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florida gators... never threatened!

If you ain't a Gator, you should be! Alligators (and endangered crocs) are important indicator species atop their food chains, with sensitivity to pollution and pesticides akin to humans. See ESA blawg. Gator blood could be our pharmaceutical future, too. See ESA musing.


Follow the truth.

"This institution will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind. For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it." -- Thomas Jefferson to William Roscoe, December 27, 1820.


Thanks, Kevin.

KEVIN S. PETTITT helped found this blawg. A D.C.-based IT consultant specializing in Lotus Notes & Domino, he also maintains Lotus Guru blog.

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Obama's NOAA appointee, Lubchenko, an environmental science heavyweight

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Last week, President-elect Barack Obama nominated Oregon State University professor Jane Lubchenco to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  See Washington Post and New York Times.  According to her home state paper, The Oregonian, Ms. Lubchenco is "an internationally known marine ecologist who is deeply concerned about climate change and overfishing."   In addition to implementation of the Endangered Species Act in marine affairs, Lubchenco will oversee federal regulation of oceans (including issues such as coral reef and marine sanctuary protection), satellite operations, weather prediction (including global warming science) and fish harvests.  Wikipedianotes that her impressive list of credentials includes "a MacArthur Fellowship, a Pew Fellowship, eight honorary degrees (including one from Princeton University), the 8th Heinz Award in the Environment (2002) and the Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography (2003)... and 1997-98 president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science."  Notably, Oceana and NRDC  praised the nomination.

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