Monday, May 18, 2015

A new metaphor for climate change (and other stuff, too)

Here's the best quote from this week's articles:

"The only way we’re going to save biodiversity is if we realize that we can save biodiversity."

That's a quote from shark expert Nick Dulvy, which appears the first of this week's two articles for TakePart:

Fewer Sharks Are Being Caught—and That's Not Good News

A New Kind of Artificial Reef Is Saving Fish


Then there are these two articles for Scientific American, in which I coin a new metaphor for the dangers of climate change:

Great News for Lions, Terrible News for Rhinos

Damselfly in Distress: Water Shortages and Cannabis Threaten African Insect 


That's it for this week. I'm working away on about a million, jillion other articles, some of which will appear this week, others of which won't see print until September. No matter when they appear, you can follow along at home as I post the headlines on Twitter.

See you next Monday!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Koalas, Silent Lizards and Something Fishy

Well, another Monday has come around, bringing with it my weekly list of article links. This week is once again all wildlife, all the time. Some new tech articles should be online in the next week or so.

Until then, let's start with this week's "Extinction Countdown" article for Scientific American -- a story you won't read anywhere else:

Prehistoric ‘Lizard of Great Sleepiness’ Nearly Extinct in Vietnam and China


And here are three wildlife/climate/environment articles for TakePart:

Toxic Plastic Found in the World’s Favorite Fish

China's Demand for Coal Threatens Koalas

The New Homeless: Some of the World's Rarest Animals


More next Monday. Until then, follow me on Twitter for articles links as they go live.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Rhinos, Rabbits and Invading Barbeques

Well here's a happy week of articles. There's not a positive story among them. Oh well, that's what happens when you're on the endangered species beat.

First up, two new "Extinction Countdown" articles for Scientific American:

The Last 3 Bornean Rhinos Are in a Race against Extinction

Mesquite Invasion Threatens a Unique Species in India


And next, three new wildlife/climate articles for TakePart:

Rabbits in a Stew as Climate Change Accelerates

Local Craigslist Ads Are Fueling the Slaughter of Elephants Worldwide

A Warming World Means a World Without Animals


Well, that was that. Go take a look at some Spring flowers, a kitten or a smiling baby for a few minutes to cleanse your mental palate.

I'm sure that next week will bring some more positive headlines. Follow me on Twitter for the headlines as they happen.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Whales + Bees + Radio

Hey folks, it's time for my regular Monday morning linkfest of my articles from the previous week.

This time around there's not all that much to read. Only two of my bylines appeared this week, along with one fun little extra. Let's get to the headlines:

Should Humpback Whales Be Removed from the Endangered Species List? (Scientific American)

Bees Are Getting a Buzz off Neonics, and That Could Be What’s Killing Them (TakePart)

And here's the extra: my latest appearance on the Green Divas radio show (along with an accompanying blog post):

Extinction Sucks, But You Can Make a Difference

This coming week should see a lot more of my articles -- in fact, I know it will, since at least two of them are pending publication first thing this morning. Make sure to follow me on Twitter for the latest links as they happen!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Seal Placentas, Frogs with Claws and Shy Turtles

I write about some weird, wonderful stuff.

Case in point, this week's two "Extinction Countdown" articles for Scientific American:

Critically Endangered Frog Claws Its Way toward Recovery

A New Tool for Conservation Genetics: Seal Placentas


Another case in point, this week's articles for TakePart:

Is This Turtle Too Shy to Be Saved From Extinction?

A Big Gold Mine Could Wipe Out a Tiny Endangered Critter

Say Good-Bye to Fish and Chips


This coming week should see at least one of my technology-related articles and lots more about weird wildlife. Stay tuned. Come back here next Monday or follow me on Twitter for headlines as they happen.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Monday, April 6, 2015

Zoos, Evil Chocolate, 3-D Printing, Polar Bears and Chinese Smog

Holy freakin' cow I published a lot of articles this past week -- 10 articles from five different publishers! No wonder my fingers hurt all weekend!

With so much to read, I'll skip the big preamble. Instead, I'll start you off with this week's "Extinction Countdown" articles for Scientific American:

How Zoos Acquire Endangered Species

Is Chocolate Driving Monkeys into Extinction?


Next up, three eco-themed articles for TakePart:

The Big Reason the Deepwater Horizon Disaster Is Not Over

Seafood Surprise: A Third of These Species Faces Extinction

Forget Secondhand Smoke—Start Worrying About Secondhand Smog


Sticking with wildlife, here's my second article for South Africa's Earth Touch Network:

Climate change will scramble polar bears' diets – and eggs aren’t the solution


Switching gears, my latest technology careers article came out in IEEE's The Institute this week:

Thirty-Five Percent of Engineering Jobs Now Require 3-D Printing Skills

And finally, three of my earlier articles from The Institute and Today's Engineer were revised and updated in the IEEE Spectrum 2015 New Career Guide.


That's it for this time around -- stay tuned for more next Monday! If you can't wait that long, follow me on Twitter, where I'll share the latest headlines as they happen.