Here are some noteworthy environmental links folks are Digging today:
— Scientists in New Zealand have unearthed the bones of a Haast's eagle, the largest eagle that ever lived. The birds, weighing up to 33 pounds, hunted moa, the wingless New Zealand birds that resembled ostriches. Haast's eagles went extinct about 700 years ago, and while bones had been found before, these are the first found near a former human settlement.
• My Way News: "Bone-chilling temperatures settle over East"
— The blistering cold weather that's crippled the Northern Plains, Midwest and Great Lakes this week is now hitting the East Coast. Temperatures are expected to plunge past zero in New York and throughout the Northeast, and into single digits as far south as Georgia.
• Make [video]: "Spraying hot water at -20F"
— A Minnesotan takes a spray bottle of kettle-heated water outside to show how it's affected by subzero temperatures.
• CNET News: "E-waste looms behind solar-power boom"
— Solar cells, while reducing the need for fossil fuels, carry their own wasteful baggage, such as plastics, silicon and dangerous chemicals that end up contaminating soil and groundwater when they're dumped. A recent report suggests companies take back and recycle solar cells they sold after their 25-year lifespans, until less destructive manufacturing processes can be found.
• AccuWeather: "100 Degree Temp Jump Causes AK Problems"
— While the Lower 48 gets a taste of a brutal Alaska winter, that state has seen nearly 100-degree temperature changes in some places this week, from 60 below zero to the 40s. The rapid snow melt, which is now refreezing, is wreaking havoc with even the snow-savvy Alaskan drivers.
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