The Cape Wind Project Will Kill Our Views… Did I Say ‘Views’? I Meant Sea-Life.

Cape Wind project map.The Cape Wind offshore wind turbine project was federally approved in 2010 but it’s grounded today. Why? Because attorneys representing well funded groups are still fighting the project and now they’re bringing sea turtles and other sea-life into the fight. Attorney Eric Glitzenstein, who’s representing Cape Wind opponent Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, emailed Tom Zeller Jr. of Huff Po to explain how Cape Wind will adversely affect marine mammals and sea-life around Nantucket Sound. From Mr. Glitzenstein’s legal brief (in HuffPo):

“… [Cape Wind will kill] migratory birds, including endangered and threatened species, harass federally listed sea turtles, and place the gravely endangered North Atlantic right whale at increased risk of ship strikes – the leading cause of the species’ imperilment. In the course of approving the project, defendants contravened the safeguards that Congress established for the affected wildlife.”

It’s very noble to defend marine life pro bono but it’s way too easy to see-through his statement. Here’s my translation:

“…[Cape Wind will kill] our views, including our endangered and threatened views [of Nantucket Sound], harass our views, and gravely endanger our views…”

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Chemical Pollution Is Causing Otter Penis Bones To Shrink. Hey Humans, You May Be Next!

Cardiff University Otter ProjectWant to motivate the male population to finally rid the planet of pollution? Tell them that a study suggests chemical pollution is adversely (or inversely) affecting the size of an otters’ johnson and could work its way to humans too. From the Daily Mirror:

“Scientists have uncovered a worrying trend in ‘shrinking’ male sex organs in otters – and warn it could start be affecting human men too. Research into the water mammal suggests that modern chemicals may be to blame for the alarming phenomenon of shriveling organs. A report by the Cardiff University Otter Project indicated the animal – one of Britain’s best-loved predator species – is not in the rudest health. Analysis found a decrease in the size of penis bones in male otters along with other changes that gave ’cause for concern’ about the size of sex organs. It questions if endocrine disrupting chemicals – also known as hormone disruptors – could be to blame.”

Guys: for more info, check out the BBC story and bookmarking the Cardiff University Otter Project probably wouldn’t hurt either. [Daily Mirror via Gizmodo]

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High Quality Animated GIFs Of Nature In Action.

Frog checking out mealworm.

Frog checking out mealworm.

These amazing high quality animated GIFs of nature in action were taken from documentaries. More animated GIFs of nature are posted on the Head Like An Orange tumblr blog.

Spinning tornado.

Spinning tornado.

Ladybugs wrestling.

Ladybugs wrestling.

Ground squirrel realizing the ladybugs aren't wrestling.

Ground squirrel realizing the ladybugs aren't wrestling.

Nature is awesome! [Laughing Squid]

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Jubbling Break: ‘True Facts About The Leaf Katydid’ YouTube Video By Ze Frank.

After watching “True Facts About The Leaf Katydid,” it’s hard to go outside and NOT be a little self-conscience knowing what the animal kingdom is thinking about us. [Laughing Squid]

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Jilin’s Rime Ice and Snow Festival Includes A “Shoot Arrows At Live Roosters” Archery Booth.

Live roosters shot with arrows at Jilin Rime Ice Festival.Whether they’re consumed or not, using live roosters as targets is too much. The 20 year old Rime Ice and Snow Festival is an annual event that takes place near China’s largest ski resort and includes skiing, sledding and other wintertime activities. One of those activities is live-rooster archery and why it’s included is beyond me.

You could make the argument that the participants shooting arrows at live roosters strapped to ice are closer to their food than most people but sustenance isn’t the goal here – it’s live target practice and it’s just senseless and cruel. Hoax? I hope so. [RocketNews 24 (disturbing images)]

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Jubbling Break: Koshik The Talking Elephant Says “Annyong.” Arrested Development Fans Go Nuts!

Refusing the be outdone by the beluga’s, Koshik the talking elephant is stepping up to the mic and getting noticed. His vocabulary includes the Korean words for:

  1. sit down (anja)
  2. lie down (nuo)
  3. good (choah)
  4. no (aniya)

By far my favorite Koshik word is – “annyong” – which is Korean for hello. It not only tells me that Koshik is a friendly talking elephant but he may also appreciate good television. [Wired]

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