October 15, 2014

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 →
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
1:43 AM | Still on Track for the Collapse of Modern Civilization
Originally posted on Collapse of Industrial Civilization:Two recent pieces of scientific evidence really hammer home the predicament of modern industrial civilization, and they have to do with the fact that our globalized, just-in-time economic model is hopelessly wed to…
1:40 AM | Current Sea Level Rise is Faster Than at Any Time in Last 6,000 Years
Originally posted on robertscribbler:(NASA satellite shot of Antarctica on October 13 of 2014. Recent scientific papers point toward a vicious cycle of Antarctic glacial melt. Expanding sea ice results from increased cold, fresh water outflows from melting land-anchored glaciers…

October 14, 2014

8:28 PM | India plans huge palm oil expansion, puts forests at risk
The world's largest importer of palm oil, India is seeking to slake its thirst domestically. The Ministry of Agriculture estimates that India has the potential to cultivate oil palm in 1.03 million hectares of land--nearly the size of the U.S. state of Connecticut--and produce four to five million metric tons of palm oil per year.
8:25 PM | My research and I were the victims of a conservative media attack
Dr. Will White is an assistant professor of marine biology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.  He uses a combination of lab experiments, field studies, and mathematical models to study fish behavior and population dynamics, in particular how fish populations respond to protection in no-take marine reserves. My adventure with the news media began […]
4:29 PM | So Similar, Yet So Different
It’s wrong to assume that successful restoration or management tactics from one prairie will work in another.  Instead, every prairie has its own “personality” and responds accordingly.  The key to success is experimentation and adaptive management. Bill Kleiman is one … Continue reading →
3:06 PM | 'River wolves' recover in Peruvian park, but still remain threatened inside and out (photos)
Lobo de río, or river wolf, is the very evocative Spanish name for one of the Amazon's most spectacular mammals: the giant river otter. This highly intelligent, deeply social, and simply charming freshwater predator almost vanished entirely due to a relentless fur trade in the 20th Century. But decades after the trade in giant river otter pelts was outlawed, the species is making a comeback.
1:00 PM | Green space makes for better students
We’ve been hearing for a while now how simply being around green space more can be beneficial. Early this year, for example, a study found that moving to areas with more trees and vegetation led to an immediate and prolonged improvement in mental health. Just looking at a tree every now and then seems to

October 13, 2014

5:15 PM |
nullius in verba omnis in litigia (proposed modification to Royal Society motto)
3:03 PM | Jane Goodall joins mongabay
Famed primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall—whose image is known the world over—has joined the advisory board of This is the non-profit branch of, an environmental and science website with a special focus on tropical forests. Goodall first came to global prominence at the age of 26 when she set off to Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania to study chimpanzee behavior.
12:30 PM | Down the rabbit (Lepus curpaeums) hole: Edward A. Chapin
This post is a guest submission from Julia Blase, Project Manager for The Field Book Project. Learn more about the project here.Last week, with the arrival of many more of the field books to the Biodiversity Heritage Library web portal, I had the chance to dive deeply into the field books of Edward Chapin, entomologist and Curator of Insects at the Smithsonian Institution from 1934 to 1954. I spent the most time in his field book covering a set of travels to Cuba and Jamaica, though mostly […]

October 12, 2014

8:55 PM | Publishing, power dating and technology
Every year, a staggering 1.5 million scholarly articles are published in c. 27,000 peer-reviewed journals, and… the number of articles is set to double every 20 or so years (Campbell, […]
7:42 PM | Lost at sea: Impressions of Leonardo’s Sailors
One day someone might write a useful review of the economics of wildlife trade.  Nadal and Aguayos’ “Leonardo’s Sailors” is simply not it.  The tragedy is that an opportunity has been squandered.  Economic models of wildlife trade and poaching have lagged behind policy issues.  They are simplistic. As yet they offer only limited guidance on [...]
6:06 PM | As the Population of Humans Doubles, the Number of Animals Halves
Across the land you can hear the battle cry: "Out of the way, animals, we’ve got diapers and baby carriages to buy.” Continue reading →
5:37 PM | China Is Selling Off Vital Panda Habitat To The Highest Bidder
Melissa Cronin:  “There are an estimated 1,600 pandas left in the wild in China, and thanks to new legislation, that number may change very soon — for the worse. “The Chinese government is currently in the midst of introducing its “forest … Continue reading →
5:37 PM | Panda Habitat Threatened
We estimate that $1,229 million in effective eco-compensation payments could prevent an estimated 15% decline in the giant panda population, whereas an additional $3,707 million for effective eco-compensation and restoration of potential habitat could restore the giant panda population to an estimated 40% above current levels. Continue reading →
12:40 AM | The Ghost in the GMO Machine – Cascadia TimesCascadia Times
Of course, other species are harmed as well, making it unacceptable to use these pesticides and the GMOs bred for compatibility. Continue reading →

October 11, 2014

6:44 PM | Alaska’s stranded walruses face a new threat: oil drillers
Shell's wells will be upstream of Hanna Shoals, a biologically rich shallow shelf that tends to hold sea ice longer than other areas. Continue reading →
5:37 PM | These 14 states have a plan for climate change. The rest of you are screwed.
Most states are still failing to prepare for the impacts of climate change, and there has been mixed progress among states with concrete plans, according to a first-of-its-kind compilation of data released Thursday by the Georgetown Climate Center. Continue reading →

October 10, 2014

8:51 PM | Turning to Darwin to Solve the Mystery of Invasive Species
A new study suggests that some parts of the world are evolutionary incubators, producing superior competitors primed to thrive in other environments. Source: GR:  The research described in this article is a fine confirmation of familiar ideas. I was … Continue reading →
1:03 PM | Photo of the Week – October 10, 2014
For the second time in two weeks, I got to travel west into drier, shorter prairie.  This week, our crew attended the Nebraska Natural Legacy Conference in Gering, Nebraska – at the far western end of the state.  While there, … Continue reading →
12:30 PM | Exploring the Rich History of Plant Science
Drawings of a grapevine stem showing the transport vessels, from Nehemiah Grew's The Anatomy of Plants (1682).In 1682, the first known microscopic depiction of pollen appeared in Nehemiah Grew’s Anatomy of Plants. Grew, now known as the “Father of Plant Anatomy,” revolutionized botanical science with his studies of plant structure. Exploiting the power of the microscope, he outlined key morphological differences in plant stems and roots and proposed the hypothesis that stamens […]
12:00 PM | All Those Drops Add Up: Small Spills at the Gas Station
First, you pull into the gas station. You open the cover to the fuel tank, unscrew the cap, insert the nozzle, and pump away. Once you’ve filled up your tank, you dislodge the nozzle and return it to its starting position. But in between – perhaps without even noticing – you spilled a few drops
3:09 AM | Office of the Auditor General of Canada—Mitigating Climate Change
Overall, we found that federal departments have made unsatisfactory progress in each of the four areas examined. Continue reading →
12:39 AM | Saving Caribbean Coral Reefs
IUCN used data from 35,000 surveys conducted at 90 Caribbean locations since 1970, and showed that reefs have declined by more than 50% since the 1970s. Continue reading →
12:07 AM | Ocean Acidification: The Complete Loss of Tropical Coral Reefs By 2050 to 2100
"The pace at which humans are increasing ocean acidification has never been seen before in the geological record. So the blow that is coming to many of the animals we rely on is worse than anything witnessed in Earth’s past." Continue reading →

October 09, 2014

6:43 PM | World wildlife populations ‘plummet’
The global loss of species is even worse than previously thought, with wildlife populations halving in just 40 years, a report says. Continue reading →
6:33 PM | Wildlife decline: Why does biodiversity matter anyway? – Christian Science Monitor
Half of the planet's wildlife populations suffered severe decline between 1970 and 2010, according to a new report from the WWF. So what does dwindling biodiversity mean for us? Continue reading →
6:25 PM | The WWFs report on the shockingly rapid decline in wildlife should surely move us to action | Michelle Nijhuis
Most of us will be forced to combat climate change, but the ones profiting from it will not. Continue reading →
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