Monthly Archives: January 2015

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video from the USA says about itself:

Habitat Earth Trailer | California Academy of Sciences

13 January 2015

Discover what it means to live in today’s connected world with Habitat Earth, a new planetarium show at the California Academy of Sciences. Narrated by Frances McDormand, Habitat Earth uses cutting-edge science visualization to take you on an immersive, non-stop journey through Earth’s intricate living systems.

Dive with sea otters, explore the life forms hidden within soil, and migrate through the oceans with whales—all from within the world’s largest all digital planetarium dome. Opens January 16, 2015. Get tickets

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The Extinction Protocol

Mystery Booms
January 2015OKLAHOMA A spate of mysterious booms that has been shaking central Oklahoma returned for a second day Friday, again rattling houses and frightening livestock. Oklahoma Geological Survey research seismologist Austin Holland said a series of booms, much like a sonic boom, rattled the Norman area starting at 11:19 a.m. Friday. Numerous others had been reported Thursday in the same area at about the same time. Friday’s booms weren’t “quite as frequent” as Thursday’s, Holland said. “It’s quite interesting.” The windows of Anthony Young’s home in the town that’s the outskirts of Oklahoma City rattled. “We thought some nut was out here, you know, with explosives,” Young told KOCO-TV. “It sounded like thunder, you could feel the ground shake, but it was nothing like an earthquake” Both Holland and National Weather Service meteorologist Matthew Day didn’t have an explanation for the booms.
No earthquakes have been recorded…

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GarryRogers Nature Conservation

1-20040711-0407__2143Across Australia – and the world – the future of large old trees is bleak and yet large trees support many species such as birds and small mammals, says Mr Darren Le Roux, a PhD student at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions… Source:

GR:  Urban forests are islands of extreme diversity. They include many species of native and exotic trees planted in yards and along streets. The trees offer varied habitat for many arboreal wildlife species. But as they grow, they threaten homes, power lines, sidewalks, and streets. As indicated by the student’s research reported in this article, urban residents and city planners undervalue the wildlife habitat provided by the trees.  Alternatives to pruning and removal are rarely considered.  In many cities, people burn or inter in garbage dumps the branches or trunks of trees that are pruned or removed.  We should pile such materials in…

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map1 Ecological Tapestry of the World / ESRI and USGS

A new, free, web-based tool from the US Geological Survey (USGS) and ESRI allows us to gain a better understanding of the ecological character of any place in the world. As the team explains, the web site can be used by everyone — from local government officials and planners to landscape architects and conservationists — to visualize the world’s complex ecological patterns. This also means in the future the tool can be used to map the impacts of climate change and development on ecosystems over time.

According to Randy Vaughan, ESRI, an enormous amount of science (and data) went into creating the tool. “The globe was divided in cells at a base resolution of 250 meters.” Each cell was then assigned input layers of data that “drive ecological processes.”

When users search for any place in the world, they see a…

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GarryRogers Nature Conservation

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A wolverine appears to be thriving in the northern Sierra Nevada seven years after being confirmed as the first one in California since 1922, researchers said.  More than two dozen documented sightings of the solitary predator…  Source:

GR:  With only a few hundred individuals in the lower 48 states, the North American wolverine is a perfect candidate for protection under the Endangered Species Act.  Why did efforts to protect the species fail?  Could it be that protection of such a wide-ranging animal would be inconvenient from a human point of view?  It appears that we only protect species when it is convenient, that is, it does not interfere with resource harvest, growth, and development (i.e. progress).

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Good news from Europe…

GarryRogers Nature Conservation

(Photo: David Fettes/Getty Images)

“There’s always plenty of reason to get depressed about the prospects for wildlife at the start of the New Year.  Environmentalists were, for instance, unable to stop last weekend’s predator hunting derby by Idaho’s abundant population of anti-wolf idiots.  But there’s good news, too: They didn’t kill any.  (In fact, it took the sound and fury of 125 hunters to shoot just 30 coyotes).

Better still, a study published last month in the journal Science reported that even if the Idaho effete tremble at the idea of living with their native predators, Europe is handling them just fine.  In fact, the continent that gave us “Little Red Riding Hood” and “the Big Bad Wolf,” is now home to twice as many wolves as the contiguous United States, despite being half the size and more than twice as densely populated.


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news from (and about) the trees

First up: Christmas Trees Get a Second Life as Plant Food During New York City’s annual MulchFest Recycling Program January 10-11. So get out there today and tomorrow, New Yorkers!!

Daniel Avila

and … Maine Farm Feeding Goats Discarded Christmas Trees


These stories and more can be found at my website.

And about the Environment in General:India’s Prime Minister Modi’s government just targeted $100 billion worth of investments to support reaching the ambitious goal of installing 100 gigawatts of solar energy by 2022


New York City set to Ban Enviromentally Troublesome Polystyrene Foam Coffee Cups and Food Containers – a Victory for Cleaner Streets, Parks and Waterways


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The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the contentious Keystone XL pipeline project.  The Senate will take up the bill next week where it is expected to have bipartisan support and be approved without much difficulty.  President Obama has said he would veto the bill.  Congressional Republicans have been working to secure enough votes from Democrats in order to override a presidential veto, it necessary.

Daily Kos reported that 28 Democrats in the House voted for the measure with two more not in attendance who probably would have also voted to approve it.  The final count was 266-153 with 1 Republican voting ‘present,’ 3 others who didn’t vote, and none who voted ‘no.’  12 members were not in attendance (4 Republicans, 8 Democrats).

Assuming that no one would switch their vote in an attempt to override a veto (admittedly a big “if”), Republicans would…

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Dear Kitty. Some blog

A sailor cuts the entangled seal's rope, photo by Bert Meerstra

Translated from Ecomare museum on Texel island in the Netherlands:

Seal freed from rope – 09-01-15

It was a resolute action by the crew of the ship Krukel. They managed to free a young harbour seal of a rope which had got stuck around its neck. Despite the fact that the rope was pretty tight the seal was not injured, allowing them to release it immediately after cutting the rope. This time things went well but unfortunately waste at sea frequently produces problems for wild animals.

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