Environment

10:00am

Fri March 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Photo: Northern Lights Over Iceland

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 11:28 am

The Northern Lights in the sky Thursday above Faskusfjordur on the east coast of Iceland Thursday.
Jonina Oskardottir AP

The solar storm that swept over Earth Thursday didn't seem to cause any major problems, as some had feared.

But the prediction that it would create some beautiful Northern Lights has proved to be quite true. The Associated Press has moved a quite striking photo taken Thursday on the east coast of Iceland.

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11:42am

Mon March 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Toola, An Otter Pioneer Who Raised Orphan Pups, Has Died

Originally published on Mon March 5, 2012 11:50 am

Toola, the southern sea otter, with a surrogate pup.
Randy Wilder Monterey Bay Aquarium

Toola may not be a household name, but she made quite an impression on the staff of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where she lived most of her adult life.

Just look at how Dr. Mike Murray, an aquarium veterinarian, described the sea otter:

"I will argue that there is no other single sea otter that had a greater impact upon the sea otter species, the sea otter programs worldwide, and upon the interface between the sea otters' scientific community and the public."

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12:21pm

Thu March 1, 2012
Environment

Colorado Governor Addresses Fracking and Water Concerns

At a meeting of state water managers in Broomfield Thursday, Governor John Hickenlooper called for more cooperation when it comes to finding solutions to Colorado’s looming water shortages.  

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3:00pm

Wed February 29, 2012
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Amazingly Close Up View Of A Woodpecker

Originally published on Wed February 29, 2012 3:04 pm

YouTube.com

Maybe you won't agree, but we think this video is fascinating. It's a very close encounter with a woodpecker at a bird feeder in Dryden, N.Y.

(Hint: don't give up before the 15-second mark.)

(H/T to this blogger's old hometown friend, Jim Pearson.)

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12:52pm

Tue February 28, 2012
Environment

Report Critical of Large Water Storage Projects

The Arkansas River outside of Cotopaxi, Colorado
LeeAnne Adams Flickr - Creative Commons

The second in a two-part report released Tuesday by a Boulder-based conservation group projects that water managers in the Arkansas River basin can exceed expected water demands by implementing a mix of conservation and small water storage projects.

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