October 17, 2014

12:30 PM | The Art of Science at Museum Victoria & in BHL!
This post originally published on the Museum Victoria blog to welcome the "Art of Science" exhibit to the museum and introduce audiences to BHL. Explore the latest BHL Australia developments in this past post. See the Museum Victoria collection in BHL here. The Art of Science exhibition presents the finest examples from Museum Victoria's remarkable collection of natural history artworks. These include rare books from the 18th and 19th centuries, field sketches from early colonial […]
12:00 PM | Seabirds fly toward the light, get run over by cars
You shouldn’t litter. Everybody knows that rule, perhaps thanks to grisly images seabirds with six-pack soda rings around their necks. But not all pollution is made of trash. Birds can suffer from another, far more pervasive, far more subtle form of pollution. Instead of being made of paper and plastic, this form of pollution is

October 16, 2014

6:35 PM | NatCon News Sources
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4:00 PM | Indonesia tries to clamp down on coal sector’s worst excesses
Out of the jungles of East Borneo in Indonesia comes the fire that fuels Asia’s burgeoning economies: coal. Miners dig deep open pits, clearing forests and farmlands to extract coal from thick black seams, which is then crushed and loaded onto trucks and barges for shipment to China, India, Japan and other destinations in Asia.
3:30 PM | Bats like city living
We’re used to sharing our cities with pigeons, ants, and the occasional skunk. In part of Australia, though, urban areas are increasingly overrun by thousands of bats — and a new study suggests that the animals’ inclination for city life is only growing. Urban development can splinter habitat and force out wildlife, but it also
1:39 PM | QOTW: Krugman
When the going gets tough, the people losing the argument start whining about civility.Paul Krugman (h/t Eli)
11:34 AM | BHL is Back
Access to the BHL website has been restored! Thank you for your patience, and we apologize for the inconvenience.

October 15, 2014

9:22 PM | Save the National Ocean Sciences Bowl!
The National Ocean Sciences Bowl is a competition for high school students focused on marine biology, physics and chemistry . Through cooperation between researchers, teachers and community members, NOSB aims to educate students and their families about science and sustainable stewardship of ocean resources. Thousands of the smartest high school students in the United States from hundreds of schools participate each […]
5:09 PM | How Beavers Build Biodiversity
Originally posted on strange behaviors:It’s not postcard pretty to human eyes. But it’s habitat to wildlife. Even species as small and relatively uncharismatic as beavers produce dramatic changes in the environment, to the benefit of many species and the…
3:27 PM | Subscribe to the Nature Conservation (NatCon) News
The NatCon News' global coverage includes information and issues for animals, plants, soils, and ecosystems they form. Continue reading →
3:03 PM | Pentagon: Preparation for Climate Change
The Department [of Defense] is responding to climate change in two ways: adaptation, or efforts to plan for the changes that are occurring or expected to occur; and mitigation, or efforts that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Continue reading →
12:00 PM | To save the scavengers, open up vulture restaurants
Animals are born, they eat, they breed, and they die. That’s how it’s supposed to work, at least if you believe the lyrics of a Disney movie featuring cartoon lions. In the best cases, reality is not too far off. But sometimes animals are born and they never get the chance to grow up. Or
1:43 AM | Still on Track for the Collapse of Modern Civilization
Originally posted on Collapse of Industrial Civilization:Two recent pieces of scientific evidence really hammer home the predicament of modern industrial civilization, and they have to do with the fact that our globalized, just-in-time economic model is hopelessly wed to…
1:40 AM | Current Sea Level Rise is Faster Than at Any Time in Last 6,000 Years
Originally posted on robertscribbler:(NASA satellite shot of Antarctica on October 13 of 2014. Recent scientific papers point toward a vicious cycle of Antarctic glacial melt. Expanding sea ice results from increased cold, fresh water outflows from melting land-anchored glaciers…

October 14, 2014

8:28 PM | India plans huge palm oil expansion, puts forests at risk
The world's largest importer of palm oil, India is seeking to slake its thirst domestically. The Ministry of Agriculture estimates that India has the potential to cultivate oil palm in 1.03 million hectares of land--nearly the size of the U.S. state of Connecticut--and produce four to five million metric tons of palm oil per year.
8:25 PM | My research and I were the victims of a conservative media attack
Dr. Will White is an assistant professor of marine biology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.  He uses a combination of lab experiments, field studies, and mathematical models to study fish behavior and population dynamics, in particular how fish populations respond to protection in no-take marine reserves. My adventure with the news media began […]
4:29 PM | So Similar, Yet So Different
It’s wrong to assume that successful restoration or management tactics from one prairie will work in another.  Instead, every prairie has its own “personality” and responds accordingly.  The key to success is experimentation and adaptive management. Bill Kleiman is one … Continue reading →
3:06 PM | 'River wolves' recover in Peruvian park, but still remain threatened inside and out (photos)
Lobo de río, or river wolf, is the very evocative Spanish name for one of the Amazon's most spectacular mammals: the giant river otter. This highly intelligent, deeply social, and simply charming freshwater predator almost vanished entirely due to a relentless fur trade in the 20th Century. But decades after the trade in giant river otter pelts was outlawed, the species is making a comeback.
1:00 PM | Green space makes for better students
We’ve been hearing for a while now how simply being around green space more can be beneficial. Early this year, for example, a study found that moving to areas with more trees and vegetation led to an immediate and prolonged improvement in mental health. Just looking at a tree every now and then seems to

October 13, 2014

5:15 PM |
nullius in verba omnis in litigia (proposed modification to Royal Society motto)
3:03 PM | Jane Goodall joins mongabay
Famed primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall—whose image is known the world over—has joined the advisory board of This is the non-profit branch of, an environmental and science website with a special focus on tropical forests. Goodall first came to global prominence at the age of 26 when she set off to Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania to study chimpanzee behavior.
12:30 PM | Down the rabbit (Lepus curpaeums) hole: Edward A. Chapin
This post is a guest submission from Julia Blase, Project Manager for The Field Book Project. Learn more about the project here.Last week, with the arrival of many more of the field books to the Biodiversity Heritage Library web portal, I had the chance to dive deeply into the field books of Edward Chapin, entomologist and Curator of Insects at the Smithsonian Institution from 1934 to 1954. I spent the most time in his field book covering a set of travels to Cuba and Jamaica, though mostly […]

October 12, 2014

8:55 PM | Publishing, power dating and technology
Every year, a staggering 1.5 million scholarly articles are published in c. 27,000 peer-reviewed journals, and… the number of articles is set to double every 20 or so years (Campbell, […]
7:42 PM | Lost at sea: Impressions of Leonardo’s Sailors
One day someone might write a useful review of the economics of wildlife trade.  Nadal and Aguayos’ “Leonardo’s Sailors” is simply not it.  The tragedy is that an opportunity has been squandered.  Economic models of wildlife trade and poaching have lagged behind policy issues.  They are simplistic. As yet they offer only limited guidance on [...]
6:06 PM | As the Population of Humans Doubles, the Number of Animals Halves
Across the land you can hear the battle cry: "Out of the way, animals, we’ve got diapers and baby carriages to buy.” Continue reading →
5:37 PM | China Is Selling Off Vital Panda Habitat To The Highest Bidder
Melissa Cronin:  “There are an estimated 1,600 pandas left in the wild in China, and thanks to new legislation, that number may change very soon — for the worse. “The Chinese government is currently in the midst of introducing its “forest … Continue reading →
5:37 PM | Panda Habitat Threatened
We estimate that $1,229 million in effective eco-compensation payments could prevent an estimated 15% decline in the giant panda population, whereas an additional $3,707 million for effective eco-compensation and restoration of potential habitat could restore the giant panda population to an estimated 40% above current levels. Continue reading →
12:40 AM | The Ghost in the GMO Machine – Cascadia TimesCascadia Times
Of course, other species are harmed as well, making it unacceptable to use these pesticides and the GMOs bred for compatibility. Continue reading →

October 11, 2014

6:44 PM | Alaska’s stranded walruses face a new threat: oil drillers
Shell's wells will be upstream of Hanna Shoals, a biologically rich shallow shelf that tends to hold sea ice longer than other areas. Continue reading →
5:37 PM | These 14 states have a plan for climate change. The rest of you are screwed.
Most states are still failing to prepare for the impacts of climate change, and there has been mixed progress among states with concrete plans, according to a first-of-its-kind compilation of data released Thursday by the Georgetown Climate Center. Continue reading →
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