Turtle Talk, Living with Sharks, Carbon Tax Repeal and More

Young sea turtles hatch from eggs almost simultaneously. New research suggests they coordinate hatching through sounds emitted while still in the eggs. Photo credit: Flickr user Terry Ross through a Creative Commons 2.0 license.

Young sea turtles hatch from eggs almost simultaneously. New research suggests they coordinate hatching through sounds emitted while still in the eggs. Photo credit: Flickr user Terry Ross through 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

Elephant shrews are more closely related to elephants than to other shrews. (Science News)

How do blindfolded geckos know what color to mimic? They “see” with their skin. (Not Exactly Rocket Science)

Scientists look for cause of baffling die-off of sea stars. (Yale Environment360)

Climate-challenged whale sharks flock to the Azores. (Discover)

Are you ready yet? Baby turtles coordinate hatching by talking one another through their egg shells. (Smithsonian)

New Research

Changes that seem ephemeral to us may have surprisingly long-term impacts on forests. (Ecology)

Are nature lovers more innovative? Surprise us with your answer! (Journal of Environmental Psychology)

Why human-bear conflicts are getting worse globally — and what to do about them. (Change us, not them.) (Conservation Letters)

When disturbing forests, imitate nature to get the fastest recovery and resilience. (Nature Communications, HT Conservation Bytes)

Silent Spring Redux? The threat of neonicotinoid pesticides to birds. (Nature)

Climate Change

Holy kidney stones, Batman! Changing climate linked to increasing incidence of kidney stones in children and adults.  (Grist)

Getting caught with our plants down: Risks of global corn and wheat yield declines from climate change over next 2 decades. (Environmental Research Letters)

Who’s the hot new carbon sequestration hero? How about ants? (Science Daily)

Coral skeletons record changes in temperature. (Futurity)

Nature News

Chasing Nemo: MIT lab creates a soft, interactive robotic fish. (AP)

Lots of attention this week on the high incidence of sexual harassment and assault while doing field research. PLoS One has the numbers — and posts on Dynamic Ecology (part one and part two)  suggest some solutions. (PLoS One, Dynamic Ecology, Scientific American)

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott delivers on pledge to repeal carbon tax. (Wall Street Journal)

Conservation Tactics

An economic incentive to protect forests: Keep public wealth public. (Forests News)

Farmers from indigenous mountain communities around the world share seeds to prepare for climate change. (SciDev Net).

Learning to live with sharks. Instead of killing them (which doesn’t reduce attacks), move them (which does). (Animal Conservation)

Science Communications

Does research credibility depend on what a researcher says and does in public and personal spheres? Mostly no…but it could. (Climatic Change)

Do Google searches reflect climate fears? Republicans search during extreme weather events; Democrats when temperature trends shift. (EurekAlert!)

This & That

Stay down: Driving is more harmful to the environment than jet travel, says a new study. (Slate)


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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