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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 [...]

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 [...]

It Was An Extremely Hot Year for Planet Earth

Even as you may be feeling chilly while waiting for the bus to arrive, the surface area of Arctic sea ice is actually at historically very low levels. As for 2013… [...]

Does Earthrise Have Anything To Do With Your Environmentalism?

Over at TreeHugger, they’ve published an article celebrating the 45th anniversary of Earthrise, a photograph of the Earth from the Moon that, the article claims, is “the iconic photo that created the modern environmental movement”.

Maybe I’m out of the loop of the modern environmental movement, but I’ve never thought of my environmentalism as motivated [...]

On Global Warming, Denial, Ice, and The MV Akademik Shokalskiy

People who find it politically inconvenient to believe that global warming is real are taking glee at the suffering on board the MV Akademik Shokalskiy, a boat filled with climatologists that’s stuck in frozen waters near Antarctica. They’re writing articles suggesting that the existence of thick ice near Antarctica somehow suggests that global warming is [...]

Earth Is A Hot Young Thing To Many Republicans

Republican politics demands that its followers accept scientifically untenable ideas, and most Republicans are willing to give in to that demand. [...]

Your Desk Could Make You Fit And Generate Clean Energy

In a few hours, a very long winter break will begin, during which most people will surrender to the glum grey weather, taking long naps on couches and eating foods loaded with sugar and fat. It’s a biological instinct, and I’m getting sleepy just thinking about it. However, there is an alternative: Running out into [...]