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  • What do we know anyway?

    A few weeks ago, the appearance of a little rat in Laos (southeastern Asia) made it clear that we don't know nearly as much about the world as we think we do. Locals call it the kha-nyou and generally eat it for dinner. But, the scientists that observed them in the wild found them to be "a friendly, furry creature, about the size of a squirrel, that waddles a bit like a duck." Are the experts surprised? Yes! They say that the kha-nyou can trace its line to a…

  • Lost Boys

    Boys running barefoot in the mud, playing soccer with a coconut. A ramshackle village, lacking electricity and running water, is the only place they've ever known. Their fathers are fishermen who, almost without exception, are suffering from the effects of over fishing and marine resource scarcity. At one time they were subsistence shark fishermen who were able to bring dinner home to their families at night. Today, they spend much of their time and money in the…

  • Carnival of the Green #27

    Before we begin, a few acknowledgements and details. Thanks to City Hippy and Triple Pundit for organizing this roving digest. If you are interested in hosting it one week, see their sites for details. Thanks also to Hippy Shopper for hosting Carnival #26 on May 8, 2006, and Website Design and Promotion, who will host Carnival #28 on May 22, 2006. In honor of Mother's Day, we are happy to pay tribute to Mother Earth by passing along these submissions on…

  • Paradise Lost . . . to plastic

    Back in the 1980s, Madonna wrote "La Isla Bonita" about Ambergris Caye off the coast of Belize. It was a hit and, having just returned from "la isla bonita" myself, I can certainly see where she got her inspiration. Tropical the island breeze.   All of nature wild and free. This is where I long to be. La isla bonita. And when the samba played. The sun would set so high. Ring through my ears and sting my eyes. Your Spanish lullaby. I prayed that…

  • Shark fin soup - Part 2

    Speaking at the signing of the anti-shark finning law. Following the release of Jaws, that 1970s thriller about an evil man-eating Great White shark, the public image of this extraordinary animal took a turn for the worse. Fear and misunderstanding of sharks became a part of the psyche of generations of people from all over the world. In spite of growing conservation concerns, “Save the sharks!” would have rallied…