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July 24, 2014

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8:50 PM | It's not just extinction: meet defaunation
Get ready to learn a new word: defaunation. Fauna is the total collection of animals—both in terms of species diversity and abundance—in a given area. So, defaunation, much like deforestation, means the loss of animals in all its myriad forms, including extinction, extirpation, or population declines.
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8:37 PM | Living Walls Turn Maasai Hunters into Lion Defenders (Video)
In a land where the lion truly is king, attitudes about traditional lion hunts are changing. Two Maasai people – one lion slayer and one lion savior – share the stories of their respective journeys. Species are disappearing at a rate that has scientists around the world calling this period the sixth mass extinction. Today,…
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7:48 PM | Journey of the Sea Lion, Part Two: Totem Poles, New and Old
Jon Waterhouse and Mary Marshall join the voyage of the National Geographic expedition vessel, the Sea Lion, to tour and discover some of the best that the ecosystems and cultures of the Pacific Northwest have to offer. As the journey continues, the Haida people showcase their ongoing way of life and stunning artwork.
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7:48 PM | Journey of the Sea Lion, Part Two: Totem Poles, New and Old
Jon Waterhouse and Mary Marshall join the voyage of the National Geographic expedition vessel, the Sea Lion, to tour and discover some of the best that the ecosystems and cultures of the Pacific Northwest have to offer. As the journey continues, the Haida people showcase their ongoing way of life and stunning artwork.
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4:40 PM | Why Do Birds Fly Into Glass?
The Minnesota Vikings' glass-filled football stadium raises concerns over bird strikes. So why do birds fly into windows?
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4:34 PM | Next big idea in forest conservation: Reconnecting faith and forests
'In Africa, you can come across Kaya forests of coastal Kenya, customary forests in Uganda, sacred forest groves in Benin, dragon forests in The Gambia or church forests in Ethiopia...You can also come across similar forest patches in South and Southeast Asia including numerous sacred groves in India well-known for their role in conservation of biological diversity,' Dr. Shonil Bhagwat told mongabay.com.
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3:43 PM | Green Snails: Valuable Aliens
By Alison Barrat and Alex Dempsey You don’t have to look too far to find a horror story about an invasive species that has completely disrupted a natural ecosystem. Cane toads in Australia come to mind or pythons in the Everglades or even lionfish in the Caribbean.  But what about introductions that have gone well?…
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3:43 PM | Green Snails: Valuable Aliens
By Alison Barrat and Alex Dempsey You don’t have to look too far to find a horror story about an invasive species that has completely disrupted a natural ecosystem. Cane toads in Australia come to mind or pythons in the Everglades or even lionfish in the Caribbean.  But what about introductions that have gone well?…
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10:55 AM | #okavango14: Over Africa’s Wetland Wilderness
Africa's newly-minted UNESCO World Heritage Site, Botswana's Okavango Delta, from the air and from space... This emerald green oasis buzzes with life during the summer months when grand thunderstorms sweep across the delta...

July 23, 2014

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9:55 PM | Blue Whales Clash With US Shipping Lanes
The feeding grounds of blue whales along the U.S. West Coast overlap dangerously with shipping lanes, placing the behemoths in danger of collisions with ships.
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8:08 PM | Mysterious Fossils in 3D
Emily Hughes brings us tales of adventure and discovery from the Australian Outback as she and her mother search for unbelievably ancient fossils. Pteridiniums are ancient organisms full of mystery—and those found in the Outback are much older than anyone previously thought.
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7:59 PM | Western Mediterranean Island Conservation
I am visiting the Iberian Peninsula this week en route to the 14th Rodens et Spatium conference in Portugal. Today in Valencia I am looking out over the Western Mediterranean basin. This area is steeped in human history, including upon its hundreds of islands. Romans colonised these parts over 2,000 years ago, and like everywhere…
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1:41 PM | Disturbing the natural order – the case of neonicotinoid insecticides and farmland birds
  One of my favourite nature writers is Mark Cocker who has the ability to capture a scene or an idea in a few hundred words. Despite his immense knowledge he never loses his sense of awe and with clever … Continue reading →
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1:01 PM | Disturbing the natural order – the case of neonicotinoid insecticides and farmland birds
  One of my favourite nature writers is Mark Cocker who has the ability to capture a scene or an idea in a few hundred words. Despite his immense knowledge he never loses his sense of awe and with clever use of metaphor, his descriptions of nature leap in to life. Here is Cocker writing … Continue reading →
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12:30 PM | China Is Turning Tiger Bones Into Wine
Chinese brewers are making wine from tiger bones despite specific regulations against the trade in tiger bones. And it's not technically illegal, since they're not actually selling the bones. What?Read more...
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9:31 AM | "We will rock you - don’t eat shark fin" You got fins on...
"We will rock you - don’t eat shark fin" You got fins on your plate, you big disgrace Brilliant. 
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9:31 AM | "We will rock you - don’t eat shark fin" You got fins on...
"We will rock you - don’t eat shark fin" You got fins on your plate, you big disgrace Brilliant. 

July 22, 2014

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8:12 PM | Congressional briefing highlights climate adaptation, mitigation efforts in Midwestern United States
On July 17th, the Environment and Energy Study Institut […]
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7:34 PM | Is Eating Kosher Seafood Better for the Environment?
In some ways, absolutely yes. That's the conclusion reached by researchers from NOAA and California State University, Channel Islands. And it mostly has to do with the distance that seafood travels from the ocean to your plate.Read more...
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7:23 PM | Places, Experiences and Objects to Dream About
This post is the first in the series Places, Experiences and Objects to Dream About, which profiles marvelous locations, unique life experiences and objects of interest to modern explorers that Kike discovers during his travels.   The idea for this new column came up as I was staring at a small fur seal puppy playing…
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7:00 PM | Drinking Up Water Science During a Drought
For families living in drought conditions, careful monitoring of water usage is especially important. With hands-on science and engineering projects, students can investigate water-saving strategies and science and engineering related to water conservation. Above: The effect of drought can be...
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2:43 PM | Cascading planetary-wide ecosystem effects of the extirpation of apex predatory Krayt dragons on Tatooine
Author’s note: this post is part of the “Science of Tatooine” blog carnival. Though obviously about science fiction and not the real world, it includes real ecological theories,  and it uses some real peer-reviewed scientific papers as references. Whenever possible, I’ve linked to accessible copies of those papers and explainers of these ecological terms. Many […]
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3:47 AM | Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #71
Woodpeckers, nutcrackers, flycatchers, sunbirds, roadrunners and babblers in this 71st Edition! Astonishing what can be achieved with a bit of patience, care and a passion for birds. Wild birds have become the subject of choice for thousands of photographers around the world. They extremely hard to photograph. You need the best equipment you have access to…
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2:47 AM | Poaching Crisis in Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem
This article is brought to you by the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP). Read our other articles on the National Geographic News Watch blog featuring the work of our iLCP Fellow Photographers all around the world. Text and photo from iLCP Fellow Paul Hilton. UPDATE FROM THE FIELD: Paul Hilton and FKL Rangers Expose Wildlife Poaching in…

July 21, 2014

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4:31 PM | With too few males, blue crab population may be put at risk
The practice of selectively fishing male blue crabs in the Chesapeake—intended to give females a chance to reproduce—may have a hidden cost. A Bay without […] The post With too few males, blue crab population may be put at risk appeared first on Smithsonian Science.
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9:00 AM | Beyond the Edge of the Plume: understanding environmental impacts of deep-sea mining
The mining of deep-sea hydrothermal vents for gold, copper, and other precious metals, is imminent. Over the last seven years I’ve worked with industry, academia, and international regulatory agencies to help craft guidelines for conducting environmental impact studies and assess the connectivity and resilience of deep-sea ecosystems. Deep-sea mining, particularly at hydrothermal vents, is a […]

July 20, 2014

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12:22 PM | How Deepwater Horizon and its clean-up have changed beach microbe populations
The Deepwater Horizon disaster is considered to be the largest marine oil spill in history, turning vast swathes of the southern US coast into tar pits, and helpless marine critters into bewildered balls of bitumen. “But what of the poor bacteria?” I hear absolutely nobody cry. Well it turns out some people are interested in the…

July 19, 2014

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10:04 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 18/07/2014
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]
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10:04 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 18/07/2014
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]

July 18, 2014

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5:19 PM | Why Rosie O’Donnell was Wrong to Kill a Hammerhead: The Top 5 Coolest Things About These Strange-Looking Sharks
In 2012, Rosie O’Donnell killed an endangered hammerhead shark for sport, and then mocked the conservationists outraged by her actions. Now, the controversy has resurfaced, with O’Donnell chosen to replace previous co-host Jenny McCarthy on the popular television talk show The View. O’Donnell is an influential public figure, yet still openly refuses to apologize for killing an endangered species. Is this the kind of person we want spreading her opinions on TV? Last Friday, […]
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