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World’s Northern White Rhino Population Down to 3 After Death at San Diego Zoo – November 22, 2015

41-year-old Nola euthanized following long illness

Nola, one of the last four Northern White Rhinos remaining in the world died at San Diego Zoo Safari Park today following a bacterial infection.

The aging female rhino, who had been at the zoo since 1989, had been captured from the wild in Sudan when she was about two years old. Nola was brought to the San Diego Zoo from a Czech Republic zoo as part of breeding loan.

Santa Rita MountainsPhoto courtesy of San Diego Zoo Safari ParkForty-one year old Nola had been suffering from a bacterial infection since May.

Forty-one-year old Nola had been under veterinary care since May for a bacterial… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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NIH Says it Will Retire the Last 50 of its Research Chimpanzees – November 19, 2015

Animal welfare advocates welcome decision, point out it doesn’t help 900 other privately-owned chimpanzees in the US

In good news for animal right advocates, the National Institutes of Health announced yesterday that it was retiring the last 50 chimpanzees that it has been holding in captivity for research purposes.

The NIH had decided to end invasive research on our closest genetic relatives back in 2013 and retire most of the 360 or so animals it held at its various research labs, but it held on to 50 individuals as a sort of emergency reserve, just in case they were needed to test out solutions for some kind of medical or public health crisis.

profile of a lone chimpanzeePhoto by Ryan SummersThere’s… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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Spring Will Come 3 Weeks Earlier to the US, Thanks to a Warming World – October 14, 2015

Onset of spring plant growth will shift by an average of 21 days over the next century, new research shows

If winter comes… spring’s going to be closer-than-usual behind. New research shows that as a result of rising temperatures caused by global climate change, the first leaves and buds of spring will begin arriving at least three weeks ahead of time in the United States.

a magnolia budPhoto by Karen DorsettResearchers say the early onset of spring could have long term implications for the growing season of plants and for the relationship between plants and the animals that depend upon them.

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison examined the variations and trends in the onset of spring across the Northern Hemisphere’s temperate regions… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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Fictionalized Version of An Inuit’s Quest for Climate Justice Disappoints – September 4, 2015

In Review: Chloe & Theo

Chloe & Theo is one of those films in which the backstory of how it came to be is far more intriguing than the movie itself. That story has to do with an Inuit elder from the Canadian Arctic who, through the graces of a well-meaning socialite, wound up in Los Angeles around Christmas 2006.

CHLOE & THEO TRAILER from Spotlight Pictures on Vimeo.

Theo Ikummaq wanted to talk — hopefully with the powers that be — about how rising global temperatures and melting glaciers were impacting his icy homeland and his people, and to press for urgent climate action. Ikummaq… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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Obama Creates Three New National Monuments Protecting Another 1M Acres of Public Lands – July 10, 2015

New designation preserves areas of historic, cultural, and natural value in California, Nevada, and Texas

Using his authority under the Antiquities Act, President Barak Obama today signed into being three new national monuments in California, Nevada, and Texas. Together, the new monuments protect more than one million acres of public lands. National monument’s are similar to national parks, except that they can be created from any land owned or controlled by the federal government via a presidential proclamation. With these new designations, Obama will have used the Antiquities Act to establish or expand 19 national monuments in the United States. Altogether, he has protected more than 260 million acres of public lands and waters – more than any other president

The new monuments are:

Basin and… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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