Politics

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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
Help stop trade in conflict minerals

Help stop trade in conflict minerals

You’ve probably heard of blood diamonds, which fund armed conflict in mostly poor and underdeveloped parts of these worlds. Blood diamonds are part of a larger market in conflict minerals. These similarly rare and valuable commodities are mined by corrupt governments or marginal paramilitary organizations to fuel ongoing military operations and weapons purchases. Besides enslavement, [...]

By June 24, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Suit Seeks to Protect 70,000 Additional Acres for Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow

Suit Seeks to Protect 70,000 Additional Acres for Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and Florida Biodiversity Project filed suit today to obtain a larger protected area for the highly endangered Cape Sable seaside sparrow by reversing a Bush-era decision that struck down 70,000 acres of critical habitat identified by scientists as essential for the survival of the rare songbird. The lawsuit is [...]

By September 10, 2009 0 Comments Read More →
Biologists Call on Obama Administration to Overturn Bush Rules That Cut Science Out of Endangered Species Decisions

Biologists Call on Obama Administration to Overturn Bush Rules That Cut Science Out of Endangered Species Decisions

WASHINGTON – April 27 – More than 1,300 federal and independent scientists with biological expertise and three leading scientific societies today called on the Interior and Commerce departments to overturn rule changes made in January that weaken the scientific foundation of the Endangered Species Act. In a letter, the scientists urged the department secretaries to [...]

By April 27, 2009 Read More →
Pushing back the NBAF

Pushing back the NBAF

National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility The proposed National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) would research high-consequence biological threats involving zoonotic (i.e., transmitted from animals to humans) and foreign animal diseases. It would allow basic research; diagnostic development, testing and validation; advanced countermeasure development; and training for high-consequence livestock diseases. And best of all, it will [...]

By August 1, 2008 0 Comments Read More →
Diebold Accidentally Leaks Results Of 2008 Election Early

Diebold Accidentally Leaks Results Of 2008 Election Early

Diebold Accidentally Leaks Results Of 2008 Election Early

Sometimes you really have to ask, “Can they be serious?”

Sometimes you really have to ask, “Can they be serious?”

  Tensions are running high. Environmental issue? Yes. Social issue? Yes. Financial issue? Yes. Bad idea? Duh. Who wouldn’t want a chemical lab for testing some of the deadliest and most incurable diseases known to man just down the road from their homes – our homes? The apparent tide of “official” support for the proposed [...]

By February 18, 2008 0 Comments Read More →
As we head into Super Tuesday

As we head into Super Tuesday

Stuart Hurlbert Presidential Candidates 2008 and The Environment (PDF) presents information allowing comparisons among candidates as well as comparison of their records with those of the “Fantastic Fifteen”, the 15 members of Congress who got the highest overall environmental scores in our 2006 analysis of environmental voting records. As in our earlier analyses, it is [...]

By February 4, 2008 0 Comments Read More →
Science Debate 2008

Science Debate 2008

“Science Debate 2008,” launched today by a group of concerned citizens, is calling for a Presidential Debate on Science and Technology policy. Science Debate 2008 already has the support of almost sixty eminent scientists (including 11 Nobel laureates), business leaders, journalists and editors (including the editors in chief of both Science and Scientific American), politicians [...]

By December 13, 2007 0 Comments Read More →
Peter Gleick Reports on a Looming Water Crisis

Peter Gleick Reports on a Looming Water Crisis

David Hawxhurst The BBC dubbed Peter Gleick an environmental visionary for his work on water issues. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Fresh Air from WHYY, November 27, 2007 · A MacArthur Fellow and co-founder of the Pacific Institute, Peter Gleick runs one of the nation’s leading water-conservation assessment centers. The institute’s biennial report, The [...]

By November 30, 2007 0 Comments Read More →
Looks Like Saying Conservation isn’t Enough

Looks Like Saying Conservation isn’t Enough

Some of billionaire Ted Turner’s land in Mullen, Neb., is seen in a June 26, 2007 photo. Turner owns the largest buffalo herd in the country, many of them on the 425,000 acres he owns in Nebraska. Turner, who made a fortune and a name for himself by founding CNN, has amassed 2 million acres [...]

By November 29, 2007 1 Comments Read More →
The Fight of Thomas Linzey

The Fight of Thomas Linzey

Thomas Linzey has stated that this country has never really had an environmental movement, because movements drive rights. Agencies like the EPA are designed to regulate environmentalists, not corporations. After nearly a 100 years of a growing environmental movement, things have steadily gotten worse inspite of having more people involved, more environmental organizations, more money [...]

By November 28, 2007 1 Comments Read More →
Why not better, not bigger, not this?

Why not better, not bigger, not this?

This Orange County, Calif., Water District plant will purify sewer water to feed drinking water supplies, but not directly to the tap. It used to be so final: flush the toilet, and waste be gone. But on Nov. 30, for millions of people here in Orange County, pulling the lever will be the start of [...]

By November 28, 2007 0 Comments Read More →
Newt Gingrich Jumps on the Save the Earth Bandwagon

Newt Gingrich Jumps on the Save the Earth Bandwagon

Alex Scholz Former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, has just coauthored a book on the environment, A Contract with the Earth, with former zoo CEO Terry Maple, forwarded by the venerable Harvard biologist, E.O. Wilson. One might quibble about the strength or Newt Gingrich’s environmental record, still, I like to give people the benefit [...]

By November 21, 2007 0 Comments Read More →
Global panel releases final report on climate change

Global panel releases final report on climate change

The IPCC has released its final synthesis report of the 4th assessment, summarizing 20 years of effort to understand climate change. The future looks tough, but solutions are available if we can find the leadership to implement them. BBC news report

By November 18, 2007 0 Comments Read More →
Bhadra Relief Package Declared the Best

Bhadra Relief Package Declared the Best

Alladi Jayasri – India’s National Newspaper The Hindu covers Krithi K. Karanth’s work in India CRYING FOR A BETTER DEAL: A good relocation package for forest dwellers to save the tigers from the man-animal conflicts. BANGALORE: The relocation of forest dwellers from tiger reserves is increasingly being considered the best option for conservation of the [...]

By November 16, 2007 0 Comments Read More →
FWS Tacitly Accepts Massive Damage to Everglades

FWS Tacitly Accepts Massive Damage to Everglades

Stuart L. Pimm Background Since 1993, water managers have dumped historically unprecedented amounts of water into the western part of the Everglades — and not the East, which is the natural flow path. In doing so, they have destroyed the natural vegetation over nearly 1000 square kilometers in the West, leaving the eastern Everglades too [...]

By November 13, 2007 0 Comments Read More →