Discarded bottles are tightly packed with plastic wrappers and turned into bricks
These eco-bricks are made from recycled plastic
Discarded bottles are tightly packed with plastic wrappers and turned into bricks
These eco-bricks are made from recycled plastic
A woman watching grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park this past week was charged by one of the animals as she stood in the open, vulnerable to attack.
In Hong Kong, thousands of marine animals are freed every May in the lead up to Buddha’s birthday.The practice, known as “mercy release”, is believed to bring good fortune to people.However, the good intentions of the superstitious can often result in more harm to the animals, than good.Many of them are intentionally captured and sold just to be set free.They can get hurt and be left stranded in murky waterways where they normally don't belong.Sean Lai is the founder of Hong Kong Abandoned Tortoise Concern Group.He warns that releasing turtles in catchwater drains or ponds can kill them.“If they used to be cared for by humans, they won't be able to hunt in the wild, they may not be able to catch the fish, shrimp, or food they need, then they'll starve to death. Or due to the change of weather, they might freeze to death or die from the heat.”Lai and his group of volunteers snorkeled through muddy waters to save dozens of turtles left there by residents.They are now nursing more than 60 injured turtles in their homes.They also bury the dead turtles that did not survive long enough to be rescued.While mercy release is not illegal in the city, authorities say the practice can spread diseases and poses a risk to ecosystems.Paul Crow is a senior conservationist at Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden.“One, it's just directly, ecosystems that are receiving non-native animals can be changed by the arrival of those animals if they manage to survive…Potential disease, bacteria, virus, parasites from other countries, from the collection sources are all getting dumped without screening, or without sort of consideration of the public health risk as well."Other animals commonly involved in mercy releases in Hong Kong include frogs, insects, baby birds and fish.The Hong Kong Buddhist Association slams the practice as “inappropriate”, and recommends alternatives like adopting a vegetarian lifestyle.
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Kiki, a western lowland gorilla at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, just met a newborn human baby and she was completely captivated. The post Gorilla Is Mesmerized by Newborn Baby Visiting Zoo appeared first on Nerdist.
Experiment with adding a little (or a lot) more garlic to your home cooking with everything from classic garlicky dishes, like Garlic Sourdough and Easy Garlic Knots, to new twists, such as Creamy Garlic Soup and Roasted Garlic Pizza. Crushed red pepper and slices of garlic jazz up simply steamed broccoli in this quick side dish of Garlic and Red Pepper Broccoli. If you can find roasted garlic cloves at the salad bar in your grocery store, sub for raw garlic and skip the 8 minutes of cooking in the skillet.
Ukrainian scientists are investigating a rise in nuclear activity inside an inaccessible chamber deep inside Chernobyl nuclear power station. Several Ukrainian scientists from the local research institute that studies the plant at Chernobyl warned at a conference in Ukraine last month that sensors were tracking a rising neutron count in Room 305/2, which hasn't been seen by human eyes or robots since the 1986 disaster. There are fears that a critical event could be sparked, such as radiation levels climbing 10 times higher than what is considered normal, or that the walls of the reactor hole - which are already damaged - could crumble further and the structure could fall down entirely inside its new cover. A giant €1.5 billion steel arch structure known as the New Safe Confinement was installed to cover the entire reactor in 2019, preventing rain or any outside elements from stoking fission reactions.
During a typical spring, the silver young salmon swimming in long tanks at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery east of Sacramento would be released into the American River and then make their way out to the Pacific Ocean to grow to adulthood. But with extreme drought now gripping California and much of West Coast, the rivers are too warm for the salmon to survive. This week, the 3.5-inch (90-mm) smolt, as the young fish are known, embarked on a much different journey when they were loaded on to trucks and driven to the San Francisco Bay for release into cooler waters.
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Fed by myths, fairytales and Disney, America’s demonization of wolves has been going on for centuries, and continues full throttle ‘According to the most recent data, there are only 108 wolves in Washington state, 158 in Oregon, and 15 in California. Wolves are functionally extinct in Nevada, Utah, and Colorado.’ Photograph: Lynn Bystrom/Getty Images/iStockphoto Nothing embodies wildness like wolves, our four-legged shadow, the dogs that long ago refused our campfire and today prefer freedom and risk over the soft sofa and short leash. The dogs that howl more than bark, add music to the land, and – if left alone to work their magic – make entire ecosystems healthy and whole. Witness Yellowstone, a national park reborn in the 1990s when wolves, absent for 70 years, were reintroduced. Everything changed for the better. Elk stopped standing around like feedlot cattle. They learned to run like the wind again. Streamside willows and other riparian vegetation, previously trampled by the elk, returned as well, and with it, a chorus of birds. All because of wolves. Yet in the state of Idaho, new legislation signed days ago by Governor Brad Little will allow professional hunters and trappers to use helicopters, snowmobiles, ATVs, night vision equipment, snares and other means to kill roughly 90% of the state’s wolves, knocking them down from an estimated 1,500 to 150. A group of retired state, federal and tribal wildlife managers wrote to Little asking him to veto the wolf kill bill, saying statewide livestock losses to wolves have been under 1% for cattle and 3% for sheep. The group further noted that the overall elk population has actually increased since wolves were reintroduced into Idaho more than two decades ago. It made no difference. Why exterminate the wolves? To make the country safe for cattle and sheep; more productive for deer, elk, caribou and moose. To better fill hunters’ freezers with winter meat. To sell the pelts. But there’s something more. Something nobody talks about. “The wolf exerts a powerful influence on the human imagination,” wrote the nature writer Barry Lopez in Of Wolves and Men. “It takes your stare and turns it back on you.” Maybe the wolf, freer than you or I will ever be, reminds us too much of our own self-domestication. That in a rush to create a stable environment, we’ve put ourselves in stables, and that paradox haunts people who see wolves as something to be feared, hated, destroyed. America’s demonization and slaughter of wolves has been going on for centuries – fed by myths, fairytales, Disney films and more – and continues today, full throttle from Wisconsin to Idaho to Alaska. This is our true forever war – the war on Nature, specifically on wildness and its sinister poster child. The wolf could be out there right now, sneaking under the barbed wire, stalking our profits. In November 2020, the Trump administration, as part of its rollback of environmental regulations, ordered the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to remove the gray wolf from the endangered species list. Western ranchers and farmers were pleased; wildlife advocates called the decision “willful ignorance”. EcoWatch reported that the de-listing occurred “despite the enduring precarity of wolf populations throughout much of the country. According to the most recent USFWS data, there are only 108 wolves in Washington state, 158 in Oregon, and 15 in California, while wolves are ‘functionally extinct’ in Nevada, Utah, and Colorado.” “Wisconsin’s brutal wolf hunt in late February generated outrage – and for good reason,” Jodi Habush Sinykin, an environmental attorney, and Donald Waller, an ecologist and conservation biologist, wrote in the Washington Post. “Throngs of unlicensed hunters joined those with licenses with packs of dogs, snowmobiles and GPS technology. The wolves stood no chance. This unprecedented hunt took place during the breeding season, killing pregnant females and disrupting family packs at a time critical to pup survival. A full accounting of the hunt’s biological toll is impossible, as the state declined to inspect carcasses.” Who are we, as a species? Are we global gardeners, or might we be good guardians as well? As for Alaska: if you want to see a wolf this summer, skip Denali national park, where the Toklat pack – Alaska’s most famous wolf pack, studied since the late 1930s – has been decimated by hunters and trappers who bait the animals just outside park boundaries. The legendary wildlife biologist Adolph Murie, who studied the Toklat pack for three years and teased apart more than 1,700 scat samples, came to a stunning conclusion: wolves that prey on caribou and Dall sheep primarily take the old or infirm. In effect, they create strong prey populations. Wolves are nature’s chisel and lathe. And wolf attacks on humans are so rare as to be statistically non-existent. Over the past half-century, wildlife around the world has dropped 68%. The human race, together with our livestock, now accounts for more than 95% of all mammal biomass on Earth. Everything else – from whales to wolves to lions, tigers and bears – adds up to only 4.2%. And that percentage continues to fall. Knowing that, who are we, as a species? Are we global gardeners who manage everything – plant and animal – as crops on a sustained yield basis, where wildlife is game and wolves are pests? Or might we be good guardians as well, caretakers who regard others beyond ourselves as capable of love; of celebrating their young and mourning their dead? While writing Of Wolves and Men in the late 1970s, Barry Lopez raised two hybrid red wolves, Prairie and River, an experience that he said gave him “a fundamental joy”. He concluded: “I learned from River that I was a human being and that he was a wolf and that we were different. I valued him as a creature, but he did not have to be what I imagined he was. It is with this freedom from dogma, I think, that the meaning of the words ‘the celebration of life’ becomes clear.” Kim Heacox is the author of many books, including The Only Kayak, a memoir, and Jimmy Bluefeather, a novel, both winners of the National Outdoor Book Award. He lives in Alaska
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Officials on Vancouver Island say at least 100 trees have been illegally chopped down, leaving one stump with a face carved into it A menacing face chainsawed into the stump of a poached Douglas fir not far from the Mount Prevost Main Line logging road on Vancouver Island, Canada. Photograph: Larry Pynn/sixmountains.ca/The Guardian Two tree stumps signaled to Larry Pynn that something was wrong. Jutting from a mossy forest floor in western Canada, the fresh stumps were the final remnants of two western red cedars that had been chopped down by chainsaw. Nearby, a set of deep tire tracks ran for nearly a kilometer in the mud before terminating at the main road. “I immediately suspected that this is the work of poachers,” said Pynn, a journalist who lives nearby. “These are clearly valuable trees and they were likely cut because of that.” Since January, local officials on central Vancouver Island say at least 100 trees have been illegally chopped down. As lumber prices across the continent soar – prompting a flurry of memes and conspiracy theories – ecosystems full of valuable old growth trees have increasingly become a target for poachers. The section of forest Pynn found the stumps in is part of a municipally owned 5,000 hectare swath of woods known locally as Six Mountains. The area, popular with hikers and mountain bikers, is also home to the endangered coastal Douglas fir ecosystem, which is on the verge of vanishing after centuries of logging and urban development. Days after discovering the two stumps, Pynn spotted more trees in another section of the municipal forest reserve that had suffered a similar fate – and a menacing face carved into one of the stumps. Western red cedar, estimated at 87 years old, poached on Stoney Hill. Photograph: Larry Pynn/sixmountains.ca The first trees he spotted in the forest were probably worth close to C$1,000 ($824) each for the raw wood. But the current fine for removing wood from the forest stands at C$200. “It’s the same fine if you litter – there’s no deterrence,” said Pynn. Poaching isn’t new to the area, but the scope and frequency have worsened in recent months, says Shaun Mason, a forester with the municipality. While Douglas fir are often taken as firewood, he speculates poachers could be targeting cedar because of high lumber prices, which have nearly tripled over the last year – but has no firm evidence. Timber marking systems are widely used to track the provenance of wood – and as a rule, mills won’t accept timber that hasn’t been marked. If the wood is milled down into boards, tracing its origins is nearly impossible. “It’d be illegal, but if someone had a sawmill set up on their property and someone said, ‘Hey, I could get some cedar, would you mill it for me? You know, obviously, it’s not on the up and up, but it definitely could take place,” said Mason. The poachers have used a number of tricks to hide their work, including placing moss over fresh stumps and covering tracks of their vehicles into the forest. Pynn suspects the culprits are operating under the cover of darkness. The brazen thefts have left residents outraged and some have suggested banding together to patrol the area at night – a move Pynn says is probably too risky. “I’m not sure it’s a great idea for people to be out in these areas at three in the morning,” he says. New Stoney Hill sign. Photograph: Larry Pynn/sixmountains.ca In response to the thefts, the municipality has put up new signage, is patrolling the area daily and is looking at how to increase fines and installing video surveillance. Police have also been made aware of the issue. In recent weeks, the municipality has received dozens of tips from residents. While the spike in poaching has centred on the small municipal reserve, Mason says the issue is probably far more widespread on Vancouver Island. “It’s happening all over the place. We just happen to have un-gated, unfettered access, not that far from a main road or highway,” he said. “So we tend to be the easiest targets.” For Jens Wieting of British Columbia’s Sierra Club, the spate of felled trees speaks to a broader crisis within the province. He points out that on Vancouver Island, the scale of legal old-growth logging still far outstrips recent poaching. If governments want to shift behaviour, far steeper fines are needed, he says. “Maybe, with a change in perspective, people who might be tempted to make an extra buck by poaching trees won’t do it because they get a sense that it would be wrong – and that the consequences could be bigger and more serious.”
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The vaquita marina in Mexico is threatened by a clash of interests between fishing and conservation.
In just 15 minutes, you can make one of these healthy and delicious salad recipes. Recipes like Green Goddess Salad with Chicken and Black Bean, Mango & Kale Wheat Berry Salad are low in calories and high in fiber to help you meet your goals. To make ahead, whisk dressing, combine salad ingredients and store separately.
An Upper Midwestern oil pipeline continued operating Wednesday, despite a shutdown demand from Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer that the operator warned could lead to fuel disruptions similar to those resulting from a cyberattack on an East Coast system. Whitmer ordered Line 5 closed last November because of the potential for a spill in a channel linking two of the Great Lakes. As her May 12 deadline arrived, Canadian pipeline company Enbridge said only the federal government has regulatory authority over its operations.
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A speed limit for ships in part of the Gulf of Mexico south of the Florida Panhandle is needed to protect the few remaining endangered whales there, environmental groups said Tuesday. The groups asked the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Fisheries Service to set a 10-knot (11.5 mph, 18.5 kph) speed limit in an area covering about 11,500 square miles (30,000 square kilometers) off Florida and Alabama.