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Wet and wild: why Australia must learn to love the animals on its beaches | John Pickrell

Australia is in danger of loving some beaches to death. By fostering a passion for wildlife, we can turn the tide on degradation • Vote for Australia’s best beachesAustralia has so many beaches, you could visit a different one every day for 30 years if you chose to – 10,685 around the mainland and Tasmanian coasts alone, according to the University of Sydney’s coastal studies unit.In fact, when you include all 8,222 islands, the entire coastline stretches over 59,736km – this adds up to a great ...
Tags: Australia, Animals, Environment, Australia news, Pollution, Wildlife, Conservation, Oceans, Plastics, University of Sydney, John Pickrell


PM's pledge to help native species was about cutting red tape for farm chemicals, his office says

‘Priority’ bill has ‘stuff-all to do with native species’, the Wilderness Society saysScott Morrison has elevated an obscure agricultural chemicals bill to one of the top two legislative priorities for the Coalition in 2019, according to his office.Speaking to ABC News Breakfast on Monday, the prime minister cited “environmental legislation … [that] is important for native species” as among the government’s priorities for the new year, second only to national security. Continue reading...
Tags: Animals, Environment, Australia news, Wildlife, Conservation, Coalition, Australian politics, Endangered Species, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Morrison, ABC News Breakfast


Californias Monarch butterfly population hits 'potentially catastrophic' low in 2018

California’s Monarch butterfly population hit a record low in 2018 after dropping a whopping 86 percent from the previous year. According to the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, the total population has declined 97 percent since the 1980s, but this latest one year drop is “potentially catastrophic.” In the western part of the United States, monarchs migrate to California for the winter, traveling from Idaho and Utah. In 2017, the traditional California coastal sites like Pismo Beac...
Tags: Utah, Weather, Design, News, California, Animals, Climate, United States, Conservation, Migration, Wildfires, Idaho, Ecology, Urban Development, Vancouver, Flowers


Trade in ivory from extinct mammoths could be banned

Proposal is intended to protect African elephants from being poached for their tusksThe long-extinct woolly mammoth could gain protected status in an unprecedented attempt to save the African elephant from the global ivory trade.If approved, the protection of the mammoth under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) could prove vital in saving its modern relatives. The proposal by Israel would close a loophole that enables the trafficking of il...
Tags: Animals, Africa, Israel, Environment, World news, Wildlife, Conservation, Animal Welfare, Illegal wildlife trade


Extinct mammoths could be given protected status in bid to save elephants

Proposal is intended to protect African elephants from being poached for their tusksThe long-extinct woolly mammoth could gain protected status in an unprecedented attempt to save the African elephant from the global ivory trade.If approved, the protection of the mammoth under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) could prove vital in saving its modern relatives. The proposal by Israel would close a loophole that enables the trafficking of il...
Tags: Animals, Africa, Israel, Environment, World news, Wildlife, Conservation, Animal Welfare, Illegal wildlife trade


'Bloody disgrace': '100-year-old' fish die in Darling River – video

Menindee resident Dick Arnold and grazier Rob McBride show their dismay at the hundreds of thousands of native fish that have been killed along a stretch of the Lower Darling River in New South Wales in a second major incident. 'This is nothing to do with drought, this is a manmade disaster' Continue reading...
Tags: Environment, Australia news, Fish, Conservation, New South Wales, Murray-darling Basin, Darling River, Dick Arnold, Rob McBride, Lower Darling River


Iguanas Reintroduced to the Largest Galapagos Island After Nearly 200 Year Absence

In 1835, Charles Darwin documented the presence of iguanas on Santiago island, the largest in the Galapagos archipelago. It probably never dawned on the pioneering naturalist that he would be the last scientist to do so. Invasive species wiped the island clean of iguanas—an ecological void that’s now been filled…Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Conservation, Santiago, Charles Darwin, Ecology, Galapagos Islands, Galapagos, Galapagos Island, Iguanas, Remedial Ecology


Galapagos island gets its first iguanas since Darwin after mass-release

Land iguanas wiped out by feral pigs have been reintroduced to Santiago Island A group of more than 1,400 iguanas have been reintroduced to an island in the Galapagos archipelago nearly two centuries after they disappeared from there, authorities said on Monday.The Galapagos land iguanas from North Seymour Island were freed onto Santiago Island as part of an ecological restoration program, the National Galapagos park authority said in a statement. Continue reading...
Tags: Animals, Environment, Americas, Wildlife, Conservation, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Darwin, Galapagos, Santiago Island, North Seymour Island, National Galapagos


9 sustainable living tips to take from our grandparents

Our grandparents and great-grandparents lived in a simpler time, and we aren’t just talking about technology. During the Great Depression, many rural areas didn’t have running water or electricity, and things like proper refrigeration, freezers and air conditioning were a luxury. What’s more, big-box chains and massive supermarkets didn’t exist, and you didn’t have the option of throwing a pre-packaged meal into a microwave or hitting a drive-thru for lunch. Many modern conveniences are great, ...
Tags: Cooking, Garden, Gardening, Design, Environment, Features, Conservation, Recipes, Food Waste, Waste, Bright Ideas, Eco-inspiration, Sustainable Eating, Reduce, Strawberry Shortcake, Minimalism


Female penguins 'get stranded more because they travel further'

Longer journeys may exhaust females, say scientists tracking birds off South American coastEvery year, thousands of Magellanic penguins get stranded along the coast of South America – but puzzlingly, about 75% of those that get stuck are female. Now scientists say they have worked out what is behind the gender imbalance: the females migrate further north than males.Magellanic penguins finish breeding in Patagonia in February, and during the subsequent winter months head north, reaching as far as...
Tags: Science, Animals, Environment, Americas, World news, Birds, Wildlife, Conservation, Brazil, Argentina, Patagonia, South America


Japanese Sushi Magnate Kicks Off 2019 by Ridiculously Overpaying for Bluefin, Regretting It

A Japanese restaurateur set a record on Saturday by paying nearly $3.1 million (333.6 million yen) for a massive, 613-pound Pacific bluefin tuna at the first auction of the year of Tokyo’s Toyosu fish market, and almost immediately conceded that perhaps he should not have paid that much, Reuters reported.Read more...
Tags: Food, Japan, Science, Animals, Restaurants, Environment, Conservation, Tokyo, Sushi, Pacific, Tuna, Reuters, Kiyoshi Kimura, Bluefin Tuna, Youre Gonna Need A Bigger Boat


Last Hawaiian yellow-tipped tree snail dies.

 Achatinella apexfulva. Credit: DLNR The tree snails of O`ahu were both common and famous. So common that kids would walk into the hills above Honolulu and collect them to make leis. So famous that songs and legends referred to them. Today, habitat change, predatory snails, rats, chameleons and other threats have made all of the many species rare. And now, another one, Achatinella apexfulva, has become extinct. The last of his species, this guy was in captivity, ...
Tags: Travel, Government, Conservation, Evolution, Zoology, Botany, Genetic Engineering, Lonesome George, George, Honolulu, KFVE, Achatinella, Galapagos Island of Pinta Tortoise George, Snail Extinction Prevention Program Researchers


National Parks are being trashed during the government shutdown

As the government shutdown continues, many National Parks are suffering from a lack of staff as well as a complete disregard for the rules by visitors. According to multiple reports, some parks — like Yosemite National Park in California — are being overwhelmed by trash, vandalism, human waste and destructive off-roading. “It’s a free-for-all,” said Yosemite worker Dakota Snider, who added that the heartbreaking situation is the worst he has seen in his four years living there. The Los Angeles ...
Tags: Utah, New York, Design, News, Yosemite, Colorado, California, Government, US, Conservation, National Parks, Waste, Government Shutdown, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Yellowstone


Rescuers rush to help whale stranded in Scottish loch

Animal, thought to be a sperm whale, believed to have become caught in rope in Loch EribollRescuers are on their way to a loch in the far north of Scotland to help a whale thought to have become ensnared in rope.The nine-metre (30ft) animal, believed to be a juvenile sperm whale, has become stranded in Loch Eriboll, a 10-mile-long (16km) sea loch on the north coast of Scotland, close to the village of Durness. Continue reading...
Tags: Scotland, Environment, UK News, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life, Whales, Cetaceans, Loch Eriboll, Loch EribollRescuers


Ryan Zinke Scribbles About His Public Lands Legacy as National Parks Devolve Into Chaos

Wednesday is scandal haver Ryan Zinke’s last day as Secretary of the Interior. And it looks like his last official tweet will be the perfect memorial to his utter lack of self awareness. Read more...
Tags: Science, Conservation, Interior Department, Public Lands, Ryan Zinke, Fond Farewells, National Parks Devolve Into Chaos


Conservation push yields results for UK sea life but challenges remain

Wildlife Trusts report comeback of rare seahorse breed and nudibranch slugs but plastic pollution still poses grave riskA rare kind of seahorse and a rainbow-coloured sea slug with a titillating name are among the creatures making a comeback in UK waters, according to an annual conservation review.The coast around Britain is now home to more than 100 species of nudibranchs – brightly hued, soft-bodied marine molluscs that appear nude because of their lack of external shells. The Wildlife Trusts ...
Tags: UK, Environment, UK News, Britain, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life


Dozens of Stranded Sea Turtles Rescued After Indonesian Tsunami

Volunteer rescuers working on beaches along Sundra Strait have rescued more than 30 stranded sea turtles, following the Indonesian tsunami that has killed hundreds of people, the Guardian reports.Read more...
Tags: Science, Turtles, Conservation, Tsunamis, Sea Turtles, Sundra Strait, Indonesian Tsunami


From Scotland to Madagascar with love: safe havens for world's rarest duck

Conservationists used floating cages from Scottish salmon farms to rear and release Madagascar pochardsTwo floating cages from Scottish salmon farms have been transformed into a safe haven for the world’s rarest duck, which was driven to the brink of extinction by fish farming.Twenty-one Madagascar pochards, an unobtrusive brown duck that for 15 years was believed to be extinct, have been released on to a lake in northern Madagascar. Continue reading...
Tags: Food, Scotland, Africa, Environment, UK News, World news, Birds, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life, Fishing, Madagascar


Eastern Lowland Gorillas Heading Towards 'Genetic Meltdown'

Eastern lowland gorillas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have endured dramatic population declines in recent decades, leading to a startling lack of genetic diversity and a slew of harmful mutations, according to new research.Read more...
Tags: Science, Gorillas, Genetics, Conservation, Endangered Species, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Extinction, Genetic Diversity


Japan Says It Will Withdraw From IWC and Resume Commercial Whaling

Japan announced this week it will be splitting from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in order to renew its commercial whaling practices. The announcement comes after years of Japan exploiting a loophole in IWC’s international moratorium on whale killings, and after the IWC declined to approve its bid for…Read more...
Tags: Japan, Science, Conservation, Whaling, Whales, Iwc, International Whaling Commission IWC, Japanese Whaling


More than 50 Australian plant species face extinction within decade

Study finds just 12 of the most imperilled species are listed under national environment laws as critically endangered More than 50 Australian plant species are under threat of extinction within the next decade, according to a major study of the country’s threatened flora.Just 12 of the most at-risk species were found to be listed as critically endangered under national environment laws – the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act – and 13 had no national threatened listing at ...
Tags: Environment, Australia news, Conservation, Plants, Endangered Species


Japan confirms it will quit IWC to resume commercial whaling

Japan will resume hunting in its waters in July but will end controversial expeditions to the Southern oceanJapan is to leave the International Whaling Commission and resume commercial whaling for the first time in more than 30 years, the government said on Wednesday, in a move that has drawn international criticism.The country’s fleet will resume commercial operations in July next 2019, the government’s chief spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, said of the decision to defy 1986 global ban on commercial ...
Tags: Japan, Animals, Environment, World news, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life, Whaling, Whales, Iwc, Yoshihide Suga, International Whaling Commission


Earthrise: how the iconic image changed the world

Apollo 8 astronaut Bill Anders talks about Nasa’s orbit 50 years ago when he photographed Earth as it had never been seen beforeNo one told them to look for the Earth. It was Christmas Eve 1968 and the first manned mission to the moon had reached its destination. As Apollo 8 slipped into lunar orbit the crew prepared to read passages of Genesis for a TV broadcast to the world. But as the command module came around on its fourth lap, there it was visible through the window – a bright blue and whi...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Environment, World news, US news, Nasa, Earth, Conservation, Moon, The space shuttle, Planets, Exploration, The moon, Hasselblad, Bill Anders


Guest Post Review: The Dam

        Anastasia Gonis has been reviewing books for over twenty years. Her reviews and interviews have appeared in Bookseller & Publisher, Good Reading magazine, Australian Book Review, The Age, The Herald Sun, AllWrite, and many other publications. Anastasia currently writes both articles and reviews and is a revered reviewer for Kids’ Book … Continue reading Guest Post Review: The Dam The post Guest Post Review: The Dam appeared first on The Boomerang Books Blog.
Tags: Art, Books, Music, Environment, History, Nature, Social Issues, Conservation, Guest Post, Loss, Anastasia, Book Reviews - Childrens and Young Adult, New Book Releases, Children's Picture Books, Dimity Powell, David Almond


Despite Risks From Poachers, a Rare Albino Orangutan Is Released Back Into the Wild

A rare and particularly striking albino orangutan who was rescued from villagers in Borneo last year has been released back into the wild following successful rehabilitation. The 5-year-old female seems fit and ready to tackle the demands of forest life, but poaching remains a primary concern.Read more...
Tags: Science, Conservation, Borneo, Orangutans, Alba, Albinism, Albino Orangutans


The idea of Japan resuming commercial whaling is horrifying | Owen Jones

Humans should be the Earth’s custodians, not its butchersWhales are among the most intelligent beings on Earth. They have what experts define as “culture”; they learn knowledge as individuals and share it with others; sperm whales talk with local dialects; orcas appear to grieve for their dead offspring – a few months ago, one grieving killer whale carried her dead calf on her back for more than two weeks. They are thinking, caring, complex animals. That Japan is reportedly planning to withdraw ...
Tags: Japan, Animals, Environment, World news, Earth, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life, Whaling, Whales, Owen Jones, International Whaling Commission IWC, Paul R Ehrlich


Marine life worse off inside 'protected' areas, analysis reveals

Findings expose ‘big lie’ behind European marine conservation, scientists sayDestructive trawling is more intense inside official marine sanctuaries, while endangered fish are more common outside them, a startling analysis of Europe’s seas has revealed.It shows that far from conserving sealife, legal marine protection areas (MPAs) are in fact the places most damaged by industrial fishing. The work has exposed “the big lie” behind European marine conservation, experts say, with most MPAs complete...
Tags: Europe, Environment, World news, Conservation, Marine Life, Oceans, Fishing


The complex issue of big game trophy hunting | Letters

Responses to a call for a ban on the importing of hunting trophies to the UK, made in the Guardian by a dozens of public figures, from parliamentarians such as Jeremy Corbyn to wildlife campaigners including Virginia McKennaI write regarding the call for a ban on trophy hunting imports to the UK (Report, 18 December; Letters, 18 December). While I recognise the good intentions of the signatories, I am concerned that they may not be aware of the consequences of what they propose.Tanzania has appr...
Tags: UK, Virginia, Animals, Africa, Environment, UK News, World news, Conservation, Tanzania, Hunting, Jeremy Corbyn


Organic farming is 'much worse' for the climate than conventional food production, researchers say

A report from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, found that organic food production leads to higher carbon emissions. This includes livestock as well as vegetables, as organic farming requires no fertilizer usage. Certain types of organic foods are less impactful than others, the researchers note. None History has not been kind to Earl Butz. From 1971–76, the Indiana native served as secretary of agriculture, reengineering several New Deal-era farm programs. One of his most famous state...
Tags: Health, Sweden, Climate Change, Animals, Sustainability, Indiana, Fish, Conservation, Innovation, Derek, Michael Pollan, Butz, Chalmers University of Technology, Joel Salatin, Earl Butz, Biosphere


Japan to resume commercial whaling after leaving IWC – report

Tokyo denies report by Kyodo news agency that government will reveal its decision by the end of the yearJapan is to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and resume commercial whaling next year, a report claimed on Thursday, in a move that drew condemnation from Australia, with other anti-whaling nations expected to follow suit.Japan will inform the IWC of its decision by the end of the year, Kyodo news agency said, months after the body rejected its latest bid to resume comme...
Tags: Japan, Australia, Animals, Environment, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life, Tokyo, Whaling, Whales, Cetaceans, Iwc, International Whaling Commission IWC, Kyodo