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Being a good scientist and a good human: thoughts on teaching during Trump

Encourage students to read news dispassionately, but identify morally objectionable behaviors.<p>I've been teaching American politics at the collegiate level for nearly two decades. Entering the classroom this fall will be unlike previous semesters. The Trump presidency is unprecedented in many ways, …

Teaching

Climate change did not “cause” Harvey, but it’s a huge part of the story

9 things we can say about Harvey and climate.<p>Several people have written some version of “what you can say about Hurricane Harvey and climate change” in the past few days. I’ll link to some of them below.<p>But I think they are all saying too little. There’s much more to say, so much more! In fact, …

Climate Change

Check out Google’s solar eclipse megamovie assembled from more than 34,000 images of the eclipse

The images, which were taken by amateur scientists across the U.S., were stitched together algorithmically to reveal an extended look at the sun’s atmosphere as the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse passed over the country.<p>MG

Solar Eclipse

As climate change warms the Northeast, some snowshoe hares stay brown all year

Snowshoe hares have adapted to warmer winters — but it’s unclear if they can change as fast the climate<p>This article was originally published on The Conversation.<p>The quintessential image of a snowshoe hare (<i>Lepus americanus</i>) is a pure white bunny — although it is a hare, not a rabbit– nestled in …

Climate Change

There Are only 7,000 Cheetahs Left in the Wild – Here’s How You Can Protect Them

The biodiversity of our planet is suffering tremendously due to several factors caused by human population growth, including habitat loss from the …

Wildlife

British Army Gurkha 'super-tracker' hunting poachers in Gabon to save last remaining elephants

Picking through dense jungle, rarely snapping a twig or bending a blade of grass, the British Army’s “super tracker” silently moves inches closer to a poachers camp, knowing a single sound could draw the attention of ruthless killers armed with AK47s and grenade launchers.<p>Corporal Gyanendra Rai, …

Wildlife

Six illegal wildlife smuggling photos that show the grim reality of this crime

<b>Moscow:</b> Customs officials seized eight rare and endangered gyrfalcons from a passenger who attempted to smuggle them out of Russia in duffle bags. …

Wildlife

Kenya brings in world's toughest plastic bag ban: four years jail or $40,000 fine

Producing, selling and using plastic bags becomes illegal as officials say they want to target manufacturers and sellers first<p>Kenyans producing, selling or even using plastic bags will risk imprisonment of up to four years or fines of $40,000 (£31,000) from Monday, as the world’s toughest law aimed …

Africa

Under pressure: the story behind China's ivory ban

This year, China’s government enacted a ban on ivory sales and started closing down carving workshops, despite ivory carving being seen as an ‘intangible cultural heritage’. How did such an astonishing U-turn come about?<p>For years Chinese government officials were followed around the world, at every …

Wildlife

South Africa’s first online rhino horn auction ends in risky impasse

Private rhino horn owner John Hume recently held South Africa’s first online rhino horn auction, a major event in the ongoing fight by private rhino …

Wildlife

Fantastic beasts and why to 'conserve' them

Beliefs in magical creatures can impact the protection of biodiversity and the field of conservation needs to consider them seriously, researchers …

Fantastic Beasts

10 Ways You Can Help Restore the Balance of Nature

01<p>of 11<p>Here's How You Can Help Restore the Balance of Nature<p>In the face of species loss and habitat destruction, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and …

Wildlife

A Teen Bought a Tiger on the Streets for $300 … and There Are Less Than 4,000 Left in the Wild

It’s happened <i>again</i>. Recently, an 18-year-old from California <i>bought</i> a baby Bengal tiger on the streets of Tijuana, Mexico for $300 and then tried to …

United States

Online startup Crowd Cow wants to disrupt the meat market. The stakes have never been higher.

The website allows you and your friends to buy parts of cow from small, local, independent ranchers<p>When your family owns a Montana cattle ranch, it seems like selling beef to a friend should be easy enough. David Balatero, an old boyfriend’s bandmate, wanted good meat from a small ranch, and he …

Agriculture

The eco guide to zero wasters

The zero-waste revolution has been postponed, except on Instagram. But there are some constructive steps to be taken<p>I’ve been hearing about a “zero waste” world for half my life. What would it look like? It would be rubbish-free for starters, no more single-use plastic being shovelled into …

Sustainability

What Does the Future of Residential Solar Look Like? -- The Motley Fool

The winners of the past in residential solar may not win the future.<p>The solar industry in 2020 won't look much like the solar industry did in 2015. …

Stocks

How farmers convinced scientists to take climate change seriously

The path of Harvey’s destruction cut through some of the rural communities least likely to believe in human-caused climate change. But not long ago, these very same rural communities contained the most fervent believers of the link between human activity and extreme weather. What …

Climate Change

The biggest divide on climate change is among the most highly educated

Many people concerned about climate change assume that eventually, the growing weight of facts will persuade those who dismiss humans’ role in the problem to think again. Surely, the theory goes, the plentiful evidence will eventually make any naysayer understand the severity of the situation.<p>But …

Climate

Stop treating science denial like a disease

Turning the rejection of scientific expertise into a pathology mistakenly presents individual ignorance as the bottleneck in political disagreements<p>The elevation of science to a central theme in American politics is an extraordinary development in the co-evolution of science and society. Three …

Scientific Research

How the Chicken Industry Got Hooked on Antibiotics

Now that drugs have transformed chicken farming, is there any way to escape their dangerous cost?<p>Chicken is such a mainstay of the contemporary American dinner table that it seems hard to imagine that, just a century ago, it was rare and expensive. But over the course of the 20th century, both …

Antibiotics

Animals Need Commute Routes in Human Habitats

Nonhuman species are facing a loss of connectivity that threatens their daily and seasonal movements.<p>To get from his house on the eastern side of the St. Lawrence River to his lab at Montreal’s McGill University on the flanks of the city’s namesake Mount Royal, Andrew Gonzalez has an easy commute. …

Ecology

How Climate Change Canceled the Grizzly Salmon Run

On an Alaskan island, one of nature’s greatest spectacles is shutting down, as brown bears abandon fish in favor of a surprising alternative.<p>In the summer of 2014, William Deacy and Jonathan Armstrong returned to Kodiak Island, Alaska—a place where the world’s biggest grizzly bears gather to gorge …

Nature

How the March for Science Finally Found Its Voice

After a quiet start, the demonstrators grew louder as they drew closer to Capitol Hill—mirroring the long arc of the protest itself.<p>WASHINGTON, D.C.—They marched for science, and at first, they did so quietly. On Saturday, as thousands of people started streaming eastward from the Washington …

March for Science

A Not-So-Silent Spring

Even America’s protected areas are being subjected to harmful levels of noise pollution.<p><i>Updated on 5 May 2017</i><p>If a tree falls in the forest, and there’s no one around, the National Park Service will still hear it.<p>For the past decade, staff at the NPS have been lugging recording equipment into almost …

Ecology