DURHAM, NC – June 30, 2014 – The E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation today announced the official release of E.O. Wilson's Life on Earth, a free iBooks textbook series designed to excite and instruct high school biology ...
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While worldwide, land managers and conservationists are evaluating methods for preserving species, Paul Beier, a Regents' professor who researches wildlife ecology and conservation biology at NAU, believes one approach has the highest likelihood of success.
Conserving nature's stage is a broad plan to provide habitats for most plants and animals in the face of climate change.
"Compared to strategies that require predicting the future geographic ranges of each of the world's 10 million species, conserving nature's stage is practical and inexpensive," Beier said.
Save the habitat and you save the species. Fine, but don't tell us that we have to define habitat according to the dominant plant life forms we can see from space. We still need better habitat mapping than that. The problem with the idea presented here is that it isn't really new, and there aren't any suggestions given for how to save the habitat. Grazing, deforestation, farming, mining, etc. are roaring across the land leaving little natural habitat in their wake. How do you stop them?
Cecil The Lion may have had an untimely death, but these animals are likely to join him any day now…
Whether you wept at the news that Cecil The Lion had been killed at the hands of a crossbow-happy dentist from Minnesota, whether you didn’t even know there was such a thing as a crossbow-happy dentist (or that lions came with names), or whether you just used it as an excuse to wave your hands around and exclaim loudly (‘Guys, what about other species we’re so intent on killing?! The human species?! Have you even heard of Sandra Bland?! I THOUGHT NOT!’), recent events in Zimbabwe have brought an important subject to light: increasing numbers of animals are headed straight for extinction, unless we do something about it.
Every year, day in and day out, humans poach animals. Sometimes it’s for food, and your viewpoint on that probably depends on the circumstances (how hungry was the person holding the crossbow? How many people are in need of that specific meal? Are you, or are you not, a vegetarian?). Sometimes it’s for their skin, or their bodyparts, and your viewpoint on that probably depends on the circumstances too (how cold was the person holding the crossbow? Is the rest of the animal going to be eaten, too? What is the exact situation surrounding the animal’s death?). And sometimes it’s for fun.
Does human nature make inevitable the loss of all species but for a few that we raise for food?
Operation of the dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers must change to restore salmon and steelhead runs.
By Pat Ford
Special to The Times
THIS summer, we are feeling climate change in the Northwest. Rivers and waters started hot this spring and got hotter. Fishery agencies say 250,000 to 400,000 Columbia River Basin salmon are dead or will die. Sockeye salmon are the worst hit, but chinooks are dying, too, and sturgeon.
Unrelieved hot water, at and above 70 degrees in the Columbia, Snake and many tributaries, is sickening and killing them. The best summary so far, by Hal Bernton in The Seattle Times, names the immediate causes: “Snowpack drought has salmon dying in overheated rivers.”
Early Sunday morning, the White House shared a video message narrated by President Obama that announced the Monday release of the final version of the Clean Power Plan.Under the plan, the EPA will adopt a rule that regulates carbon pollution from existing power plants for the first time, and in the video, Obama called it “the biggest, most important step we’ve ever taken to combat climate change.”
Compared to the proposed rule, the new final version cuts more carbon pollution from the power sector, does it with more renewable energy and less natural gas, while providing more flexibility along the way to states trying to meet their targets.
The final version of the regulation, according to a senior administration official, will actually reduce power sector carbon pollution 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. This is more ambitious than the 30 percent reduction over the same period in the proposed…
Fine, but cutting 32% by 2030 isn’t enough. Individuals can do more. See post at: http://garryrogers.com.
By Robert A. Vella
I awoke this morning to a muggy, hot day. My skin was sticky-moist, and I decided not to put on shoes and socks to be more comfortable – just shorts and a t-shirt. The sky was covered with light-grey stratocumulus and cirrostratus clouds. Looking out the bedroom window gave me the feeling of being inside a wet light bulb. Still, it was some relief from the days of bright sun and triple-digit temperatures we’ve been having this summer in the scorching U.S. pacific northwest. It was also reassuring to read on my homepage today that temperatures would be dropping this week, at least for a while.
People who live in this region of the country are not accustomed to such weather. Most residents do not have air conditioners and lawn sprinkler systems. They’re normally not needed. If there are any swimming pools in our community…
This is a valuable report on the consequences of climate change.
Stand for Wolves at Rallies in Flagstaff and Santa Fe!
Rally at AZ Game and Fish Commission Meeting August 7, 12 pm
During the period in which AZ Game and Fish had the most control over the lobo’s reintroduction, the wild population declined to only 42 wolves and two breeding pairs.
If the Arizona Game and Fish Commission had its way, there would be no more Mexican gray wolves in the wild. It’s time for the majority of Arizonans who support Mexican wolf recovery to loudly and visibly oppose Arizona Game and Fish’s anti-wolf actions.
Until now, government authorities have only required limited testing of recycled irrigation water, checking for naturally occurring toxins such as salts and arsenic, using decades-old monitoring standards. They haven't screened for the range of chemicals used in modern oil production.
No one knows whether nuts, citrus or other crops grown with the recycled oil field water have been contaminated. Farmers may test crops for pests or disease, but they don't check for water-borne chemicals. Instead, they rely on oversight by state and local water authorities. But experts say that testing of both the water and the produce should be expanded.
Would an oil company and a state environmental agency permit food contamination? Guess what I think.
A second American hunter has been identified by the Zimbabwean authorities as having allegedly illegally killed a lion with a bow and arrow following the death of Cecil, the country’s famous black-maned lion, last month.
The man, named by Zimbabwe’s national parks authority as Jan Seski, a 68-year-old gynaecologist from Murrysville, Pennsylvania, is said to have killed the unidentified lion in April this year.
by Roland Windsor Vincent
The rights to be free from exploitation, slavery, abuse, and murder, among those rights we humans declare for ourselves, are not accorded to animals by any government in the world.
Of all animal activists, there are few who operate in the rarefied air of Animal Rights. Those whose efforts are actually directed at changing law and government. And the most prominent of those activists is Steven M Wise. All the rest of us are working on animal protection and animal welfare.
Steven M Wise is President of the Nonhuman Rights Project. He holds a J.D. from Boston University Law School and a B.S. in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary. He has practiced animal protection law for 38 years throughout the United States. He teaches “Animal Rights Jurisprudence” at the Lewis and Clark, Vermont and St. Thomas Law Schools, and at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and has taught “Animal Rights Law” at the Harvard, University of Miami, and John Marshall Law Schools.
He is the author of Rattling the Cage – Toward Legal Rights for Animals (2000); Drawing the Line – Science and the Case for Animal Rights (2003) Though the Heavens May Fall – The Landmark Trial That Led to the End of Human Slavery (2005), and An American Trilogy – Death, Slavery, and Dominion Along the Banks of the Cape Fear River (2009). A documentary about the work of the Nonhuman Rights Project that focuses on the first cases in which it sought common law writs of habeas corpus in four New York Supreme Courts on behalf of four chimpanzees will be released by DA Pennebaker, 2012 recipient of an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement, and his wife and fellow filmmaker, Chris Hegedus in late 2015.
I approached Steven M Wise about the possibility of his doing an interview with Species and Class. He kindly agreed. This is the interview I conducted, which I am pleased to also publish on the Armory of the Revolution.
Respect and concern for nonhuman sentient beings is an important element of human nature. The element is activated at varying ages and by many possible events. Its development parallels every individual's growing wisdom. Perhaps our species' true greatest-achievement award is sapience--wisdom that we gain during our lives.
(LOWER LAKE, Calif.)—Blazes raging in forests and woodlands across California have taken the life of a firefighter and forced hundreds of people to flee their homes as an army of firefighters continue to battle them from the air and the ground.
Twenty-three large fires, many sparked by lightning strikes, were burning across Northern California on Saturday, said state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Daniel Berlant. Some 8,000 firefighters were attempting to subdue them, something made incredibly difficult by several years of drought that have dried out California.
“The conditions and fire behavior we’re seeing at 10 in the morning is typically what we’d see in late afternoon in late August and September,” said Nick Schuler,
Originally posted on TIME: The death of Cecil the lion at the hands of pilloried dentist Walter Palmer has sparked worldwide outrage, with virtual mobs tanking Palmer’s Yelp ratings, real mobs leaving angry messages at his office, and activists and...
Global biodiversity loss is intensifying. But it is hard to assess progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets for 2011–20 set by the Convention on
GR: The argument for satellite remote sensing being necessary for conservation does not hold up. Satellites cannot see conditions beneath forest tree canopies. That's where most of the biodiversity resides, and that's where the soils that hold it all together lay. Understory plants and soil microorganisms cannot be identified, counted, or assessed in anyway from space. Direct space-program funding into on-the-ground surveys and get some useful information. Before it's all gone.
If you lived during the 1880s, when the globe was one degree Celsius cooler than it is now, you’d see far less in the way of heatwaves. But an immense vomiting of greenhouse gasses into our atmosphere and oceans by fossil fuel industry since that time has greatly multiplied these periods of extreme temperatures. So much so that you are now four times more likely to experience a heatwave anywhere on the globe at any given time than you were 135 years ago.
Heatwaves, depending on their intensity, can have serious consequences. The most direct impact is due to the excess heat itself. In the more extreme instances, heatwaves during recent years have featured an ominous capacity to hospitalize tens of thousands. These heat stroke victims, in the worst cases, perish. Such was the case for India and Pakistan this year where hundreds tragically lost their lives due to…