Just 200 tigers still roam the wild in Nepal. Almost half of them live in Chitwan National Park where gamekeepers, public participation and stricter regulations aim to boost the population.
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The Urgenda Foundation has filed a lawsuit against the Dutch Government for not taking sufficient measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause dangerous climate change. The Urgenda Climate Case is the first case in Europe in which citizens attempt to hold a state responsible for its potentially devastating inaction. It is also the first case in the world in which human rights are used as a legal basis to protect citizens against climate change.
The Climate Case was initiated in November 2012 with a letter to the government asking for action and a call for ‘crowd pleading’ in which Dutch citizens could support the case and join as co-plaintiffs. A year later on 20 November 2013, Urgenda together with 900 co-plaintiffs filed the case against the Dutch government. On 14 April 2015, the district court in The Hague will hear the arguments of the parties.
On 30 March 2015 the Oslo Principles on Global Climate Change Obligations were launced, formulated by an international group of eminent jurists, including High Court judges, law professors and advocates from countries such as Brazil, China, India, the US and the Netherlands. The Oslo principles hold that regardless of the existence of international agreements, governments already have a legal obligation to avert the harmful effects of climate change, based on existing international human rights law, environmental law and tort law.
Puts teeth in the protests.
just is a WWF initiative created to show that there are often simple and natural alternatives to many of the products we use every day - products that require packaging that uses up resources and often end up as landfill.
A few simple steps are all it takes to make small changes that, when done by many, can help create a cleaner and more sustainable future. Create a better tomorrow, today.
From the article: WWF’s Living Planet 2014 Report reveals that humanity's demand on the planet is more than 50 per cent greater than what nature can sustain. Australia has one of the world’s largest ecological footprints per capita. If the rest of the world lived like we do in Australia, we’d need the regenerative capacity of 3.6 Earths to sustain our demands on nature. #justnatural, @WWF_Australia.
Greenhouse gas cuts must begin soon or it could be too late to halt global warming
With no word of serious cuts, the answer appears to be yes.
Benacre Wood is the only remaining part of the Ancient Blean woodland complex left in existence in Whitstable. The wood is home to Dormice ,Tawny owls, Bats and Great Crested Newts. We would like to create a country park with a woodland themed play area, disability access paths, gates and Bridges, replant/restore the ancient Benacre Wood and create a large wildlife meadow.
Please sign the petition.
In 2014, I wrote about the Wyoming state Legislature actively moving to suppress real science education when it came to global warming. As I said,
Science itself has many laws, but it doesn’t give a damn about ours.
Those words still echo loudly when it comes to Wyoming. A new research paper has come out showing that snow melt in the northwest region of that state is occurring earlier all the time, exactly as you’d expect with warmer winters and spring.
The scientists used satellite data to measure snow extent over time and found that snow is melting 16 ± 10 days earlier in the 2000s compared with 1972–1999.
Mixed grazing systems benefit both upland biodiversity and livestock production
Just think how birds and butterflies would benefit from removal of all cattle and sheep. Period.
From the abstract: "Pressure to conserve biodiversity with limited resources has led to increasing use of species distribution models (SDMs) for spatial conservation prioritization. Published spatial prioritization exercises often focus on well-studied groups, with data compiled from on-line databases of ad-hoc collections. Conservation plans generally aim to protect all components of biodiversity, and it is implied that the species used in prioritization act as surrogates."
The results indicate that on-the-ground field surveys are required. "Because valid surrogacy is unlikely with most existing data sets, investment in high quality data for less-surveyed groups prior to planning should still be a priority. If this is not possible, then it is advisable to analyse the sensitivity of conservation plans to the assumed surrogacy and quality of data available."
Astonishing biodiversity exists in Congaree National Park, the largest intact expanse of old growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the southeastern United States.
This is a region that has received little protection from development and has survived simply by chance. Small bits are protected, and we can add to those. But rather than saving a specimen of this beautiful place, wildlife survival requires that we connect the bits and save a large portion of the surrounding region.
Whale & dolphin meat samples tested in Japan exceed safe mercury limits
LONDON: The Government of Japan and the country’s largest online marketplace for whale and dolphin meat have been urged to stop turning a blind eye to consumer health after the latest analysis revealed unsafe mercury contamination in 100 per cent of samples tested.
The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) tested 13 products purchased from Yahoo! Japan – the only major online retailer to continue to profit from sales of whale and dolphin meat – and an additional seven products from Japanese supermarkets.
Every sample showed mercury contamination exceeding the Japanese Government’s own recommended safe level of 0.4 parts per million (ppm).
The two issues exposed here are animal protection, and environmental pollution. We shouldn't be killing and eating increasingly rare species, and we should stop polluting the oceans.