November 28, 2006

By the Numbers

101,794 The area of Ville Vidal, "New Mexico's Yellowstone," which was deemed untouchable by Congress last week.

2,200 The length of the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia. Researchers will be using the trail as the prophetic "canary in the coal mine" to educate people about our effect on the environment.

A diverse group of organizations has launched a project to begin long-term monitoring of the trail's environmental health, with plans to tap into an army of volunteer "citizen scientists" and their professional counterparts.

Together, they will collect information about the health of plants, air and water quality, and animal migration patterns to build an early warning system for the 120 million people along the Eastern Seaboard.

600 dogs will be slaughtered in South Korea to curb the outbreak of bird flu (via Culture Dish). Better to kill than be killed? Do they really think this will stop the virus?

95 percent of all marine species were wiped out about 250 million years ago, one of five major extinctions in life's history. The NY Times looks into a recent article published in Science discussing an "explosion in complexity." Where have I heard that before? Ah yes, the dramatics surrounding the Cambrian Explosion.

3 weeks of school left in this semester and two more papers to publish, which means there are little more than four weeks until Xmas. Almost time to hibernate.

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