March 26, 2014

4:51 AM | Kenya Wildlife Service struggles to stop poaching
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya’s wildlife authority said Tuesday it needs help to curb the escalation of killings of the country’s endangered elephants and rhinos for ivory tusks and horns. Poachers h… See on savesclub.orgFiled under: Nature Conservation
4:37 AM | A tar sands skirmish for human & animal rights
Kathleen Stachowski    Other Nations Well I won’t back down, no I won’t back down. You can stand me up at the gates of hell But I won’t back down. ~Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Nothing says ga… See on … Continue reading →
4:18 AM | Giraffe-Killing Copenhagen Zoo Euthanizes 4 Lions
The Copenhagen Zoo, which generated controversy by euthanizing a healthy giraffe last month to prevent inbreeding, has now euthanized four healthy lions. See on www.livescience.comFiled under: Nature Conservation
4:12 AM | Fact Attack: Endangered Species No. 110 – Przewalski’s Horse
“A horse is a thing of such beauty. . .none will tire of looking at him as long as he displays himself in his splendor” Xenophon By the early part of the twentieth century, huge numbers of Przewals… See on … Continue reading →
1:06 AM | Urge Circus World to End Cruel Elephant Exhibits!
Earlier this year, Circus World in Baraboo, Wisconsin, confirmed that it intends to put on a cruel and antiquated elephant act during its 2014 season. Join PETA in urging the Circus World Museum Foundation’s board of directors to make the … Continue reading →
12:00 AM | biologicalmarginalia: Blue Whale from Amos Photography versus...
biologicalmarginalia: Blue Whale from Amos Photography versus an illustration from Encyclopedia Britannica. For reasons unknown, illustrations are still being produced with monstrously incorrect proportions; and in fact, the general outline seems like it would be more appropriate for a Humpback Whale.

March 25, 2014

9:52 PM | Is this all humans are? Diminutive monsters of death and destruction?
George Monbiot: New research suggests that there was never a state of grace. We have always been the nemesis of the planet’s wildlife . . Garry Rogers:   I could find a solution to human limitations described here only by creating a fictional … Continue reading →
9:46 PM | http://planet3.org/2014/03/25/9751/
Since the start of the industrial revolution, mankind has been burning fossil fuel (coal, oil, etc.) and adding its carbon to the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. In 50 years or so this process, says Director Roger Revelle of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, may have a violent effect on the earth’s climate Dr. [more]
7:43 PM | Europe approves vet drug that killed off almost all of Asia's vultures
When Europeans first arrived in North America, they exterminated three to five billion passenger pigeons (Ectopistes migratorius) in the short span of a century through a combination of habitat destruction and hunting. In 1914, the last living passenger pigeon perished at the Cincinnati Zoo. Despite the staggering scale of this extinction event, three species of vulture from Southeastern Asia retain the dubious distinction of having had the most rapid population crash of any avian fauna. They […]
4:32 PM | http://planet3.org/2014/03/25/9745/
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4:07 PM | http://planet3.org/2014/03/25/9742/
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3:19 PM | Recursive Fury Update
Brian Angliss has an excellent summary at Scholars and Rogues. [more]
3:00 PM | Long lost mammal photographed on camera trap in Vietnam
In 1929, two sons of Theodore Roosevelt (Teddy Junior and Kermit) led an expedition that killed a barking deer, or muntjac, in present-day Laos, which has left scientists puzzled for over 80 years. At first scientists believed it to be a distinct species of muntjac and named it Roosevelt's muntjac (Muntiacus rooseveltorum), however that designation was soon cast into doubt with some scientists claiming it was a specimen of an already-known muntjac or a subspecies. The problem was compounded by […]
2:27 PM | 10 Limitations on Progress in Ecology
Charley Krebs:  “Ecological science moves along slowly in its mission to understand how the Earth’s populations, communities, and ecosystems operate within the constraints of human impacts on the Bios…” . . Garry Rogers:  There are many additional reasons for ecology’s … Continue reading →
2:00 PM | Urban greening: Environmental justice gone awry?
In cities, green space is a precious commodity that’s often clustered in areas with rich, white residents. So urban planners have tried to correct this environmental injustice by adding parks and trees to poor neighborhoods. But these well-intentioned efforts may backfire because the improvements drive up property values. “Ultimately, this can lead to gentrification and
8:19 AM | Repost: Conversations With My Grandpa
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez spill. At the time, it was the biggest oil spill in US history.  As far as the cleanup is concerned, the Exxon spill is far from over. But Exxon isn’t the spill that weighs on American minds. I wrote the following post in June of […]The post Repost: Conversations With My Grandpa appeared first on Science Sushi.

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4:10 AM | Urge Congress to protect conservation funding! – Defenders of Wildlife
The future of imperiled species and public lands rests heavily on our federal financial support decisions. But you can make a difference. Your member of Congress has until April 4th to tell the Appropriation Committees to increase funding for our … Continue reading →
3:07 AM | Bison and they said never again
Bison slaughters in Yellowstone over for season after almost 600 killed, removed Yellowstone announces end to 2014 bison slaughter following one-man blockade Yellowstone seeks information on illega… See on endtrophyhuntingnow.comFiled under: Nature Conservation
3:00 AM | Oklahoma rattled by 15 earthquakes
March 2014 – OKLAHOMA – The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded 15 earthquakes in Oklahoma since about 9:30 p.m. Friday, the largest being a magnitude 4.0. The 4.0 magnitude quake was recorded at 1… See on theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.comFiled under: Nature Conservation
2:53 AM | Monster El Nino Emerging From the Depths: Nose of Massive Kelvin Wave Breaks Surface in Eastern Pacific
(A monster Kelvin wave, possibly more powerful than the 1997-98 event, is now rushing toward the surface of the Eastern Pacific. Image source: NOAA/ESRL.) We are observing an extraordinarily powerf… See on robertscribbler.wordpress.comFiled under: Nature Conservation
2:45 AM | Stop Militaries’ World War on Animals!
Only five NATO nations—Canada, Denmark, Norway, the U.S., and the U.K.—continue to use animals in these barbaric exercises. The Canadian military cuts apart and poisons live pigs with toxic chemicals, the military of Norway shoots live pigs with high-velocity bullets … Continue reading →
12:00 AM | unconsumption: Plastic debris washed up on beaches gets turned...
unconsumption: Plastic debris washed up on beaches gets turned into beachfront art: "Plastic World" — made by Portuguese artists Carole Purnelle and Nuno Maya — pictured in Australia, on the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk, during the 2013 Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi exhibition.  The spherical sculpture is 79” (200 cm) in diameter, in case you’re wondering. (photo credit: Halans on Flickr)

March 24, 2014

6:07 PM | Help track fire restoration with this innovative Citizen Science project!
Last year, over 3,000 acres of Mount Diablo State Park were scorched by the Morgan Wildfire. The fire, likely started by target shooters, caused 75 homes to be evacuated and left the park closed to visitors for weeks. The park is now open and the massive fire scar is beginning to heal. Nerds for Nature, […]
6:04 PM | evidence is to be “believed” or “denied” as if the scientific papers are so many Lutheran creeds pinned to a door
Have you seen this amazing essay Elegy for a Country's Seasons by Zadie Smith yet? [more]
5:25 PM | A Primer on Soil Microbes – An Interview with Sarah Hargreaves
Most of us who work in prairies think mostly about what we see aboveground.  I guess that’s understandable, but to ignore the complex and critical functioning of the soil and its inhabitants is to ignore much of what really drives grassland … Continue reading →
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4:19 PM | Sea of Cortez: Conserving the World’s Aquarium
Jacques Cousteau called it the “world’s aquarium”: a place of flying mobula rays, frolicking sea lions and colorful reef fish. Marine scientist Alison Green travels to the Sea of Cortez to see the biological wonders for herself, and ponders the … Continue reading →
1:29 PM | Meet Iman: the Sumatran rhino's newest hope for survival
Hopes for one of the world's most imperiled megafauna rose this month when wildlife conservationists succeeded in catching a female Sumatran rhino named Iman in the Malaysian state of Sabah. The female, which experts believe to be fertile, has since been successfully transferred via helicopter to the Borneo Rhino Sanctuary where experts plan to mate her with the local male, Tam. Located in Tabin Wildlife Reserve, the Borneo Rhino Sanctuary is an uncompleted semi-wild enclosure and home to one […]
1:00 PM | Climate change catches snowshoe hares off guard
Snowshoe hares seem unaware of their loss of camouflage from shifts in the timing of snow cover, and their lack of caution may increase predation rates.
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