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Zoos and aquariums shift to a new standard of ‘animal welfare’ that depends on deeper understanding of animals’ lives

In 1980 I visited the zoo in a major U.S. city and found row after row of bare concrete boxes with jailhouse-style bars occupied by animals from around the world. The animals appeared to be in good physical condition, but many were staring into space or pacing restlessly around the edges of their tiny quarters. […]

January 9th

When endangered species recover, humans may need to make room for them – and it’s not always easy

Imagine discovering a sea lion in the middle of the woods, more than a mile inland from the beach. Or coming face to face with one of these curious creatures in a local swimming pool or on your front porch. Veronica Frans, Michigan State University The Conversation These encounters are happening in New Zealand with […]

January 8th

Garden birds are struggling: Four ways you can help in 2022

More than a quarter of Britain’s birds are now on the RSPB’s red list, meaning that their numbers are in severe decline. Some of the recent additions to the red list are thought of as common garden birds, such as the greenfinch. Others, such as the swift and house martin, only spend spring and summer […]

January 7th

‘Incredibly Important’ Victory for Nation’s Honey Bees by California High Court

The bee-killing pesticide sulfoxaflor is no longer approved for use in California after a ruling by a state superior court that environmental advocates say represents a win for pollinators and the nation’s food system. By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams In a statement this week noting that “just about every commercial honey bee colony in this country spends […]

December 18th

Earth Matters: Tigers and plastic and coal, oh my

Sumatran tigers, the world’s smallest, edge toward extinction, threatening biodiversity: The planet’s remaining 4-500 Sumatran (aka Sunda) tigers now live only in the forests of Sumatra, Indonesia’s largest island. But if habitat loss and poaching trends continue, the animal that once roamed throughout the Sunda islands that make up the bulk of Indonesia, will go the way of the vanished Bali […]

December 5th

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: 57,000 pro-life evangelicals call to protect God’s creation

57,000 pro-life Christians signed the Evangelical Environmental Network’s (EEN) petition calling for the protection of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Arctic Refuge is a sacred place, and pro-life Christians know that ongoing attempts to open the land to oil and gas drilling is an affront to God’s creation and the Indigenous sovereignty of the […]

Aging fossil fuel operations in wildlife habitat at California’s Ballona Wetlands are a recipe for disaster!

As a tragic oil release in Orange County has devastated shorelines, beaches, wetlands and near-shore ecosystems, Los Angeles wildlife advocates and climate activists are calling on California Governor Gavin Newsom to close down fossil fuel operations threatening wildlife and abandon phony “restorations” that help the oil and gas industry, according to a press release from Defend Ballona Wetlands. By Dan Bacher As a tragic oil release in […]

October 21st

Haaland urged to sign order to halt extinction crisis

Noting that a million species around the world face extinction in the near future, more than 100 conservation groups on Monday implored U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to issue a secretarial order “that sets concrete action” to “stem the extinction crisis and restore abundant wildlife and plant populations” worldwide.   By Brett Wilkins Common Dreams “The […]

October 19th

Idaho and Montana move to kill off most of their wolves

By the 1930s gray wolves, thanks to bounties, had been completely wiped out in all states except Minnesota. The extermination effort had begun 300 years earlier, in 1630, just a decade after the Pilgrims arrived, when the Massachusetts Bay Colony began offering bounties on wolves. By the time of the American revolution, wolves had been extirpated from the easternmost parts […]

October 18th

Kunming Declaration: As the world joins together to protect biodiversity, US is AWOL

As the United Nations Biodiversity Conference wrapped up Friday, critics are once again pointing to the glaring absence of the United States from negotiations to strengthen an international treaty to restore and protect the variety of life on Earth that has been ratified by every country except the U.S. By Kenny Stancil Common Dreams The U.S. did send a team […]

October 17th

DOI restores protections under the 100-year-old Migratory Bird Treaty Act gutted under Trump

Wildlife conservationists on Wednesday welcomed the U.S. Department of the Interior’s imminent reversal of a Trump administration attempt to roll back a key law credited with saving the lives of millions of migratory birds each year. By Brett Wilkins Common Dreams In a statement, the Interior Department said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will take “a […]

September 30th

Biden EPA moves to protect Bristol Bay from salmon-killing Pebble Mine

Conservationists, local tribes, and commercial fishers celebrated on Thursday the Biden administration’s move to permanently protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed from the proposed Pebble Mine and similarly destructive projects. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “Placing a massive mine at the headwaters of the world’s greatest, most productive wild sockeye salmon fishery has been a terrible idea […]

September 10th

Red list of endangered species: A grim tally of those facing extinction

Of the 138,374 species assessed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for its survival watchlist more than 38,000 are now at risk of extinction, as the destructive impact of human activity on our planet deepens. By Common Dreams Staff An update of the ‘Red List of Threatened Species’ was released Saturday morning. Efforts […]

September 5th

It’s great that Biden is reviewing Trump’s disastrous ANWR drilling policy, but Congress must shut it down for good

Indigenous and environmental groups on Tuesday welcomed the U.S. Interior Department’s decision to review the Trump administration’s controversial move opening up previously protected land in Alaska to drilling despite threats to local communities and wildlife as well as the global climate. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The department’s notice says the new environmental review of the leasing program […]

August 5th

Shark Week looms, but don’t panic

Sharks elicit outsized fear, even though the risk of a shark bite is infinitesimally small. As a marine biologist and director of the Florida Program for Shark Research, I oversee the International Shark Attack File – a global record of reported shark bites that has been maintained continuously since 1958. It’s OK, I’m a filter […]

July 11th