The last stand for the world’s largest mangrove forest

Figure 1. Chital deer standing in mangrove swamps. Source: Wikipedia.com Bangladesh and the Indian state of West Bengal share the world’s largest contiguous mangrove forest, the Sundarbans, one of the Indian sub-continent’s most biodiverse ecosystems. Historically, emblematic Asian species, such as the Javan rhinoceros and leopards roamed the area, but they became locally extinct primarily due to human... Continue Reading →

Plant Based Diets – Fad or Frontier?

Everyone’s doing it. Lewis Hamilton, Liam Hemsworth, Bill Clinton.  Veganism is on the rise. Leonardo DiCaprio is even investing his money in Beyond Meat – A company creating plant based alternatives to animal proteins. Plant based diets are becoming a social phenomenon as veganism and vegetarianism have reached a new cultural salience. There has been... Continue Reading →

The Ghost of Winters Past

Tweeted @Vailmtn Resort on January 25th. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows’ Facebook page professed on January 24th, “Over 7 feet of snow in 5 days leads to a whole lot of powder. The skies will be clearing up this week, so don’t miss bluebird days and all-time conditions.” @Jacksonhole Mountain Resort posts pow shots on Instagram. Whistlerblackcomb.com simply states... Continue Reading →

Designing the reefs for the future

Of the world’s ecosystems, coral reefs are expected to be the first to experience the repercussions of a changing climate. As images show, coral reefs are already under severe stress by a swiftly heating planet. Corals only thrive in very specific environmental conditions, and when temperature rises by just a little, the coral expels its... Continue Reading →

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