Biodiversivist

My real name is Russ Finley. I also have my own blog called Biodiversivist, which contains articles in addition to those submitted to Grist. I live in Seattle, married with children. Suffice it to say that although I am trained and educated as an engineer, my passion is nature. I very much want my grandchildren to live on a planet where lions, tigers, and bears have not joined the long and growing list of creatures that used to be.

Climate & Energy

Birth Control will not stop climate change

Cross posted from Biodiversivist …but it sure could help. From a study recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences  …reducing peak population to roughly 8 billion, for example, could save 29 percent of expected greenhouse gas …

Climate & Energy

Renewable Fuels Association not happy with E85 labels on pumps

Bob Dinneen, head of a very well-funded corn ethanol lobbying organization, has a  new press release in the Huff Po green blog which begins by claiming: Other nations, including Brazil, with at least as many older vehicles on their roads, …

Climate & Energy

Automotive X Prizes Awarded

  Original article on Biodiversivist. The $10 million dollar X Prize was split between two electric car designs and a design that runs on biofuel (E85) called the Edison 2. In the above video the Edison 2 is hyped by …

Adirondack Adventure–No Bats, One Rabid Fox

Crossposted from Biodiversivist The above Animal Planet video shows a man trying to fend off a rabid fox …with a loaf of bread. I just spent a week with my family in a cabin on the shore of Brant Lake …

A New Verb is Born — Outgreen

Cross posted from the Biodiversivist Blog From Wiktionary: VERB to outgreen (third-person singular simple present outgreens, present participle outgreening, simple past and past participle outgreened)    1. (transitive) To surpass in environmental activism or consciousness I submitted this word to …

Natural Enemies–People And Nature

Crossposted from Biodiversivist The above photo is from Rhett Butler’s (of Mongabay) latest trip to Bali. It inspired me to do a post. Beetle collecting was all the rage back in Darwin’s day. Photos from today’s high-quality, affordable, digital cameras, …

Response To The Cornucopians

(Photo credit: Ollie Crafoord’s photo stream Flickr) Cross Posted from Biodiversivist There have been four recent articles in Grist (mine makes the fifth and I would not blame anyone for not bothering to read it) on the topic of population. …

Bald Eagle Take Out (Red-Tailed Hawk)

Last week a bunch of crows (called a murder for reasons unknown) were making so much noise I stepped out of my house to see what was up. Most of my neighbors did as well. We discovered a pair of …

Corn Ethanol's Enemy List

Photo courtesy of, er, Hidinhumiliation via Flickr A short, relatively innocuous post on an obscure farming blog created a small stir last week when it caught the attention of some less obscure bloggers, Robert Rapier in particular, who was was …