Jim Robbins

Jim Robbins appears in the following:

Where Are the Monarchs?

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

This year, the annual migration of monarch butterflies was just 3 million, down from 60 million the year before. New York Times contributor Jim Robbins talks about why some experts are worried that the migratory pattern could be on the brink of collapse. His article, “The Year the Monarch Didn’t Appear,” was in the Sunday Review on November 24.

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Keystone Pipeline Controversy

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Jim Robbins, veteran environmental reporter and writer for the New York Times, discusses the controversy surrounding the Keystone XL Pipeline, as well as the environmental and political concerns with oil sands.

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For wild creatures, science becomes less intrusive with new technologies

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Anyone who has watched wildlife documentaries may know that animal behavioral patterns are tracked by inserting microchips into the animals' bodies. This is tricky, because it requires tranquilizing the animal in order to place the chip. But new technology now allows for non-invasive research. Science journalist Jim Robbins joins The Takeaway to explain how scientists are using technology and animal products, like poop, to learn everything they can about wildlife without even touching the animals.

For more, read Jim's piece on DNA-powered wildlife research in the New York Times article, Tools That Leave Wildlife Unbothered Widen Research Horizons.

If you want to do your own wildlife surveys, you'll need to be able to match scat with the critter that created it. To bone up, watch this video.


Beetles killing millions of acres of pine

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

» Video: "America's Disappearing Forests" (The New York Times)
» "Bark Beetles Kill Millions of Acres of Trees in West" (The New York Times)

"If you stand on a mountaintop in Colorado you can look in every direction and see dead trees. It is everywhere."
--Jim Robbins on the impact of pine beetle infestations