Wind turbines on the Great Lakes? Not a great idea for the birds

Saw an interesting article today about how putting wind turbines on the Great Lakes could do serious harm to the birds around and migrating through the Great Lake region.

Traditional wind turbines create a horrendous level of bird kills. Endangered birds such as bald eagles, which are federally protected,  and bats – which are threatened by the white nose syndrome plague – are losing their lives in continually growing numbers due to strikes by wind turbines.

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Can Africa’s Massai protect its wildlife with this innovative conservation idea?

African lionsPoaching and illicit wildlife trafficking are decimating Africa’s iconic wildlife. African elephants and rhinos are seriously at risk of becoming extinct in the wild in our lifetime.

The Maasai – a semi-nomadic people who live predominately in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania along the Great Rift Valley – have been fighting for decades to defend their land, their environment and their wildlife. Poachers,  billionaires who want to buy up their traditional lands for safari lodges, and sketchy government officials are their main opponents to their way of life.

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200 lions to be killed in Zimbabwe – yet they’re threatened or endangered elsewhere

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne 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

Straight talk, inspiration and hope – never give up these 3 keys to help you meet big challenges

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A northern California lakebed devastated by drought – just one of the many symptoms of climate change

The facts about climate change are looking pretty dire. With the Antarctic ice shelf melting, the continued rise in greenhouse gases and big governments effectively hamstrung and/or side-stepping the serious issues in favor of posturing and “talking a good game”, if you said we’re in serious trouble you’d be right. But as a writer I’ve learned that focusing on the negative – as pronounced and apparent as it may be – won’t help us reach the solutions we so desperately need.

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