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July 28, 2014

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8:00 AM | ornithoscelidaphiliac: commissions take me much longer than...
ornithoscelidaphiliac: commissions take me much longer than they used to, here is a seahorse drawing i just finished!
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1:52 AM | artandsciencejournal: Home Sweet Home Usually plastic and the...
Aki Inomata, Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs? 2010-2013 video (9min.41sec. / NTSC 16:9) photo(lanbda print with acrylic / φ250mm / each of 6) Aki Inomata, Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs? 2010-2013 video (9min.41sec. / NTSC 16:9) photo(lanbda print with acrylic / φ250mm / each of 6) Aki Inomata, Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs? 2010-2013 video (9min.41sec. / NTSC 16:9) photo(lanbda print with […]

July 27, 2014

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6:02 PM | Friday Roundup: The Week's Wildlife Links (July 27th, 2014)
Living Alongside Wildlife is now on Facebook. You know what to do. Did you catch this Slate story about why it's not a good idea to release snakes in your yard to reduce the number of Copperheads, featuring lots of input by yours truly?  If that wasn't enough of me for you, check out this piece on Vet Street about why we shouldn't be so afraid of snakes. Must see incredible pictures of leaping
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5:45 PM | Busting Ocean Myths: How many containers are really lost at sea?
The Claim: 10,000 containers are lost at sea every year. Who said it: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Slashdot, Yahoo News, NOAA, me, and many others. 10,000 is one of those numbers that’s big enough to be surprising, but not so huge to inspire immediate incredulity. The worldwide shipping industry is enormous and containers do […]
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5:37 PM | Tiger Day starts an Avaaz petition to close Chinese tiger farms
During the past century we lost 97% of all wild tigers. Habitat loss and hunting eliminated 97,000 of the 100,000 tigers we had a century ago. Continue reading →
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5:28 PM | International Tiger Day
During the past century, we lost 97% of all wild tigers. Habitat loss and hunting eliminated 97,000 of the 100,000 tigers we had a century ago. Continue reading →
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9:29 AM | thelovelyseas: Barracudas _ Shark reef 2012 by Pietro Formis on...
thelovelyseas: Barracudas _ Shark reef 2012 by Pietro Formis on Flickr.
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9:28 AM | griseus: The spotted handfish (Brachionichthys hirsutus), an...
griseus: The spotted handfish (Brachionichthys hirsutus), an amazing creature that walks the ocean floor, is a rare Australian fish from the family Brachionichthyidae. It is classified as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List 2002. is the first Australian marine species to be threatened with extinction. The greatest threats to the handfish appear to be siltation and invasive species. The Derwent Estuary where the fish lives is highly urbanised and industrialised, and a range of marine […]
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1:53 AM | Protect Ocean Animals from Plastic Pollution
Target: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Goal: Save seals, birds and other animals from more than one trillion pieces of plastic released by melting ice *This petition is in collaboration with Care2, thereby allowing all signatures to appear… Source: forcechange.comFiled under: … Continue reading →
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1:52 AM | Global Biodiversity Losses May Need to be Stopped with More Drastic Measures – Science World Report
Science World Report Global Biodiversity Losses May Need to be Stopped with More Drastic Measures Science World Report The researchers examined the growing role that “conservation translocation,” which is the movement and release of plants and… Source: www.scienceworldreport.com Scientists roll … Continue reading →
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1:44 AM | Hundreds of animals disappear as humans multiply
As the number of humans on Earth has nearly doubled over the past four decades, the number of bugs, slugs, worms and crustaceans has declined by 45 per cent, say researchers. Meanwhile, the larger loss of wildlife big and small … Continue reading →
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1:37 AM | The NOAA Ocean Acidification Program
Too much acid in the ocean is bad news for sea life. Acid eats away at calcium carbonate, the primary ingredient of shells and skeletons that many ocean animals depend on for survival. The shell pictured here is a victim … Continue reading →

July 26, 2014

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11:40 PM | Say NO to Arctic Drilling
Fossil fuels pollute our air and water. Overfishing, ocean acidification, and other human activities are already harming marine life. Let's stop looking for oil and clean up the mess we've already made. Continue reading →
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12:12 AM | DiCaprio Raises $25 Million to Protect Environment | Ecorazzi
Again, leadership comes from outside government. Thank you Leonardo. Continue reading →

July 25, 2014

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10:49 PM | Invasive Plants Are Destroying North American Desert Ecosystems
Invasive plants replace native plants and degrade native ecosystems. Continue reading →
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8:43 PM | No longer 'deaf as a stump': researchers find turtles chirp, click, meow, cluck
Turtles comprise one of the oldest living groups of reptiles, with hundreds of species found throughout the world. Many have been well-researched, and scientists know very specific things about their various evolutionary histories, metabolic rates, and the ways in which their sexes are determined. But there was one very obvious thing that has been largely left unknown by science until very recently. Turtles can make sounds.
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8:15 PM | Seafood apartments and other experiments in fixing Indonesia's fisheries (Part IV)
Shrimp farms, industrial plants, and one of Indonesia's busiest thoroughfares make up Java's north coast today. It's a very different scene from the fishing villages with beachfront boat parking that stood here decades earlier. Which begs the question, where will fish live in this new 'coast without mangroves, without coral, without seagrass,' asks Alan Koropitan, a marine biologist based at Bogor Agricultural University.
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2:45 PM | Fun Science FRIEDay – All About the Benjamins Baby!
To quote the Notorious BIG, “It’s all about the Benjamins, BABY!” That quote unfortunately holds true in many walks of life, and is especially applicable to this weeks FSF where Dr. Costanza, from Australian National University, and a number of colleagues puts a price tag on the world’s natural environment. Some of you are probably […]
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12:00 PM | Less wildlife means more terrorism
The harvest of wild terrestrial and aquatic animals each year injects more than $400 billion dollars into the world economy. That harvest provides 15% of the planet’s human population with a livelihood. It’s also the primary source of animal protein for more than a billion of our species. It’s also led to piracy, slavery, and
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10:46 AM | Terrified of Twitter? Social Media for Marine Conservation
Terrified of Twitter? Social Media for Marine Conservation: How many times have you heard, or even...
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6:40 AM | Sea moth (Family Pegasidae) In honour of National Moth Week, I...
Sea moth (Family Pegasidae) In honour of National Moth Week, I give you this cutie pie - spotted in Malapascua, Philippines.
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3:19 AM | Fisheries Law Enforcement Team formed in Daanbantayan
Fisheries Law Enforcement Team formed in Daanbantayan: savephilippineseas: (Daanbantayan, Cebu—July...

July 24, 2014

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11:21 PM | Why We Need to Save Wildlife to Save Ourselves
Life on earth depends on a healthy balance of species. Continue reading →
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8:50 PM | It's not just extinction: meet defaunation
Get ready to learn a new word: defaunation. Fauna is the total collection of animals—both in terms of species diversity and abundance—in a given area. So, defaunation, much like deforestation, means the loss of animals in all its myriad forms, including extinction, extirpation, or population declines.
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7:05 PM | Desperate measures: researchers say radical approaches needed to beat extinctions
Today, in the midst of what has been termed the “Sixth Great Extinction” by many in the scientific community, humans are contributing to dizzying rates of species loss and ecosystem changes. A new analysis suggests the time may have come to start widely applying intensive, controversial methods currently used only as “last resort” strategies to save the word’s most imperiled species.
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5:15 PM | Proceeding upriver: a timeline of the dispute over estuarine lionfish
Over the past month, the story of Lauren Arrington’s sixth-grade science project on lionfish salinity tolerance has exploded. In the past week, however, questions have arisen as to the validity of her study and the events that led to her project, particularly the involvement of scientist Zachary Jud, who was rarely mentioned in early reports […]The post Proceeding upriver: a timeline of the dispute over estuarine lionfish appeared first on Science Sushi.
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4:34 PM | Next big idea in forest conservation: Reconnecting faith and forests
'In Africa, you can come across Kaya forests of coastal Kenya, customary forests in Uganda, sacred forest groves in Benin, dragon forests in The Gambia or church forests in Ethiopia...You can also come across similar forest patches in South and Southeast Asia including numerous sacred groves in India well-known for their role in conservation of biological diversity,' Dr. Shonil Bhagwat told mongabay.com.
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4:10 PM | Photo of the Week – July 24, 2014
I’m definitely a better close-up photographer than a landscape photographer.  Part of that is just the way my mind works – I tend to look down instead of up when I walk around a prairie.  I can always find an … Continue reading →
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1:00 PM | Pit latrines: Another source of greenhouse gas emissions
Coal plants, landfills, and cows all release methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. But in a new study, researchers have highlighted yet another source of methane emissions: the pit latrines used by about 1.8 billion people around the world. Pit latrines are crucial for sanitation in developing or rural areas without modern toilets. As the excrement
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12:00 PM | BHL Welcomes Two New Affiliate Members
We are pleased to announce that the Research Library at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the Lenhardt Library of the Chicago Botanic Garden have joined the Biodiversity Heritage Library as BHL Affiliates. The addition of these libraries not only expands BHL’s presence within the research community, but will also greatly strengthen our library through the incorporation of literature unique to these affiliates’ collections.The Research Library at the Natural […]
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