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Sweetest Kill

I'm under the impression that factory farming is insane and detrimental to our continuing existence as a species. However, it's difficult to find resources that further explore the environmental impact without the Peter Singer-type ethical concerns of animal welfare, which is appreciated but sometimes lacks a certain scientific rigor. Are there good, go-to resources that explore the environmental impact of factory farming that refrain from diversions into animal rights?
posted by four panels on May 20, 2014 - 9 answers

Post your wild theories about why dinosaurs were so big:

To ask the question another way, why are modern land vertebrates so small? If it's to do with environmental factors, which ones? [more inside]
posted by 8k on Jan 29, 2014 - 18 answers

Help identifying a 1970s comic book where the villain was a gas pump...

Probably early to mid 1970s, color, possible a free giveaway, likely newsprint cover, maybe ecology / gas shortage / conservation themed? Cartoony superhero style probably. I remember getting this as a kid at an outdoor public event on the west coast of BC, Canada - but I assume it wasn't a location-specific comic. It might have been a premium / advertising / educational thing. I've been trying to identify it for years, but that's about all the info that I can recall. Does this ring a bell with anyone?
posted by acroyear on Jun 29, 2013 - 3 answers

How does finding a biology job work?

I really love biology, especially ecology and conservation. I don't want to go straight into grad school, and I don't daydream about being a professor or teacher. What can I do between now and May 2014 to make myself a competitive job applicant? What jobs are available and realistic? Where can I find them? No one in my family is a scientist, so I have no idea what I'm doing. [more inside]
posted by topoisomerase on Jun 8, 2013 - 11 answers

Which is the apexiest of these predators? And what are they eating?

Help me understand the ecosystem of my house. [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on May 18, 2013 - 10 answers

What are some surprising measures of the impact of "green" efforts?

Surely when people try to be more "green", some efforts are significant and some are mere rounding error. What are some examples I could use, with an emphasis on the quantifiable and counterintuitive? [more inside]
posted by quarantine on Apr 30, 2013 - 26 answers

What do I need to know about the cloud forest?

In 2 days, I am going to spend 10 days in Peru's Andean cloud forest. What should I know? What should I bring? [more inside]
posted by agentofselection on Apr 18, 2013 - 5 answers

How can a high GRE score benefit me?

I did really well on the GRE. How will this actually help me? [more inside]
posted by Vatican Cameos on Nov 27, 2012 - 19 answers

Erasing hard drives without a computer?

How does one erase an internal hard drive when said drive is no longer hooked up to a computer and you don't have access to another computer? Then what's the best way to dispose of the drives? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Sep 22, 2012 - 19 answers

give me your tired, your poor, your huddled Swamp Things yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore

Looking for your favorite works of environmentally conscious and ecologically focused science fiction and fantasy. Obscurities preferred! [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Sep 15, 2012 - 29 answers

Real terraforming

I want to know more about the part of forestry that explains how and why forests (any kind) are composed and developed. By "composition," I mean the relative placement of the elements of a forest, like ravines and canopies. Books, web pages, and a massive, super-detailed time lapse animation of a forest forming from nothing would all be great.
posted by ignignokt on Sep 5, 2012 - 8 answers

Removall or other eco-friendly paint removers for retail in Twin Citites?

Looking for a lead on Removall 220 available for retail in the Twin Cities area, or recommendations of equivalent (brushable, eco-friendly) paint strippers. [more inside]
posted by longtime_lurker on Jul 10, 2012 - 2 answers

I want to learn about ecology, coming from a mathematical background

Help me learn about ecology. [more inside]
posted by vogon_poet on Jun 26, 2012 - 11 answers

How to model the accident rate on a certain stretch of road

How could I approach modeling the number of accidents on a certain stretch of road? I've got some semi-ecological approaches in mind but no idea if they're workable. Are there standard approaches to this sort of problem? [more inside]
posted by col_pogo on May 7, 2012 - 9 answers

Where to heretics go to grad school?

I need recommendations on a PhD program in ecology/conservation biology/interdisciplinary studies. I am a biology student who has strong nontraditional interests in cross-disciplinary work, popularization of science (i.e. making science relevant to non-science people), creating social and political change, and examining the relationships between humans and the biosphere from a holistic, non-anthropocentric perspective. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Apr 14, 2012 - 21 answers

Why Bambi should've used birth control: a dimly remembered cautionary tale.

I can recall a text-book case of introducing a species (deer) into a new environment, where a lack of natural predators caused a population boom, followed by local extinction. I remember most of the details but I can't find the actual cite. Please help! [more inside]
posted by ianso on Jan 20, 2012 - 4 answers

Lazy green New Year's resolution

I usually use the New Year for a small environmental resolution. Can you help me find a good one for this year? [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek on Dec 30, 2011 - 19 answers

So I want to be a tree hugging scientist...

What skills should I be developing while in university as to work as an ecologist, environmental scientist, something similar in the future? [more inside]
posted by snowysoul on Oct 27, 2011 - 18 answers

What is considered a "good" GPA for grad school?

What is considered a "good" GPA for admission into graduate school? Extended beanplating and academic fretting inside. [more inside]
posted by dialetheia on Sep 2, 2011 - 13 answers

Does anyone know of good mushroom videos?

Does anyone know a good video on the biology of mushrooms? [more inside]
posted by YukoInNature on Jul 2, 2011 - 4 answers

Liet me ask you a question about a big desert.

How would global climate and soil conditions change if the Sahara Desert wasn't a desert anymore? [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Mar 8, 2011 - 8 answers

Is human-level intelligence only possible in land-based mammals?

Given enough time and the right circumstances, would it be possible for non-land-based mammals to develop human levels of intelligence? What about non-mammals, land-based or otherwise? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Feb 18, 2011 - 42 answers

Must.Save.Earth. But how? I'm a Liberal Arts Major

Liberal Arts Grad. Must live green. Thinking about grad schools for 2012, or "green-collar" career, or starting a biz, or something else random. Already ruled out Law School. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Oct 25, 2010 - 18 answers

What's the deal with GIS these days?

So I'm really excited about the possibility of working in Geographic Information Systems - please help me get a sense of the lay of the land. [more inside]
posted by geneva uswazi on Sep 3, 2010 - 11 answers

Non-technical intro to ecology?

Help me find a good, non-textbook introduction to the basics of ecology - preferably something that costs less than $30 and was published in the last 15 years.
posted by palindromic on Aug 27, 2010 - 4 answers

Toward responsible acquisition of large pine cones

Acquisition of a big pine cone. [more inside]
posted by Chef Flamboyardee on Jun 14, 2010 - 11 answers

Seasonal employment, the more extreme the better.

I'm looking for ideas and advice for obtaining seasonal/temporary environmental science or natural resources related employment - the more extreme the better. [more inside]
posted by nowoutside on Jun 7, 2010 - 2 answers

On a journey to the source of a statistic

What is the source of this statistic: "The world's richest 20 percent consume 70 percent of its resources". [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Jun 7, 2010 - 7 answers

Non-academic jobs for a statistician/ecologist in Israel?

What are some non-academic jobs near Tel Aviv, Israel that would be a good fit for someone with training in statistics (MA) and ecology (PhD)? [more inside]
posted by JumpW on Apr 13, 2010 - 4 answers

MPH + MS > PhD?

MPH + MS > PhD? [more inside]
posted by palindromic on Feb 22, 2010 - 5 answers

Or I could take many photos and have AskMe ID them all.

Where can I take a summer graduate course in field botany (or something similar)? [more inside]
posted by pemberkins on Jan 18, 2010 - 5 answers

How long to bootstrap a marine ecology?

Astronomers discover an extrasolar planet, identical in climate and material composition to Earth, on which life happens never to have arisen. We pack a few kilos of cryopreserved plankton into a space probe programmed to crash into the largest body of salt water. How long does it take this advance crew to populate the oceans? [more inside]
posted by Mars Saxman on Jan 15, 2010 - 14 answers

It's fun when they are fetching, and agree to see an etching, that you keep at your lily pad...

What happens to slimy amphibians during a drought? Do they shrivel up and die? [more inside]
posted by Jon_Evil on Dec 11, 2009 - 3 answers

Help me find vivid books about man in nature.

Help me find books of a particular genre, or collection of similar genres. Specifically, books on living in or traveling through nature that have visual, picturesque language about the landscape/scenery/ecology. [more inside]
posted by Stryke11 on Oct 11, 2009 - 17 answers

Biology job search in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for a good source to search for biology, ecology, conservation, zoology, etc, type jobs in the San Francisco Bay Area [more inside]
posted by CTORourke on Apr 6, 2009 - 4 answers

Looking for rural blogging

I'm looking for pretty/ interesting blogs about homesteading and living in rural areas [more inside]
posted by Sijeka on Feb 4, 2009 - 19 answers

Eco-Friendly sites for Kids?

I am trying to put together a list of environmental eco-friendly sites targeted from young children (kindergarten) to grades 3-4, and 4-6. Looking for anything interesting that has stats, games and so forth. Appreciate your time and input. I need a lot (30 plus...even if you give me one, that is a help)
posted by snap_dragon on Dec 17, 2008 - 5 answers

How to join sheets of paper most effectively without staples or tape

Can anyone help me save the planet one staple at a time? [more inside]
posted by quarantine on Dec 1, 2008 - 13 answers

Changing academic direction (am I being foolish?)

Trying to transfer to a four year college, and changing direction mid -stream. Am I being foolish to consider shifting from aiming for a landscape architecture degree to one in ecological engineering, especially when engineering colleges have completely different requirements than what I've been focusing on? [more inside]
posted by oneirodynia on Jul 10, 2008 - 13 answers

Riverfront Scrub-a-Dub

Complicated microbology/ecology conundrum: Just bought a little house on a river. The house has two big rocks that jut out into the water that are perfect to sit on...if it weren't for the poop on them (most in a thin, dried layer). Help me figure out a solution that maximizes sanitation and minimizes environmental impact... [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy on Jun 11, 2008 - 15 answers

Looking for all the B. F. Skinner wannabe's.

What are the most exciting developments that are actually functioning in ecology, sustainability and alternative technologies? The more specific the better! [more inside]
posted by sully75 on Mar 22, 2008 - 5 answers

radical books wanted

I'm looking for book suggestions for a radical reading group. [more inside]
posted by arcadia on Jan 29, 2008 - 24 answers

Gas Puzzler

OK, I know this is a little silly but it's really beginning to bug me. Is there a way to get the nozzle from a commercial gasoline dispenser out of my car without spilling a few drops of gasoline onto the car or the ground? I have tried shaking the nozzle every which way, i have tried fiddling with the hose, but nothing seems to work. Is spilling a little gas every time I fill up a law of nature, or am I missing something that everyone else knows somehow?
posted by ubiquity on Jan 6, 2008 - 11 answers

Opportunities to Work and Learn in Africa.

Looking for environment/ecology volunteering opportunities in Africa. [more inside]
posted by greytape on Oct 13, 2007 - 3 answers

Looking for webcams to use in ecology lessons.

I'm looking for existing webcams that document ecological phenomena. [more inside]
posted by Tehanu on Sep 19, 2007 - 7 answers

What can we make lots of little Stevenson Screens out of?

Handy people: What's a good way to make lots of small, Stevenson Screen type things on the cheap and easy? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on Sep 13, 2007 - 10 answers

event planning carcon calculator

I am looking for a friendly carbon-footprint estimator for events (small business meetings or conferences). I have been googling around but can't fine one that I saw about a month ago. I am looking for something that would give me a quick estimate based on # people, distance traveled, and number of days/space. Thanks.
posted by cgk on Jun 23, 2007 - 3 answers

Singing in the shower a 'waste of money'

How - and for how long - do you shower? Do you leave the water running all along? Why / why not? [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM on Oct 22, 2006 - 102 answers

Basic Ecology Question

FaunaFilter: Is Petco selling ecologically dangerous animals? If so why? [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Mar 26, 2006 - 11 answers

Using Ibsen to supplement ice core data

I've recently been studying how humans interact with their environments by studying ice cores, sediments, and other such things. I'm interested in supplementing this research by looking at how literature from the same time and place represents humans interaction with the environment. Anybody know any journals, books, etc. that deal with this sort of work? [more inside]
posted by eighth_excerpt on Mar 23, 2006 - 2 answers

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