Jaguars won back a slice of the land they’ve historically inhabited in the US Southwest after a judge agreed with conservationists that the endangered jaguar deserves land in which to retake, if possible, its rightful place in the United States wild.
World Wildlife Day kicked off Monday with United Nations officials declaring that people need to be better stewards of the many struggling species. Citing the plight of the panda, orangutan, rhinos, elephants and more, officials said people need to stop illegal trafficking in horns and ivory, and the annihilation of forests and natural habitat.
Give back to nature by helping restore forests, oceans and wildlife. Your contribution will boomerang back in countless ways, curbing climate change, teaching kids about the outdoors, feeding endangered monarch butterflies, making space for whales and even helping tree farmers. All you’ll get is that lousy T-shirt. (But this year, they’re actually pretty cool.)
Al Gore’s 24 Hours of Climate Reality, a look at how climate change is costing billions around the globe, kicked off today, with segments covering North America and South America. Featured calamities include: Hurricane Sandy, Colorado’s recent flooding and drought in Mexico where farmers can no longer grow corn.
Yellowstone National Park wolves are under fire in Wyoming, where five wolves were shot over the last week as trophy hunting begins in the state. Advocates are upset about the possible loss of park wolves, a major attraction for tourists who view the animals with binoculars and frustrated by secrecy around the killings.
Warning: This story will really take the fun out of your snack foods. But read it if you’re ready to eat responsibly by avoiding “conflict palm oil” in your cookies, crackers and chocolate nibbles. A bonus: Rainforest Action Network has released a list of the 20 major snack companies using destructive palm oil. If you want to save orangutans and help the ancestral human residents of tropical forests, you’ll make a note of this list.
Wildfire trends in the West are clear: there are more large fires burning now than at any time in the past 40 years and the total area burned each year has also increased.
African elephants are listed as “vulnerable” because they are losing habitat and remain a target for ivory poachers. But these intelligent, iconic animals are getting some help, as the world recognizes they shouldn’t be killed for their tusks.
Robert Redford, leading man, acclaimed director and ardent conservationist, has become an American father figure, and this week as we approach Father’s Day, he’s speaking dad-to-dad to President Obama.
Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is hovering at a landmark 400 parts per million, a level never before experienced by human beings. Scientists say we’re playing with fire, risking the planet’s future if we don’t start to lower the greenhouse gas levels forcing climate change. How should we react to this news? First, we need to envision climate change more accurately, as a deadly threat.
Climate change will continue to worsen wildfires in the U.S., with the area burned each year expected to double by 2050, according to a report released this week by the USDA’s Forestry Service. But that’s not all. Profound changes are ahead for forests in the Midwest, Southeast and Northeast, as climate change rearranges natural habitats.
Hopes for the reestablishment of the Mexican gray wolves rose in January when federal authorities released the first male wolf into the wild in four years.
Tigers, extinct? It’s not only possible, it’s likely, especially in the many nations that have yet to take action on behalf of this majestic animal.
Environmental groups make it easy this time of year to send someone on your list a gift that benefits wildlife.
WORLD WILDLIFE FUND
World wide carbon emissions reached their highest point in 800,000 years rising by nearly 6 percent in 2010 after falling back during the 2008-2009 economic recession, according to the annual Global Carbon Project.
The carbon in the atmosphere reached 389.6 parts per million at the end of 2010, the highest level recorded in known history. That compares with a carbon levels under 300 ppm in the mid-1800s, in the early years of the industrial revolution.
We all know the drill: “Paper or plastic?” But when it comes to receipts there hasn’t been a choice — until now. allEtronic, a Fullerton, Calif., company knows that paper receipts are a nuisance and wants to rid the retail experience of those paper tag-a-longs that billow out of your purse, bulge inside your wallet, and languish in Rubbermaid containers in your closet.