Animals

Salmon Farming’s Dirty Business

Salmon Farming’s Dirty Business

Sometimes all it takes is a single photograph to change someone’s mind or inspire them to take action. For Catherine Collins and her husband Douglas Frantz, that was a photo of a yardstick plunged 32 inches into filth below a salmon farm near Port Mouton, Nova Scotia.

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    Scientists Create Contraceptives for Grey Squirrels in the UK

    Scientists Create Contraceptives for Grey Squirrels in the UK

    Government scientists in the UK could soon begin tests for giving oral contraceptives for grey squirrels in the country. The hope is to control this invasive species without killing the animals. The current plan is to set up feeding boxes that only the grey squirrels can access, using hazelnut spread containing the contraceptives as bait. […]

    Valuing Nature Through Lens of Economic Growth and Profit Puts It at Risk, Assessment Finds

    Valuing Nature Through Lens of Economic Growth and Profit Puts It at Risk, Assessment Finds

    Is market-based decision making compatible with a sustainable relationship between people and nature?  A new assessment from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) found that decisions about nature are being made based on a narrow range of values that precipitate biodiversity loss.  “Biodiversity is being lost and nature’s contributions to people […]

    TikTok Stunts Like ‘Frog Army’ Threaten Ecosystems

    TikTok Stunts Like ‘Frog Army’ Threaten Ecosystems

    TikTok has introduced many interesting trends, from cleaning hacks to fashion styles. But a recent stunt to relocate animals, like frogs and ladybugs, and release millions of these creatures into non-native habitats is putting ecosystems at risk. In early 2022, TikTok user thinfrog began posting videos of frogs in a paddling pool near his home. […]

    In Comeback Moment, Up to 150 Fin Whales Spotted Feeding off Antarctica

    In Comeback Moment, Up to 150 Fin Whales Spotted Feeding off Antarctica

    In 1982, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) voted to ban the practice of commercial whaling that had driven several species to the brink of extinction, as The New York Times reported at the time.  Now, a new study published in Scientific Reports Thursday shows how that decision has borne fruit. The study reported the first […]

    Birdwatchers Flock to Alaska, Bringing Millions in Revenue and Incentives for Habitat Conservation

    Birdwatchers Flock to Alaska, Bringing Millions in Revenue and Incentives for Habitat Conservation

    The popular pastime of birdwatching has many healthy benefits for people and the planet, including immersion in nature — which has been shown to be beneficial for mental health — breathing fresh air, exercise, exposure to natural vitamin D, socializing and building togetherness through birdwatching communities and increased appreciation for nature. There were approximately 15.23 […]

    Billions of Humans Depend on 50,000 Wild Species for Food, Fuel and Income, New Report Finds

    Billions of Humans Depend on 50,000 Wild Species for Food, Fuel and Income, New Report Finds

    Protecting biodiversity isn’t just important for its own sake; it’s essential for human wellbeing too. A new report from the The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) – which is often described as the “IPCC for biodiversity” – found that billions of people depend on 50,000 wild species for food, medicine, fuel […]

    Federal Judge Restores Endangered Species Protections Gutted by Trump

    Federal Judge Restores Endangered Species Protections Gutted by Trump

    A federal judge on Tuesday restored a wide swath of Endangered Species Act protections gutted by the Trump administration. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar in Northern California comes as the Biden administration is working on replacement rules for the Trump rollbacks and means the protections will be restored while the review process […]