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Archive for ‘July, 2012’

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    Can There Ever Be a ‘Humane Economy’?

    Is it possible for us humans to coexist peacefully with our fellow animals in a modern capitalist economy? Two books come to opposite conclusions.

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    Conservation, Restoration, Reparation

    Even though we can never fully recompense these apex predators for what they've lost, having their own sanctuary can help to heal the deep wounds we have inflicted upon the fabric…

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    Circus Lions Fly to Sanctuary. Orcas Soon?

    On the same day SeaWorld was pushing back against retiring killer whales to sanctuaries, 33 lions from circuses in Peru were heading to a sanctuary in South Africa.

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    The New Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life, a diagram that shows branches of life on Earth, has just changed radically. The dominant life form on Planet Earth is actually bacteria.

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    When Animals Are Drafted

    On this Memorial Day, let's also remember how, for 5,000 years, animals have been conscripted into war, from charging elephants to bomb-sniffing bees.

    Scientists Declare: Nonhuman Animals Are Conscious

    Science leaders have reached a critical consensus: Humans are not the only conscious beings; other animals, specifically mammals and birds, are indeed conscious, too. The official decision was reached in late night discussions two weeks ago during the prestigious annual Francis Crick Memorial Conference.

    Weekly Recap, July 28 2012

    Stunning verdict in elephant case … SeaWorld video released … Brits argue over kitten experiment … best book on climate change … Rick Warren’s weird remark … how to have faith when the world is going to hell … what’s happening to the ice in Greenland … what’s under the ice in Antarctica … and lots more.

    Best Simple Book on Climate Change

    Pound for pound, I’d rate Global Weirdness, the new book from the folks at Climate Central, the best book I’ve come across for a simple, objective, science-based explanation of what climate change is and how it’s affecting the planet.