Posted on July 11, 2016 by Envirothink
Dead mangrove forest off Australia’s east coast, photo by James Cook University
Climate change has wrecked havoc not only on our weather patterns but on the world’s forest and ecological systems. And the impact is devastating.
In the U.S., severe drought and major insect infestations have been responsible for almost unimaginable die-offs of old growth forests. In Australia El Nino conditions have caused the die-off of a 7000 kilometer (approximately 4,349 miles) stretch of mangrove shoreline in the southern reaches of the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Filed under: Climate Change, Nature | Tagged: climate change, drought, ecosystems, James Cook University, mangrove forests, Norm Duke, pollution | Leave a comment »
Posted on April 22, 2016 by Envirothink
Would this wildlife overpass at Banff, Alberta, Canada be the model for the new Liberty Canyon/ 101 Wildlife Corridor overpass through L.A.?
Wildlife in and around one of the countries biggest metropolises is about to get a lifesaving reprieve.
On Tuesday, Los Angeles’s City Council Planning unanimously voted to approve a Regional Wildlife Linking Zone in the hillsides of Los Angeles between I-5 and I-405, which will be added to the City’s municipal code. This will establish a zone to protect open space connectivity in any new building permits.
Filed under: Wildlife | Tagged: Animal Legal Defense Fund, Center for Biological Diversity, Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife, Griffith Park Connectivity Study, habitat, mountain lion, Natural Resources Defense Council, The Urban Wildlands Group, wildlife, wildlife overpass | 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 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 »
Posted on December 28, 2015 by Envirothink
The world has lost over 90 percent of its forests. We’re feeling the impact of this with increasing weather “events”.
One non-profit organization has been stepping up to help turn the tide by cloning and preserving some of our oldest and largest champion trees. And the latest example is Lady Liberty, a 2,000 year old bald cypress tree in Florida.
Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, an organization we’ve written much about over the past few years, has plans to scale this magnificent 89 foot tall tree sometime today and collect samples and genetic material so that they can clone and preserve it as part of their genetic living library of trees. Continue reading
Filed under: Reforestation | Tagged: Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, champion trees, clone, forests, genetic living library, Lady Liberty, Senator tree, tree preservation, weather events | 3 Comments »