The Google Street View van ran over a deer. Oh, Friday.
Having already destroyed marriage, gays
look to destroy the forests.
Says the boy scouts: “There’s no question” that the Scouts’ anti-gay, anti-atheist stance has cost the organization money, he said. As a result, he said, “every council has looked at ways to generate funds … and logging is one of them.”
Whoops, I think I wasted my good videos for the week on Wednesday. Oh well, here’s a video of Japanese cats being humiliated:
The Independent covers the latest volley in the spat between conservationists and humanists over just how racist the war on invasives/non-natives/exotics/illegals/three-fifths is. The defensive cry of “Don’t call me Goebbels” hits just the right hysterical note, if you ask me. I do wonder what the ecological equivalent of the Obama election would be…
More on the re-growing tropical rainforest from the NY Times. I think I have to side with Bill Laurance on this one — nice that it’s growing back, but really not in the same league as old-growth.
Some very cool diagrams of how often different scientific journals reference each other.
- Conservation Biologist is one of the ten best green jobs.
- Watch what happens to Britain’s electric and water grid after East Enders (award-winning evening soap opera) ends. 1 million tea kettles go on within 5 minutes, that’s what happens. Seems a little strange (or perhaps an exaggeration) that such an important operation isn’t carried out by computers
- William Laurance weighs in on the claim that extinction in tropical rainforests isn’t going to be as bad as predicted.
- Despite the conflict, Virunga’s gorilla population appears to be doing okay.
- CI is offering free software for mapping hotspots, or something.
- Here’s a nice article on Santiago Espinosa, a grad student at UF-Gainesville and WCS Research Fellow, and his camera traps in Yasuni NP.
- Salazar’s saying he’ll review midnight regulations from the Bush administration’s Interior Department.
- Remember how David Hayes might’ve once could’ve been Interior Secretary? He’s going to be Deputy Interior Secretary instead.
- Native plants in your backyard really do increase native diversity of wildlife.
- $93 million has been spent conserving the Mojave desert tortoise. Meanwhile, the Barneby reed-mustard (of the Utah Reed-Mustards) received $6. I know we’ve put a value on a human life. Has anybody estimated the value of a species? Whatever it was, it was too high for the Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit, which is now genetically extinct.
- It’s fun pretending to read this interview with David Attenborough in his voice. To wit: “I can find you a new species without any problem at all. Take you to the rainforest and spend three or four days just scooping up insects. The difficulty is not finding the species, it’s finding the one man who specialises in thrips or whatever, who can tell you that it’s a different thing. Taxonomy is unfashionable.”
- “Mythical glorification of trees first reached its zenith in the songs, prose and paintings of the Romantic period. The Nazis were likewise obsessed with the concept of the forest.” Uh, Brian? Little help?
- Foreigners appear to be driving demand for snow leopard pelts in Afghanistan.
- From Minnesota Birdnerd, here is a picture of a real live bilateral gynandromorph cardinal: half-male, half-female, down the center:
With the economy down, poaching appears to be on the rise.