Hundreds of people in British Columbia can’t use their water after more than a billion gallons of mining waste spilled into rivers and creeks in the province’s Cariboo region.
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Without island biosecurity pests will rapidly recolonize islands from which they have been eradicated, or worse still colonise islands for the first time. Only with a rigorous audited biosecurity programme can pest-free status be maintained. The gold standard in New Zealand is Nature Reserve islands like Antipodes Island, where quarantine occurs before, during and after arrival, surveillance occurs pre and post border, and incursion response strategies are in place. The New Zealand Department of Conservation operates a robust island biosecurity programme to protect their conservation investments, but it was reported in the news today that last year numbers spiked, including mice, rats, cats and stoats all making it out to islands. Stranger critters such as ferrets and even otters have reached New Zealand’s offshore islands in the past. Unlike the original pest eradications which cleared these islands, and were years in the planning, a response to an incursion must, as DOC manager Andy Cox points out, be as rapid as if a forest fire had broken out. Pest incursions are the biological equivalent of chemical spills, only the agent can keep reproducing.
GR: Biosecurity is another term for nature conservation. It is a relevant concern planet wide. This article focuses on invasive species, but there are more things people do that are affecting biosecurity on land and sea.
My lineup for the worst human impacts on nature are: Greenhouse gases (global warming, ocean acidification), habitat destruction (construction and farming), invasive species (includes disease), resource use (fishing, gathering, grazing, hunting, recreation, and water diversion), and toxic wastes (other than greenhouse gases). Behind them all looms the great instigator, human population growth.
SAN FRANCISCO— Evidence of a wolf in Siskiyou County was reported today by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Following up on citizen sightings of a lone, dark-colored canid, agency staff obtained photographic images from a trail camera and spotted fresh tracks, indications that California is now home to its second wolf in nearly a century. The wolf, which may be roaming in Siskiyou County, is not wearing a radio-collar, so its movements will be detectable only by trail camera, tracks, scat and sightings. State fish and wildlife officials aim to obtain scat samples from the animal for DNA testing to determine conclusively whether it is a wolf.
“This is very exciting news,” said Amaroq Weiss, West Coast wolf organizer with the Center for Biological Diversity. “Wolves are proving what scientists have said all along — that California has great habitat for wolves.”
The first wolf in nearly a century to make California part of its range was OR-7, a radio-collared wolf from Oregon that entered California in late 2011. OR-7 ranged across seven northeastern counties in California before returning to southwestern Oregon, where he found a mate and has had two litters of pups in 2014 and 2015.
Today, in Washington, DC, the White House is hosting its first-ever White House Demo Day to spotlight entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds and platforms for inclusive innovation designed to help them move forward.
The Millennial Trains Project, which leads transcontinental train journeys for diverse groups of young innovators to explore America’s new frontiers, is one of those platforms, and I am pleased to announce that, thanks to generous support from NBCUniversal, we will be both doubling the size of our program in 2016 and doubling the amount of grant funding available to support the projects that our participants develop on these transformative journeys.
Public opinion about global warming is an important influence on decision making about policies to reduce global warming or prepare for the impacts, but American opinions vary widely depending on where people live. So why would we rely on just one national number to understand public responses to climate change at the state and local levels?
GR: Here is an interactive map that will let you check the results of opinion polls about coal-fired power plants, CO2, and global warming. You will see that in 46 states, most people want to set strict limits on coal-fired power plants.
Thanks to Dan.
Elk Workshop (August)
Arizona Game and Fish and Mormon Lake Lodge will host the elk workshop at Mormon Lake Lodge. Come learn more about Arizona’s largest wildlife species. Free to the public. Flagstaff, Arizona. For more information, contact the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Flagstaff regional office at (928) 774-5045 or visit the Region II Facebook page at Arizona Game and Fish Flagstaff Region.
Provided free by the Arizona Game and Fish Department--these are the BEST opportunities to view Arizona wildlife. If you appreciate the Department's efforts and want to offer support, you can buy a hunting license. License fees support the Department. You could even pay the fee for a chance to be drawn to hunt one of Arizona's large species, and if you win, you can feel the satisfaction that comes from knowing that you might have saved an animal from being shot and killed.
The centerpiece of the president's climate agenda is sure to create political fallout.
This is a good discussion.
Since no one is actually mass-producing cultured meat yet, the assessment is entirely theoretical and contains many uncertainties. Still, the results suggest that growing meat in metal bioreactors could be much more sustainable than growing meat in the flesh bioreactors that we call cows.
What’s more, proponents of cultured meat say that it could finally free us from the nasty business of killing animals altogether — an unfortunate fate for even the happiest organically raised, grass-fed, antibiotic-free, local, cage-free, free range animal. PETA, the world’s largest collection of in-your-face vegans, got on the cultured meat bandwagon a few years ago, offering up $1 million to the first researchers who could create commercially viable in-vitro chicken meat (the deadline has since come and gone).
A cultured meat hot dog would probably taste the same and contain the same nutrients as any you can buy in the supermarket; and it couldn't be any less appealing than eating ground up cow lips and anuses.
The dramatic growth of ecological restoration, from mass reforestation to the large-scale reintroductions of long-lost species, is providing a welcome cause for optimism among often overly-pessimistic conservationists, argues Marcus Nield...
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.