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April 09, 2015

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2:04 PM | NASA: Evidence for Global Climate Change
This report by NASA should resolve questions that many have about the causes of global warming. Explanations such as sun spots and wobble of the Earth's axis are not enough. Human produced CO2 is taking us far beyond what natural phenomenon can accomplish. Continue reading →
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1:00 PM | Mercury-exposed songbirds act more cautious
Songbirds in the wild must maintain a delicate balancing act. If they’re not vigilant enough, they risk being attacked by predators. But if they are so fearful that they don’t spend enough time looking for food, they may eventually starve. Now scientists have found that mercury pollution may upset this balance. A new study suggests
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12:30 PM | No Flippant Matter: The Re-Invention of the Flipper and Why Ceatacean Flippers Are Unique
Cetaceans are not closely related to other aquatic vertebrates and represent a unique lineage derived from hoofed land mammals that returned to an aquatic lifestyle about 50 million years ago (Thewissen, 1998). The transition from land to water, i.e. the development from weight-bearing forelimb with five hoofed toes to tissue-encased flipper not capable to support locomotion on land, is well documented by fossils (Thewissen et al., 2001, 2009) and very different from other aquatic vertebrates. […]
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10:28 AM | Networking with environmental experts
I attended another Landcare Networking Day and I’m in awe another year has wrapped around since the last one. So quickly? This gathering of around 45 community restoration practitioners, representatives […]

April 08, 2015

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8:38 PM | Pejorative journalism spreads wildfire myths
The U. S. Forest Service manages forests to benefit corporations not the land. They use misdirection to justify their unhealthy practices. Some of their BS is made clear in this article by George Wuerthner. Continue reading →
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8:16 PM | New group hopes to raise global profile of the peace-loving bonobo
Of the world's six species of great ape (not including us), it's safe to say that bonobos (Pan paniscus) are the least studied and least known publicly. But a new organization, the Bonobo Project, is hoping to change that. To the untrained eye, a bonobo looks little different from their closest relative, the chimpanzee. But the differences between these two cousins are actually quite large.
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4:57 PM | Science Flyers: My comment to the FAA regarding proposed new drone regulations.
I submitted the following to the FAA regarding docket number FAA-2015-0150: Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Comments can be filed online, but I also sent an actual, physical letter. If you care about the regulation of drone in US airspace, you have until April 24, 2015 to submit you own. I am a marine […]
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4:30 PM | YA SciFi Novella – Corr Syl the Terrible – Coming May 2, 2015
This young-adult science-fiction story follows the warrior Corr Syl as he searches for kidnapped Rhya Bright. It adds a chapter to the young warrior's life, and creates a grand new challenge for Earth's Tsaeb warriors. Continue reading →
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3:27 PM | Pretty but Powerful
Because they can’t run away, plants may seem helpless against the many large and small herbivores that like to eat them.  Nothing could be further from the truth. Many plants have physical defenses such as thorns or stiff hairs to … Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | The US could save its unique wildlife by protecting 9 areas
The United States has one of the oldest systems for protecting wilderness in its many forms in the world. There’s just one problem: in general, protected areas in the US were designated to protect landscapes, not biodiversity. Sure, the biodiversity within those landscapes often benefits from living inside a protected space, but many of the
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10:58 AM | Investing in Nature
Redirecting investments from say coal to sustainable forestry sounds like the solution to all the environmental problems we attribute to misguided and shortsighted business practices. In a free market, we expect investments to shift as profit opportunities increase. With every day now, we strengthen the need to preserve diminishing resources, and thus there is more opportunity for profits in resource-preservation. However, the shift of investments to nature will not solve our environmental […]
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9:00 AM | #IAmAScientistBecause I get to do this:
Over the past few days, scientists around the globe have taken to Twitter with the hashtag #IAmAScientistBecause, giving their reasons for why they chose to become scientists. As far as scientist origin stories go, mine is not entirely uncommon. I wrote it years ago, back in 2009 when I was about to embark upon my PhD at the University of Hawaii — a degree which I completed last December. For me, science has always been about the natural world, especially the ocean. I was a […]

April 07, 2015

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5:05 PM | Save the Earth, Divest: Stop Supporting Major Corporations
It is time to divest in the largest chemical, energy, finance, insurance, military corporations (CEFIM). Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | Hawaii’s free-ranging chickens: fair or feral fowl?
Chickens roam the Hawaiian island of Kauai, and people disagree about where these birds came from. Sure, this sounds like just another tongue-in-cheek joke about the origin and movements of the world’s most common bird, but it’s a question with real conservation import. Some people say the birds are escaped domestic chickens and view them

April 06, 2015

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11:27 PM | Who's to blame for forest loss in Borneo timber concession?
The apparent loss of some 4,000 hectares of forested peatland in Indonesian Borneo is raising questions on who bears responsibility for forest clearing in un-utilized concessions. On Monday, Greenomics-Indonesia issued a report revealing the loss of significant tracts of peat forest in a West Kalimantan concession held by PT Bumi Mekar Hijau (BMH), a plantation company whose operation in South Sumatra supplies Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) with woodpulp for its mills.
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11:03 PM | Choose the Cover for Corr Syl the Terrible, New SciFi Novella
Cover contest for Corr Syl the Terrible a new SciFi novella by Garry Rogers. Continue reading →
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9:56 PM | Yoda, Yoga, and the Fish of Cannery Row
Stacy Aguilera is an Abess Fellow at the University of Miami. Her dissertation research focuses on why certain small-scale fisheries in California are relatively successful, from a social and ecological perspective. Follow her on Twitter here! As my favorite little green guy once said, “Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future.” Yoda may […]
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5:21 PM | Fighting fire with money: can finance protect Indonesia’s forests?
In previous articles, we have seen an overview of the problems with the Indonesian palm oil industry. Such problems are largely caused by rent-seeking politicians and businessmen, who are willing to sacrifice endangered wildlife, the health of their countrymen and long-term environmental stability in the pursuit of profit. These actors exert a significant influence on and within the Indonesian government. As a result, Indonesia remains conflicted between the opposing goals of conservation and […]
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4:52 PM | Prevent Road Development from Harming Animals
Roads play a major part in deforestation. Prevent roads and preserve forests. Please sign the petition. Continue reading →
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4:49 PM | Man Lives Alone in a Radioactive Town to Care for the Abandoned Animals
Wildlife surveys found that wild animal numbers increased after the Chernobyl accident. Though individual animals may suffer radiation sickness, they have more resources and less disturbance now that humans are gone. So, another answer to what would Earth be like without us is "increased biodiversity with a large proportion of sick animals." Continue reading →
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2:55 PM | Capturing Sage Grouse with the Help of Rock ‘n’ Roll --Guest Post---
Photo: Wikimedia Commons The Greater Sage Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) has been receiving a lot of attention lately. This goofy chicken-relative inhabits sagebrush country in the United States and Canada and is famed for their mating ritual of congregating on leks (sage grouse breeding grounds) this time of year to puff up their air sacks and show their feathery finery in competition
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10:01 AM | Butterflies of India – Yellow Coster (Acraea issoria)
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April 05, 2015

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10:18 PM | Critical fire weather forecast across big swath of Southwest
All of Arizona, New Mexico encompassed in weekend warning from National Weather Service Staff Report FRISCO — In what may signify an early start to the western wildfire season, the National Weather…  Source: summitcountyvoice.com Very early.Filed under: Fire Ecology Tagged: … Continue reading →
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7:31 PM | New ocean energy plan could worsen global warming
GR: Unintended consequences lurk behind many of our ideas and our practices. Reducing our population and learning the equality of other species are the ultimate solutions. Anything less is only temporary. Continue reading →
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3:20 PM | Soil Isn’t Sexy
Soil is the earth's fragile skin that anchors all life on Earth. It is comprised of countless species that create a dynamic and complex ecosystem and is among the most precious resources to humans...Half of the topsoil on the planet has been lost in the last 150 years. Continue reading →
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12:45 AM | Making Sacramento a haven for honeybees
Sacramento is the latest city to become an official honeybee haven. More residents are interested in keeping their own hives. But how do you catch this buzz?  Source: www.sacbee.com GR:  Here’s the link to put your honeybee haven on the … Continue reading →

April 04, 2015

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10:47 PM | Quantum physics, rainbow gravity, and my next novel
One of the biggest problems with quantum physics – apart from the way it attracts new age woo – is that it doesn’t reconcile with Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. The two don’t meet when it comes to gravity. And so … Continue reading →
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2:31 PM | Dead Zones: Massive Loss of Ocean Biodiversity From Warming May Take Millennia to Recover
News like this should be cause for all of us to be running around screaming with our heads on fire. Continue reading →

April 03, 2015

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6:45 PM | Battling Drought with Private Reservoirs
Capturing rainwater is a good idea. Besides providing for local use, large scale versions can slow down flooding. That's what many dams are for. However, when we don't leave enough to maintain streams and estuaries, we cause harm to some of the most productive and sensitive natural habitats on Earth. Then it's time to start reducing the human need. Continue reading →
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5:36 PM | Kenya crackdown on terrorism threatens NGOs, wildlife, media
The terrorist attack that killed at least 147 people at Garissa University on April 2nd was another tragic milestone in Kenya’s ongoing battle with the al-Shabab terrorist group based in Somalia. In response to several other brutal attacks on civilians, Kenya’s government recently passed and proposed harsh new laws that are alarming environmental activists, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the media, opposition politicians and the public.
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