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The good news about offshore oil rigs 21.10.2014 LA Times: Top News
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Newly Identified Species Of Snail Named For Marriage Equality 14.10.2014 Think Progres

Researchers in Taiwan have named a newly identified species of land snail for marriage equality because of its hermaphroditic characteristics.

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Quagga mussels invade your waterways! 13.10.2014 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Health News
The UK is about to receive a visit from the infamous quagga mussel. It’s a rock star you won’t like, living in hard substrates and a softie too! Many species such as freshwater fish could be affected, as well as poisoned, while the blockages caused by the high population levels often bring power station or other water inlets to a full stop.
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Minnesota's newest wildlife management area is a quiet oasis 40 miles from the Twin Cities 13.10.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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Spotlight on green news & views: Frack-onomics cracking up, trashing California's aquifers 12.10.2014 Daily Kos
Staff at Appalachian Bear Rescue release a bear back into the wild. Many environmentally related posts appearing at Daily Kos each week don't attract the attention they deserve. To help get more eyeballs, Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The most recent Wednesday Spotlight can be seen here . So far, more than 19,725 environmentally oriented diaries have been rescued for inclusion in this weekly collection since 2006. Inclusion of a diary in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. The Frackonomics Con Job about to be Exposed —by gjohnsit: "The numbers for the fracking industry have never really added up, but according to yesterday's Bloomberg article the amount of lies and deception is a bubble waiting to burst. 'They’re running a great risk of litigation when they don’t end up producing anything like that,' said John Lee, a University of Houston petroleum engineering ...
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We’re mad about Madagascar. 11.10.2014 Earth Times
How much research flows out of Madagascar, on the lemurs, chameleons and frogs alone. We have to preserve this island and sustain its people in their struggles with nature, including climate change. The age of introspection is over. This is one planet and we all are one with it – just investigate the biodiversity and the climate change conferences mushrooming in response to popular demands.
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Federal Court: One Million Acres Near Grand Canyon Protected From Mining 10.10.2014 Think Progres

Lands around the Grand Canyon will be closed to the exploration and development of mining claims for at least 20 years.

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‘The Other CO2 Problem’: How Acidic Oceans Will Cost Our Economy Billions 9.10.2014 Think Progres

The most important takeaways from the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity's comprehensive report on ocean acidification and how it's harming the economy.

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World not on course to meet 2020 biodiversity targets 9.10.2014 New Scientist: Being Human
Out of 20 biodiversity targets set in Nagoya, Japan, in 2010 few are on track – some are even further away from being realised than they were four years ...
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Acid damage to coral reefs could cost $1 trillion 8.10.2014 New Scientists HIV
Lost revenue from tourism and other industries help make the economic case for governments to start acting to stop ocean ...
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Loon, Interrupted: Chicks Dying, Social Chaos. Is Their Comeback Unraveling? 8.10.2014 Truthout.com
A common loon. (Photo: Matthew / Flickr ) Holderness, New Hampshire - Tiffany Grade sweeps her binoculars over tangled tree roots at water’s edge. She spots a black and white checkerboard of feathers in a lichen-covered crease in the shoreline – a loon sitting on a nest. Just offshore, a second loon glides past, dives, then disappears. Also see: Heavy Metal Songs: Contaminated Songbirds Sing the Wrong Tunes To the untrained eye, it’s an idyllic summer scene on Squam Lake. But to a loon biologist like Grade, it’s trouble. “Do you see the way he stretches his neck up?” Grade says, pointing to the diving bird. “He knows he’s some place he shouldn’t be.” The male intruder is biding his time until the nesting loon leaves. This vying for territory imperils the unhatched chick: Its parents can be killed or distracted, leaving the egg undefended or the chick unfed. And if one parent is ousted, the intruder kills the chick. At Squam Lake, it’s social chaos. Chicks are dying. Eggs aren’t hatching. It’s a scenario ...
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Artist, environmentalist Maya Lin wins prestigious Lillian Gish Prize 8.10.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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Heavy Metal Songs: Contaminated Songbirds Sing the Wrong Tunes 7.10.2014 Truthout - All Articles
A song sparrow. After extensive research in Virginia, scientists have shown that mercury alters the very thing that many birds are known for - their songs. (Photo: Putneypics / Flickr ) Waynesboro, Virginia - Standing in the woods along the South River, Kelly Hallinger held the microphone up to capture the cacophony of songs, one at a time: the urgent, effervescent voice of the house wren, the teakettle whistle of the Carolina wren and the sharp, shrill notes of the song sparrow. Also see: Winged Warnings: Built for Survival, Birds in Trouble From Pole to Pole It was the summer after her freshman year at the College of William and Mary, and Hallinger was working with her professor, ecologist Dan Cristol, to investigate the effects of mercury left behind by a factory. Over and over she recorded birdsong, visiting various sites in the woods and along the shore, some polluted, some unpolluted. When she got back to Williamsburg with her tape recorder, Hallinger sorted through the hours of bird songs. She ...
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Altadena-based group has its eye on wildlife-rich Cottonwood Canyon 7.10.2014 LA Times: Opinion
On a modest stretch of Linda Vista Avenue near the La Cañada Flintridge-Pasadena border lies a nondescript piece of land whose dry shrubs and trees hide a rich biodiversity of life.
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Biodiversity Progress Today 7.10.2014 Earth Times
Here is the promised simple report on the first day of the big Korean Biodiversity convention. We’ll have to wait longer for anything more concrete.
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Biodiversity Summit 6.10.2014 Earth Times
If you appreciate the buzzing bee, the sight of cheetah hunting, or the thought of stroking a manta ray, this summit is essential reading. It begins today, so we can but hope ---.
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On National Day of Maize in Mexico, Protecting the Sacred Plant 2.10.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Adelita San Vicente Tello speaking at local celebration of Mexico's first National Holiday of Native and Creole Seeds. (Photo: Adelita San Vicente Tello)Here we have an opportunity, which is that most corn is still produced by campesinos/as [small farmers]. They still use native seeds, and they use rainwater for sowing – even though they do it in soil that is very degraded and thus produces little. We consider this small-holder production to be an opportunity, because genetic reserves are stored in the native seeds. Traditional knowledge lies within them. This is really where the alternative lies for the food production model, especially when faced with the problem of climate change. I work with an organization called Seeds of Life, which has an office in Mexico City but works throughout the country in Veracruz, Puebla, Jalisco, and Morelos. One thing we do is support the farmers in preserving their seeds by creating corn reserves. We call them reserves so as not to call them “banks”, the capitalist ...
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Empty Nests of the North: "Massive Chick Deaths" in Seabird Colonies; Climate, Oceanic Changes Blamed 2.10.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Flatey Island, Iceland – When the days grew long, seabirds flocked to this hamlet on the edge of the Arctic to rear their chicks under the midnight sun. “Kria,” shrieked the terns, calling summer up from the slumbering ground. Black cliffs were transformed into snowbanks of white kittiwakes. Puffins whirred between land and sea. Murres plied the shoreline, fulmars patrolled the skies. Everywhere sounded their vibrant chorus. These days, a scatter of stubborn holdovers streaks the sky and paddles the bay, but the legions are gone. The chicks have perished, their bereft parents have returned to sea. Half of Iceland’s seabirds nest on this low-lying volcanic outcropping and its neighboring islands in the deep west coast gash called Breidafjordur Bay. Flatey Island used to be covered with chicks snuggled inside rocky hillside burrows, under tall meadow grass, in nests strewn across headlands and shores. “There were thousands! You could hear them,” says Olina Jonsdottir, who has lived on this island with her ...
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Soil doctors hit pay dirt in Manhattan's Central Park 2.10.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Scientists got a big surprise when they started digging — almost 170,000 different kinds of microbes. The urban park appears to measure up to wild places.
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Spotlight on green news & views: No mining at the Grand Canyon, half world's wildlife lost 2.10.2014 Daily Kos
Fresh snow on Mount Rainier Many environmentally related posts appearing at Daily Kos each week don't attract the attention they deserve. To help get more eyeballs, Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The most recent Saturday Spotlight can be seen here . So far, more than 19,585 environmentally oriented diaries have been rescued for inclusion in this weekly collection since 2006. Inclusion of a diary in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. Energy Bookshelf: Even though we must think about Climate, "Don't Even Think About It" —by A Siegel: "George Marshall's Don't Even Think About It: Why our brains are wired to ignore climate change (first chapter in pdf) should be on the must read list for anyone concerned about communicating climate change (and -- as importantly -- who is open to reconsidering much of their thinking about what works and doesn't work).  In 43 short ...
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