November 06, 2014

4:32 PM | Is the world moving backwards on protected areas?
Protected areas are undoubtedly the world's most important conservation success story. But, despite this, progress on protected areas is stalling and in some cases even falling behind. According to a sobering new paper, only 20-50 percent of the world's land and marine protected areas are meeting their goals, while the rest are hampered by lack of funding, poor management, and government ambivalence.
3:00 PM | The dangers of eating dolphin meat
Eating dolphin meat may seem abhorrent to most Americans, but many cultures around the world include marine mammals in their diets. For instance, people on the tropical island of St. Vincent in the Caribbean can legally hunt and eat dolphins. But these culinary traditions have a health downside: The meat and blubber contain high levels
1:30 PM | Crowdsourcing and BHL: Current Projects that Allow Users to Help Us Improve Our Library!
Recent crowdsourcing initiatives are revolutionizing scientific research, allowing the public to help scientists and researchers document, identify, and better understand biodiversity.For example, the Atlas of Living Australia’s FieldData program allows anyone to contribute sightings, photos and observational data to help researchers and natural resource management groups collect and manage biodiversity data. Birds Australia is using this data to help record sightings of Carnaby’s […]
6:27 AM | Science Triumphs in Oregon and Colorado: GMO Labeling Measures Fail
The midterm elections are over, and a number of significant changes lie ahead. Marijuana has taken several key steps towards legalization, more women than ever are in congress, and the Republican party has taken control of the senate—surely, it will be an interesting couple of years. But one thing hasn’t changed: GMO foods will not […]The post Science Triumphs in Oregon and Colorado: GMO Labeling Measures Fail appeared first on Science Sushi.

November 05, 2014

8:43 PM | Why #DoctorWho needs a science advisor!
There is probably no one in the science geek/nerd community who has not heard of Doctor Who, even if they can’t recite the names of all 13 actors who have played a regenerating incarnation of the Doctor (I’m including the awesome John Hurt in this list), or don’t own an exceedingly long, multi-colored scarf. Doctor […]
6:01 PM | Another Giant Rattlesnake Picture (from Texas/Mexico) Doing the Rounds
"Supposedly killed in Roma, Tx.""Fwd: 13.5 foot South Texas rattlesnake - Yikes !!! Next door to Dave Rogers Ranch in Hidalgo County""13.5 foot South Texas rattlesnake - Yikes !!! This is not the kind of snake you want to challenge. 13 1/2 feet long." I received three different e-mails about this rattlesnake back in September but I just never got around to posting about it. Apparently it is
3:59 PM | Great Barrier Reef Australia, Turtle Rehabilitation Program
The Rehabilitation Centre treats injured and sick marine turtles brought in from the Great Barrier Reef and Cape York Peninsula. Continue reading →
1:00 PM | Could hand-reared penguins help seed new colonies?
Along the Western Cape of South Africa lives a group of endangered African penguins. These penguins breed from February through September, and then moult sometime between September and January. During the moulting period, the penguins are deprived of their waterproof feathers. That’s 21 days in which they’re prevented from diving for food and must rely
1:52 AM | What if humans abandoned half the planet to wildlife?: A conversation with E.O. Wilson
First, to explain, the anthropocene is a word that some people are using to describe the current geological epoch. The idea is that so much has changed — in terms of the atmosphere, the soil, the animals of the world, etc. — that we should formally designate a new epoch dating to sometime in the 18th century, around the beginning of the industrial revolution. The world is changed, it’s increasingly human-dominated, and we ought to start calling it something that reflects that. […]

November 04, 2014

9:10 PM | Why we need ACTIVISTS not WHACKTIVISTS !
My lazy Sunday morning was ruined by a “whacktivist” on a friend’s Facebook page on whale and dolphin issues. To explain what I mean, here are some definitions: ACTIVIST – someone who tries to draw public attention and concern to an issue they consider to be important. This typically involves trying to convert an uncaring […]
9:10 PM | Hubbard Fellowship Post – Grasshopper Mice
This post was written by Jasmine Cutter, one of our Hubbard Fellows.  Jasmine has written earlier about her independent research project looking at small mammals (or s’mammals, as she calls them) in our Platte River Prairies.  All photos are by Jasmine … Continue reading →
6:00 PM | Animal Bill of Rights Week
Help us reach one million signatures to tell Congress that animals deserve basic rights. Continue reading →
4:06 PM | Lam Dong launches biodiversity conservation action plan
Lam Dong is the most biodiversity-rich province in the Central Highlands and south-central region. It comprises 512,000ha of natural forest and 68.8ha of planted forest, which are home to a number of rare flora and fauna species listed in Vietnam’s Red Book.-VNA Continue reading →
2:30 PM | I Urge Listing and Concerted Conservation Action for 21 Shark...
I Urge Listing and Concerted Conservation Action for 21 Shark and Ray Species at #CMSCoP11 #SharksWithoutBorders
2:00 PM | Wandering manta rays highlight gaps in marine conservation
Earlier this year we showcased a study showing how reef fish don’t exactly pay much attention to where humans draw conservation lines. Just because a Marine Protected Area, or MPA, exists, doesn’t mean a species we might be keen on saving will stay inside its borders. Manta rays, a charismatic and threatened group of animals, are now
1:24 PM | A guide to following shark and ray conservation at this week’s Convention on Migratory Species meeting
This week, the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will have its 11th Conference of the Parties in Quito, Ecuador. While less well-known than the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES,) CMS is another very important international wildlife conservation treaty. As the name suggests, it focuses on the conservation of […]

November 03, 2014

5:17 PM | Indonesian government's concession policy prioritizes companies over forest communities
A report by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) analyzes 100 conflicts around the world in the mining, oil and gas, logging and agricultural sectors and examines how and why they come about. The report focuses on several emerging economies, including Brazil, Colombia, Liberia, Peru, and Indonesia.
5:13 PM | Progress: It’s now only legal to remove fins at sea for one shark species in the United States
Shark finning, the process of removing shark fins at sea and dumping the rest of the body, is nearly universally opposed by conservation activists, scientific researchers and fisheries managers. In addition to being potentially inhumane (the shark is often still alive when dumped overboard,) this processing method is exceptionally wasteful and makes it very difficult for […]
2:44 AM | IPCC Final Report: We’ve Blown Two-Thirds of Our Carbon Budget
"Given the massive wealth and political power of a fossil fuel industry intent upon preserving its $27 trillion stock value, it's no wonder that the dire messages on climate change given by the Nobel prize-winning IPCC, a volunteer organization with almost no PR budget, are drowned out by a stupendous amount of industry-funded misinformation, echoed by politicians they help elect and sympathetic media outlets" (Dr. Jeff Masters). Continue reading →
1:30 AM | Chain-Free Elephant Volunteer Program 2015
In an unprecedented gesture of faith in a US-based nonprofit organization, Nepalese government officials invited Elephant Aid International (EAI) to create the country’s first-ever chain-free corrals at Chitwan National Park where 63 working elephants now live, shackled in painful leg chains. These elephants engage in anti-poaching patrols and are essential to the government’s ongoing conservation work to protect endangered tigers and rhinos. To date, 31 chain-free corrals have […]

November 02, 2014

9:15 PM | Where is the poached ivory going?
One of the enduring questions we have with respect to the black-market in ivory, is where the raw ivory is going.  The somewhat glib answer is that it is being churned into carvings to be sold to East Asian (i.e. mostly Chinese) buyers.  This is regarded as glib as to date, evidence of this eruption [...]
1:45 AM | Local weather, local beach
On Friday I decided to take a side excursion to Waiake Beach on the way to work.  The weather wasn’t picture perfect, but I wanted to take some photos before hitting the office.  These were very low angle shots, using Rangitoto Island in the background.  I wanted to try some ideas out with the tripod [...]

November 01, 2014

4:56 AM | QOTW: Berman
People always ask me one question all the time: ‘How do I know that I won’t be found out as a supporter of what you’re doing?’ We run all of this stuff through nonprofit organizations that are insulated from having to disclose donors. There is total anonymity. People don’t know who supports us. [more]
4:52 AM | Excellent Interview with Michael Mann
An hour, and very much worth your time.
12:40 AM | 38 federal agencies reveal their vulnerabilities to climate change — and what they’re doing about it
Or as the president's initial 2009 executive order on climate change put it: "In order to create a clean energy economy that will increase our Nation's prosperity, promote energy security, protect the interests of taxpayers, and safeguard the health of our environment, the Federal Government must lead by example." Continue reading →

October 31, 2014

11:59 PM | Birth Control Enters Mainstream Concern
Reducing the human population by encouraging birth control will take generations. In the short term (like in the next five years), we must drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and we must gain control over land use practices. Continue reading →
11:26 PM | Big Coal Dumps on Wildlife in a Biological Motherlode
How do mining companies get away with it? The Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA) requires miners to certify that these sites have undergone restoration and reclamation. The sites in this study were mined in the late 1990s and certified as “reclaimed” in 2007 by the Kentucky Department for Natural Resources. But all that really means, said Steven J. Price, a University of Kentucky professor and co-author of the paper, is that the mining companies “were […]
7:10 PM | Between the Forest and the Sea: The Yarsuisuit Collective - Part II
In this multimedia piece by SRI fellow Bear Guerra, we follow Andrés de León and the Yarsuisuit collective, a group of men who grow and harvest food sustainably in the Guna mainland forest. They also run a store on the island of Ustupu that helps support their families, serving as a model for the wider community.
1:19 PM | Pesticides-L mailing list: creating a global conversation on pesticides issues
Originally posted on The Plantwise Blog:Written by Melanie Bateman, Integrated Crop Management Adviser, CABI Switzerland As has been mentioned before in this blog, there are a staggering number of chemicals in the world – estimates go as high as…
12:00 PM | Are biodiversity data lurking on Instagram and Flickr?
In September, a curious video on the site LiveLeak went viral. It showed an unexpected sort of cooperation among ants, in which they formed a daisy chain – each ant bit onto the rear of the ant in front of it – in order to haul a millipede back to the nest where it could
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