Category Archives: Biodiversity

The first peeps of spring

Tweet It happens gradually, of course, so there is no bright line that marks the beginning of the new year.  Crocuses come up through the snow sometimes, long before anyone else would say it is spring.  Daffodils are in full … Continue reading

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The promise of biofuels: a lot of hot air?

Tweet I suppose we should have known it was all too good to be true.  What could be wrong with using plants for fuel?  They take carbon out of the air, so burning them up in the tank just puts … Continue reading

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The new flight from Eden

Tweet Fresh air, wildlife, purple mountains’ majesty.  This country’s national parks have long been considered a jewel in the crown of American democracy — all accessible to anyone for a nominal charge or even for free.  And ever since ol’ Teddy … Continue reading

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Carnival of the Blue 9

Tweet . . . is now online.  Check it out at The Other 95%.  Among the usual intriguing flotsam, Kevin calls upon all ocean bloggers to use the power of the proverbial pen in 2008 to dedicate their writing to … Continue reading

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Irie

Tweet [Editor’s note: Spent the last week in Jamaica, stalking the elusive social shrimp for an ongoing biogeographic study supported by the National Geographic Society.  “Irie” is a Jamaican, and more specifically Rastafarian, general purpose word that is said to … Continue reading

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The green green roofs of home

Tweet If you were an alien arriving on earth for a visit, what would you see?  If you came in over one of the mega-cities that increasingly cover the earth’s surface, roughly a third of your field of view would … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Natural Patriot!

Tweet Dear friends, colleagues, family members, sparring partners, lost souls, and passers-by, I am proud to say that, as of this day, the Natural Patriot has survived its first perilous year in this world (I’m referring to the blog, not myself.  … Continue reading

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Biofuels and sustainability: the pros weigh in

Tweet The Ecological Society of America, the Nation’s leading body of professional ecological scientists (of which I am a proud member), has released a position statement on biofuels sustainability.  The full text is here.  Because these are highly important issues … Continue reading

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The future of auto fuel is green . . . and slimy?

Tweet Not so long ago, biofuels seemed like the holy grail we’d all been looking for.  After the euphoria came the hangover, including a pounding headache about the side-effects of cultivating corn and oil palm. And now we’re faced with … Continue reading

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Carnival of the Blue 8

Tweet . . . is now online at “I’m a Chordata, Urochordata“.  Lots of food, sex, death, and more — what’s not to like?!  The history of the COB is written there, including last months’s episode, proudly hosted here by … Continue reading

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