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April 19, 2014

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9:00 PM | Suzuki Proposes a War on Cars
David Suzuki notes "In railing against everything from bike lanes to transit spending, pundits and politicians often raise the spectre of a "war on cars." Of course, there is no war on cars — but there should be." [more]
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4:05 PM | Extended Version of Hayhoe Segment
from Years of Living Dangerously [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nY1HweENTeU?list=PLmB1tUgTXBEroEQ2j55T42rXUHNrKv4cP&w=560&h=315]
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3:26 PM | Footdragging on Keystone
The State Department will delay its decision on construction of the Keystone XL pipeline until it has a clearer idea of how legal challenges to the pipeline’s route through Nebraska will be settled, State Department officials said Friday [more]
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3:14 PM | Economics and Ethics
The tension among purely economic (denumerable, rationalizable) behavior, ethical behavior, asserted or claimed behavior, and actual behavior, is more than a little interesting. An economist reflects on the question. [more]
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3:29 AM | Save the World by Not Working So Hard
Workers of the world, relax! [more]

April 18, 2014

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9:34 PM | http://planet3.org/2014/04/18/9887/
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6:11 PM | Behind of the scenes of Showtime's blockbuster series on climate change
For years climate change activists and environmentalists have been clamoring for a high-profile, high-impact TV series about climate change to make Americans more aware of an issue that will affect billions of people around the globe in coming decades. This week they finally got it when Showtime released the first episode of Years of Living Dangerously, a big-budget TV series featuring a number of Hollywood's biggest stars as reporters and corespondents.
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4:37 PM | Fun Science Friday – First Female Penis
Happy Fun Science Friday. You did not mistakenly read the title, today we bring you the discovery of the first female penis in the animal kingdom. Yoshizawa, from Hokkaido University in Japan, and his team of researchers documented this phenomenon of sexual role reversal in 4 species of rather unassuming insects in Brazil’s Peruaçu River Valley. […]
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4:04 PM | No, we didn’t find the Loch Ness Monster with Apple Maps
It’s been a long time since we’ve had a good debunking-random-monster-sighting post. The ready availability of global satellite image databases is a powerful tool for exploration and monitoring but has also led to a boom in pseudoscience “discoveries” by people not familiar with how these images are produced or just willing to suspend disbelief for their […]
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2:04 PM | Next big idea in forest conservation? Maps for the masses
Mark Mulligan makes maps for the masses. In his work on tropical forests, Mulligan uses GIS, modeling, remote sensing, and lab experiments to turn research into datasets and policy support systems, which are available online for use in development, decision-making, and education.
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12:00 PM | Which Shall Live and Which Shall Die? Conservation Triage for Birds
There’s a struggle at the core of wildlife conservation between our desire to help and our ability to help. It’s a mismatch between the seemingly unending flow of species from existence to extinction and the limited resources at our disposal for use in stopping that flow. On the one hand, we could try to spread
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11:53 AM | Photo of the Week – April 18, 2014
A couple weeks ago, I posted a few photos from the timelapse cameras at a restored wetland on our Platte River Prairies.  One of those showed the first documented use by sandhill cranes of that site, which was pretty exciting.  I downloaded … Continue reading →
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8:00 AM | atheisttime: like us on facebook :)
atheisttime: like us on facebook :)
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12:00 AM | terramarproject: This week we’re appreciating reefs around the...
terramarproject: This week we’re appreciating reefs around the world. Our photo of the day is this beautiful photo of the Red Sea taken by Theresa Guise 

April 17, 2014

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11:30 PM | Advertisement
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqXzAUaTUSc&w=560&h=315]
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11:16 PM | Krugman on Degrowthies
Paul Krugman, who is less wrong than most economists most of the time, cavalierly dismisses limits to growth. But abstract concern about growth vs degrowth as an armchair-philosophy pursuit is one thing. The reality of resource extraction globally is quite another - and it's not a pretty story. [more]
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8:55 PM | Is Aru safe? Indonesia suspends plan to clear half the islands' forests
Aru, an area made up of about ninety-five low-lying islands in the Maluku province of eastern Indonesia, has suspended a plan to clear half of its total forest cover for sugar cane. However, the island paradise is still not safe from large-scale deforestation, according to a report from Mongabay-Indonesia.
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8:29 PM | Anomalous Recent Winter Linked to Human Causes
A new study by Utah State scientist S.-Y. Simon Wang, found that the recent winter's jet stream pattern was the most extreme on record, and likely could not have grown so extreme without the influence of human-caused global warming. [more]
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5:42 PM | Air pollution in Asia intensifies Pacific storms
Aerosols from Asian air pollution are intensifying cyclones over the Pacific Ocean, potentially altering weather patterns halfway around the globe.
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3:45 PM | Virginia Supreme Court Affirms FOI not for Fishing Expeditions in Academics’ Email
Via the Mann himself, the Virginia Supreme Court rejects the proposition that just because you work for a state university, every word you say is public property. [more]
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1:00 PM | BHL Technical Advisory Group meets at the Missouri Botanical Garden
For the 2014 BHL Technical Meeting, the BHL Technical Advisory Group (TAG) met at the Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG) (2-3 April 2014) with William Ulate (Technical Director) and Martin Kalfatovic (BHL Program Director). Also joining the meeting were the BHL tech team based at MBG (Trish Rose-Sandler and Mike Lichtenberg), Carolyn Sheffield (BHL Program Manager), Bianca Crowley (BHL Collections Coordinator, by phone), and Connie Rinaldo (BHL Executive Committee Vice-Chair, by phone).From left: […]
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11:50 AM | Patches of Fire and Habitat
It’s been a difficult year for conducting prescribed fires so far – the wind seems to be blowing even harder and more consistently than in recent memory.  And that’s saying something, living in the Great Plains. A couple of weeks … Continue reading →
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1:15 AM | Further Unraveling of Frontiers
We desperately need a reinvented peer review system. But the Frontiers journal system appears to have its heart in the wrong place. [more]
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12:51 AM | 7th Bear–Including An Adult Female Bear–Killed After Woman Bitten in Florida
[Never mind that the subdivision backs up against a wildlife sanctuary. When a non-human animal dares to threaten a human, it's not just an eye for an eye, but SEVEN pairs of eyes for an injury.] 7… See on exposingthebiggame.wordpress.comFiled under: Nature … Continue reading →
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12:00 AM | Two As One - Bunaken Island, Indonesia - © Jim Patterson |...
Two As One - Bunaken Island, Indonesia - © Jim Patterson | ᶹᶥᶳᶸᵃᶩᶳ

April 16, 2014

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10:59 PM | We are experiencing problems with our PDF Generation...
Dear BHL users:We are currently experiencing technical difficulties with our PDF Generation process... Our IT staff is currently working to fix this but at this point we don’t know exactly when the service will be restore.We apologize for the inconveniences this may cause you. We will keep you informed of anything else we know as soon as we find out.William UlateBHL Technical Director
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10:43 PM | Highway Ramp
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUe3-cOIzCA&w=560&h=315]
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12:00 PM | Could golf courses actually boost conservation?
Many think that golf courses negatively impact local ecology. New research casts doubt on that assumption and argues that sometimes they might even help.
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2:10 AM | Urban Grit
I think one of the challenges to travel photography is finding ways to capture the feel of a place.  The reason this becomes a challenge is that often, the feel is not the same as the tourist postcards. Beijing for instance, is not blue skies an...

April 15, 2014

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2:00 PM | Could vacant lots double as green infrastructure projects?
Subtle changes to how vacant lots are managed could be a big benefit for cities dealing with storm water runoff problems.
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