Environment

Agriculture
 
25 Oct 2015 12:00 am
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Bad News for Birds
 
6 Jan 2021 12:00 am
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The Trump administration on Tuesday finalised changes that weaken the government’s enforcement powers under a century-old Migratory Bird Treaty Act. If industry actions (or inactions) result in unintentional bird deaths there will be no enforcement.~~Federal wildlife officials have acknowledged the move could result in more deaths of birds that land in oil pits or collide with power lines or other structures. Industry sources kill an estimated 450 million to 1.1 billion birds annually, out of an overall 7.2 billion birds in North America, according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service and recent studies. Many companies have sought to reduce bird deaths in recent decades by working in cooperation with wildlife officials, but the incentive to participate in such efforts drops absent the threat of criminal liability.~~Many of the 1,027 species of birds protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act are experiencing population declines due to increased threats across the landscape. Of those 1,027 species, 92 bird species are listed as either threatened or endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. An additional 274 species are listed as Birds of Conservation Concern.
 
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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Earth Day
 
21 Apr 2021 12:00 am
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Earth Day comes upon us each year and on the 22nd of April we recommit to positive change to support the environment and reduce our carbon footprint. With the dismal state of our planet, it's daunting to figure out where to start. A few of our resolutions include planting a bee-friendly garden and to keep the cat indoors to protect local songbirds. It's better to do something small than nothing at all and today is a good day to start, perhaps with sustainably-farmed, shade-grown morning brew and to reduce, reuse and recycle!
 
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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Flightless Parrot Back From the Brink
 
10 Mar 2021 12:00 am
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They are the heaviest parrot in the world, the only ones who cannot fly and they have been pulled back from the brink of extinction! New Zealand's emerald green, nocturnal, critically endangered Kakapo parrots are increasing in numbers thanks to years of conservation efforts. With an average life expectancy of 90 years you would think there would be large population but their fertility rates could not keep up with introduced predators and habitat loss.~~With the work of scientists and dedicated volunteers from the New Zealand Department of Conservation the birds are increasing. Creating DNA profiles to prevent inbreeding, daily monitoring and feeding of chicks, radio transmitter monitoring of individuals and supplying supplementary nutrition has paid off. Since the birds breed infrequently an artificial insemination program has been established as well. In 1995 only 51 animals were alive. Currently, there are 208 Kakapo, a record-breaking number since the conservation work began over two decades ago.
 
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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Mega Marine Protection
 
10 Nov 2021 12:00 am
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On November 2nd, 2021 at the UN Climate Change Summit (COP26), Panama, Ecuador, Colombia, and Costa Rica inaugurated a new environmental protection zone spanning the maritime territories of each country. According to its members, the Eastern Tropical Pacific Maritime Corridor (CMAR) will create fishing-free zones covering 500,000 square miles of the Pacific Ocean in one of the world’s most important migratory routes for sea turtles, whales, sharks and rays.~~The expansion creates a “safe swimway” connecting Ecuadorian with Costa Rican waters where industrial fishing is banned in waters where important endangered migratory species, such as sharks, whales, turtles and manta rays travel. President Guillermo Lasso of Ecuador highlighted the increase in industrial fishing as an important catalyst for the agreement, noting the threat that overfishing poses to marine ecosystems
 
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!
 
Orcas Protected
 
4 Aug 2021 12:00 am
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Killer whales are not whales at all but are the largest dolphin species in the world. On Monday Orcas off of our California coast received some help from the federal government with the expansion their protected habitat to include the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary. This endangered southern population has been hit by over-fishing of salmon which is 90% of their diet, ocean pollution and entanglement in discarded nets.
 
Our Plastic Problem
 
6 Jan 2020 11:06 am
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Plastics in our Oceans
 
7 Apr 2021 05:08 pm
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According to the IUCN, at least 8 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year and make up 80% of all marine debris from surface waters to deep-sea sediments. The main sources of marine plastic are land-based, from urban and storm runoff, sewer overflows, beach visitors, inadequate waste disposal and management, industrial activities, construction and illegal dumping.~~What happens when marine animals are exposed to these synthetic materials? Mistaking plastic bags for jellyfish can be deadly for hungry sea turtles and entanglement in debris is always a risk. This gallery includes images of animals living with and sometimes suffering from the inflow of plastic trash into their habitat. Nudibranchs lay eggs on bottles, a tiny nautilus rides a piece of a potato chip bag in the ocean current and pilotfish shelter beneath floating trash to protect themselves from hunting seabirds.
 
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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