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"After more than a quarter century on the Endangered Species List, Wyoming toads may have a chance at recovery under a new plan that sets specific targets and requires long-term monitoring.
"The once-common toads died off in massive numbers starting in the 1970s, succumbing to a deadly fungal disease that has afflicted amphibians around the world.
"Listed as endangered in 1984, the Wyoming toad is considered one of the four most endangered amphibian species in North America and is currently classified as “extinct in the wild” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Approximately 500 individuals are currently held in captivity for breeding and reintroduction efforts.
The goal is to establish stable populations at five sites. It will be tough. Amphibians face the harshest human impacts of any species group. They face declining habitats, increasing pollution, increasing short-wave solar radiation, increasing invasive predators and competitors, and disease. It will be tough.
In what may possibly be the last attempt by conservationists to prevent the critically endangered Sumatran rhinoceros from going extinct researchers have recommended that the small population left is consolidated, given strong protection, and that the percentage of breeding females remaining be determined.
The scientists from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Wildlife Conservation Society's (WCS) Indonesia Program have carried out an island-wide survey of the last wild population of Sumatran rhinoceros.
The study for the first time identifies priority forest protection zones "irreplaceable for saving the critically endangered species," the authors say, and identifies small and scattered populations that should be consolidated if they are to become viable.
A long-simmering row over plans to overhaul a corner of one of Britain’s best loved museums has burst into the open, with its director publicly defending the move.
Sir Michael Dixon, head of the Natural History Museum in London, has come under fire over plans to transform a wildlife garden in the museum’s grounds. He says the change will allow for the creation of a new entrance to the museum, necessary because visitor numbers have soared since free admission was introduced in 2001.
Established in 1995, the one-acre site, with ponds, heathland, meadows, woods and grazing sheep, has been the site of several important scientific discoveries.
A new edition of the “Arizona Wildlife Notebook” is available.
From the Introduction: In the year, 2015, lethal heat waves and storms made it clear that humanity is changing the Earth. Anyone who has paid attention to the news knows that Earth’s animals and plants are disappearing.
New Mexico Game and Fish is Barring Desperately-Needed Lobo Releases; New Polling Data Shows Overwhelming Support for the Endangered Species Act; Imperiled Beluga Whales Won’t Be Coming to Georgia Aquarium; Endangered Species Dodge a Bullet in the Defense Bill
EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 – towards implementation
"Progress has been made in establishing important policy frameworks: the new common fisheries policy, the Invasive Alien Species and Timber Regulations, and the introduction of biodiversity provisions in bilateral trade agreements, to name just a few. The reformed common agricultural policy provides opportunities for enhanced integration of biodiversity concerns but the extent of take-up by Member States will be decisive for success. The Commission has supported and complemented efforts made by Member States, regional and local authorities and stakeholders in enforcing environmental legislation, addressing policy gaps, providing guidelines, funding, promoting partnerships and fostering research and the exchange of best practice. There is a wealth of positive experience that can be a model for advancing towards the EU biodiversity targets in the remaining period until 2020.
"It is now urgent to intensify the implementation of measures across all targets and to ensure that the principles included in the policy frameworks are fully reflected on the ground. Achieving the 2020 biodiversity objectives will require strong partnerships and the full engagement and efforts from key actors at all levels, in particular with respect to completing the Natura 2000 network for the marine environment, ensuring effective management of Natura 2000 sites and implementing the Invasive Alien Species Regulation, and considering the most suitable approach for recognizing our natural capital throughout the EU."
GR: I might be wrong, but the idea that the Union could achieve ". . . strong partnerships and the full engagement and efforts from key actors at all levels . . . " seems a bit of fantasy. "control by financial interests, meaningless wrangling over immigrants, and politics as usual" rings more true.
If you recall the emotional impact of the 2009 movie “The Cove,” you know how horrible it is to witness the spectacle of hunters trapping and slaughtering dolphins. But it was also gratifying to our feelings of outrage, because it seemed like something we could fix, with a bit of public outrage and international pressure.
It’s infinitely harder to come to terms with the fate of an animal like the blind dolphin of the Indus River in Pakistan and India. Nobody stabs or beats them to death any more. Hunting ended by law in the early 1970s. But that is not the same thing as saving the subspecies. Instead the Indus River dolphins are on the red list of endangered species. They have lost 80 percent of their old home range, which once extended almost 2200 miles from the Arabian Sea to the foothills of the Himalayas.
Beginning in the early twentieth century, irrigation dams have repeatedly sub-divided the dolphin’s habitat, into a current total of 17 segments—10 of them now devoid of dolphins. According to a new study in the journal Biological Conservation, anywhere from 1200 to 1750 individuals survive—with 70 percent of them confined to a single 118-mile stretch of river.
The end of summer in the US has seen unprecedented and catastrophic wildfires along the Pacific coast, with whole neighborhoods burned to the ground in California. But the fire season up in Alaska and elsewhere in the far north was also devastating — and the eight million or more acres burned there raise some ominous questions about the future of permafrost and boreal forests.
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Tasmanian devils have been close to extinction several times over the 10 years due to a rare kind of cancer first discovered in 1996. Now, researchers have increased their efforts to save the aggressive marsupials. After being treated with a new vaccine, 20 captive-bred Tasmanian devils were returned to the wild in hopes that their population and diversity will rebound.
Pope Francis is now the world's most influential climate activist.
GR: It really doesn't make sense to write that reasonable statements are "wrong" simply because we've heard the arguments before. Also, it is inaccurate to write that statements are "wrong" because they depart from the normal arguments of the day. Is this reporter just using the headline and argument to get readers? Nah..., the media is not that irresponsible.
Thresholds matter when it comes to climate change. A small increase in temperature can have a huge impact on natural systems and human infrastructure designed to cope with current weather patterns and extremes. Only a few inches of extra rain can top a levee protecting against flood. Only a degree of warming can be the difference between ice-up and navigable water, between snow pack and bare ground.
"Climate change has intensified the California drought by fueling record-breaking temperatures that evaporate critically important snowpack, convert snowfall into rain, and dry out soils. This last winter in California was the warmest in 119 years of record keeping, smashing the prior record by an unprecedented margin. Weather records tend to be broken when a temporary trend driven by natural variability runs in the same direction as the long-term trend driven by climate change, in this case towards warmer temperatures. Drought in California has increased significantly over the past 100 years due to rising temperatures. A recent paleoclimate study found that the current drought stands out as the worst to hit the state in 1,200 years largely due the remarkable, record-high temperatures."
GR: Storms and floods are in the forecast; but the drought will continue.
"Researchers have long thought fish were heartless and cold, incapable of the relationships mammals cultivate, but new research among fish in coral reefs suggests fish can work in long-term paired relationships.
By Lucy Schouten, Staff September 29, 2015
"A diver snorkels in the Great Barrier Reef off Australia’s Queensland state. Rabbitfishes from a coral reef have just been found to exhibit reciprocal cooperation, meaning they are the first fish known to take care of each other.
"Fish living in the vast network of coral reefs near Australia are already known to moviegoers for their devotion, thanks to the loving clownfish father-and-son pair in Pixar’s “Finding Nemo.”
GR: The Bluegill in my ponds defend their nests against predators. It seems that there are usually two defenders, but I haven't watched enough to be sure.
It’s an El Nino year. So that’s supposed to mean a quiet Atlantic Hurricane Season, right? But as the tenth storm of 2015 threatens intensification, very heavy rains, and broadening wind fields as it’s expected to cloak itself in a frontal storm along a track a little south of Sandy — it appears a climate change — riled ocean and atmospheric system have failed to get the message.
"Anyone looking at today’s ocean-atmospheric conditions and the Global Forecast System model run predictions probably couldn’t shake off the shivers as a number of chilling similarities to Superstorm Sandy began to show up in the five day outlook. The forecast is very, very uncertain. But it appears we might have a developing Superstorm-like Joaquin on our hands.
According to Mike Smith of Accuweather:
“There is going to be catastrophic flooding from North Carolina to Massachusetts, and this is going to disrupt the economy regardless of whether or not Hurricane Joaquin makes landfall.”
GR: This article ties Joaquin into the global patterns very nicely. Recommended.
A New Democrat government would put money into renewable energy and home retrofits as part of a plan to fight climate change, leader Tom Mulcair said Thursday.
Speaking in Montreal, Mulcair said the Conservatives under Stephen Harper have ignored the problem of global warming.
“He sees no urgency to act,” Mulcair said.
“After a decade of time wasted under Stephen Harper, we need a prime minister with the long-term vision to fight climate change.”
Mulcair’s announcement Thursday made mostly in French came in a riding the New Democrats took from Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe in the last election.
Originally posted on Exposing the Big Game: James William Gibson, Earth Island Journal | September 27, 2015 Earlier this month an obscure Los Angeles area regional public lands agency—the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority—announced...