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Giraffes at Risk of Extinction after Devastating Population Decline, Experts Warn – December 8, 2016

Latest update to IUCN red list of threatened species shows world's tallest animal on the brink, but brings good news for other species

The world’s tallest animal is at risk of extinction after suffering a devastating decline in numbers, with nearly 40 percent of giraffes lost in the last 30 years, according to the latest “red list” analysis.

The authoritative list, compiled by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), has also added more than 700 newly recognized bird species, but 13 of these are already extinct.

photo of giraffePhoto by Austin MillsNearly 40 percent of giraffes have been lost in the past 30 years, putting the animals at risk of extinction.

It says wild relatives of important food crops, such as mangoes… more

by: The Guardian

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In Win for Standing Rock Protectors Army Corps Denies Key Permit for Dakota Access Pipeline – December 5, 2016

Battle is won but the war isn’t over yet, warn camp leaders

The Army Corps of Engineers will not grant the permit for the Dakota Access pipeline to drill under the Missouri river, the army announced on Sunday, handing a major victory to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe after a months-long campaign against the pipeline.

Water protectors at Sacred Stone CampPhoto by Joe BruskyThe Army Corps says its decision i based on “a need to explore alternate routes” for the crossing. While the news is a victory, Jan Hasselman, an attorney for the tribe, cautioned that the decision could be appealed.

Assistant secretary for civil works Jo-Ellen Darcy announced the decision on Sunday,… more

by: The Guardian

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Why Don’t We Grieve for Extinct Species? – November 25, 2016

An impassioned group of artists and activists is creating rituals for coping with extinction and environmental loss

In early 2010, artist, activist and mother, Persephone Pearl, headed to the Bristol Museum. Like many concerned about the fate of the planet, she was in despair over the failed climate talks in Copenhagen that winter. She sat on a bench and looked at a stuffed animal behind glass: a thylacine. Before then, she’d never heard of the marsupial carnivore that went extinct in 1936.

Passenger Pigeon Chalk Artphoto by University of Michigan School of Natural Resources & Environment / FlickrA commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the passenger pigeon’s extinction at the University of Michigan.

“Here was this beautiful mysterious lost creature… more

by: The Guardian

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‘Extraordinarily Hot’ Arctic Temperatures Alarm Scientists – November 22, 2016

Researchers say warmer air and sea surface could lead to record lows of sea ice at north pole next year

The Arctic is experiencing extraordinarily hot sea surface and air temperatures, which are stopping ice forming and could lead to record lows of sea ice at the north pole next year, according to scientists.

photo of a arctic sea icephoto by Mike Beauregard Arctic sea-ice, Nunavut, Canada. Temperatures in the Arctic have been peaking 20 degrees Celsius higher than normal for this time of year.

Danish and US researchers monitoring satellites and Arctic weather stations are surprised and alarmed by air temperatures peaking at what they say is an unheard-of 20 Celsius higher than normal for the time of year. In… more

by: The Guardian

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Thousands of Chinese Ships Trawl the World, So How Can We Stop Overfishing? – November 15, 2016

The UN has pledge to ensure healthy, productive oceans, but demand for fish has never been higher

When I was in Senegal in 2003, the few Chinese vessels fishing along the coast from Mauritania to Liberia were unseaworthy rust-buckets, existing off what licenses they could cadge.

Then in the past five years shining new trawlers appeared on the horizon, churned out by subsidized Chinese shipyards, earning their owners handsome subsidies if they travel outside China, where they run on subsidized fuel and exploit subsidized freight rates to get their frozen cargo back home. There seem to be unlimited funds available to buy licenses to fish in ways that are far from transparent — and which have long been exploited by other Far East fleets and… more

by: The Guardian

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