This is a European common cuttlefish video from the Netherlands.
This video from the USA says about itself:
13 May 2010 — Marine biologists at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Grand Isle research lab continue to record and prepare deceased marine mammals and sea turtles for oil contamination testing. Staff there is sending injured animals to the Audubon Aquatic Center rehabilitation facility in New Orleans to be treated and tested by specialists.
From the Christian Science Monitor in the USA:
Spawning Habitat of Bluefin Tuna in Gulf of Mexico: Critical Area Intersects Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: here.
Oil Spill Sea Pollution Victim – The Iconic Brown Pelican: here.
Many oiled birds.
Guardian: BP clashes with scientists over deep sea oil pollution: here.
BP’s Next Tactic: Plume Denial: here.
BP has failed to stop oil gushing from over a mile below the surface in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil spill, which has been confirmed as the worst in American history, has spread between 504,000 to 798,000 gallons of crude oil into one of America’s most important marine ecosystems: here.
Doug Inkley, senior scientist with the National Wildlife Federation, has spent the past week surveying the oil spill from the wrecked Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico by airplane and boat, and on islands where oil has come ashore. He tells New Scientist how the experience has left him frustrated and angry that clean-up efforts are not as widespread or effective as he’d been led to believe: here.
Guardian: BP shares plunge: here.
The continued eruption of oil from the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico is an unmitigated catastrophe, with incalculable economic and ecological consequences: here.
Are we surprised that the Chamber of Commerce is carrying water for BP? Here.
This video is on Louise Bourgeois and her work.
From the New York Times in the USA:
Louise Bourgeois, the French-born American artist who gained fame only late in a long career, when her psychologically charged abstract sculptures, drawings and prints had a galvanizing effect on younger artists, particularly women, died on Monday at the Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan. She was 98.
This video says about itself:
Leucorrhinia caudalis is one of the most threatened dragonfly species in central-Europe regarding its wide distribution throughout Europe to West-Asia in the past and the heavy recent retreat. It is included in the Annex 4 of the EU Habitats Directive and listed in the Bern Convention as well. The video was taken on one of the few (not more than 5-10) colonies in Hungary in 2008 while taking quantitative survey at Őrtilos (river valley of Dráva).
Translated from Staatsbosbeheer in the Netherlands:
News release, Saturday, May 29, 2010
The rare Leucorrhinia caudalis dragonfly is back in Weerribben National Park. A visitor noticed the species during a trip to the edge of a hole in a bog where peat used to be mined. In 1970 the species had been last seen in a lakes complex in Noord-Brabant province. The Leucorrhinia caudalis dragonfly is the forty-sixth dragonfly species recorded in the Weerribben.
In the area where overgrown peat holes have been restored by dredging, the water quality has greatly improved and the underwater plants have recovered. This has made the Weerribben into one of the main areas for dragonflies in the Netherlands. Eg, in the Weeribben rare species fly, like the large white-faced darter dragonfly, Siberian winter damselfly, dark bluet damselfly. These species are typical of a well-developed peat area. The Forestry Commission will, jointly with dragonfly researchers, look in the Weerribben to see if the species occurs in more places.
Leucorrhinia pectoralis in Nieuwkoopse Plassen: here.
White-faced darter genus photos: here.
June 2011. The first white-faced darters have hatched at Cumbria Wildlife Trust‘s Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve, near Kendal, for the first time this century. This exciting recurrence of this darter dragonfly is part of the Trust’s three-year programme to re-introduce it to Foulshaw Moss. It is hoped that these darters will now start to colonise the nature reserve. The moss has over the last 13 years been restored to its former moss habitat, which is perfect for the extremely rare white-faced darter: here.
The dragonflies of Borneo: here.
Nakamura’s Skydragon, Chlorogomphus nakamurai, is listed as ‘Vulnerable’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM due to its restricted range of occurrence. This rare species was first described in 1996, and has only been found in Cuc Phuong and Ba Vi National Park, North Vietnam: here.
Rare vagrant emperor dragonfly found in Pembrokeshire: here.
April 2011. At a time when the world has been focussed on events in North Africa and the Middle East, large numbers of predatory invaders have been silently invading Europe, and some of these have reached Britain! The invaders in question are brownish dragonflies known as Vagrant Emperors: here.
A dragonfly’s guide to Britain: here.
Curacao dragonflies: here.
Pale Snaketail is Ophiogomphus severus.
- Rare dragonfly comeback in England (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Your pictures: Damsels and dragons (bbc.co.uk)
- Can I Bug You ? My Photography of Macro Dragonflies (franzsfeaturedfotos.com)
- Dragonflies – Wordless Wednesday (katesbookshelf.wordpress.com)
- Rare dragonfly back in Cambridgeshire, England (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Dragonfly dreams (breezesatdawn.wordpress.com)
- Posing dragonfly (michaelqpowell.wordpress.com)
- Red Dragonfly, Alligator Alley (chersflair.wordpress.com)
- Dragonfly Smile (bestartsgallery.com)
- Yukon man finds new dragonfly in territory (cbc.ca)
From ABC Online in Australia:
Megafauna cave painting could be 40,000 years old
May, 31 2010
Scientists say an Aboriginal rock art depiction of an extinct giant bird could be Australia’s oldest painting.
The red ochre painting, which depicts two emu-like birds with their necks outstretched, could date back to the earliest days of settlement on the continent.
It was rediscovered at the centre of the Arnhem Land plateau about two years ago, but archaeologists first visited the site a fortnight ago.
A palaeontologist has confirmed the animals depicted are the megafauna species Genyornis.
Archaeologist Ben Gunn said the giant birds became extinct more than 40,000 years ago.
“The details on this painting indicate that it was done by someone who knew that animal very well,” he said.
He says the detail could not have been passed down through oral storytelling.
“If it is a Genyornis, and it certainly does have all the features of one, it would be the oldest dated visual painting that we’ve got in Australia,” he said.
“Either the painting is 40,000 years old, which is when science thinks Genyornis disappeared, or alternatively the Genyornis lived a lot longer than science has been able to establish.”
“It does give you a window back to a time that you can pinpoint, and in the case of the Genyornis it’s a very long picture,” he said.
The traditional owners of the land in the Northern Territory say they are excited the painting could be Australia’s oldest dated rock art.
The Jawoyn Association‘s Wes Miller says the painting is one of thousands rediscovered across Arnhem Land in recent years.
“It verifies that the Jawoyn people were living in this country for a very, very long time,” he said.
“People say it, but once again this is clearly a demonstration of how long Jawoyn people have been in this country and other Indigenous groups. It’s great from that point of view. It’s pretty exciting stuff.”
The extinction of Australia’s ‘megafauna’ was caused by long-term hunting, new research suggests: here.
When the researchers analyzed the so-called Bradshaw rock artworks found in Western Australia’s Kimberley region, they didn’t find paint. Instead they found a black fungus, probably belonging to a fungi group known as Chaetothyriales, as well as a reddish organism that is suspected to be a species of cyanobacteria: here.
Dung fungus reveal that humans, not climate change, killed Australia’s giant beasts: here.
Climate change, not human activity, drove Australia’s megafauna to extinction, says Dr Stephen Wroe: here.
From AFP news agency:
Vatican promises investigation into paedophile priest scandal in Ireland
June 01, 2010 12:00AM
The Vatican’s announcement came as the Pope accepted the resignation of Irish prelate Richard Anthony Burke, archbishop of the Nigerian diocese of Benin City, who is accused of molesting a teenage girl.
Pope Benedict XVI named nine top prelates to carry out the investigation into the Irish Church.
The Vatican said the investigation would monitor the effectiveness of procedures for preventing abuse and seek possible improvements.
It will begin with metropolitan Archdioceses of Armagh, Dublin, Cashel and Emly and Tuam, and will then be extended to other dioceses.
A complaint was made against Burke in December 2008 by Dolores Atwood alleging she had been sexually abused when she was 14, when he was a priest ministering in Warri Diocese, Nigeria.
and she was a patient in a hospital
She claimed she had an ongoing relationship with him afterwards.
Two ground-breaking inquiries last year into the once-powerful Church shocked the mainly Catholic Ireland.
They found that abuse by Catholic clergy and members of religious orders had been widespread for decades and that there was a culture of secrecy and cover-up designed to protect the reputation and assets of the Church.
US Catholic Church ‘scapegoating’ gay priests: here.
By Bill Van Auken:
Hijacking of US ship raises threat of intervention in Somalia
10 April 2009
As the hostage drama off the coast of Somalia continued into its second day Thursday, there were indications that the Obama administration may be preparing yet another military intervention, this time in the Horn of Africa.
The ongoing standoff between a small band of Somali pirates in a lifeboat and a US destroyer, which is being joined by other warships and planes, followed an unsuccessful attempt to hijack the 17,000-ton Maersk Alabama freighter, a US flag ship.
After four armed Somalis managed to scale the side of the ship and seize it, the 20-member crew put up resistance. According to reports, however, the ship’s captain, Richard Phillips, volunteered to act as a hostage, going with the pirates on the ship’s enclosed lifeboat in order to prevent any clash between them and his crew.
Reached by Reuters via satellite phone, one of the pirates sounded desperate. “We are surrounded by warships and don’t have time to talk,” he said. “Please pray for us.”
The seizing of ships for ransom has been going on in the region for years and increased significantly in 2008, with the number of incidents off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden climbing to 150. There are 16 ships currently being held for ransom.
The shipping firms themselves have treated the attacks as a nuisance that barely dents their profits. They have preferred to treat paying off pirates as a cost of doing business rather than arm their crews against them. Though often heavily armed, the pirates have killed no one thus far.
What makes this latest incident different, however, is that the ship is the first American vessel to be attacked by the pirates. It therefore provides the pretext for a militarist intervention and provokes a wave of jingoism in the media, sections of which are braying for retaliation.
Gen. Petraeus Implements Military Surge Against Four Somali Pirates in a Lifeboat: here.
Will Obama Prosecute the Captured Somali ‘Pirate’ in a US Court? Here.
The [Ten] Most Notorious Pirates Ever: here.
A PROMINENT conflict research group revealed on Tuesday that air-cargo carriers involved in arms smuggling in Africa are also being contracted for international aid supplies and peacekeeping operations: here.
Somalia update, June 2009: here.
Somali Torture Survivors Get Green Light to Sue in U.S.: here.
Children Carry Guns for a U.S. Ally, Somalia: here.