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Mike Shanahan's Blog – January 2012 Archive (4)

Golden green grunge for rare red orangutans

It’s a biologist’s dream — a rock band that’s named after plankton and makes conservation cool.



Navicula means small ship in Latin. It is the name shared by an estimated 10,000 species of microscopic algae that are part of the larger group called diatoms that forms the basis of freshwater and marine food chains.

These tiny plankton produce about a quarter of all the oxygen we breathe. They feed the tiny…

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Added by Mike Shanahan on January 25, 2012 at 12:50 — No Comments

Millions of long lost logs and a single special tree

If the ground beneath my feet last week could talk, it could tell a long story of land and logging, crime and conservation — the kind of story that defines rainforest politics.

I had come to Sebangau National Park in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia to learn about its potential to protect the Bornean orang-utan, a species whose total population is so small it could not fill all the seats at a World Cup football stadium.

The park is immense. It covers…

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Added by Mike Shanahan on January 19, 2012 at 15:12 — No Comments

Game reveals complex links between poverty and threats to apes

There were 50 ape experts in a room and a quick game to play to break the ice. “If you agree with the statement, go to the left side of the room,” said the facilitator. “If you disagree go to the right.”

She then unveiled eight simple words that split the room in two: “Local poverty is the main threat to apes.”…

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Added by Mike Shanahan on January 19, 2012 at 15:10 — No Comments

Time for faith in our environment

I’m not religious but I was moved by the force of what Bishop Geoff Davies said as his gentle voice of faith stormed into a thunder that rolled across the room and bounced off its walls.

“It’s extreme heresy,” he boomed. “And it must be proclaimed as such.”

Read the rest of this post at Under the Banyan

Added by Mike Shanahan on January 3, 2012 at 12:55 — No Comments

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