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November 12, 2014

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5:58 PM | Local people are not the enemy: real conservation from the frontlines
Saving one of the world's most endangered primates means re-thinking conservation. When Noga Shanee and her colleagues first arrived in Northeastern Peru on a research trip to study the yellow-tailed woolly monkey (Oreonax flavicauda), she was shocked by what she observed.
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5:34 PM | 50 Cruelty-Free Companies
Originally posted on The Friendly Fig:Thousands and thousands of brands test their products on innocent animals. Yes, this is a reality, and we are all aware. But have you ever really stopped and thought about it? I do… all…
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4:50 PM | 'Guns kill trees too': overhunting raises extinction threat for trees
A new paper confirms what ecologists have long feared: hunting birds and mammals drastically raises the risk of extinction for tropical trees. Following the long-lifespan of a single canopy tree, Miliusa horsfieldii, researchers discovered that overhunting of animals could increase the chances of extinction for the species fourteen times over a century, from 0.5 percent to seven percent.
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2:35 PM | US Wet Areas to Get Wetter And Dry Areas To Get Drier
These results confirm earlier predictions. The projected changes are milder if we cut greenhouse gas emissions now, but they still occur. Interesting that while drought continues in the Southwest, the Arizona monsoon will intensify. Continue reading →
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11:30 AM | Marine Ecology via Remote Observation: an update from #ROV2PNG
Note: we’re home after an exceptional 3 weeks of work in Papua New Guinea. Sadly, the course was so intense that we weren’t able to produce updates during the program. Instead, please accept these time-shifted updates from #ROV2PNG. After more than a week of building robots, developing research proposals, presenting and defending their proposals to […]
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11:27 AM | Beautiful thresher shark art.
Beautiful thresher shark art.
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1:53 AM | Economic growth and climate change
Climate change isn't the only problem with our addiction to growth. Growth is causing a Great Death of species and ecosystems. Continue reading →
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12:30 AM | LA Planners Do Not Want City Council to Ban Fracking
Planners are always on the side of growth and development. Society's "progress" syndrome prepares young people for their final brainwashing in college. Imaginations constrained by courses, teachers, and fellow students, planners can't conceive of a world without growth. Quality planning becomes full utilization of space for human benefit. Continue reading →

November 11, 2014

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7:02 PM | LA Planners Do Not Want City Council to Ban Fracking
Planners are always on the side of growth and development. Society's "progress" syndrome prepares young people for their final brainwashing in college. Imaginations constrained by courses, teachers, and fellow students, planners can't conceive of a world without growth. Quality planning becomes full utilization of space for human benefit. Continue reading →
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5:27 PM | Creating a Wildlife-Friendly Yard With Native Plants
By Rebecca Deatsman     Between finishing my undergraduate degree back in 2009 (how has it already been five years) and moving to Walla Walla, Washington this past June, I was moving continuously from one temporary housing situation to the next - a year here, three months there. In those five years I lived in four different states plus a couple foreign countries. All that time, I was telling
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4:43 PM | What’s This Flower? (Advanced Edition) November 11, 2014
Ok, I knew it wouldn’t take long to get a correct answer on the first plant quiz this morning, but four correct answers within two minutes of posting?  Good grief. Apparently, that one was too easy for many of you, … Continue reading →
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4:07 PM | Chief Curiosity Correspondent tackles sexism, aids conservation
Have you ever been offered the job of your dreams without knowing you were being interviewed? Have you ever communicated with a 5-year-old about the wonders of Salmonella? Have you ever been disappointed not to have larvae hatching from your skin? If you answered yes to all three questions, then you are either Emily Graslie herself or you should subscribe to her YouTube channel. Immediately.
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4:04 PM | What’s This Flower? November 11, 2014
The temperatures dove into the low teens last night, and I had to be cautious of numerous icy patches along the highway this morning.  I found myself feeling reminiscent of summer wildflowers, and thought maybe you would be too. So … Continue reading →
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2:00 PM | Endangered in the Anthropocene: Human impacts threaten species of least concern
By many accounts, we are now living in the “Anthropocene,” an epoch defined entirely by the impacts humans have on the world. Those impacts are outsized and ever growing—and yet we’re not always aware of just how important our own influence really is. A new study shows that in one realm—endangered species conservation—paying attention to

November 10, 2014

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9:43 PM | Peru has massive opportunity to avoid emissions from deforestation
Nearly a billion tons of carbon in Peru's rainforests is at risk from logging, infrastructure projects, and oil and gas extraction, yet opportunities remain to conserve massive amounts of forest in indigenous territories, parks, and unprotected areas, finds a study published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
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3:15 PM | Newly-build robots face many sea trials: an update from #ROV2PNG
Note: we’re home after an exceptional 3 weeks of work in Papua New Guinea. Sadly, the course was so intense that we weren’t able to produce updates during the program. Instead, please accept these time-shifted updates from #ROV2PNG. With a week of robot building behind us, it’s time to put our robots, and our newly […]
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1:30 PM | Ninety Companies Produced Two-Thirds of Global Warming Emissions
Oil, coal and gas companies are contributing to most carbon emissions, causing climate change and some are also funding denial campaigns. Continue reading →
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1:16 PM | Watch Outbreak Wednesday at 8 and tweet along with public health experts!
Much of the public panic about the current ebola situation can be contact traced to the 1995 movie “Outbreak.” This fictional movie is based on the supposedly true story “the Hot Zone” by Richard Preston , though an important new analysis by infectious disease researcher Dr. Tara Smith shows that the Hot Zone has some major factual […]
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1:00 PM | Thank Ron Nirenberg for Conservation of Free-Tailed Bat Colony
The Mexican free-tailed bat is a precious treasure to Crescent Hills and it is vital that we continue to work to conserve this species. Thank you for your valuable efforts to secure the land and protect these bats. Continue reading →
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12:30 PM | More International Pressure On Wildlife Crime
What the public does not know is that crime is affecting many species, driving some to the brink of extinction and is depleting a wide range of economically important natural resources. Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | Developers Attempt to Strip Tasmanian Forest Protection
Since 1985 more than half Australia's Great Barrier Reef’s coral has been lost, with remaining coral cover predicted to be lost with two degrees of warming through climate change. Continue reading →
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12:55 AM | Africa: Bringing More International Pressure to Bear On Wildlife Crime
[IPS]Quito -A surge in wildlife crime is fuelling criminal syndicates, perpetuating terrorism, and resulting in the loss of major revenues from tourism and industries dependent on iconic species while also endangering the livelihoods of the rural… Source: allafrica.com GR:  Does … Continue reading →
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12:53 AM | Praise Conservation of Free-Tailed Bat Colony
The Mexican free-tailed bat is a precious treasure to Crescent Hills and it is vital that we continue to work to conserve this species. Thank you for your valuable efforts to secure the land and protect these bats. Continue reading →

November 09, 2014

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11:34 PM | Just 90 companies caused two-thirds of man-made global warming emissions
Oil, coal and gas companies are contributing to most carbon emissions, causing climate change and some are also funding denial campaigns. Continue reading →
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11:11 PM | Developer Coalition Attempts to Strip Tasmanian Forest Protection
Since 1985 more than half Australia's Great Barrier Reef’s coral has been lost, with remaining coral cover predicted to be lost with two degrees of warming through climate change. Continue reading →
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6:17 PM | New Campaign Aims to Make the Fur Industry a Thing of the Past
Emy Will:MAKE FUR HISTORY Originally posted on Life or Lunch?: Forced to live and die in the most unbearable conditions imaginable, today’s large scale fur industry results in the confinement and slaughter of millions of animals every year. Source: emynow.wordpress.comFiled under: Animal … Continue reading →
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6:08 PM | World governments failing Earth’s ecosystems, says top conservationist
Governments are lagging behind on international commitments to safeguard the planet’s ecosystems, with politicians failing to grasp that economic growth depends upon environmental protection, the head of the world’s leading conservation organisation has warned. Continue reading →
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2:01 PM | Recent Readings on Capitalism in Crisis
http://davidstockmanscontracorner.com/bruce-berkowitzs-bogus-bombast/http://www.spiegel.de/international/business/capitalism-in-crisis-amid-slow-growth-and-growing-inequality-a-998598.html h/t Tokyo Tom for the previous two related: the big splash from Matt Taibbi last week: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-9-billion-witness-20141106 That’s even without the core […]

November 08, 2014

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8:37 PM | Water everywhere
Originally posted at my photo website chthoniid.zenfolio.com Once exams finished I headed off the Napier to visit my parents (and other family there).  Sadly my parents are not as well as they used to be. I wanted to see them while I had the chance to get away from work.  In theory I’m going to [...]
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7:35 PM | On Who Is Not A Scientist
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVP7vldkcVY&w=420&h=315]
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