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Just 3% of Earth’s land ecosystems remain intact – but we can change that

Few things excite biologists more than contemplating the parts of the world still relatively free of human damage. For the last 30 years, scientists intent on protecting Earth’s biodiversity have sought to enshrine targets for preserving and expanding these remaining areas of wilderness. Andrew Plumptre, University of Cambridge The Conversation But what actually is wilderness, […]

April 18th

MONARCH Act introduced to ensure the beloved pollinator is around for future generations

A group of bipartisan lawmakers introduced two bills on Wednesday to boost conservation of the western monarch butterfly to save the population from total collapse. The legislation comes at critical moment for the iconic species. The Xerces Society said in January after its latest annual western monarch count that 1,914 monarchs butterflies were recorded overwintering on the […]

March 21st

California’s Yurok Tribe takes decisive action to protect spring salmon

Below is the statement from the Yurok Tribe discussing action that they have taken to protect spring-run Chinook salmon on the Klamath River. Spring Fish Stocks Suffer as a Consequence of Habitat Loss, Excessive Water Diversions “The current quantity of adult spring Chinook in the Klamath River is a small fraction of historic abundance.  For […]

March 20th

Wolf slaughter in Wisconsin spurs call for Biden to reinstate federal protection for iconic species

Conservation advocates are urging the Biden administration to reinstate federal protections for the gray wolf after Wisconsin hunters far exceeded the state’s kill quota last month. By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams  “Wisconsin’s actions offer a tragic glimpse of a future without federal wolf protections,” said the New York state-based Wolf Conservation Center. The wolf hunt season opened […]

March 3rd

Carbon Brief: The threat of high-probability ocean tipping points

Climate change is profoundly altering our oceans and marine ecosystems. Some of these changes are happening quickly and are potentially irreversible. Many are taking place silently and unnoticed. By Dr. Helena Martins Carbon Brief In recent years, tipping points – thresholds where a small change could push a system into a completely new state – have increasingly […]

February 26th

Climate crisis is driving great white sharks into colder waters, with devastating effect

Warming oceans—a key measure of the climate crisis—are forcing great white sharks into colder waters, where they are causing a devastating decrease in wildlife populations, according to new research reported Tuesday by The Guardian. By Brett Wilkins Common Dreams The study, led by researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California and published in Scientific Reports, found that unprecedented […]

February 13th

Obsession with GDP, disregard of nature leading towards ecosystem collapse

A new report out Tuesday from the U.K. government framing the natural environment as “our most precious asset” says the world’s destruction of biodiversity has put economies at risk and that a fundamental restructuring of global consumption and production patterns is needed for humanity’s survival. By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams The 600-page review was commissioned by Britain’s […]

February 6th

How marine protected areas help safeguard the ocean

The ocean quietly unites global communities in a profound way. And yet, the ocean faces more threats today than ever before in history. The facts and predictions are staggering. More than 25 per cent of the world’s fisheries are overfished, and most are operating at a maximum sustainable level with no room for those fisheries […]

February 5th

Los Angeles’ iconic Ballona Wetlands could preserve endangered wildlife… or be bulldozed to benefit SoCalGas

On January 29, Defend Ballona Wetlands and two individuals, Molly Basler and Robert van de Hoek, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court challenging the California Department of Fish & Wildlife’s (CDFW) approval of an environmental impact report (EIR) that they claim would allow for the “complete destruction” of the fragile Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve in Los Angeles County. By […]

February 3rd

More than Build Back Better: Biden has to save the American Bumblebee from extinction

Warning that threats including the climate crisis and pesticides are pushing the American bumblebee toward extinction, two conservation groups on Monday urged the Biden administration to give federal protections to the native pollinator. “We’re asking President [Joe] Biden to be the hero that steps up and saves the American bumblebee from extinction,” said Jess Tyler, an entomologist and […]

February 2nd