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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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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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Moth quietly meets demise by fungus

Creepy, fascinating, and just plain “wow-inspiring”, fungi that can control the behavior of insects are an incredible story from the files of evolution.  This moth likely met the end of its life at the hand (or mycelium?) of a Cordyceps … 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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How birds are like islands (for lice)

Researchers document a new example of convergent evolution in bird lice. In terms of evolution, islands are special.  The Galapagos Islands played a central role in the development of Darwin’s ideas on natural selection.  Alfred Wallace found the same inspiration … 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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Globalization is leading to greater biodiversity … in many regions, temporarily.

Most headlines about biodiversity follow the same storylines:  Species are going extinct at an incredible rate.   We are in the middle of the Earth’s sixth extinction event.  The number of endangered species keeps growing because of habitat loss and … Continue reading

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