biodiversity

Stop the Killing of More Than 500 Polar Bears Each Year from International Trade in Fur and Parts

Stop the Killing of More Than 500 Polar Bears Each Year from International Trade in Fur and Parts

Natural Resources Defense Council By Andrew Wetzler Now that the world’s delegates have returned home from climate negotiations in Doha, many ministries are turning their attention to other international environmental agreements—and the consequences of climate change that echo in their implementation. One of those agreements is CITES—the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. For […]

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    Global Toxic Emergency Created by the Electronics We Buy

    Global Toxic Emergency Created by the Electronics We Buy

    International Campaign for Responsible Technology [Editor’s note: While working on this post I kept thinking of the Annie Leonard’s The Story of Electronics. Watch her movie below and then read about the organizations that are trying to clean up this toxic industry.] The American Public Health Association (APHA) yesterday called on the global electronics’ industry, […]

    Clean Water Act’s Essential Role in Restoring the Great Lakes

    Clean Water Act’s Essential Role in Restoring the Great Lakes

    National Wildlife Federation Kayaking on the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio. As the Clean Water Act celebrates its 40th anniversary, conservation leaders are asking public officials to not undermine protections which have lead to healthier water to drink; cleaner streams, rivers and lakes in which to swim, fish and play; and dramatically lower rates of […]

    Google Earth Helps Solve the Nature Equation

    Google Earth Helps Solve the Nature Equation

    David Suzuki Imagine a sleek contraption for your backyard so powerful it has the cooling effect of 10 air conditioners, quietly filters dust, allergens and pollutants, runs for free on solar power, and its only byproduct is oxygen. Dream no longer. This elegant machine is a healthy, mature tree. Using energy from sunlight, a tree […]

    More than 200,000 Americans Demand FDA Address Antibiotic Misuse in Livestock

    More than 200,000 Americans Demand FDA Address Antibiotic Misuse in Livestock

    Natural Resources Defense Council By Avinash Kar Used with permission of NRDC—Switchboard More than two hundred thousand Americans have written to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to demand a better solution for antibiotic misuse in livestock. They were responding to the toothless new guidelines—mere recommendations that the industry is free to ignore and full of […]

    Agricultural Land Grabs Continue to Soar

    Agricultural Land Grabs Continue to Soar

    Worldwatch Institute An estimated 70.2 million hectares of agricultural land worldwide have been sold or leased to foreign private and public investors since 2000, according to new research conducted by the Worldwatch Institute for its Vital Signs Online service. The bulk of these acquisitions, which are called “land grabs” by some observers, took place between […]

    Public Opposition Helps Postpone Sale of Gas Drilling Leases in National Forest

    Public Opposition Helps Postpone Sale of Gas Drilling Leases in National Forest

    Southern Environmental Law Center The Forest Service and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have said they are delaying the June 14 sale of gas drilling leases on almost 43,000 acres of public lands in the Talladega National Forest, a proposal which has sparked widespread and vigorous opposition from local citizens and some elected […]

    Is the Current Rate of Population Growth Sustainable?

    Is the Current Rate of Population Growth Sustainable?

    George Wuerthner Isle Royale in Lake Superior is a national park. Besides its fame as a park, Isle Royale is also famous for its wolf and moose populations. The island provides a unique experimental design of what happens when populations are permitted to grow without restraint. The story begins with the immigration of moose to […]