Things related to the web of life; ecology; wildlife; endangered species

May 13, 2012 to May 19, 2012

International Conference on Degrowth in the Americas

The International Conference on Degrowth in the Americas is part of an ongoing degrowth discussion, including conferences held in Paris (2008) and Barcelona (2010), and another to be held in Venice in September 2012 which present opportunities for learning how to avert ecological collapse while enhancing social justice and improving life’s prospects.


Tap the Encyclopedia of Life's Vast Reservoir of Knowledge

From the latest issue of SEJ's biweekly TipSheet: EOL, which is searchable by both common and scientific terms, has vastly expanded its content since its launch in 2008 and now provides extensive nitty-gritty on about half of all described species, as laid out in more than 950,000 pages and more than 760,000 images.

SEJ Publication Types: 
Topics on the Beat: 

"Fungus Killing More Bats Than Previously Thought"

"Federal researchers say an infectious and lethal cold-loving fungus sweeping through parts of North America and Canada has killed millions more bats over the last five years than previously estimated.

The rapidly spreading fungus responsible for white-nose syndrome is now believed to have killed 5.7 million to 6.7 million bats, a count several times higher than earlier estimates, across 16 states as far west as Oklahoma.

Source: LA Times, 01/18/2012

"U.S. To Announce Ban on Python Imports"

"The United States is poised to formally and finally ban that slithering scourge of the Everglades, the Burmese python. U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who has championed the ban, is expected to make the announcement Tuesday morning during a press conference at a flood control pumping station off Tamiami Trail in the Everglades — a spot that is pretty much ground zero for a giant exotic constrictor that has become one of the nation’s most notorious invasive species."

Source: Miami Herald, 01/17/2012

"Voracious Demand Threatens Manta and Mobula Rays"

"A few years ago, something surprising began turning up in Asia’s fish markets: the gill rakers of manta and mobula rays."

"Shawn Heinrichs and Paul Hilton, photographers who have been monitoring the international soaring trade in shark fins, decided to find out what was going on. The appearance of those creatures in the markets “came as a real shock to us,” Mr. Heinrichs said by phone from Indonesia. “They don’t even taste good, so what was the reason?”

Source: Green/NYT, 01/17/2012


Subscribe to RSS - Biodiversity