Nanopesticides, Glacier Inventory, Brewers for Clean Water & More

Craft brewers, sportsmen and others mobilize in support of a proposed rule clarifying and restoring Clean Water Act safeguards and sponsored by Army Corps of Engineers and the EPA. Photo credit: Steven DePolo/Flickr through a Cretaive Commons license.

Craft brewers, sportsmen and others mobilize in support of a proposed rule clarifying and restoring Clean Water Act safeguards, sponsored by Army Corps of Engineers and the EPA. Photo credit: Steven DePolo/Flickr through a Creative Commons license.

By Marty Downs,  Bob Lalasz, Matt Miller, Lisa Feldkamp and Cara Byington of the TNC Science Communications team

We find tons of cool conservation and conservation science stuff every week on the Internets — now we’re sharing some of the best with you every week in The Cooler:

Wildlife & Biodiversity

ABC leaves? What chewed up leaves can tell us about insect biodiversity. (Futurity)

Penises predominate in research on genitals.  Where’s the research on wildlife vaginas? (Not Exactly Rocket Science)

Everything you have always wanted to know about worm lizards. (Tet Zoo)

Can’t get to Hawaii for whale watching this year? New interactive tracking map brings the whales to you. (Discover Magazine)

Our electronics may be safe for airplanes, but they’re causing problems for migratory birds. (Scientific American)

New Research

You’ve heard of nanoparticles, but what about nanopesticides? New technology with great potential, but assessing the risks could be tricky. (Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry)

Can we trust citizen science data? One study on sharks says yes! (PLOS ONE)

Study says firewise activities don’t reduce the cost of wildfires. (Letters from the West)

Land sharing v. land sparing: not just for agriculture. New research shows divergent effects at different levels of urbanization. (Journal of Applied Ecology)

Climate Change

Climate change is already here — impacts felt in every corner of the United States. (New York Times)

First global inventory of glaciers released. (EurekAlert!)

70% increase in days with unhealthy ozone predicted by 2050. Chain reaction caused by increased temperatures and pollutants poses a serious human health hazard. (NSF News)

Neil deGrasse Tyson and “Cosmos” tackle climate change. (Grist)

Nature News

Diverse coalition: Sporting groups and craft beer brewers come out strong in support of EPA Clean Water regulations. (TRCP Blog)

The Phoenix Islands Protected Area — a marine reserve the size of  California controlled by the Pacific island nation of Kiribati  — will close to all fishing at the end of 2014. (ScienceInsider)

Conservation Tactics

Predator conservation relies on understanding human psychology. (Conservation Magazine)

Could you be a demitarian? A new UN report says we would cut nitrogen pollution by 40 percent if everyone were. (Treehugger)

Science Communications

Data journalism: new opportunities to make climate change personal. (Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media)

How to talk about bad news (and be heard) — featuring our own Bob Lalasz. (Marketplace Radio)

This & That

As you wander through life, don’t forget to stop to smell the giant parasitic roses. (10,000 Birds)

Tomatoes use chemical warfare to defend themselves. (Popular Science)


Have suggestions for next week’s Cooler? Send them to mdowns[at] Opinions expressed on Cool Green Science and in any corresponding comments are the personal opinions of the original authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Nature Conservancy.

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Marty joined the Nature Conservancy in January 2014 to write about TNC research and manage the Science Impact Project. She started her career in ecosystem ecology and climate impact research, but has focused on science communications since 1999. She’s now doing what she likes best – writing about cool science and helping scientists find and communicate what’s exciting about their work.

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