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Today in the Sixth Extinction

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On September 19, 2018
Here’s a “fun” visualization of seven species whose numbers are so low that they could all theoretically fit in a train car. Good job humans. And especially good job capitalism for bringing the entirety of the world’s resources into an integrated global system based on inequality that helps put the most pressure on these species. […]
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Today in the Sixth Extinction

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On February 17, 2018
In 1997, I was traveling in Sumatra and I ended up at this camp where they did orangutan rehabilitation for released into the wild. You could watch the morning feeding, where they left a bunch of fruit out and orangutans came from all over the place to eat it. It was wild and awesome. A […]

Passenger Pigeon

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On December 17, 2017

One of the most important and horrible stories of environmental degradation in the United States is the rapid decline of the passenger pigeon from perhaps the most common bird in North America to comp

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The Last Days of Megafauna

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On August 21, 2017
I don’t mean to deviate from my usual bright cheery self, but the violent death of Wayne Lotter, one of the leading conservationists in Africa fighting the poaching epidemic, reminds me that the future of all megafauna on the planet is highly endangered. The rapidly declining numbers of rhinos, elephants, lions, tigers, leopards, and basically […]

Snails!

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On August 12, 2016

I know we are are focused on the behavior on Donald Trump and no one cares about any other issue. But here’s a post devoted to a life form slightly more evolved than the Republican candidate: sn

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Pleistocene Extinctions

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On June 20, 2016
New research suggesting the decline of the American megafauna was a combination of both climate change and human hunting happening at the same time. For a long time, there’s been a debate over whether the rapid extinction of so many large American mammals was because of the warming climates after the last Ice Age that […]

Habitat Loss

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On May 6, 2016

One of the major problems facing animals in the Sixth Extinction is habitat loss. Animals with formerly large ranges see them shrink and shrink and the large ones or the migratory ones just can’

Tiger Protection

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On April 19, 2016

I guess I will try to be positive here and note that the 13 Asian nations with tigers have publicly committed to preserving tiger habitat. The less positive part of me thinks it will probably end up l

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