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  • Uncategorized | The Story Group
    have reached a desperate point where you ve picked up a half smoked butt from an ashtray and lit up Sure it s dirty takes a lot of work for a relatively small reward and is more than a little disgusting But it When is a national park not a national park Oct 26 2011 Discuss In 2002 the west African country of Gabon made international headlines with one of the boldest moves in conservation history then President Omar Bongo Ondimba announced the creation of 13 national parks comprising more than a tenth of the country s territory In a recent trip to Gabon I learned that nearly a decade later Bongo s bold Why is climate change awareness declining Apr 25 2011 Discuss I contributed to my first climate change story in 1992 when I was working for Newsweek in the Washington bureau and people were still quaintly referring to the problem as the greenhouse gas effect Newsweek was by no means a leader this was four years after James Hansen famously told a congressional committee that humans An introductory blog from Dan Jan 06 2011 Discuss I will be honest about blogs I don t trust them The proliferation of citizen journalists has its upside to be sure Over the past few decades we ve seen a steady decline of smaller independent journalism outlets In their place we ve seen the growth of newspaper chains and the consolidation of broadcast outlets We ve seen a shift Beyond Coal Citizen Activists Fight Big Coal Jan 03 2011 Discuss For two years running one of the more interesting environmental stories in the United States is something that hasn t happened the construction of new coal fired electricity generating plants Four mini documentaries highlight the efforts of citizens in four western

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  • Return of the American Bison | The Story Group
    step in repopulating public and tribal lands throughout the West and ensuring the survival of the wild American bison This entry was posted on Thursday March 15th 2012 at 2 21 pm It is filed under Stories Videos You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2 0 feed One Response to Return of the American Bison Bess Coleman says April 25 2012 at 2 21 pm

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  • The Siberian Altai | The Story Group
    Our Work The Siberian Altai The Altai Mountains in southern Siberia are part of the huge Altai Sayan Ecosystem where Russia Mongolia China and Kazakhstan come together This beautiful alpine region provides important corridors for species like the snow leopard and argali that cross between the countries 1 2 This entry was posted on Thursday February 17th 2011 at 4 20 pm It is filed under Galleries You can follow

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  • TULOGO_4C | The Story Group
    Scientists on the Front Lines of Climate Change Other Stories Image Galleries About Us Contact Us Support Our Work About Us TULOGO 4C This entry was posted on Monday May 14th 2012 at 11 17 am It is filed under You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2 0 feed You can leave a response or trackback from your own site Leave a Reply Click here

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  • Michael Kodas | The Story Group
    Scientists on the Front Lines of Climate Change Other Stories Image Galleries About Us Contact Us Support Our Work About Us Michael Kodas This entry was posted on Friday August 31st 2012 at 1 05 pm It is filed under You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2 0 feed You can leave a response or trackback from your own site Leave a Reply Click here

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  • Quitting a Bad Habit | The Story Group
    the Rose Garden to light up That said he knows that Sasha and Malia don t want their daddy to get lung cancer and vowed to stop Apparently he succeeded we were told after the recent Presidential health check that Obama was tobacco free Would it be too much to think he s turning the page on self destructive fuel habits as well Here s a quick paragraph for those who haven t kept up with the unconventional fuels debate Because oil is getting harder to come by and more expensive to get many oil companies are turning to ever more far fetched carbon based alternatives for transportation fuel oil shale coal to liquids and tar sands are three of them Tar sands are basically proto hydrocarbons a mixture of sand clay and bitumen that can be mined by the megaton cooked into a goopy sludge that can be transported long distances in pipelines and eventually processed into something that you can put in a car or a plane to make it run Tar sands require more energy to find and refine than conventional oil produce more water and air pollution and have a carbon footprint that is so big that some climate scientists have warned that continued tar sands production would doom the planet In a recent piece I wrote for National Wildlife magazine I look at how animals are acting as unwitting sentinels for humans and are already dying in flocks because of the Alberta tar sands juggernaut That s because up in Canada there are a lot of these tar sands which are the functional equivalent of a trove of cigarette butts In essence oil companies are basically scraping the pavement for vast quantities of these butts picking out the vestigial tobacco liquefying it shipping it in

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  • When is a national park not a national park? | The Story Group
    headlines in 2002 thanks largely to the efforts of Michael Fay a Wildlife Conservation Society scientist who famously traversed much of Gabon s tropical wildlands on foot and whose efforts were documented several times in National Geographic and elsewhere including surviving an elephant goring One of Fay s WCS colleagues Lee White went on to be named as current head of Gabon s national park system All good so far Stand by for the update First a little background on Gabon and why I went there In September I was invited to give journalism workshops in the capital city of Libreville courtesy of the U S State Department and Gabon s Conseil National de la Communication I had been a Knight International Press Fellow for four months in Algeria in 2006 living in Algiers and working in French with journalists from both Francophone and Arabophone newspapers I returned twice to conduct investigative journalism training sessions observing the dance between a newly democratic regime and a newly free press In Gabon as in Algeria freedom of the press is still a fledgling concept for four decades of Gabon s post independence history it was a French colony until 1960 and its first president Léon M ba served from 1961 until his death in 1967 it was ruled in what could kindly be called an autocratic way by the aforementioned President Omar Bongo Ondimba Most of the media was state run or state controlled and freedom of expression if it meant expressing opposing views to the prevailing power was met with wrathful displeasure In theory some of that changed after the president s death in 2009 and his son Ali Bongo Ondimba came to power in a disputed election Nonetheless the international community accepted the results and le fils Bongo was soon being heralded as a reformer and a leader in the African continent s new post post colonial politics Press freedoms opened a crack although without a tradition of a free press some of the resulting journalism seemed to resemble the undisciplined acts of teenagers who had been given the car keys and a bottle of whiskey without ever having a driving lesson Hence there was a perceived opening to invite a U S journalist to talk about the rights and responsibilities of a free press I learned during my brief time there that President Ali Bongo by most accounts has indeed streamlined the government vowed to fight corruption and notably articulated a vision of Gabon s future based on three economic pillars service Gabon industrial Gabon and Gabon Vert or green Gabon He still has many detractors and doubters but has initiated some environmental initiatives including a ban on the export of raw logs Now we re back to the national parks Before going to Gabon I tried to arrange a reporting trip at the conclusion of my teaching responsibilities and thought it would be interesting to visit Loango National Park often described as the crown jewel of Gabon s

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  • Why is climate change awareness declining? | The Story Group
    were observing and three years after Bill McKibben wrote his far sighted End of Nature Although I do not consider myself to be an expert in the science of climate change I have interviewed many people who are and in 2004 contributed to National Geographic s single issue opus on the subject entitled Global Warning What baffles me about the subject is this Scientists have postulated for more than a century that increasing the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere could plausibly lead to an increase in terrestrial temperatures Since the 1950s there has been an unimpeachable data set that shows that the level of atmospheric carbon dioxide is on the rise Since the 1970s at least scientists have measured changes in the earth s systems that correspond with what you might expect in a warming world including simple understandable data like increased average global temperatures melting glaciers and rising sea levels Fast forward to 2011 On virtually every scientific front the data sets are getting stronger the observations more conclusive the models more robust and the scientific consensus more profound the planet is warming and humans are contributing to this worrisome trend Our prodigious burning of fossil fuels is creating a thicker atmospheric blanket that is trapping heat and the planet is showing us signs that this warming trend is accompanied by other disturbing changes our oceans are more acidic species are disappearing because they cannot adapt to these changes fast enough and human populations are at risk from rising sea levels increased diseases and profound changes in the ecological balance of many regions So why aren t people listening In this profile and audio slide shoe of climate scientist James White of the University of Colorado he explains again and in beautifully simple terms why he knows

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