Citizen Science Tuesday: Hawaii Challenge

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Australian Tree Ferns growing on a cliff in Hawaii. Take the Hawaii Challenge! Want to help save Hawaii’s native plants and wildlife — even if you’ve never visited the islands? Join the Hawaii Challenge and help The Nature Conservancy in Hawaii pinpoint where invasive weeds are in the forest, and where the leading edge is, to prevent them from taking over. Like many islands, Hawaii has amazing biodiversity. Visit the Hawaii Challenge.

Rights of De-extinct Animals, Dark Money, Magic Mushrooms & More

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What is the legal status of a de-extinct animal? What came first, the rain or the rain forest? Amy Harmon’s brilliant piece on one man’s frustrating quest to find the scientific truth about GMO crops and apply it to a heated debate on banning them in Hawaii. (New Siberian wooly mammoth from The Ivory King. Image modified from Flickr user BioDivLibrary through a Creative Commons License.


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Eyes of the Tiger, Tree-Hugging Koalas & Brainy Bees

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Ignoring boreal forests could speed up global warming. 200 tons of illegally caught Atlantic bluefin tuna show how we’re driving these fish to extinction. Giant beetle (seriously, it can be as big as your hand and has a horn like a rhinoceros) threatens the palm trees of Hawaii. Does collecting specimens cause extinction? ( Tiger close-up, modified from a photo by Flickr user vishwanath Hawargi through a Creative Commons license.

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The Four Biggest Hazards Facing Monarch Butterflies, and How You Can Help

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Are the butterflies facing extinction? Semmens was the lead author on “ Quasi-extinction risk and population targets for the Eastern, migratory population of monarch butterflies ” published recently in the journal Scientific Reports. The monarch likely won’t ever become extinct, Semmens says. and Canada, and some were moved to places as far away as Hawaii and New Zealand. In the winter, the butterflies need insulated cover in the form of dense Mexican forests.

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Canary in the Cornfield: Why the Fuss about Monarchs?

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No scientists are arguing that monarchs will go extinct, but numbers are dwindling at an alarming rate. hectares of forest – a record low. hectares of forest (Rendon-Salinas 2014). It turns out that dense forests of oyamel fir trees provide the most stable temperature for monarchs to overwinter. Deforestation in the oyamel forests where monarchs overwinter can be a major threat to the species (Barve 2012, Brower 2012, Lopez-Garcia 2012, Vidal 2013).

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Air Pollution Causes and Effects


The city is located in the crater of an extinct volcano around 2,000 meters above sea level, with the reduced oxygen levels at that altitude leading to incomplete fuel combustion in engines and to higher emissions of a number of pollutants. Forest fires and volcanoes can both emit smoke, heavy with particulate emissions. Forest fire. Coral reefs are known as the “rain forests of the sea” when it comes to biodiversity.

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What you should know about new Interior Secretary Deb Haaland


federal forests and grasslands are a major carbon pool and a significant component of the national greenhouse gas inventory, encompassing 248 million acres estimated to contain more than 12 billion tons of carbon. Currently, the country’s 154 national forests absorb about 10 percent of the nation’s total carbon emissions each year, and a U.S.