Posted on September 18, 2014 by Debra Atlas
Just saw this news item and wanted to pass it along, with some educated corrections.
In order to reduce its bison population this winter, authorities in Yellowstone National Park plan to cull (read slaughter) as many as 900 buffalo, or a fifth of the herd. They’d do this by killing off those animals that stray from the park. This would be the largest such culling in seven years, the park’s wildlife chief said on Tuesday.
Filed under: Nature | Tagged: animal rights, bison management plan, brucellosis, buffalo, buffalo herd, cull, David Hallac, National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, wildlife, Yellowstone bison, Yellowstone National Park | Leave a comment »
Posted on September 12, 2014 by Debra Atlas
With deforestation, less than 30 percent of Africa’s rainforests still exist
According to the United Nations Environment Programme, the world has lost 80 percent of the forests that originally blanketed the earth. Since trees are the largest source of breathable oxygen and carbon storage, that’s a huge deficit we’ve created.
Deforestation in Africa is a critical issue. Logging and conversion of forest land to agriculture are the main culprits. According to figures from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, only 22.8 percent of West Africa’s moist forests remain, much of this degraded.
Education and planting trees to reverse deforestation are the goals of the non-profit Greenpop, which was founded in 2010 as an effort to educate underprivileged schoolchildren about the importance of protecting the planet. It’s become o a movement backed by thousands of volunteers who’ve joined the “treevolution” and are helping facilitate the planting of over 40,00 trees in 286 communities throughout Southern Africa.
Filed under: Nature | Tagged: carbon storage, deforestation, Deforestation in Africa, Food and Agriculture Organization, green, rainforest, rainforests, South Africa, sustainability, tree planting, tree planting initiatives, trees, treevolution, U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, underprivileged schoolchildren, United Nations Environment Programme, volunteerism | Leave a comment »
Posted on August 27, 2014 by Debra Atlas
Large solar arrays are killing wildlife at an alarming rate, with no solution in sight
There’s an aphorism that’s played out over and over again these days.” Every solution brings new problems.”
For every new innovation, a whole array of issues pop up needing to be solved. Such is proving to be the case with the large solar arrays that exist and/or are on the drawing board.
Filed under: Nature, Solar Power | Tagged: bird kills, California's Mojave Desert, Center for Biological Diversity, collateral damage, concentrated solar power, endangered species, I, Ivanpah Solar, oshua Tree National Park, renewable energy, solar, solar arrays, solar panel farms, solar power plants, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service | 3 Comments »
Posted on August 1, 2014 by Debra Atlas
Fabien Cousteau, the grandson of famed underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau, lived and worked underwater for 31 consecutive days during the project now called Mission 31. This project was a rare opportunity for scientists to become part of the world under our oceans and expand our knowledge of its issues and grandeur.
Filed under: Nature | Tagged: activist, artificial coral reef, Fabian Cousteau, Fabien Cousteau, Ian Somerhalder, Jacques Cousteau, Kip Evans, marine conservation, marine life, Mission 31, ocean exploration, Sylvia Earle, underwater habitat | Leave a comment »
Posted on July 30, 2014 by Debra Atlas
Just came across this video about the emptying of marine life from the Sea of Cortez between mainland Mexico and the Baja California Peninsula. It’s a clear indictment against the serious damage that commercial overfishing and the use of gill nets have done to what once was a remarkable paradise for hundreds of types of fish and marine life.
The consequences of blatant of human destruction are clear. Watch the video. It not only shows what’s been done but offers some hope with the conservation efforts taking place. To have the locals get behind these efforts is pretty special. One van hope that these efforts will payoff – for the people who depend on fishing for their livelihood and for the Sea of Cortez to be able to return to its aquatic splendor.
Filed under: Marine wildlife | Tagged: Baja California Peninsula, commercial overfishing, conservation efforts, gill net fishing, marine life, Sea of Cortez, serious damage | Leave a comment »
Posted on July 2, 2014 by Debra Atlas
David Milarch, founder of Archangel Ancient Tree Archive project
Drought has become a serious threat for many countries across the globe. With it, one of the serious repercussions can be seen in Nature and the death of many of our forests through extreme heat and insects that bore into the heart of the trees. Centuries-old forests are dying across the U.S.
Filed under: Nature | Tagged: David Milarch, deforestation, drought, old growth forests, the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive project | 2 Comments »
Posted on June 30, 2014 by Debra Atlas
This story hit the headlines today and had this writer’s jaw drop. It surely falls under the heading of “What the heck are are they thinking!!”
In today’s The Globe and Mail:
“The proponents of two controversial pipelines to British Columbia’s coast say they would consider deploying underwater firecrackers, helicopters and clanging pipes, among other methods, to ensure whales don’t swim toward any disastrous oil spill that might result from increased tanker traffic carrying bitumen to Asia.”
Filed under: Marine wildlife | Tagged: cetaceans, controversial Canadian pipelines, Globe and Mail, marine life, oil spills, whales | Leave a comment »