February 10, 2015

5:30 PM | Australia in ‘extinction calamity’
A new survey of Australia’s native mammals, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests the scale of the problem is more serious than anticipated. Since 1788, 11% of 273 native mammals living on land have … Continue reading →
1:06 PM | Sorry guys...
…necropsy is tomorrow! #megamouth66
1:00 PM | Termites emerge as unlikely climate heroes
In the past several years, designers have looked to termite nests, earthen mounds that dot grasslands throughout the tropics, as a model for energy-efficient dwellings. Now, a study suggests that these mounds may also make their own landscapes more resilient to climate change, preventing savannas from turning into deserts during periods of drought. Termite mounds
4:31 AM | Megamouth Madness
Do you guys want to learn more about Megamouth sharks? My friends from LAMAVE and Marine Wildlife...
2:47 AM | Concerns about EARTH A New Wild’s Messages About Grassland Conservation
I know that many of you watched the first two episodes of EARTH A New Wild last week on Public Television, including Episode 2: Plains.  I watched as well, and while I was glad for the attention paid to grasslands, I … Continue reading →

February 09, 2015

6:57 PM | Growing stream-flow variability threatens Chinook salmon spawning in Pacific Northwest
Originally posted on Summit County Citizens Voice:Can Chinook salmon survive global warming? Research documents more fall and winter flooding Staff Report FRISCO — Threatened Chinook salmon have been able to adapt to many changes over millennia, but climate change…
5:47 PM | Canada Announces 2020 Biodiversity Goals
GR: Perhaps the drop in oil prices will help biodiversity compete with resource harvest. Continue reading →

February 08, 2015

11:57 PM | Dead on a Beach
I haven’t posted much lately, and I’m going to blame the sunshine. This is the first rainstorm that we’ve had this year, and only the second of our winter rainy season. It’s just been too nice outside to sit inside … Continue reading →
6:00 PM | Withering clouds: Climate change damaging biodiverse Costa Rica forest
  MONTEVERDE, Costa Rica — The cloud forests of Monteverde are known around the world for their biodiversity. But locals and scientists are warning the delicate ecosystem is increasingly without the clouds. Increasing temperatures have caused the clouds in the … Continue reading →
10:13 AM | Human babies as crocodile bait: hunting practices of the British in Colonial India
A mugger crocodile (Crocodylus palustris) under captivity in an Indian Zoo.        The idea of using live human babies as crocodile bait may sound horrific, but the 19th century British hunters in colonial Sri Lanka and India found the idea so charming for big game hunting. A recent review of the 19th century records reveal that at least some British crocodile hunters during the colonial
1:26 AM | Outrage Over US Secret Approval of Genetically Engineered Trees -
Pollen from these trees will spread, and we do not understand forest ecology well enough to predict the consequences. Continue reading →

February 07, 2015

2:51 AM | Somebody Stole $19 Billion from U.S. Wildlife and Open Spaces
Originally posted on strange behaviors:Arches National Park, Utah. (Photo: Jacob Frank/Getty Images) My latest for Takepart: Here’s a brilliant idea: Make oil and gas companies pay to conserve land for wildlife threatened by climate change. Crazy, right? But it’s…
2:28 AM | Meeting two degree climate target means 80 per cent of world’s coal is “unburnable”
Canada's tar sands and the 100 billion barrels of oil estimated to exist in the Arctic need to go untouched. Continue reading →
2:14 AM | What the Climate Models have Taught Us
We’ve heard a lot about the so called “pause” in global temperatures over the recent decade – a misnomer, since temperatures have continued to rise, just not as rapidly as during, say, 1991 to 2006… Source: This is a … Continue reading →
12:22 AM | Australia: Of droughts and flooding rains
A report by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the Bureau of Meteorology project that most parts of Australia will become hotter and dryer. Soils will degrade, fires will increase, drought will continue, and floods will become more common. Meanwhile, prime minister Abbot says it's all normal, and coal burning should continue. Continue reading →
12:00 AM | Outrage Over Government’s Animal Experiments Leads To USDA Review
U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees the facility through its Agricultural Research Service, has named its first ever animal welfare ombudsman —and has reviewed and updated its animal welfare strategy. Continue reading →
12:00 AM | lifeofafuturemarinebiologist: Viper moray eel by Lazaro Ruda on...
lifeofafuturemarinebiologist: Viper moray eel by Lazaro Ruda on Flickr.

February 06, 2015

6:00 PM | A Toxic Relationship: Pufferfish Moms Poison Their Young (In A Good Way)
Life as a fish larva is tough. Your odds of survival are slim to none. First off, you can't swim all that well, so you're mostly-drifting around in the ocean hoping that, when it's time for you to settle down, you find yourself somewhere suitable. You're also really, really small — the perfect morsel for tons of other species, from jellies to krill and even other fish. And your parents? They just abandoned you, sent you and your hundreds of siblings into the harsh real world […]
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