Posted on March 31, 2016 by Envirothink
Hoverboards captured the American imagination more than 40 years ago.
The reality hasn’t quite lived up to our expectations, however. Numerous stories of hoverboards catching fire have spread across the news. This has often been due to the overcharging of the boards’ lithium ion batteries. Still, concerns for safety abound.
Filed under: Recycling | Tagged: Call2Recycle, electronics, electronics recycling, household hazardous waste, hoverboards, lithium-ion batteries, National Waste & Recycling Association, recycle | Leave a comment »
Posted on March 21, 2016 by Envirothink
The world has lost over 90 percent of its old growth forests. And we’ve lost 95 percent of our magnificent redwoods. Those that remain are threatened by logging and climate change-related insect epidemics.
While a number of organizations and NGOs are working on reforestation projects around the globe, one group has been striving to save the remaining “champion” ancient trees and their genetics for future generations to appreciate.
Filed under: Exciting New Developments, Reforestation | Tagged: Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, carbon capture, champion trees, coastal redwoods, David Milarch, endangered species, environment, old growth forests, reforestation, wildlife | Leave a comment »
Posted on March 16, 2016 by Envirothink
Many Americans have bones to pick with our members of Congress over a variety of issues. But sometimes, some of them do get it right. This evening eight members of Congress were honored for their staunch defense of wildlife and of the Endangered Species Act.
The “Champions of the Endangered Species Act” reception in Washington, D.C. features former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt and honors Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Tom Udall (D-NM), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and House members Don Beyer (D-VA), Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), Betty McCollum (D-MN), and Niki Tsongas (D-MA).
Filed under: Exciting New Developments, Wildlife | Tagged: Congress, conservation, Endangered Species Act, environment, wildlife | 2 Comments »
Posted on March 14, 2016 by Envirothink
One of Zimbabwe’s largest and most successful wildlife reserves, the Bubye Valley Conservancy, recently announced that its population of 500 lions is unsustainable, and their numbers must be reduced by at least 200.
Since the world outcry regarding the trophy hunting kill of Cecil the black-maned lion, trophy hunters have definitely scaled back, though they’re still “enjoying” their kills. But the number of lions in Bubye are vying for diminishing resources, much of this due to human proliferation, and this creates problems. Continue reading
Filed under: Wildlife | Tagged: African lions, African Wildlife Foundation, Bubye Valley Conservancy, Cecil the lion, conservation, endangered wildlife, stolen elephants, sustainability, trophy hunters, Zimbabwe | Leave a comment »
Posted on March 9, 2016 by Envirothink
Mexico’s native maize is a little safer after winning an appeal to keep a ban on planting GE corn
Maize, a staple in the Mexican diet, has been cultivated there for hundreds of years. This important crop has been threatened by the introduction and cross-pollination of transgenic or genetically engineered corn.
But a group of scientists have succeeded in standing in Monsanto’s plan to expand the territory for its GE corn.
Filed under: GMOs | Tagged: cross pollination, GE corn, genetically engineeered, glyphosate, herbicides, Mexico, Monsanto, transgenic | 2 Comments »
Posted on March 7, 2016 by Envirothink
Out-of-control pests and unsustainable logging practices.are killing our world’s forests. The latest victim-in-progress are Guatemala’s Cloud Forests of Cerro El Amay. Home to thousands of acres of untouched primeval trees and thriving diverse ecosystems, the local Maya have begun selling off the ancient forests which they had held in commons.
Filed under: Nature | Tagged: clear cutting, Cloud Forests of Cerro El Amay., conservation, crowdfunding, ecosystems, forests, Maya, pests, The Cloud Forest Conservation Initiative, unsustainable logging | Leave a comment »