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March 06, 2015

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1:00 PM | The fish are swimming north, leaving fishermen behind
Anchovies aren’t just useful for pizza toppings. Together with sardines and mackeral, they are some of the most economically valuable fisheries in Europe. They also exist at a critical spot in the marine food web: they eat up all the plankton, and bigger fish, marine mammals, and seabirds chow down on them. These fish are known
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10:37 AM | Butterflies of India – Commander (Moduza procris)
Commander is one of the most beautiful butterflies in India. You may spot this vividly coloured butterfly right from Southern Western Ghats to North Eastern regions. The brilliant reddish brown on its upper side will attract your attention easily.  Usually seen along forest roads, water courses, open places and even close to villages, especially if its larval host plant Mussaenda is

March 05, 2015

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2:00 PM | Electric car buyers, beware of extreme weather
Should you buy an electric car? The answer might depend on whether you live on the balmy California coast or in the freezing Midwest. According to a new study, the regional climate can make a big difference in an electric vehicle’s energy consumption. Many environmentally-minded consumers are drawn to the idea of buying an electric
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2:22 AM | 2015 El Nino to Bring Back-to-Back Hottest Years on Record?
Originally posted on robertscribbler:For the past six months, the Pacific Ocean has been very, very warm. A vast and unsettling expanse of record heat building from the tropics on through the mid lattitudes and into the Arctic. Sea surface…

March 04, 2015

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1:30 PM | Zooniverse releases Science Gossip
Zooniverse unveils its latest project called Science Gossip which is an investigation into the making and communication of science in both the Victorian period and today. This project is born from a collaboration between an Arts and Humanities Research Council project in the UK, called ‘Constructing Scientific Communities: Citizen Science in the 19th and 21st Centuries’ (ConSciCom) and the Missouri Botanical Garden who are provide content from the Biodiversity Heritage Library […]
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1:00 PM | Kicking out cows can restore western US wetlands
In southeastern Oregon, a natural experiment has been quietly taking place over nearly a quarter of a century. In 1991, cattle grazing became prohibited in the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge. Now, twenty-four years later, researchers are attempting to understand how the cessation of grazing has allowed the wetland ecosystems to recover. Livestock grazing is

March 03, 2015

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10:11 PM | Hubbard Fellowship Blog – Plains Pocket Mouse
This post is written by Jasmine Cutter, one of our Hubbard Fellows.  She has been studying the way small mammals use our restored and remnant prairies. Remember when I said I was going to highlight some more of our small … Continue reading →
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9:41 PM | 17 actually worthwhile things to know about mosquitoes
Tanjim Hossain is an NSF graduate research fellow at the University of Miami. His research focuses on the intersection of microclimatology and mosquito vector ecology from an epidemiological perspective. Follow him on twitter here BuzzFeed: the epitome of unnecessary hyperbole and an amalgam of often unoriginal content. I’ve long been convinced that this website is […]
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9:01 PM | How to Look for Signs of Bats
This is a guest post written by Andrew Harrington. Andrew has also written other posts on this blog.  So, you might have figured out by now that I quite like bats, as I’m always writing about them. Well, in fact a lot of the work I do involves bat surveys, and in particular trying to identify bat roosts. Bat roosts are the places where bats sleep by day, have a quick rest by night while they’re out foraging for food, raise their young in summer, and hibernate in […]
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8:08 PM | Deadly Traffic: The U.S. Plays an Unwitting Role in Illegal Wildlife Trade
Birds, butterflies, lizards, turtles, and more: They're all victims of capture for body parts or for exhibition. Lizards and turtles, for instance, are easily captured and rarely survive the experience. Continue reading →
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3:58 PM | Employing shame for environmental change
Anyone who has ever felt the sting of shame, knows it's power. Shame has long been used by societal institutions—families, communities, governments, religions—for making individuals tow the line of the majority. But a new book explores another—arguably more positive—side of shame: it's potential to challenge rule-breaking and ethically-defunct corporations.
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2:22 PM | Out of the ashes: Notes on the March 2015 Cape Town wildfire
Fire: Life-giving force of the Fynbos in South Africa's Cape Floristic RegionIn the Mother City the mountains are ablaze. It is late summer. Four days ago the fire started in Farmer Peck's Valley adjacent to the seaside suburb of Muizenberg, known for its surf and sharks. Sitting here at home it is 42°C and the sound of helicopters are a constant background alongside the low hum of the city of Cape Town going about its daily business. The fire spread quickly and gained strength owing […]
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1:00 PM | Climate change worsens endocrine disruptors’ effects
Aquatic animals face a lot of threats these days, from warming waters and unpredictable rainfall to endocrine disrupting chemicals that mess with their reproductive systems. But while such threats are widely recognized, few studies have examined their effects in combination, especially at a population level. In a study published yesterday in the Proceedings of the
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12:42 AM | Genetically Modified Conservation
Pamela Ronald wants to use modern genetic techniques to create a new brand of agriculture that slashes insecticide use, increases yield, and thrives in a warmer, wetter world.
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12:39 AM | Invasive Species Cuisine
Joe Roman, a biologist at University of Vermont, believes we can best tackle outbreaks of non-native species by serving them up—for dinner.
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12:36 AM | Nature-Inspired Design
Sherry Ritter teams biologists with engineers, architects, designers, chemists, and others to design super-efficient, ecofriendly technology based on nature’s time-tested strategies.
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12:33 AM | Energy Efficiency as a Resource
Brendan O’Donnell, an analyst at the Rocky Mountain Institute, wants to market energy efficiency as a valuable and abundant grid resource that can be “mined” in place of coal and oil.
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12:29 AM | A New Twist on Capitalism
Susan Mac Cormac, a corporate lawyer with Morrison & Foerster, helped launch a novel corporate form – a kind of hybrid between a nonprofit and a corporation that has the flexibility to pursue both profits and stewardship.
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12:26 AM | Saving Daylight
Joel Loveland designs healthy, energy efficient buildings that dramatically reduce artificial lighting and blur the boundary between inside and out.
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12:22 AM | Green Roof Renaissance
Dusty Gedge, president of the European Federation of Green Roof Associations, is on a mission to create wild, new urban canopies for wildlife habitat, for growing food—and for staying cool. Dusty Gedge started as a green-roof campaigner and founder of Livingroofs.org, an independent green-roofs association that promotes green roofs and walls in the UK. His
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12:15 AM | Indoor Urban Agriculture
John Edel, a Chicago entrepreneur, has transformed an 87-year-old abandoned meatpacking facility into the nation’s first vertical farm. His goal is to bring large-scale, net-zero-waste food production right into the middle of the city.
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12:10 AM | Cementing the Future
Brent Constantz, an entrepreneurial marine geologist from Stanford, believes that by mimicking the way marine organisms create shells, he can manufacture concrete in a way that traps carbon rather than spews it.
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12:02 AM | A More Verdant Tax Code
Yoram Bauman, a University of Washington economist and standup comedian, thinks we’ve got the tax system upside down and backwards. We tax things we want more of, such as paychecks and enterprise, not things we want less of, such as pollution and resource depletion. Doing the opposite would yield double dividends: cleaner air and flusher bank accounts.

March 02, 2015

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10:26 PM | Of Ivory, Gold and Silver
It is a persistent problem with the illegal ivory market, is we don’t have actual records of how much is being sold.  It is difficult to determine what the size of the market for carvings, what proportion are new carvings from recently poached ivory, what percentage are fake ivory, and what percentage is older carvings [...]
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9:47 PM | Hormone disrupting chemicals and climate change increase risk of extinction in wildlife
The impact of pollution on wildlife could be made dramatically worse by climate change according to a new study published today in the journal PNAS. Source: phys.org GR:  Hormone disrupting chemicals are leaked into soils and water along with human … Continue reading →
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12:43 AM | The Business of Endangered Species Management
Some governmental units in Oklahoma, object to the increased cost and would like the Burying Beetle removed from the endangered species list. Perhaps they should instead re-evaluate their development goals? Can they develop by infill of existing already developed areas instead? Do they really need to widen the current roads and bridges? Continue reading →

March 01, 2015

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4:20 PM | Tony Abbott’s ‘captain’s call’ over Tasmanian forest humilated Australia, say Greens
“Prime minister Tony Abbott made a “captain’s call” over Tasmanian forestry policy which globally humiliated Australia, the Greens and a conservation group claim. “The Wilderness Society (TWS) says Freedom of Information documents reveal Abbott pushed forward with election commitments in … Continue reading →
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12:19 AM | Appeal to save endagered lemurs is falling on deaf ears, say campaigners
About 90 per cent of all lemur species – including the only other primate apart from humans to have blue eyes – are at risk of extinction on their native island of Madagascar. Continue reading →

February 28, 2015

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8:30 PM | Imported invasive beavers and minks threaten biodiversity in southern Chile
Human introductions (accidental and intentional) account for 99.99% of invasive species problems. Continue reading →
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1:44 AM | Survivable IPCC projections are science fiction – the reality is much worse
Even to non-specialists, there is glaring incongruity between potential disaster and promised political action. Nick Breeze dissects the issue with interviews and data. Continue reading →
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