February 28, 2003

On February 25 the Los Angeles Times featured an article on the consumption of wildlife in Indonesia for folk medicine and gourmet treats. [more]

February 27, 2003

In the tropical fish section of the site I created a Thai biotope page based on my recent observations of creeks in Southern Thailand. I also updated the Okavango wetlands biotope page.

February 24, 2003

Added a new guestbook and transferred over all the old entries.

February 22, 2003

A scientist has designed an artificial tree designed to do the job of plants by removing carbon dioxide from the air. Dr Klaus Lackner estimates that "one synthetic tree could remove 90,000 tonnes of CO2 in a year - the emissions equivalent of 15,000 cars" though critics say these predictions are wildly optimistic given the feasibility of the invention [which only exists as a paper diagram]. In any case, one would hope that the development of such "trees" would not encourage the destruction of natural forests which provide important services beyond carbon sequestration. [more]

February 21, 2003

Sharon Begley, Science Writer for the Wall Street Journal, wrote an article on the trend among biologists toward system research over the "one-part-at-a-time" approach to research. [more]

February 18, 2003

Added an index page for the pictures from my trip to Thailand and Cambodia. Also reworked the Botswana and Brazil photo sections of mongabay.com so they load more efficiently.

February 15, 2003

While reviewing some pictures of woolly monkeys from Brazil my friend suggested one resembled a certain American rap artist.

February 14, 2003

Pictures from Phnom Pehn, Cambodia including the Royal Palace and other places around the capitol. Also added photos of Bangkok and forest streams in Southern Thailand.

February 13, 2003

Bayon [Angkkor Tom] Photos, Cambodia.

February 12, 2003

Pictures from the ruins of Ta Prohm [Jungle Wat], Cambodia.

February 11, 2003

Between 1975-1979 about 1.7 million Cambodians lost their lives (21% of the country's population) under Pol Pot's rule. Roughly 20,000 of these victims were executed by the Khmer Rouge at S-21 Prison in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Only seven prisoners survived. Pictures from S-21 (Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide).

February 8, 2003

Posted pictures of reefs, beaches, and islands off the coast of Southern Thailand.

February 7, 2003

Photos of forest insects and spiders from Thailand but not including the large scorpion I found atop my chest staring back at me when I awoke in the middle of the night during a rainstorm.

February 6, 2003

Photos of forest mammals and birds from Thailand and Cambodia. More pictures coming soon.

16 people have died in a suspected outbreak of the Ebola virus in northern Congo-Brazzaville. Experts believe the outbreak is tied to the deaths of gorillas in the Congo rainforest. Scientists have confirmed that Ebola has killed more than 80% of the Cuvette West Region gorilla clan. [more]

February 5, 2003

Photos of forest reptiles and amphibians from Thailand and Cambodia. More pictures coming soon.

February 4, 2003

Added a few pictures of a Thai rubber plantation on the "History of Rubber" page. More pictures from Thailand will be coming soon.

January 28, 2003

Human rights activists in northeastern Congo allege rebels from the Congolese Liberation Movement are cannibalizing their enemies including forest-dwelling pygmies. According to an AP story, "Congolese Liberation Movement rebels may have eaten Pygmies as punishment for their guiding rival troops through the dense forests." The allegations come in the midst of Congo's (Kinshasa) four-year civil war which -- the UN estimates -- has left an 2.5 million people dead, mostly from starvation. [more]

January 27, 2003

I'm back from my trip to Hong Kong, Cambodia, and Thailand. Pictures will be available soon.

January 1, 2003

Webstats for mongabay.com -- 354,218 people visited the site in 2002. I will be leaving the country until late January so I will not be replying to emails or adding updates. Happy New Year!

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