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Interview of the Week: Dr. Enric Sala, National Geographic Explorer in Residence

Interview of the Week: Dr. Enric Sala, National Geographic Explorer in Residence

Dr. Sala leads the National Geographic Society’s program to conserve the last wild places in the ocean.  ODP:  The Coronavirus pandemic has harmed people around the globe.  How will this global crisis help more people to see the importance of conserving nature for our own health and well-being? ES: The global pandemic is a tragedy […]

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Creating “Safe Passages” To Conserve Migration Routes in Wyoming As the Climate Changes

Creating “Safe Passages” To Conserve Migration Routes in Wyoming As the Climate Changes

The Washington Post did a beautiful piece on the importance of preserving wildlife corridors in the face of climate change and other man-made threats. Interstate 80 is a vital transportation link that connects the east and west coasts, but it also blocks the historic migration routes through the Rocky Mountains for mule deer, elk, and pronghorn — some of the most iconic species of wildlife in the American West.

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After Slashing Its Budget, President Trump Now Wants Congress To Permanently Fund Parks

After Slashing Its Budget, President Trump Now Wants Congress To Permanently Fund Parks

Although he has repeatedly called for cutting its funding by as much as 97 percent year after year including in his most recent budget proposal, on Tuesday President Trump called on Congress to pass a law to permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund. 

Why This Matters:  President Trump is no friend of land conservation — it is tragic that he has vastly increased oil and gas drilling on public lands and even in formerly protected areas, but based on this one tweet will now argue that he supports parks.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

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Listen. Nature is falling silent. EU must make major changes to our food, farming, and consumption and #BringNatureBack now! sound up🎶 >>https://t.co/3jDwxof9xb#NatureNow @EU_Commission @vonderleyen @TimmermansEU pic.twitter.com/D0tsr6tC3J — Friends of the Earth (@foeeurope) February 27, 2020 It is World Wildlife Day tomorrow.  We could not think of a better way to get you into the spirit […]

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Interview of the Week: Elizabeth Mrema: On A Global Agreement for 30×30 for Nature

Interview of the Week: Elizabeth Mrema: On A Global Agreement for 30×30 for Nature

Elizabeth Mrema is the Acting Executive Secretary of the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity and will lead the year-long negotiation by the parties to the Convention on whether and how to set a goal of conserving 30% of the planet for nature by 2030.  ODP:  This is just the first in a series of negotiations […]

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Western Voters, Nevadans In Particular, See Climate and Pollution As Top Issues In Election

Western Voters, Nevadans In Particular, See Climate and Pollution As Top Issues In Election

A new poll released Thursday by Colorado College just before the Nevada Democratic caucuses shows that for residents of both parties in Western states care deeply about a wide range of conservation issues from battling climate change and pollution, to protecting federal lands and parks and endangered species, and ensuring clean and plentiful water. 

Why This Matters:  If history is a guide, climate change will drive Latinos to vote in the caucuses and in the general election in Nevada this year.

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Happy World Whale Day — Saving the Whales:  Progress, Threats, and New Hope

Happy World Whale Day — Saving the Whales:  Progress, Threats, and New Hope

By Patrick Ramage, Director – Marine Conservation, International Fund for Animal Welfare This World Whale Day, as whale-huggers and marine conservationists from Maui to Monterey, Monaco to Mombasa measure recent progress, there is much to celebrate. As we assess prospects for actually “saving the whales” in the 21st century, there is also much cause for […]

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New Report Shows U.S. Is The Biggest Loser As Nature Declines

New Report Shows U.S. Is The Biggest Loser As Nature Declines

A new World Wildlife Fund report entitled “Global Futures” released yesterday calculated the economic cost of nature’s decline across 140 countries ranging from India to Brazil, and it shows that if the world carries on with “business as usual” or BAU, the United States would take the biggest hit against its annual GDP in absolute terms, with […]

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The Cabo Pulmo Miracle

The Cabo Pulmo Miracle

By Monica Medina, Co-Founder and Co-Publisher, Our Daily Planet I had always wanted to visit Mexico’s Cabo Pulmo National Park — I am not quite at the bucket list stage yet but I am deep into “YOLO” territory, so for my birthday this year I planned to make the trek.  Cabo Pulmo is a UNESCO […]

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$1M In Illegal Shark Fins Seized in Miami

$1M In Illegal Shark Fins Seized in Miami

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in January seized 1,400 pounds of shark fins worth nearly $1M that were hidden in 18 boxes in Miami Airport.  Federal officials believe the shipment originated in South America and was likely headed to Asia, where shark fins are in great demand for use in soup and traditional medicine, but they are still investigating.

Why This Matters:  Shark finning is banned in the U.S., but it is not illegal to buy and sell their fins here or even to sell the soup in restaurants in some states (it is banned in others).

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Trump Administration Clips the Wings of Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Gutting Bird Protections

Trump Administration Clips the Wings of Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Gutting Bird Protections

The Fish and Wildlife Service last week proposed another major rollback of an environmental rule and put millions of birds in danger — this one protecting migratory birds under an international treaty that has been in effect for a century. 

Why This Matters:  Prosecutions of this treaty are hardly a huge threat, but the decision to waive all prosecutions will have broad implications and impact behavior of those who should be taking care that their actions do not cause more harm to birds than the myriad of threats such as plastic pollution and climate change.

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Birds Survive Cold Winters By Adding a Feather Jacket

Birds Survive Cold Winters By Adding a Feather Jacket

Scientists have studied birds to try to understand how they stay warm during the cold winter months — the answer is a variety of strategies, including adding a “coat” of feathers, shivering, and some species, such as chickadees and bluebirds, huddle together to share heat — all things that humans do too.  But other cold-weather […]

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