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neaq:

So, this is still happening on Stellwagen Bank. #whales #whalewatching #feeding

brooklynmutt:

@Earth_Pics: A walrus was discovered asleep atop a Russian submarine today.

Fatty.

lizclimo:

don’t litter, it scares the sharks

allcreatures:

Three-week-old baby sulcatta tortoises, which have been named Donatello, Raphael, Leonardo and Michelangelo, hitch a ride on the back of their mother Margaret at the Lake District Wild Life Park near Keswick. It’s the first time the wildlife park has successfully bred Africa’s largest tortoise.

Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA (via Pictures of the day: 16 October 2014 - Telegraph)

dawwww

I was shocked by what I saw in the seas, and by what I didn’t see.

I saw no sharks, no whales, no dolphins. I saw no fish longer than 11 inches. The larger ones had all been fished out.

When I swam in the Aegean, the sea floor was covered with litter; I saw tires and plastic bags, bottles, cans, shoes and clothing.

Swimming Through Garbage" - NYTimes op-ed by lawyer and world-class competitive swimmer, Lewis Pugh.

Fish all the fish!

Thousands of Chinese trawlers rushed out into the East China Sea today after a three-month-long summer fishing moratorium ended.

These incredible images of boats setting out from a harbour in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, show just why China harvests more fish than any other country.

Although China has one fifth of the world’s population, it consumes a third of the world’s fish - some 50million tonnes a year

Read more: Daily Mail
Asker yan-ton Asks:
Hi there! Absolutely LOVE your blog. I have a question about isolated wetlands. What is their current standing in terms of protection in the southeast?
climateadaptation climateadaptation Said:

Hey yan-ton,

Thanks for the shout out. Really appreciate it. Wetlands are important areas that support jobs, animals, plants, water quality, and many other things like human health (yes!). Wetlands are managed by a mix of private property owners (such as farmers), non-profit groups (Ducks Unlimited), and state and federal government agencies.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (under the Dept of the Interior) and the EPA (see EPA Wetland Region 4) are the primary federal-level managers of wetlands in the southeast United States.

According to the FWS, wetlands:

… provide a multitude of ecological, economic and social benefits. They provide habitat for fish, wildlife and a variety of plants. Wetlands are nurseries for many saltwater and freshwater fishes and shellfish of commercial and recreational importance. Wetlands are also important landscape features because they hold and slowly release flood water and snow melt, recharge groundwater, recycle nutrients, and provide recreation and wildlife viewing opportunities for millions of people. FWS.

Wetlands have several layers of legal protections. The most powerful laws are:

This doesn’t mean that they are safe (they’re absolutely not safe). It means that the public can stop destruction of these important systems.

http://www.fws.gov/wetlands/system/images/ST2009cover.jpg

With that, check out the above report on the status of wetlands in the United States. It’s a comprehensive report that includes climate change and issues of protection.

Also check out Wetlands Watch. They’re a protection group that helps the public access resources on how to report violations, such as pollution, dumping, draining, and illegal poaching.

Cheers,

Michael

Birds killed per year by energy source. Via U.S. News (trigger warning, written by Alan Neuhauser).

Wind and solar kills about 300k per year. Coal, nearly 8 million. Power lines kill about 12 and 64 million birds per year.

The biggest killer of birds? House cats kill 3 billion birds per year. That’s about 375 of those black bars for coal placed end to end.

rhamphotheca:

This White-tailed Ptarmigan was spotted with her four chicks up at Logan Pass yesterday. She is part of a research study to determine changes in habitat location and breeding numbers.

White-tailed ptarmigans are well-adapted to high elevations and cool temperatures. Rising temperatures (3x the global average rise in temperature) at high elevations over the last century means change for this alpine specialist.

According to researcher David Benson, data from the ptarmigan study shows that “white-tailed ptarmigan in Glacier have changed distribution, altered habitat preferences, and perhaps on a local scale, experienced declining population numbers in late summer.” (ms)

What a beeeeautiful bird! Lives in Montana. Of course, endangered because humans.

This is one of the two toughest arguments any active environmentalist will face in their career: Environmental protection violates my property rights." The other tough argument is: "Environmental protection will cost hundreds of jobs."

There are a ton of techniques to overcome these objections (going to law school doesn’t hurt, though it’s damned expensive). The best way is to work together. I know, I know, cats and dogs, democrats and republicans, heaven and hell. But you’d be surprised at how easy it is to work together so long as each side agrees to listen to one another.

There are two books I recommend that can help you functionally overcome these objections. Both of these books start by insisting you build a strong foundation of negotiation skills. The first is Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In, the other is Overcoming Obstacles in Environmental Policymaking.They’ll also serve you well in other contexts.

sdzoo:

Even Galapagos tortoises enjoy watermelon in the summer. Watch the full video.

(via gifsboom)

llbwwb:

Philippine Tarsier | Hans Van Kerckhoven

Note the tail! Wikipedia has an excellent article on these little beasties… They’re the smallest primates and weigh the same as a candy bar.

(via alphacaeli)

chels:

jtotheizzoe:

sciencefriday:

Did you know you can tell different species of fireflies apart by their flash patterns?

Science Friday produced a killer video about firefly illumination patters, you should give it a watch below:


Out at the farm this morning, I saw a pretty little pink-headed beetle and Justin said, “Oh, that’s a lightning bug!” I’d never seen one in the daytime. And then tonight, they were all over the driveway, and one drifted by, stopped in front of my face, and flashed at me. It’s fun, now, to see what we know about these charming little buggers and how and why they glow.

OK, this is brilliant!

chels:

jtotheizzoe:

sciencefriday:

Did you know you can tell different species of fireflies apart by their flash patterns?

Science Friday produced a killer video about firefly illumination patters, you should give it a watch below:

Out at the farm this morning, I saw a pretty little pink-headed beetle and Justin said, “Oh, that’s a lightning bug!” I’d never seen one in the daytime. And then tonight, they were all over the driveway, and one drifted by, stopped in front of my face, and flashed at me. It’s fun, now, to see what we know about these charming little buggers and how and why they glow.

OK, this is brilliant!