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January 07, 2015

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1:30 PM | BHL Welcomes CONABIO as newest Member and Global Node!
Ana Luisa Guzmán, Dr. José Sarukhán, and Dr. Nancy E. Gwinn BHL is thrilled to welcome CONABIO as its newest Member and Global Node!Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad (National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity, or CONABIO) joined on December 16, 2014 and will also serve as the BHL's newest global node, BHL Mexico.  CONABIO brings a strong conservation perspective and is positioned to help expand BHL's […]
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1:28 PM | 2014 Hottest Year on Record Amidst Ocean Heat Spikes and Arctic Wildfires
Temperatures rocketed to 0.27 C above the 1981-2010 average, 0.63 C above the 20th Century average and showed a severe pace of warming of 0.70 C per Century. By comparison, the end of the last ice age featured century scale warming at the rate of 0.04 to 0.05 C every 100 years. So the current rate of warming, according to the JMA measure, is 14-17 times faster. A rapid warm-up driving increasingly severe weather and geophysical changes. Continue reading →
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1:00 PM | Dry winters delay breeding for desert-dwelling birds
You’d think that animals adapted to the driest of deserts would get along just fine without much water. While deserts may typically be hot and dry, wildlife communities have evolved to rely on the brief rains that blanket their communities during the so-called “wet seasons.” Despite their desert lifestyles, severe droughts – like the one

January 06, 2015

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11:15 PM | WHAT’S IN A NAME?
Citizen science is undoubtedly a buzzword. You know that when it starts being used by government ministries in phrases like “Citizen Science is a driver for change”. Though I’m not […]
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9:26 PM | Readers Write In: What Kind of Baby Snake is Eating This Little Catfish?
Hi David,I found this snake while surveying for mussels in Five Runs Creek, Conecuh National Forest, Covington County, AL.I’m pretty sure it’s feeding on a speckled madtom (Noturus leptacanthus) but didn’t want to get too close to positively ID and disturb and have him loose his lunch.I guessed it was a midland watersnake from a field guide. What are your thoughts? It was a small snake (
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5:53 PM | Hubbard Fellowship Blog – Jasmine and Tractors
This post is written by Jasmine Cutter, one of our Hubbard Fellows.   I Like Big Tractors and I Cannot Lie I think I’ve had unacknowledged tractor-envy for a while. Growing up in the suburbs, the biggest piece of “machinery” I … Continue reading →
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2:23 PM | Colorado toughens fracking penalties
Fracking can be the worst source of environmental degradation. In the pursuit of profits, the energy industry is unconcerned with the effects of their actions (look at the photo below). Other governments should begin forcing responsible behavior. Continue reading →
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2:00 PM | Declining sea ice pushes sea birds to the brink
It’s not just polar bears. Yes, climate change’s spirit animal really is threatened by rising temperatures and disappearing sea ice in the Arctic, but the frozen wastes of the north are home to a lot more than the largest bear on the planet. And other animals may be even more susceptible to the ravages of climate
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1:58 PM | World to Oil Producers — “We Don’t Want Your Fracking Crude”
Within 5-10 years the next price war on marginal oil may well be spear headed by renewables themselves. And that is a good thing, because in order to prevent the very worst impacts of human caused climate change that geological firewater needs to remain where it belongs — in the ground. In other words, there’s good reason not to want that fracking crude. Continue reading →

January 05, 2015

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7:33 PM | http://planet3.org/2015/01/05/10752/
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3:31 PM | National Park Service: Relocate Yellowstone’s “Excess” Bison Instead of Killing Them
It's unacceptable that indigenous animals are being slaughtered to benefit cattle, a non-indigenous animal that science proves is extremely destructive to every ecosystem on this continent, as their feeding preference is wildflowers and medicinal plants before grass. Continue reading →
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2:47 PM | Free Wildlife Notebook
My Arizona Wildlife Notebook just won the 2014 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award. To celebrate, here's a free copy that you can annotate on your computer, tablet, e-Book reader, or phone. Continue reading →
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2:05 PM | The era of the million-dollar tuna is over.
For the last several years, we’ve been following the first-of-the-year Tsukiji Tuna Auction. In the past, this auction has served as a (often questionable) benchmark for the demand for Bluefin Tuna. At its peak, the price of Bluefin Tuna broke the scales at nearly $1,800,000. As the price continued to inflate, last year we even released […]
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1:30 PM | The Most Influential Birder Most of Us Have Never Heard Of
This post is a guest contribution from Rick Wright, a writer, lecturer, and professional tour leader. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence, an accident of the calendar, which after all leaves us only 365 days to choose from. But this year’s National Bird Day just happens to fall on the 150th anniversary of the birth of a founding figure in North American birding: Lynds Jones.Who?The span of communicative memory—events and ideas and traditions passed live from one person […]

January 04, 2015

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8:49 PM | Under-the-Radar Environmental Stories for 2015: The Furtive Five
As we begin the new year, however, there are a number of stories slipping past the public eye that are worth highlighting. Five stand out: 1) Siberia’s Natural Resources—Exploited without Scrutiny, 2) A New Grand Canal, 3) The Smog of Iran, 4) The Brazilian Amazon—Is It Really on the Upswing?, and 5) Environmental reporting on the upswing? GR: I would add 6) population and 7) invasive species. Continue reading →
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1:11 PM | The Maryland Biodiversity Project: Mobilizing community to build a better picture of local biodiversity
We live in a time of unparalleled environmental change. How do we assess impacts if we don't have baseline data? State and federal agencies work tirelessly with limited resources to monitor just our rarest species. We need to monitor changes across the board for many reasons. First, it is far cheaper to manage for a given species when it is declining slightly than to wait until it requires a captive breeding program. Ecosystems are also complex, so trying to understand issues without […]

January 03, 2015

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10:53 PM | Applaud Efforts to Combat Wildlife Trafficking
GR: People must come to understand that many of the animals for sale in pet stores and on display in circuses and zoos were stolen from their native homes. Some of the most beautiful and most trusting species have been devastated for human entertainment. Please help. Continue reading →
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10:32 PM | Invasive Tropical Fish Are Changing Ocean Ecosystems
Tropical fish are moving north as the global climate warms, in some cases with devastating impacts to ocean ecosystems Continue reading →
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9:33 PM | Is Climate Risk Systematically Understated?
Naomi Oreskes: "When applied to evaluating environmental hazards, the fear of gullibility can lead us to understate threats. It places the burden of proof on the victim rather than, for example, on the manufacturer of a harmful product. The consequence is that we may fail to protect people who are really getting hurt." [more]
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12:55 AM | California’s Environmental Devastation: Waking Up Is Hard to Do
Anyone familiar with natural landscapes recognizes that California has suffered destruction on a grand scale. Continue reading →

January 02, 2015

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8:36 PM | Looking Reality in the Face
Rebecca Solnit and Nafeez Ahmed have thoughtful essays on our quandary writ large. [more]
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7:59 PM | The Last Planet 3 Open Thread
Suggested topic – What online resources do you find most valuable in support of thinking about our common future? Which writers do you follow?
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7:57 PM | http://planet3.org/2015/01/02/10739/
A tolerably good human future is possible if we work together toward it. It’s not a question of predicting. It’s a question of deciding.
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7:19 PM | ID Wildlife Lovers Start New Year With Three-Day Mass Slaughter Of Wolves And Coyotes
Originally posted on Exposing the Big Game:http://news360.com/article/272715208/# by Kerry-Anne January 2, 2015 At dawn this morning, Idaho gun-lovers began a contest to kill as many wolves and coyotes as possible – with prizes of $1,000 each for the overall…
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5:28 PM | Rainforests: 10 things to watch in 2015
2014 was a landmark year for tropical rainforests, with dozens of major companies committing to eliminating deforestation from their supply chains, the launch of new platforms for monitoring forests, and sharp drop in clearing in the Brazilian Amazon, among other big developments. Here's a quick look ahead at what might be in store for tropical forests in 2015.
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1:00 PM | Predatory Fish Follow Their Food, Despite Climate Change
The scientific study of time may primarily be the domain of physicists, but biologists are well aware that time is fundamental to a species’ survival, and it’s a concept that climate change brings into sharp relief. Phenology is the timing of life-cycle events in biological organisms like plants and animals. The synchronization of those events,

January 01, 2015

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1:30 PM | Happy New Year! It's Been a Great Year
Welcome to 2015! We're excited for another year to see BHL continue to grow and improve. We have lots of great things planned, particularly in the global sphere. Stay Tuned on our blog, Twitter and Facebook to learn more!Today, we thought we'd take the opportunity to look back over 2014 and highlight some of the great things we've accomplished. It's been a good year, and we have lots to be proud of!February 19, 2015 marks the Chinese New Year, with this the Year of the Goat. "Persian Wild […]
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3:13 AM | Photo of the Week – December 31, 2014
I am on vacation this week, so apologies for not posting much.  My kids and I are skiing in Wyoming (Snowy Range) and having a great time despite some very cold temperatures (we started today at 33 below zero!)  Because … Continue reading →
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2:45 AM | Science Sushi: 2014 In Review
It's that time of the year again where I look back and see what has happened over the past 365 days in the life of this blog. So far in 2014... ...I have posted 33 posts ...that received over four hundred thousand views ...from 218 countries/territories ...with 595 comments The most popular post of the year was my scathing interrogation of Discovery Channel's nefarious tactics, with my complete shredding of Sharkageddon not far behind.  Second most popular was […]
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