April 09, 2014

4:03 PM | Our Capacities Are Immense
Our problems and risks are huge, but so are our capabilities. [more]
12:00 PM | Should we close the high seas to fishing?
The ocean is a big place, but not all seas are created equal. While 58% of the seas are classified as “high seas,” and open to access from all nations, there are over 150 exclusive economic zones (EEZs), which are the sole domain of the countries that operate them. EEZs comprise the remaining 42% of
11:00 AM | Should We Stop Using Vinegar To Treat Box Jelly Stings? Not Yet—Venom Experts Weigh In On Recent Study
When you’re stung by a box jellyfish, you know it almost immediately. These somewhat squarish shaped cnidarians are armed to the bell with some of the most painful venom in the world. Long tentacles are packed with millions of stinging cells, called nematocysts, each with its own microscopic, needle-like harpoon-tipped tubule waiting to plunge into […]The post Should We Stop Using Vinegar To Treat Box Jelly Stings? Not Yet—Venom Experts Weigh In On Recent Study appeared first […]

Welfare P., Little M., Pereira P. & Seymour J. (2014). An in-vitro examination of the effect of vinegar on discharged nematocysts of Chironex fleckeri., Diving and hyperbaric medicine : the journal of the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society, 44 (1) 30-34. PMID:

9:26 AM | Tambalang: The Seaweed Farmers of Caluya by Sally Snow and Steve...
Tambalang: The Seaweed Farmers of Caluya by Sally Snow and Steve De Neef Check out this short documentary by Sally and Steve on the recovery of seaweed farming communities on some remote Philippine islands after Typhoon Haiyan. You can check out relief aid at the facebook page Operation Seaweed Caluya. NB. If you guys ever wrote saying you think my life was cool. I am jealous of Sally’s… follow her adventures here: sallysnowglobe.com
8:00 AM | mothernaturenetwork: 5 places already feeling the effects of...
mothernaturenetwork: 5 places already feeling the effects of climate changeClimate change forecasts tend to focus on how the world will look in a century, but some places need evaluation now.
12:00 AM | lifeunderthewaves: Jelly for Breakfast by nickmurphyphotos A...
lifeunderthewaves: Jelly for Breakfast by nickmurphyphotos A sea turtle enjoys a jellyfish snack.

April 08, 2014

10:29 PM | Ivory Crimes: Supply or Demand Shock?
One of the unsettled issues with the surge in elephant poaching seen after 2008/9 is explaining why it took off. The scale represents a break from the past.  It seems inexplicable in terms of what we understood the drivers of poaching were.  These were basically either affluence in consumer markets (like Asia) or poor governance [...]
9:12 PM | Shell Signs Billion Ton Manifesto
Unilever, Shell, BT, and EDF Energy are among 70 leading companies today calling on governments across the globe to step up efforts to tackle climate change. The statement urges political leaders to set a timeline for achieving net zero emissions before the end of the century, design a credible strategy to transform the energy system, and create a plan to tackle the global economy's reliance on fossil fuels. [more]
8:04 PM | Ugo Bardi Resigns as Chief Topic Editor over Journal’s Conduct in Lewandowski et al Retraction
Our friend and contributor Ugo Bardi has resigned as Chief Specialty Editor of Energy Systems and Policy of the Frontiers Journal in protest against the behavior of the journal in the "Recursive Fury" case. [more]
7:59 PM | Promising TV Series on Climate Change
A series of reports on climate change is airing on the Showtime cable network in the US on Sunday evenings. If you're in America, you can see the first episode here. It's aimed at awakening a broad audience to the climate issue. [more]
3:48 PM | Nearly 90 percent of logging in the DRC is illegal
The forestry sector in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is completely out of control, according to a new eye-opening report. Put together by the Chatham House, the report estimates that at least 87 percent of logging in the DRC was illegal in 2011, making the DRC possibly the most high-risk country in the world for purchasing legal wood products.
3:00 PM | Does hunting invasive species make them harder to hunt?
Hunting invasive species could change their behaviors, making it more difficult to keep populations down in the future.
12:16 PM | Hubbard Fellowship Blog – First Burn of the Season
It’s burn season on the Platte and our team is foaming at the mouth to get some fire on the ground. Prescribed fire is completely dependent on suitable weather conditions, so almost every day we wake up hopeful to burn, … Continue reading →
12:00 PM | Readers Write In: What is this Ohio Snake?
I found this snake in my yard in Northeast Ohio. It is not aggressive at all and is prob less than 12 inches do you know what it is? I did not keep this snake I let him go. I only kept him long enough to take pictures I just want to make sure there aren't dangerous snakes around my house! Kara Ohio Readers: What is this Snake? ----- Snake Identification Post Ground Rules -Guesses
10:06 AM | Indian damsel flies - Sapphire eyed Spreadwing (Lestes praemorsus) mating video
Sapphire eyed Spreadwing (Lestes praemorsus) is a beautiful damsel fly found in India and other Asian countries. Watch the damsel flies mating on the tip of an ornamental plant. Recorded from Kannur, Kerala

April 07, 2014

8:06 PM | Distracted by abstracts: Tips for writing a good abstract for a scientific conference
Dr. Chris Parsons has been involved in whale and dolphin research for over two decades and has been involved in research projects in every continent except Antarctica. Dr. Parsons is an Associate Professor at George Mason University as well as the undergraduate coordinator for their environmental science program. He’s a member of the scientific committee […]
2:29 PM | Texas farmers fear arrival of new Dust Bowl
“Texas farmers fear arrival of new Dust Bowl  Those who have lived in America most of their lives know a little something of the Dust Bowl era during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Now, Texans are becoming concerned about … Continue reading →
2:14 PM | World Week for Animals in Laboratories
April 20-26, 2014 Please Help End the Needless Abuse of Animals for Cosmetics Testing Please join In Defense of Animals (IDA) and others for World Week for Animals in Laboratories. IDA is sponsorin… See on donlichterman.wordpress.comFiled under: Nature Conservation
2:10 PM | Recall: Something Even Nastier than Usual Lurks in Tyson Chicken Nuggets!!!
Sunday, April 6, 2014 Recall: Something Even Nastier than Usual Lurks in Tyson Chicken Nuggets Daisy Luther Activist Post Just in case chicken “nuggets” aren’t disgusting enough, now Tyson has been… See on inprisonedwomen.wordpress.comFiled under: Nature Conservation
2:01 PM | CANNED HUNTING: South Africa’s SHAME
See on Scoop.it – Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News (#EcoSciFi) There is something so reprehensible about Canned hunting that people worldwide, from all walks of life, came together on March 15, 2014 to protest against it.           … Continue reading →
12:00 AM | realmonstrosities: Spirula spirula is a small, deep sea...
realmonstrosities: Spirula spirula is a small, deep sea cephalopod related to squid and cuttlefish. Their most unique feature is their spiralling shell which is so strong and buoyant that they often wash up on beaches, perhaps after drifting for miles on currents. They also have a light-emitting photophore on their back end. Since their shell is so buoyant that they typically swim in a vertical position with their tentacles dangling beneath them, they’re basically wearing a light-up hat […]

April 06, 2014

8:52 PM | Nietoperek Revisited
You might remember last year Denise wrote an article on this blog about the Nietoperek bat reserve in Poland, which is one of the largest bat hibernation sites in Europe. At the time, she was writing about a trip we … Continue reading →
7:32 PM | Readers Write In: A New (Challenging?) Snake For Us to Identify
    Just a few days after our first snake identification challenge of 2014, another snake picture appeared in my e-mail. Most of you already know that I am happy to identify snakes and answer wildlife questions, but please do know my mind-reading abilities are moderate at best. If you send me a picture, please tell me why. I received this picture in an e-mail with no subject and no text. A
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April 05, 2014

10:47 PM | Sea lion stranded
A lone sea lion on a busy Monterey Bay beach is in serious, and potentially dangerous, trouble. It’s also a sad sight. When they’re sick, malnourished or injured, sea lions will haul out onto land to rest, recouperate or die. When one chooses … Continue reading →
5:25 PM | A Supply-Side Voice for the Timber Industry
The Evergreen Foundation supports sustainable forest harvest.  It’s board of directors is composed of industry and finance managers and former government employees.  The Foundation has a negative view toward “environmentalists.”  The Foundation supports the U. S. Forest Service’s use of … Continue reading →
3:33 PM | April Open Thread
Suggested Topic: Have you read the IPCC WG II Summary for Policymakers yet? Or are you all focused on whether Nate Silver’s choice of Roger Pielke Jr. as a climate statistician makes any sense? Anything goes. Moderation is lighter than on other articles.
3:30 PM | New Journal Statement re “Recursive Fury”
The journal has belatedly issued an explanation of the retraction that does not make them look quite as stupid at first glance. They did not retract their earlier position, though, that there were no "academic or ethical" issues with the study. Their position now emerges as incoherent, and new evidence coming out makes matters look even worse for them. [more]
3:18 PM | Make a Mark for Wildlife: Arizona Wildlife Tax Check-off
“The Arizona Wildlife Fund is a voluntary program that allows Arizona taxpayers to help conserve the state’s wildlife simply by marking the Arizona Wildlife box on the annual state tax return. “Since Arizona started the program more than 25 years … Continue reading →
12:47 AM | Chinese orchids are in trouble, here’s how to save them
Orchid species suffer thanks to their use in Traditional Medicine. Most conservation efforts don’t work but some scientists have an unconventional proposal. See on conservationmagazine.orgFiled under: Botany, Nature Conservation Tagged: biodiversity, Conservation, Endangered Species, Human Impact
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