“This decision is a terrible blow to efforts to forestall the spread of this wildlife epidemic to the West,” “It’s extremely short-sighted, giving priority to the recreational interests of a small group of people over the survival of western bats, and it ignores all the benefits insect-eating bats provide to the rest of us, including farmers who depend on bats to save them millions of dollars in additional costs by containing crop pests.”
"West Nile Virus has been a problem locally and you know the bats are one of the natural mechanisms for keeping that under control because they eat the mosquitoes that pass along that disease," says UTC Biology professor Tim Gaudin.
In only a few years, logging and agribusiness have cut Indonesia's vast rainforest by half
Eileen Smith Anglin's insight:
From RAN:" We try to post the most inspiring stuff we can find about our work, and once in a while that inspiration takes the form of urgency and tragedy. This is one of the most alarming and compelling pieces we've ever seen on forest issues."
If one third of the delegates vote to reopen the debate, the shark proposal could go belly-up. Why might that happen?
Eileen Smith Anglin's insight:
"Shark protection could go belly-up!! Japanese and Chinese delegates are applying intense pressure (read: $) on certain poor countries in Africa and elsewhere to reverse their votes. Japan always does this, bribing countries with aid packages or even individual delegates with cash"
It's easy to think that flowers don't communicate with each other, well at least not in the traditional sense, but new a new discovery shows that electric fields allow them to communicate with bumblebees and possibly other species, as well as with...
The world's oceans face a mounting crisis of abuse and overuse--but you can help! Just by taking small, common-sense steps that reduce your impact, you join a growing movement of ocean awareness that's good for ocean....and good for you.This week's tip:
Pass on wild shrimp. All wild shrimp, regardless of its country of origin, is caught using fishing gear called bottom trawling that consists of weighted nets dragged along the ocean floor that catch, ensnare, topple, or drown everything in their path. Juvenile fishes are damaged, corals are bulldozed, and baby sea turtles drowned every day in shrimp trawls.
Bonobos display consolation behavior, a sign of sensitivity to the emotions of others and the ability to take the perspective of another.
Comforting a friend or relative in distress may be a more hard-wired behavior than previously thought, according to a new study of bonobos, which are great apes known for their empathy and close relation to humans and chimpanzees. This provides key evolutionary insight into how critical social skills may develop in humans. The results were published by the journal PLOS One.
Researchers from the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University, observed juvenile bonobos at the Lola ya Bonobo sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of Congo engaging in consolation behavior more than their adult counterparts. Juvenile bonobos (3 to 7 years old) are equivalent in age to preschool or elementary school-aged children.
As I was planting my seasonal crop of tomatoes last month, a good friend (and my personal gardening guru) informed me that they liked their leaves rubbed, like petting a pet's ears, which I received with equal parts astonishment, amusement, and...