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International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is an organization that tries to "influence, encourage and assist societies to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature". The IUCN is one of the most influential conservation organizations in the world and retains United Nations observer status. They are probably most well-known for their comprehensive inventories of the conservation status of both ecological Read more

Hiking Classifications

After receiving several inquiries about the difficulty of hikes, I began a long search for a system that would help to describe the difficulty that one would encounter on any given trail. I ended up stumbling upon quite a few systems but they all tended to be overly simplistic or were very specific to a certain terrain, like the Australian Standard that was designed for the Australian outback, or the SAC (Swiss Alpine Club) Read more

Taxonomy Index

Here is a list of the common names of flora and fauna that have been mentioned in posts, along with their respective genera and species. The tables have been divided into their respective Kingdoms as well as their conservation status under the IUCN Red List * if known. I previously used Woese's three-domain, six-kingdom system, but with recent developments in taxonomy, I have instead switched to Cavalier- Read more

100 Items or Less

The idea behind this 'item cap' (crap cap?) is to basically own less in order to experience more. It not only helps me conserve space and money, as well as gives me the element of mobility, but also helps to alter my consumption patterns and reduce my carbon footprint. I also try my best to obtain used items whenever possible (except, of course, for running shoes and safety equipment), as there is an over-abundance of Read more

Personal Emergency Preparedness

Recently I have been wondering what my chances of survival would be if I was thrown unprepared in a survival scenario. These scenarios could be as varied as a boat sinking in the middle of the Pacific, a helicopter crashing over a dense tropical forest, hanging one-handed from a small ledge off a sheer cliff thousands of meters high, or even a nuclear fallout. I haven't been completely satisfied with the odds Read more