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October 02, 2014

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12:11 AM | Ivory- it’s a business
The first of the papers I’ve written on the illegal trade in ivory has appeared.  It’s in the journal Ecological Economics. This is some research informed by work in China but also from data outside there.  It’s about some of the macro-drivers of poaching and partly explains why poaching did surge after 2009. One of [...]

October 01, 2014

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8:52 PM | Readers Write In: Relocation of a Surprise Venomous Visitor
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6:48 PM | Mr Darcy’s Guide to Conference Etiquette – Part 2
(click to see part 1) It is indeed most vexing when an uninvited guest appears on one’s doorstep unexpectedly. So why is turning up at a conference without registering considered to be acceptable? When invited to dinner, one is expected to RSVP so that the host knows to expect one, and it is common courtesy […]
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4:48 PM | Greenland Ice Sheet Failure May Be More Rapid Than Previous Estimates
New research suggests that the sub-glacial surface in much of Greenland is more muddy than rocky in structure, which would imply that he Greenland ice sheet may fail more quickly than heretofore expected. [more]
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4:07 PM | Limits to Growth in Science Itself
Geneticist Casey Bergman argues convincingly that the era of exponential growth in academic research is over. The argument is very similar to arguments about the end of growth in general. [more]
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3:00 PM | Vegetarian Awareness Month
Originally posted on "Veganjävel":Today is the kick-off of Vegetarian Awareness Month, a month centered on vegetarian food in all its glory. It starts off with today’s celebration of World Vegetarian Day. This is a great opportunity…
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2:23 PM | Wild Horses a Problem for Ranchers? Wolves Could Fix That
Originally posted on strange behaviors:Today’s New York Times has a report on the wild horse population boom in the American West, and for once, I agree with the ranchers:  Bizarre federal policies over the last 40 years have caused…
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12:00 PM | America’s pronghorn migration faces human obstacles
When you think of the planet’s greatest migrations, perhaps you think of the annual trek of the wildebeest through Africa’s Mara ecosystem, or the salty trails of the sperm whales, oceanic giants who feed in the waters of the frigid poles but mate in the warm tropics. Maybe you imagine the four generations it takes
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11:54 AM | Hubbard Fellowship Post – S’Mammals with Jasmine
This is a post written by Jasmine Cutter, one of our 2014-15 Hubbard Fellows.  All photos are by Jasmine. Howdy, Prairie Ecologist friends! I remember how much I looked forward to the Fellows’ posts before coming to the Platte River … Continue reading →

September 30, 2014

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10:41 PM | Human Hothouse Found to be California Drought Culprit as Ridiculously Resilient Ridge Reasserts
Originally posted on robertscribbler:This is an event that is more extreme than any in the observed record, and our research suggests that global warming is playing a role right now. — Stanford Scientist Noah Diffenbaugh **** Last week, a…
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8:17 PM | Snakes Eat Fish
Last week I highlighted a picture of a Northern Watersnake (Nerodia sipedon) eating a catfish (on right) that went viral and freaked a lot of people out. Many refused to ever enter the water again. I mentioned on that post that watersnakes eating things that live in the water, like fish, really isn't that big of a deal. Animals need to eat to live, you know? Fish are even the primary prey for
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1:00 PM | Climate change and the Red List: Counting down from vulnerable to extinct
Congratulations, you’ve made the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species! Now what? Is that enough to promise your salvation? Or will the increasing press of climate change on your vulnerable/endangered/critically endangered back spell your doom anyway? A new study aimed to answer this question, of just how long placement on the Red List gives conservationists to
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12:30 PM | Some Reflections on Social Media and Society
What are the impact and implications of social media on society?This question was the fundamental discussion point of the Social Media and Society 2014 conference in Toronto, Canada, Sept. 27-28, 2014. Now in its fifth year, the conference, organized by the Social Media Lab at Ryerson University (a partner in the Mining Biodiversity project funded by the IMLS Digging Into Data Challenge, of which BHL is also a participant), brings together researchers and practitioners across a broad range of […]
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8:57 AM | The Unexceptional Devil’s Hole Pupfish
The salt-encrusted earth of Death Valley is, quite literally, the hottest place on Earth. It is desolate terrain where even the most rugged life is constantly struggling to survive. Staring out across the dusty landscape, it’s hard to imagine that the entire area sits atop a vast aquifer, with millions of gallons of fresh water hiding below […]The post The Unexceptional Devil’s Hole Pupfish appeared first on Science Sushi.
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12:13 AM | The Slow-Motion Train Wreck of Industrial Civilization
Originally posted on Collapse of Industrial Civilization:The linear thinking that has dominated Western civilization since the Enlightenment has become a death trap for mankind in the 21st century. The dynamic system of the Earth’s biosphere with its many interconnected…
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12:00 AM | mean-guign-photography: Ornate Ghost Pipefish (Solenostomus...
mean-guign-photography: Ornate Ghost Pipefish (Solenostomus paradoxus) - Dauin, Philippines

September 29, 2014

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7:46 PM | When it Comes to The Arctic Methane Monster, What We Don’t Know Really Could Kill Us — NASA Model Study Shows Very High Carbon Release Uncertainty
Originally posted on robertscribbler:(Can we save humanity from the greatest threat ever? Must-watch video highlights the risks and uncertainties of catastrophic methane release from the Arctic environment.) After millions of years of ice ages, the Arctic has become a…
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7:23 PM | In Wildness is the Preservation of Raccoons, In Raccoons is the Preservation of the Wild
Originally posted on Bird Ally X:Raccoon (Procyon lotor) babies have a lot to learn. As adults, Raccoons hunt and forage for a wide range of food, from songbird eggs to berries to the salmon a bear leaves behind. Raccoons…
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5:44 PM | Continuing Wildfire Recovery at the Niobrara Valley Preserve
When I was at the Niobrara Valley Preserve a couple weeks ago, I spent some time exploring the area north of the river where the 2012 wildfire ripped through oak savanna and ponderosa pine woodland.  As discussed in earlier posts, … Continue reading →
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2:32 PM | what is the meaning of life?
42, obviously. 
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2:28 PM | I may have gotten carried away with your sharkify button... Did you know if you keep pressing it eventually your whole screen will be sharks? Yeah... I do.
Yeah…me too!  P.S. Get your own here.
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2:27 PM | Ok folks, in the interest of time management (and my sanity) we have a new rule. If you can google...
Ok folks, in the interest of time management (and my sanity) we have a new rule. If you can google...
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2:23 PM | Hello! So I'm only in my second year of college in the U.S.A. and am studying to be a marine biologist. I came across your blog and am OBSESSED. Literally you live my dream life. I'm in love with the U.K., traveling is my favorite, and I want to be in the whale shark conservation field. Any way, I was wondering if by any chance you could tell me some more about the organization you worked with that dealt with the public feeding the whale shark?
Hi, thanks for the follow! It’s actually the local community that feed the sharks for...
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2:18 PM | Time for a tough question… Dorids or Aeolids?
Do you see how long I have taken to answer this. Because I can’t. Dorid’s a prettier,...
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2:17 PM | hi! I love your "Sharkify" button. Have a great day :)
I know, right! It can lift you right out of a bad mood :D
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2:11 PM | Tell your friend to make one ASAP I'd def follow 👌
He did: http://mean-guign-photography.tumblr.com/ !
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2:19 AM | QOTW: Orwell
If it once became general, wealth would confer no distinction. It was possible, no doubt, to imagine a society in which wealth, in the sense of personal possessions and luxuries, should be evenly distributed, while power remained in the hands of a small privileged caste. But in practice such a society could not long remain stable. [more]

September 28, 2014

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8:38 PM | “Hunter-Conservationists:” the Most Ridiculous Spin of the Century
Instead of making amends for the historic mistreatment of these sociable, benevolent souls [bison], twenty-first-century sport hunters want their chance to lay waste to them again–this time in the name of “tradition.” Continue reading →
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8:03 PM | FLEXIBLE MORALITY A PLUS: Adjunct. a story in three parts (and an assessment of that new social network).
WANTED: DISENFRANCHISED ADJUNCTS. TRAVEL THE WORLD. MEET INTERESTING PEOPLE. GET HEALTH INSURANCE. FLEXIBLE MORALITY A PLUS. There’s a new social network, called Ello. Since Amy and I (and sometimes David) teach a social media for environmental professionals course each spring, we’re pretty much committed to giving every nascent social network a fair trial, which means that […]
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5:56 PM | In The California Drought, These Animals Are The Silent Sufferers
With no end in sight and hopes pinned on a wet winter, the California drought has left an entire community dependent on bottled water provisions, threatened farmers’ livelihoods and prompted a $7.5 billion water bond measure. Amid those chal… Source: … Continue reading →
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