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July 02, 2014

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10:21 PM | I Didn’t Care About Climate Change Until I Visited Greenland
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7:36 PM | On a whim: Equatorial Guinea building new capital city in the middle of the rainforest
More than 8,000 hectares of rainforest are under threat as the nation builds a new $600 million capital city from scratch. Called Oyala, and also known as Djibloho, the city is expected be completed by 2020 and house up to 200,000 people -- about an eighth of the entire population of Equatorial Guinea.
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6:13 PM | Friends of the Earth Petition to Lowe’s to Stop Pesticide Sales
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5:51 PM | New tests find bee-killing pesticides in 51% of “bee-friendly” plants from garden centers across U.S. and Canada
New-tests-find-bee-killing-pesticides-in-51-of-bee-friendly-plants-from-garden-centers-across-u-s-and-canada'> Continue reading →
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1:41 PM | Sentience in Plants: Plants Respond to Sound of Chewing Caterpillars
Researchers at the University of Missouri have determined that plants respond to the sounds that eating caterpillars make. Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | Manta rays are worth more alive than dead
Manta and mobula rays, together the “mobulids” are among the most recognizable, charismatic fish in the world. They’re also particularly vulnerable, thanks primarily to the use of their gill plates in Traditional Chinese Medicine. That’s despite the fact that mobulid gill plates are not officially recognized by most practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine. There are
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8:00 AM | wakatobidiveresort: One of the most exquisite parts of night...
wakatobidiveresort: One of the most exquisite parts of night diving is watching the coral feeding. Zooplankton rise from the nooks and crannies of the reef and drift past an ocean of mouths that include reef corals, sea anemones, brittle stars, and basket stars. Corals bloom after dark, absorbing nutrients from the water around them and looking truly beautiful. (Photograph: Wayne MacWilliams)
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3:29 AM | http://planet3.org/2014/07/01/10125/
“These arguments are not those of serious people.” Judge John G Hayburn II
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3:27 AM | July Open Thread
Anything goes. Suggested topic: if energy storage prices come down far enough, is carbon-fueled electricity a dead business model?
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12:43 AM | Oddballs or Innovators?
I spotted an upland sandpiper on top of a power pole last week.  In central Nebraska, that’s not really noteworthy – upland sandpipers are pretty common across much of the state.  They tend to nest in large open grasslands with … Continue reading →
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12:29 AM | World’s oceans filling with plastic
Every day the air, the rivers, and the barges carry our garbage out to sea. Plastic might be the least harmful. Continue reading →

July 01, 2014

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7:42 PM | Tell Congress to Protect Your Right to Know: Oppose the DARK Act; Don’t Hide Food Contents
>The Grocery Manufacturers Association, along with allies like Monsanto and Dow, have teamed up with Koch-backed Congressman Mike Pompeo of Kansas to introduce a federal bill that would deny your right to know what is in your food. Continue reading →
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6:22 PM | Hot Arctic Water, High Pressure Domes Pushing Sea Ice Toward New Record Lows
It doesn't take much to shove Arctic sea ice toward new record low values Continue reading →
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5:55 PM | Pondering the disruption of crowdfunding: It’s not a panacea.
On my train to work, I routinely am requested to donate money multiple times (and not just by the homeless guy outside the station). One comes in the form of a new project with a homemade advertisement up in the train station – and in the corner is a ‘find us on Kickstarter!’ logo. I’m […]
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4:40 PM | New York Mets Smitten with Meatless Meat
Plant-based company Beyond Meat is reaching out to the New York Mets, in hopes of garnering the support of mainstream American consumers. Continue reading →
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4:13 PM | On babies and motherhood: how giant armadillos are surprising scientists (photos)
Until ten years ago scientist's knowledge of the reproductive habits of the giant armadillo— the world's biggest— were basically regulated to speculation. But a long-term research project in the Brazilian Pantanal is changing that: last year researchers announced the first ever photos of a baby giant armadillo and have since recorded a second birth from another female.
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1:00 PM | Define “beneficial”: Even good invasive species have downsides
When we discuss invasive Asian carp, we’re usually just talking about a few specific species of carp, the silver, black, and the bighead. This is with good reason—in some parts of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers those fish now make up 97 percent of the total biomass, with no predators around to hold them back. The grass carp,
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3:56 AM | Pipeline proponents consider explosives in ocean to scare whales from potential oil slicks (Canada)
Stopping whales from swimming toward any disastrous oil spill ... Continue reading →
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1:21 AM | Why Animal Rights?
Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. . Continue reading →
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12:41 AM | Keep Large Constrictor Snakes Out of the Pet Trade
In 2010, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) proposed listing nine large constrictor snakes as injurious under the Lacey Act, which would significantly reduce the trade of these species as pets. However, in January 2012, only four of the nine species were listed. USFWS is still considering... Continue reading →

June 30, 2014

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9:47 PM | 99% of the Ocean’s Plastic is Missing. Did Fish Eat It?
Science reports: Millions of tons. That’s how much plastic should be floating in the world’s oceans, given our ubiquitous use of the stuff. But a new study finds that 99% of this plastic is missing. One disturbing possibility: Fish are eating it. If that’s the case, “there is potential for this plastic to enter the global ocean food web,” says Carlos Duarte, an oceanographer at the University of Western Australia, Crawley. [more]
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7:47 PM | Great Biodiversity Cartoons
Anyone who reads CB.com knows that I like to inject a bit of humour into my (often gloomy) messages. Sniggering, chortling, groaning and outright guffawing are useful ways to deal with the depressing topics conservation scientists examine every day. Continue reading →
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12:30 PM | Game Laboratory Tiltfactor Selected for the Purposeful Gaming and BHL Project
BHL and the Missouri Botanical Garden are pleased to announce a major milestone reached in the project, “Purposeful Gaming and BHL”. Dartmouth College’s Tiltfactor was chosen to design the game that will help improve access to texts from the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL).The Purposeful Gaming and BHL project is based at the Missouri Botanical Garden (MOBOT) in St Louis, Missouri. In the fall of 2013, MOBOT was awarded a $449,641 grant by the Institute of Museum and […]
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8:00 AM | deepseanews: On May 9th of 2012, I wrote about a video going...
deepseanews: On May 9th of 2012, I wrote about a video going viral of an odd creature in the deep sea.  The running hypothesis among online communities is was it was a whale placenta.  It was not, more interesting it was the rather enimagic Deepstaria reticulum, one of the most spectacular jellyfish at the ti… http://deepseanews.com/2014/06/jellyfish-journalism-fail/
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3:34 AM | How should “Flathead National Forest 2.0″ look?
Montana's Flathead Forest is one of the most biologically diverse areas of our country, but it needs some work to become more effective for conservation."In the northwestern corner of Montana just next to Glacier National Park sits the 2.4 million acre Flathead National Forest. It’s a part of the... Continue reading →

June 29, 2014

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11:15 PM | Africa’s oldest national park counts on sustainability
People living in and around Africa's oldest wildlife reserve—threatened by armed groups and oil prospectors, are pinning their hopes on sustainable development projects for energy, agriculture and tourism. Continue reading →
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11:04 PM | Despite moratorium, Indonesia now has world's highest deforestation rate
Despite a high-level pledge to combat deforestation and a nationwide moratorium on new logging and plantation concessions, deforestation has continued to rise in Indonesia, according to a new study published in Nature Climate Change. Annual forest loss in the southeast Asian nation is now the highest in the world, exceeding even Brazil.
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7:25 PM | Emperor penguin population to slide due Antarctic climate change
Global warming will cut Antarctica's 600,000-strong emperor penguin population by at least a fifth by 2100 Continue reading →
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7:01 PM | Canada Is Warming At Double The Global Average
Canada warming at roughly double the global average. Continue reading →
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8:00 AM | lifeunderthewaves: OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA by koboldmaki eagle...
lifeunderthewaves: OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA by koboldmaki eagle ray at ‘manta point’
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