam’s great blue heron chicks should hatch any minute now.  Both parents will brood, or sit on the chicks, for the first three or four weeks until the babies are able to regulate their own body temperature. In the next few weeks, the fluffy grey chicks will develop quickly: At about 14 days old they should be able to stand, and at 21 days they should be able to walk. In 7 to 8 weeks, they’ll be feathered up and ready to fly. (Wired Science)

Solar Has Hit a Tipping Point
A new report from the consulting firm McKinsey indicates that solar has hit a tipping point. As the economics continue to improve, the analysts conclude that the yearly “economic potential” of solar deployment could reach 600-1,000 gigawatts (1 million megawatts) by 2020. The report,  “Darkest Before Dawn,” highlights three crucial factors that are giving the solar industry so much momentum. (Climate Progress)

Whole Living Recycling Handbook: Don’t Throw That Out!
Between the confusing numbers on containers and the ever-changing rules, it can sometimes feel like recycling just isn’t worth the effort. Whole Living Magazine shows you why that isn’t the case. (Whole Living)

Is Space Mining a Green Technology?
A group of entrepreneurs has announced the formation of a new company called Planetary Resources with the goal of collecting valuable, useful minerals from asteroids. “Planetary Resources hopes to go after the platinum-group metals — which include platinum, palladium, osmium, and iridium — highly valuable commodities used in medical devices, renewable energy products, catalytic converters, and potentially in automotive fuel cells.” (EcoGeek)

App Depicts Impact of Climate Change
Whether it is melting glaciers, coastal erosion or drying lakes, a new app displays the impact of climate change on the planet by using before and after satellite images. Called Fragile Earth, the app for iPhone and iPad shows how our planet is impacted by global warming by featuring more than 70 sites. (Reuters)

Stephanie Hedean is a Strategic Marketing and Communications Consultant and a Volunteer at The Nature Conservancy.

Credits: Cornell Lab of Ornithology (Blue Heron Webcam); Flickr user BuddaBoy under a Creative Commons license (solar panels); Emily Lakdawalla, Planetary Society Blogger (asteroid).

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