Category Archives: Diversity Loss

The Tragedy of the Bat

By David L. Brown Bats have always gotten a bum rap. These furry little flying creatures have been associated with vampires, witches and ghouls for generations, and they’re the first to be blamed for rabies and other diseases. In fact, … Continue reading

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Sushi — Or Not Sushi? That Is the Question

By David L. Brown How can we tell when a species is endangered? One clue is when people are willing to pay an arm and a leg to eat the unfortunate few remaining members. Recently a 511 lb. northern bluefin … Continue reading

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Rock Meeting Hard Place On Extinction Express

By David L. Brown The evidence continues to mount that the Earth is entering into a mass extinction event that could dwarf even the one that ended the age of dinosaurs. One of the most ominous clues is the widespread … Continue reading

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Catch 22 and the Polar Bear’s Dilemma

By David L. Brown It’s official — the U.S. Department of the Interior has added the polar bear to the list of endangered species. The story is here on the N.Y. Times news site, which reports: …the long-delayed decision to … Continue reading

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Where Have the Bees and Butterflies Gone?

By David L. Brown When I was a child in post-World War II America we had no videogames or even television, and like many others at that time I collected butterflies. Many times I would go forth with my net … Continue reading

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Oceans Dying Under CO2 Siege

by Val Germann Climate change on the Earth’s land masses, as bad as it may turn out to be, is only one likely effect of the recent and gigantic increases in atmospheric CO2. The Earth’s oceans, too, are feeling the … Continue reading

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Alien Invaders Taking Over Everglades

By David L. Brown So, shall we kiss the bio-diverse Everglades goodbye? Probably, thanks to an invasion of Burmese python snakes that grow up to 26 feet long and are rapidly multiplying. There are now several thousand of these happy … Continue reading

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Gorillas on the Brink

by Val Germann From the BBC this morning comes some bad news that many people had been expecting, though perhaps not so soon: the gorillas of Africa, under increasing pressure from habitat destruction and human predation, are now rapidly approaching extinction.  The final blow, … Continue reading

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An Incredible Story the Press Never Noticed

By David L. Brown What if a four-year project by “the world”s top biologists” to study the subject of biodiversity loss revealed that the threat of imminent extinction was hanging over 12 percent of all mammals, 23 percent of all … Continue reading

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Missouri Tigers, Real Tigers, facing Extinction?

by Val Germann The last twenty years or so have been pretty tough on Missouri Tiger sports fans. In general, our University of Missouri “revenue” teams (that’s what they call football and basketball) have not done well, and the athletic … Continue reading

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