The Way of Natural History, edited by Thomas Lowe Fleischner and published by Trinity University Press (Texas), recently came across my desk for review. The premise of the compilation is to bring together "scientists, nature writers, poets, and Zen
Both calculating how many carbon emissions are stored in forests and how this changes over time is a complicated business, but we certainly know that they are massive stores of carbon and deforestation is one of the major causes of
The saga of the gray wolves in the United States is taking a new turn. After being taken off the endangered species list earlier this year in a legislative first for the US, environmental groups have been arguing for the
In an effort to slow the spread of malaria, scientists are trying to go to the source -- not just by stopping mosquitoes, but stopping how mosquitoes reproduce. Scientists have bred a spermless male mosquito
A new study in Environmental Research Letters, looking at the first offshore wind farm in the Netherlands for the past two years, finds little negative impact on the marine ecosystem--some species benefit from the wind farm, some lose out, and some are
Continuing to simply set aside land and ocean as protected areas for wildlife won't stem the rapid biodiversity losses resulting from increasing human population and natural resource consumption. That's the sobering
We all know about Brazil's rainforests and how rapidly they're disappearing to serve every need from toilet paper to feed for pigs. However, we don't necessarily know much about Brazil's Cerrado Savannah, which is under just
NPR has a great piece on the Colorado River and how we've altered the run of "America's Nile". Including both audio and a slideshow, the news report provides a solid understanding of exactly how endangered the river is from overuse and abuse by humans.
As Wyoming and the Department of Interior thinking appropriately managing wolves means half of them should be shot on sight, a new study in Science shows just how badly unbalanced ecosystems get when apex
While polar bears are famous for living in and around the icy Arctic Circle, scientists looking into the bears' family tree found that they originated from a species of Brown Bear native to Ireland around 20,000 years ago.
Grist has an excellent article detailing the plight of Atlantic menhaden, dubbed by many as "the most important fish in the sea." While the fish are inedible to humans, they're perfect for turning into feed for aquaculture farms, poultry farms and other
There are few places on earth with as much biodiversity as Madagascar -- in fact, 615 new species have been discovered there in the last 10 years alone. And yet, there are few places facing as much risk of
Considering the recent hubbub over cucumbers infected with E. coli in Europe, it's not surprising some folks might consider more, um, technological ways to grow them. A Japanese astronaut plans to harvest
About two years ago, I was at a conference and one of the presenters brought up her idea that a significant cause of nearsightedness is the fact that so many of us spend most of the time indoors staring at computer
Barcoding seems to be the conservation concept of the day, and that goes for sparing trees from illegal logging. The latest country to use the technology is Liberia, and at least one expert thinks that barcoding trees
Back in 2009, scientists posed that we should start freezing corals in liquid nitrogen when it became clear that corals are going through extreme difficulties with pollution, the chance in the ocean's pH balance, and