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 22, 2003

Repaired Indian biotope aquarium page.

September 21, 2003

Added a page in the travel safety section on How to survive a gunshot wound.

September 17, 2003

Everything on the site has been fully restored after the disk failure earlier this month.

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.

September 5, 2003

The host for mongabay.com experienced a serious disk failure and around 500 pages from the last few days have been lost. I am working to restore as much as I can. Apologies for mongabay's performance yesterday.

August 25, 2003

According to a report in Nature [August 14, 2003 issue], increasing air and water temperatures associated with climatic warming are reducing fish and algae populations in Lake Tanganyika. This research suggests that global warming can result in declining productivity of tropical lake ecosystems. [more]

August 20, 2003

Updated the Madagascar pictures page and added a table on shark attacks to the travel safety portion of the site.

August 18, 2003

In the past week the University of Florida has released two interesting reports on the decline of coral reefs and controlling mosquito populations with tiny crustaceans.

August 15, 2003

China lifted its ban on the sale of wild animals in markets. The ban was initially put in place in response to the SARS outbreak.

August 14, 2003

Updated the travel safety section of mongabay.

August 13, 2003

As a webmaster I used to get no less than 15 spam emails a day regarding penile enlargement (along with the usual messages from relatives of deposed Nigerian dictators and breast enhancement offers). Today The Wall Street Journal did an amusing piece exposing the presence of impurities in some such pills. [more]

The Wall Street Journal also featured an article detailing Indonesian timber baron Bob Hasan's activities in prison. Hasan, a well known crony of disgraced former President Suharto, allegedly misappropriated millions in funds from the Indonesian government. [more]

August 12, 2003

Every few weeks I will be listing a collection of recent articles related to tropical rainforests

August 11, 2003

The Wall Street Journal featured an article on the economic impact of Tunisia's population growth policy. [more]

August 10, 2003

The New York Times reported that the Bush White House may have influenced an EPA report on air quality in the ground zero area following the 9/11 attack. [more]

August 8, 2003

Al Gore made a speech yesterday on president Bush.

August 6, 2003

Added a travel health page.

Charitable organizations may soon be required to give 5% of their assets annually to charitable causes. Currently charitable foundations are allowed to count spending on executive salaries, travel, offices and other administrative costs as charitable spending.

Today the Wall Street Journal had an article on people ingesting beetles for medicinal purposes in Argentina. Many doctors are skeptical of the health benefits. [more]

August 5, 2003

I made changes to the travel pictures page.

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 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 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 a Out & Las Vegas

July 6, 2003

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

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.

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Tropical Rainforests - Their Wonders and the Perils They Face. Information on rainforests, biodiversity, and environmental concerns.

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