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The golden age of species exploration could be now

Quentin Wheeler writes a nice piece for National Geographic on why we should spend the money and effort to discover Earth’s species — before it’s too late. If we play our cards right, the 21st century will be remembered as … Continue reading

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Some positive trends in documenting life on Earth

The world’s smallest vertebrate (Paedophryne amanuensis) was one of the new species described last year — out of an estimated 18,000. Recently, a student in my environmental legislation class approached me and asked a really good question: “Doesn’t teaching about … Continue reading

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Three questions about climate change addressed by President Obama

In this year’s State of the Union address, President Obama made some very clear statements about climate change.  Much clearer and more direct than any other U.S. President we’ve had so far.  He even addressed “three questions about climate change” … Continue reading

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Large pulses of greenhouse gases from mangroves not fully appreciated (or understood)

On climate change, a recent study warns that we are not accounting for the full cost of altering mangroves and other coastal ecosystems. If you have ever visited a mangrove, you probably traveled by water.  Mangroves are a mixed-up tangle … Continue reading

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Tiny insect continues to take down hemlock forests across eastern US

Alternate blog title: When is it time to give up on one of your favorite species? Hemlock trees in eastern North America have been hit hard by a non-native insect, the hemlock woolly adegid. I’m fond of hemlock trees and … Continue reading

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If climate change leads to more powerful storms, greater ozone depletion will likely follow.

There’s a common misconception that climate change and the depletion of our ozone layer are closely linked. Actually, one survey reveals plenty of misconceptions about climate change: “Majorities of Americans … incorrectly believe that the hole in the ozone layer, … Continue reading

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McKibben’s climate change math

Over the past few decades, Bill McKibben has been one of the more persuasive environmental writers chronicling the changes to our planet.  His recent article in Rolling Stone magazine continues his run.  The main point … we haven’t made much … Continue reading

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