Q. As someone devoted to both the environment and animal rights, I find it difficult to shop for belts, wallets, and shoes. How do I choose between leather and “vegan” options that often use materials derived from polyurethane?
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A study of predator hotspots has found that rugged landscapes attract predators, both at sea and on land.
Birds prefer areas of high vegetation structural diversity, so perhaps do many other species and the predators that hunt them.
Scientists find what they say are clear signs that humans are beginning to damage oceans on an unprecedented scale.
This is worth repeating!
http://theirturn.net/rare-animal-hunt-auction/ The 6,000 member Dallas Safari Club will auction off rare animals hunts this weekend during the banquet at its annual convention, which is a “showcase of hunting, sporting and outdoor adventure,”...
Human civilization has arisen during a period of relatively stable environmental conditions during the past 10,000 years. Scientists fear that major changes in these conditions could pose a threat to our future. By the time a system reaches a certain threshold, it may be too late to correct a trend, so scientists recommend setting boundaries for certain parameters to help maintain stability.
We are destroying the land, sea, and air of our planet as if we had other places to go. We do not.
One of Issac Asimov’s best known stories includes Trantor, a planet totally encased in steel and concrete. In Asimov’s story, people could freely move between Trantor and other, nicer, planets. They could send back food and water. In our story, we have only one planet, Earth, and not a glimmer of hope for reaching others. And yet, we are destroying the land, sea, and air of our planet as if we had options. We do not. For me, this raises two concerns. First, I care about and wish to preserve the wild species of animals and plants that still survive outside our homes. Second, I want my descendents to have good air, water, and food amidst abundant wildlife and natural ecosystems. To alleviate my concerns, I belive that conservation efforts to preserve nature must include leadership and incentives for human population reduction.
The Bronx Zoo, NYC, NY, has been declared the fifth worst zoo for elephants in the United States. It... (4914 signatures on petition)
The Bronx Zoo holds its animals in small spaces much more like prison cells than habitats. Please sign.
With its latest proposal to downgrade the listing status of the northern long-eared bat from endangered to threatened, and allow exemptions for activities that might result in harm to the bat, the ...
GR: As the CBD points out in the press release, "Listing decisions under the Endangered Species Act are supposed to be based strictly on the best available science, and not on economic, political or other factors." When laws are blocked by politicians representing businesses, we are no longer a constitutional nation following the rule of law, we are a corrupt Plutocracy.
The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency annual report on toxic wastes.
It is worth noting that the EPA report does not include toxic releases from small facilities, home heating, automobiles, and others. To get insight to the magnitude of human impacts on nature, consider the fact that toxic wastes are not the leading cause of damage to wildlife and habitat. Worldwide, construction and invasive species are more destructive than toxic wastes. Considering the enormous quantity of toxic materials we produce, we can get a sense of just how gigantic is the impact of construction and invasive species. It is not surprising that more than half of Earth’s wildlife is gone and the rest is fading fast.
Scientists have identified which parts of the Great Barrier Reef and other reefs are most capable of recovering from mass bleaching events which will become more frequent due to global warming.
The whole idea that we might save portions of Earth's natural ecosystems from global warming is troubling. The fundamental principles of island biogeography predict that smaller areas loose species more quickly than large areas. If we try to preserve patches of reefs, deserts, and forests that we deem most resistant to global warming, are we just prolonging the collapse. Wouldn't it be smarter to spend our energy on stopping global warming?
New research shows that the most significant current threat to western dry forests is from insect outbreaks and droughts, not wildfires; and historically abundant small trees offer the greatest hope for forest survival and recovery after these...
GR: The researchers conducting this study assumed that the U. S. Forest Service’s long-standing practice of paying contractors to remove small trees was intended to reduce forest fire damage. Actually, the principal reason may have been to speed the growth of harvestable trees. Thus, removing the small trees that help the forest recover from drought and disease wasn't done in a misguided attempt to save the forest--it wasn't a mistake at all, it was done to help timber companies harvest as much timber in the shortest amount of time as possible.
When a serious wildfire rips through a forest, it has a tendency to kill nearly all the trees in its path. Then come the logging companies. On one hand, to log a burned forest makes a good deal of sense.
GR: Logging is bad for forests. It removes large trees that provide essential wildlife habitat, it destroys soil microorganisms, it spreads invasive species, and it decreases water absorption. Forest stability and biodiversity decline. Logging after fires is an even greater insult to the Earth as it further reduces forest recovery rates and accelerates erosion and flooding. President Theodore Roosevelt established the U. S. Forest Service to control the impacts, but special interests working through Congress, quickly turned the agency into a tool of the harvesters. Like our other public land agencies, the U. S. Forest Service is primarily a benefactor of the commercial logging industry. Forestry is another of the sciences that are causing the massive decline in Earth's wildlife.
Meet the creatives using art as their tool in the fight to give a voice to the voiceless
GR: This is the good art. As pointed out in the article, artists have often used animal cruelty and death in their work. These examples are just the opposite--they favor the animals.
by Samantha Schmieder Four members of Congress have expressed concerns about experiments on infant monkeys taking place at a National Institutes of Health lab in Poolesville.
In a letter to NIH director Dr. Francis Collins, dated Dec. 22, 2014, representatives Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), Dina Titus (D-Nev.), Sam Farr (D-Calif.) and Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) said constituents contacted them in response to media accounts of the tests, including a campaign by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Respect for animals is an essential element of nature conservation. Moreover, results of drug trials on one species often don't apply to other species. Test human drugs on humans. First choice for volunteers would be CEOs and product managers from the drug maker.