thebrainscoop:

Remember Martha, the last of her kind, who died on this day a century ago. September 1st marks the extinction of the passenger pigeon, a species of North American bird with incomparable population numbers before they were completely eradicated by humans at the beginning of the 20th century. 
3.7 billion to 0 in forty years.
And if you are wishing this wouldn’t happen again, hoping that history doesn’t repeat itself - remember that we are currently enduring the sixth major mass extinction event. While the other five in our earth’s history were naturally caused by everything from major meteoritic impacts, to extreme cooling or warming of the environment, and frequently changing atmosphere - the latest event, Number Six, is being completely attributed to humans. This is the Holocene Extinction. 
In 2012 the IUCN reported that 30% of amphibians are at risk of extinction; as well as 21% of mammals, reptiles, and fish, 12% of birds, 68% of plants. We are looking to lose 30-50% of all species of life on our planet by the middle of the century. 
This may feel like a hopeless inevitability, but the future is not set in stone. What we need for this cause is awareness. What we need is an investment of personal interest. We need voices, and students, and teachers. We need scientists, and law makers, and committees and new legislation for the environment. We need communicators. We need enthusiasts and what we really need is to ruin apathy. This is a shared planet, not just between ourselves but with every miraculous piece of life that has erupted on its unlikely surface in the last billion years. We owe it to that great improbability not to mess this up. 

thebrainscoop:

Remember Martha, the last of her kind, who died on this day a century ago. September 1st marks the extinction of the passenger pigeon, a species of North American bird with incomparable population numbers before they were completely eradicated by humans at the beginning of the 20th century.

3.7 billion to 0 in forty years.

And if you are wishing this wouldn’t happen again, hoping that history doesn’t repeat itself - remember that we are currently enduring the sixth major mass extinction event. While the other five in our earth’s history were naturally caused by everything from major meteoritic impacts, to extreme cooling or warming of the environment, and frequently changing atmosphere - the latest event, Number Six, is being completely attributed to humans. This is the Holocene Extinction. 

In 2012 the IUCN reported that 30% of amphibians are at risk of extinction; as well as 21% of mammals, reptiles, and fish, 12% of birds, 68% of plants. We are looking to lose 30-50% of all species of life on our planet by the middle of the century.

This may feel like a hopeless inevitability, but the future is not set in stone. What we need for this cause is awareness. What we need is an investment of personal interest. We need voices, and students, and teachers. We need scientists, and law makers, and committees and new legislation for the environment. We need communicators. We need enthusiasts and what we really need is to ruin apathy. This is a shared planet, not just between ourselves but with every miraculous piece of life that has erupted on its unlikely surface in the last billion years. We owe it to that great improbability not to mess this up. 

Reblogged from The Brain Scoop
I went for a bike ride today, and I may have taken a wrong turn, because I think I ended up in Neverland, Ohio.

I went for a bike ride today, and I may have taken a wrong turn, because I think I ended up in Neverland, Ohio.

allofthefeelings:

kamidoodles:

piratelass:

toughpigs:

Kermit and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

teacupsandcapes

thank you vince mcmahon this was precious

Your human faves could NEVER.

Reblogged from Katie Moest

thebrainscoop:

murmurousocean:

Check out the article about this: Global catches, exploitation rates, and rebuilding options for sharks

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308597X13000055

I’ve got a video on this. 

Reblogged from The Brain Scoop

Mister Bearcy and Darcybot went down to the shore today. They soaked up some sun, and talked about Life and Lizzies. Mister Bearcy has recently developed a taste for a certain sweet, carbonated beverage.

Mister Bearcy went for a bike ride today along Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island. Of course he wore his helmet, to protect his brain in case of a crash. He enjoyed the exhilarating feel of the wind in this fur. He could not help thinking of William, and the bike rides they have been on together.

Mr. Bearcy relaxing in the hammock, and daydreaming of home.

Mr. Bearcy relaxing in the hammock, and daydreaming of home.

Mr. Bearcy seeing the sights in Connecticut

1) Gillette’s Castle

2) Gillette’s Castle

3) Gillette’s Castle as seen from the Hadlyme Ferry across the Connecticut River

4) Covered bridge at Devil’s Hopyard State Park

5) Chapman Falls at Devil’s Hopyard State Park



This evening my hostess thought it would be fun for us all to play some board games. She first chose a game that I found to be a bit disconcerting, but she reassured me that it was merely meta for me, which I did not understand, was comforted by nevertheless. It was called Pride and Prejudice: The Board Game. The object of the game is to marry off your characters. Oddly, there was a pair named Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. Darcybot and I had a slight disagreement over who should play with that particular pair of characters, but in the end we decided to play as a team. Our host played as Jane Bennet and Mr. Bingley, and our hostess took the pair no one wanted, Lydia Bennet and George Wickham. Darcybot and I won, getting our characters to the church first, but I think that our hostess lost on purpose.
Then we played another game with essentially the same theme - marrying off your character. This game was a card game called Marrying Mr. Darcy. I chose to play as Elizabeth Bennet, with my goal to marry Mr. Darcy. Darcybot chose to play as Georgiana Darcy. I think he has some programming that leads him to be overprotective of younger sisters. I won again, succeeding in marrying Elizabeth Bennet to Mr. Darcy. Nobody wanted to marry Mr. Wickham.
All in all it was a somewhat unnerving but ultimately diverting way to spend the evening.


Mr. Bearcy meets some of the neighbors. Everyone felt a bit standoffish at first. I think it was shyness.

Mr. Bearcy meets some of the neighbors. Everyone felt a bit standoffish at first. I think it was shyness.