Tag: biodiversity

Reuters reporter discusses the extinction crisis with Stuart Pimm

Reuters reporter discusses the extinction crisis with Stuart Pimm

Reuters reporter Ben Gruber sat down with Dr. Stuart Pimm to discuss the implications of a recent paper on extinction in Science Magazine he lead-authored, published at the end of May 2014. In this recorded video story, Pimm discusses how he determined the current rate of the extinction and compared it to the extinction of [...]

By June 27, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
VIDEO: Microsoft Research’s Lucas Joppa Discusses Computational Ecology and Conservation

VIDEO: Microsoft Research’s Lucas Joppa Discusses Computational Ecology and Conservation

In a revealing interview, linked at the bottom of this post, Lucas Joppa of Microsoft Research discusses how he came to unite his passion for conservation with the tools of computational ecology to help protect the world’s biodiversity. He also details how the models he helped developed have influenced conservation decision-making, including how remote sensing, [...]

By December 29, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Yasuni at Risk: Why the World’s Most Biodiverse Rainforest Could Be Drilled

Yasuni at Risk: Why the World’s Most Biodiverse Rainforest Could Be Drilled

In this thoughtful and passionate blogpost at National Geographic online, Dr. Pimm’s colleague, Dr. Matt Finer “warns against drilling the most biodiverse rainforest on Earth”: Ecuador’s spectacular Yasuni National Park.

By October 3, 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 →
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 →
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 19 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 →
New rules for biodiversity should boost options for biological pest control

New rules for biodiversity should boost options for biological pest control

Our increasingly interconnected world is helping crop pests spread ever faster and more widely. Chemical pest controls are effective but expensive and soon become obsolete as organisms evolve resistance. Biological pest controls are a natural solution to agricultural pests that, compared with chemical pesticides, need fewer repetitive treatments, are less likely to engender resistant pest [...]

By March 6, 2010 1 Comments Read More →
Will Ecuador’s plan to raise money for not drilling oil in the Amazon succeed?

Will Ecuador’s plan to raise money for not drilling oil in the Amazon succeed?

Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park is full of wealth: it is one of the richest places on earth in terms of biodiversity; it is home to the indigenous Waorani people, as well as several uncontacted tribes; and the park’s forest and soil provides a massive carbon sink. More >

By November 5, 2009 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 →