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The Mallard Of Diversity

GBIF looks like an acronym that could be scribbled on the inside cover of a schoolgirl’s notebook, representing an expression of earnest affection – some variant of BFF. In fact, it represents a more serious idea: A place to collect data from observations of living organisms – the Global Biodiversity Information Facility.

The Global Biodiversity [...]

What If The NSA Was Treated Like The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service?

Yesterday, a coalition of Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a series of bills (H.R. 4315, H.R. 4316, H.R. 4317, H.R. 4318, and H.R. 4319) that would require the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to increase the transparency of its already open process by:

publishing on the Internet the basis of the [...]

Bernie Sanders Is #Up4Climate

Why are the majority of Senate Democrats trying to undercut action to deal with climate change? [...]

The Scripps Institution Of

It is a wise scholar who allows the natural rhythms of the subject being studied to inform the way in which research is conducted. So it is with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, which, as the ocean has apparently decided, should from now on simply be referred to as the Scripps Institution of.

I’m [...]

The True Spirit Of The Desert Bighorn

Today in Phoenix, Arizona, I ran across a statue by Pat Mathiesen, claiming to represent the “Spirit of the Desert Bighorn”. A plaque on the statue explained how bighorn sheep that used to live in the desert where the city has grown required a very particular habitat…

… like a habitat without valet parking…

[...]

Rick Santorum is Running for President in 2016: Remember…

that Republican former Senator Rick Santorum is preparing to run for President in 2016, guaranteeing that the debate in the GOP primaries will be pulled to the right in an entertaining manner. Say whatever you like about Rick Santorum’s politics (please, go ahead), but he sure is fun to watch. Take a walk down [...]

Gulf Of Mexico A Sea Of Sickness After BP Oil Spill

A few weeks ago, an acquaintance of mine told me of a conversation she had with an “expert” she met while traveling. He had been studying the environmental impact of the BP oil spill that took place after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico, she said. He [...]

Coal Sludge Pollutes Southern Rivers

One week ago, coal sludge surged into North Carolina riverways, filling the waters with deadly toxins. Yesterday, it happened again. West Virginia, which has already suffered massive water pollution at the hands of fossil fuel energy producers, witnessed the release of 100,000 gallons of coal sludge into what has become a six-mile long spill.

The [...]

The Twenty Coldest Years, The Twenty Hottest Years

The twenty hottest and the twenty coldest years in NASA’s global record of direct temperature readings from 1880-2013:

The 20 Coldest Years 1. 1909 2. 1910 3. 1904 4. 1911 5. 1917 6. 1908 7. 1907 8. 1912 9. 1913 10. 1903 11. 1916 12. 1893 13. 1890 14. 1894 15. 1887 16. 1892 17. [...]

How Cars Are Killing Coywolves

Nature, the PBS Documentary, has published an infographic in which it declares that “One of the biggest urban threats to the coywolf are automobiles, such as getting hit by a car.”

“…such as getting hit by a car”.

When I read that, I wondered what are the other ways that automobiles are threatening [...]

Opening

It’s just come to me that I’ve experienced the very same feeling in four different places. Coming out the top of Pima Canyon trail north of Tucson to suddenly see a valley of hundreds of square miles open below my feet, unfilled by human habitation. Driving south along the winding Penobscot River for miles from [...]