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January 21, 2015

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1:25 PM | Beyond Ivory
Dr. Andrew Wright is a British marine biologist that has been working on the science-policy boundary around the world for over a decade. His experiences have led him to champion a better communication of science to policy makers and the lay public. His research has included a population viability analysis for the vaquita, sperm whales […]
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1:00 PM | Can there ever be a legal ivory trade?
The international trade in elephant ivory has doubled since 2007. Since 1998, it’s tripled. That’s despite the fact that, in 1989, trading ivory became illegal. There are many, many problems with the trade in ivory, but one of them comes down to basic economics: there is a mismatch between the demand for ivory and the quantity
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12:42 PM | Planned BHL outage 1/21/15 at 5pm CST
There will be a planned outage of the BHL website starting Wednesday 1/21 at 5pm Central (11pm GMT) to last approximately 2 hours. The 2 hour outage is an estimate, but we will work to have services restored as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience.
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12:40 AM | How concerned are CEOs about climate change? Answer: Not at all.
A spokeswoman for PricewaterhouseCoopers said that climate change did not make it into the top 19 risks CEOs were questioned about because of their lack of interest in the subject. Continue reading →

January 20, 2015

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10:57 PM | Drought, fire management and land use changes have led to denser forests in California
Across California, tree density in forested regions increased by 30% between the two time periods, whereas forest biomass in the same regions declined, as indicated by a 19% reduction in basal area. Continue reading →
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9:59 PM | Company chops down rainforest to produce 'sustainable' chocolate
Aiming to be the world’s largest purveyor of sustainable cacao, a company is developing a plantation in the Amazon that scientists say comes at the expense of primary forest.
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5:38 PM | Ruminations on Tree Planting and Prairie Conservation
Trees are great, but trees in and around prairies can negatively impact habitat quality for many grassland plant and animal species and provide points of introduction for invasive species.  Encroachment by trees has become a major threat to prairie conservation … Continue reading →
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2:57 PM | Sizing Sizing Ocean Giants: Patterns of #scicomm outreach in a marine megapaper
Last week, Craig McClain and many friends published Sizing Ocean Giants: patterns of intraspecific size variation in marine megafauna, a research paper that would better be described as a monograph. The response to the paper has been overwhelming. Since it’s publication last Tuesday, Sizing Ocean Giants has been viewed almost 44,000 times by 38,000 people and […]
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2:29 PM | Scandal and intrigue overshadow environment at the Simandou mine in Guinea
Critically Endangered chimpanzees stand to lose their home over giant iron mine in West Africa. When I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa decades ago well-laid plans often crumbled to dust in the unpredictable confusion of life there. We just muttered with resignation, 'WAWA' – West Africa wins again. The Simandou iron ore mine in Guinea could be one of the biggest WAWAs the region has ever produced.
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2:00 PM | Is there an optimal urbanization strategy?
Cities are going to get bigger. With more than half the world now living in urban areas, and that percentage growing steadily, that means the concrete and steel will have to stretch out into areas that are currently forest and farm and grass. But just letting that process happen without a plan is likely to
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1:30 PM | Finding Agriculture among Biodiversity: Metadata in Practice
The Biodiversity Heritage Library is committed to providing free and open access to over 500 years of natural history literature from across the globe. Towards that goal, the Library currently contains over 45 million pages of biodiversity content, representing over 155,000 volumes and 90,000 titles.However, hosting the content online is just part of our vision to "inspire discovery through free access to biodiversity knowledge." Users must be able to identify content relevant to their work and […]
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11:31 AM | Tiger Population in India shows 30.5 percent increase in 2014
A tiger under captivity in a zoo in Mangalore, Karnataka. As per the latest estimates released by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, the number of tigers found in the wild, in India increased from 1706 in 2010 to 2226 in 2014. The new figures shows that there is a 30.5 percent increase in the tiger population compared to the last
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11:11 AM | Animal Welfare at Risk in Experiments for Meat Industry
U. S. Government agency ignores animal welfare in effort to increase profits of meat producers. Continue reading →

January 19, 2015

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6:26 PM | Should we put a price on nature?
The following interesting essay is by Ben Goldfarb, High Country News, Jan. 19, 2015 Starfish near a dock at low tide, Vancouver Island, Canada (Jurgen Freund/Aurora Photos).  “The west coast of Vancouver Island boasts the kind of wild shoreline that … Continue reading →
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1:35 PM | Pipeline breach spills oil into Yellowstone River
Montana officials said Sunday that an oil pipeline breach spilled up to 50,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River near Glendive, Montana, but they said they are unaware of any threats to public safety or health. Continue reading →
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1:14 PM | India: Animal rights campaigners seek PM intervention to control captive elephants
Animal rights campaigners have urged prime minister Narendra Modi to immediately intervene to stop the widespread practice of using sharp-tipped goads, steel capture belts and other banned items to control captive elephants in Kerala. Continue reading →
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4:08 AM | Citizen scientists sought for wildlife monitoring in Montana
The Montana Wilderness Association is looking for backcountry citizen scientists to help collect data on wolverines and other wildlife on the east side of the Continental Divide. Continue reading →
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12:18 AM | Arizona projects picked for major conservation effort
Projects in three sites in Arizona will aim to save water, repair habitat and increase the ailing flow of the Verde and Colorado Rivers as part of a federal program sparked by the 2014 Farm Bill. Arizona projects picked for major conservation effort. Continue reading →

January 18, 2015

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11:31 PM | The dangers of excessive self-citation
Warning: This blog contains themes of a professional ethical nature that some readers may find offensive. Intended for a mature academic audience only. As I was spending a lazy Sunday morning, tucked up in bed fiddling with my iPad, a perky little blog came across my Twitter feed (read it here). Some rather sad data […]
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7:26 PM | The End of the Partisan Divide Over Climate Change
GR:  This argument relates to last week’s Stanford study that found the economic cost of CO2 emissions much higher than government estimates.  But, think about it.  So what if republicans and democrats get together. Tom Zeller Jr., Forbes.:  “The revelation … Continue reading →
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5:54 PM | Latest climate change battle may center on food pyramid
"We can't solve the climate problem with just what we are doing with fossil fuels and energy," said Doug Boucher, director of climate research at the Union of Concerned Scientists, which is lobbying for changing the pyramid. "Food is a big part of it." Continue reading →
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4:49 PM | Why Humans Need Animal Rights
Most people today do not understand that animals are essential elements of Earth ecosystems upon which we humans depend for survival. Acquiring this understanding leads to that most pragmatic of philosophies "The Land Ethic" (Leopold 1949). It also leads to respect for animals and their natural homes, leaving no room for animal cruelty and farming practices that produce harmful food products. Continue reading →
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1:12 AM | New Journal Announcement, Citizen Science: Theory and Practice
Originally posted on Citizen Science Association:Call for papers–Inaugural Issue and beyond Citizen Science: Theory and Practice is a new open-access, peer-reviewed journal published by Ubiquity Press on behalf of the Citizen Science Association. It focuses on advancing the field…

January 17, 2015

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11:46 PM | Wildlife and Fire in Australia and Shrinking Polar Sea Ice
Originally posted on Earth Report:South Australia Wildfires Kill and Injure Many Animals Some of South Australia’s worst wildfires in 30 years killed or injured an untold number of animals earlier this month in addition to destroying at least 32…
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10:06 PM | The words we use matter in climate change adaptation
In 2012, North Carolina outlawed climate change, receiving major press as the face of conservative climate policy. The intent of the law was to stop planning processes from basing their decisions on modeled climate change scenarios of the future, which would halt large investments in coastal development. But the letter of the law actually outlawed […]
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3:46 PM | Saving the Andean Cat
The rate of loss of the Andean Cat’s habitat isn’t known, and after 15 years of organized effort, the size and stability of the cat’s population isn’t known. Like most species of wildlife worldwide, the Andean Cat could slide away into oblivion before we even understand how and where it lives. Continue reading →
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8:01 AM | Citizen Naturalist Field Work Opportunities
There are many citizen naturalist projects you can join. Continue reading →
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1:28 AM | Scientists: Human activity exceeding Earth’s limits
The paper contends that we have already crossed four “planetary boundaries.” Continue reading →
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1:26 AM | Planetary boundaries: Gauging the limits
Human civilization has arisen during a period of relatively stable environmental conditions during the past 10,000 years. Scientists fear that major changes in these conditions could pose a threat to our future. By the time a system reaches a certain … Continue reading →

January 16, 2015

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6:04 PM | Human Population Most Destructive Force on Earth
We are destroying the land, sea, and air of our planet as if we had other places to go. We do not. Continue reading →
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