June 18th, 2013
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.
June 13th, 2013
Solar-and-battery powered tracking collars have given British researchers new insight into the hunting habits of the cheetah, one of the world’s swiftest predators.
Tags: · Cheetah
June 12th, 2013
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.
June 11th, 2013
Some East Texas residents living near the Keystone XL pipeline say they’re uneasy about the project’s potential to leak, having seen that crews have returned to make several repairs on the just-laid pipe. Video by Texas Public Citizen.
June 10th, 2013
This beautifully shot video of a poor neighborhood in Houston, gives a glimpse of how difficult life can be near the biggest oil hub in the U.S..
June 6th, 2013
Two years of sport hunting have taken a toll on the gray wolves in the U.S. Northern Rocky Mountains. Their population is down by 34 percent after what one biologist satirically calls a “robust” hunting season.
May 13th, 2013
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.
Tags: · 400 ppm, BarbaraKesslerBlog, Carbon Dioxide, Climate Change, CO2 pollution, disease, Drought, fires, Forest, freshwater, global warming, Greenhouse Gases, ice melts, Oceans, planet, rising seas, super storms, Wildlife
April 30th, 2013
Air pollution continues to plague many large U.S. cities, where coal plants and tailpipe emissions poison the air with asthma-aggravating, cancer causing ozone and particle emissions. But the picture, and the air, is much clearer in Peoria, Springfield and a few dozen other mid-sized meccas, according to the American Lung Association’s annual report. See what the air rates where you live.
April 23rd, 2013
Wildlife poaching is soaring, and if bans and legal trading efforts do not stop it, the final hope for animals threatened with extinction may lie with consumers.
Tags: · wildlife poaching
April 5th, 2013
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.
April 1st, 2013
Several homeowners in a Little Rock suburb were evacuated from their Mayflower neighborhood after a pipeline spilled an estimate 2,000 barrels of tar sands crude.
April 1st, 2013
Amid record-breaking levels of air pollution, a Beijing-based British artist has gone to extraordinary lengths to protect himself against the city’s foul air while making a political point at the same time.