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October 21, 2014

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7:14 AM | Shark says you should stop illegal fishing
Shark says you should stop illegal fishing 👌 @annaoposa #savePHseas #malapascualove
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2:31 AM | Vegan because plants don’t have feelings? You’re going to need a new reason.
Have fun eating air. Source: grist.org GR:  The title is just a bit misleading.  Unlike most animals, plants can lose parts with minimal harm.  I doubt if a Bermuda grass clone is too concerned when my friend Moe eats a … Continue reading →
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12:00 AM | mean-guign-photography: Saddleback Anemonefish (Amphiprion...
mean-guign-photography: Saddleback Anemonefish (Amphiprion polymnus) - Dauin, Philippines the next generation…so many eyeballs!

October 20, 2014

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6:00 PM | Indonesia developing mega coal mine five times larger than Singapore
Global miner BHP Billiton and Indonesian partner PT Adaro are developing what could become the single largest mine in Indonesia in terms of land area, with BHP owning 75 percent. The IndoMet mine complex in Central and East Kalimantan provinces on Borneo comprises seven coal concessions, which cover 350,000 hectares, or about five times the size of Singapore.
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4:06 PM | Development could lead to extinction of rare Australian bird
The critically endangered Regent Honeyeater could be at risk of extinction if plans to develop an industrial estate in New South Wales in Australia goes ahead, experts have found.The bird is endemic to South Eastern Australia and this site contains … Continue reading →
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2:27 PM | Biodiversity emerges as key U.N. development goal – The Korea Herald
Around 25,000 participants and observers from 164 countries agreed to ask the UN to emphasize biodiversity as an essential component of sustainable development. Continue reading →
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2:08 PM | Walking the walk: zoo kicks off campaign for orangutans and sustainable palm oil
If you see people wearing orange this October, it might not be for Halloween, but for orangutans. Chester Zoo’s conservation campaign, Go Orange for Orangutans, kicks off this month for its second year. The campaign aims to raise money, and awareness, for orangutans in Borneo, which have become hugely impacted by deforestation often linked to palm oil plantations.
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8:00 AM | mean-guign-photography: Nudibranch (Halgerda sp.) - Dauin,...
mean-guign-photography: Nudibranch (Halgerda sp.) - Dauin, Philippines I totally saw this species mid boom-boom the other day. Let’s hear it for simultaneous hermaphratism! 
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1:13 AM | Roads Benefit People But Can Have Massive Environmental Costs
Roads can become environmental disasters—opening a Pandora’s Box of problems such as illegal logging, poaching, wildfires, and land speculation. Continue reading →
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12:00 AM | mean-guign-photography: Bluespotted Stingray (Neotrygon kuhlii)...
mean-guign-photography: Bluespotted Stingray (Neotrygon kuhlii) - Lembeh, Indonesia

October 19, 2014

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10:38 PM | Sex? It all started 385 million years ago (w/ Video)
Sex began 385 million years ago and stopped the evolution of intelligence in its tracks. Continue reading →
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10:15 PM | Developing a Taste for Animal Rights: For Our Health, for Our Planet, for Our Future
There is no greater example of inequality than the question of animal rights and our diet choices. When will we stop eating animals? Source: eatdrinkbetter.com GR:  This post’s title suggest that we should care about animals is for our benefit.  … Continue reading →
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9:49 PM | Australia aims to end extinction of native wildlife by 2020
We must also work to reverse human impacts that damage wildlife habitats. Continue reading →
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9:24 PM | Behind on biodiversity targets, govts pledge to increase funding for conservation
The fundamental fuel for environmental decline, human population growth, remains uncontrolled. Continue reading →
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5:33 AM | Sorry I haven’t been posting much - been crazy busy with...
Sorry I haven’t been posting much - been crazy busy with our new volunteers with Zoox. The plus side is we’re in Malapascua and my bedroom view looks like this. The down side is I chose sleep over sharks this morning and I’m a little uncertain as to who I am having made that decision.

October 17, 2014

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8:44 PM | Indonesia’s tough choice: capping coal as Asian demand grows
Indonesia cannot build power stations fast enough. And neither can most of its Asian neighbors. Rapid economic and population growth are driving equally rapid demands for electricity as the region builds out power grids to connect up millions of people to fuel prosperity.
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5:41 PM | Wailing about whaling – the 2014 International Whaling Commission meeting
A humpback whale in Antarctica (photo credit: Chris Parsons)   Earlier this year the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that Japan’s so-called “scientific whaling” in Antarctica (the JARPA II research program, to give its official title) was illegal. Article VIII of the International Convention on the Regulation of Whaling allows the lethal take of […]
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12:32 PM | Photo of the Week – October 17, 2014
Who could be mad at these big beautiful brown eyes? As it turns out, lots of people can. The differential grasshopper is one of a long list of native North American species, headlined by white-tailed deer and raccoons, that have … Continue reading →
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12:30 PM | The Art of Science at Museum Victoria & in BHL!
This post originally published on the Museum Victoria blog to welcome the "Art of Science" exhibit to the museum and introduce audiences to BHL. Explore the latest BHL Australia developments in this past post. See the Museum Victoria collection in BHL here. The Art of Science exhibition presents the finest examples from Museum Victoria's remarkable collection of natural history artworks. These include rare books from the 18th and 19th centuries, field sketches from early colonial […]
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12:00 PM | Seabirds fly toward the light, get run over by cars
You shouldn’t litter. Everybody knows that rule, perhaps thanks to grisly images seabirds with six-pack soda rings around their necks. But not all pollution is made of trash. Birds can suffer from another, far more pervasive, far more subtle form of pollution. Instead of being made of paper and plastic, this form of pollution is

October 16, 2014

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6:35 PM | NatCon News Sources
Important sources for NatCon News coverage of wildlife and nature information and issues. Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | Indonesia tries to clamp down on coal sector’s worst excesses
Out of the jungles of East Borneo in Indonesia comes the fire that fuels Asia’s burgeoning economies: coal. Miners dig deep open pits, clearing forests and farmlands to extract coal from thick black seams, which is then crushed and loaded onto trucks and barges for shipment to China, India, Japan and other destinations in Asia.
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3:30 PM | Bats like city living
We’re used to sharing our cities with pigeons, ants, and the occasional skunk. In part of Australia, though, urban areas are increasingly overrun by thousands of bats — and a new study suggests that the animals’ inclination for city life is only growing. Urban development can splinter habitat and force out wildlife, but it also
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1:39 PM | QOTW: Krugman
When the going gets tough, the people losing the argument start whining about civility.Paul Krugman (h/t Eli)
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11:34 AM | BHL is Back
Access to the BHL website has been restored! Thank you for your patience, and we apologize for the inconvenience.

October 15, 2014

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9:22 PM | Save the National Ocean Sciences Bowl!
The National Ocean Sciences Bowl is a competition for high school students focused on marine biology, physics and chemistry . Through cooperation between researchers, teachers and community members, NOSB aims to educate students and their families about science and sustainable stewardship of ocean resources. Thousands of the smartest high school students in the United States from hundreds of schools participate each […]
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5:09 PM | How Beavers Build Biodiversity
Originally posted on strange behaviors:It’s not postcard pretty to human eyes. But it’s habitat to wildlife. Even species as small and relatively uncharismatic as beavers produce dramatic changes in the environment, to the benefit of many species and the…
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3:27 PM | Subscribe to the Nature Conservation (NatCon) News
The NatCon News' global coverage includes information and issues for animals, plants, soils, and ecosystems they form. Continue reading →
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3:03 PM | Pentagon: Preparation for Climate Change
The Department [of Defense] is responding to climate change in two ways: adaptation, or efforts to plan for the changes that are occurring or expected to occur; and mitigation, or efforts that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | To save the scavengers, open up vulture restaurants
Animals are born, they eat, they breed, and they die. That’s how it’s supposed to work, at least if you believe the lyrics of a Disney movie featuring cartoon lions. In the best cases, reality is not too far off. But sometimes animals are born and they never get the chance to grow up. Or
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