Science http://tspr.org en How Protecting Wildlife Helps Stop Child Labor And Slavery http://tspr.org/post/how-protecting-wildlife-helps-stop-child-labor-and-slavery When scientists talk about the destruction of rain forests or the acidification of oceans, we often hear about the tragic loss of plants and animals.<p>But ecologists at the University of California, Berkeley, say there's also a human tragedy that frequently goes unnoticed: As fish and fauna are wiped out, more children around the world are forced to work. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:20:00 +0000 Michaeleen Doucleff 57321 at http://tspr.org How Protecting Wildlife Helps Stop Child Labor And Slavery Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers http://tspr.org/post/rust-devastates-guatemalas-prime-coffee-crop-and-its-farmers Outside the northern Guatemalan town of Olopa, near the Honduran border, farmer Edwin Fernando Diaz Viera stands in the middle of his tiny coffee field. He says it was his lifelong dream to own a farm here. The area is renowned for producing some of the world's richest Arabica, the smooth-tasting beans beloved by specialty coffee brewers.<p>"My farm was beautiful, it was big," he says.<p>But then, a plant fungus called coffee rust, or <em>roya</em> in Spanish, hit his crop.<p>"Coffee rust appeared and wiped out everything," he says.<p>That was in 2012, and it was Diaz Viera's first crop. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 57302 at http://tspr.org Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers Shifts In Habitat May Threaten Ruddy Shorebird's Survival http://tspr.org/post/shifts-habitat-may-threaten-ruddy-shorebirds-survival An intrepid bird called the <a href="http://www.fws.gov/northeast/redknot/">red knot</a> migrates from the southern tip of South America to the Arctic and back every year. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 editor 57303 at http://tspr.org Shifts In Habitat May Threaten Ruddy Shorebird's Survival Why We Think Ignorance Is Bliss, Even When It Hurts Our Health http://tspr.org/post/why-we-think-ignorance-bliss-even-when-it-hurts-our-health Medical tests are rarely a pleasant experience, especially if you're worried that something could be seriously wrong. That's true even though we know that regular screenings and tests often help doctors catch issues early.<p>But of course, humans don't always behave rationally. Sometimes people will go to great lengths to avoid hearing bad news. Social scientists call this sort of behavior information aversion, or the ostrich effect (based on the old myth that ostriches bury their heads in the sand when they're scared). Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 57304 at http://tspr.org Why We Think Ignorance Is Bliss, Even When It Hurts Our Health How Do You Lose A Half-Million Birds? http://tspr.org/post/how-do-you-lose-half-million-birds In late July and August, something remarkable happens in the air above Lake Murray in South Carolina. Around sunset, hundreds of thousands of <a href="http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Purple_Martin/id">purple martins</a> come streaming toward the center of the lake from every direction, swirling together in a massive flock that darkens the sky. After an hour or so, they settle down on <a href="http://www.lakemurray-sc.com/purplemartins.html">Bomb Island</a> in the center of the lake.<p>It's called a "roost" — a gathering of purple martins that precedes their epic migration to South America. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 22:12:00 +0000 editor 57301 at http://tspr.org How Do You Lose A Half-Million Birds?