Lionfish invasion:The venomous lionfish is continuing its invasion of the Atlantic, despite broad efforts to fish out the species. A single female lionfish can plunk down 2 million eggs per year.
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Our local photography clubs haven’t taken up this issue, but preliminary responses are positive. There is a great conservation opportunity for photographers to challenge hunters. When next your government wildlife agency has a public affair, encourage nearby photography clubs to include a display on wildlife photography.
Despite recent cuts to the renewable energy target in Australia, leaders elsewhere are looking to a future without coal. So what are our other options? Carl Smith guides us through Australia’s alternative energy sources—exploring how they work, their potential and why they aren’t used already.
According to the Minke Whalers’ Association and the Fisheries Directorate websites, 14 minke whales have so far been killed.
Iceland’s own kill quotas allow whalers to harpoon up to 229 minke whales in a season. A quota of 239 was issued for last year but only around 10% of the catch limit, 24 minkes, were killed.
This year’s catch limit for fin whaling is 154. Last year Iceland’s whalers took 137 fin whales, the meat from which is currently in transit to Japan.
From the article: "Whale watching is now one of the top tourist attractions in Iceland, generating around £10 million annually and attracting more than 200,000 tourists each year, proving that whales are worth far more to the Icelandic economy alive than dead."
Florida wildlife officials have approved a new bear hunting season only a few years after the animals were removed from the state's threatened species list, reports the Miami Herald.
After an impassioned public debate, mostly in opposition to the new hunting regulations, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted 5-1 for a limited black bear hunt to help control the growing population.
Florida outlawed all bear hunting in 1994, but it says a growth in the bear population and an increase in the number of nuisance calls and bears killed by cars were the reasons for allowing a new hunt. A one-week hunting season in the autumn will be allowed in four areas of the state.
From the article: "Hunters applauded the decision, but critics such as The Humane Society of the United States delivered petitions to Governor Rick Scott with the signatures of more than 90,000 people trying to stop the hunt of Florida's largest native land mammal."
GR: Hunters, who the Arizona Game and Fish Department says are great conservationists, wouldn't have approved the decision, would they?
New evidence that increased melting of sea ice as the Earth warms could weaken the Gulf Stream and reduce temperatures in western Europe.
I am writing you this letter as a simple citizen and wildlife advocate. I do not have access to big money donors, political parties, or special interest groups. Because of that this letter may not even be read by you or your staff, but I am going to try anyway.
Mr. President, I write this letter as a once hopeful but now jaded person that considers myself as a political progressive. This is especially true when it comes to the protection of the environment and our wildlife. When you were running for office and upon your eventual election there was an overwhelming sense of hope that you were going to be the environmental president that we have longed for since the days of Bruce Babbitt and the Clinton Administration. Those hopes began to dim upon your appointment of Ken Salazar, a rancher, to head the Department of Interior. Almost immediately Mr. Salazar, apparently with your blessing, decided to work on stripping protections from the gray wolf in various parts of the country despite overwhelming evidence that the states would implement reckless eradication level hunting seasons on them immediately upon delisting. This occurred right away of course in Idaho and Montana in 2009 until a federal judge placed the gray wolf in the Northern Rockies back on the Endangered Species List thus halting the “legal” killings.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is predicting in a draft report that climate change will eliminate habitat in Georgia for some species by 2050, even as man-made “sprawl zones” create tremendous challenges for other critters and plants.
DNR could have made this statement years ago. Better late than never? Let's hope so.
As Greece defaults and faces a referendum this Sunday on a new bailout package, watch Noam Chomsky on Europe’s "savage response" to the pushback against austerity demands.
Interview by Amy Goodman: PABLO IGLESIAS: "Austerity means that people is expulsed of their homes. Austerity means that the social services don’t work anymore. Austerity means that public schools have not the elements, the means to develop their activity. Austerity means that the countries have not sovereignty anymore, and we became a colony of the financial powers and a colony of Germany. Austerity probably means the end of democracy. I think if we don’t have democratic control of economy, we don’t have democracy. It’s impossible to separate economy and democracy, in my opinion."
British Museum’s ivory icons denied US entry for loan show
by VICTORIA STAPLEY-BROWN, The Art Newspaper
1 July 2015
The US Fish and Wildlife Service blocked the importation of six Byzantine ivory pieces due to come to the US on a loan from the British Museum for the travelling exhibition Saints and Dragons: Icons from Byzantium to Russia. The show, currently on view at the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, Massachusetts and due to travel to the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia, this autumn, centres on icons that are normally hidden away in storage at the London museum.
Perhaps historically and artistically important ivory artifacts should be duplicated and then destroyed.
Originally posted on Fight for Rhinos:
The Chinese are welcomed into parts of Africa with increasing regularity to “work” and “aid” Africans with economic gains.
Greed without guilt is just smart business? So it seems in the U. S. corporate world.
Humans could save the Great Barrier Reef from global warming by transplanting corals that survive heat stress, say scientists Humans could save the Great Barrier Reef from global warming by transplanting corals that survive heat stress, say...
Aargh! We need to stop emissions and preserve the natural coral species assemblage. In the past, our efforts to transplant species have lead to destructive invasions that often move quicker to destroy ecosystems than global warming can.