Young, sexed up human beings might get some useful perspective on their struggles by considering the plight of Cloeon dipterum, a common species of mayfly that lives in the Northern Hemisphere. Mayflies have a period of adult sexuality that only lasts a few weeks. The short sexual life of the mayfly is common knowledge, and [...]
A professional adventurer named Alex Bellini has decided that he’s going to spend an entire year living on an iceberg off the coast of Greenland. His purpose: To show people that climate change is something they should pay attention to.
Bellini also says he’ll be performing scientific study: “My objective is reporting and investigating, [...]
After a few days of hard rain, these fungal fruiting bodies appeared in my garden this morning, with bright red stalks and slick grey tops. Does anyone know what species this is?
Remember when environmentalists used to warn us about global warming all the time? Well, it’s been years since An Inconvenient Truth was a hit in movie theaters, and since then, what kind of warming have we seen? Why, I bet right now that you’re shivering. Environmentalists can’t point to a single piece of evidence to…
On Friday, the Obama Administration approved a plan to begin seismic blasting of the sea floor by oil companies seeking places to drill for petroleum. The blasting has been assessed as likely to kill and injure huge numbers of marine mammals. [...]
National Forests are public land, and hunting on them is a privilege, not a right. When hunters go into National Forests to kill the animals they find there, the least we can do is to require them to use ammunition that doesn’t spread toxins into the ecosystem, killing wildlife that the hunters weren’t even aiming at. [...]
Here are listed the names of the the votes of 12 congressional Democrats who joined the majority of Republicans to preserve the Foreign Oil Driller Welfare Program without any reform. [...]
It’s widely acknowledged that human beings are bad for the planet. We degrade natural habitats. We pollute. We change the climate.
The fewer human beings around, the better it will be for the biosphere. But, how can we accomplish population reduction in a humane manner? Massive slaughter wouldn’t likely be very environmentally friendly in itself.
The League of American Bicyclists is an organization, older than anyone you know, centered around this idea:
When more people ride bikes: Life is better for everyone; Communities are safer, stronger and better connected; Our nation is healthier, economically stronger, environmentally cleaner and more energy independent.
Part of what the League does is [...]
Antarctica made big news this week as NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory released the results of research that suggests that the West Antarctica ice sheet has begun to fall apart due to climate change – and only the most extraordinary circumstances could possibly halt the process. When the water from this section of Antarctica enters the [...]
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 [...]