Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Coffee and Provocation

Wrecking Nature for Farmed Salmon
In Scotland, salmon farmers foul bays, hoover up tons of sand eels to feed their penned stock, and now they are catching wild wrasse to clean them and try to knock down seal lice infestations.

Moon Riot
Jupiter now has 69 moons.

Forensic Ecology
The ecology & migration of extinct Carolina Parakeets suggests two populations, and a much small range and a more fragile ecological niche than once imagined.

Won't Turn Blue
Naked mole rats can hold their breath for a very long time.

Are North American Wolves All One Species?
Some scientists say yes, and some say no. But does it matter? Natural and permanent hybrids are not new and, in fact, are predicted and required under Darwinian evolution.

When Trees Sleep
They droop.

A Trippy Cure
Psychedelic mushrooms and vines may have a role in treating depression.

Wooly Destroyers?
The BBC Reports: "Sheep are actually surprisingly intelligent, with impressive memory and recognition skills. They build friendships, stick up for one another in fights, and feel sad when their friends are sent to slaughter. They are also one of the most destructive creatures on the planet."

Cage Free Chickens Break Bones
Cage-free chickens break bones flapping and flying about and crashing into perches and other birds. The solution?  A contests to make a tougher chicken.

How Did Stripped Bass Get to the West Coast?
The story is told over at the Shelter from the Storm blog

What Will Happen to the Ringling Lions and Tigers?
If they are not exported to a German circus, will they be euthanized?

1 comment:

tuffy said...

crazy to think that anyone would think any animal is 'stupid'...
having both sheep and Koehler trained dogs, i can tell you that my sheep can do anything my well-accomplished dogs can do. haha! sheep are certainly not stupid!
sheep in their native lands with native predation are also not destructive. it is humans who mismanage them, most especially introducing them to Africa, where they already have their own native sheep and goat relatives, specially adapted to that climate (antelope, ibex, gazelles, etc). humans let their sheep or cattle
(they can be just as destructive) overgraze, or undergraze, grasslands instead of grazing responsibly. grazing responsibly can both SAVE the grasslands AND mitigate climate change. grasses and grazers have evolved together for millions and millions of years...
try this, i have, and many other grass-based ranchers have, it works extremely well:
once again, it is us humans who ruin nature for our own ends...but, if we decide to be smart, we can also fix it...

''wrecking nature for farmed salmon''? yup
and try ''wrecking nature for industrially farmed corn, soy and canola'''s prevalent and just as, if not more, destructive...