News Roundup

  • Nice and morbid article on the work of a fellow Berkeleyan Steve Bellan on anthrax in Etosha NP, with pictures.
  • The Carteret Islands are being inundated by rising sea levels, forcing migration of about 800 of the 1,300 inhabitants. This spring, Dan Box traveled to the islands to report on the evacuation.
  • Carol Kaesuk Yoon on “Naming Nature.”
  • National Red Lists is a new website spearheaded by ZSL to consolidate national-level information on species declines.
  • An interview with Erik Patel on the ecological ramifications of the political unrest in Madagascar, though take with a grain of salt because his solution to the poverty/conservation problem is birth control and tourism…
  • It’s been a slightly environmental few days for the Obama administration, with Tom Vilsack (Sec of Ag) releasing a new vision for the Forest Service (Defenders of Wildlife seems to like it), and the Obama family taking a trip to Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon.
Posted by Tim on August 17th, 2009 • • 1 comment
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  • About 50 new species described in PNG. (Photos).
  • From all reports, Madagascar’s environment is seriously falling victim to the political upheaval. Now, groups doing conservation work in the region have offered an SOS. Frankly, it seems kind of tone deaf to me.
  • Try to think of a company that uses an animal as its logo. They might want to consider making sure that animal doesn’t go extinct, yeah? Save your logo!
  • Nice story on harbor seals returning to New York harbor.
  • Somebody’s suggesting Australia release killer ants to reduce the cane toad problem. I’m sure that will end well.
  • Despite some stupid political maneuvering, the Wilderness Lands bill was finally signed yesterday.
Posted by Tim on March 31st, 2009 • • Comments Off
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  • The new president of Madagascar has scrapped that sweet land deal given to Daewoo last year (99-year lease, no rent though with infrastructure paid for by the company). Meanwhile, a bunch of parks appear to be “under attack” (or, heavily logged) during this period of unrest. Obviously, Consblog’s thoughts are with both the people and biodiversity of Madagascar.
  • Four new species (a mouse, a plant and two beetles) have been described in Peru.
  • Check out this awesome piece of propaganda from the Soviet past: planting trees with communist slogans! “Yet, by using trees which would take decades to mature in order to write messages that could only be read from the sky, the foresters who planted these messages were clearly thinking of a glorious jet- and space-age future, when their comrades would read their messages from Intourist space station hotels…Instead, we read these slogans thanks to a capitalist internet company based in California. The medium has outlived the messages.”
  • This is an excellent article from the NY Times on the trade-offs between environmentalists who want to install solar panels in the desert and environmentalists who want to preserve the “wilderness.” There is an obvious solution: more nuclear!
Posted by Tim on March 24th, 2009 • • Comments Off
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  • Andy Revkin sums up the top 10 environmental suggestions from Times readers to President Obama.
  • I’m not crazy about our governor, but he did good with these new climate change regulations. Businesses in California will be funding rain forest conservation in Brazil and Indonesia. Meanwhile, his old industry is struggling to bring environmental indoctrination through a new product, CSI: Yosemite.
  • Gremlins re-discovered in Indonesia. First live pygmy tarsiers in over 80 years.
  • The War on the Environment has begun: the military’s been enlisted to help combat ozone depletion / climate change.
  • House sparrow numbers down 68% over the last 30 years in Britain. Weird, huh? Maybe we can give them ours back.
  • Daewoo is obtaining a 99 year lease for land in northern Madagascar to grow corn. Not good.
Posted by Tim on November 20th, 2008 • • Comments Off
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