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July 10, 2014

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6:37 PM | Sign The Petition Against Exotic Animal Abuse In New York Circuses
Originally posted on Animal Blawg:Nadya Hall (x post from  ePolicy) The cruelty-free show must go on. Long Island Orchestrating for Nature (LION), an animal advocacy non-profit, has initiated a petition through Change.org in support of the Traveling Wild and Exotic Animal Protection Act. (See memorandum…
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5:56 PM | Concerned About Exposure to Toxic Chemicals?
Toxic chemicals enter the natural environment as wastes from human activities. Insuring chemicals are safe for humans will insure that they are safe for wildlife too. Continue reading →
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3:08 PM | Next big idea in forest conservation? Rewards for reforestation
Susie McGuire and Dr. Edward Louis Jr. are the powerhouse team behind the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership (MBP), an NGO that involves local residents—both human and primate—in reforestation efforts in Madagascar. A conservation geneticist and veterinarian by training, Ed Louis has discovered 21 lemur species and successfully reintroduced two species of locally extinct lemurs back into the wild.
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1:00 PM | How thinking about politics alters climate change beliefs
Each of us wears a lot of different hats: employee, parent, friend, member of an ethnic group or political party, and so on. Now researchers have found that when people are reminded of their political identity, their views on global warming can change significantly. The team refers to this condition as “salience”. For instance, “[w]hen
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12:00 AM | laughingsquid: Abyss Table, A Table That Resembles a Geological...
laughingsquid: Abyss Table, A Table That Resembles a Geological Cross Section of the Ocean Want it. Want it now.

July 09, 2014

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10:24 PM | The last best place no more: massive deforestation destroying prime chimp habitat in Uganda
The Kafu River, which is about 180 kilometers (110 miles) long, is part of a vast chimpanzee habitat that includes forest reserves and several unofficial protected areas. However, this region of Uganda is losing a significant portion of valuable chimpanzee habitat, and at least 20 percent of the forest cover along the Kafu River has disappeared since 2001.
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9:23 PM | A garden or a wilderness? One-fifth of the Amazon may have been savannah before the arrival of Europeans
The Amazon is the largest tropical forest on the planet, covering about 6.5 million square kilometers, although much has been lost in recent decades.Yet new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) finds that quite recently—just 500 years ago—a significant portion of the southern Amazon was not the tall-canopied forest it is today, but savannah.
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6:49 PM | Sheep Killed, Punched, Stomped on, and Cut for Wool
Animal cruelty found across the wool industry. Continue reading →
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6:31 PM | Citron barb, a new barb species, spotted from Western Ghats Rivers of Maharashtra
Citron Barb (Pethia lutea), a new barb species discovered from Western Ghat Rivers of Maharashtra (Image Courtesy: Ralf Britz/JOTT) Researchers studying the fish diversity in Western Ghats Rivers have discovered a yet unknown species of fresh water barb from the Western Ghats River systems in the Indian state of Maharashtra. The new species belongs to the Pethia genus of fishes which
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2:00 PM | Once There Were Billions: Heath Hen
To help tell the story of four extinct bird species, BHL and the Smithsonian Libraries co-curated an exhibition--Once There Were Billions: Vanished Birds of North America--at the National Museum of Natural History.  The exhibit runs through October 2015 and provides insights into the fragile connections between species and their environment.  If you're not in the area, you can still enjoy the online exhibit or browse digital versions of the select exhibit books in BHL. You can also […]
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12:59 PM | Stuff of fairy tales: stepping into Europe's last old-growth forest
There is almost nothing left of Europe's famed forests, those that provided for human communities for millennia and gave life to the world's most famous fairytales. But straddling the border between Poland and Belarus, the Bialowieza Forest is Europe's last lowland old-growth forest, parts of which have never been cut by man.
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12:00 PM | Corals Could Survive Climate Change By Getting Fat
When it comes to climate change, some shall live and some shall die. If we can make educated guesses as to which species will be in the first group and which in the second, we can put more of our conservation efforts where they will be more likely to succeed. That’s especially important for corals,
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8:00 AM | griseus: this is probably the first gif of a megamouth shark...
griseus: this is probably the first gif of a megamouth shark Megachasma pelagios. enjoy it also, is one of three recordings of this shy animal.  As of 2012 only 55 megamouth individuals are known and have been found all over the world, with most originating from the Pacific. from arkive So awesome! 
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6:13 AM | Human Impacts Causing Great Dying on Earth
"Every day that passes the world is in worse shape" (Patricia Randolph). Continue reading →
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3:02 AM | Climate Change Will Alter Fire Patterns and Caribou Distribution
The absolute best-case result of the fire regime change is that the herds move. The worst case is that the herds diminish in size, Continue reading →
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1:33 AM | U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Reverses Wolverine Protection Proposal
Jeff Copeland, a spokesman for the nonprofit Wolverine Foundation and a retired U.S. Forest Service biologist, said that for Walsh to reverse the recommendation "without any new scientific evidence is a sign of strong political pressure from the states." Continue reading →
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12:33 AM | If Rhinos Go Extinct
Rhinos are the irreplaceable savanna maintenance crew and tourist magnets. More of the savanna's human occupants need to realize this and protect rhinos. Continue reading →

July 08, 2014

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9:17 PM | APP won't acquire companies that continue to destroy forests
Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) will not acquire companies that continue to destroy forests, according to a new procedure for association introduced by the Indonesian forestry giant. The procedure, developed after months of consultations with NGOs, effectively closes a loophole some environmentalists feared would allow APP to sidestep its zero deforestation commitment by acquiring companies that continued to clear forest after its February 5, 2013 deadline.
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5:00 PM | Orphaned baby elephant rescued after revenge attack
Aa orphaned baby elephant was attacked by angry locals after a member of its herd killed a woman. Continue reading →
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4:21 PM | 2014 Patch-Burn Grazing Meeting – Platte River Prairies, Nebraska
Curious about patch-burn grazing?  Want to get together with other grassland enthusiasts, ranchers, researchers, and wildlife managers and talk about a variety of ways to manage for diverse wildlife habitats and plant communities?  The annual Patch-Burn Grazing Meeting might just … Continue reading →
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3:34 PM | A tale of two fish: cyanide fishing and foreign bosses off Sulawesi's coast (Part I)
In spring and summer, after the monsoon storms have passed, the fishing boats set out again from tiny Kodingareng Island in the Spermonde Archipelago off the coast of South Sulawesi. In the afternoon heat, Abdul Wahid joins his fellow fishermen in the narrow shade of the beachfront village houses to check out the daily fish prices.
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3:32 PM | Rat Snake Freakout: Cottonmouth in an Alabama Toilet Edition
Sorry folks-that snake they fished out of an Alabama toilet was not a Cottonmouth.      I'm very excited because Rat Snake Freakouts are one of my favorite topics to write about. If you're new to the blog, these freakouts occur when people see a Rat Snake (i.e., a very common snake on the East Coast of the United States in the Pantherophis genus) and freak.the.hell.out. Often, people freak when
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1:00 PM | Climate change will alter fire patterns, push caribou herds around
It’s not just the heat. Climate change will find (is finding) many creative ways to mess with wildlife and challenge conservationists. One such way is to change the patterns of fires that burn across animal habitats; in many areas, drought and heat have led to increases in fire frequency and severity. New research suggests that these
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12:30 PM | BHL at the 2014 American Libraries Association Annual meeting, Las Vegas, NV
A number of BHL staff attended the 2014 Annual meeting of the ALA in Las Vegas, Nevada. BHL Program Director Martin Kalfatovic and BHL Program Manager Carolyn Sheffield attended and met with various vendors.Kalfatovic also participated in a panel, along with Sandra McIntyre (Mountain West Digital Library) and Maura Marx (Institute of Museum and Library Services), "Librarians as Digital Leaders: Collaborating on the Development and Use of Digitized Collections". It was a very well attended […]
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5:48 AM | Save National Wildlife Refuges from Oil and Gas Mining
The national wildlife refuges across the United States are unprotected against oil spills and contamination from natural gas drilling. Continue reading →
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1:29 AM | A Critical Petition to Sanction Thailand for Ivory Trafficking
Immediate action needed. Sign the petition urging CITES representatives of Europe and the US and all members of the Standing Committee to sanction Thailand now. Continue reading →

July 07, 2014

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10:36 PM | Petition to Ban U. S. Ivory Sales
The United States is one of the world's largest markets for ivory. Continue reading →
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9:19 PM | Please Sign Petition to Stop Wildlife “Services” From Killing Canada Geese | Exposing the Big Game
Petition to stop Wildlife Services from killing Canada Geese Continue reading →
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7:50 PM | Booming populations, rising economies, threatened biodiversity: the tropics will never be the same
For those living either north or south of the tropics, images of this green ring around the Earth's equator often include verdant rainforests, exotic animals, and unchanging weather; but they may also be of entrenched poverty, unstable governments, and appalling environmental destruction. A massive new report, The State of the Tropics, however, finds that the truth is far more complicated.
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12:45 PM | Can the world’s luxury yacht owners help reduce ocean scientists’ biggest expense: ship time?
The International SeaKeepers Society is offering yachts for marine science expeditions, free of charge. Marine scientists perform research ranging in scope from global food security to threatened species conservation to climate change, research that is critical to a healthy environment. As with other scientific disciplines, however, funding cuts threaten the future of this research. A recent […]
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