Throughout every day reporters and editors have to decide what to cover and what to publish online and in print. Some decisions are easy. Coverage of the verdict in the McStay murder trial was lined up ahead of Monday’s announcement, and the news had already been anticipated for front-page play.Other stories will be discussed, weighed and in some cases reconsidered for coverage and where they will be played on the Union-Tribune website or in print.One story last week — a polar bear killing a duck at the zoo — brought up the question, what is news? The answer is not as easy at seems. Try it in one sentence.Here’s mine, and I probably could keep working it: Something that occurred or is occurring that is interesting, different and/or affects people. From Mark Platte, U-T enterprise editor: “News can be a lot of things to a lot of people, but to me it’s noteworthy coverage that informs, interests, educates or entertains us.”From Denise Amos, U-T … [Read more...] about What ‘news’ is fit to cover, publish?
What polar bear eat
Peggy’s data were a bit of a shock.From an anchored vantage point in an expanse of the southeastern Bering Sea west of Alaska, Peggy, or mooring M2, had monitored conditions in the water for 25 years. A line of sensors extended down more than 70 meters to where Peggy was tethered to the seafloor, collecting information on temperature, salinity and other properties of the water.Most years, the waxing and waning of floating sea ice follows a consistent seasonal pattern that is reflected in Peggy’s data. By November, sea ice migrates in through the Bering Strait or forms in some parts of the Bering Sea. As a by-product of the sea ice formation, a large mass of cold, salty water begins to pool near the seafloor. In the spring, phytoplankton bloom, and by early summer, the sea ice begins to melt away. The cold pool, however, lingers through the summer. With an average temperature just below zero degrees Celsius — a few degrees colder than the surrounding water — … [Read more...] about What happens when the Bering Sea’s ice disappears?
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) took her climate alarmism to a whole new level Sunday when she said we should stop having children. Using Instagram, America’s socialist “It Girl” filmed herself cutting up some food while she spread wild-eyed conspiracy theories about life as we know it ceasing in 12 years — a false claim she has made in the past.On the issue of having children, she suggested it would be irresponsible to sentence young people to the holy environmental hell that is sure to come — unless, of course, we sign on to her Green New Deal, which would require us to slaughter all the cattle (to stop their deadly farts), end air travel, eliminate automobiles, turn our freedoms over to educated-but-dumb central planners like Ocasio-Cortez, and agree to return to the Dark Ages, a world where hot water heaters, TVs, and automobiles will be useless on a cloudy day. “Our planet is going to hit disaster if we don’t turn this ship around and … [Read more...] about Nolte: Luddite Ocasio-Cortez Says We All Need to Stop Reproducing
A combination of dwindling sea ice and an all-you-can-eat-buffet of garbage may be drawing a massive influx of polar bears to towns on a Russian archipelago. It’s a worst-case scenario for both the polar bears and people because proximity increases the potential for conflict. At least 52 polar bears have visited the village of Belushya Guba on the Novaya Zemlya islands in northern Russia over the past few months, The Washington Post reports. The bears are getting into homes and office buildings, prompting officials to declare a state of emergency. Videos uncovered by The Guardian that purport to show the bear invasion show them chowing down at the local dump. It’s exactly the behavior experts expect given the easy access to garbage in the town and the shrinking sea ice where polar bears would typically hunt. It’s a preview of what’s to come as climate change continues to reduce sea ice and people keep expanding into a thawing Arctic. To be clear, polar bear … [Read more...] about Why polar bears invaded a Russian village
On May 30, 2008, a research team armed with GPS units, notebooks, and binoculars set out into a dense patch of jungle in Indonesian Borneo. An oil palm company had commissioned them to survey the area for important environmental and cultural assets that might be impacted should the forest be converted into a plantation. They had no idea, however, that an “exceptional herpetofaunal discovery” awaited them that morning, they later wrote. As midday approached, the sweating group decided to take a break from their uphill trek to have lunch next to a shallow, rocky stream bed. Glancing at the creek between bites, one of the local team members spotted something of note: a brownish-yellow reptile, about a foot long, that he referred to simply as kadal—the generic Indonesian word for “lizard.” The partially submerged creature had the elongated, snakelike body of a Chinese dragon, the facial features of a cartoon dinosaur, and the pronounced scales of a … [Read more...] about How a Reclusive Lizard Became a Prize Find for Wildlife Smugglers