from FaithWorld:

Japanese Buddhist priest discusses spiritual toll of nuclear crisis

By Reuters Staff
June 9, 2011

(Sokyu Genyu during an interview with Reuters in Tokyo June 4, 2011/Chisa Fujioka)

from Photographers' Blog:

In the hunt for Malaysia’s endangered wild elephants

May 18, 2011

Trekking deep in Malaysia’s dense rainforest, a group of wildlife rangers went on a risky mission to locate and capture wild elephants in a bid to preserve the endangered species that are fast dwindling due to the loss of their natural habitat.

from Afghan Journal:

Huge natural stone arch new Afghan treasure

March 31, 2011

photo courtesy of  Ayub Alavi/Wildlife Conservation Society

photo courtesy of Ayub Alavi/Wildlife Conservation Society

Afghanistan surprises most first-time visitors (including many on military transport planes) with stunning natural beauty -- there's little room in column inches taken up with war to describe snow-topped mountains, lush valleys, spring fields scattered with crocus and other pleasures of living here.

from Environment Forum:

Is Earth due for a mass extinction?

March 3, 2011

extinction2_h1It has all the signs of a sick good-news/bad-news tale. The bad news is that Earth may be ripe for a mass extinction, where 75 percent or more of the life on the planet vanishes forever.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Egrets, I’ve had a few…

February 23, 2011

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An egret stands among anemone flowers...

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egrets this 240Honey, you can stop cooking, it looks like the Hendersons can't make our dinner party after all!

from Environment Forum:

Polar bears, sure. But grolar bears?

December 16, 2010

RUSSIA/Most people have seen a polar bear, usually at the local zoo. And most zoo-goers know that wildlife advocates worry about the big white bears' future as their icy Arctic habitat literally melts away as a result of global climate change. But apparently more than the climate is changing above the Arctic Circle.

from Environment Forum:

So long, sardines? Lake Tanganyika hasn’t been this warm in 1,500 years

May 19, 2010

lake_tanganyika1_hEast Africa's Lake Tanganyika might be getting too hot for sardines.

The little fish have been an economic and nutritional mainstay for some 10 million people in neighboring Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo -- four of the poorest countries on Earth. They also depend on Lake Tanganyika for drinking water.

from Photographers' Blog:

Freezing the volcano’s lightning

April 20, 2010

Lightning streaks across the sky as lava flows from a volcano in Eyjafjallajokul April 17, 2010.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Lightning streaks across the sky as lava flows from a volcano in Eyjafjallajokul April 17, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Way down upon the Swanie River

November 24, 2009

Blog Guy, you seem to know a lot about nature. Can swans fly?

No. They can neither fly nor swim.

What? Hold on, I've SEEN swans swimming in lakes and rivers and stuff!

No, you've seen swans, which have very long legs, PRETENDING to swim. Mostly, though, they prefer to travel by boat.

from UK News:

Online vote to decide Saatchi show finalists

June 12, 2009

The Saatchi Gallery in London, known for its role in launching conceptual Britart in the 1990s, is collaborating with Google to exhibit the work of winners of an international online photography prize competition.