The groups criticized the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Tuesday for limiting its independent scientific advisers from speaking directly to the press.
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"A decade into North America’s fracking boom, the impact on wildlife and the environment remains largely unknown, according to a new study.
“We’re conducting a giant experiment without even collecting the important data on the water, air, land or wildlife impacts,” said Sara Souther, an ecologist at the University of Wisconsin, one of the co-authors of the peer-reviewed research examining the environmental impacts of shale gas development in the US and Canada.
Although the technique of hydraulic fracturing shale has been used for at least 20 years, there is “surprisingly little research” on impacts, found the study, published in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment."
When the U. S. Bureau of Land Management, U. S. Forest Service, and most State land management agencies permit fracking, they are required to assess effects. However, these agencies tend to ignore or make only feeble attempts to measure the consequences of one of their decisions. This is why the millions of acres of public land in the U. S. are in such poor condition.
A coalition of 13 conservation groups has filed notice that it will sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its decision to withdraw proposed protections for the wolverine.
Having to sue for protection for a species that is down to a few hundred individuals should not be necessary. Perhaps we need some new faces in the FWS.
James and Suzy Amis Cameron, the provocative power couple behind the first all-vegan school and countless successful films, are now reported by CNN to be promoting a plant-based diet as the cure for our environmental ills.
The two tout the...
A great example of leadership from outside government.
you do a quick u-turn when you notice flashing car lights and police officers in the middle of a busy road wondering what to do with a large snapping turtle stranded in the middle of four lanes.
you know how to handle a snapping turtle, and you happen to have a carrier for it in your car. (See http://mefurr.wordpress.com/2014/05/13/a-snap-decision/.)
This is a role that most humans should play. We have the brains, and wildlife need us. Thank you Melanie.
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The number of adult great whites swimming off our Pacific Coast is alarmingly low, and they are losing their pups to deadly gillnets. If something doesn't change, they could disappear forever.
We shouldn't be scared of sharks, we should be scared for them.
Great whites help keep the ocean food web healthy and stable as they hunt their prey. Our oceans need sharks. We're petitioning the state of California to protect great whites as an endangered species. Please help us protect these iconic sharks — before it's too late.
Please sign the petition.
"WASHINGTON – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today denied protections for the rare wolverine under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), potentially jeopardizing the species’ long-term survival in the lower-48 states. Although the Service proposed to list wolverines as “threatened” in 2013 citing a primary threat of reduced habitat and range from climate change, the agency today said wolverines do not warrant a listing due to uncertainty about the effects of climate change on the animals, a claim disputed by conservation groups."
When a species' numbers get this low, there can be no denying that it is endangered. Without protection, trapping and habitat disruption by human activity will extinguish this fine example of nature's art. Has the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service no feelings for wildlife?
"In addition to the citizen scientist sampling network that is under construction the other pillar of the InFORM project is the collection of samples in the open North Pacific and Arctic Oceans. The first samples for radionuclide analyses were collected by University of Victoria undergraduate student Kathryn Purdon on the first leg of the icebreaker CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier’s annual operations in Canada’s far North. Continue...."
Here is a good source of information from outside the government/industry system.
The FRMES project will culminate with publication of an online guidebook describing what ecosystem services are and why their identification and valuation can be useful to federal resource managers and planners. The guidebook provides a framework and methodology for ensuring consistent and credible application of the ecosystem services concept to planning and management efforts. It includes descriptions of how federal agencies are exploring or applying an ecosystem services framework. Laying the groundwork for the guidebook are two papers that explain how the Federal Land Management and Policy Act of 1976 and the National Environmental Policy Act enable or limit agencies’ incorporation of ecosystem services approaches into federal planning and management processes.
The FRMES Guidebook will be unveiled at the A Community on Ecosystem Services Conference in Washington, D.C., December 8–12, 2014. Several events at the conference will focus on this guidebook including:
Concerned scientists have been working hard to bring nature conservation into mainstream land use management. The work has been focused on defining the value of nature to humans. How many dollars is a watershed worth, and so on. This year and next, the project will issue several publications that may help in the battles to save the species that make ecosystems work.
"French economist Thomas Piketty and his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century are a global publishing phenomenon. But while Piketty’s writing on wealth inequality has been widely debated, far fewer people know that he has some useful things to say about climate change and public capital."
This is a sad example of the type of professional economist debates that have given economics such a poor reputation. The debate here is not about the immediate emergency need to stop the irreversible extinction of Earth's species; it is about when the monetary costs of climate change will be paid.
Less than a quarter of the public now supports shale gas extraction, energy department research suggests, contradicting findings from an industry-backed poll
Cameron's support for fracking is typical of governments everywhere that are controlled by energy companies willing to sacrifice the environment for economic benefits. Cameron is going to find it more and more difficult to support fracking as negative public attitudes increase.
August 12 is World Elephant Day, which means it’s a great time to recognize the many ways elephants are important. After all, elephants are known as a “keystone species,” meaning that plants, other...
Here are some elephant conservation organizations you can visit to show support.
The pollution and destruction of our environment, as well as the depletion of natural resources are progressing fast and without restraint. Extensive damage or destruction of ecosystems is called ecocide.
All life on earth, our peaceful co-existence and our own well-being depends on intact ecosystems. Nature provides the necessary resources and our natural environment. We should value and protect this generous gift.
That’s why we request that crimes against nature be recognised as crime. We request direct liability for decision-makers in politics and business, as well as companies responsible for ecocide.
Here's a direct approach to industry environmental impact. Make it ALL a crime! Sign the petition.
As Denton seeks to become the first city in Texas to ban fracking, the industry is trying to frame the fight in economic terms. But that turns out to be a poor choice.
This story accuses frackers of ignoring environmental responsibilities. It sounds like some of the stories we hear about the coal, oil, and gas sectors of the energy industry--Hey wait, it also sounds like the GMO, pesticide, fertilizer industry, the military arms industry, the transportation industry, the financial industry, the building industry, the logging industry, the grazing industry, the politics industry, . . . . Too much. Is human industry inevitably destructive? Perhaps Jesus and Marx were simply naïve about human nature and in reality inequity and materialism will always rule. How will nature survive us?
We Need To Move Away From allowing these private oil companies to continue the Drilling In OUR Oceans (I assume Everyone Gets that our Gulf's and Sea's are part of what our the "Oceans" BTW).
GR: Cleaning up environmental disasters such as this is the responsibility of the companies involved. Why don't businesses feel any responsibility for harm caused by their actions? How did we ever let the companies take control of our government to the extent that the two collude to destroy our environment?
More than 20,000 elephants were killed on the continent last year for their ivory tusks - which earn a fortune as they are traded illegally in China and south-east Asia. Their tragic situation has...
Taking an animal's life for food or for a small body part is common human behavior. This makes it difficult to enlist local protection for endangered wildlife. There are examples of local people fighting to protect their land. The motivation is usually fear of change, or economic self-interest blended with appreciation for the land. There might be cases where the fight was purely out of love for the animals, but I don't know this.
Perhaps the answer to elephant, tiger, pangolin, and rhino protection is to relocate people who care to the places of need. Just as Peace Corps volunteers go to help the people, Wildlife Corps volunteers could go to help the animals. Social and political problems would be huge, but not insoluble.
NEWS: Scientists say controversial pipeline would have discernible impact on global markets, lowering prices and boosting demand
The latest development from Kruger National Park is the possibility of moving approximately 500 rhino in an effort to stop the slaughter. Although no details are confirmed with this massive relocat...
We must hope that a possible escalation by poachers can be suppressed by the game rangers.