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August 06, 2014

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12:00 PM | How safe is it to eat lionfish?
Ciguatera fish poisoning (CFP) is one of the most common marine poisons in the world. There are more than fifty thousand cases reported each year, though the true number of poisonings has been estimated to be closer to five hundred thousand. Seventy percent of those who live in the Pacific islands may have been poisoned
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12:00 PM | Readers Write In: Are These Rattlesnakes (with Bonus Peruvian Snake Challenge)?
Hi David,       I have always loved animals and reptiles especially after going to a science fair where a local herpetologist brought all kinds of interesting snakes and such to show the students... Once moving to Virginia I became scared of copperheads because they can't rattle to warn you of their presence and I am an avid hiker. In living in this state a long time I never ran into any snakes
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9:10 AM | UK’s Deep Sea Mountain Life Filmed by Victoria Gill,...
UK’s Deep Sea Mountain Life Filmed by Victoria Gill, BBC Scientists have sent a remotely operated vehicle to film one of the UK’s three undersea mountains, known as seamounts. The Hebrides Terrace Seamount, off the west coast of Scotland, is higher than Ben Nevis, but its peak is 1,000m beneath the surface. Prof J Murray Roberts, from Heriot-Watt University, and his colleagues filmed more than 100 species on its slopes. They published their findings in the open access journal […]
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8:00 AM | lifeunderthewaves: Florescence by gabedeleon Tube Anemone...
lifeunderthewaves: Florescence by gabedeleon Tube Anemone appears to glow when highlighted by camera strobe.
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4:19 AM | Tell Seventh Generation to Stop Promoting Animal Testing
Animal testing does not protect human health or the environment from exposure to harmful chemicals. Continue reading →
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1:51 AM | Endangered Species Condoms
The world’s population now numbers more than 7 billion, and we add another 227,000 people to the planet every day. Continue reading →
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12:38 AM | Save Reservoir Animals from Intentional Water Drainage
Target: Mayor Percy Bland of Meridian, Mississippi Goal: Relocate fish and other animals that are dying because of the intentional draining of their native reservoir The city of Meridian, Mississippi has slowly begun to drain the water from a… “The … Continue reading →
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12:07 AM | Why the White House posted a video linking the California wildfires to climate change
Linking wildfire to climate change provides tangible evidence of the destructive results of climate change. Continue reading →
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12:00 AM | sciencealert: This prawn-like, deep-sea creature lives at a...
sciencealert: This prawn-like, deep-sea creature lives at a depth of 7 km and measures more than 25 cm in length. Read more and watch a video: http://bit.ly/1pL8Dbm

August 05, 2014

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5:37 PM | Sala Burning: Worst Fire in 40 Years Rages in Sweltering Sweden
Originally posted on robertscribbler:(Sala Fire on August 5, 2014 as seen in this LANCE-MODIS satellite shot. For reference the fire front in this shot is about ten miles wide, the smoke plume, two hundred miles long. Image source: LANCE-MODIS.)…
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5:15 PM | Water costs up 1,000% where half of US fruits, vegetables and nuts grow
The rising cost of vegetables and the crops fed to livestock may alter the diets of the expanded mass of poor people in the US. The real impact, however, is the drying of springs and ponds used by wildlife. Drought and human competition for water will shove many species farther toward extinction. Continue reading →
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4:48 PM | How Do You Evaluate Your Prairie?
The most challenging aspect of prairie management may be evaluating what’s happening on the land and what to do about it.  What should you focus on as you walk around a prairie?  Which plant species can tell you the most … Continue reading →
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4:02 PM | We’re Eating Pangolins Off the Face of the Earth
The single most important step to conserving these species is reducing the demand for their meat and scales in China and Vietnam. Continue reading →
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3:10 PM | England: 8/8/14 Is ‘World Cat Day’ – The BUAV Exposes Cats Born To Die In UK Labs – Watch the Footage, Please Sign the Petition – and Lots More.
There will be homes around the world where cats and kittens are lucky enough to spend their lives protected by the security of a loving family. Sadly, behind other closed doors – not of homes but of laboratories – there will also be many other cats and kittens suffering in silence. Continue reading →
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2:41 PM | How did Ebola Zaïre Get to Guinea?
The vicious Ebola outbreak that has already killed over 800 people this year was not a strain endemic to the region as initially believed. Instead the University of Edinburgh found that the strain is the same as the Ebola Zaïre found in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), formerly Zaïre. Does this mean the strain could have come from illegally-trafficked great apes instead of fruit bats as widely reported?
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1:00 PM | Just how far will urban sprawl spread?
We have been hearing for a while now about the continued explosive growth of cities around the world. According to the World Health Organization, 40 percent of the global population lived in an urban area in 1990, we crossed the 50 percent threshold by 2010, and we’ll be at 60 percent by 2030 and 70
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12:30 PM | BHL Update at the 2014 North American GBIF Meeting
The North American Regional Node Meeting of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) occurred in Ontario, Canada on July 21-22, 2014. The meeting, themed "Advancing Informatics, Engagement and Content," focused on progress updates and ongoing implementation tactics for the North American regional strategy. Discussions included the use of digital object identifiers (DOIs), collections and specimens in the GBIF context, organizational structure, and membership in both GBIF and the […]
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8:00 AM | lifeunderthewaves: Fish Photography by marinepix underwater,...
lifeunderthewaves: Fish Photography by marinepix underwater, diver, scuba, diving, fish, camera, photographer, bat, batfish, school, shoal, blue, animals, surface, silver, queuing, posing, hovering,nauticam, canon, 550D
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1:51 AM | Chinese Must Pay More for Tiger Penis, Rhino Horn, and Other Endangered Animal Products
Chinese traditional medicine and belief in deriving personal power by eating animal parts are driving forces behind poaching worldwide. Continue reading →
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12:42 AM | Divers pull fishing hook from jaws of 6ft shark
Two divers remove fish hooks from sharks. Continue reading →

August 04, 2014

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10:11 PM | Arctic Emergency: Top Scientists Explain How Arctic Warming is Wrecking Our Weather and Pushing World To Rapidly Cross Climate Tipping Points
(Must-watch video that includes direct observation and analysis of Arctic tipping points provided by a number of the world’s top climate scientists.) You don’t want to mess with Arctic warming. It’s an engine of destruction straining to be set loose. … Continue reading →
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10:11 PM | Scientists Explain How Arctic Warming is Wrecking Our Weather and Pushing World To Rapidly Cross Climate Tipping Points
The arctic region is warming more quickly than the rest of the planet. Thus, the temperature differences between the pole and the lower latitudes is shrinking. Extreme weather of greater duration is the result. Much greater changes are looming as permafrost warms and a great methane escape from the arctic shelf approaches. The scientists believe we can't wait to phase out fossil fuel burning. Continue reading →
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8:13 PM | Tin mining, palm oil plantations wreaking havoc on small Indonesian island
Belitung, a picturesque island off the east coast of Sumatra, has experienced an uptick in tourism recently due to its unspoiled white sand beaches and turquoise waters. But next to all of the beauty, an environmental tragedy is quietly unfolding: the island’s primary forests are being cut down at an alarming rate in favor of mining and palm oil plantations.
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6:09 PM | Indigenous Seed Savers Agree to Fight Climate Change With Crop Diversity
The world has lost 75 percent of its crop diversity in the last 100 years, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. Continue reading →
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5:41 PM | White House OKs Underwater Seismic Surveying
It is ludicrous that fossil fuel prospecting is given priority over marine life. Continue reading →
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4:53 PM | Where have all the big animals gone? Indian park devoid of many species, further threatened by forest loss
Namdapha National Park is part of the Indo-Myanmar biodiversity hotspot. However, locating many species in the park is becoming increasingly difficult, the region has lost thousands of hectares of forest in the past decade, and studies project the situation may simply worsen in the coming years.
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4:08 PM | US Fish and Wildlife Service Ending Neonic and GMO Use in Most National Wildlife Refuges
The US Fish and Wildlife Service will terminate use of Neonics and GMOs in most wildlife refuges by 2016. Let’s hope this is the start of a change across the US Department of the Interior, the largest manager of US public lands. It will be a struggle; Bayer, Monsanto, Syngenta, and the other large producers of pesticides and/or GMOs will oppose the change with millions of dollars spent on politicians and leaders of the Interior Department’s nine bureaus. Continue reading →
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11:49 AM | Emergence of Life in a Wetland
After many years of wanting to, we finally installed some solar-powered pumps and livestock water tanks in our family prairie.  (Thanks to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Nebraska Game and Parks for providing cost-share money!)  Those two water … Continue reading →
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8:00 AM | lifeunderthewaves: Around by TommiKokkola Featherstar at...
lifeunderthewaves: Around by TommiKokkola Featherstar at Tubbataha reefs national park, Philippines
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7:00 AM | shelbysbutt: aanubis: ungrammaticholiday: yggdrasilly: christ...
shelbysbutt: aanubis: ungrammaticholiday: yggdrasilly: christmasblogger: Penguin falls down resulting in best sound ever [x] oh my god NOOOOOOO they all gasped like OHHH IM CRYING IM PHYSICALLY CRYING HE FALLS AND THERE ALL LIKE WHAAAAWHOA U OK BRO AND HE GETS UP LIKE *SIGH* YEAH ITS FINE
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