February 9, 2004
I am heading down to Honduras and Panama for some time in the rainforest and a little surfing. I will be back in early March.
One of the places I will be visiting in Honduras is mentioned in a BBC article on cloud forests. The article notes "The cloud forests of La Tigra National Park in Honduras provide over 40% of the water for the 850,000 people living in the capital, Tegucigalpa." [more]
Finally, Monarchs in Mexico are still threatened by illegal deforestation. [more]
February 8, 2004
The 1918 flu that killed 20 million people appears to be
more birdlike than previously thought, according to findings by U.S. and
British researchers that could help explain why it was the deadliest influenza
strain ever recorded. [more]
February 7, 2004
A species of monkey thought likely to be extinct may still be alive in West Africa. While the Miss Waldron's red colobus monkey was declared likely extinct in 2000 due to habitat loss and poaching, there have been unconfirmed sightings of the primate in recent months. [more]
February 6, 2004
A press release last week proclaimed "Breakthrough Offers Worldwide Solution to Global Warming." Dr. Holcomb -- an assistant professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine -- announced a new technology that "permanently splits the molecular structure of carbon dioxide into its basic elements - carbon and oxygen." The press releas continues "This proprietary technology uses a patented and patent pending closed loop system that burns any fossil or carbon based fuel with zero harmful emissions. These fuels include coal, oil, gas, and any biomass including waste and landfills. A significant byproduct of this process is carbon black, which is used in the production of tires, printing ink, and as a pigment for plastics."
February 5, 2004
Two environmental groups have accused Malaysia of illegally selling millions of dollars of Indonesian hardwood to China where it is turned into baby cribs, picture frames, wooden blinds, decorative moldings, and pool cues. In "Profiting from Plunder — How Malaysia Smuggles Endangered Wood," U.S.-based Environmental Investigation Agency and the local group Telapak say that illegally logged Indonesian timber is smuggled across the border into Malaysia. [more]
February 4, 2004
Mice have been used to produce viable monkey sperm using tissue transplanted from the testes of macaques -- work might one day help to conserve animals that are facing extinction.
February 1, 2004
Mongabay traffic hit a new record in January -- visits were up 78% from December. Thank you for your continued interest.
The World Health Organization announced that two Vietnamese sisters who died from bird flu may have caught the disease from their brother, which would be the first known case involving human-to-human transmission in the outbreak now sweeping Asia. Experts fear that the virus could mutate into a form that passes easily between people -- a pandemic strain that is a hybrid of the bird virus and a normal human influenza variety.
January 31, 2004
I have updated several sections across the site including the conservation news area. I also had to add a second sever for mongabay -- the site continues to grow with pictures and other content.
January 28, 2004
This past weekend I went on a day hike in Big Basin Redwoods State Park and took a few pictures.
January 25, 2004
Last week Citigroup Inc., the world's largest financial services company, announced it would become environmentally sensitive in how it finances projects, especially in the developing world. The policy change follows years of criticism from the Rainforest Action Network, a San Francisco-based environmental group. Under its new guidelines, Citigroup said it will not finance projects "located within critical natural habitats" unless borrowers can show they "will not significantly degrade or convert the critical natural habitat" and the company also agreed not to finance commercial logging operations or the purchase of logging equipment for use in tropical rainforests. [more]
January 19, 2004
Scientists announced the discovery of Amazonsaurus, a beast that roamed the Amazon Basin 110 million years ago. The find is called the "first proof" that
the dinosaurs once roamed the region and has confounded the view of some paleontologists that research in the Amazon rainforest is fruitless because of the high humidity, which they believe would have caused relatively rapid decay
of fossils. Amazonsaurus was about 10 meters long, weighed about 10, and ate vegeation. [more]
January 15, 2004
Made some changes across the biotope pages in the fish section of the site.
January 14, 2004
Late last year there was quite a bit of press on development in the Amazon Basin. One of the better ones appeared in The New York Times on December 10. The article focuses on the conflicts between developers and indigenous groups over oil exploration in the region.
January 13, 2004
San Francisco's Steinhart Aquarium has closed for renovation. It will be reopening in Golden Gate Park in 2008. I made one last trip to the aquarium right before it closed and took some pictures of fish and reptiles.
January 12, 2004
My sister recently returned from a surf trip to Bahia, Brazil. Pictures are posted on her site.
January 11, 2004
The fish section has now been mostly updated. Please excuse any bugs -- it may be a couple of weeks before these are fixed.
January 10, 2004
Today I changed the page format for the rainforest section of the site. Again, I took this step to improve site navigation and increase the presence of Google Adsense advertisements (to make up for the shortfall in user contribtuions). If you prefer the old look, you can still access these pages via this link. The fish section will be updated soon.
January 8, 2004
The Wall Street Journal carried an article describing the rising political muscle of South American indians. The article focuses on Bolivia where President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada was toppled by Indian-led protesters who laid siege to La Paz. [more]
January 7, 2004
Hybrid SUVs will soon be appearing on American highways. These gasoline-electric hybrids have been likened to "eating a rich chocolate souffle without any of the calories" by Toyota Motor Corp. executive Jim Press. Ford and Toyota -- the two car companies leading the hybrid SUV charge -- expect more than 10% of their SUV sales to come from their hybrid versions. [more]
January 5, 2004
China will kill every civet cat in captivity in the Guangdong Province (southeastern China) after researchers found that a local man had fallen ill with a new strain of SARS virus that is genetically similar to a strain found in civet cats. Dr. Zhong Nanshan, China's top expert on SARS, said that there would also be an effort to trap and kill civet cats in the wild. [more]
January 4, 2004
Mongabay.com had more than 2.46 million visits from 1.61 million unique IPs in 2003. Despite all these users, mongabay.com collected $31 in contributions all of which came in during the last week of the year [thank you to the two who contributed]. Given this collection rate, I will be adding Google Adsense advertisments on more pages and changing the layout of the rainforest section. These changes will make the site more useful, easier to navigate, and hopefully increase revenue in order to cover hosting costs.
January 3, 2004
The LA Times featured an article on the increasing incidence of attacks by wildlife [elephants & tigers] on villagers and loggers. The article suggests that these attacks are a direct effect of the continued logging of Indonesia's forests, which has soared over the past 3 years as illegal loggers make inroads into national parks and protected areas. [more]
January 2, 2004
Happy New Year! I wish everyone the best in 2004
December 27, 2003
The Sydney Morning Herald featured an article on the impact of the pet trade on wildlife depletion in the Brazilian Amazon. While it is illegal to hunt, capture, transport or sell native species without explicit government permission, the illicit pet trade is a booming international business -- the fourth largest commodity in the smuggling industry after drugs, diamonds, and weapons. Some estimate that less than 10% of all animals exported illegally survive their journey. [more]
December 21, 2003
Friday, the Wall Street Journal featured an article on changing ideas in the science of toxicology -- the notion that low doses of a poison can be beneficial to growth or health. Hormesis, as the paradoxical effect is called, is making a comeback. An excerpt from the article can be found here.
December 19, 2003
Michael Astor of the Associated Press wrote an article on the impact of high soybean prices on deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. Soybean production -- along with other forms of commerical agriculture -- have been a leading cause of rainforest destruction. In 2002, the Amazon lost 10,000 square miles of forest cover -- 40 percent more than the year before. [more]
December 18, 2003
The Associated Press carried an update on the ebola outbreak in Central Africa.
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December 15, 2003
A Greenpeace activist is missing in the Amazon after a mission to highlight the illegal destruction of rainforest along the Xingu river. [more]
December 3, 2003
In Belize there is considerable concern among environmentalists over the construction of the Chalillo dam which will flood 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres) of rainforest.
December 1, 2003
During December I will be taking a bit of a break from the web site. Therefore you'll see fewer posts. Things should return to normal early next year.
November 25, 2003
Last week The Financial Times carried a story on illegal deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. The article focused on the difficulties of law enforcement in the rainforest. [more]
November 20, 2003
Today the World Conservation Union (IUCN) released their 2003 Red List of endangered species. This year's list includes 12,259 varieties of animal, plant and water life described as critically-endangered and records the 762th known extinction since the start of the 16th century. [Press Release - PDF]
One of the species featured on the list is the Mekong River's giant catfish (Pangasianodon Gigas) which has sufferred from overfishing, dam construction, and deforestation. National Geographic reports "Only 11 and eight fish were caught in 2001 and 2002 respectively. In 2003, fishers captured six giant catfish in Cambodia, all of which were released as part of the Mekong Fish Conservation Project."
Today also marks the beta launch of conservation.mongabay.com a site that will track news articles on conservation issues.
November 19, 2003
CNN carried a Reuters report on Statoily's carbon reinjection program. Statoily, Norway's largest company, is reinjecting carbon dioxide into reservoirs under the North Sea seabed as a means to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The program is not without controversy as some critics fear the gas could leak into the sea and affect marine life. [more]
November 17, 2003
Made some changes to the travel tips section of the site.
November 14, 2003
CNN reported that aquatic species are being exposed to human drugs that their way into U.S. rivers and streams. According to the report, a 2002 study by the U.S. Geological Survey detected the presence of small amounts of drugs, hormones, steroids and personal care products in 80 percent of streams surveyed. Scientists are concerned that the presence of these chemicals may affect the reproduction of wildlife. [more]
November 4, 2003
NPR featured a segment on the illegal wildlife trade in Southeast Asia.
November 3, 2003
Add some interesting links on the biotope page. Also, October traffic to mongabay increased 72% from September.
October 28, 2003
Rainforest articles for October 2003.
October 22, 2003
I reworked the hompage. Tell me what you think.
October 16, 2003
The Wall Street Journal featured on article on Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva who has recently set forth plans to develop the Amazon rain forest. [more]
October 15, 2003
A new species of frog was discovered in the Western Ghat Mountains in Sourthern India. The frog is remarkable in that it is bright purple in color and so unique as to be assigned to its own family. [more]
October 10, 2003
A beta version of Mongabay animals is up. This site brings together all the wildlife pictures found on mongabay. As you look at the site please bear in mind that this is a rough version -- it will improve in time.
October 7, 2003
Traffic to mongabay.com hit a new record in September thanks the return of students to schools and universities. Updated the rainforest site map.
September 29, 2003
The Associated Press issued a brief on a Harvard study warning that wild Orangutans may be extinct within 20 years.
September 24, 2003
Recently there has been some unhappy news for the Amazon rainforest.
September 23, 2003
Last week a number of articles appeared in the mainstream press on the "discovery" of civilization in the Amazon basin prior to the arrival of Christopher Columbus. Astute observers will note that this is not really "news" -- mongabay.com even made mention of these settlements well before this recent excitement set off by an article in Science. [more]
September 21, 2003
Added a page in the travel safety section on How to survive a gunshot wound.
September 15, 2003
Added pictures from South America [Galapagos, Amazon, Chile/Argentina Glaciers, Flowers, Machu Pichu, Cities, Etc] and Australia [Forests, Landscapes, Wildlife, Outback/Ayers Rock].
September 10, 2003
Added India travel pictures taken by renowned world traveler Rhenda Glasco.
September 9, 2003
Added some travel pictures taken by renowned world traveler Rhenda Glasco: Burma, Croatia, Jordan, Morocco, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam. More are on the way soon.
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