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August 26, 2014

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6:20 PM | Aerial Hunter Killing Washington Wolves
Originally posted on Exposing the Big Game:Hunter Hired by Washington State Kills 1 Wolf SPOKANE, Wash. — Aug 25, 2014, 5:08 PM ET By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS Associated Press One wolf has been killed by a hunter hired by…
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4:12 PM | Hubbard Fellowship Post – Dillon the Prairie Doctor
This post is written by Dillon Blankenship, one of our Hubbard Fellows. Becoming a Prairie Doctor (or Living in a World of Wounds) Last weekend I drove back to Arkansas to attend a wedding. It is a sizable drive (approximately … Continue reading →
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1:27 PM | Shark Week 2014: documentary reviews, tweets, and media coverage
I was out of town during Shark Week, so I DVRed the 13 Shark Week 2014 documentaries and watched them in one weekend. Below are my tweets, and the conversations I had with followers, from that time.
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1:00 PM | Is there a deforestation limit we can aim for?
Deforestation is bad, according to just about everybody in the world who isn’t actively engaged in cutting down a tree right now. It isn’t a controversial position to say that we should save our rain forests and other major wooded areas, but it also isn’t a particularly useful one. A more interesting question to answer
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12:30 PM | BHL joins the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
The Biodiversity Heritage Library has joined the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) as an Associate Participant. GBIF operates through a network of global nodes to develop and maintain an open data infrastructure for sharing digital biodiversity data. As an Associate Participant, BHL will encourage open access and use of biodiversity data among its stakeholders and actively participate in the implementation of the GBIF Work Programme.“BHL provides open and free access to over […]
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4:07 AM | Is This Thermodynamically Possible?
A report on Gizmodo describes what appears to be a huge imminent breakthrough in desalinization. But it seems reminiscent of an implementation of Maxwell's demon. Is this for real? [more]
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3:38 AM | Economic Critique of GDP
Dietz Vollrath: "Imagine if, having invented Diet Coke, you could make copies for free. That would lower GDP, as Coca-Cola would drop to essentially zero revenue from here forward. But it’s demonstrably better, right? Free Diet Coke?" [more]

August 25, 2014

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10:50 PM | Science Meets Law and Loses Again
There's an excellent and thoughtful piece on Medium by David Wolman on the prosecution of geophysicists in the aftermath of the disastrous d'Aquila earthquake in Italy. [more]
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12:30 PM | Twitterchat on Martha, Extinction, & Historic Literature
Pigeons. Selby, P. John (1845). http://biodiversitylibrary.org/page/20191792  Please join the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), the Smithsonian Libraries, and the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) for a twitterchat on September 2nd, 2014. The chat will take place between 2-3 pm (EST) and feature Helen James, Curator of Birds and our recent Once There Were Billions exhibit in NMNH, and Martin Kalfatovic, BHL Program Director.This September marks the 100th anniversary of the death […]
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11:34 AM | A Trip to Konza Prairie Biological Station, Part 1
Last week, several of us from the Platte River Prairies traveled south to visit the Konza Prairie Biological Station near Manhattan Kansas.  Konza Prairie includes about 8,600 acres of prairie, jointly owned by Kansas State University and The Nature Conservancy.  … Continue reading →
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8:00 AM | climateadaptation: Remember this invention? 19 year-old student...
climateadaptation: Remember this invention? 19 year-old student proposed this design to clean up plastics in the oceans. The idea was picked up by TED, and green blogs exploded with glee. I criticized the project as ineffective buffoonery and likely illegal. And several others also panned the invention as foolish and naive. Well, now the student is back with a revised version of the plastic’s clean up machine. He’s partnered with some serious engineers and PR and he formed a new […]
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3:05 AM | Half the Earth
E. O. Wilson is supporting the idea that the current mass extinction can be stopped by reserving half the Earth for wildlife. Continue reading →
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12:00 AM | Nets that save fish: Ocean bycatch isn’t inevitable — it’s a...
Nets that save fish: Ocean bycatch isn’t inevitable — it’s a design challenge. Technology, you’re doing it right. 

August 24, 2014

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9:15 PM | Texas and Climate Change – Victim, Villain, or Hero?
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5g_j_2WByk&w=560&h=315] mt tries to paint a picture of a future where Texas helps the transition to the post-carbon world rather than hindering it. Far-fetched? Maybe not as much as it might at first appear.
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9:11 PM | Texas and Climate Change – Victim, Villain, or Hero
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9:05 PM | Can the World Really Set Aside Half of the Planet for Wildlife?
The eminent evolutionary biologist E.O. Wilson has an audacious vision for saving Earth from a cataclysmic extinction event. Save half! Continue reading →
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8:43 PM | Methane vents bubble up off US coast
GR:  We keep finding additional sources of greenhouse gas, and this keeps altering our projections. Search ‘methane’ on my site for other posts on the subject.  < p class=”introduction”>The following from: www.bbc.com, Matt McGrath Environment correspondent, BBC News.  “Researchers say … Continue reading →
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5:33 PM | Scientists name new endangered species after the company that will decide its fate
Scientists have discovered a new snail species near a cement quarry in Malaysia, which as far as they know lives nowhere else in the world. It lives on a limestone hill called Kanthan given as a concession to an international company Lafarge. The cement producer quarries the hill for raw materials. As a result, the scientists have named the species after the company that will decide if it goes extinct.
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2:24 AM | Sweden To Cull 1/3 Of Its Big Predators Despite EU Restrictions
Originally posted on Ann Novek--With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors:Another country, Norway, has the world’s most strongests hunts against predators, and now hunters numbers are increasing in both Norway and Sweden. 7000 hunters in Norway shall…
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12:00 AM | Sweet Nudi Dreams everyone. 
Sweet Nudi Dreams everyone. 

August 23, 2014

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10:31 PM | Pamela Anderson to ALS Association: Stop Animal Testing
Originally posted on Life or Lunch?:Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of weeks, odds are you’ve heard about the Ice Bucket Challenge. People from all walks of life have joined in, but Pamela Anderson has voiced…
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6:52 PM | Why Animal Rights?
“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. Many of us bought our beloved “pets” at pet shops, had guinea pigs, and kept beautiful birds in cages. We wore wool and silk, … Continue reading →
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8:00 AM | What’s your shark name? Snappy Chumbucket at your...
What’s your shark name? Snappy Chumbucket at your service. 
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3:39 AM | How Wearable Technology Is Helping Save Rhinos from Poachers
Originally posted on Wolf Is My Soul:ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY Conservationists in South Africa are using computerized bracelets powered by Intel Galileo technology to help regenerate the critically endangered rhino population. Thin and light he is not. An adult male black…
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2:57 AM | Marine Protected Areas Might Not Be Enough to Help Overfished Reefs Recover
Originally posted on SAVES Club:Young corals, fish turned off by smell of damaged habitats Humans standing on coral reef Pacific corals and fish can both smell a bad neighborhood, and use that ability to avoid settling in damaged reefs.…
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2:21 AM | Your Land is Fracked: The Untold Story of Drilling on Our Public Lands
Originally posted on ClimateWest:Note: Tim Ream is WildEarth Guardians’ new Climate and Energy Campaign Director. He’ll be joining me in blogging here from time to time.  Enjoy his first post!  — Jeremy Nichols I’ve spent a whole lot of days…
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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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