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Whale watching

This group got dumped, but the catastrophe could have been worse. Watch marine mammals safely, for both humans and whales:
How is “harassment” defined under the MMPA?
Harassment means any act of pursuit, torment, or annoyance that has the potential to injure a marine mammal or marine mammal stock in the wild (Level A harassment); or that has the potential [...]

Pesticides contaminate streams

(Beyond Pesticides, August 21, 2015)
Neonicotinoid insecticides contaminate over half of urban and agricultural streams across the United States and Puerto Rico, according to a study released earlier this week by the U.S. Geographical Survey (USGS). Neonicotinoids (neonics) are bee-toxic insecticides that have been linked to the global decline in bee populations by a large body [...]

Chinese seed spies stalk GMO producers

Ted Genoways, contributing editor for the New Republic and author of The Chain: Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food, covers Chinese seed spies and the FBI, revealing troubling strategies of food as a weapon. Read the entire story here.
In December 2013, after collecting this evidence, U.S. marshals arrived at Mo’s home in Boca [...]

Whale Ahoy! visits San Simeon Cove

Humpback whale Vicki Morrow Tribune

John FitzRandolph reports on a young humpback whale in San Simeon Cove:
This story could develop into the North Coast’s marine mammal mystery of the year, and it could prove to be among the most treasured wildlife encounters witnessed here in many years. This photo taken by Vicki Morrow, as published in The Cambrian.

For 24 consecutive [...]

The Monarch Manifesto

From the David Suzuki Foundation
By David Suzuki
Jode Roberts has spent a lot of the summer checking out ditches and fields along the sides of roads, railways and trails. At first, he didn’t like what he was seeing. Roberts, who is leading the David Suzuki Foundation’s effort to bring monarchs back from the brink, was searching [...]

Costa Rica Becomes First Latin American Country to Ban Hunting for Sport


Costa Rica just became the first country in Latin America to ban hunting for sport. Costa Rica’s Congress voted unanimously on Monday to approve the ban, which will protect the country’s wildlife – including several species of native big cats. Any hunters caught breaking the new law will face jail time or hefty fines.

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A Green Neighborhood Watch Targets Polluters in Low-Income Communities


A high-tech program that lets residents of low-income communities in California upload photos, videos, and other information catching polluters in the act should be expanded across the state, according to a new report.
IVAN (Identifying Violations Affecting Neighborhoods) is an environmental neighborhood watch program bringing together local, state, and federal authorities with environmental justice advocates to [...]

ExxonMobil Is Still Spending Millions of Dollars on Climate Science Deniers


ExxonMobil spokesman Richard Keil told a carefully worded whopper last week.
After the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) revealed that Exxon was aware of the threat posed by climate change as early as 1981 and has intentionally been deceiving the public for decades, reporters contacted Keil for comment. One reporter asked him about ExxonMobil’s long history [...]

This Jail’s Urban Farming Project Benefits Inmates, Local Charities


The next time flowers are delivered to your door in Chicago, the bouquet just might be made up of blooms nurtured by an inmate at Cook County Jail.
Chicago-based startup Flowers for Dreams, last week, announced the start of a partnership with the jail’s urban farming initiative, which offers nonviolent inmates an opportunity to learn job [...]

The Forest Path to an Ambitious Climate Deal


Later this year, global leaders will make important decisions about some of the planet’s toughest challenges. If the world wants a climate deal and new development agenda that’s good for the economy, for the poor, and for businesses, the path forward needs to include forests.
In September, governments will set goals for eliminating extreme poverty by [...]

NOAA plans to vaccinate Monk Seals

John Platt reports for Motherboard:
Once hunted into near-extinction for their meat and fur in the 19th century, only a few hundred monk seals remained when they were finally protected under the Endangered Species Act in 1976. Intense conservation efforts increased that population to about 1,500 in the 1980s, but the seals still face a precarious [...]

Is India selling out tigers?

Sharon Guynup writes in the NY Times:
INDIA’S tigers are in danger. In the year since the election of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the government has laid siege to the country’s environmental laws, threatening to undo recent conservation successes that have increased tiger numbers. India is the planet’s last stronghold for tigers, home to almost three-quarters of [...]

Drought impacts forest

Christian Science Monitor reports on drought:
Even after drought conditions subside, trees may take years to resume normal growth, say scientists.

By Joseph Dussault, Staff writer July 30, 2015

Courtesy of Leander Anderegg
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It’s no surprise that droughts can severely weaken forests. But what happens when the drought ends?
Traditionally, climate models have operated under [...]

Insecticides poison all insects

McGill University research shows more effects of insecticides:
Insecticides that are sprayed in orchards and fields across North America may be more toxic to spiders than scientists previously believed.

A McGill research team reached this conclusion after looking at changes in the behaviour of individual Bronze Jumping Spiders both before and after exposure to Phosmet, a widely [...]

Santa Barbara turns to desalination

The LA Times reports:
Santa Barbara City Council members on Tuesday unanimously approved spending $55 million to reactivate a mothballed desalination plant that could provide the city with nearly a third of its drinking water.

Santa Barbara working to reactivate mothballed desalination plant

The Charles E. Meyer Desalination Facility was built during a drought in the 1990s but closed [...]