July 12, 2012
NY, NY: Not Such A Wonderful Town
…if you’re an elephant. The New York Times reports seizure of over a million dollars in illegal ivory at Raja Jewels, 7 West 45th Street, and New York Jewelry Mart, 26 West 46th Street.
Now the Manhattan D.A. should find out who was buying it.
July 5, 2012
Once there were millions in the coastal waters off southern California. Now, after intensive harvesting and poaching, there are a few thousand. Most individuals are too old or too far away from each other to reproduce, according to a study released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
A NOAA official suggests that this (more…)
July 3, 2012
It's been 1,295 days since the US Fish & Wildlife Service has released a new member of the Mexican Gray Wolf population into the wild. The USFWS has crippled the recovery program for the species for political reasons, according to a complaint filed with the Interior Department (USFWS’ parent agency) last month by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and this Associated Press report.
The PEER (more…)
April 29, 2012
I got a really interesting question from a Facebook friend and fellow rhino-lover in Amsterdam. She writes: “What would be the impact on the world ecologically if a complete species like the rhino were to go extinct?”
My mind immediately leapt to the fascinating phenomenon of rhino latrines. Rhinos don’t poop just any (more…)
April 29, 2012
Sad update to Rewilding the World: The spectacular Ndumo Game Reserve, a jewel of South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal region and and an internationally-protected wetland, once home to extraordinary birdlife, hippos, and crocodiles, has been invaded by neighboring people, angry that promised government aid and reparations for land-grabs have never materialized. (more…)
July 12, 2011
Maybe so...Check out the possibilities in today’s report at Yale Environment 360.
Then on your bike, as the Brits say, and start posting buds (Project BudBurst) and counting squirrels (yes, Project Squirrel): Citizen Science starts at home.
July 6, 2011
Alert hiker Joe Sebille captured the first photos of a grizzly in Washington’s North Cascades National Park in nearly a half-century. Hiking last October, Sebille snapped the bruin with a point-and-shoot and only realized recently, on showing the pic to a park ranger, the momentous nature of his encounter.
And, in further carnivorous (more…)
July 6, 2011
Apologies for the prolonged absence: We were off chuntering about biodiversity in foreign lands and what not. But now we’re back, and there’s lots to catch up on:
*Some good news from the Serengeti! After a recent visit from US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Tanzania announced that it would give up (more…)
April 15, 2011
Lorene Mills, host of “Report from Santa Fe,” a long-running public affairs show that airs throughout New Mexico, interviews Caroline Fraser, author of Rewilding the World. The conversation ranges from rewilding efforts around the world to local conflicts over the Mexican gray wolf. See it April 14-16 on these stations (more…)
March 23, 2011
My report at Yale Environment 360 on Japanese activists’ long battle against one nuclear power plant, slated to be built on landfill in a national park.