Sweet Home Alabama

Cool Green Science

I’ve probably heard the Lynyrd Skynyrd song “Sweet Home Alabama” a zillion times in my life — high school dances, wedding receptions and on the radio. But hearing it last weekend along the shores of Mobile Bay, Alabama, surrounded by more than 500 volunteers, it struck a new chord. Image: Volunteers help restore the Gulf of Mexico in Alabama. Katherine Sather is a digital marketing specialist for The Nature Conservancy’s North America region.

Oil Train Explodes in Alabama

Sightline Daily

Reuters is reporting that an oil train derailed in Alabama earlier today resulting in a huge explosion that sent flames 300 feet into the sky. In Alabama, emergency crews have also apparently decided to let the flames burn out , which could take 24 hours. Mishaps like the one in Alabama today raise a serious question: should we worry about the exploding death trains in our midst ?


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In Alabama? Need to Recycle some Electronics?

Green Earth Journey

I am not in Alabama, but I thought I would pass this along in case any of my readers are. Hyla Alabama Electronics Recyclers Our Mission Our mission is to provide our customers with the most friendly, most responsible, and most complete electronic waste recycling service in the state of Alabama. With Alabama Electronics Recyclers you can be sure that your e-waste is handled in the most responsible fashion.

An Environmentalist Goes to Alabama to Talk About Climate Change—Find Out What Happens Next

Cool Green Science

In that spirit, I was pleased to visit the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham, Alabama, this week to speak about climate change. Right here in Alabama, I told the audience, we’re already seeing the effects of a changing climate. Mark Tercek is the president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune. Follow Mark on Twitter @MarkTercek. Earlier this week, the U.S.

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Alabama Chanin’s Cyber Monday Sale: 50% Off Handmade Slow Fashion

Eco Chic

Alabama Chanin rarely has a sale, but this one’s a doozy (so much so, I had to share it with you all). Related Post: Alabama Chanin’s Studio Style: More DIY Projects from the Southern Handcrafting Guru. Fair Fashion alabama chanin boho cyber monday eco fashion Handmade sale slow fashion styleUp to 50% off in the brand’s red dot sale, happening NOW! I’m loving the large polka dot t-shirt (above) and the Little Flowers Walking Cape (below)>.

Spring is for Restoration!

Cool Green Science

Two years ago, nearly 600 volunteers from around the country gathered at Helen Wood Park on the shore of Mobile Bay, Alabama, to take action and help restore the Gulf of Mexico. Wet, muddy and cold, the volunteers happily worked together to build a quarter-mile reef , the first project of the 100-1000: Restore Coastal Alabama partnership. Bring your friends and join us in Alabama on April 6 and help restore the Gulf of Mexico.

Alabama Chanin’s Studio Style: More DIY Projects from the Southern Handcrafting Guru

Eco Chic

Natalie Chanin’s new book, Alabama Studio Style. Instead of protecting the design techniques which render her looks specifically hers, Natalie has gone the open-source route, and with her second book, Alabama Studio Style (the first book was the Alabama Stitch Book ), she expands upon the (your) hands-on projects that you can create from recycled materials from wherever you call home.

Osprey Cam 2014: Reality TV Featuring Our Wild Neighbors

Nature Conservancy - Science

Judy Haner is the Marine and Freshwater Programs Director for The Nature Conservancy in Alabama. Last year, thousands of viewers from around the world enjoyed the real-life drama of Allie and Bama, two ospreys who set up a nest in Orange Beach, Alabama. We’re back for a new nesting season with Josie and Elbert , named after the nearby Alabama towns of Josephine and Elberta. Birds Alabama bird cam bird observation Birding Gulf of Mexico Judy Haner osprey cam wildlife cam

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Results: Great News for Shad

Nature Conservancy - Science

The Alabama shad once shaped ecosystems. As covered in yesterday’s blog , last year I spent a day with Steve on Florida’s Apalachicola River looking at Alabama shad, a fish that researchers hoped would benefit by a practice known as conservation locking—basically allowing fish to pass through dams by using the same lock system that enables ships to pass. Alabama shad once migrated in huge numbers up many southern rivers, and as far north as Iowa.

New Research Makes A Strong Case for Fish Passage

Nature Conservancy - Science

An Alabama shad. It may sound like a riddle, but this technique is helping Nature Conservancy scientists protect the Alabama shad , which once swarmed up Gulf-coast rivers as far north as Iowa by the millions to spawn. Herrington’s team then ran the same test on 140 adult Alabama shad, which live in the Gulf of Mexico but return upriver to spawn. Fish alabama shad fish migration florida laser otolith Photo: © Steve Herrington. By Justine E.

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Southern NV Water Authority wants to ban useless grass


Eco Green a-has-nearly alabama california city energy mexico virginia waterDoes a city that went a record 240 days without rainfall in 2020 really need to water ornamental grass? More and more, Las Vegas residents are saying no. Now, it may be the first U.S. city to ban nonfunctional turf.

The winners and losers of 2021’s greenest states report


Other low-ranking states are Louisiana (26.34), Mississippi (34.70), Alabama (36.01) and Kentucky (38.17). Eco Green agriculture alabama daily earth energy information nature united states virginia west-virginiaThe personal finance site Wallet Hub has released its greenest states report for 2021, just in time for Earth Day. While the results aren’t shocking — with Vermont in the lead and five Southern states lagging at the tail end — they’re still interesting to peruse.

Osprey Cam: Reality TV Featuring Our Wild Neighbors

Nature Conservancy - Science

By Jeff Dequattro, Coastal Programs Office, Alabama. Allie and Bama recently moved to Orange Beach, Alabama. Birds Citizen Science People and Conservation Alabama osprey bird recovery Birding clean water gulf conservation Gulf osprey Gulf osprey cam Jeff Dequattro Jeff DeQuattro Nature Conservancy name the osprey osprey cam osprey clean water osprey conservation osprey family osprey nest osprey recovery osprey watching

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SoilKit wins recognition through Lowe’s small businesses program


This Alabama resident used her grandmother’s knowledge of soil health and modern soil chemistry to create a kit that will help aspiring gardeners keep their soil healthy. Business Eco Green a-medical-care alabama cloning dance first organizations personal positive efforts soilThrough the “Making It…With Lowe’s” program, entrepreneurs around the U.S. had the opportunity to showcase their products and innovative ideas.

Rare blue lobster turns up in Red Lobster shipment


Green a-doctor-couple alabama children cuyahoga cuyahoga-falls marine-life rooftop-solar seafood-watchThe only thing that saved Clawde from the linguini sauce was her blue hue.

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Jet Engine Sponge Makes Airports Less Sensual

Green Prophet

Researchers at the University of Alabama quiet combustion at its source. . Agrawal, professor of engineering at University of Alabama in a statement on the school’s blog. Press images by Zach Higgins, University of Alabama. Cars & Transportation aircraft noise airports aviation Noise pollution University of AlabamaA new adaptor ring cuts noise pollution at airports. AdaAirports are like Desperate Housewives. Unpopular neighbors, but crazy sensual.

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The Ray integrates plants and pollinators along I-85


Along The Ray, an 18-mile stretch of I-85 that starts at the Georgia and Alabama state line, cars and trucks race by roadside meadows, where pollinators are buzzing along the vibrant wildflowers. Business Eco Green a-native-and alabama bicycle-highway georgia-college landscape transit university

Mysterious seeds from China arriving in mail across America


States that have released public notices against planting the unsolicited seeds include Washington, Virginia, Kentucky, Delaware, Colorado, Iowa, Georgia, Minnesota, Maryland, Mississippi, Montana, Oklahoma, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, North Dakota, Texas, Alabama and Florida. Green a-doctor-couple alabama children china courtyard kentucky oregon package rainwater collection rooftop-solar surprisingly texas virginia words

Biggest environmental news stories of the decade


million barrels of crude oil polluting the coasts of Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida. Eco Green Recycle alabama animals bolivia conservation environment features island kiribati madagascar mexico national plastic puerto-rico

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A Lock Holds the Key to Restoring Migratory Fish

Nature Conservancy - Science

Auburn University research assistant Chase Katechis examines an Alabama shad on the Apalachicola River, Florida. Recently, the researchers released new information with some exciting new results on Alabama shad restoration. It’s a simple recipe, but one that might be enough to help move millions of the migratory fish species known as Alabama shad over dams, so they can spawn in rivers throughout the southeastern United States. But you don’t hear about a dime for Alabama shad.

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The Cooler: 5 Lessons for Live Animal Cams

Nature Conservancy - Science

And as Nature Conservancy scientist Jeff DeQuattro wrote about on Cool Green Science yesterday , the osprey live nest cam from Orange Beach, Alabama that this blog and other Conservancy web pages featured this spring and summer was certainly no exception. Aubrie…or is it Ossie? Live animal cams — everybody loves ‘em. For instance: Almost 2.5

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If we all line up on the coast, count to 3, and jump in the ocean yelling "CANNONBALL" I think we could splash out enough water to counter sea-level rise*

Environmental Economics

Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks on possible causes of sea level rise : "What about erosion? Every time you have that soil or rock, whatever it is, that is deposited into the seas, that forces the sea levels to rise because now you've got less space in those oceans because the bottom is moving up." " Anyone still question the need for more science education in our schools? Flashback to my childhood.Dad, almost daily: "Leave some damn water in the pool!&

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Sierra Club quote of the day

Environmental Economics

From POLITICO's Morning Energy: Meanwhile, Democrats and liberal groups asked for the tax bill to be put on hold until Alabama Democrat Doug Jones is sworn in. "There "There should be no votes on the despicable GOP tax scheme or other dangerous efforts to put the profits of corporate polluters and billionaires before the people until the voice of every voter is represented in the Senate," Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune said in a statement Wednesday.

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Interactive maps show top 10 states for off-grid lifestyles


By the Insta-numbers, Kimberly, Alabama comes in at the top of the off-grid areas, but since many of the posts are from the same Airbnb location, HomeAdvisor calculates that California takes the prize for the most off-gridders.

Where is the congressional outcry over price suppression (or whatever the opposite of price gouging is)?

Environmental Economics

Another ten states -- Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Texas and Virginia -- also have gas for less than $2. Data from price tracker GasBuddy.com shows that three states -- Oklahoma, Louisiana and Ohio -- have at least one station each selling regular gas for less than $1.90 a gallon. Cheap gas is most frequently found at stations in Oklahoma, which was the first state to break the $2 a gallon mark on Dec.

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My spring football recap (with no mention of The Ohio State)

Environmental Economics

Here’s the list: Alabama 92,310. John Clay: The SEC has released spring game attendance figures for each of its 12 schools. Kentucky’s crowd of 4,000 was dead last. And, to be truthful, I’m not sure there were 4,000 there. Auburn 53,209. Florida 51,000. Georgia 43,177. Arkansas 42,000. Mississippi State 36,357. Tennessee 35,891. South Carolina 29,451. Ole Miss 28,000. LSU 25,032. Vanderbilt 7,500. Kentucky 4,000.

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Daily Demand and Supply: Ticket Prices

Environmental Economics

So demand must have increased between last year and this year--since the same two teams are playing, Alabama and Clemson. ESPN Senior Writer Darren Rovell tweets seniorly: The average price paid on StubHub for a ticket to tonight's college football playoff title game is $1,266. That's almost three times the price paid last year ($425).

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Apparently climate change is real (or maybe this is just FAKE NEWS)

Environmental Economics

  The rest of the article lays out the case and explains how even the cherry-picked University of Alabama Huntsville satellite data, that deniers love to point to as evidence that climate change is a hoax, now shows that, well, it's not a hoax.

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"Gulf states reach $18.7 billion settlement with BP over oil spill"

Environmental Economics

I think I've scooped all of the other environmental economics bloggers on this one (the story is from the ABC TV station in Fresno ): Officials in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana announced an $18.7 billion settlement with BP on Thursday that resolves years of litigation over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

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Bald Eagle Population Turning Around

Eco Friendly Daily

In Alabama, they have tracked about 100 nesting pairs of bald eagles, an endangered species. Source: Environmental News Network, Alabama’s Bald Eagle Population Booming , February 13. This is ten times the estimated recovery goal that the state made last year when there was only 77 mating pairs. With this new development they are planning to remove bald eagles from the Endangered Species List.

"In the Wake of Wednesday’s Tornadoes"

Environmental Economics

As of this writing, nearly 300 people have been killed by the storms, 195 of them in Alabama. NYTimes.com : The violent storms that struck the South on Wednesday may break one of nature’s grimmer records. On April 3, 1974, 148 tornadoes touched down on a single day and left behind a trail of wreckage nearly 2,500 miles long. As many as 135 tornadoes were reported on Wednesday, wrecking homes, towns and lives.

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My top 10 albums of 2012

Environmental Economics

  One that I missed is Jason Isbell, Live from Alabama (it is in my shopping cart at Amazon). Based on revealed prefernece as submitted to WNCW's Top 100 : Bruce Springsteen -- Wrecking Ball. BoDeans -- American Made. Patterson Hood -- Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance. Kathleen Edwards -- Voyageur. Avett Brothers -- The Carpenter. Old Crow Medicine Show -- Carry Me Back. Rhett Miller -- The Dreamer. The Mastersons -- Birds Fly South.

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Tomayto / tomahto

Environmental Economics

Christy, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville who is known for his skepticism about the seriousness of global warming, pointed out in an interview that 2014 had surpassed the other record-warm years by only a few hundredths of a degree, well within the error margin of global temperature measurements.

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Gardening While You Learn

Green (Living) Review

A University of Alabama psychologist, however, wanted more than anecdotal evidence of the various programs’ success. As childhood obesity continues its upward trend nationally, schools and community organizations are partnering to find solutions. One such solution is the advent of school gardens to get students outside the classroom and into the great outdoors.

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Five Years After BP Spill, Gulf of Mexico is Rekindling Responsibility for the Gulf’s Future

Cool Green Science

TNC staff and volunteers prepare a string of containment booms to protect an oyster reef restoration project from the spread of oil on Alabama’s Gulf Coast. Volunteers, TNC scientists and partners construct oyster reefs along Alabama’s Mobile Bay on the Gulf coast. Alabama is revising the Mobile Bay Estuary Plan, including recognition of TNC’s living shoreline projects. A fishing boat and oil platform can be seen along Alabama’s Gulf coast. ©

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Words from Maya Lin, Sigourney Weaver and The Women of the Gulf

The Green Samaritan

In particular was Judy Hayner, Marine Program Director with The Nature Conservancy out of Mobile, Alabama who helped conceptualize and initiate the “100 – 1000: Restore Coastal Alabama&# project to build 100 miles of oyster reefs and enhance 1000 coastal marsh and seagrass.

The Green Buzz: Wednesday, July 10

Cool Green Science

An ancient, underwater cypress forest has been discovered off the coast of Alabama! What’s the relationship between climate change and forensic investigations? It’s in today’s green news. Blowflies are moving north with a changing climate, and that can throw off the time-of-death clock used in forensic investigations. National Geographic ). USDA says meat labels need more information, and not surprisingly, meat trade groups sue. Huffington Post ).

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First Species To Rebound From Endangered To Threatened: Tulotoma Snail

Eco Friendly Daily

The Tulotoma snail, located in Alabama, is officially the first species to be upgraded from endangered on the ESL to threatened. Alabama is the leader in extinctions in the contiguous U.S., Alabama, which is home to a diverse range of aquatic species, has already had 29 snails, 28 mussels and 2 fish species become extinct. The Tulotoma snail became endangered due to the damming of the rivers in Alabama in the early 1900s.

The Green Buzz: Tuesday, July 9

Cool Green Science

Ancient underwater forest discovered off the coast of Alabama. “The Green Buzz” takes on a new meaning today with the discovery of green deserts. weird. Coal burning cuts lives by five years in northern China. Bloomberg ). Have you seen a green desert before? Blame climate change. Science World Report ). Hiding 4km below sea level, this Antarctic lake may hold fish. ( BBC ). Huffington Post ). Will climate change make hurricanes more frequent and intense ? TIME ).

"Appalachian State Set to Convert Entire Appalachian Mountain Range into World’s Least-Attended Football Stadium"

Environmental Economics

quadrillion, the planned expansion will stretch Kidd Brewer Stadium across 757,000 sq miles starting in central Alabama and ending in southeastern Canada. “We Rotten Appal: BOONE, NC — In a move that is being lauded for its ingenuity, Appalachian State has announced plans to convert the entire Appalachian Mountain range into the world’s least-attended football stadium.

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"Congressman Wants to Know Who Pays for Climate Skeptics’ Research"

Environmental Economics

University of Alabama at Huntsville. I'd like to know too: A Democratic member of Congress is digging into the funding of a handful of researchers who have questioned the prevailing view on the causes of climate change,  The Washington Post  reports. Arizona’s Raul M.

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Event: “Risky Business” Community Forum

Sightline Daily

Recent oil train explosions in Alabama and Lac-Megantic, still not fully disclosed oil spills in North Dakota, and other incidents remind us of the risks that oil exports could mean for the Northwest as more oil is transported along the Columbia River, across the Puget Sound, and through the outer coast. Related Stories Peabody Would Lose Money on Coal Exports Oil Train Explodes in Alabama The Kids Are Alright. Westbound oil train, Essex, MT. Photo by Roy Luck.

Magazine Outtakes: Gulf Revival

Cool Green Science

An oystercatcher forages among artificial reefs the Conservancy built in the mouth of Mobile Bay, Alabama, to provide a foundation for new oysters. Freeman works in Alabama’s Cahaba River. Loaded with a fresh catch, a shrimp boat approaches the docks at Bayou La Batre, Alabama, a port town that served as the backdrop for scenes in the movie Forest Gump. Photographer Carlton Ward Jr.

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