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December 24, 2014

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8:00 PM | Genetically Modified Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire
Roasting chestnuts on an open fire is supposed to be one of the quintessential Christmas experiences. But I'd never tasted nor smelled a roasted chestnut until I got into…
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7:02 PM | Favorite nature and wildlife photos from 2014
During the course of my reporting in 2014, I had the opportunity to travel to several countries and take some pictures in the field. Below are some of my favorite images from the year. Most of these photos are from Sumatra (Indonesia), Sabah (Malaysia), and Queensland (Australia), although there are a few from the United States.
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6:21 PM | 14 Ocean Conservation Wins of 2014
Chances are you’ve come across some ocean news lately. And it may even have been positive! Yes, the ocean is still in serious trouble due to overfishing, pollution, climate change, and habitat destruction, but there are more and more success stories to point to, and point I shall. #1. Big year for big marine reserves. Kiribati,…
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8:03 AM | Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #74
All the very best this holiday season from the Wild Bird Trust team! Just six weeks ago, we had just over 700,000 followers on the Wild Bird Trust Facebook page. Today we have 841,795 likes on the page! The Wild Bird Revolution is accelerating towards our goal of 1 million Wild Bird Enthusiasts by the end…

December 23, 2014

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5:39 PM | Where Do Recycled Electronics Go?
Starting in 2015, the 20 million residents of New York State will be forbidden to throw away electronics. The statewide ban requires residents to dispose of their unwanted…
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4:57 PM | Year in Review 2014: Cities Take Center Stage in Global Climate Conversation
2014 saw cities take their place as major players in the global fight against climate change, widely recognized as a critical part of the solution and, particularly, as key partners to nations working to forge a new universal climate agreement in Paris 2015. For C40, this year’s highlights include the addition of seven new member…
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4:24 PM | Last Refuge on Mt. Ribàué
Only just having left the destruction on Mt. Namuli behind, the sky island team comes upon an even more desperate scene on Mt. Ribàué.
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4:23 PM | Top 10 Environmental Stories of 2014
In 2014, the unimaginable happened: companies representing the majority of palm oil production and trade agreed to stop cutting down rainforests and draining peatlands for new oil palm plantations. After years of intense campaigning by environmentalists and dire warnings from scientists, nearly two dozen major producers, traders, and buyers established zero deforestation policies.
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6:58 AM | Tigers and Wild Cats for Sale in Myanmar: A Tale of Two Border Towns
Talking Tigers: Part 9 of a 12-part series A decades-long investigation found that the illicit trade in tigers and other wild cats has been nearly shut down in Tachilek—a frontier town in eastern Myanmar—most likely because of heightened security across the border in Thailand. But the situation in Mong La, a lawless Burmese city on the…

December 22, 2014

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10:29 PM | Yellowstone Thermal Pools Colored by Pollution
Colorful hot springs in Yellowstone National Park get their hues from good-luck coins tossed into their waters and trash discarded by tourists. Continue reading →
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8:30 PM | GMO opponents are the left’s version of global warming deniers
Updated 22 December 2014. Scientific denialism (also known as pseudoskepticism) is the culture of denying an established scientific theory, law or fact despite overwhelming evidence, and usually for motives of convenience. Sometimes those motives are to create political gain for their supporters. Two of the most annoying denier viewpoints are the darlings of the right wing: evolution denialism and global warming denialism. The former […]
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7:23 PM | “Lions Are My Life”: Part 2 of Jeneria’s Story
This is the second part of a feature on Jeneria Lekilelei, Ewaso Lions Field Operations and Community Manager. Click here to read Part 1. You came up with the idea behind Ewaso Lions’ flagship outreach program Warrior Watch. Can you explain your motivation for this program and its progress since its launch in 2010? I came…
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7:20 PM | The Plight of Kenya’s Warthogs
Yvonne de Jong and Tom Butynski are National Geographic grantees working to track down what may be Africa’s least understood large animal, the Desert Warthog.
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7:20 PM | Discoveries From Two Years With Kenya’s Warthogs
Yvonne de Jong and Tom Butynski are National Geographic grantees working to track down what may be Africa’s least understood large animal, the desert warthog.
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7:06 PM | Your Diamond Ring Might Explain the Origin of Life on Earth
In 1958, the Smithsonian Institution received a plain paper package in the mail. The only hint of its contents was the insurance on the brown carton, registered for one…
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2:35 PM | Edited Reality: What I Learned from Filming Eaten Alive
On November 3, 2014, I woke up to check my flight status from Bangalore to New York. What I found when I opened my laptop was a mindboggling amount of emails, hate mail, death threats, and interview requests. The numbers were staggering. The night before, the Discovery Channel had aired the first trailers for the show they decided to call Eaten Alive.
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2:09 PM | A Golden Farewell in Madagascar
Cara Brook says her goodbyes to her Malagasy friends and colleagues and reflects on life between two polar opposites on Earth.
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2:00 PM | The Rabbits Of 1859: Australia's Worst Christmas Present?
Rabbits can strip grasslands bare and chew through young woody trees. John Schilling/Flickr, CC BY-NDBy Andrew Bengsen, University of New EnglandOn Christmas Day 1859, the Victoria Acclimatisation Society released 24 rabbits for hunting, to help settlers feel more at home. read more
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1:30 PM | APSIM Oil Palm Makes It A Modeled Crop
An oil palm system model based on the Agricultural Production Systems Simulator (APSIM) framework and called APSIM Oil Palm is aimed at helping growers of the crop maximize the yields of their plantations, while minimizing detrimental environmental impacts.   "Oil palm has become a major crop in the tropics, cultivated on more than 39 million acres of land," co-author Dr Paul Nelson of James Cook University said. "Demand for the product continues to grow, and the industry is expected to […]
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12:30 PM | A Postcard from the Western Amazon, on Peril and Hope
A longtime resident of Brazil's westernmost Amazon state reflects on forests, martyrs and the future.
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6:14 AM | Pix4D enables Autonomous Mapping with a Straight-Forward sUAV
This post is the latest in the Drones and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Special Series, which profiles interesting information, thoughts and research into using  drones, UAVs or remotely piloted vehicles for journalism and photography, that Kike learns about during his travels. Making use of DJI’s new Software Development Kit, Pix4D developed the first mapping App. The Pix4Dmapper mobile App allows to turn…
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3:42 AM | CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS LAMAVE is looking for two volunteers to join...
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS LAMAVE is looking for two volunteers to join their Southern Leyte Whale Shark Project in 2015. They are looking for enthusiastic, hard-working individuals with a passion for conservation. The ideal candidate will meet the following requirements:• Available to stay a minimum of 3 months• Excellent swimming/snorkelling skills.• Ability to free dive at least 7m.• Physically fit enough to spend several hours a day on a boat and/or in the water, frequently in […]
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3:42 AM | CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS LAMAVE is looking for two volunteers to join...
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS LAMAVE is looking for two volunteers to join their Southern Leyte Whale Shark Project in 2015. They are looking for enthusiastic, hard-working individuals with a passion for conservation. The ideal candidate will meet the following requirements:• Available to stay a minimum of 3 months• Excellent swimming/snorkelling skills.• Ability to free dive at least 7m.• Physically fit enough to spend several hours a day on a boat and/or in the water, frequently in […]
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12:22 AM | Climate Marches In this episode of Thought Cafe Today, Jon...
Climate Marches In this episode of Thought Cafe Today, Jon discusses the many meetings between world leaders that have taken place over the last two decades to address climate change. The failure to create concrete policy changes have always meant a steady presence of protesters outside the conference spaces, most recently culminating in the People’s Climate March in September 2014, the largest climate change rally to date. By: Thought Café.

December 20, 2014

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7:00 PM | How We Found The World's Deepest Fish – And Why We Must Keep Exploring
Scientists exploring the deepest place on Earth — the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean — recently acquired footage of a strange, never-before-seen fish at a record depth of 26,722 feet. Here, one of the team members describes how they found it, and why it's vital to continue plumbing the ocean's depths.Read more...
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3:16 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 19/12/2014
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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3:16 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 19/12/2014
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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2:23 AM | Pictures: the top new animal discoveries of 2014
Seemingly every year scientists set a new record with the number of species they describe. 2014 will be no exception. Below are some of the 'new species' highlights from the past year. The list includes species whose descriptions were first published in 2014. Some of the 'discoveries' occurred in years prior.

December 19, 2014

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11:20 PM | Climate Change Could Cut Global Food Output 18% By 2050
The world's food supplies will be hit hard by global warming, according to a study published this week in the journal Environmental Research Letters. The study's authors advise investing in irrigation and infrastructure to attenuate this loss, but what's less clear is where these measures should be taken. In fact, we probably won't know for at least 15 years.Read more...
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10:16 PM | With Water, Life Returns to the Colorado River Delta
Last spring, on the eighth day of the release of Colorado River water into its channel at the US-Mexico border – an event known as the “pulse flow” – I witnessed something extraordinary. Like most mornings, I headed out with my National Geographic team before dawn to find the leading edge of the river as…
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