Bike-Friendly Cities, Overheated Trout and Protein 2.0

Last summer's heat wave in the upper midwest took a toll on populations of native trout, which don't survive water temperatures above 77 degrees F. Photo credit: Flickr user Al_HikesAZ, via a Creative Commons 2.0 license.

Last summer’s heat wave in the upper Midwest took a toll on populations of native trout, which don’t survive water temperatures above 77 degrees F. Photo credit: Flickr user Al_HikesAZ, 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

On the track of the short-eared dog: Uncovering the secrets of one of the Amazon’s most mysterious mammals. (Mongabay)

Rattlesnake skin cologne, anyone? How animals use “perfumes.” (Strange Behaviors)

Cultured rodents: Rats run rampant in Louvre gardens. (BBC)

Baby sea turtle hatchapalooza! Watch hatching sea turtles escape their nest. (Florida Keys TurtleCam)

New Research

Does nature make people more resilient to disaster? Yes! (Coastal Resources Center)

How trees save us an estimated $6.8 billion per year in health costs. (Forest Service)

Monkeys use field scientists as “human shields” against predators. (Focusing on Wildlife)

How killing off wildlife causes social chaos. (Futurity)

The devil is in the details. Evaluation and design of pro-poor conservation suffers from sloppy science and definitions. (Animal Conservation)

Climate Change

Stream alert: how rising trout could be affected by rising temperatures. (Idaho Nature Notes)

Strongholds for future conservation: study identifies locations most likely to retain biodiversity as the climate changes. (Conservation Biology)

North Atlantic right whales have a baby boom. (Oceanography)

Want to reduce your carbon footprint? Choose mackerel instead of shrimp. (NPR)

Nature News

Bee calm? Is colony collapse disorder dying out? (Wall Street Journal)

Mussel power: how the invasive mollusk claimed a continent. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

How water makes us happier. (Outside Online)

Mother of the Year(s): octopus broods eggs for 4 and a half years. (Popular Science)

Conservation Tactics

 Making cities bike friendly. It’s good for the environment and the benefits outweigh the costs. (Environmental Health Perspectives)

Tasty bugs, vat burgers & more: the future of protein. (Ensia)

The Red Queen: Alice in Wonderland inspires new ecological model. (Ecology Letters)

Land is Power. Gender mainstreaming in Rwanda puts more land –and decisions — into women’s hands. (Thompson-Reuters Foundation)

Science Communications

Survey of science bloggers links comments to (surprise, surprise) controversy and language complexity. (SciLogs)


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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