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Posted by Tim on August 17th, 2009 • • 1 comment
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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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