July 29, 2003

The Pentagon announced the development of a terror futures market where speculators could place bets on where attacks were likely to occur. Shortly after the story broke -- in response to heated criticism -- Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said that the plan would be scrapped. [more]

July 25, 2003

Today the Wall Street Journal featured an article on carbon sequestration as a potential fix for global warming. [more]

July 23, 2003

Today the Wall Street Journal featured an article on Colgate bringing dental care to the Xavante tribe of Brazil. According to the article, the Xavante had little need for dental care until they were introduced to Western foods. [more]

July 21, 2003

Added a list of books I have read and enjoyed. Using the Amazon links to buy books is an excellent way to help support the site, regardless of what books you buy.

July 20, 2003

A posting on dyed and hybrid aquarium fish.

July 18, 2003

Is the earth's climate is "tippy?" Recent events -- at least in geological time -- suggest that the Earth's climate is not very stable, and that highly significant temperature fluctuations can take place over very short periods. Abrupt changes in thermal stratification, convection and the patterns of ocean currents are thought to play an important role. I have assembled a small collection of articles discussing rapid climate change -- a possible scenario under global warming.

July 16, 2003

CNN featured an article on the development of robotic snails for the purpose of studying fluid dynamics. [more]

July 14, 2003

This past week I visited the Steinhart Aquarium in San Francisco and added pictures of some of the freshwater exhibits. I also updated some of the biotope aquarium pages: amazon blackwater, australia, central america lake, central america river, countries, indian river, lake malawi, lake tanganyika, new guinea, okavango, rio sucasari, se asia pool, thai creek, thai rapids, thai shaded, thai sunny, and whitewater amazon.

July 8, 2003

Added pictures from my rafting trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon: Grand Canyon Wildlife, Marble Canyon, Put In, Little Colorado, Canyon Pics & Anasazi, Rapids, Blacktail Creek & Elves Chasm, Deer Creek Canyon, Havasu Canyon, and Take Out & Las Vegas

July 6, 2003

I changed the homepages for A Place Out of Time and Tropical Freshwater Fish

July 3, 2003

Today the Wall Street Journal featured an article on how wild apples from Kazakhstan may help improve the disease resistance and genetic diversity of orchard apples. The article mentions that these wild apples are threatened by deforestation of native forests in Kazakhstan. [more]

July 1, 2003

New webstats for mongabay.com.

June 29, 2003

For anyone who thought rainforest deforestation was a thing of the past -- Amazon deforestation increased nearly 43% in 2002. About 10,000 square miles were lost to pasture land, soybean plantations and illegal logging in the 12-month period that ended last August.

June 27, 2003

According to internal draft documents made public yesterday; the White House directed a major rewrite of an assessment of climate change, removing references to health and environmental risks posed by rising global temperatures.

    The changes demanded by the White House were so extensive that the climate section "no longer accurately represents scientific consensus on climate change," according to an April 29 EPA staff memo. It characterized the revised draft as an embarrassment to the agency.

June 25, 2003

I added a new reference table with population projections for various countries in 2010, 2015, and 2020.

June 24, 2003

CNN featured an article on West Nile Virus so I added a brief factsheet derived from CDC material.

June 23, 2003

Last week I went rafting down the Colorado River in Arizona so there were no new posts, although pictures from the trip will be appearing shortly.

While I was away the Wall Street Journal featured an article on the emergence of the Nipah virus in Malaysia following the massive forest fires of 1997-1998. In 1998 and 1999, Nipah -- a paramyxovirus that has long been responsible for causing fatal disease in domestic pigs -- jumped the species barrier and killed 40% of 257 people who contracted the disease. Now evidence suggests that loss of rainforest habitat may have fueled the outbreak as fruitbats [flying foxes] have recently been identified as a natural host for the virus. It is thought that deforestation combined with the loss of fruiting trees due to the severe 1997-1998 El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) drought/fire/haze pushed these giant fruitbats into cultivated fruit orchards in Peninsular Malaysia where they transmitted Nipah to domestic swine and humans. [more]

In an effort address the ever-increasing costs of maintaining mongabay.com I have done something I thought I would never do -- I have added non-intrusive advertising from Google on some reference and fish pages. Don't worry, I will not be adding popup ads or banners. Thank you for understanding.

June 11, 2003

Made some changes on the biotope aquarium pages.

June 4, 2003

The Pew Oceans Commission released the "America's Living Oceans: Charting a Course for Sea Change" report calling for the "immediate reform of U.S. ocean laws and policies to restore ocean wildlife, protect ocean ecosystems, and preserve the ecological, economic, and social benefits the oceans provide." The report can be downloaded or ordered at www.pewoceans.org.

June 3, 2003

Updated the profile on Asian rainforests to include new deforestation data from the UN.

June 2, 2003

Posted pictures from some minor day trips I've taken in the past month or so including Big Sur and the Huntington Gardens and Museum in Southern California.

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