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Clinton Jenkins

Clinton Jenkins

Clinton Jenkins (2002) Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas (IPÊ) (Institute for Ecological Research), Sao Paulo state, Brazil Principal Research Scholar Department of Biological Sciences North Carolina State University Vice President SavingSpecies www.SavingSpecies.org Clinton currently resides in Brazil, where he researches and teaches at the Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas (IPÊ) (Institute for Ecological Research). His primary research […]

By September 28, 2013 Read More →
Binbin Li

Binbin Li

This is about Binbin Li.

By September 28, 2013 Read More →
Mitigating the environmental impact of oil and gas extraction in the Peruvian Amazon

Mitigating the environmental impact of oil and gas extraction in the Peruvian Amazon

The Western Amazon is a vast stretch of tropical rainforest, teeming with life found nowhere else in the world. At the confluence of four countries, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, and Brazil, it has some of the highest concentrations of biodiversity on the planet. Unfortunately, the area is also rich in oil and gas. And where conservationists […]

By May 2, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Help rebut misleading and mean-spirited anti-biodiversity Forbes article

Help rebut misleading and mean-spirited anti-biodiversity Forbes article

I’ve used this blog as a forum to highlight authors who deny the biodiversity crisis as a scam or hoax. We now have another example, unfortunately featured on the widely-read business website Forbes. I posted a plea on our Biodiversity Professionals Linkedin Group for help rebutting the article. I reiterate that plea here. Please help […]

By April 23, 2012 7 Comments Read More →
Research article in PLOS open-access science journal explains global biodiversity patterns

Research article in PLOS open-access science journal explains global biodiversity patterns

Explaining the variable distribution and abundance of species such as latitudinal gradients has been the goal of biodiversity researchers since the patterns were first described by 19th century naturalists. An important paper in the March edition of PLOS (Public Library of Science) Biology throws light on these complex global biodiversity patterns. In the PLOS paper, […]

By March 30, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
Amazon rainforest turning from a carbon sink to a source of carbon

Amazon rainforest turning from a carbon sink to a source of carbon

Often cited as the lungs of the planet, it’s well-known that the Amazon rainforest is under attrition. Agriculture, mining, urban development, hydroelectric dams and global warming each pose separate threats. It seems that the lungs are suffering from the equivalent of lung cancer or emphysema. But just how bad is it, and how bad is […]

By January 20, 2012 3 Comments Read More →
Andean birds are now at higher elevations than 40 years ago

Andean birds are now at higher elevations than 40 years ago

A recent paper published by members of The Pimm Group confirms that wildlife is being affected by increasing global temperatures. Forty years ago, ornithologist John Terborgh collected data on various bird species along an altitudinal gradient on a tropical mountain, Cerros del Sira, in Peru. In 2010, Pimm’s team returned to the same location and recorded […]

By December 24, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Climate change: “one of the most brazen scams in the history of the world”

Climate change: “one of the most brazen scams in the history of the world”

A RepublicanConservative friend of mine kindly asked for my response to a December 12 article by Jack Kelly about the lackluster negotiations in Durban on global warming. My friend thought that the report, by Jack Kelly, titled Long Faces in Durban, deserved a point-by-point response. Here is my rebuttal (lightly edited from the response I provided […]

By December 16, 2011 2 Comments Read More →
A list of biodiversity institutes is a resource for researchers

A list of biodiversity institutes is a resource for researchers

Our sister site, SavingSpecies has published a directory of biodiversity institutes around the world. The list includes 27 organizations whose primary mission is related to biodiversity and science. The list is open access for all who might benefit from a one-stop directory. The list is also available for additions and editing so that it can […]

By August 4, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
Does the word biodiversity hinder public awareness and what can we do about it?

Does the word biodiversity hinder public awareness and what can we do about it?

I recently commented on the relative stagnation in searches for the word “biodiversity” during the first three quarters of 2010 — a possible failure of the UN’s Year of Biodiversity. It’s hard to say if the lackluster performance of search results reflects lack of public interest in biodiversity. At least part of the problem may […]

By November 17, 2010 1 Comments Read More →
Save time using the biodiversity news feed on Alltop

Save time using the biodiversity news feed on Alltop

I am pleased to announce that Alltop has adopted my suggestion for a biodiversity topic feed on the site. You can now get the best biodiversity blog posts in one place. The page features the most popular stories to the top left of the listed sites, so it’s a great way to save time getting […]

By November 12, 2010 2 Comments Read More →
Linkedin group for biodiversity professionals

Linkedin group for biodiversity professionals

Biodiversity has been in the news recently (yay!). And thousands of people are actively engaged in various aspects of biodiversity (also yay!). But there are not a lot of professional networking resources specifically for folks in biodiversity careers (boo!). A lot of the social networking resources revolve around Facebook and Twitter. These are great, but […]

By November 3, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Daily Telegraph is wrong! Biodiversity is NOT a scam

Daily Telegraph is wrong! Biodiversity is NOT a scam

Blogger James Delingpole has got me mad. He wrote a post on the Daily Telegraph blog claiming that environmentalists are “ditching climate change” as a cause. Instead, he says, they are taking up biodiversity as “the new big lie.” Wrong. One big lie is that environmentalists are ditching climate change in favor of biodiversity. Anyone who […]

By October 25, 2010 3 Comments Read More →
International Year of Biodiversity 2010: Heading Towards Failure?

International Year of Biodiversity 2010: Heading Towards Failure?

On January 11 this year, the United Nations announced that 2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity (IYOB). Activists and environmentalists were delighted. We can imagine the words “about time” on their lips. Likewise, scientists were pleased. They had long wanted a higher profile for a relatively neglected area of the biological sciences. We’ve certainly […]

By September 21, 2010 3 Comments Read More →
Don’t “get” Twitter? Catch up on biodiversity news with our Biodiversity Daily online newspaper

Don’t “get” Twitter? Catch up on biodiversity news with our Biodiversity Daily online newspaper

Unless you live in a cave, you will have heard of Twitter. And many reading this will have tried out the microblog’s service. Trouble is, many who try it give up after a few “tweets.” They just don’t “get” Twitter. While Twitter has its die-hard fans (I’m one of them) it can be hard to […]

By September 17, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Losers in the skeeter wars

Losers in the skeeter wars

An article in North Dakota’s Grand Forks Herald reports that residents woke last Thursday morning to a ” jarring spectacle of dying butterflies and dragonflies on the sidewalks.” The die-off, including thousands of monarch butterflies, was brought about by routine seasonal spraying to control mosquitoes. An editorial points out, “mosquitoes are tiny and don’t show […]

By August 25, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
The best biodiversity blogs: reviews and rankings

The best biodiversity blogs: reviews and rankings

Biodiversity is in the news. 2010 is the UN Year of Biodiversity, which has done much to raise public awareness. So inevitably we are seeing more blogs dedicated to the topic. Yay! But it’s hard to sort out the wheat from the chaff. Google “biodiversity blog” (with quotes) and you get several thousand hits. Which […]

By August 19, 2010 22 Comments Read More →
Online network connects journalists with biodiversity information

Online network connects journalists with biodiversity information

Biodiversity Media Alliance is a Ning social network for media professionals who are covering biodiversity issues. The International Institute for Environment and Development, International Union for Conservation of Nature and Internews created the site to help connect journalists with sources of information about biodiversity. The site’s tagline is “Linking Journalism With the Web of Life.” According to Mike […]

By July 27, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Our beautiful Planet Earth (video)

Our beautiful Planet Earth (video)

According to the video producers: “The Secret Team has created a gift for you. This clip features our beautiful Planet Earth. As you experience this clip you will emit positive forces of energy across Planet Earth that will reach every single living thing on it. You will lift yourself, and as you lift yourself, you […]

By July 20, 2010 1 Comments Read More →
Ecological science-based environmental conservation outcomes

Ecological science-based environmental conservation outcomes

Here’s an interesting organization: Ecological Internet, Inc. We do not promote or endorse specific companies, but I thought Ecological Internet has a mission with which we can readily identify. According to their Facebook page, they “specialize in the use of the Internet to achieve ecological science-based environmental conservation outcomes.” The non-profit organization manages several large […]

By July 18, 2010 0 Comments Read More →