conservation

Alpine ‘Boulder Bunny’ Imperiled by Global Warming

Alpine ‘Boulder Bunny’ Imperiled by Global Warming

SAN FRANCISCO— Conservation groups filed two lawsuits today seeking protection of the American pika, whose survival is imperiled by global warming. The groups went to state court seeking protection of the pika under the California Endangered Species Act and to a federal court seeking protection under the federal Endangered Species Act. more >

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Oil development may destroy richest part of the Amazon rainforest

Oil development may destroy richest part of the Amazon rainforest

688,000 square kilometers (170 million acres) of the western Amazon is under concession for oil and gas development, according to a new study published in the August 13 edition of the open-access journal PLoS ONE. The results suggest the region, which is considered by scientists to be the most biodiverse on the planet and is [...]

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Oil and gas projects in western Amazon threaten biodiversity and indigenous peoples

Oil and gas projects in western Amazon threaten biodiversity and indigenous peoples

The western Amazon, home to the most biodiverse and intact rainforest left on Earth, may soon be covered with oil rigs and pipelines. According to a new study, over 180 oil and gas “blocks” – areas zoned for exploration and development – now cover the megadiverse western Amazon, which includes Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and [...]

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Pushing back the NBAF

Pushing back the NBAF

National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility The proposed National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) would research high-consequence biological threats involving zoonotic (i.e., transmitted from animals to humans) and foreign animal diseases. It would allow basic research; diagnostic development, testing and validation; advanced countermeasure development; and training for high-consequence livestock diseases. And best of all, it will [...]

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Obras na Amazônia põem espécies de aves em perigo

Obras na Amazônia põem espécies de aves em perigo

PAULO – Mais oito espécies de aves da Amazônia poderão entrar para a lista de ameaçadas de extinção até 2020, caso as obras de infra-estrutura planejadas pelo governo federal sejam de fato implementadas na região. Outras oito serão severamente afetadas, com redução de pelos menos 50% na sua área de ocorrência, segundo um estudo publicado [...]

Expert: U.S. population to hit 1 billion by 2100

Expert: U.S. population to hit 1 billion by 2100

If the USA seems too crowded and its roads too congested now, imagine future generations: The nation’s population could more than triple to 1 billion as early as 2100. That’s the eye-popping projection that urban and rural planners, gathered today for their annual meeting in Las Vegas, are hearing from a land-use expert. “What do [...]

Grupo pede status de proteção especial para campo amazônico

Grupo pede status de proteção especial para campo amazônico

RAFAEL GARCIA da Folha de S.Paulo Uma dupla de biólogos lança hoje uma proposta para a reclassificação dos ecossistemas de campos abertos localizados em meio à floresta amazônica. Os cientistas afirmam que essas áreas devem ser classificadas como “zonas úmidas” –ao lado de pântanos, charcos e mangues– o que daria a elas um status de [...]

Monsanto wants to patent the pig.

Monsanto wants to patent the pig.

From the corporation which wants to control the world by controlling the food, this video tells how Monsanto wants to patent the pig. But how can a corporation get a patent on something that already exists? http://www.documentarywir… Jane Akre, from that great video about Monsanto, bovine growth hormones, and Fox News, “The Corporation- Unsettling Accounts”, [...]

Nobel Prize Winning Climate and Conservation Scientists Call Visionary Plan to Protect Vast Canadian Boreal Forest Unprecedented

Nobel Prize Winning Climate and Conservation Scientists Call Visionary Plan to Protect Vast Canadian Boreal Forest Unprecedented

SEATTLE, July 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — As news spreads of Ontario’s commitment to protect over 55 million acres of Canada’s Boreal Forest, an area the size of the United Kingdom, leading international scientists and conservationists are expressing their strong support for Premier Dalton McGuinty’s science-based leadership. More >

Study: Species math wrong

Study: Species math wrong

Species already listed as endangered may be racing toward extinction 100 times faster than originally thought, according to a new study led by the University of Colorado at Boulder. Author Brett Melbourne says today’s extinction-risk models have drastically underestimated the speed at which endangered species will perish. “It’s a mathematical misdiagnosis,” said Melbourne, an assistant [...]

Getting Trashed

Getting Trashed

A giant patch of garbage in the Pacific threatens Hawaii’s beaches and wildlife. Capt. Charles Moore wasn’t always obsessed with plastic. His fixation began in 1997, while sailing back to Los Angeles from Hawaii after a yacht race. He took an unusual easterly route, snubbed by most sailors for its lack of wind, and discovered [...]

Conservation Groups Plan Legal Action to Prevent the Extinction of the Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow

Conservation Groups Plan Legal Action to Prevent the Extinction of the Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, Jun. 30 -/E-Wire/– The Center for Biological Diversity, Florida Biodiversity Project, and Natural Resources Defense Council today notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that they will challenge the agency’s failure to adequately protect the critical habitat of the highly endangered Cape Sable seaside sparrow.  Read full press release >

Tomorrow’s Elders

Tomorrow’s Elders

By Tim Drake www.primitivepursuits.net Research suggests that young people who spend time in nature grow up to have a greater awareness of environmental issues, yet Richard Louv points out in Last Child in the woods that children of this generation are spending far less time in nature.   David Orr puts it simply:  “The ecological crisis [...]

Junk journey highlights ‘plastic soup’ of Pacific Ocean

Junk journey highlights ‘plastic soup’ of Pacific Ocean

The junk is made, literally, from junk: 15,000 plastic bottles, a Cessna cockpit, and a used sail. (Credit: Peter Bennett/Ambient Images Inc.) Sailing 4,000 miles on the Pacific Ocean made Marcus Eriksen and Joel Paschal sick. It wasn’t waves that turned their stomachs, but the amount of plastic garbage they encountered on a voyage with [...]

Destination America – Immigration, the Environment and Big Population Numbers

Destination America – Immigration, the Environment and Big Population Numbers

By Jim Motavalli On the outside looking in: a border fence separates San Diego from Tijuana, Mexico. © Francisco Santos In 2006, USA Today ran a lengthy story entitled “How Will the USA Cope with Unprecedented Growth?” The country’s population had just crossed the 300 million mark, up from 200 million in just 39 years. [...]

Wildlife Conservation 2.0

Wildlife Conservation 2.0

A new software-based approach may be the key to saving thousands of species. by Erika Check Hayden Aquatic wildlife of the Great Barrier Reef gets a boost from Marxan software Nothing pushes a species to extinction like wiping out its habitat. Consider the Hawaiian Islands: They were originally covered in trees, but by the 1950s [...]

ENVIRONMENT:  “Doctor” Nature in Danger

ENVIRONMENT: “Doctor” Nature in Danger

Caribbean snail (Conus geographus). Credit:Kerry Matz CAPE TOWN, South Africa, May 3 (Tierramérica) – “When we harm nature, we are harming ourselves,” says Aaron Bernstein, a doctor at Harvard Medical School and one of the authors of the upcoming book “Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity”. “Few people realise that our health is [...]

Presidential advisers duel for green cred—but not too hard

Presidential advisers duel for green cred—but not too hard

Environmental issues, particularly global climate change, enjoyed a star turn a few years ago, mainly as the result of some very bad weather and a newly hirsute Al Gore and his 2006 film An Inconvenient Truth. For a time, as the initial presidential contenders began their campaigns, there seemed to be an historic number of [...]

Dumb as We Wanna Be

Dumb as We Wanna Be

It is great to see that we finally have some national unity on energy policy. Unfortunately, the unifying idea is so ridiculous, so unworthy of the people aspiring to lead our nation, it takes your breath away. Hillary Clinton has decided to line up with John McCain in pushing to suspend the federal excise tax [...]

Policy And Geography Shape Tropical Parks’ Success In Stemming Deforestation, New Paper Finds

Policy And Geography Shape Tropical Parks’ Success In Stemming Deforestation, New Paper Finds

DURHAM, N.C. th Tropical moist forests are home to a majority of the Earth’s terrestrial species, yet human activities such as logging, road building and agriculture destroy between one and two million square kilometers of these vital habitats every decade. But a new paper by a trio of Duke University researchers, published this week in [...]