Nature and the Environment

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    Baby Falcon Gets a Checkup

    The MTA has released a pretty darn cute video starring the peregrine falcon chicks on the Throgs Neck Bridge. Be prepared to hear incessant chirping. More after the jump!

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Prince William and Duchess Kate Adopt Baby Penguin

    ​Prince William And Duchess Kate (née Middleton) are the perfect picture of romance right now. Their wedding went off without a hitch, the frenzy around them has died down, and they've gone back to normal royal lives. But they're already adding a third member to their family; no, Kate's not p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Richard Branson Is Planning to Create Island Full of Lemurs

    ​Richard Branson, the eccentric billionaire and chairman of the Virgin group, is planning one of the most extravagant displays of socially conscious wealth we've ever seen. The New York Post says that he wants to fill one of his privately owned islands with endangered lemurs in order to build ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2011

    Naked Penguins Have No Explanation, Shame

    "Don't look at us, we have feathers." Photo via HighlandBlade​Penguins on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean have been struck with a peculiar ailment that is leaving scientists confused and the birds chilly. It has been dubbed "feather-loss disorder," and its root cause is unknown. The Wildlife ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2011

    Obese Monkeys Extraordinarily Depressing

    Leah Nash/NYT​There are more rhesus monkeys than you'd think out there getting fat. Getting really fat. And it's not their fault; it's because they're being used as research subjects in studies about obesity and diabetes. At the Oregon National Primate Research Center, scientists are keeping a col ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    Bugging Out: A Dozen Delectable Insect Dishes From Around the World​ In a food culture that constantly seeks out the rare and arcane, insects constitute the final frontier. Though you can readily find pig ears, fiddleheads, sea urchins, foie gras, and truffles on menus all over town, season permitting, where would you go to find bugs?

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2010

    T.G.I. Friday's Among Those Charged With Dumping Waste and Raw Sewage in Brooklyn Waterways

    Because untreated grease gives us all something to smile about!​Here's yet another reason we find ourselves weary of the continuing existence of T.G.I. Friday's.

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2010

    How to Keep Bees Out of the Red

    david.niknvscanon/FlickrBees, the right color.​Remember the story about the mysteriously red bees? Well -- big surprise -- it turns out that bees are just as drawn to artificial sweeteners as humans are. Bees from several local hives were caught dipping into the red maraschino cherry juice at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2010

    Bin Laden Book Club: Terrorist's Recordings Recommend More Than Killing Americans

    ​Sunday's New York Times includes a somewhat original, overlooked take on the most infamous terrorist in the world, the still-not-caught Osama bin Laden, who released two new audio recordings over the weekend. The article, instead of the standard "Where's Waldo?", focuses on bin Laden's "wide- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    Animal v. Human: Who Will Win in the Battle of New York City Domination?

    ​New York City. If it's not the raccoons, it's the coyotes,  geese, sewer gators, rats, bedbugs, or the dangerous fornicating opossums. The New York Post reveals that city officials decided to try to fuck with biology by introducing the rat-tailed marsupials into Brooklyn a few years ago to r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    Whole Foods Cops Out on Fork in the Road's Challenge to Stop Selling Severely Endangered Seafood Immediately

    ​The confusing Whole Foods "dot" identification system for seafood. In a press release that just hit our email box at Fork in the Road, Whole Foods announces the chain-wide implementation of their color coding system for identifying fish according to sustainability, as certified by the Blue O ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 11, 2010
  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    New York State Geese Are All Fucked

    ​You thought it was bad that 400 Canada geese in Prospect Park were killed? Now the state is planning to euthanize 170,000 of them. Run for your lives, geese! According to City Room, who got hold of a report by some government agencies, "The nearly 400 geese gassed to death this month after ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    Special Things for People Without Summer Fridays: Baby Sea Lion (Video!)

    ​New babies! We love new babies. Especially when they are super-cute baby sea lions born at the New York Aquarium: An as-yet-unnamed female sea lion has been born to mama sea lion Clarice, and is the first sea lion to be born at the Aquarium.

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2010

    Brooklyn Botanic Garden Study Finds Local Native Plants Face Extinction

    Bittersweet at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens​A 20-year study of plant life in a fifty mile radius of New York City by the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens has found that more than 50 plant species native to the region face extinction under pressure from decreasing undeveloped land and the spread of non ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2010

    Coyote in Holland Tunnel: Didn't Pay Toll

    ​We're told that the NYPD's elite Emergency Services Unit has been called to the Manhattan side of the Holland Tunnel to chase down a coyote initially spotted in the tunnel. According to the most recent report from the cops, the commuting coyote left the tunnel and was last seen on Varick St ... More >>

  • News

    January 12, 2010
  • Blogs

    January 5, 2010

    2009 Darwin Awards: Crime Down? Criminal Stupidity is Up.

    Crime is reportedly down, so does that mean there are fewer criminals? Maybe criminals are just getting more stupid. Two co-winners of the just-announced 2009 Darwin Awards — "Honoring those who improve the species . . . by accidentally removing themselves from it!" — are evidence. U ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2009

    McCain weighs in on Sarah Palin's cap

    ​The ongoing pissing match over Sarah Palin's inked-up gimme cap has a new combatant, now that John McCain has taken a stand. If you managed to miss this earth-shaking controversy, the Senator's former running mate was photographed in Hawaii wearing a McCain campaign sun visor with the logo bl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    "The Cove" Trailer: Dolphins in Your Bento Box

    The Cove exposes a Japanese town's secret dolphin trade, where the intelligent sea mammals are captured for amusement and slaughtered for food. The film, which stars Richard O'Barry, once the world's leading authority on dolphin training and a consultant on the show Flipper, opens today at the Ang ... More >>

  • Film

    July 28, 2009
  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    LaGuardia Geese Will Be Gassed, Shot, and Falconed in New Safety Program

    Congratulations to the New York Post, which has received action on one of its crusades, an early call to get the LaGuardia Canadian geese that brought down Flight 1549. The cause was taken up by state senators including Hiram Monserrate, and the Post kept up the pressure till it bore fruit: now the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2009

    Feds Crack Down on Sperm Whale Teeth Traffickers

    A Massachusetts antique dealer has been indicted by the Justice Department for illegally importing sperm whale teeth. (We didn't know this was a hot black market commodity, but then again, there's a collector's market for just about everything. Apparently the hot sperm whale teeth spots in the U.S a ... More >>

  • Film

    April 22, 2009
  • Blogs

    April 9, 2009

    Save the Planet--Eat More Jellyfish, Experts Say

    Starbucks yesterday opened its first café in Poland, located in downtown Warsaw. The company said it has been wanting to enter Poland, a country that has embraced coffee culture, for awhile. [Seattle PI] Hamptons restaurateur Ed "Jean Luc" Kleefield was arrested Friday after turning himself in fo ... More >>

  • Film

    March 25, 2009
  • Blogs

    March 19, 2009

    DEC Stings Poachers, Smugglers of Turtles, Snakes, and Salamanders

    Today the state department of environmental conservation got to play Elliot Ness, announcing charges against 18 people nabbed in "Operation Shellshock," a sting on illegal poaching, transportation and sales of protected reptiles, specifically turtles, rattlesnakes and salamanders. The Times repo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2009

    Dolphins Prepare Meals

    What's for dinner?Apparently, humans are not the only ones who are particular about their food. According to British researchers at the University of Exeter, a dolphin has twice been filmed preparing its food according to a certain "recipe"--a behavior that's extremely rare, even in mammals. The fe ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    July 2, 2008


    They’re just trying to get a nut

  • Books

    December 4, 2007

    The Fish That Wasn't

    A whale of a cultural clash in an early New York legal battle

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2007

    Fight For Your Right to Feed Pigeons

    The backlash against Councilman Simcha Felder's proposal to create a $1,000 fine for feeding pigeons continues to grow. Pigeon defenders have started a new blog, People for Pigeons, to counter misinformation being spread about pigeons and will host a rally for pigeon rights on the step of City Hall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2007

    R.I.P, You Noble Whale

    Thar s/he blew, in Gowanus Bay, on Tuesday. The minke whale that wandered into our foul urban stew this week has died. Weighing as much as 5,000 pounds and leaving one heck of a carcass to haul out, the young critter braved the outer reaches of the Gowanus Canal before breaking hearts all over brow ... More >>

  • Music

    March 20, 2007
  • News

    March 13, 2007

    All Wet

    Bloomberg's man Dan Doctoroff has an answer for rising seas: more coastal condos!

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2007
  • News

    October 31, 2006

    Off the Leash

    In the exotic pet universe, it's all about whose is weirder than whose.

  • Screens

    July 25, 2006
  • Blogs

    May 26, 2006

    Al Gore and the Moral Imperative

    "Our political system has something in common with the earth's climate," Al Gore is saying to wild applause. "It is non-linear. Change can seem to be happening slowly, and then it can shift to a completely new path." The former vice president and current star of the documentary An Inconvenient T ... More >>

  • Film

    May 16, 2006

    Fahrenheit 2050

    The man who would've been president warns of an imminent deep impact

  • Film

    January 31, 2006
  • News

    December 13, 2005

    Foul Play

    Raw sewage continues to pour into the city's waterways

  • Film

    June 14, 2005
  • Film

    May 24, 2005
  • Film

    May 17, 2005

    Escape From Zoo York

    The fast and the furriest: Animating season opens with the journey of a manic menagerie

  • NYC Life

    December 21, 2004
  • Music

    September 14, 2004

    Meet the Beetles

    An invitation to a sweet holiday in other species' mystery

  • News

    May 25, 2004

    Stirring Up A Storm

    Enviros hope 'The Day After Tomorrow' will change the climate regarding climate

  • News

    September 2, 2003

    Coal Dirt Cheap

    New EPA Rule Threatens to Increase Local Pollution

  • News

    February 25, 2003
  • Art

    August 6, 2002
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