Prince William On A Mission to Save Nature and Catalyze Climate Action click button

Prince William On A Mission to Save Nature and Catalyze Climate Action

On October 5th, a new film on climate change will make its debut — with a royal touch. It’s called “A Planet for Us All,” and in it, Prince William makes a plea for conserving nature and taking climate action.  Cameras followed him for two years as he studied conservation and environmental issues. In one scene, Prince […]

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Climate Change and Arctic Drilling Threaten Polar Bears’ Extinction

Climate Change and Arctic Drilling Threaten Polar Bears’ Extinction

The Trump Administration finally released the results of a long-awaited study on the cumulative impacts of oil and gas development in the Arctic on the endangered polar bear population and, not surprisingly, it was bad news for the bears. 

Why This Matters: The head of an agency should review a major work product before it is released to the public.  But delaying the release of a scientific report for months because it does not square with the administration’s policy viewpoint is another matter altogether.

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One Cool Thing: Marines Having a Shell Of A Time in Hawaii

One Cool Thing: Marines Having a Shell Of A Time in Hawaii

Marine Corps Base Hawaii is going all out to protect …. green sea turtles.  Yup.  For the first time, this year the training base had endangered green sea turtles nesting on one of its beaches.  So the team of wildlife specialists on the base marked the nests with posts and used orange tape to keep […]

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Should Joshua Trees Be Designated Endangered in California?

Should Joshua Trees Be Designated Endangered in California?

The state of California is considering whether to formally designate southern California’s iconic Joshua Tree as an endangered species, and it seems that local developers and businesses, including the renewable power industry are pushing back and expressing concerns.  The California Fish and Game Commission put off a decision last week on whether to study whether the famed tree is endangered, saying they needed more time look at the issue.

Why This Matters:  Clashes like this between conservationists and the renewable energy industry are bound to increase. We will need to find ways to reconcile these competing environmental interests.  Our future depends on it.

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Captain of Tanker That Wrecked in Mauritius Is Arrested, Questions Emerge About Panamanian Vessel

Captain of Tanker That Wrecked in Mauritius Is Arrested, Questions Emerge About Panamanian Vessel

The Captain of the giant tanker that ran aground off the coast of Mauritius causing a devastating oil spill in pristine marine areas was arrested last week after it emerged in local news reports that a preliminary examination by the police showed the crew was having a party on the night the ship ran off course, according to The New York Times.

Why This Matters: As Nishan Degnarain asks in Forbes, “Why has global shipping or the authorities in Panama not invested in leading-edge maritime control center – an Ocean Mission Control?

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Brazil’s Biodiversity-Rich Pantanal Wetlands “Ravaged” By Wildfires

Brazil’s Biodiversity-Rich Pantanal Wetlands “Ravaged” By Wildfires

Fires are “ravaging” the biodiversity-rich Pantanal region of Brazil, Jake Spring of Reuters reported Tuesday. In the first fifteen days of August alone, the national space research agency of Brazil recorded 3,121 fires, which is almost five times greater than last year. Already, 6% of the Pantanal burned from January to July due to high temperatures, dry conditions, and high winds.

Why This Matters: As the world’s largest wetland, the Pantanal is home to key biodiversity.

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