Tag: Borneo

Bike Preferences Among Indonesian Primates

Written by | June 18th, 2009

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Last year, The Nature Conservancy’s Indonesia program was offered an undisclosed amount of money from an anonymous motorbike company. Presumably because the company knew of the Conservancy’s expertise in primate research, they somewhat bizarrely requested us to investigate bike preference among Indonesian apes and monkeys. As the senior scientist of the Indonesian forest program, I […]

Cool Green Morning: Friday, June 5

Written by | June 5th, 2009

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350 versus 450? If you don’t know what that question means, you soon will — it’s going to be a huge point of discussion this December at international climate change talks. On the other hand, you could just watch the video from 350.org above and then read this morning’s Cool Greeness, thereby equipping you to […]

Cool Green Morning: Monday, June 1

Written by | June 1st, 2009

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Good new month to you! Start it off right by getting the top green online news below — hand-gathered by us every morning: Now that General Motors is declaring bankruptcy, what happens to the electric Chevy Volt model? Environmental Capital reports that — at a $40,000 price tag — the Volt doesn’t fit what GM […]

Stopping a War…and Promoting Sustainable Forestry in Borneo

Written by | May 15th, 2009

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A story involving poisonous snakes, wild pig hunts, blowguns with poison darts, the ancestors of headhunters and pathbreaking conservation? That’s a hard story to pass up…even if it’s halfway around the world. So I didn’t. In November 2007, I traveled to the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo to report on how The Nature […]

Is Conservation…Unnatural?

Written by | March 16th, 2009

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I wrote about the Church Bird of Borneo a few weeks ago, and asked the question how species could be evolutionary winners and conservation disasters at the same time. The issue is about exotic and invasive species that are ecologically much better adapted to their new environments than indigenous species, which are often fine-tuned with […]

Yikes! It’s a Giant Earthworm!

Written by | March 12th, 2009

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Erik receives a photo of a 5-foot earthworm from Borneo and goes on a quest to find out which species it is. Unaware of the complexity of earthworm taxonomy, he fails miserably, but enjoys the search anyway.

The Church Bird of Borneo

Written by | February 26th, 2009

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Tree sparrows (Passer montanus) would not rank particularly high on my list of the world’s most breathtakingly beautiful species. They are pretty average looking: chestnut brown, some white and a bit of black. Cute but..well, I guess, a bit boring. Or are they? In Europe, these sparrows are shy and don’t hang around near people. […]

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