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Grey parrots are endangered and their populations are collapsing across Africa — except for one small oceanic island. Why?

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Wild grey parrots taking flight (Credit: Andrew Bernard, USFWS / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

According to a number of recent studies (for example, this one from 2020), the world’s wild parrots are on a fast track towards extinction, and it’s all our fault. According to that 2020 study, we are not setting aside enough protected spaces to protect parrots, few of these protected spaces are located where wild parrots actually live, and fewer still are large enough for wild parrots to actually comfortably live within.


A 4600 year old painting from a tomb in Egypt depicts an extinct and previously unknown species of goose

Meidum Geese (Detail), Tomb of Nefermaat and Itet. Is this an extinct goose species? (Credit: Anthony Romilio)

An extinct and previously unknown species of goose has been identified from an ancient Egyptian painting that once adorned the walls of a mastaba, or tomb, according to a recently published analysis. This mudbrick tomb was the final resting place of Nefermaat, a prince in Egypt’s Fourth Dynasty (c. 2600 BCE), and his wife, Itet (Figure 1).

The oldest son of king Sneferu, Nefermaat ruled Egypt from 2610 to 2590 B.C. …

The Guam kingfisher has been extinct in the wild for more than 30 years but thanks to intense conservation efforts, it now stands on the brink of being released back into the wild

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NOTE: Originally published under the title: “Extinct Guam Kingfisher Provides Blueprint For Reintroducing Other Long-Lost Animals”

Adult male sihek, or Guam kingfisher (Todiramphus cinnamominus). This critically endangered species is extinct in the wild. (Credit: John Ewen)

The Guam kingfisher, or ‘sihek’ as it’s known by the Chamorros, the indigenous people living on Guam, is becoming a symbol of conservation hope these days. …

Working in parallel, moving the goal posts and avoiding the point

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Negotiation is difficult. Practicing it requires skill, patience and experience and like many things in life, it can be done well, or it can be hindered by practitioners who might say they want compromise and not mean it. How do you tell which is which? When is a negotiation on the level and when is it negotiating in bad faith? What are the warning signals that one or both sides might be wasting the other’s time? Here are a few thoughts.

Working in parallel

One reason that negotiations don’t seem to get anywhere is that the parties are discussing two different but related…

Have we been here before?

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The new administration is gearing up for a long-awaited push to do something about climate change. And while that’s unarguably a good idea, there’s also a feeling that we’ve been here before. The papers are already running pieces about the anticipated pushback from various parties more fearful of having their profits squeezed than of having their grandchildren run out of potable water. It’s the political equivalent of running in mud and it shouldn’t be this way.

For reasons that aren’t clear Washington seems to have a focus on doing big headline grabbing pieces of legislation rather than smaller pieces that…

Key socio-economic-political takeaways from from the GameStop saga

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This is not *another* GameStop short squeeze explainer. You likely know all about it already (otherwise these links here and here will suffice for a 101 intro). This is about what this episode signifies.

It has been simultaneously lauded as a pivot in financial history––a shift towards the underdogs––and ridiculed as ‘meme stock syndrome’, a collective hysterical mass euphoria. It’s David vs Goliath to some, plain lunacy to others. Albeit in smaller voices, others are dismissing the event as ‘yet another short-squeeze’, no stranger in the trading world.

There is a plethora of writings that highlight, rightfully so, that a…

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Amanda Gordon reciting her poem for the Biden inauguration.

Amanda Gorman was great. America’s first Youth Poet Lauriat wowed Joe Biden’s inauguration crowd with free verses that not only acknowledged our shared struggle with truth but dared to point to a common past and a hoped-for future that start with truth and use it as a foundational element in our discourse. Her poetry was aspiring reminding us that we are an aspirational people in search of a more perfect union also understanding that absolute perfection is not of this world. …

One man’s lifelong dedication to conserve two endangered species helped inspire a huge international conservation effort in Colombia

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Gonzalo “Gonza” Cardona Molina worked to protect the yellow-eared parrot (Ognorhynchus icterotis) and other critically endangered parrots living in the cloud forests in the Colombian Andes. (Image courtesy of Fundación ProAves)

Environmentalists and conservation biologists are united in grief by the tragic news that conservation biologist and protector of endangered wild parrots, Gonzalo Cardona Molina, was murdered by an unidentified criminal gang in Colombia. He was 55 years old.

Mr Cardona, known as ‘Gonza’ to his colleagues, friends and admirers, worked with Fundación ProAves as the coordinator of the Reserva Loros Andinos, where he devoted more than 20 years of his life to conserving the yellow-eared parrot. The yellow-eared parrot, Ognorhynchus icterotis, is an endemic species found only in the cloud forests of…

A meaningful relationship with hundreds of people?

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My breakup with Facebook is long overdue. We had a fun relationship at first, but it turned toxic quickly.

When I first created my account back in 2005, I enjoyed spending time on the platform. I uploaded photos and commented on people's statuses.

I “spied” on my college crush and obsessed over what their “like” meant. Does he like me back? I wondered.

The platform grew and grew. Instead of becoming a tool that brought people together, it turned into a hate-spreading machine. The comment section is a battlefield. Facebook gave away our data, and Zuckerberg doesn’t seem sorry.


Okay, I know what you’re thinking. We’re wracked by a pandemic, an economy staring at the abyss, white supremacy and climate change: Shut up and pass the ketchup.

Condiments add flavor to foods. Can we ever have too many?

Fair enough. Still, what’s on offer in the condiment aisle today leaves my tongue uninspired and my gut in turmoil.

Condiment tastes have changed over time and vary considerably around the world. The Romans made garum, a concoction of fish parts, salt and olive oil that was fermented and served with all kinds of food. For some Romans, a whole meal might have consisted of garum and bread washed down with some wine. …


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