Archive for April 8th, 2010

Geoengineering at PRI's World Science Forum

By Chris Mooney | April 8, 2010 1:02 pm

There’s an intriguing geoengineering discussion going on here: PRI has brought in the economist Scott Barrett of Columbia, who thinks the economics of geoengineering are just going to be irresistable to most countries, especially when compared with the economics of carbon emissions cuts.

That’s a scary thought, although not exactly a surprising one. You can read Barrett’s academic paper on the topic here, and head over here to join in the dialogue it has occasioned.

Meanwhile, we’re finishing up the next Point of Inquiry, and I promise my intro isn’t as soapbox long this time. (Hey, I’m learning.) Eli Kintisch was a great guest, so tune in tomorrow….

CATEGORIZED UNDER: geoengineering, point of inquiry

'Primate Palooza' at Duke University

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | April 8, 2010 9:42 am

dukeDuke’s celebrating more than just the return of this season’s NCAA champions While we’re on the subject of bonobos, it’s worth mentioning that readers in Durham, NC are in for a treat from April 14-17 as the Blue Devils host ‘Primate Palooza’–an initiative to raise awareness for primates. Internationally renowned conservationist Claudine André will be speaking at the university. From the press release:

André founded and runs the world’s only sanctuary and release program for orphaned bonobos in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Bonobos, like chimpanzees, are our closest living relative and are highly endangered. However, unlike chimpanzees and humans, bonobos are the only ape that has found a way to maintain peace in their groups.

“Having Claudine here at Duke is a wonderful opportunity to share with students and the general public the difference a single individual can make,” says Duke researcher Brian Hare. “Claudine has done more for bonobo conservation than anyone else in the world. If you want to meet a conservation heroine this is your chance.”

These events are open to the public: Read More

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Conservation, Media and Science

Your Inner Bonobo

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | April 8, 2010 6:46 am

I’ve blogged in the past about Duke primate scientist Vanessa Woods and now I encourage readers to go visit her newest blog at Psychology Today Your Inner Bonobo where she writes about bonobos, sex, and whatever happens to be on her mind on any given day. Besides being one of my best friends, Woods is a fantastic and funny writer, and her forthcoming book Bonobo Handshake debuts in June. Here’s a sample from Tuesday:

‘Can animals be gay?’ – are you serious NYT?

IMG_8643Having a story about same sex sex in animals then leaving out bonobos is like writing an article about big ears without mentioning elephants.The science of homosexuality in animals (or socio-sexual behavior) and then you talk about albatrosses?? that don’t even have a clitoris?? Or do they? the point is, even if they do have them, it’s not like you would ever notice. I know the albatrosses are the latest thing, and I love albatross and think it’s really cool the female raise babies together, but does that really compete with two females rubbing their clitorises together with ever increasing frenzy until they orgasm – which by the way helps them reduce social tension and live in a world without violence??

I can only think that the journalist

a. doesn’t know what bonobos are

b. got scared by the 2007 New Yorker article saying bonobos don’t even have that much sex

c. is a lesbian albatross doing her own PR campaign.

And that’s just the beginning, so go check it out

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Conservation
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