ASM Mammal Diversity Database

The ASM Biodiversity Committee stewards the Mammal Diversity Database, an updatable and online database of mammal taxonomic and biodiversity information. This database aims to serve the global scientific community by providing the latest information on species-level and higher taxonomic changes, thereby promoting more rigorous study of mammalian biodiversity worldwide. The initial objective for this online database is …

Biodegradable Plastics: Yes or No?

Read the full story in Environmental Leader. When it comes to “sustainable packaging,” there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. It’s important for brand owners, food producers and manufacturers to consider very carefully what packaging format they use and to make an informed decision based on the reality of our current waste management infrastructure and level of public …

The Biblioracle: University presses deserve protection

Read the full story in the Chicago Tribune. Publishing is a difficult business under the best of circumstances. Margins are small, it’s difficult to know what will sell, and even relative blockbusters are unlikely to provide long-term security against downturns. Publishing is even more difficult when you’re not doing it strictly as a business, when …

Powerful new dataset reveals patterns of global ozone pollution

Read the full story at Science Daily. Although ozone pollution is dropping across many parts of the United States, western Europe and Japan, many people living in those countries still experience more than a dozen days every year in which levels of the lung irritant exceed health-based standards. That's one conclusion from a new health …

Need some free images for your academic work / poster / presentation / website? Look no further

Read the full story at LLRX.com. The Biodiversity Heritage Library also is a rich source of open access biological and zoological images. We all need images for essays, presentations, posters, art-projects, and lots of other reasons, but we don’t necessarily want to pay for them. Neither do we want to break the law by using …

Despite Progress, Cities Struggle With Ambitious Climate Goals

Read the full story from NPR. Cities' climate efforts got a lot of attention after Trump's Paris announcement. Many of them have actually been working at reducing emissions for years. But measuring progress on all those goals can be tough, and critics say much more needs to be done to help avoid the worst impacts …