Antarctica

Photo: Goddard Space Flight Center, Aurora Antarctica is Earth’s southernmost continent, encapsulating the South Pole. FYI Antarctica has as much ice as the Atlantic ocean has water Gateway Cities Punto Arenas, Ushuaia, Cape Town, Hobart, Christchurch Video Headlines nations-reach-deal-to-establish-worlds-largest-marine-reserve so-what-is-really-happening-in-antarctica antarctica-glacial-melting thaw-reveals-antarctic-explorers-notebook Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches New Record Maximum – NASA Antarctica’s Protected Areas Are …

Volcanoes

Buzzwords A volcano is a rupture on the crust of a planetary-mass object, such as Earth, that allows hot lava, volcanic ash, and gases to escape from a magma chamber below the surface. – Wikipedia Examples Eyjafjallajökull Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Kīlauea Volcano Mexico Exploring Nevado de Colima National Park Nevado de Toluca Exploring Popocatépetl and Ixtaccíhuatl …

May 22 is Biodiversity Day

Photo: Ron Mader, Oaxaca Tree Planting May 22 is the International Day for Biological Diversity (Día Internacional de la Diversidad Biológica) hosted by the Convention on Biological Diversity. Hashtags: #IDB2019, #BioDiversityDay Facebook: UNBiodiversity 2019 In 2019 Planeta.com celebrates Diversity Days and seeks to explore the connections between the social and natural worlds. We are adding …

Wild Ocean

As part of our series focusing on biodiversity and wildlife, Planeta.com spotlights issues and questions of importance relevant to marine wildlife and the wild ocean. In a sense, there is only one ocean covering 72% of the planet. One planet, one ocean. That said five oceanic divisions are usually reckoned: Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Arctic, and …

Light

Buzzwords Light alters its color according to the chemical composition of the matter that emits, reflects or absorbs it Elsewhere on the Web light2015.org May 16 lightday.org https://www.facebook.com/IDL2019 Recommended Listening James Clerk Maxwell – poet, mathematician and the father of light – Maxwell proposed his theory of electromagnetism. It allows us to enjoy radio, television, …

World Migratory Bird Day

Photo: Bernard Spragg, Royal Albatross In 2019, World Migratory Bird Day is celebrated on May 11 and October 12. The celebration sets in motion a number of participant-created events around the world that take place over the next few days. From talks to walks, there are a lot of events. Hashtags: #WMBD2019 #WorldMigratoryBirdDay Key Links worldmigratorybirdday.org @WMBD …

Environmental Journalism

Poster Environmental Journalism = Investigation and publication of news focusing on our living planet. Questions What are examples of quality environmental journalism? How has environmental journalism changed in the past 20 years? What is the future of environmental journalism? Elsewhere on the Web https://talk.eco/ https://talk.eco/category/guides/ http://sej.org Headlines I work in the environmental movement. I don’t …

Kīlauea Volcano

Photo: Ken Lund Kīlauea is the youngest and southeastern most volcano on the Island of Hawai‘i. Topographically Kīlauea appears as only a bulge on the southeastern flank of Mauna Loa, and so for many years Kīlauea was thought to be a mere satellite of its giant neighbor, not a separate volcano. However, research over the …

Amaranth

Photo: Contemporary Austin Amaranthus, collectively known as amaranth, is a cosmopolitan genus of annual or short-lived perennial plants. Some amaranth species are cultivated as leaf vegetables, pseudocereals, and ornamental plants. Most of the Amaranthus species are summer annual weeds and are commonly referred to as pigweed. – Wikipedia May 2019 Event The Contemporary Austin: Learn …