Big Business Pushes Coal-Friendly Kentucky To Embrace Renewables : NPR

Nearly 90 percent of Kentucky’s electricity is from coal — the cheap energy source that helped build its manufacturing economy. Now it’s struggling to respond as more businesses want clean energy.

Source: Big Business Pushes Coal-Friendly Kentucky To Embrace Renewables : NPR

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Songs and flowers in the holler this week: hooded warbler, stonecrop, wood anemone and more violets – HollerPhenology

The Halberdleaf and woodland yellow violets are long gone, but all of the later-flowering violets are out now, so here are some fresh images of the other ones:

Source: Songs and flowers in the holler this week: hooded warbler, stonecrop, wood anemone and more violets – HollerPhenology

An Elegy for Earth-Observing 1 – The Atlantic

I’m going to miss you, Earth Observing-1!

From the article:

Earth Observing-1 wasn’t supposed to survive as long as it did. Operating on a shoestring budget, the spartan satellite outlasted its warranty 15-fold, and changed the way we do space-based imaging of our planet.

The satellite trained its observant lens on the ashes of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It captured the flood that followed in Hurricane Katrina’s wake. It took stock of the devastating tsunami that hit Japan in 2011. It was the first to map active lava flows from space, and the first to track re-growth in the deforested Amazon.

But all things must pass. EO-1 shut down last Thursday, in orbit, some 440 miles above Earth. It was 17.

Read more of this great story at The Atlantic — Source: An Elegy for Earth-Observing 1 – The Atlantic

Trees Have Their Own Songs – The Atlantic

Awesome research…and practice! From the article:

Just as birders can identify birds by their melodious calls, David George Haskell can distinguish trees by their sounds. The task is especially easy when it rains, as it so often does in the Ecuadorian rainforest. Depending on the shapes and sizes of their leaves, the different plants react to falling drops by producing “a splatter of metallic sparks” or “a low, clean, woody thump” or “a speed-typist’s clatter.” Every species has its own song. Train your ears (and abandon the distracting echoes of a plastic rain jacket) and you can carry out a botanical census through sound alone.

Source: Trees Have Their Own Songs – The Atlantic