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March 30, 2014

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9:09 PM | The Idea Formerly Known As Wisconsin
The Walker administration continues its program of reducing Wisconsin to the squalid and inequitable status of a typical red state. Dan Kaufman explains a particularly alarming environmental development in an opinion piece in the New York Times. [more]
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8:46 PM | http://planet3.org/2014/03/30/9759/
We are plagued by grumpy nostalgists — mystics on both wings who preach hostility to science & technology and yearn for the past. Our only route is forward.  David Brin
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8:41 PM | My Little World – And Yours
Imagine, as a thought experiment, that everyone on the planet had the same share of the world’s resources. It turns out your share is about six acres (2.5 hectares) of dry land. Now imagine if that were your whole world. How would you treat it? [more]
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8:25 PM | Hardware Problems & Growing Pains
The site has been unreliable of late. Our hosting service informs us that the hardware that we are sharing is getting flakey and will be upgraded April 3. Meanwhile we have somewhat restricted resources. If you run into problems we’d appreciate reports as to when you ran into a problem and what the error message was. [more]
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8:01 PM | Unsafe for everyone
Fine particulates less than 2.5 micrometers across are recognised as hazardous to human populations.  The particles are so fine they cannot be easily expelled from the lungs. When the index value of these reaches between 300 to 500 then its is c...
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12:00 AM | lacicantmosh: lostincape-town: fencehopping: Coral: flowers...
lacicantmosh: lostincape-town: fencehopping: Coral: flowers of the ocean. Holy shit This makes me uneasy Noms time!

March 29, 2014

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3:30 AM | Ten Thousand Acres
A major milestone was reached in prairie conservation today when our good friends and partners over at Prairie Plains Resource Institute (PPRI) planted their 10,000th acre of prairie. Ten thousand acres of new prairie in Nebraska!  It’s an incredible contribution to our … Continue reading →

March 28, 2014

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4:57 PM | Because this is America and this is how we work~
The Constitution of the United States Of America: Public Domain   A WP friend sent me some links yesterday that he thought I might find interesting. He knows that I am passionate about  animal… See on:  Walking With Alligators walkingwiththealligators.wordpress.comFiled under: Nature Conservation
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4:12 PM | Nebraska’s first mountain lion hunt could also be last
‘It was the first time he had ever seen a mountain lion.’ [Too bad he couldn't just enjoy the experience, instead of ruining it for all others and ending the life of the cat.] By Robert Gearty Publ… See on … Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | Friday Roundup: This Week's Wildlife Links (March 28th, 2014)
Can you spare some change? A $10,000,000 plan to save the world's rarest gorilla. Second Red Wolf of 2014 killed in North Carolina. What's the big deal? It's only the rarest canine in the world. Way to respect our unique heritage. Wolves are at the gate of Paris...and getting closer. Bangladeshi fishermen use otters to help them catch fish-but the traditional method is in jeopardy
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8:00 AM | griseus: Which marine mammals dive the deepest? A new...
griseus: Which marine mammals dive the deepest? A new long-term study of elusive Cuvier’s beaked whale shows they can dive to nearly 3,000m (10,000 feet) while a second stayed down for 138 minutes. awesome Reference (Open Access) : Schorr et al 2014 First Long-Term Behavioral Records from Cuvier’s Beaked Whales (Ziphius cavirostris) Reveal Record-Breaking Dives. PLoS ONE 9(3): e92633. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0092633
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4:57 AM | Newsweek Engulfed In Social Media Backlash on Eve of Historic WAZA Dolphin Protest
  Kirsten Massebeau, “A Newsweek article entitled “A Social Media Storm Descends on Taiji, the Japanese Town at the Center of a Dolphin Slaughter” is on the cover of Newsweek. The cover image…” See on championsforcetaceans.comFiled under: Nature Conservation
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4:36 AM | Tough decisions on the front line of nature conservation
See on Scoop.it – Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News (#EcoSciFi) (CNN) — It is easy to criticize zoos and aquariums when healthy animals are culled, particularly when they are from endangered species. It’s not always easy to understand the logic … Continue reading →
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12:00 AM | earthhour: This #EarthHour we want you to show the world how...
earthhour: This #EarthHour we want you to show the world how you’re being a Superhero for the Planet on Instagram! Take a picture of your action, whether you’re cleaning up a beach, taking public transport, planting a tree, cycling for life or taking part in Earth Hour this Saturday, March 29 at 8:30PM. Don’t forget to use the hash-tags #EarthHour #YourPower and #SpiderMan and share your location! Use Your Power to change the world we live in. Images via @ews_wwf, […]

March 27, 2014

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10:55 PM | Another rhino suffers agonising death at the hand of poachers
This rhinoceros was killed and its horn hacked off by poachers at the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in the northeastern state of Assam, in India. See on www.dailymail.co.ukFiled under: Nature Conservation
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10:07 PM | Save Wildlife from Toxic Oil Spill
A major oil company is looking to pump toxic tar sands oil through aging pipelines along the east coast of the United States, threatening to pollute the water supply of local wildlife. Help protect critical habitats by urging government officials … Continue reading →
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10:00 PM | We Are Not Protecting Our Fresh Water Sources and Our Oceans….
Just yesterday, an oil refinery in Indiana spilled an “undetermined” amount of oil into Lake Michigan. I don’t have to tell you just how devastating this could be. Tea Party Congressman Dan Benishe… See on donlichterman.wordpress.comFiled under: Nature Conservation
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9:41 PM | Next big idea in forest conservation? Quantifying the cost of forest degradation
How much is a forest really worth? And what is the cost of forest degradation? These values are difficult to estimate, but according to Dr. Phillip Fearnside, we need to do a better job. For nearly forty years, Fearnside has lived in Amazonia doing ecological research, looking at the value of forests in terms of environmental or ecosystem services such as carbon storage, water cycling, and biodiversity preservation. Fearnside then works to convert these services into a basis for sustainable […]
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9:04 PM | Australia should enlist dingoes to control invasive species
Introduced species pose one of the greatest threats to Australia’s fauna and flora, but expensive efforts to control them aren’t working. Instead of spending millions of dollars on culling, giving dingoes… See on theconversation.comFiled under: Nature Conservation
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8:27 PM | VERY GRAPHIC MEDIA: Petitions to sign: “Torneo de Lazo” Horses Eviscerated Alive For Fun
“I actually started writing this several weeks ago, but can only now bring myself to finish it, as my tears have dried up & given way to anger! No animal deserves to be used & tortured in s… See on preciousjules1985.wordpress.comFiled under: Nature Conservation
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7:27 PM | Beaufort NOAA Lab Builds Community: It would be a huge loss to say goodbye
Hopefully many of our faithful readers have seen the sad announcement that the NOAA lab in Beaufort, NC may be no more. The main reason cited for the potential closure is financial – the cost of maintaining an aging building. Our friends over at the fisheries blog have written a sound debunking of this reasoning, […]
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6:52 PM | Zimbabwe: Hwange Land Takeover ‘Threatens’ Presidential Elephant Herd
There is rising concern for the future welfare and safety of Zimbabwe’s Presidential Elephant Herd, because of the takeover of a piece of land in Hwange, which serves as the herd’s home range. See on allafrica.comFiled under: Nature Conservation
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6:39 PM | State allowed logging on plateau above landslide
In recent decades the state allowed logging — with restrictions — on the plateau above the Snohomish County hillside that collapsed in last weekend’s deadly mudslide. . . . . . Garry Rogers:  Land-use management by government agencies responsible for … Continue reading →
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5:19 PM | Science: for the sheer fun of it: How nature is saved.
Richard Flavell promotes the view that observation-driven studies have a place in science. . . . . Garry Rogers:  Observation is the foundation of nature conservation.  Without it, science divorced from reality can progress even while species die. See on … Continue reading →
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4:52 PM | Photo of the Week – March 27, 2014
Prairies are underappreciated by much of the general public, even in states and provinces where prairies are (or were) the dominant landform.  They’re often seen as boring, drab, weedy, or otherwise uninteresting.  One of my goals in life is to … Continue reading →
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3:49 PM | Kala: the face of tigers in peril
In 1864, Walter Campbell was an officer in the British Army, stationed in India when he penned these words in his journal: "Never attack a tiger on foot—if you can help it. There are cases in which you must do so. Then face him like a Briton, and kill him if you can; for if you fail to kill him, he will certainly kill you." In a stroke of good fortune for the tiger, perceptions in India have changed drastically since Campbell's time. Tiger hunting is now banned and conservationists are […]
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2:00 PM | Invasive parakeets could force out native birds
With their cheery green feathers and red beaks, rose-ringed parakeets might seem like a welcome addition to cities. But this invasive species, which has infiltrated urban areas around the world, is keeping native birds away from their food. Researchers studied the effects of rose-ringed parakeets at 41 gardens in and around London. At each site,
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1:00 PM | BHL and EOL team up for NESCent Research Sprint
Research teams at the NESCent-EOL-BHL Research Sprint. Photograph by Cyndy Parr.In early February, the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) hosted the EOL-BHL Research Sprint. NESCent, based in Durham, NC, is a non-profit science center supporting research in the evolutionary sciences. NESCent emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to research, and so the idea behind the Sprint was to put together teams of programmers and life scientists to expose each other to questions and ways […]
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11:44 AM | Photos don’t do justice to the beautiful hilly landscape...
Photos don’t do justice to the beautiful hilly landscape around Coron airport
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11:40 AM | Dive t-shirts are such a danger to my wallet…
Dive t-shirts are such a danger to my wallet…
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