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Loggerhead turtles have laid a record number of nests this year on the East Coast of the U.S. from North Carolina to Florida — more than 12,200, smashing the previous record by nearly a thousand nests in Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. And while just the nest numbers alone bode well for the future of the threatened loggerheads, scientists also consider the nests themselves a key indicator of the health of the population now — the numbers have increased dramatically in the last 15 years. In 2004 there were only 400 nests on the Georgia coast (the low point since counting began) but this year scientists expect to see 10 times that number by the end of nesting season. What this really shows is that when people care about protecting nature, it can and will come back. Our Endangered Species Act works — if we let it. As we consider the UN’s warning of an extinction crisis, we now know there are things we can do — we just have to have the will to do them. #30×30 #CampaignForNature
Tessa Jenkins, turtle volunteer Photo: Danny Klain
This morning a major global effort to finance nature gets a huge “deposit” as Ministers from Germany, the United Kingdom, Costa Rica, Canada, and Norway, as well as business leaders, UN leaders, and major philanthropists, promise to spend billions to safeguard biodiversity.
Why This Matters: Last week was Climate Week and this week it is nature and biodiversity’s turn at center stage.
by Natasha Lasky and Miro Korenha A recent study from online network analysis firm Graphika suggests that the loudest voices perpetuating climate change denial have started sharing content and hashtags from the QAnon conspiracy movement. Researchers speculate that this partnership is tactical, as followers of the QAnon movement— who are already skeptical of science — […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer On Friday, just one day before National Public Lands Day, the Trump administration moved to expand development in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, the largest national forest in the United States as well as the largest remaining temperate rainforest in the world. About 55% of the forest is currently protected […]
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