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February 16, 2015

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5:29 AM | What the American Diet says about its Culture
Originally posted on The Secular Jurist:By Robert A. Vella If we are what we eat, as the old adage proclaims, then what does the American diet say about its culture? Before delving into this, let’s state for the record…
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1:03 AM | The wisdom of John Livingston: The Fallacy of Wildlife Conservation
There are two types of conservationists, the majority who view nature as a resource for human use, and the tiny minority who view nature as something of which we are a part. Continue reading →
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12:38 AM | Jury in on climate change, so listen to the experts
The evidence is clear: human activities are changing the Earth's climate, and what we do now and into the future will strongly influence the world's weather in the decades and centuries to come. Continue reading →
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12:00 AM | mothernaturenetwork:How much plastic enters the ocean every...
mothernaturenetwork:How much plastic enters the ocean every year?A groundbreaking new study in the journal Science sheds light on how much plastic washes into the ocean each year, where it’s coming from, and how we might eventually be able to stem the tide.

February 15, 2015

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3:15 PM | Teacher uses vegan food truck to promote animal rights
Eichhorn owns and operates Early Bird, a vegan food truck parked in various Northwest Indiana towns during the summer months. Continue reading →
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6:14 AM | NASA predicts global warming could dry Southwest America up
America the beautiful’s amber waves of grain could dry up and blow away if carbon emissions aren’t curbed, scientists predict. Source: www.nydailynews.comFiled under: Nature Conservation
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6:13 AM | Science community calls on volunteers for local projects
ATHENS — Greene Land Trust and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties on Saturday invited residents to spend Valentine’s Day with nature by learning about the opportunities available in citizen science at the Willows at Brandow Point. Source: … Continue reading →
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6:12 AM | Commentary: A salmon’s incredible journey through Edmonds and how you can help – My Edmonds News
In downtown Edmonds, many residents have creeks running through their yards. Trickling down from natural springs in the earth, they all lead to the Puget Sound. These creeks do much to improve the beauty of a homeowner’s property, but as … Continue reading →
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6:06 AM | Pennsylvania vs. climate change
Slowly but surely, Lyme disease has reached near epidemic proportions in Pennsylvania. Twenty years ago, most of us never heard of Lyme disease. Now, most of us know someone who has had it and many of us have had it … Continue reading →
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1:30 AM | Birds of India – Streaked Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron lineatum)
Streaked Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron lineatum) is a passerine seen in North India, especially in the Himalayas. It is a common bird you will find in the hilly areas of Himachal Pradesh. It has a wider geographic range including countries Afghanistan; China; Nepal; Pakistan; Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Recorded from Galu Devi temple in Dharamkot, near Dharamshala in HP. This is a part of

February 14, 2015

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11:03 PM | Increased farming intensity prompts nutrient spillover
GR: There is probably an increase in pesticide runoff as well. Continue reading →
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10:31 PM | Stable Sun Not Responsible for Global Warming
New analysis of solar observations dating back to 1610 indicate that the sun is no more active now than in most other times, debunking claims that it is responsible for global warming. Continue reading →
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10:28 PM | Yet Another Empty Forest: Considering the Conservation Value of a Tropical Nature Reserve
It isn't enough to set aside an area for wildlife. The area must also be actively protected from hunters, collectors, and tourists. Continue reading →
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5:15 PM | Global Warming, Snow Cover, and Weather Extremes
Originally posted on Climate Denial Crock of the Week:Above, I chatted with Jennifer Francis of Rutgers back in the spring of 2013, and the topic turned briefly to  snowcover in a warming world, and some interesting paradoxes. To kick…
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8:00 AM | This is Toothless, aka #megamouth66 getting ready to be put on...
This is Toothless, aka #megamouth66 getting ready to be put on display in the Philippines. The team ‘built’ his smile to show the filter feeding apparatus. LAMAVE reports “A recent study sustains that the white band above the upper lip is a bioluminescent organ that is used by the ‪#‎megamouth‬ to attract prey at depth.”So damn cool.Photo source.
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1:03 AM | Shell Shocked: A Diver’s Guide to Ocean Acidification
Shell Shocked: A Diver’s Guide to Ocean Acidification: Ocean acidification is the result of...
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12:13 AM | iSpot: Crowdsourcing is effective for gathering biodiversity data – Science Codex
“Launched in 2009, iSpot is a citizen science platform aimed at helping anyone, anywhere identify anything in nature.  To date, around 42,000 people have registered as iSpot users and over 390,000 observations have been made, leading to the identification of … Continue reading →

February 13, 2015

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9:50 PM | To co-author or not to co-author?
Writing an academic paper with multiple authors can be problematic at times (for examples see this article and comments on the article), but when do you even make people a co-author? There are problems across scientific fields with co-authors being added who did not contribute significantly to papers, for example heads of labs or departments, or […]
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5:54 PM | How do parks affect the poor? Jury’s still out, some experts say
In Peru’s vast northeastern region, where roads are scarce and forests abundant, crackdowns on the illegal plundering of timber, fish, and wildlife are sporadic and expensive. To fill the gap, the Peruvian National Park Service and non-profit conservation organizations encourage community groups to patrol their lakes and forests and control fishing and hunting.
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4:28 PM | NASA: A ‘megadrought’ will grip U.S. in the coming decades
The Southwest and central Plains will experience a dry weather shift 35 years from now, a NASA, Cornell and Columbia study said Continue reading →
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4:23 PM | Surprisingly, a Voluntary Climate Treaty Could Actually Work
The binding nature of international agreements like the 1997 Kyoto Protocol can do more harm than good by dissuading countries from joining. Continue reading →
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4:08 PM | Rising Seas – Interactive: If All The Ice Melted
If we continue adding carbon to the atmosphere, we’ll very likely create an ice-free planet, with an average temperature of perhaps 80 degrees Fahrenheit instead of the current 58. Continue reading →
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3:29 PM | Fun Science FRIEDay – I can SEE what you’re thinking!
Humans are edging closer and closer to telepathic communication where one human communicates with another purely from thinking. Wait… what’s that you say? We are already there?! Like something out of a sci-fi thriller neuroscientists in Europe and America demonstrated the viability of direct brain-to-brain communications in humans. In the neuroscientific equivalence of telepathic instant […]
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1:30 PM | True Detective: Frederick W. True’s lifelong dedication to uncovering the natural history of marine mammals
This post is a guest post by John Ososky and Nick Pyenson, originally published on the Pyenson Lab blog.The Smithsonian Field Book Project is showcasing Frederick William True in February! This post is follows in a series of blogs and social media content from the Biodiversity Heritage Library, Pyenson Lab, Smithsonian Transcription Center, Smithsonian Archives, and Smithsonian Libraries celebrating #FWTrueLove. Click on these links to the first and second posts; the third one, below, is based […]
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1:00 PM | Orangutans might survive sustainable logging
Like for all of its great ape cousins, the rise of Homo sapiens has not been pleasant for the Bornean orangutan, Pongo pygmaeus. The endangered “red ape,” found only in Borneo, is threatened by the continuing loss of its forest home. Hectare after hectare of primary forest is being lost either to logging or to
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12:15 AM | Here’s the latest climate science “scandal”
Skeptics think they’ve debunked global warming. Once again, they’re wrong. Source: www.motherjones.comFiled under: Nature Conservation
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12:15 AM | EU and GBIF to collaborate on improving biodiversity information for … – EurekAlert (press release)
The European Union and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility have launched a four-year €3.9 million project aimed at increasing the amount of biodiversity information available for developing countries. (Photo by Martin Heigan). Source: www.eurekalert.org GR:  It would be good to … Continue reading →
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12:15 AM | EU and GBIF to collaborate on improving biodiversity information for developing countries
The European Union and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility have launched a four-year €3.9 million project aimed at increasing the amount of biodiversity information available for developing countries. (Photo by Martin Heigan). Source: www.eurekalert.org GR:  It would be good to … Continue reading →
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12:08 AM | Urban Nature: How to Foster Biodiversity in World’s Cities
by Richard Conniff: Yale Environment 360. As the world becomes more urbanized, researchers and city managers from Baltimore to Britain are recognizing the importance of providing urban habitat that can support biodiversity. It just may be the start of an … Continue reading →
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12:07 AM | Save Gentle and Vulnerable Marine Mammal from Extinction
A critically endangered marine mammal is threatened with extinction by plans to build a new U.S. military airstrip. Urge the military to reconsider this misguided project and save these gentle animals from disappearing. Continue reading →
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