- Barack Obama scolded the US Republican party for standing apart from every other rightwing party in the developed world by denying the science of climate change.
- While cities have a major carbon footprint, they are also gaining more influence on the international climate stage as well.
- A fungus is threatening the most popular banana worldwide, the Cavendish banana.
Earlier this month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agriculture specialists discovered two live Giant African Snails at the Port of Oakland in California. The snails are considered to be the most dangerous in the world, as they carry diseases dangerous to humans and crops as well as cause structural damage to homes.
On Friday, Barack Obama scolded the US Republican party for standing apart from every other rightwing party in the developed world by denying the science of climate change.
On December 7, a tiny Philippine eagle hatchling was born at the Philippine Eagle Foundation’s (PEF) conservation center in the Philippines. This is the twenty sixth eaglet born at the center in 23 years. The Executive Director of the conservation center has called the birth a “breakthrough”.
This commentary from the World Health Organization explains how the recent international climate agreement can push countries to develop plans that will protect human health from the worst impacts of climate change, such as, droughts, heat waves and floods.
While representatives from 196 nations were able to come to a successful agreement on how to tackle climate change, there are plenty of problems with the agreement. The agreement also acknowledges that even if the individual country climate plans were fully and perfectly implemented, they would be insufficient.
Monkeys and birds of tropical forests are climate change champions, however when contending against hunting, the outcome hasn’t been such a positive one. Because their seed dispersal role is vital to the survival of hardwood trees, the loss of these animals drastically reduces the Earth’s natural carbon storage.
Whether you praise or criticize the Paris Agreement, most agree that it does send a strong signal. Now, progressive, local leaders see that it’s time to take up that signal. While cities have a major carbon footprint, they are also gaining more influence on the international climate stage as well.
Of the 88,000 projects and developments over the past seven years considered potentially harmful the to US’s endangered species, only two triggered significant action from the Fish and Wildlife Service. A recent analysis conducted by Defenders of Wildlife, a wildlife welfare group, found that the FWS is intervening in a diminishing number of cases.
Bananas are facing extinction…again [Deutsche Welle]
In the 1960s, an aggressive fungus known as “Panama Disease” drove a popular banana variety to near-extinction. Now, a different strain of the fungus is threatening the most popular banana worldwide, the Cavendish banana. Scientists believe it’s only a matter a time before it reaches Latin America, where over 80 percent of the world’s Cavendish bananas are grown.
A new analysis from Defenders of Wildlife finds that, in reality, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FSW), which is tasked with assessing the impacts of economic development projects on endangered wildlife, can hardly be said to be pursuing its charge overzealously.
A network of over 20 organizations, in collaboration with Google, has launched a new open-access platform called MapBiomas that aims to generate “annual maps of land-use, land-use change and forestry in Brazil in the last 30 years and keep it up to date”.
Using high resolution aerial and satellite photos, researchers identified 337 dead sei whales along Chile’s southern coast. The team’s analysis showed that all the whales had died around March 2015, within the same event. This, according to the scientists, is the largest known whale-beaching event to have occurred within such a short duration.
A determined collaborative effort between health officials and activists has resulted in the shutting down of one of the most egregious and flourishing illegal wildlife markets in all of Peru. Bellavista Market, after nearly twenty years of illegal activity, was finally not only closed but completely razed to the ground in November.