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January 30, 2015

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3:09 AM | Photo of the Week – January 29, 2015
Ok, I admit it – I’m a sucker for crab spiders. As much as I enjoy looking at prairie flowers, I enjoy them even more when there’s a crab spider lying in wait among their petals.  I must have more … Continue reading →
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12:00 AM | mondaymorgue: 15-footer Megamouth Shark (Megachasma pelagios)...
mondaymorgue: 15-footer Megamouth Shark (Megachasma pelagios) beached in Marigondon, Pioduran, Albay this morning. Photo courtesy of Manay Ning, Rosalina Sariola. They have contacted BFAR 5 FIRST to help identify the species. This could be a good specimen for the Albay Parks and Wildlife if “taxidermied”. We are calling the attention of our good Gov. Joey Salceda for any marching order on its preservation since I guess this could be the 2nd specimen for taxidermy aside from that […]

January 29, 2015

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5:53 PM | Community tourism fills niche around Tambopata National Reserve
When Víctor Zambrano retired from the military and returned to his family’s old homestead outside the fast-growing jungle town of Puerto Maldonado in Peru, he got an unpleasant surprise. Strangers had moved in and cleared the trees to raise cattle. As Zambrano tells it, he ran up the Peruvian flag, chased the invaders off, and set to work planting 19,000 native tree seedlings.
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2:00 PM | What affects the fate of wind farms?
Why do some wind farm applications get approved, while others run up against insurmountable roadblocks? Finding an answer could ultimately affect whether a country meets its renewable energy targets. If the reasons behind rejections remain mysterious, developers could give up on attempting new wind energy projects. To investigate, a team studied 354 wind farm applications
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1:37 PM | Study: Livestock Grazing on Public Lands Cost Taxpayers $1 Billion Over Past Decade
Originally posted on Straight from the Horse's Heart:Information supplied by The Center for Biological Diversity BLM’s Welfare Ranching Bedfellows come with a huge price tag… WASHINGTON— A new analysis  finds U.S. taxpayers have lost more than $1 billion…
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1:30 PM | Hundreds of Thousands of BHL Images Available for Viewing and Tagging in Flickr
BHL Images in the new IA Book Images Flickr StreamTwo Ways to Access BHL Images in Flickr Images from the books and journals of the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) are now more readily available in Flickr than ever before. Thanks to the work of researcher Kalev Leetaru and developers at Smithsonian Libraries (SIL), Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG), and the Internet Archive (IA), over 1 million images from BHL are being added to the IA's Book Images Flickr stream. This work began in […]
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8:00 AM | sussexwildlifetrust: A brilliant explanation why deep sea...
sussexwildlifetrust: A brilliant explanation why deep sea trawling is bad. From Bloom Association https://protectourheritage.org/
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12:27 AM | Diving. Cure to all manner of problems. Don’t you agree?
Diving. Cure to all manner of problems. Don’t you agree?

January 28, 2015

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6:32 PM | Something really, really terrible is about to happen to our coral
Overall, the oceans' waters have warmed so much in recent years that most coral areas are "right on the verge of having enough heat stress to cause bleaching and it doesn't take nearly as much to start one of these global-scale events. Continue reading →
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6:23 PM | Keystone, Meet The Grouse Wars
WASHINGTON –- The fight over the Keystone XL pipeline is about to become a fight over the lesser prairie chicken as well. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) is seeking to attach an amendment to legislation authorizing construction of the pipeline t… … Continue reading →
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5:04 PM | Study shows challenges of restoring fracking sites
“Successful restoration is more than establishing vegetation. To restore wildlife habitat so that it is self-renewing, it is critical that soils are returned to a healthy status as quickly as possible,” said the study’s lead scientist, Tamera Minnick, Professor of Environmental Science at Colorado Mesa University. Continue reading →
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2:00 PM | Notes and News from BHL
We are pleased to announce that the latest BHL Quarterly Report and Newsletter for Winter, 2015, are now available.You'll notice a new format for our Quarterly Reports and a new design for our newsletters.We're restructuring our Quarterly Reports as narratives detailing our quarterly activities and presenting content based on three themes: BHL Users, Member and Affiliate Activities, and Science. Our fourth Quarterly Report will constitute our BHL Annual Report, providing not only a report of […]
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1:05 PM | CSIRO, BOM research shows how climate change will affect Australia
According to the CSIRO report, in Australia specifically, oceans will become much warmer and more acidic. Cyclones will decrease, but when they do occur they will be significantly fiercer and occur further south. Droughts will become more intense and ‘severe’ bushfire ratings will become more common. Continue reading →
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1:00 PM | Shifting California forests reveal complex effects of drought
When it comes to understanding human impacts on forests, the first thing that springs to mind is probably logging. And while logging does leave a heavy footprint, it’s not the only anthropogenic activity that affects forest health. In California, ninety years worth of data shows that climate change is also stressing the state’s forests –
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11:56 AM | A Travel Week Plant Quiz
I’m writing this from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where I am preparing to speak at and attend the 2015 Native Prairie Restoration and Reclamation Workshop hosted by Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan.  It’s my first trip to Saskatchewan, and I’m excited to … Continue reading →

January 27, 2015

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7:10 PM | Journalists vector GM fears as FDA considers Oxitec's Keys mosquito plan
In the past few days, a new "GMO scandal" has hit the headlines. The UK biotech firm Oxitec has proposed the release of special genetically modified mosquitos in the Florida Keys to help with current mosquito control efforts. Or, according to the media: Millions of GMO mosquitoes to be released in Florida Keys if Oxitec gets its way Florida, Meet Genetically Modified Mosquitoes, Which Are Coming Your Way By The Millions The Washington Post actually called them "genetically modified killer
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4:50 PM | Beetle vs. Bird: Expert Panel Weighs in on Biocontrol of Invasive Tamarisk Trees
One representative of the U.S.F.W. stated the anxiety of some as "the system unraveling if the beetle migrates into the Lower Colorado [river]." When I asked her if any of the data being presented suggested that such an unraveling was imminent, she responded: "Isn't that why we are here?" Continue reading →
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3:50 PM | Why is so little attention paid to Madagascar and its incredible wildlife? | Alison Clausen
Madagascar's protected area network needs about $25m (£17m) per year to function effectively. While this seems like a big number, consider that the most recent instalment of the DreamWorks Madagascar animated film franchise reportedly cost $135m – a sum that would support the entire network of protected areas in Madagascar and 75% of the country’s remaining forest for the next six years. Continue reading →
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1:30 PM | A Bridge to the Past: The Writings of William Brewster
            William Brewster was a self-educated ornithologist who lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts. From the mid-1800s until his death in 1919, he amassed a tremendous specimen collection and became one of the foremost experts on birds in the northeastern United States. In 1906, the Nuttall Ornithological Club published The Birds of the Cambridge Region of Massachusetts, Brewster’s exhaustive work on the avian fauna of his own backyard. While the book is a […]
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11:48 AM | Plants vs Everything
In December, I had the amazing opportunity to spend almost two weeks in the Peruvian Amazon to do research for a book I'm writing on venoms. The Amazon is home to some of the most notorious venomous animals on Earth. There's the bullet ant: an animal whose venom is so painful, it is said to be like getting shot. Then there are the wandering spiders: large, aggressive arachnids known for their deadly bite. And that's not even getting into the various snakes with venoms potent […]

January 26, 2015

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7:01 PM | Accounting for natural capital on financial exchanges
Last month, Norway's stock exchange, the Oslo Børs, introduced a way for investors to use their money to promote sustainability. A new list by the stock exchange highlights green bonds, financial products issued by companies to raise capital for environmentally friendly projects. Notably, the list requires that issuing companies obtain and publicize outside opinions on the projects' environmental features.
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1:35 PM | An Australia Day post on Australian wildlife conservation
Originally posted on WildlifeSNPits:Today, 26th January, is Australia Day. This is Australia’s national holiday, marking the arrival on this day in 1788 of the British First Fleet at Port Jackson in New South Wales. Of course one might wonder whether…
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7:26 AM | President Obama failed his commitment to reducing nuclear weapons
Originally posted on nuclear-news:? Over the next 30 years, the bill could add up to $1 trillion. Instead of spending less on nukes, we’re spending more – and a new nuclear arsenal comes at the expense of more important national security programs.…

January 25, 2015

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11:00 PM | California Drought Worsening During Height of Rainy Season
And today a potentially record snowstorm approaches the Eastern U. S. (http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=2902). Continue reading →
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7:25 PM | Human population growth’s effects on global warming
The population issue is just beginning to get some of the public attention it deserves. The most recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United Nations' board of climate experts, included concerns about population size, saying, “Globally, economic and population growth continued to be the most important drivers of increases in CO2 emissions from fossil fuels.” Continue reading →
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3:20 AM | Silenced by the interwebs
So my internet connection won’t let me load Tumblr for some reason (*cue panic face*) so...

January 24, 2015

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11:49 PM | One Big Wave, and Millions of Lost Legos
On Feb. 13, 1997, about 20 miles off the coast of England, a massive wave hit the freighter Tokio Express, toppling 62 giant containers into the rough north Atlantic seas. Trapped inside one of them: nearly 5 million Legos. Many floated to the surface. Carried by currents, they’re still being found on beaches around the world […]
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11:23 PM | Let Outdated Attitudes Go Extinct
Originally posted on Exposing the Big Game:Text and Wildlife Photography ©Jim Robertson. All Rights Reserved Some viewpoints need to go extinct, and the hate-speak espoused by Capt. Ron Malast in his opinion piece, “Let Steller sea lions go extinct,”…
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6:59 PM | Yellowstone wildlife sent to slaughter; calling all buffalo warriors
Originally posted on Animal Blawg:Kathleen Stachowski    Other Nations Dear Americans: You’re busy, I know. You’re busy working and playing and doing a million crazy, diverse things that Americans do in our big, crazy, diverse country. That’s just who…
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10:41 AM | What’s a “biophilic city”? Let Timothy Beatley explain | Citiscope
A biophilic city is a natureful city. It puts nature at the core of its design and planning, not as an afterthought or an ornament. It’s key to everything that happens in the city. Continue reading →
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