News Roundup

  • DotEarth on “Macromyopia” in the global environment: a lot of people saw the current financial meltdown coming, but nobody did anything to stop it. Will the same be true for the coming ecopocalypse??
  • The Western Ghats are losing their endemic diversity.
  • “If you’ve been on a Cape Cod beach this winter, you may have encountered an extraordinary animal comeback: Seals.” Wait, Seals? You mean that couple-years-old hipster obsession with Yacht rock and, in particular, Jim Seals of Seals and Crofts? That comeback? … oh, seals. Uncapitalized. Sorry. Cool, I wish I’d been on the Cape this winter.
  • FWS has revised its lynx ruling, expanding its critical habitat from the original 1,841 square miles (…that had already been designated) to 39,000. Now that’s science! Thanks, Julie Macdonald. What is the German word for something being more satisfying having gone through a stupid process before being done correctly?
  • TNC is taking a trip to Palmyra atoll, part of the new Marine Reserve designated by Bush. Follow along here.
  • This kind of conservation story warms my heart: “Rare bird coud save nudist beach.”
  • This fish with the translucent head looks like it was painted by Christian Reese Lassen (“The world’s greatest living marine fantasy painter of his generation” /Trapper Keeper) after eating too much seafood.

Posted by Tim on February 25th, 2009 • • Comments Off
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  • A coalition of 29 environmental groups have released a 391-page policy document for the incoming administration, focusing on green jobs and clean energy and highlighting the need for science-based policy and transparency, but covering a wide range of topics. You can read it here (pdf). NRDC, one of the co-signers of the document, has some of their folks blogging about various aspects of the proposals.
  • FWS has decided that the Northern Mexican Garter Snake should be listed as endangered, but it doesn’t have the funds to do so. Plenty and ESA Blawg consider that fact.
  • In honor of Thanksgiving, the NY Times offers a charming editorial on wild foods. “We have a great deal to learn from Twain’s instinctive premise: that losing a wild food means losing part of the landscape of our lives.”
  • The Vigorous North, one of my new favorites, shares some links on inner-city wilderness areas, including a proposal to turn Fresh Kills from a dump into a preserve. (Preserve of nature, not trash. Well, the trash is still there. &c.)
  • An update on what the American Bison Society’s been up to, including a public survey that shows that Americans care about bison but don’t realize that there are only a few thousand “pure” bison left in the wild.
Posted by Tim on November 26th, 2008 • • Comments Off
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  • The Wildlife Conservation Network believes that venture capital will protect species by funding “conservation entrepreneurs.” They’re having an expo in San Francisco the first weekend of October.
  • Fish & Wildlife Service: For protecting wolves before they were against it, before they were for it.
  • It appears to be New Species Day: In Fiji, a new iguana has been described. The team of Australian and US scientists must have been bummed to discover that on the same day, Australian scientists announced the description of HUNDREDS of new species along the Great Barrier Reef, including “shrimp-like animals with claws longer than their bodies, along with already known animals like a tongue-eating isopod parasite that eats a fish’s tongue and then resides in its mouth.” “…uh, guys? My iguana? Over here? … anybody?”
  • And just to re-iterate, I’m Tim Bean, and that’s news to me.
Posted by Tim on September 18th, 2008 • • Comments Off
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