Veggie Piranha, Duiker Madness, Whale Poop and Rolling Coal

Although piranha have fierce a reputation, some don't even eat meat. Photo credit: Flickr user Leo Reynolds, via a Creative Commons 2.0 license.

Although piranha have fierce a reputation, some don’t even eat meat. Photo credit: Flickr user Leo Reynolds, via a Creative Commons 2.0 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 on the Internets — and share the best of it with you every week in The Cooler:

Biodiversity & Wildlife

Whales are recovering and that’s good for everything from climate to fisheries. (Science Daily)

Setting the table for monarchs, the kind that eat milkweed. (Dot Earth)

Duiker mania: your guide to these super-cool small antelopes of Africa. (Tetrapod Zoology)

Behold the parrotfish: the humble creature that could save our oceans. (Outside)

14 fun facts about piranha (#8 some piranha are vegetarians) (Smithsonian)

Road map to the conservation twittersphere. The Dodo rounds up 64 tweeters to follow. (The Dodo)

New Research

Coated roof tiles could clean tons of harmful nitrogen oxides from the air for just $5 a roof. (ACerS News)

How much lead is in coastal water? Your answer may depend on the time of day. (Environmental Science and Technology)

The best (and worst) ways to stop deforestation. (Biotropica)

Get the ocean’s ‘fingerprint’ in a water sample. (Futurity)

Climate Change

Survival of the fattest. Fatter corals are more likely to survive multiple bleaching events brought on by climate change. (Conservation Magazine)

In the Colombian rainforest, an experiment in community-driven climate protection. (Grist)

The Louisiana town devoured by climate change. (Atlantic Cities)

Nature News

Grand Canyon gondola: destroying a national treasure or democratizing access? (Outside)

Is extinction ever a good thing? What if the species in question is a painfully parasitic worm? (Goats and Soda)

Conservation Tactics

Keep the bees: pollinator conservation should focus on 20,000 species of native bees, not just honey bees. (NPR’s The Salt)

A snake performs a valuable ecosystem service: controlling other snakes. (Living Alongside Wildlife)

Science Communications

Rolling coal: The new way to protest clean air. Unfortunately, you read that right. (Huffington Post)

The fear of nature has lots of company (plus some good tips on how to help people overcome those fears). (US Fish & Wildlife Service)

Academics are from Mars, NGO’s are from Venus. (Leopold Leadership 3.0)

Meet the scientist who might end the climate culture wars. (Popular Science)

This & That

Want to be more creative? Studies say boredom helps.  (Inc)

Boring can be good. The zero-energy house of the future will fit right in to your community. (Grist)

Have an hour (or several) to while away?  American Futures project brings us some really cool maps of the past and potential futures. (The Atlantic)


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.



Comments: Veggie Piranha, Duiker Madness, Whale Poop and Rolling Coal

  •  Comment from smhusa2013

    Rolling Coal makes all of us in the diesel industry cringe.

    Truck and engine makers in the US have spent the last decade virtually eliminating emissions from diesel engines of all kinds; especially black smoke/particulate emissions—and have done so working collaboratively with
    regulators at EPA, CARB and environmental agencies around the world.

    Diesel truck and engine makers have also lowered CO2 emissions and increased fuel efficiency to meet new greenhouse gas requirements.

    Our “statement” is producing engines and vehicles that meet or exceed environmental standards, regardless which Presidential Administration or political party set them; being more fuel efficient and increasing the use of renewable fuels. http://www.dieselforum.org/RollingCoal

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