National Park Service rescinds ban on plastic water bottles – a bad and dangerous policy for wildlife

Plastic pollution – such as shown here in the Grand Canyon prior to the plastic water ban – will likely now become a common scene again.

In what is clearly bowing to pressure from both our infamous, uh, illustrious national leader and lobbying (as with beaucoup dollars thrown at them or the federal agency that oversees it) by plastic bottle manufacturers, the National Park Service has announced it’s lifting the 6-year ban on the sale of plastic water bottles within national parks.

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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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Ukraine wants to turn Chernobyl into a massive solar farm. It’s money versus Nature and commonsense all over again

Chernobyl pripyat building

A story recently hit the news that Ukraine is seeking investors to turn radiation-riddled Chernobyl into a massive solar farm. If successful, it would produce 1 gigawatt of power from an array in the 1,000 square mile “exclusion zone.”

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Unique and more effective wind turbines gaining popularity around the world

Wind energy is a growing industry, with wind turbines springing up across the country. As useful as wind energy is, it has a serious downside.

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U.S. and Vietnam to partner to combat wildlife trafficking

Wildlife tracfficking, Gabon Ivory Classification

With the recent raid of Thailand’s so-called “Tiger Temple”, the world’s attention once again focused on wildlife trafficking. With the gruesome discovery of frozen tiger cubs and allegations of animal abuse and wildlife trafficking, it’s important to view encouraging news in this arena.

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Los Angeles City Council to approve lifesaving wildlife corridor

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.

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Help innovators save our oldest champion trees

Archangel-Ancient-Tree-Archive 1The 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.

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8 members of Congress honored for defending wildlife and the Endangered Species Act

Endangered Species poster

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).
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Ancient forests of Ireland helped by planting cloned saplings

Ireland - green hillsThoughts of Ireland bring to mind green lush hills, fairies and leprechauns, sunshine and blue seas. But throughout this magical country there are few trees or forests.

The ancient wild forests that stood for 9,000 years were cleared long ago. Since the Norman invasions, Ireland’s wild forests cover only 0.02 percent of the country. But remnants of these legendary forests exist and, with help from some innovative Americans, they could be flourishing again in years to come.

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Some Montana cattle ranchers work to co-exist with wolves

Wolf family

There’s finally some good news regarding the fate of wolves in at least one Western state. Traditionally cattle ranchers – especially those in Montana and Idaho – make a point of killing wolves to prevent them from killing any cattle. Now some Montana ranchers are finding ways to co-exist.

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