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September 15, 2014

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12:00 AM | emiliegrant: Discus (Symphysodon discus) Acrylic, A4 (C) Emilie...
emiliegrant: Discus (Symphysodon discus) Acrylic, A4 (C) Emilie Grant http://society6.com/emiliegrant

September 14, 2014

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11:42 PM | Monitoring, quietly
Monitoring carried out by community groups as a part of their restoration projects is an activity that just doesn’t receive a lot of attention. Might this change if proposed citizen […]
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11:00 AM | I’m saying #Yay4SharksNRays as mantas & 5 shark...
I’m saying #Yay4SharksNRays as mantas & 5 shark species are regulated via CITES Appendix II. more info here: http://thndr.it/1wdoFQz
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8:00 AM | jayalice: This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced...
jayalice: This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Riley combines scientific research with media savvy to take his ideas to a mass audience. His talk describes how he balances the two sometimes opposing worlds of media and science.Riley Elliott is a PhD candidate at the University of Auckland. With an Honours degree in Zoology and Masters with distinction in Marine Science from Otago University, Riley ventured to South Africa to find his true […]
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12:35 AM | Brazil Amazon: New data reveal that annual rate of deforestation is up for first time in five years
Originally posted on boldcorsicanflame's Blog:© http://www.theage.com.au Stripping the Amazon, piece-by-piece. The rate of destruction blighting the world’s largest rain forest spiked by nearly a third last year, according to new data released by the Brazilian government. Satellite data…
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12:08 AM | Useless Creatures (and Why They Matter)
Originally posted on strange behaviors:(Illustration: Chloé Poizat) My latest for The New York Times: This article contains no useful information. Zero. Nada. Nothing. If usefulness is your criterion for reading, thank you very much for your time and goodbye,…
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September 13, 2014

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10:32 PM | Vulnerability of biodiversity hotspots to invasive species and climate change
Cclose monitoring is now required to evaluate the biodiversity responses to invasive species and climate change and to test this study projections against observations. Continue reading →
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7:17 PM | Is Climate Progress Illegal?
An international climate agreement appears to be effectively impossible in the near term. But, as Naomi Klein explains, most local legislation is illegal in the absence of an international agreement, according the the WTO. This is a problem. [more]

September 12, 2014

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4:07 PM | Monarchs and milkweed: Probing the plant, pollinator partnership
Learning more about the monarch-milkweed relationship. Continue reading →
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4:06 PM | Call for greater protection of endangered lynx in the US
New rules reduce rare wild cats critical habitat despite extending legal protection in 48 states. Continue reading →
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3:50 PM | Urban wildlife in pictures
Bristol-based photographer Sam Hobson portrays wildlife in British cities, from lapwings on a Manchester roof to fallow deer feeding by a London bus stop. Source: www.theguardian.comFiled under: Nature Conservation
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1:06 PM | Photo of the Week – September 12, 2014
It’s grasshopper season! By the end of summer, most grasshoppers have completed their seven or eight molts and have become adults – complete with functional wings.   Now, as we walk and drive through our prairies, these fully-formed adult grasshoppers … Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | Sharks prefer healthy reefs, healthy reefs need sharks
Stop fishing, and there will be more fish. That’s the idea, at least. Indeed, sharks were more abundant in no-fishing zones in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (GBRMP) than in spots where fishing is allowed according to a new study just published by a group of Australian researchers. But the story is actually more
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12:00 PM | Friday Roundup: The Week's Wildlife Links (September 12th, 2014)
My latest for Slate: why I gave mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to a turtle. This turtle CPR also got some coverage on The Dodo. I've been asked for my comment on a few different news/research stories lately. For example, here I am in National Geographic: Do female turtles "talk" to their hatchlings? And again for: Fish and eels team up to go hunting together. Finally,
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11:36 AM | My productive week started off talking about Ecotourism with a...
My productive week started off talking about Ecotourism with a full house of students from Ateneo Universiry Environmental Science Society. Thanks for the great turn out guys!
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8:00 AM | thatfishkid: A slender mola washed up at the research station...
thatfishkid: A slender mola washed up at the research station that I worked at this summer. These fish are gorgeous and are a pelagic fish that rarely come up into our temperate waters. This is another sure sign of an El Niño year here in California They grow to about a meter which is nothing compared to some of the other members of the molidae family.  This big guy is a Mola mola, also known as an ocean sunfish and they grow to weights over 1000kg!  That is a
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1:46 AM | #Biodiversity in the #balance, how is it #maintained?
Evolutionary theory and ecology have been brought together to explore one of the big questions in ecology: How is biodiversity developed and maintained? “This is a fundamental question if we want to protect biodiversity — what exactly do we need … Continue reading →
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1:45 AM | Lessons from the Field: Learning to Live with Wildlife
Living in the non-stop hustle and bustle of Washington, DC, I rarely get the chance to see the wildlife and habitats that we work so hard to protect. I recently got that chance. In addition, I met some of our … Continue reading →
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1:30 AM | Shark Cull Dead In The Water
Shark Cull Dead In The Water:   "In an announcement this afternoon, Environmental Protection...

September 11, 2014

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9:23 PM | Illegal tropical deforestation driven globally by “agro-conversion”
Nearly 50 percent of tropical deforestation to make room for commercial agriculture between 2000 and 2012 was done so illegally. That’s a key finding of a report published by the U.S.-based nonprofit organization Forest Trends looking at the global tide of tropical forest “agro-conversion.”
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4:35 PM | Meet the newest enemy to India's wildlife
A boom in infrastructure and population has forced India's wildlife to eke out a creative existence in an increasingly human-modified environment. Big cats such as the leopard are often spotted within large cities, on railway tracks, and sadly, on India's burgeoning and sprawling road network.
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3:26 PM | Next big idea in forest conservation? Harness the power of marketing
As a whole, conservationists have been slow to adapt the strategies of marketing or to market conservation at all. Dr. Diogo Veríssimo, a researcher who works at the interface between social and natural sciences, with a focus on behavior change and evidence-based conservation, thinks this needs to change.
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1:00 PM | Improving your diet could increase your carbon footprint
It’s a message we hear over and over: Eat more fruits and vegetables, and cut back on sugar and fat. But adopting a healthier diet could have some unintended consequences. According to a new study, switching from a typical American diet to one recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) would increase food-related greenhouse
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12:30 PM | BHL Valued by Historians
Many people tend to think of BHL as a resource for scientists. While it’s true that scientists use BHL to find species descriptions and data about earth’s flora and fauna, they are not the exclusive beneficiaries of this wealth of knowledge.BHL contains more than half a millennia's worth of records about the discovery of life on our planet. It is valuable both for the raw data it provides and for the context and history it relates. It is not just a repository of biodiversity […]
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11:37 AM | Snorkel Mantis loves snorkel.
Snorkel Mantis loves snorkel.
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8:00 AM | realmonstrosities: Japetella is a genus containing one or two...
realmonstrosities: Japetella is a genus containing one or two species of entirely pelagic octopods. They spend their whole life swimming in the ocean’s mesopelagic zone, surrounded by twilight gloom. They tend to be entirely transparent so that they cast no shadow that could be seen by sharp-eyed predators. But when bioluminescence strikes them, they instantly become a red-brown colour so as to disappear into the darkness. In happier times, females develop a ring of photophores around […]

September 10, 2014

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10:18 PM | Vanishing Louisiana
Brett Anderson recommends updating the iconic shape of the Louisiana cutout map. [more]
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10:09 PM | Readers Write In: 'Tis the Season For Baby Snakes, What Are They?
I'm enclosing photos of a baby snake and an uncovered nest of snake eggs. I hope you can easily identify the snake from my photos.  I live in Northwest NC, (Traphill) about 5 miles West of Stone Mountain State Park. We live on a 40 acre wooded lot with a small stream nearby. The nest of eggs was about 1 or 2 inches below the ground. I uncovered the eggs while digging up weeds in my back yard
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7:45 PM | Bolivian vice president proposes unprecedented agricultural expansion (PART 1)
On August 14, the Bolivian Vice President, Alvaro Garcia Linera, made a startling announcement: by 2025, Bolivia was going to make two striking developments - first, it would expand all cultivated land to 2.5 times its present area, and second, it would triple food production from 15 to 45 million tons.
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