The idea that regulated trade in rhino horn will work as a strategy against poaching is preposterous.
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It's no longer a question of 100% drought coverage for the stricken state of California. That barrier was crossed months ago. Today, it's how severe that drought coverage has become. And in a state...
March through June 2014 were the hottest on record globally. While a single extreme weather event is not proof of anthropogenic climate disruption, the increasing intensity and frequency of these events are.
Excellent review of news on effects and responses to anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD). Covers Earth, water, air, fire, and denial.
(Graphic of 135 year temperature record by NOAA. Image source: NCDC.) According to reports from NOAA, human-caused warming continued unabated into June of 2014 as land and ocean surface temperature...
GR: To whom will deniers of human-caused global warming apologize? Perhaps they will simply fail to notice the change.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's Kruger National Park is considering a plan to move some rhinos out of the flagship wildlife reserve in an attempt to protect them from poachers.
This is not a serious plan. Poachers can reach any park.
Poachers represent international invasions into South Africa. National safety and defense are at stake. According to the Defense Ministry, the South African National Defense Force (SANDF) is currently in serious decline. Perhaps a few "advisers" and a few million dollars in aid to the right government agencies would benefit SANDF and encourage a military response.
MADRAVENSPEAK “Consider this. What if all life on earth could go extinct because of man-made climate change?” — “Last Hours” documentary There is little, these days, that brings state power in line...
The "Urgent Care prescription" at the end is worth reading and discussing.
Northern Canada is On Fire, And It's Making Global Warming Worse For the past few weeks, dry and warm weather have fueled large forest fires across Canada's remote Northwest Territories. The extent of those fires is well above average for the year to-date, and is in line with climate trends of more fires burning in the northern reaches of the globe.
Of the 186 wildfires in the Northwest Territories to-date this year, 156 of them are currently burning. That includes the Birch Creek Fire complex, which stretches over 250,000 acres.
The amount of acres burned in the Northwest Territories is six times greater than the 25-year average to-date according to data from the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Center.Boreal forests like those in the Northwest Ter..
Increasing fire occurrence means that a site is more likely to be burned a second time before the vegetation can recover. This quickly leads to a reduction in diversity and stability.
President Obama just made an unprecedented move in the fight against illegal wildlife trafficking. In a visit to Tanzania, the President launched a poaching crackdown, dedicating the United States to fighting back against poachers and criminal wildlife traffickers. His new $10 million initiative is devoted to protecting Africa's iconic species from the threat of the bloody trade in illegal ivory.
We can't think of a better ally in the fight to save elephants, rhinos, and other species driven to the brink of extinction by the illegal wildlife trade.
Let Obama know that we stand with him – and with elephants. Send your letter of support today!
Please sign the petition.
So far the EPA has refused to ban use of neonicotinoid insecticides — despite mounting evidence that they kill bees and other wildlife, despite a ban in the European Union, despite a lawsuit filed by activists and beekeepers.
But if the EPA is somehow still unclear on the dangers posed by neonics, it need only talk to the official who oversees federal wildlife refuges in the Pacific Northwest and Pacific Ocean..
Pressure mounts for EPA to ban neonicotinoid insecticides.
Florida panthers once prowled and flourished in America’s southeastern woodlands and swamps, but today fewer than 160 remain.
GR: Sign the petition to the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
By Anne Petermann, Executive Director of Global Justice Ecology Project. from the Venezuela Social Pre-COP. peoples climate march2. Today's blog post is not addressing directly what is happening here in Venezuela at the SocialPreCOP, but something on the minds of many people here–the next step in the series of climate meetings/actions this year. That is the upcoming climate march planned for New York City on September 21st, two days before UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon’s UN Climate Summit–a closed door session where the world’s “leaders” will discuss “ambitions” for the upcoming climate conference (COP20) in Lima, Peru. Part of the objective of the Venezuelan government at this SocialPreCOP meeting is to come away with a set of demands from people gathered here that they can take to this exclusive summit.
In his Rolling Stone piece, McKibben quotes a Princeton scientist who stated, “we are all sitting ducks.” That is true. However, the missing analysis in this assertion is identifying just exactly who is holding the shotgun. The inference is that it is climate change pointing its double barrels at us, but I disagree.
We are sitting ducks alright, but the ones threatening our existence are the ones on Wall Street and its equivalents, buying policies that maintain business as usual. Like Chad Holliday, the Chair of Bank of America (who co-Chairs the UN’s absurdly named Sustainable Energy for All initiative), the Koch Brothers, Chase Manhattan Bank, and on and on. A smorgasbord of power elite.
My hope is that some folks coming for the march will be inspired by the powerful accomplishments of the movements that came before and will form affinity groups to take their outrage and their demands directly to the source. Directly to the ones holding the shotguns. Making their business as usual impossible.
As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. pointed out, “The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be… The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.”
GR: Good common sense recommendations, but I have to think about Occupy whose impact on Wall Street has been that of a moth beating its wings on a window.
Drought is forcing deer to visit the irrigated lawns in gardens in local towns. The outcome of developing conflicts is uncertain.
Gill concluded that studies like this are vital, "because many long-distance migrant bird populations are currently declining very rapidly, and identifying how climate change is affecting these pop...
We don't know much about animal migration, its causes and consequences. We know much more about human migration, but in the U. S. we tend to focus on the consequences rather than the causes.
Cristina Eisenberg interview by Matt Miller. Photo: Trevor Angel.
Cristina Eisenberg has emerged as a leading voice for large predator conservation in North America. Her research has investigated on trophic cascades and the effects of predators on landscape health and biodiversity. Currently a post-doctoral fellow in Oregon State’s School of Forestry, she is a frequent speaker and writer on predator conservation. She is the author of two books, most recently The Carnivore Way: Coexisting with and Conserving North America’s Predators, published this year by Island Press.
Not knowing how ecosystems work, we can't predict the consequences of our "management" actions. We introduce animals and plants that we discover are destructive invaders of local habitats. We invent pest control chemicals that we discover kill the species that maintain ecosystem productivity. We eradicate dangerous predators and then discover that we needed the predators to regulate prey populations. We learn so very slowly because we do these things and rarely study the consequences. We don't learn.