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  • 17 new invert species being described in South Africa.
  • In the future, giant, autonomous fish farms may whir through the open ocean, mimicking the movements of wild schools or even allowing fish to forage “free range” before capturing them once again. Already scientists have constructed working remote control cages.” I try not to get too much into semiotics/the simulacrum, but seriously. We have to build robots to simulate what once worked just fine? How about just not over-harvesting? “In the future, the ocean will be teeming with fish, an astounding return to a once-extraordinary abundance.” WTF SCIENCE.
Posted by Tim on August 19th, 2009 • • Comments Off
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Posted by Tim on April 29th, 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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Special Saturday edition.

  • 39 rangers are missing in Virunga.
  • Putin creates new protected area for Amur leopard.
  • Just in time for Halloween Dia de los Muertos, the Pemba flying fox of Tanzania has returned from the brink of extinction.
  • They found a new species. Behold: VAMPIRE MOTH!
  • Swoon: “I was just reading an article in the New York Times by Michael Pollen about food and the fact that our entire agricultural system is built on cheap oil. As a consequence, our agriculture sector actually is contributing more greenhouse gases than our transportation sector. And in the mean time, it’s creating monocultures that are vulnerable to national security threats, are now vulnerable to sky-high food prices or crashes in food prices, huge swings in commodity prices, and are partly responsible for the explosion in our healthcare costs because they’re contributing to type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease, obesity, all the things that are driving our huge explosion in healthcare costs. That’s just one sector of the economy. You think about the same thing is true on transportation. The same thing is true on how we construct our buildings. The same is true across the board.”
Posted by Tim on November 1st, 2008 • • 2 comments
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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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