April 13, 2014

10:02 PM | NASA GISS Shows March 2014 Was Third Hottest on Record as Arctic Heatwave Spurs Siberian Fire Season to Early Start
  (NASA GISS Global Land-Ocean Temperature Anomaly vs the, already hotter than normal, 1951 to 1980 mean. Image source: NASA.) According to NASA’s Global Land-Ocean Temperature Index, overall … See on robertscribbler.wordpress.comFiled under: Nature Conservation
7:28 PM | Null Hypothesis Rejected (99.9) for Contemporary Climate Change via Pure Statistics
"This study will be a blow to any remaining climate-change deniers," author Sean Lovejoy said. "Their two most convincing arguments - that the warming is natural in origin, and that the computer models are wrong - are either directly contradicted by this analysis, or simply do not apply to it." [more]
6:48 PM | http://planet3.org/2014/04/13/9856/
Good people are not those who lack flaws, the brave are not those who feel no fear, and the generous are not those who never feel selfish. Extraordinary people are not extraordinary because they are invulnerable to unconscious biases. They are extraordinary because they choose to do something about it. Shankar Vedantam via Maria Popova
4:13 PM | Why Is Academic Language Obfuscated?
Obfuscation may be adaptive. [more]
3:22 PM | China’s ambitious Sloping Land Conversion Program has failed to protect natural forests
In what may be called an impedance mismatch, China offers an object lesson in how well-intentioned rules implemented in a top-down way backfire at the local level. [more]
2:23 AM | US Forest Harvest by Omani Company
I suggest that improving our forests just so they can be cut down is no longer a proper management strategy. Continue reading →
1:55 AM | Participate In World Week for Animals in Labs — Plan an Event.
Please register your event for World Week for Animals in Laboratories (WWAIL) today. IDA sponsors this annual event to ensure that the suffering of animals in laboratories is not forgotten and to encourage the use of non-animal based testing models. … Continue reading →
1:39 AM | March For Elephants | Saving The Elephant From Extinction
March for Elephants is passionate about changing the story on behalf of elephants. Elephants in the wild are slated for extinction in 10 years. Join the cause. Garry Rogers:   OK, so elephants will not be extinct in 10 years, but … Continue reading →
1:25 AM | Burlington Coat Factory: Go fur-free to help animals
Every year millions of animals are killed for the fur industry. One of the companies to profit from this misery is Burlington Coat Factory, a company… See on www.change.orgFiled under: Nature Conservation

April 12, 2014

7:15 PM | Scrippsia bell jelly
Jelly blobs on the beach are a travesty, like this one I found recently among wave-tossed seagrasses on Del Monte Beach. Lifeless on the sand, such jellies are void of their pulsating grace, intricate structures and delicate colors. Yet I always watch for them. For … Continue reading →
7:23 AM | Super El Niño Impends
Okay, it looks real now. Hang on to your hat. [more]

April 11, 2014

12:00 PM | Black sea bass survive release better than we thought
Common wisdom held that bottom-dwelling fish can't survive the trauma of being brought to the surface. New research shows they're tougher than we thought.
1:41 AM | Uncertainty-Not-Your-Friend Meets Greg Craven
Newell and Smithson have published perhaps the most elegantly accessible and bulletproof expression of Greg Craven's argument via decision matrix regarding climate risk asymmetry. [more]
1:13 AM | On Commenting at P3
Comments sent by anyone other than a logged-in member are moderated before posting, usually within a day. Comments, if any, that don’t appear to constructive are visible in each article’s “shadow thread” visible at the bottom of the comments with a “click *here*” link. If your comment appears in neither place within a couple of days, it was a false positive for the spam detectors, and fell afoul of the automated spam filter. [more]

April 10, 2014

10:37 PM | Bill McKibben in the Belly of the Beast
Bill McKibben was at the University of Texas talking divestment, which has a sort of bizarre aspect since taken literally, the university would have to divest from itself. Bill made a very convincing defense of his position that there are far more carbon-based fuel resources on corporate books that can be used. he argues that, like it or not, that makes the fossil fuel corporations as currently constituted an enemy to be defeated. There are some caveats and counterarguments, which Bill's […]
9:53 PM | Next big idea in forest conservation? Empowering everyone to watch over forests
Nigel Sizer has worked on the forefront of global forest issues for decades. Currently, he is the Global Director of the World Resource Institute's (WRI) Forests Program, whose projects include the Global Forest Watch, the Forest Legality Alliance, and the Global Restoration Initiative. These programs work with governments, businesses, and civil society with the aim of sustaining forests for generations to come.
8:33 PM | Coffee farms could benefit birds while lowering pests
Adding trees to coffee plantations could attract birds, and the pest control benefits they provide offset the production losses.
7:00 PM | A new face for palm oil? How a small co-op is changing the industry in Honduras
Expanding oil palm plantations are among the top reasons for deforestation globally, along with cattle ranching, timber, and soy. However, a small palm oil production outfit recently became the first cooperative in the world to achieve Rainforest Alliance certification for sustainable growth of African palms, employing a number of innovations to ensure the prosperity of both forests and local communities.
6:50 PM | Maureen Raymo via Peter Sinclair
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntRhitFPw9c&w=560&h=315]
6:15 PM | Fact Attack: Endangered Species No. 111 – Dorcas Gazelle
  “We cannot have peace among men whose hearts delight in killing any living creature. By every act that glorifies or even tolerates such moronic delight in killing we set back the progress of… See on mungaiandthegoaconstrictor.meFiled under: Nature Conservation
4:00 PM | Giant ibis, little dodo, and the kakapo: meet the 100 weirdest and most endangered birds
The comic dodo, the stately great auk, the passenger pigeon blotting out the skies: human kind has wiped out nearly 200 species of birds in the last five hundred years. Now, if we don't act soon we'll add many new ones to the list: birds such as the giant ibis, the plains-wanderer, and the crow honeyeater. And these are just a few of the species that appear today on the long-awaited EDGE list.
11:51 AM | Photo of the Week – April 10, 2014
I’m a terrible birder.  I used to be pretty good, but I’ve kind of lost my motivation – there are too many other things to look at when I’m out in the field. Last Friday, I was at the annual Prairie … Continue reading →

April 09, 2014

4:06 PM | http://planet3.org/2014/04/09/9793/
Of all the dangers we face, from climate chaos to permanent war, none is so great as [the] deadening of our response. Joanna Macy (h/t Martin Gisser and Dan Olner – follow that link!)
4:03 PM | Help the producers of SharkNado 2 support our shark conservation research!
Last fall, I received an e-mail from a representative of one of my favorite companies: the Asylum, the film studio that brought you such cinematic masterpieces as “MegaShark vs. Giant Octopus,” “MegaShark vs. Crocosaurus,” and, of course, “SharkNado.” Following the spectacular success of SharkNado, they were interested in supporting shark science and conservation. After months […]
4:03 PM | Our Capacities Are Immense
Our problems and risks are huge, but so are our capabilities. [more]
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