Rights of De-extinct Animals, Dark Money, Magic Mushrooms & More

Nature Conservancy - Science

What is the legal status of a de-extinct animal? Amy Harmon’s brilliant piece on one man’s frustrating quest to find the scientific truth about GMO crops and apply it to a heated debate on banning them in Hawaii. (New Siberian wooly mammoth from The Ivory King. Image modified from Flickr user BioDivLibrary through a Creative Commons License. By Marty Downs, Bob Lalasz, Matt Miller and Lisa Feldkamp of the TNC Science Communications team.

Citizen Science Tuesday: Hawaii Challenge

Nature Conservancy - Science

Australian Tree Ferns growing on a cliff in Hawaii. Take the Hawaii Challenge! Want to help save Hawaii’s native plants and wildlife — even if you’ve never visited the islands? Join the Hawaii Challenge and help The Nature Conservancy in Hawaii pinpoint where invasive weeds are in the forest, and where the leading edge is, to prevent them from taking over. Like many islands, Hawaii has amazing biodiversity. Visit the Hawaii Challenge.

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17,000 Tiehms buckwheat, rare wildflowers of Nevada, destroyed

AGreenLiving

But we’re not going to let this stop our fight against extinction. Business Eco Green beauty endangered & extinct hawaii ioneer-corp- security waterWhile most people seem to appreciate the beauty of wildflowers , somebody in Nevada clearly doesn’t. Last weekend, more than 17,000 Tiehm’s buckwheat plants, a rare wildflower, were destroyed — deliberately.

Botswana elephant deaths caused by cyanobacteria

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Green a-more-simple endangered & extinct hawaii house off-grid okavango south-africa waterOn June 18, 2020, we reported about the mysterious deaths of 154 elephants in Botswana. At the time, wildlife officials in Botswana said that the cause of the deaths was being investigated. According to a statement released by the Botswana Wildlife Conservation on Monday, it turns out that the elephants were killed by cyanobacteria.

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Environmental Economics

Native to Hawaii, these yellow-faced bees are facing extinction due to habitat loss, wildfires and invasive species. From EcoWatch: The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) has added seven bee species to the endangered species list, a first for bees. The listing comes just a week after the USFWS proposed listing another bee, the rusty patched bumble bee, to the endangered species list. During the past 50 years, about 30 percent of beehives in the U.S.

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Keep Our Environment Clean

Green Home Blog

Seven species have been declared extinct since 2000 – the Vietnamese rhinoceros, the Christmas Island pipistrelle, the Chinese paddlefish, the Yangtze River dolphin, the Vine Raiatea tree snail, the Pyrenean ibex, and the Po’l-uli (a bird previously found in Hawaii). Keep Our Environment Clean.

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Water purifier company takes on plastic polluters at UN climate conference

Green Prophet

Ahead of the Madrid gathering, the UN said the global warming would lead to even wider-ranging and more destructive climate impacts that would bring mass extinctions and make large parts of the planet uninhabitable.

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Eyes of the Tiger, Tree-Hugging Koalas & Brainy Bees

Nature Conservancy - Science

200 tons of illegally caught Atlantic bluefin tuna show how we’re driving these fish to extinction. Giant beetle (seriously, it can be as big as your hand and has a horn like a rhinoceros) threatens the palm trees of Hawaii. Does collecting specimens cause extinction? (Futurity.org). Tiger close-up, modified from a photo by Flickr user vishwanath Hawargi through a Creative Commons license.

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Olympian David Kiribati dances against climate disaster

Green Prophet

His homeland is a Pacific nation formed by 33 coral atolls located about 2,400 miles south of Hawaii. It will be the extinction of a race. A weightlifter from Kiribati is our favorite Olympian. After completing a move called the “clean and jerk lift”, he steps away from the barbell and transitions into jubilant dance. He wasn’t celebrating his sixth-place finish in the 105kg weightlifting competition; he’s not aiming for gold on social media.

Green Sea Turtle Population on the Rise

Eco Friendly Daily

The December issues also says that in 1980 the turtle was all but extinct but once the turtle was placed on the endangered species list the numbers began increasing almost immediately. In the hopes the populations could once again flourish, scientists from six major nesting sites in Japan, Hawaii, Australia, Costa Rica and Florida worked to analyze how many females had returned to lay eggs at their respective sites over the past 25 to 30 years.

Overfishing causing reef shark numbers in the Pacific to decline

EcoFriend

We’ve significantly contributed to the near extinction of land and marine creatures owing to deforestation, food, poaching and global warming. According to Marc Nadon of the University of Hawaii, reef shark numbers have declined significantly around populated islands by over 90 percent compared to those around untouched reefs. Sonia Renthlei: The connection between the declining population of many species and humans cannot be denied.

How your beauty routine might be killing sharks

AGreenLiving

They’ve survived major climate changes, possibly one catastrophic meteor impact and more than one massive extinction event. Almost one-quarter of all shark species are officially threatened with extinction. She began scuba diving at 22 and started working with sharks in Hawaii. I ran a shark diving operation in Hawaii for several years, photographing and diving with sharks of all shapes and sizes,” Brendl said.

Air Pollution Causes and Effects

Greentumble

The city is located in the crater of an extinct volcano around 2,000 meters above sea level, with the reduced oxygen levels at that altitude leading to incomplete fuel combustion in engines and to higher emissions of a number of pollutants. Although the sky appears limitless on a clear day, our atmosphere is actually a thin envelope surrounding the earth. Just 8 kilometers above the surface, we would suffocate, much like a fish out of water.

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Canary in the Cornfield: Why the Fuss about Monarchs?

Nature Conservancy - Science

No scientists are arguing that monarchs will go extinct, but numbers are dwindling at an alarming rate. Beyond the North American populations, there are also introduced populations of monarch butterflies in Hawaii, New Zealand, and Australia. Monarch feeding on orange glory, Asclepias tuberosa, a variety of milkweed. Photo courtesy of Lewis Feldkamp. By Lisa Feldkamp, senior coordinator, new science audiences, The Nature Conservancy.

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What you should know about new Interior Secretary Deb Haaland

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million homes On a national scale, offshore wind for the contiguous United States and Hawaii has a potential capacity of 2,058 gigawatts, or 7,203 terawatt-hours per year, nearly double the electricity consumption of the U.S., What you should know about new Interior Secretary Deb Haaland Shaandiin Cedar Wed, 03/17/2021 – 02:00 According to a Wilderness Society analysis of U.S.