Nature News in Review – Week Ending May 1, 2009

Flora

Scientists have identified why excessive fertilization of soils is resulting in a loss of plant diversity.

Lake Baikal’s algae are particularly vulnerable to expected reductions in the length of time the lake is frozen each winter.

Fauna

Well, a virus is roughly “fauna,” and since it seems to be foremost in many people’s minds, here’s a good source of information about the H1N1 (“swine flu”) virus.

Western Australia’s coastal islands survey reveals surprising biodiversity, twenty-seven new species of snails, and a possibly even a solution to the Cane Toad problem that has long plagued the country.

Natural Resources and Public Policy

The Obama administration is reversing many of the potentially damaging anti-environmental regulations rushed through in the Bush administration’s final months.

Despite the government ban, the spring bird hunting season in Malta continues.

Podcasts

BirdNote – State birds, birdsong identification, woodcocks, Rudy-throated Hummingbirds, and more.

Green Week in Review – Climate change, restoration of the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s plans to conduct the first ever survey of organic farming, Renewable Electricity Standards (RES) and electricity costs, and the world’s first low carbon fuel standard.

Nature – What would the world would look like at 1,000ppm of CO2? Tune in and find out.

Nature Stories – Sandhill Crane migration.

On Six Legs – Springtime flies parasitising earthworms. (This edition doesn’t seem to be on the website yet but subscribing via iTunes will show it as available.)

Sierra Club Radio – Maria Gunnoe and Yuyun Ismawati, two of the winners of this year’s Goldman Prize, the premier international award for environmental activism, and filmmaker Curt Ellis on his new documentary, The Greening of Southie, about Boston’s first residential green building.

This Birding Life – Just in case you missed it, Episode #19 features Julie Zickefoose reading her essay “Love and Death Among the Cranes.”