Spiders Go Fishing, Old Trees Dwindle & Icebergs Scrape Bottom

Climate change is increasing the number of calving icebergs on the Antarctic coast. Diverse habitats on the once protected seabed are being scoured and replaced with a small number of species. Photo credit: Peter Pawlowski through a Creative Commons License on Flickr.

Icebergs like this one on the Antarctic coast are increasing because of climate change. Diverse habitats on the once-protected seabed are being scoured and replaced with a small number of species. Photo credit: Peter Pawlowski through a Creative Commons License on Flickr.

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 on the Internets — and share the best of it with you every week in The Cooler:

Biodiversity & Wildlife

When it comes to choosing a career, social spiders have it easy. Their “personality” decides for them! (Not Exactly Rocket Science)

The stuff of nightmares: fish-eating spiders. (Scientific American)

Yikes! The 120-foot-long jellyfish that’s loving global warming. (Wired)

Malcolm Campbell shares his fondness for raccoons. (Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast)

European Union launches large carnivore coexistence initiative. (IISD)

New Research

Almost half of Europe’s water is threatened by pollution. (The Atlantic)

When plants and animals disappear, so do culture and language. PNAS study demonstrates a link. (PNAS, via The Guardian)

The demise of large old trees in cities…and why it matters. (PLOS ONE)

Large rivers reveal patterns of change over the long-term. A new framework helps make sense of the patterns. (BioScience)

Climate Change

Can the proposed rules on carbon emissions survive challenges from Congress and the courts? A preview from Yale E360.

Icebergs freed by warming scour Antarctic seabed. Biodiversity takes a big hit. (Current Biology)

Nature News

How will we water a parched planet? Unconventional water sources and technologies are being tapped around the world. (Nature News)

One word: Plastiglomerate. Thanks to humans, there’s a new kind of rock in the geologic record and, well, it’s part plastic. (Scientific American)

Chilean government halts plans for HidroAysén Hydroelectric project in Patagonia. (Nature)

Conservation Tactics

Can we eat away invasive species? The foods of the new invasivorists: Lionfish tacos, Asian carp pesto, garlic mustard pesto. Yum! (Quartz)

Groupon for solar panels? Group discounts help whole neighborhoods go solar. (Yale Climate Connections)

Science Communications

Did the scientific discoveries of his day inform Shakespeare’s plays? New book says the Bard knew his astronomy. (Smithsonian)

Does PNAS give Academy members an inside track? Does the perception matter? (Nature)

Matt Shipman calls for clearer communication about the science of science communication. And the “community” talks back at #SciComm. (SciLogs)

This & That

How academics can help place humanity on the path to a “good Anthropocene.” (Dot Earth)

Slideshow: Where does your water come from? Hint: it’s not your tap. See where water really comes from and how we use it, distribute it and waste it.  (The New Yorker)


Have suggestions for next week’s Cooler? Send them to mdowns[at]tnc.org.  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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