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.

The good, the bad, and the ugly

Roosters, meat, and biodiversity

I ran across this article looking for information on avian flu. South Carolina is the capital of the poultry industry, but even there, nobody wants to live next to a commercial chicken house. Thomas Brickle, …

Blair says nuclear, Bush says nukuler

The Brits need power, quick

Blair is discussing the possibility of building more nuclear power plants. Some of the U.K.'s older plants will be going offline in the next decade or so and according to CarbonFree (a company betting on …

Posers

Bike guy, meet clue. Clue, bike guy.

Slate carries the story of a guy who tried and failed to use his bike for useful purposes. Why he failed becomes painfully obvious if you can read between the lines. He owns four bikes, …

Wildlife breeder reactors

It may be time to embrace nuclear power

I was writing a post about nuclear energy based on an article in Scientific American when I noticed an interesting comment on one of Dave's posts on global warming, which all somehow tied together. From …

Alien abductions on the rise …probes continue

I am no longer alone. Others now know that alien species are abducting the planet's rainforests. I was greatly relieved to find this article in New Scientist via Treehugger a few days ago. Admittedly, the …

Giant carnivorous snail attack

Biodiversivist

Carnivorous Powelliphanta snails that can grow to the size of a man's fist are being attacked by a coal mining company (note that this article was found in a business journal). What is wrong with …

Arrested development

Interesting. I quit playing in the dirt with my toy trucks when I was... oh, about 6 years old. A few weeks ago, the Forest Service announced a plan to control the proliferation of illegal …

All decked out

An article in last Sunday's Seattle Times gives us some bleak news. The Amazon is being illegally cleared at unprecedented rates. Why? There is a demand for the wood. Where? Brazil's main markets are the …

Stone tools don't cut it

Indigenous cultural ways are already dying out; let’s help them transition in an ecologically sound

Though native[s]... like me are gradually being outnumbered by newcomers, we remain tied to the land in a way outsiders will never understand... Without it, we lose our cultural identity and, ultimately, ourselves. This is …