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Bear Attack!

Posted: 15 Apr 2014 06:13 PM PDT

If you spend time in bear country knowing how to react to a bear encounter and what to do if you are attacked could save your life.

If you don’t know where bears live here is a map of the geographic ranges for black, grizzly and polar bears in North America.

Largest Natural Gas Storage Withdrawal

Posted: 15 Apr 2014 06:12 PM PDT

This winter’s natural gas withdrawal season saw the largest storage withdrawal on record. Historically, winter stock withdrawals average around 2 Tcf. However, this winter much of the country experienced sustained colder-than-normal temperatures, and almost 3 Tcf of gas has been withdrawn from storage as of the end of March.

Phillips Acquires a License to Export US Crude

Posted: 15 Apr 2014 05:32 PM PDT

Amid the debate about exporting United States crude oil, Phillips has obtained a license to export crude from the United States into Canada.

The Influence of Bedrock on Vegetation

Posted: 15 Apr 2014 05:29 AM PDT

“Scientists investigated the factors that influence forest cover in California’s Sierra Nevada. Bedrock may be as important as temperature and moisture, they found, in regulating the distribution of trees and other vegetation across mountain slopes.” Quoted from the National Science Foundation press release.

More Large Ancient Slides in the USA

Posted: 15 Apr 2014 05:18 AM PDT

An article in The Bellingham Herald gives details on several very large landslides that dwarf the Oso Slide and all involved sudden, unpredictable collapse.

Related: Landslide incidence map

A Record of Acid Rain in Greenland Ice

Posted: 15 Apr 2014 05:02 AM PDT

“By analyzing samples from the Greenland ice sheet, University of Washington atmospheric scientists found clear evidence of the U.S. Clean Air Act. They also discovered a link between air acidity and how nitrogen is preserved in layers of snow.” Quoted from the University of Washington press release.

Report on California Geothermal

Posted: 15 Apr 2014 04:56 AM PDT

In their Report on the State of Geothermal Energy in California, the Geothermal Energy Association says…. “Geothermal power generated 4.4% of total system power in California in 2012, but could have generated substantially more […] about half of California’s identified geothermal resources are still untapped, and significant resources may remain undiscovered.”

Carbon Absorption in Deserts

Posted: 15 Apr 2014 04:56 AM PDT

“Researchers led by a Washington State University biologist have found that arid areas, among the biggest ecosystems on the planet, take up an unexpectedly large amount of carbon as levels of carbon dioxide increase in the atmosphere.” Quoted from the Washington State University press release.

Earliest Known Cardiovascular System

Posted: 15 Apr 2014 04:52 AM PDT

“A fossil creature buried in an “invertebrate version of Pompeii” more than half a billion years ago reveals the first-known cardiovascular system in exquisitely preserved detail.” Quoted from the University of Arizona News.

Hacking Big Oil from a Chinese Restaurant?

Posted: 15 Apr 2014 04:45 AM PDT

The New York Times has an article that explains how an unnamed major oil company was hacked by using the website of a nearby Chinese restaurant.

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Posted: 15 Apr 2014 04:28 AM PDT

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