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August 23, 2014

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12:00 AM | climateadaptation: Asian Development Bank’s new climate...
climateadaptation: Asian Development Bank’s new climate infographic quantifies how south Asia economy will be hit by climate impacts.

August 22, 2014

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9:56 PM | Indonesia to hear indigenous peoples' grievances on land disputes
Public hearings into alleged violations of indigenous peoples' land rights will open next week in Palu on the island of Sulawesi. This is the beginning of a series of hearings by the Commission on Human Rights to explore conflicts affecting indigenous people in forest areas. The Commission will travel throughout Indonesia, providing concerned parties an opportunity to meet and discuss land disputes, before submitting the results of their findings to the next president.
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7:37 PM | An uncertain future: world's last wild Siberian tigers threatened by iIllegal logging, global warming, disease (PART II)
Every year, between 20 and 30 tigers are poached. Illegal logging is reducing the tigers' habitat, and illegal hunting is reducing its food supply. However, these are not the only threats to wild tiger survival -- other problems are cropping up and taking a toll on the iconic big cat.
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12:00 PM | How can whale shark tourism be kept sustainable?
When the revenue generated by wildlife-related tourism is higher than that generated by the consumption of that wildlife, then the animals in question are worth more alive than dead. This seems intuitive, but the economics of wildlife tourism aren’t always easy to work out. Over the last couple decades, one form of wildlife-based tourism that
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12:00 PM | Friday Roundup: The Week's Wildlife Links (August 22nd, 2014)
The waters off of NYC are full of whales and sharks. Here, a Humpback whale breaches in front of the NY skyline. Great read on how wildlife hybrids are becoming more common as our natural landscapes change. Sweden mourns the death of its oldest eel. Entire new town planned for construction in Florida Panther habitat. Scientists suggest ending trophy fishing of threatened
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9:33 AM | Baby Flamboyant Cuttlefish in egg case (on a sock?!) - Daniel...
Baby Flamboyant Cuttlefish in egg case (on a sock?!) - Daniel Geary  Hey guys, my friend Dan is becoming a super talented underwater photographer. He refuses to get Tumblr, much to my dismay. Let’s try and convince him otherwise. Hands up if you’d like to see him post his stuff on Tumblr.
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9:29 AM | Sea plankton 'found living outside International Space Station' - Telegraph
Sea plankton 'found living outside International Space Station' - Telegraph: Russian cosmonauts...
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8:00 AM | lifeunderthewaves: Okay Let’s Go Counter Clock Wise This Time...
lifeunderthewaves: Okay Let’s Go Counter Clock Wise This Time by alex888 Ran into this large school of yellow snappers while scuba diving in Phi Phi in Thailand. The school of snappers were going in and out and actually surrounded me in a cloud of yellow. It was great diving.
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1:11 AM | New Ad Guidelines Aim To Abolish Stigmas Against Dark Skin In India
New Ad Guidelines Aim To Abolish Stigmas Against Dark Skin In India: Advertisers are no longer...
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12:21 AM | Words and Pictures on Climate Change
Two "comic book"-style books are in print now on the subject of climate change, and they form an interesting contrast [more]
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12:00 AM | secretofthesea: Squid egg sac A squid egg sac — which may...
secretofthesea: Squid egg sac A squid egg sac — which may contain as many as 200 embryos — takes on the shape of a rhomboid.

August 21, 2014

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9:51 PM | Shark Week loses nine million viewers, but Discovery says “everyone is absolutely thrilled”
Shark Week is over, and as the week has progressed, the flood of negative press about Discovery’s favorite time of the year has weakened to a trickle. Instead, news organizations are talking about how well Discovery did this year in spite of the backlash. Shark Week “set records” say the headlines, and it’s no shock: […]The post Shark Week loses nine million viewers, but Discovery says “everyone is absolutely thrilled” appeared first on Science Sushi.
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9:51 PM | Have scientists discovered a new primate in the Philippines?
Despite some media reports, scientists have not yet discovered a new species of big-eyed, nocturnal primate—known as tarsiers—in the Philippines. Instead what they have discovered is an intriguing population that is genetically-distinct even from nearby relatives, according to a new open-access paper in PLOS ONE.
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9:21 PM | Libertarian Argument for Social Credit (Universal Basic Income)
A blogger named Thomas Clarke makes a libertarian case for a guaranteed income. [more]
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7:16 PM | How Climate Scientists Feel
Someone has asked a few climate scientists what they are feeling, and has collected their answers. It’s worth your time.
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6:08 PM | Photo of the Week – August 21, 2014
I’ve written before about how many times I often snap the shutter on my camera to make sure I get the photo I want.  Digital photography makes that a cheap insurance option and gives me lots of images to choose from … Continue reading →
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2:56 PM | Next big idea in forest conservation? DNA fingerprinting trees to stem illegal logging
As a professor at Texas Tech, Dr. Chuck Cannon has been, among other things, working to create a system of DNA fingerprinting for tropical trees to undercut the global illegal logging trade. 'If we just enforced existing laws and management policies, things would be pretty good, but unfortunately, that is where things fall apart in many tropical countries,' Cannon said.
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1:00 PM | More scuba diving means sicker coral reefs
The gorgeous coral reefs around Koh Tao, Thailand draw thousands of tourists every year. But frequent scuba diving appears to be increasing the rate of coral disease, threatening to spoil the natural resource that locals depend on for their livelihood. Compared to fishing, tourism may seem like a relatively sustainable way to boost the local economy.
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12:30 PM | Avibase, The World Bird Database
As part of our BHL & Our Users series, we recently interviewed Denis Lepage, Senior Scientist at the National Data Center, Bird Studies Canada and creator of Avibase, an impressive online resource on the birds of the world.  With over 12 million records, the database covers information on about 10,000 species and 22,000 subspecies of birds, including distribution, taxonomy, and synonyms in several languages.Over the last 20 years, Lepage has devoted his energy and inspiration to […]
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9:15 AM | My water bottle is the closest I’ve been to a dive tank in...
My water bottle is the closest I’ve been to a dive tank in months. Withdrawal symptoms in full swing.
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8:00 AM | lauren: My expedition team made the world’s most northerly lip...
lauren: My expedition team made the world’s most northerly lip dub on board the icebreaker 50 let Pobedy at the North Pole. I was behind the camera on this one. Enjoy!  Music: Pharrell Williams’ Happy
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7:43 AM | Birds of India - Red Billed Blue Magpie
Red-billed Blue Magpie (Urocissa erythroryncha), one of the most beautiful birds in Himachal Pradesh.It is known to have five subspecies, among which the one found in HP is occipitalis. The clip here shows a red billed magpie enjoying the shower near Dramman in #Kangra District of #Himachal Pradesh in #India.  This is the first of a series of posts on birds of India.  You may also visit
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12:00 AM | libutron: Pyrosome - colonial salp What you see in the photo is...
libutron: Pyrosome - colonial salp What you see in the photo is not a single organism, but a colony of tunicates of the genus Pyrosoma. Colonies of pyrosomes may reach a length of 60 cm and forms a distinctive rigid tube that may be colorless, pink, grayish or blue-green. One end is closed and tapered, with the opposing open end having a diaphragm.  The tube has a rough texture due to papillae on the individuals making up the colony.  Unlike salps that use pulsing of the body […]

August 20, 2014

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10:24 PM | http://planet3.org/2014/08/20/10234/
Projections of climate change by the IPCC are deeply skeptical, and there is no attempt to hide the large uncertainty of climate forecasts. … Ironically, those labeled “skeptics” by the media are not in fact skeptical; they are, on the contrary, quite sure that there is no risk going forward. Meanwhile, those interested in treating the issue as an objective problem in risk assessment and management are labeled “alarmists”, a particularly infantile smear […]
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10:17 PM | Looming mining ‘tsunami’ set to take Africa by storm
Africa remains something of an untapped mineral resource, as the vast majority of extraction occurs elsewhere. However, a new report documents a surging tide of foreign interest in mining in Africa and cautions that the sector’s unchecked development and expansion could devastate the environment.
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4:44 PM | International Book Award for Corr Syl
Corr Syl, the youngest warrior in Wycliff District, is a battle rabbit who must deal with an invasion by a neighboring species. Together with Rhya Bright another young battle rabbit, Corr tries to find a solution that will not ignite a broader conflict. Continue reading →
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1:24 PM | Rising Ocean Acidity Weakens Hunting Ability in Sharks
Sharks, the ocean’s top predators, renowned for their impressive hunting abilities, rely extensively on their keen sense of smell to hunt prey located miles away—earning themselves the label “swimming noses.” But a new study reveals that high levels of seawater acidity expected due to climate change can diminish their ability to track prey through sensing […]
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1:01 PM | A Special Volunteer
Volunteers are a critical part of our stewardship work at the Platte River Prairies.  We don’t have a lot of them, but we’ve been lucky to have some great ones.  All of our volunteers are appreciated, but we have special … Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | A direct link between ivory trafficking and elephant decline
Over the last four years, the illegal trade in elephant ivory surged, while tens of thousands of elephants were killed for that ivory each year. Those patterns have coincided with increases in seizures of illegal ivory and with increases in ivory prices on the black market. But quantifying that illegal harvest has always proven incredibly
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