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October 22, 2014

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6:29 PM | Statewide Pesticide Use–California Draft Environmental Impact Report
Throughout the report, the Department fails to consider recommending changing crops and practices to avoid pest impacts. Of course, we might have passed the point where we can feed our growing population without pesticides. In this case, we can look forward to a time of forced population decline. Continue reading →
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3:53 PM | Readers Write In: Mystery Snake #1 is eating Mystery Snake #2!
Here are some recent snake identification requests I've received. Please see below for our snake ID post ground rules! Good morning,We found the snake shown on the attached picture in front of our house.Roberto L.Cooper City, Florida Good morning David, Here are some shots of 2 snakes, one dying, one very much alive. (no human intervention involved). I think I know what the live one
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2:35 PM | Saving the survivor: China scrambles to keep the finless porpoise from extinction
On the morning of July 14, 2002 Qi Qi ate breakfast as he always did. As the world’s only captive baiji – or Yangtze river dolphin – Qi Qi was something of a celebrity in China and his caretakers kept a close eye on his health. That care may explain why, after being injured by fishermen, he lived an impressive 22 years in the Freshwater Dolphin Research Center in Wuhan, China.
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1:00 PM | National Agricultural Library (NAL) Joins BHL!
We are pleased to announce that the USDA National Agricultural Library (NAL) has joined the Biodiversity Heritage Library as a BHL Affiliate. BHL has already ingested over 845,000 pages of NAL-digitized content made openly available within the Internet Archive. This formal partnership will allow us to strengthen our collection of agricultural-related content through direct collaboration with NAL.The National Agricultural Library (NAL) comprises one of the largest collections of materials […]
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12:00 PM | Reef sharks may already be adapted for climate change
The oceans are getting more and more acidic as they slurp up all the carbon dioxide that our cars and factories are churning into the air. What will happen to marine life as their environment becomes more and more diluted with CO2? To try to predict the affects of acidification on ocean biodiversity, some researchers
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3:53 AM | 5 Ways to Support Coral Conservation Without Getting Wet
5 Ways to Support Coral Conservation Without Getting Wet: Scuba divers can support marine and coral...
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3:29 AM | To Dunedin! On an ivory quest!
Well, not exactly.   But on Friday, I will be at Otago University and giving a seminar on ivory black markets.  One topic I’m going to highlight is whether the legal factories in China (all 37 of them) are a significant source of illegal carvings. The production problem is usually glibly ignored or assumed away. [...]

October 21, 2014

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5:05 PM | Top scientists raise concerns over commercial logging on Woodlark Island
A number of the world's top conservation scientists have raised concerns about plans for commercial logging on Woodlark Island, a hugely biodiverse rainforest island off the coast of Papua New Guinea. The scientists, with the Alliance of Leading Environmental Scientists and Thinkers (ALERT), warn that commercial logging on the island could imperil the island's stunning local species and its indigenous people.
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3:28 PM | Karen’s Wetland Videos
One of my favorite places within our Platte River Prairies is a restored wetland we usually call “the sandpit wetland” because it is a former sand and gravel mining pit.  We restored the site over about 10 years, a little … Continue reading →
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1:00 PM | Ten conservation questions that satellites could help answer
On Sunday this week, the Guardian reported that deforestation in the Brazilian portion of the Amazon rainforest spiked by 190 percent over the last couple of months. This ugly bit of news came via remote sensing techniques; satellites orbiting the earth are particularly useful tools for monitoring things like deforestation. In Brazil, new satellites may
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12:30 PM | The Field Book Project: Increasing Access to Researchers' Fieldbooks
American Archives Month celebrates the importance of archives and the work of archivists as they seek to collect, organize, and make accessible unique materials from our nation’s history. The Smithsonian Field Book Project is an exciting example of such work, an effort across SI departments and divisions to increase accessibility to field book content. Field books are important because they are the primary source records of flora, fauna, and ecosystem biodiversity research. They hold the […]
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8:00 AM | mean-guign-photography: Sargassimfish/Sargassum Frogfish...
mean-guign-photography: Sargassimfish/Sargassum Frogfish (Histrio histrio) - Atmosphere Resorts House Reef, Dauin, Philippines One of our boat crew found this little guy nearly washed up on shore while unloading tanks, so they put it in a container with a clump of sargassum and brought it to me to identify it. i grabbed my camera and swam it out to deeper water, releasing it near some sargassum that was heading off in the strong current towards Apo Island. 
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7:14 AM | Shark says you should stop illegal fishing
Shark says you should stop illegal fishing 👌 @annaoposa #savePHseas #malapascualove
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2:31 AM | Vegan because plants don’t have feelings? You’re going to need a new reason.
Have fun eating air. Source: grist.org GR:  The title is just a bit misleading.  Unlike most animals, plants can lose parts with minimal harm.  I doubt if a Bermuda grass clone is too concerned when my friend Moe eats a … Continue reading →
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12:00 AM | mean-guign-photography: Saddleback Anemonefish (Amphiprion...
mean-guign-photography: Saddleback Anemonefish (Amphiprion polymnus) - Dauin, Philippines the next generation…so many eyeballs!

October 20, 2014

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6:00 PM | Indonesia developing mega coal mine five times larger than Singapore
Global miner BHP Billiton and Indonesian partner PT Adaro are developing what could become the single largest mine in Indonesia in terms of land area, with BHP owning 75 percent. The IndoMet mine complex in Central and East Kalimantan provinces on Borneo comprises seven coal concessions, which cover 350,000 hectares, or about five times the size of Singapore.
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4:06 PM | Development could lead to extinction of rare Australian bird
The critically endangered Regent Honeyeater could be at risk of extinction if plans to develop an industrial estate in New South Wales in Australia goes ahead, experts have found.The bird is endemic to South Eastern Australia and this site contains … Continue reading →
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2:27 PM | Biodiversity emerges as key U.N. development goal – The Korea Herald
Around 25,000 participants and observers from 164 countries agreed to ask the UN to emphasize biodiversity as an essential component of sustainable development. Continue reading →
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2:08 PM | Walking the walk: zoo kicks off campaign for orangutans and sustainable palm oil
If you see people wearing orange this October, it might not be for Halloween, but for orangutans. Chester Zoo’s conservation campaign, Go Orange for Orangutans, kicks off this month for its second year. The campaign aims to raise money, and awareness, for orangutans in Borneo, which have become hugely impacted by deforestation often linked to palm oil plantations.
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8:00 AM | mean-guign-photography: Nudibranch (Halgerda sp.) - Dauin,...
mean-guign-photography: Nudibranch (Halgerda sp.) - Dauin, Philippines I totally saw this species mid boom-boom the other day. Let’s hear it for simultaneous hermaphratism! 
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1:13 AM | Roads Benefit People But Can Have Massive Environmental Costs
Roads can become environmental disasters—opening a Pandora’s Box of problems such as illegal logging, poaching, wildfires, and land speculation. Continue reading →
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12:00 AM | mean-guign-photography: Bluespotted Stingray (Neotrygon kuhlii)...
mean-guign-photography: Bluespotted Stingray (Neotrygon kuhlii) - Lembeh, Indonesia

October 19, 2014

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10:38 PM | Sex? It all started 385 million years ago (w/ Video)
Sex began 385 million years ago and stopped the evolution of intelligence in its tracks. Continue reading →
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10:15 PM | Developing a Taste for Animal Rights: For Our Health, for Our Planet, for Our Future
There is no greater example of inequality than the question of animal rights and our diet choices. When will we stop eating animals? Source: eatdrinkbetter.com GR:  This post’s title suggest that we should care about animals is for our benefit.  … Continue reading →
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9:49 PM | Australia aims to end extinction of native wildlife by 2020
We must also work to reverse human impacts that damage wildlife habitats. Continue reading →
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9:24 PM | Behind on biodiversity targets, govts pledge to increase funding for conservation
The fundamental fuel for environmental decline, human population growth, remains uncontrolled. Continue reading →
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5:33 AM | Sorry I haven’t been posting much - been crazy busy with...
Sorry I haven’t been posting much - been crazy busy with our new volunteers with Zoox. The plus side is we’re in Malapascua and my bedroom view looks like this. The down side is I chose sleep over sharks this morning and I’m a little uncertain as to who I am having made that decision.

October 17, 2014

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8:44 PM | Indonesia’s tough choice: capping coal as Asian demand grows
Indonesia cannot build power stations fast enough. And neither can most of its Asian neighbors. Rapid economic and population growth are driving equally rapid demands for electricity as the region builds out power grids to connect up millions of people to fuel prosperity.
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5:41 PM | Wailing about whaling – the 2014 International Whaling Commission meeting
A humpback whale in Antarctica (photo credit: Chris Parsons)   Earlier this year the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that Japan’s so-called “scientific whaling” in Antarctica (the JARPA II research program, to give its official title) was illegal. Article VIII of the International Convention on the Regulation of Whaling allows the lethal take of […]
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12:32 PM | Photo of the Week – October 17, 2014
Who could be mad at these big beautiful brown eyes? As it turns out, lots of people can. The differential grasshopper is one of a long list of native North American species, headlined by white-tailed deer and raccoons, that have … Continue reading →
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