Interview of the Week: Dr. Enric Sala of the National Geographic Society on #30×30

Interview of the Week: Dr. Enric Sala of the National Geographic Society on #30×30

Dr. Enric Sala is a marine ecologist who has co-authored more than 120 publications, and an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society, where he is dedicated to restoring the health and productivity of the ocean. ODP:  You moved from a very successful academic career to your current exploration and advocacy work at Nat Geo.  Why […]

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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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How the West Was Lost

How the West Was Lost

By Kate Wall When one thinks of the western United States it’s hard not to conjure up images of wildlife and wilderness.  But a coalition of “western” lawmakers wants to change that.  Last week the Congressional Western Caucus formally announced a raft of legislation aimed squarely at the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The ESA has […]

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Koala Populations Devastated by Fire, Dogs Helping to Save Them

Koala Populations Devastated by Fire, Dogs Helping to Save Them

A historic bush fire has torn through the eastern Australia coast, killing at least four people according to The Washington Post, and now hundreds of Australia’s most iconic symbol — koala bears — are also feared dead.   But now, CNN reports that non-profits like the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) are using dogs trained to find koalas in the wild to rescue them.

Why This Matters:  For Australians, this is a national tragedy, and it painfully demonstrates the link between climate change and biodiversity loss. 

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Climate Change Causing a “Bird Emergency” According to National Audubon Society

Climate Change Causing a “Bird Emergency” According to National Audubon Society

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.

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Gone Bird Gone – Three Billion Birds Gone from North America

Gone Bird Gone – Three Billion Birds Gone from North America

According to a study in the Journal Science published last Friday, bird populations have declined nearly 30 percent — a loss of 3 billions birds — in the last fifty years.  The study did not look at the reasons but one of the co-authors called it a “wake up call.”  In another paper published in […]

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