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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. The NY Times documented one such case in which a large infrastructure project in Virginia would have harmed nesting habitat but once the rules were made “voluntary” because there would be no prosecution, the state of Virginia nixed the mitigation they were planning to do as a result of the project. This action, in one fell swoop, guts the protections the U.S. is supposed to provide under this bedrock environmental treaty – it is arguably illegal. And in doing so we hurt not only ourselves and the birds who migrate between nations, but also the other countries where the birds spend time. It is exactly the opposite of what we need to be doing to avoid another major extinction event (we should be conserving 30% of the planet by 2030 to protect bird habitat), as we know birds are more at risk than ever.
What You Can Do: To help birds in your back yard, check out this story from yesterday’s edition of ODP. And you can file a comment until March opposing the proposed rule by clicking here and follow the instructions for submitting comments to Docket No. FWS-HQ-MB-2018-0090.
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor According to the Australian Koala Foundation, 30% of the nation’s Koalas have been lost to drought, bushfires, and logging in just three years. The population has dropped to 58,000 from more than 80,000 in 2018, and no regions saw positive population growth. These findings arrive just days after the […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor The maned wolf is certainly a unique animal, with long legs, massive ears, and bright red fur. Many might compare it to a fox, but it’s actually South America’s largest canid species. And not only is the maned wolf elusive — it’s endangered. Researchers working with Rewilding Argentina and […]
Today is International Red Panda Day! These iconic and adorable creatures are worth celebrating for many reasons, but they’re also in need of serious protection. This cat-sized, fluffy-tailed animal is listed as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list. Climate change and rising temperatures are reducing the red panda’s […]
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