Environment

Agriculture
 
25 Oct 2015 12:00 am
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Biodiversity
 
25 Oct 2015 12:00 am
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Captive Breeding
 
25 Oct 2015 12:00 am
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Cheetah Conservation Fund
 
11 Sep 2020 11:53 am
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At the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia Laurie Marker is making a difference. Founded in 1990 to help rehabilitate orphaned or injured cheetahs, the site hosts thousands of visitors every year who learn about conservation. In addition, the organization has created a successful anti-poaching program where guard dogs are donated to local farmers. CCF’s renowned Livestock Guarding Dog Program has been highly effective at reducing predation rates and thereby reducing the inclination by farmers to trap or shoot cheetahs.
 
Coexisting
 
25 Oct 2015 12:00 am
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Deforestation
 
25 Oct 2015 12:00 am
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Drought
 
25 Oct 2015 12:00 am
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Energy
 
25 Oct 2015 12:00 am
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Entanglement
 
25 Oct 2015 12:00 am
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Erosion
 
25 Oct 2015 12:00 am
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Global Warming
 
25 Oct 2015 12:00 am
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Habitat Loss
 
25 Oct 2015 12:00 am
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Invasive Species
 
25 Oct 2015 12:00 am
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Mezcal's Popularity not Good for Bats
 
15 Oct 2020 12:00 am
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Mezcal's popularity is trending upwards and this is bad news for Mexico's bats. This strong alcohol is made by distilling the sugars of the spiky desert Agave plant. The lesser long-nosed bat in particular depends upon the night-blooming plant's nectar as a food source. In turn, the plant depends upon the bat to pollinate the flowers. ~~With more and more agaves being harvested the gains made in rebuilding these endangered bat populations may be lost. Fortunately, organization such as Colectivo Sonora Silvestre are working on sustainability measures that will help both the bats and the mezcal industry to survive.~~Selective harvesting of the agaves where some mature flowering plants remain untouched is a promising plan. Even leaving 5% of a crop unharvested makes a difference to the feeding bats and in turn the mezcal producers earn the right to call their product bat-friendly with an accompanying label. We say cheers to the solution!
 
Our Plastic Problem
 
6 Jan 2020 11:06 am
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Poaching
 
25 Oct 2015 12:00 am
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Pollution
 
25 Oct 2015 12:00 am
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Rescue and Rehabilitation
 
11 Sep 2020 11:39 am
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Research
 
25 Oct 2015 12:00 am
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Sumatran Orangutan Rescue
 
11 Sep 2020 11:15 am
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There are only 13,000 Sumatran Orangutans left in the world mainly due to deforestation in their habitat as rainforest is burned and cut to make way for palm oil plantations. As logging forces the primates into smaller degraded rainforest parcels where nutrition is scarce the animals are forced into contact with local farmers in the primates' search for food.~~As a Patron of the Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS), Suzi Eszterhas had the privilege of working with a team from the Orangutan Information Centre (OIC) in Sumatra. The experience was an adventure to say the least - one that included death threats, some serious jungle tromping, and most of all, heart warming moments with an amazing team of brave men.~~The team was able to successfully evacuate a female orangutan from a degraded piece of rainforest on a remote part of the island and release her into the Gunung Leuser National Park where the habitat is still intact. The rescue process is a harrowing endeavor that includes frightening the animal up into a tree so they can shoot her with a tranquilizer dart. Once she's sedated they hoist her into a cage to transport overland to a safe location, wait for her to awake and watch her make her way into her new jungle home.
 
Upcycling Plastic
 
11 Sep 2020 11:48 am
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Proyecto Titi in Columbia turns trash to treasure in an effort to protect their local endangered Tamarin Monkey population. The organization collects plastic bags for use in eco-mochilas (bags) - the bags are cleaned, cut and woven into totes and durable reusable shopping bags. This project has recycled million plastic bags and provides an income to the village living around the forest who rely less on forest resourced and more on earned money. Plastic bottles are used in a similar project which prevents litter while paying locals to collect the bottles. Bottles are chipped and remelted into fence posts which farmers and ranchers can use in place of young trees which saves the monkey's habitat.
 
Urchin Barrens
 
11 Sep 2020 11:44 am
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With warming sea waters the small but voracious sea urchin has the chance to wipe out entire kelp forests in California which effects local economies and ecosystems. The eruption in 2013 of sea star wasting disease, which wiped out important urchin predators, resulted in a population explosion among small purple urchins. With warming waters these quarter-size animals have had a huge impact on the state's kelp forests which provide necessary wildlife habitat and consume carbon emissions.
 
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