GOP Congressman Changes Stance on Climate Change

Exciting news! Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) has announced that his stance on climate change has changed. Previously a self-described climate change skeptic, the Congressman announced he’s reversed his position after examining the mounting evidence. Here’s a bit of Rep. Grimm’s interview from the documentary Years of Living Dangerously:

Rep. Grimm represents Staten Island and part of Brooklyn, some of the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy. (I was just there.) One of the first actions my group took after I joined Citizens Climate Lobby last June was to write Rep. Grimm a letter, asking him to consider a market-based solution to mitigate climate change. Hopefully they contributed to his change of heart. Personally I’m going to believe that my letter was what ultimately convinced him to switch, though recognition of the limitations of my influence coupled with the illegibility of my penmanship make that fairly unlikely.

Rep. Grimm attributes his change to former Representative Bob Inglis (R-SC), who coincidentally I just had a change to hear speak this morning at a conference at the New School, “Climate Change Demands We Change. Why Aren’t We?”

Exciting times!

Training Dwarf Lemurs for the Silver Screen

I was lucky to catch a preview screening of the upcoming IMAX movie, Island of Lemurs, a few weeks back. (See also True Facts about Morgan Freeman, the narrator.) Some dwarf lemurs (genus Cheirogaleus) played the role of the first primates to reach Madagascar. Check out this video of how the keepers at Duke Lemur Center got them ready for their debut:

Should I Buy a Slow Loris? (.com)

In honor of the slow loris that purportedly bit Lady Gaga, I registered a domain in the wee hours of the morning last night and built a website:

Should I Buy a Slow Loris (.com)

Hopefully it provides an answer to that question. If it does generate any money from the Donate button, I’ll pass all of it right along to slow loris conservation and research efforts, primatologist’s honor.

Thanks to @mdo for the Bootstrap template, Mark Dumont for the Flickr photo (CC BY 2.0), Schulze & Meier 1995 for the Slender loris sound (since slow loris vocalization are hard to find,) and Raptorize for the jQuery animation fun.