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Cool frogs; deadzone oceans

Science newsettes from the Washington Post:

Chinese Torrent Frogs Share Bats’ Ultrasonic Capabilities

Not only can a rare Chinese frog sing like a bird, it can also apparently hear like a bat, according to new research….

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Fishing Fleets Overexploiting Seas at High Rate, Study Warns

Highly mobile fishing fleets are exploiting the sea’s resources at an unsustainable rate, according to a new paper published Friday by more than a dozen international researchers in the journal Science.

The paper, which looks at how “roving bandits” swoop in and plunder fisheries at a rapid rate, looks at how some fish populations have collapsed within a matter of years. In Maine, the sea urchin became a popular commodity in Japanese sushi markets in the mid-1980s: After peaking in 1993, the catches declined precipitously….

Peak oil, peak seafood (no disrespect to ocean life forms that don’t think of themselves simply as food, regardless of how delicious they are). Speaking of which, I was very disappointed to see Thai shrimp in the Hanover Co-op yesterday: almost guaranteed to be “farm” shrimp which is bad, bad, bad. Shrimp farms tend to be established through the clearing of mangrove forest. These forests are pretty vital system, protecting shorelines, providing breeding habitat for numerous species, providing living resources for traditional peoples, etc. But they get plowed cuz none of those things count for cash dollars like shrimp. And then, usually, the shrimp farms silt up and shut down after only a few years — so the farmers move on to the next patch of mangrove. Uncool.


Chelsea Green Weekly for May 5, 2017

Ever wonder what your favorite Chelsea Green authors do between writing groundbreaking–both literally and figuratively–books? Here are the best links and resources for your weekend reading pleasure. Let’s start with The Alzheimer’s Antidote. The Alzheimer’s Antidote Amy Berger has been making the rounds on the health, wellness, and fitness circuit, explaining the theories behind her revolutionary […] Read More

Q&A with Kate Raworth about her radical new book, DOUGHNUT ECONOMICS

Q: First things first: Why did you want to write this book? A: I studied economics at university 25 years ago because I wanted to make a difference in the world and believed that economics – the mother tongue of public policy – would best equip me to do that. Instead, its theories left me […] Read More

Chelsea Green: In the Media 2016

Oh, 2016. Where did the time go? Each year, Chelsea Green receives hundreds of mentions (well over 1000 in 2016) in the media both big and small. From interviews, to excerpts, to opinion pieces by authors we’re always working to make sure that the mission and message of each book is spread far and wide. […] Read More

Slack and Taut: Defining a System’s Resilience

A resilient future (or a resilient present, for that matter) needs to be slack, not taut. What do we mean? Core to the concept of a Lean Economy is understanding the need to move toward a “slack” market rather than one that is “taut.” When British economist David Fleming died unexpectedly in 2010, he left […] Read More

Prehistory of the Next American Revolution

What now? A new Revolution? If we are to counter the dangers both of corporate domination and of traditional forms of socialist statism, decentralization is essential—both of economic institutions and of political structure. We are at a point in our nation’s history that could, decades from now, be taught as the prehistory of the next […] Read More
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