Gore Urges Obama to Be 'Bold'; A Conservation Biologist's Hero

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The Guardian on Al Gore Climate hawk, and former vice president, Al Gore called on Obama to "act boldly to solve the climate crisis, to begin solving it" in an interview he did with the Guardian. Gore said: 'He has the mandate. He has the opportunity, and he has the inherent ability to provide the leadership needed. I really hope that he will, and I will respectfully ask him to do exactly that." Specifically, Suzanne Goldenberg writes, Gore wants a carbon tax and thinks this could help with the fiscal cliff too: "By including the carbon tax in the solution to the fiscal cliff we can [get] away from the climate cliff."

The New York Times on the a "real-life Indiana Jones" Craig Leisher tells the story of Alfred Russel Wallace, the favorite historical figure of conservation biologists. A friend of Charles Darwin, Wallace was, in Leisher's words, "intrepid, curious about everything, and he worked simultaneously at the theoretical and practical levels as no one before or after ever has." He spent four years in the Amazon and nearly eight "island-hopping" the Indonesian archipelago. So why is he so favored? His "unlikely climb to prominence, his 12 years spent in wild places before the advent of DEET and antibiotics, his fortitude in surviving disease and multiple shipwrecks, and his ability to go deep into subtle distinctions between species as well as wide into how one species evolves into another." 

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Grist on the election Bill McKibben explains how to feel optimistic about "climate action" after the election. His reasoning include: the prevalence of young voters and exit polling which indicates that Sandy influenced voters decisions. For McKibben, change is imperative and the "first, best test will the Keystone pipeline." He notes: "If Obama nerves himself up to defy the fossil fuel industry and block it, it will be the first time he’s helped to keep some carbon in the ground." 

ClimateWire on snowpacks in the Northern Hemisphere A study from Stanford University says that snowpacks in the Northern Hemisphere are going to shrink "aggressively and sooner than previously thought," Anne C. Mulkern explains. As we could see changes in the next 30 years, this is bad news. It will have "major implications" for water supplies, will "affect the ability to control floods," and could up the number of dry years. The western U.S., Canada, South Asia and pieces of north and central Eurasia will bear the brunt of the results of this development.

Co.Exist on glowing fishing nets A new invention serves to help fish get out of trawlers' nets and therefore make fishing more sustainable. It's an illuminated ring and gives fish an "escape route," Ben Schiller writes, thereby subverting problems caused by trawler nets which "gather up most of everything in their path." The designer explains that "one of the main problems with trawler nets is that as they are dragged, the holes get smaller, stopping younger fish from escaping." The ring keeps a hole open and lights the way for the fish. 

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