As ABC reported, after almost a decade spent protecting a famed little penguin colony in south-west Victoria from fox predation, Tula the maremma sheepdog is hanging up her lead. Along with her sister Eudy, 11-year-old Tula has been guarding breeding penguins on Middle Island, near Warrnambool, Australia, since she was just two years old. […]Continue Reading 95 words
Watch out Jonas Brothers! NYC debuted its newest boy band on Tuesday — a trio of dholes (fox-like dogs) that were born at the San Diego Zoo but are native to southern and central Asia. The Bronx Zoo, which is part of the Wildlife Conservation Society, plans to bring in female dholes for a captive […]Continue Reading 172 words
Last week with a camera mounted on his back, a white-tailed eagle named Victor began a flight over the Alps to capture images of glaciers and spread awareness about their plight.Continue Reading 85 words
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A new report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) quantifies the significant benefits of whale conservation and the results are surprising — they estimate that, if whales were allowed to return to their pre-whaling numbers it would result in the capture of 1.7 billion tons of CO2 annually.
Why This Matters: The Bottom Line: “Enhancing protection of whales from human-made dangers would deliver benefits to ourselves, the planet, and of course, the whales themselves.”
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At least 121 gray whales died off the West Coast this past summer and that was the second-worst year on record for gray whale deaths.
Why This Matters: The gillnets that entangle whales, turtles and dolphins were set to be outlawed but in June of 2017 but the Trump Administration abruptly pulled the proposed rule banning them because NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) determined the cost to the commercial fishing industry outweighed conservation benefits. The State of California will phase out those gillnets if $1 million of nonstate funds are raised to match the $1 million allocated by the state legislature, but those funds are not raised yet.Continue Reading 322 words
The National Audubon Society issued an alarming entitled, Survival by Degrees: 389 Bird Species on the Brink with the group’s CEO and President, David Yarnold, saying, “[t]wo-thirds of America’s birds are threatened with extinction from climate change, but keeping global temperatures down will help up to 76 percent of them.
Why This Matters: You can see what birds in your neighborhood are threatened by using this zip-code based tool (click and scroll down) that Audubon developed. This type of information should help people to see the importance of changing our current trajectory of climate change.Continue Reading 481 words
Dairies in the state of California contribute to about 3% of the state’s annual greenhouse gas emissions–this is mostly due to cow burps and the fermentation of their manure. It’s because of this that the state has set strict targets for dairy farms to reduce their GHG emissions 40% below 2013 levels by 2030.
The good news? Dairy farmers are already more than 60% of the way to meeting their targets.Continue Reading 354 words
The Maine lobster industry had agreed to reduce trap lines to save the highly endangered North Atlantic Right Whale, but the agreement fell apart when lobster fishers balked at the government’s proposal to require them to remove half of their 800,000 lines.
Why This Matters: There are fewer than 100 breeding age female North Atlantic Right Whales and there have been many whale deaths in the last two years due to entanglements in fishing lines and ship strikes.Continue Reading 488 words
The Potomac River has had an unfortunate history of pollution but conservation efforts have certainly paid off. For the first time since sightings were recorded in the late 1800s, bottlenose dolphins have been spotted swimming in the Potomac! As the Washington Post reported, in 2015, scientists identified about 200 individuals in one section of river […]Continue Reading 113 words
This is really a thing! We’re not body shaming bears, we promise! Each year, Katmai National park holds a tournament-like competition where you can vote on the bears that have gorged the most salmon over summer and fall and have become the roundest boys and girls (you can vote online between Oct. 2 and Oct. […]Continue Reading 122 words
The nine-banded armadillo, which was once found only in Central and South America, is on the move due to loss of habitat caused by deforestation and climate change. This species of armadillo is spreading rapidly east across the U.S., with sightings as far north as Wisconsin and as far east as North Carolina, and though they are […]Continue Reading 502 words
The non-profit Workmen’s Circle, a social justice organization that powers progressive Jewish identity through Jewish cultural engagement, held a class last weekend in Central Park in NYC aimed at combining preserving Jewish culture and love of dogs. According to dog trainer Miguel Rodrigues who led the class, “Yiddish, I find that the words are pretty […]Continue Reading 127 words