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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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While driving in eastern Oregon the other day, I saw a bald eagle. And it was great. I’ve seen them before, but it’s always a treat. And as an environmental historian (which is my actual professional training, not labor history), I am always reminded how close this wonderful creature came to extinction. But do you […]

The Wages of Mining

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On December 8, 2016

In 1985, I took the first trip of my life. We drove from Oregon to Minnesota for a family reunion. For me, at that age, this was exciting. As we drove east on I-90, we stopped in Butte, Montana. There

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Kill the Feral Cats (II)

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On November 6, 2016
This is Smitty. He’s a very cute cat who adopted my wife. He was a wild cat who decided he would like to be around people. Nonetheless, here are more reasons to have an official program to kill feral cats. It’s “goodbye, cats” and “hello, chicks” thanks to a newly completed fence on Hawaii Island […]

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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Octopus!

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On May 26, 2016
It seems that the octopi may be allying with the cats, jellyfish, and apes to declare war on the human race. So, why are cephalopods kicking butt when pretty much everything else in the oceans is dying? Doubleday and her co-authors are still investigating, but they suspect it has to do with rapid population turnover […]

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’

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