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September 04, 2014

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1:00 PM | Why people shun some eco-friendly products
Want to convince customers to buy your new and improved green product? Don’t tell them you made it environmentally-friendly on purpose. A new study suggests that when a company intentionally makes a product greener, people assume that the product also becomes lower-quality. However, if the product unexpectedly becomes greener as a result of other changes,
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12:30 PM | Exploring Arachnids with Harry Potter and Logan Pierce
If you’re a Harry Potter fan, then you know what the three unforgivable curses are. And if you’ve seen the movies, you’ll remember the scene where Mad-eye Moody demonstrates those curses in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. If you’re recalling the scene now, you’re probably thinking, “Yeah, he tortured and killed a spider.”Amblypygid. The Royal Natural History. v. 6, sec. 11 (1896). http://biodiversitylibrary.org/page/29153712If that’s what […]
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9:19 AM | mad-as-a-marine-biologist: In response to many, but no...
mad-as-a-marine-biologist: In response to many, but no particular ‘ask’ - do not allow any blogger to be a replacement for your own research. You guys ask me a lot of questions, many of them are awesome, well though out questions, and I don’t answer them fast enough, and for that I apologise.  However, certain questions make me shake my head in exasperation. I’m not google. In fact, to answer some of these questions, I do just head to google and type in the same […]
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8:00 AM | Harlequin Shrimp feasting on a Crown-Of-Thorns
meanguignphotography: Atmosphere Resorts House Reef - Dauin, Philippines Oh Harlequin shrimp, you...
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3:23 AM | Inside a Chinese Ivory Carving Factory
As part of the ongoing investigations of the ivory markets in China we have been visiting carving factories.  We’re slowly getting through them.  Of late we have also been interviewing every carver about their output, experience and when they started their employment.  To date, that is about forty carvers we’ve interviewed.  This gathers valuable information [...]
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1:14 AM | Existing Coal Power Plants Will Emit 300GT Of CO2
Existing power plants around the world will pump out more than 300 billion tons of carbon dioxide over their expected lifetimes, significantly adding to atmospheric levels of the climate-warming gas, according to UC Irvine and Princeton University scientists. Continue reading →
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12:00 AM | magnified-world: Coral. Part of the National Geographic Best...
magnified-world: Coral. Part of the National Geographic Best Wildlife Photographer. I took this while seeing the exhibit. It’s big enough for my desktop.

September 03, 2014

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9:47 PM | Konza Prairie Trip Part 2 – Tree and Shrub Encroachment
A couple years ago, I wrote about some work from Kansas State University related to woody plant expansion in prairies.  Many of us who work with prairies constantly wrestle with questions about trees in prairies. Why are they encroaching so … Continue reading →
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6:28 PM | Sharks aren’t always the top of the food chain
Most people think of sharks as being apex predators, large, fearsome  hunters sitting right at the top of the ocean food chain.  Of course, that isn’t always the case. There are more than 500 known species of sharks, and they vary in size from the size of a pencil to the size of a school […]
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5:48 PM | Marine Conservation, Inspiration and a Great Big Geek
From 14-18th August 2014, the 3rd International Marine Conservation Congress was held in Glasgow, Scotland. The IMCC meetings are the largest international academic conferences on marine conservation. IMCC3 had over 700 presentations ranging from fisheries science to how marine scientists could better interact with the media, from Marine Protected Area effectiveness to the ethical treatment […]
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5:25 PM | Limits to Growth was right. Research shows pending collapse as human population rises and resources decline
The Guardian: Limits to Growth was right. New research shows we're nearing collapse as human population increases and resources decline. Continue reading →
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4:43 PM | A Global Discussion about Martha, Extinction and Conservation
Thanks to everyone who tuned in for our #Martha100 TwitterChat with @NMNH (National Museum of Natural History) and @SILibraries (Smithsonian Libraries) yesterday! The chat was a commemoration of the death of the last passenger pigeon, Martha (died Sept. 1, 1914), and a discussion on extinction, conservation, and the importance of historic literature to these fields.We had some fantastic questions and discussions, as well as great contributions from @fieldmuseum, @SmithsonianArch (Smithsonian […]
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4:26 PM | Breaching Blue Chapter 3: In the Heart of the Reef
All week I’m posting the first five chapters from my absurd work-in-progress, Breaching Blue. Check out Chapter 1 and Chapter 2. Enjoy. And, if you don’t enjoy, blame Shiffman. The mermaids listened intently as Tornus described the mysterious chamber. “We have to go inside.” Amphisamytha declared. “You are brash, sister.” Simnia replied. “We barely know this reef. […]
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4:00 PM | Mongabay founder, Rhett Butler, wins Field Museum's top conservation prize
The Field Museum has honored Rhett A. Butler, the founder of mongabay.com, with this year's prestigious Parker/Gentry Award. The award is giving annually to an 'individual, team or organization whose efforts have had a significant impact on preserving the world's rich natural heritage and whose actions can serve as a model to others,' according to the museum.
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1:39 PM | Great white shark movements at Geyser Rock
Michelle Wcisel is a Zoologist specialized in predator/prey behaivour and the Scientific Communicator for EDNA Interactive.  She has spent the past 4 years studying the behaviour of white sharks and Cape fur seals at Geyser Rock, ‘Shark Alley’, South Africa.     Animal movement is often shaped by natural barriers; a fish can’t leave the river it swims […]
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12:00 PM | How carpooling will save the world
Public transportation services are ubiquitous in the world’s cities, whether more traditional taxis or newer mobile-powered startups like Uber or Lyft. While using those means of public transportation is environmentally friendly, it’s not a perfect system. It might help reduce the number of cars on the road, but it does not necessarily reduce the number
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8:00 AM | magnified-world: Zooplankton Retrieved from a blog that I don’t...
magnified-world: Zooplankton Retrieved from a blog that I don’t know the language of
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6:00 AM | meanguignphotography: mad-as-a-marine-biologist: Baby...
meanguignphotography: mad-as-a-marine-biologist: Baby Flamboyant Cuttlefish in egg case (on a sock?!) - Daniel Geary  Hey guys, my friend Dan is becoming a super talented underwater photographer. He refuses to get Tumblr, much to my dismay. Let’s try and convince him otherwise. Hands up if you’d like to see him post his stuff on Tumblr. FINE now i have one… YOU GUYS IT WORKED! We got Dan on Tumblr! Now go follow him and force him to post more of his amazing shots! […]
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3:26 AM | Environmental and Animal Groups: Views on Hunting
Reblogged on WordPress.com Source: garryrogers.comFiled under: Nature Conservation
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3:22 AM | Environmental and Animal Groups: Views on Hunting
Originally posted on Exposing the Big Game:Introduction There are a number of local, state, national and international organizations that publicly concern themselves with caring for animals and protecting the environment. Some have their foundations a century ago or longer…
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3:08 AM | ‘Tipping Point’ for Rhinos
Reblogged on WordPress.com Source: garryrogers.comFiled under: Nature Conservation
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3:01 AM | ‘Tipping Point’ for Rhinos
Originally posted on Fight for Rhinos:? What does this mean? The rate of rhino deaths has surpassed the rate of births. Poaching and hunting of rhinos has been going on for years. But the difference now is the pace has accelerated…
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2:25 AM | Climate Change and Food Riots: Learn to Farm
Whenever people start talking about the impact of climate change, and the discussion turns to rising sea levels, someone will inevitably say “learn to swim.” Here’s another bit of advice for you: learn to farm. Continue reading →
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1:29 AM | No More ‘Hiatus’ — Human Emission to Completely Overwhelm Nature by 2030
By 2030, natural earth temperature cycles will be overwhelmed by human-caused global warming. Continue reading →

September 02, 2014

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11:19 PM | Breaching Blue Chapter 2: Sisters of the Reef
So, after thinking about it for the last 24 hours, I’ve decided to release the a chapter of Breaching Blue every day this week. Enjoy. And, if you don’t enjoy, blame Shiffman. Tornus examined her new home. She had claimed the highest vantage, the last cavern below the sunbreak, so she could watch her sisters moving […]
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10:40 PM | David Roberts
is back.
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5:26 PM | What you need to know about World Shorebirds Day: Saturday, September 6th
My husband isn’t happy about this … But, recently, I have found a new love of birds. It’s because we live in the woods and not near the ocean, so those flighted friends have stolen my heart just like fish did back some many years ago. My husband thinks it is hysterical since we grew […]
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4:28 PM | The Hidden Depths of Kim Tri
When Kim Tri (pronounced “tree) contacted us about coming out to volunteer for a month in the late spring/early summer, we weren’t sure what to think.  Why would someone from Sterling College in Vermont – a tiny little liberal arts … Continue reading →
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1:00 PM | Most conservation science not available to conservationists
Does anyone have $51 million lying around? Asking for a friend. Well, a whole lot of friends actually—all the thousands and thousands of people around the world who are actively engaged in some branch of applied conservation science, from saving the whales to reforesting Indonesia. It turns out that $51 million might be enough to
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12:12 PM | BHL Is Currently Down
The BHL website is currently unavailable due to technical difficulties. We are working to resolve the problem ASAP, and will notify users via Twitter and this blog once the website is restored. We apologize for the inconvenience, and thank you for your patience.In the meantime, you can access a majority of our scans via Internet Archive at https://archive.org/details/biodiversity. 
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