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  • Nature & You: Tongue-twisting scientific names can be source of fun

    Neil Garrison | Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    Bi-nomial nomenclature? Yuk! It sounds boring and uninteresting. ....but....etymology (i.e., the study of a word's origins) can be an interesting adventure.

  • Towering sequoia redwoods? Not here!

    Neil Garrison | Updated: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    Ancient forest in central Oklahoma received early protection from U.S. military

  • Dog reunited with family after two years thanks to a microchip

    Julie Bank | Updated: Wed, Nov 4, 2015

    A Maryland family lost their dog two years ago. After searching everywhere, they gave up, thinking the dog was gone forever. In October, they received a call that would make their home whole again, as their beloved pet was found in Oklahoma City.

  • Nature & You: Facts, not fear, help us better enjoy the outdoor world

    Neil Garrison | Updated: Fri, Oct 30, 2015

    Lots of people believe daddy long-leg spiders have the world's most-deadliest venom ... but that they lack the fangs that are hefty enough to penetrate human skin. This is a myth.

  • Nature & You: The strange behavior of armadillos

    Neil Garrison | Updated: Fri, Oct 23, 2015

    It is not uncommon to see dead armadillos on the side of the highway. Your first guess: maybe these poor creatures have a macabre suicide wish, but the answer to this pressing question can be gained by a better understanding of armadillo behavior.

  • Nature & You: Somebody called you a "Bird Brain?" It's a compliment

    Neil Garrison | Updated: Wed, Oct 14, 2015

    At this time of the year, huge flocks of blackbirds gather (after sundown) in the heart of large cities in central Oklahoma. It seems odd that wild birds would be in large numbers in a non-nature area such as the urban center.

  • Oklahoma facility serves as one of nation's 20 hazardous waste dump

    BY MIKE COPPOCK For The Oklahoman | Published: Thu, Sep 10, 2015

    The company Clean Harbors has paid the state of Oklahoma millions of dollars to serve as one of the nation's 20 dumps for hazardous waste. The toxic and nontoxic material is sent to the Lone Mountain Facility in northwest Major County. The 560-acre facility near Cheyenne Valley was opened in 1978.

  • Lead removal to close Edmond museum for several months

    BY DIANA BALDWIN Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Oklahoma State Department of Environmental Quality officials will close the Edmond Historical Society and Museum force the closure of the museum for several months to remove lead fragments and lead dust in the basement.

  • America's greatest idea

    Tiffany Gee Lewis, Deseret News | Updated: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    This summer, as our family has traveled the West, we've come to appreciate, more than ever, what Wallace Stegner called America's "greatest idea."

  • How nature heals the brain

    Tiffany Gee Lewis, Deseret News | Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    New studies in mental health find that a simple walk in nature can help heal the brain.

  • Carbon rule gives states leeway to meet climate change goal, EPA chief says

    Chris Casteel | Updated: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON _ The Obama administration's final rule for reducing carbon emissions at power plants across the nation will be released on Monday and will give states wide latitude to adopt an energy mix and efficiency measures, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Sunday. All of...

  • Oklahoma attorney general sues EPA over added water authority

    BY RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Wednesday in an effort to halt implementation of an agency rule that would expand the EPA's authority to regulate the nation's waters.

  • Exxon knew of climate change in 1981, email says – but it funded deniers for 27 more years

    Published: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    ExxonMobil, the world’s biggest oil company, knew as early as 1981 of climate change – seven years before it became a public issue, according to a newly discovered email from one of the firm’s own scientists. Despite this the firm spent millions over the next 27 years to promote climate denial....

  • Oklahoma utilities study options after high court's mercury ruling

    By Paul Monies Business Writerpmonies@Oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. and other utilities are studying their compliance options after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 against a regulation designed to cut mercury and other harmful emissions from coal plants. The court said the EPA should have taken compliance costs into account when it...

  • James Curtis, James Nghiem Advance to Finals of OKC's Funniest

    Kelly Flanagan | Updated: Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    James Curtis and James Nghiem punched the first two tickets to the finals of the inaugural Funniest Person in Oklahoma City Contest at the ACM@UCO Performance Lab in Bricktown Wednesday night. The second of six preliminary rounds is at 8 p.m. tonight

  • 10 Animals Whose Fates Rest In Our Hands

    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Our beautiful planet is a diverse and resilient place, filled with countless creatures who stir our hearts and imaginations. But sadly, human activities and the global climate change we're precipitating threaten that diversity and resiliency. In honor of The Huffington Post's 10th...

  • KFOR: Pollution spill kills pond fish, upsets Edmond landowner beyond words

    Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    EDMOND -- Tuesday afternoon, after a Gastar oil rig leaked a saltwater and oil mixture onto a landowners property, shortly after the operations manager of the facility claimed the damage would be minimal, KFOR reports. Now, just a few days later, the property owner says...

  • Have You Seen This? Hiker catches volcano eruption on camera

    John Clyde, KSL | Updated: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    Last week, Chile’s Calbuco volcano erupted not once but twice in just 24 hours. A hiker caught the moment of the eruption on camera, and an amazing time-lapse documented the entire thing.

  • Oklahoma Geological Survey closing Leonard seismic observatory out of cost concerns

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    LEONARD — After more than a half-century recording the state's every shimmy and shake, the Leonard Geophysical Observatory will close this summer, Oklahoma Geological Survey Interim Director Rick Andrews confirmed recently. "The Leonard Geophysical laboratory is a very old facility," Andrews...

  • Senate sends anti-EPA bill to governor's desk

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    The Oklahoma Senate on Tuesday sent Gov. Mary Fallin a bill touted as a means to challenge a pollution rule by the Environmental Protection Agency. The Senate accepted House amendments Senate Bill 676, by Sen. Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, by vote of 38-7, sending it to Fallin’s desk. The...