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November 19, 2014

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1:00 PM | Sea star wasting disease is caused by a virus
For nearly a year and a half, sea stars – in particular, those of the taxonomic family Asteroidea have been suffering from mass die-offs. The cause of the widespread sea star mortality has been uncertain, so it has simply become known as “sea star wasting disease” (SSWD). But now a large group of researchers from
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1:52 AM | Scientists’ Emotional Response to Environmental Decline
Original advice is appearing for people burned out on environmental degradation. [more]
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12:57 AM | 5 Ways to Protect the Reefs While Having Fun on a Dive
5 Ways to Protect the Reefs While Having Fun on a Dive: Scuba divers can have a negative impact on...
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12:42 AM | Pierrehumbert on the US-China Agreement
Ray thinks it's a good deal. [more]
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12:37 AM | Promising New Renewable Solar -> Hydrogen Tech
Ensia reports: Ensia reports that Daniel Nocera ... at Harvard University, as well as scores of other researchers around the world, are on the verge of turning the promise of artificial photosynthesis into reality. This could be a gigantic win. But it still needs a regulatory push. [more]

November 18, 2014

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10:39 PM | A tale of 2 Perus: Climate Summit host, 57 murdered environmentalists
On September 1st, indigenous activist, Edwin Chota, and three other indigenous leaders were gunned down and their bodies thrown into rivers. Chota, an internationally-known leader of the Asháninka in Peru, had warned several times that his life was on the line for his vocal stance against the destruction of his peoples' forests, yet the Peruvian government did nothing to protect him—or others.
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8:06 PM | Paradise in Trouble
Two weeks from Friday, I’ll be defending my dissertation. It’s a moment five and a half years in the making, one that I’ve been excited for and nervous about for years. I should be eagerly anticipating the moment I step up to that podium, and even more eagerly anticipating the moment I step down, when […]The post Paradise in Trouble appeared first on Science Sushi.
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4:46 PM | Using games to teach kids the value of nature and philanthropy
Kids are spending more time using tablets and smart phones for learning and entertainment. But hours spent gaming, Tweeting, and playing on Instagram and Facebook, may mean less engagement with nature, potentially making it more difficult for conservation organizations to inspire and influence the next generation of donors and decision makers. Given the state of the world's environment, that is a troubling thought.
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3:08 PM | Agents of seal: stealthy seals use subsurface structures to sneak by sharks
Michelle Jewell is a Zoologist specialized in predator/prey behaivour and the Scientific Communicator for EDNA Interactive.  She has spent the past 4 years studying the behaviour of white sharks and Cape fur seals at Geyser Rock, ‘Shark Alley’, South Africa.   Predators are highly influential in ecosystems because of the many top-down effects they can have.  The most […]
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2:28 PM | Making Smart Assumptions about Prairie Management
Some people say it’s dangerous to make assumptions.  I disagree.  In fact, assumptions are both necessary and empowering.  Land managers make assumptions all the time.  If we didn’t, we’d never get anything done. Assumptions are only dangerous when they are … Continue reading →
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2:00 PM | Rain storms leave Harlem River flush with pollution
The obvious effects of big rainstorms, tropical storms, and hurricanes are bad enough. But hidden in the aftermath of storms like Hurricane Sandy—and even much, much smaller storms that don’t get a name or a Wikipedia page—is the nefarious combined sewer overflow, or CSO. This is about as bad as it sounds: many older cities
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12:00 AM | 2pups: have you guys heard of this slug yet it is called elysia...
2pups: have you guys heard of this slug yet it is called elysia chlorotica and when it is young it eats enough algae to be able to produce chlorphyll by itself, then it turns into a hybrid plant/animal and can DO PHOTOSYNTHESIS so that it DOES NOT HAVE TO EAT! also it is really beautiful and its back opens up and looks like a leaf more info »here

November 17, 2014

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5:02 PM | A nature photographer's dream: staff photographer for the Wildlife Conservation Society
Julie Larsen Maher has what many wildlife photographers would consider a dream job: staff photographer for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), a non-profit that runs five zoos and aquariums in New York City as well as numerous site-based field programs in the U.S. and overseas. As staff photographer, Maher helps tell the stories behind WCS's conservation work, which ranges from veterinary procedures with Bronx Zoo animals to working with local communities in remote parts of Zambia to […]

November 16, 2014

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11:10 PM | Warmest Oceans Ever Recorded
The current record-breaking temperatures indicate that the 14-year-long pause in ocean warming has come to an end. Continue reading →
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10:44 PM | Avian Monday
The balancing act of research, family and blogging has taken a bit of a hit on the blogging side.  Nonetheless, on the research side I’ll be heading to Kenya in mid-December for some ivory-related business. So, lets take a turn from grading exams and writing papers to look at some local wildlife. These pictures are [...]
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10:18 PM | What’s a weed? An Answer from Marcie of Peanuts Fame
Originally posted on The Roaming Ecologist:While browsing through this great presentation about disturbance ecology in the wonderful post-eruption ecosystem of Mt. St. Helens, I came across this comic strip from Peanuts, featuring Peppermint Patty and Marcie. Enjoy!
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6:52 PM | PEER – BLM Grazing Reform
Using the Peer maps, citizen naturalists can visit nearby BLM grazing allotments and perform their own assessment. Continue reading →
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3:40 AM | Research snapshot #4
Browsing through the latest Nature Space newsletter reminds me why I undertook this PhD. The endlessly inspiring stories raise important questions of how community environmental groups could be situated within […]

November 15, 2014

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12:00 AM | thelovelyseas: Scrawled file fish close-up of eye, Alutera...
thelovelyseas: Scrawled file fish close-up of eye, Alutera scripta by James Forte

November 14, 2014

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5:58 PM | The Story of Chinchillas in 20 Photos
To celebrate the excellent news that Sweden’s last chinchilla fur farm has just been closed down, we decided to take a closer look at these sweet animals – and how they suffer at the hands of the global fur trade. Continue reading →
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4:46 PM | Fun Science FRIEDay – The Origin of HIV
Happy Fun Science FRIEDay   After a hiatus, I hope to get back to regularly writing these pieces. This week I was particular inspired to focus on an article I read about the discovery of the origins of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and subsequently the origins of AIDS. AIDS burst onto the scene like a […]
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3:37 PM | Photo of the Week – November 14, 2014
The praying mantis is an impressive predator, especially when it’s a Chinese mantis the length of a ball point pen.  The ones who live around here seem to have a particular affinity for sphinx moths.  I haven’t yet watched the … Continue reading →
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3:35 PM | Phone completely failed to capture the immensity of...
Phone completely failed to capture the immensity of tonight’s sunset #nofilter #malapascualove
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1:00 PM | Conserving the smallest mammals on the tallest peaks
Mount Kilimanjaro is one of Africa's best-known geological features, but it is also home to some of its least-known animals
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1:27 AM | Surprising reasons to be optimistic about saving forests
In the 1990s, the world watched with alarm as vast tracts of tropical rainforest were torn down for timber and croplands, dug up for minerals and energy, and flooded for hydroelectric projects. Conservation groups, governments, philanthropists, and institutions like the World Bank collectively spent billions of dollars on programs to stop the carnage. But as viewed from satellites high above Earth's surface, those efforts barely dented deforestation rates.

November 13, 2014

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9:15 PM | New tapir? Scientists dispute biological discovery of the century
Nearly a year ago, scientists announced an incredible discovery: a new tapir species from the western Amazon in Brazil and Colombia. The announcement was remarkable for a number of reasons: this was the biggest new land mammal discovered in more than 20 years and was only the fifth tapir known to the world. But within months other researchers expressed doubt over the veracity of the new species.
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2:00 PM | How should citizen scientists be trained?
The potential power of citizen science is huge: Scientists can enlist smartphone-equipped nature enthusiasts to identify species, monitor ecological trends, and submit photos and other observations on a shoestring budget. But researchers who want to conduct studies over large or remote areas face a problem. If they need to train volunteers in person, their cheap
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1:30 PM | Rejuvenating Centuries' Old Botany with Phytogeography
Here's a word of the day for you: Phytogeography.Phytogeography is a branch of biogeography that investigates the geographic distribution of plants and the effect that the earth's surface has on that distribution. To go further down the rabbit hole, biogeography studies the distribution of species and organisms now and throughout time. This research reveals important interdependencies between geology, climate, dispersal and evolution.Wallace's map, showing the zoogeographical regions of the […]
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4:14 AM | I’m Afraid This Changes Nothing
When Naomi Klein says things like "Any attempt to rise to the climate challenge will be fruitless unless it is understood as part of a much broader battle of world views. Our economic system and our planetary system are now at war," I am sympathetic. So I expected and wanted to like her magnum opus on climate, "This Changes Everything". But I don't. In fact I'm sorely disappointed. I find the book naively optimistic, agonizingly politically correct, and technically uninsightful. Not only is […]

November 12, 2014

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10:45 PM | Prelude to Paris: China and U.S. surprise world with joint climate deal
In what will likely have major ramifications for a new climate agreement in Paris in 2015, China and the U.S. surprised everyone today by announcing a joint climate deal. At a press conference in Beijing, China President, Xi Jingping, and U.S. President, Barack Obama, outlined climate actions for both juggernauts up to 2030.
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