UN proclaims March 3 World Wildlife Day; derides illegal trafficking

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.

Save marine life, save ourselves

From the plastic gyre in the North Pacific to the bleached coral in south; from the thinning populations of salmon, lobster and shark around the the world, the oceans are sending off distress signals.
Just opening the mail today, and checking a couple blogs, we stumbled upon two urgent calls for action, one to save the endangered bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean, the other sounding the alarm about the Beluga whales in Alaska, a tiny population of unique whales that lives within a discrete ecosystem in the Cook Inlet near Anchorage.