Friday, July 22, 2016

Report: 86% of North America's Bird Species Struggling or in Crisis - 33% Facing Extinction - EnviroNews | The Environmental News Specialists




(EnviroNews Nature) — One in three North American bird species are of “high concern” to conservationists with an additional 50% struggling badly, according to the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI). The group’s annual report The State of North America’s Birds 2016 makes for grim reading by suggesting a mere 14% of bird species in the USA, Canada and Mexico are doing well. Sea birds are the biggest losers according to the study, which covers 1,154 species and contains contributions from over 40 conservation groups. More than half of the continent’s 54 sea species are “in crisis” with bird numbers declining by more than 70% since the 1950s. The research concludes that already-small sea populations are “severely threatened” by invasive predators on nesting islands as well as “accidental bycatch” by commercial fishing vessels. Pollution and climate change are also cited as contributory factors...

more: Report: 86% of North America's Bird Species Struggling or in Crisis - 33% Facing Extinction - EnviroNews | The Environmental News Specialists


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

7.24 Make 2016 the Year for a Clean Energy Revolution! March with the Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent on July 24


Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free at the People's Climate March September 21, 2014

June 28, 2016
Dear Friends,
Join us on July 24 as we join thousands in the streets of Philadelphia marching for a Clean Energy Revolution!
We are forming a Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent, and we want you to join us. We will demand an end to nuclear power and fossil fuels, and a just transition to a 100% renewable energy world. We will march with thousands from coast to coast on the eve of the Democratic National Convention, calling on all of our political leaders to take immediate action. 
Let us know you plan to come by filling in the short form below.
You can find out more at the March for a Clean Energy Revolution website. There is information about transportation and lodging options, including over two dozen buses being organized from cities throughout the east coast and the Midwest.


The Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent facebook page has updates on the march and where to find us in Philadelphia. You can use the page to invite your friends to join us, as well. 
For those able to make a weekend of it in Philadelphia, there is even more happening on Saturday, July 23:
  • The Summit for a Clean Energy Revolution: workshops and speeches from national leaders, grassroots heroes, and frontline organizers on how to build the movement.
  • PowerShift 2016: the conference for young climate activists to learn, network, share skills, and build the next generation of leadership.
  • Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free meeting: meet with anti-nuclear and -uranium activists as we make plans for 2017 and beyond (details TBA, contact Tim Judson for more info).
If you can't make it and/or would like to help more people attend, please make a donation to support the Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free contingent. We are making hundreds of signs and banners to get our message. 
Funds raised will also help First Nations and anti-uranium activists make the trip to Philadelphia. Nuclear power is dirty from the start, from the radioactive and toxic mining and processing of uraniumto over 15,000 abandoned mines affecting Native American and rural communities throughout the Western US and Canada. 

EVENT LOCATION

City Hall
1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19107


THANKS TO NIRS!




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Colombia's organic products set sail without a carbon footprint | The City Paper Bogotá




What’s the best way to ship premium fair-trade mountain-grown organic Colombian coffee to the rest of the world? By emission-free, fossil-fuel-free sailing ship – of course!
And that’s exactly what the ‘Tres Hombres’ have set sail to do.
The Tres Hombres is a 32-meter brigantine sailing ship that docked in Santa Marta harbor recently. The tres hombres on board were loading her up with organic cocoa, Caribbean rum, and organic Colombian coffee for shipment across the sea to Europe.
The sailing ship is not a Windjammer-style ‘cruise ship’, but rather a full-blown transport vessel, using the same ‘clean energy’ that sailors have used for centuries – the wind...

more: Colombia's organic products set sail without a carbon footprint | The City Paper Bogotá


Monday, July 11, 2016

Vanishing Act: What’s Causing Sharp Decline in Insects and Why It Matters by Christian Schwägerl: Yale Environment 360




Insect populations are declining dramatically in many parts of the world, recent studies show. Researchers say various factors, from monoculture farming to habitat loss, are to blame for the plight of insects, which are essential to agriculture and ecosystems.


Vanishing Act: What’s Causing Sharp Decline in Insects and Why It Matters by Christian Schwägerl: Yale Environment 360

Illustration by Luisa Rivera

Monday, June 27, 2016

Learning to levitate (cougar photo)



This cougar mom is doing amazing things to reach the beaver carcass up high in the tree. We use frozen beaver carcasses to attract wolverines to our sites, so we can collect their DNA, to study their populations in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Sometimes other carnivores, like this cougar/puma/mountain lion family, find the bait and try to eat it. This photo was taken using a remote wildlife camera. Learn more about our research at www.wolverinewatch.org 

via WolverineWatch.org on facebook



A Female Puma Caterwauling - YouTube
Published on Dec 1, 2015
A long bout of a female puma caterwauling to attract a mate. Female pumas frequently use caterwauling to attract mates:  http://journals.plos.org/plosone/arti... In this case, I documented her traveling with a male puma 8 hours later.


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

How plastics are changing the planet | World Economic Forum




Future archaeologists aren’t just going to be digging up old bones: Looks like they’re also going to be sifting though old fossilized plastics.
A review published (paywall) in the journal Anthropocene this month finds plastic has discernibly changed the surface of the planet since humans began using the material in the mid-20th century. They see this as evidence that the Earth is entering what the study’s authors call the “Age of Plastics.”



This chart from the World Economic Forum report The New Plastics Economy Rethinking the future of plastics shows the growth in Global Plastics Production 1950–2014. Data source: PlasticsEurope, Plastics – the Facts 2013 (2013); PlasticsEurope, Plastics – the Facts 2015 (2015). 


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