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28 fallacies about the Fukushima nuclear disaster’s effect on the US West Coast

Conservation, Environmentalism, marine science, Natural Science, oceanography, ScienceOctober 29, 2013

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is back in the news, with recent reports of continued leaks. Coming on the heels of these new reports is a viral blog post entitled 28 Signs That The West Coast Is Being Absolutely Fried With Nuclear Radiation From Fukushima. The article is a paranoid, poorly reasoned attempt to […]

Namibian Government Announces 18-month Moratorium on Seabed Mining

Conservation, deep sea, Environmentalism, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceSeptember 24, 2013

Good news came out of Namibia last night, as the government declared an 18-month moratorium on all experimental seabed mining in Namibian waters, pending a more comprehensive environmental impact assessment. Pressure from both environmental groups and the fishing industry ultimately led to this decision. Both sets of stakeholders, as well as scientists and members of […]

Making Your Donations Count: 5 simple guidelines for selecting conservation organizations to support

Conservation, EnvironmentalismMay 21, 2013

Every year, the number of non-governmental organizations (NGO’s for short) committed to reducing climate change, saving the ocean, developing alternative energy sources, cutting down plastic use, not cutting down forests, or myriad other worthy causes, grows. Many of these organizations are staffed by committed, hard-working environmentally minded advocates struggling to make a difference. But, with […]

Establishing Best Practices to Minimize Waste in a Conservation Genetics Lab

Conservation, Core Themes for 2012, Environmentalism, Focus on Nuance, Life in the Lab, Science, SustainabilityNovember 14, 2012

I am, among other things, a conservation geneticist. What that means is that I use the tools of molecular ecology and population genetics to make observations about species and populations in at-risk ecosystems, assess the status of anthropogenically disturbed populations, and generate data that has direct applications to conservation and management issues. Essentially, the only […]

Climate Change Anecdotes Volume 1: Sea Ice and Nuclear Reactors

Environmentalism, ScienceAugust 28, 2012

anecdote  noun. 1. a short account of a particular incident or event, especiallyof an interesting or amusing nature. 2. a short, obscure historical or biographical account. Dictionary.com Climate Change noun. A change of climate which is attributed directly or indirectly to human activity that alters the composition of the global atmosphere and which is in […]

Understanding Sea Level Rise: Why a linear extrapolation is the least reasonable predictor of future changes

climate change, Conservation, Environmentalism, Natural Science, ScienceJune 14, 2012

The Division of Coastal Management shall be the only State agency authorized to develop rates of sea-level rise and shall do so only at the request of the Commission. These rates shall only be determined using historical data, and these data shall be limited to the time period following the year 1900. Rates of sea-level […]

Carnivorous plants respond to increased soil nitrogen, eco-news websites completely miss the point

biology, Core Themes for 2012, ecology, Environmentalism, Focus on Nuance, Natural Science, ScienceJune 10, 2012

Late last week, inspired by our newly flowering Venus Flytraps, I posted pictures of Amy and my carnivorous plant collection on twitter and on the Southern Fried Science Facebook page. After David’s recent post on a nurse shark that underwent major dietary changes following traumatic surgery and captivity, our wonderful readers must have been on high […]

False Fish, Pink Slime, and Dactylopius frappucoccus: food supply, food choices, and establishing a personal food ethic

Core Themes for 2012, Environmentalism, Focus on Nuance, SustainabilityMay 21, 2012

Food is a tricky. For some people, food choice is an essential component of cultural heritage and national identity. For others, food choice is a statement of philosophical or moral principles. For many, being able to reject food is an unobtainable luxury. One thing is certain: food is so central to the human experience that when we […]

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