From The @WashingtonPost : Construction crews began blasting sites within Arizona’s Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument as part of the construction of President Trump’s border barrier, and the affected areas include sites sacred to Native American groups, according to a congressman from Arizona and advocates. The Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is an internationally recognized biosphere reserve — meaning it has plants and animals so rare that the United Nations has given it a special designation. It includes about 330,000 acres of designated wilderness and is home to ancestral grounds sacred to the Tohono O’odham Nation, one of at least a dozen Native American groups that claim connections to grounds within the monument. Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz. ), whose district includes the reservation, said crews this week began blasting through parts of Monument Hill, which includes a burial site for the Tohono O’odham Nation. Click the link in the @WashingtonPost ’s bio to read more. (Photo by @vanhoutenphoto /The Washington Post )
A pangolin’s natural defense is to roll into a ball when threatened, which is why they’re such easy targets for wildlife traffickers. Today on #WorldPangolinDay , I'm supporting the @PangolinCrisis team with their #RollWithUs campaign to protect these gentle creatures from the trafficking crisis that is putting them at risk of extinction. Share this post to help raise awareness for pangolins and follow @PangolinCrisis for more information.
Amidst the devastation wreaked by the recent bushfires in Australia are inspiring stories of compassion and solidarity. These photos from @global_wildlife_conservation capture some of the incredible stories made possible with support from the @EarthAlliance #AustraliaWildfireFund . From rescuing and rehabilitating kangaroos whose homes have burnt to the ground to providing food for Critically Endangered Brush-tailed Rock Wallabies, from resettling turtles whose pools have dried up to building a sanctuary for wild koalas, the tireless work of @wireswildliferescue @aussieark and @bushheritageaus in the field is inspiring. To lend your support to Australia, please click link in bio. @earthalliance @global_wildlife_conservation @oxygenseven
From @cnnclimate : 🐝 Bumblebee populations are rapidly declining across North America and Europe, according to a study from the University of Ottawa that examined 66 bumblebee species across the two continents. The study’s findings highlighted that as climate change causes temperatures and precipitation to rise beyond what bumblebees can tolerate, their risk for extinction increases. “The things [we] grew up with as kids are fading away very fast,” said a senior author of the study. “It’s not just that we’re looking at what our kids will experience; it’s that we are looking back not even a full generation, just to when we were kids, and saying, ‘Could we take our children to places we loved and find what we found?’ What our study says is that that answer is no across entire continents.” (📸:Natalia Fedosenko\TASS via Getty Images )
Xavante children from the Tsiba’adzatsi village in the Brazilian Amazon help plant seedlings at a nursery established to help with the recovery of degraded areas in the state of Mato Grosso. This is a project led by @EarthAlliance Amazon Forest Fund recipient Operação Amazônia Nativa to help with food security for indigenous communities while reforesting places that have been damaged by fire and other threats. 🌱
From @yaleenvironment360 : Using satellite data, scientists are documenting the inexorable melting of South America’s glaciers and ice fields. The findings are sobering: Ninety-eight percent of Andean glaciers have shrunk this century, losing an average of three feet in thickness a year since 2000. The area covered by glaciers in Peru, for example, shrank by nearly a third from 2000 to 2016. In the southern Andes, particularly in Patagonia, some glaciers have retreated 5.5 miles in the past century. This ice loss poses a threat to water supplies and agriculture from Bolivia to Chile. “The disappearance of glaciers will have an impact on the cities, but not just cities — locals, farmers, and people who do agriculture more broadly,” says one scientist. To read the full story, click the link in @yaleenvironment360 ’s bio. Reporting by Jonathan Moens. Photo credit: David Silverman/Getty Images
From the @washingtonpost : Antarctica has broken its warmest temperature ever recorded. A reading of 65 degrees was taken at Esperanza Base along Antarctica’s Trinity Peninsula on Thursday, making it the ordinarily frigid contingent’s highest measured temperature in history. It beats out the previous record of 63.5 degrees, which occurred on March 24, 2015. The Antarctic peninsula, on which Thursday’s anomaly was recorded, is one of the fastest-warming regions in the world. In just the past 50 years, temperatures have surged a staggering 5 degrees in response to earth’s swiftly-warming climate. Read more by clicking the link in the @washingtonpost bio.
From @cnnclimate : Rising temperatures triggering extreme weather events around the world could result in an increase in heat-related illnesses and deaths, as well as the threat of new infectious diseases, according to scientists at Johns Hopkins University. A paper published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation says that with climate change, we can expect cases of heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and potentially fatal heat strokes to climb. Extreme heat will particularly impact children, older people, people who suffer from chronic conditions and those who live in underserved communities. (📸: Getty )
An update from @aussieark and the recovery efforts for affected wildlife in Australia: Life Support for Endangered Brush-Tailed Rock Wallabies In early January 2020, Aussie Ark was invited by the New South Wales State Government to assess the situation of Brush-tailed rock-wallabies, sadly what was found were numerous deceased wallabies. Several from starvation and dehydration, whilst others were struck by a vehicle in search for food, water and shelter, as the area is not preferred wallaby habitat. Encouragingly up to 30 were found residing near waterbodies. These wallabies are now receiving food drops and ongoing remote camera monitoring until the situation improves. Regionally, all of the Brush-tailed rock-wallaby sites have been incinerated or are at imminent risk of fire. Coupled with the nation’s worst drought in recent decades, limited food and water supply is wreaking havoc on populations. Aussie Ark has committed to doubling its species recovery projects to create a new facility for the northern population of the species. The Ark currently has 7 purpose-built facilities that provide home for up to 45 wallabies. You can help Aussie Ark by donating today - see the link in their bio. #aussieark #conservation #australia #upperhunter #barringtontops #endangeredspecies #wildlife
From @thewcs : Live animal markets around the world that trade in wildlife provide the ideal conditions for new viruses to emerge. In the wake of the #Wuhan #coronavirus , we must close them. A large and growing number of people in China agree. Read more by clicking the link in @thewcs bio. Pictured: a civet in Vietnam. #WuhanFlu #WuhanCoronavirus #takeaction #globalhealth #vietnam #china #asia #civet #health #flu
A positive step forward from The @Guardian 👏 | #Regram #RG @guardian : We have decided that we will no longer accept advertising from fossil fuel extracting companies. We are the first major global news organisation to institute this outright ban and hope others will join us soon. Environmental groups have long argued that energy companies use expensive advertising campaigns to “greenwash” their activities, paying to highlight relatively small investments in renewable energy while continuing to make the vast majority of their revenue from extracting fossil fuels. Advertising makes up 40% of our revenue, so it remains a key way to fund our journalism. Our acting chief executive, Anna Bateson, and chief revenue officer, Hamish Nicklin, said "it’s true that rejecting some adverts might make our lives a tiny bit tougher in the very short term. Nonetheless, we believe building a more purposeful organisation and remaining financially sustainable have to go hand in hand.” They acknowledged that some readers would like us to turn down advertising for any product with a significant carbon footprint, such as cars or holidays, but explained that this isn't financially sustainable while the media industry’s business model remained in crisis. @Greenpeace welcomed the move, calling it “a watershed moment".
The relief efforts in Australia continue. Please join me in supporting the #KoalaComeback campaign from photographer @DavidYarrow and @wild .ark, with the aim to raise $2 million to support recovery efforts in Australia. 50% of the proceeds raised through the koala print campaign will be directed to the @EarthAlliance #AustraliaWildfireFund , with WildArk using the remaining donations to support local organizations working on wildlife rehabilitation and habitat restoration. To donate, please see the link in @DavidYarrow ’s bio or visit koalacomeback.com
An update from @earthalliance : For this beautiful photographic tribute, Amazon Forest Fund recipient @wataniba commissioned a photographer to capture routine moments in the lives of the elders of two indigenous communities from the Venezuelan Amazon: the Ye'kwana and Uwottüja. Wataniba—a name that means “community boat”—is a socio-environmental organization that works with the indigenous peoples of the Venezuelan Amazon to promote and defend their rights, protect the forest, map and address threats such as gold mining, and lobby for public policy consistent with the social and environmental rights widely recognized in Venezuelan legislation. Photos by Wataniba/Jesús-Chucho-Sosa
From The @Guardian : Native Australian fish are the most recent victims of the country's bushfires. Since last month, hundreds of thousands of fish have suffocated as ash and sludge from the bushfires have fallen into the Macleay River, New South Wales. Freshwater ecologist Prof Lee Baumgartner said it is likely to have an impact for decades, with Australian bass, freshwater mullet and eel-tailed catfish hit hardest.
“If the Great War of 1914 - 1918 was played out on the animal kingdom, it is here right now on the west coast of Kangaroo Island. It was an apocalyptical canvas of death and destruction that rammed home our mortality and the power of nature. We found one live Koala this morning--that was it. He was just sitting dumbfounded by the base of a burnt tree. We approached cautiously, but sadly he summoned enough energy to climb up and out of our reach, otherwise we would have rescued him. 99% of Koalas being rescued are on the ground - not surprising really as they are better climbers than us.” - Photographer @davidyarrow reflects on a moment from his trip this week to Flinders Chase National Park on Australia’s Kangaroo Island. If you want to help the wildlife, wildlands, and communities affected by the fires, make a donation to the #AustraliaWildfireFund today. See link in bio above.
Some positive news from the relief efforts in Australia, via @huffpost : A glimmer of good news as Australia begins recovering from the ongoing disaster. 🙏 Australian officials said that a stand of "dinosaur trees" was saved from a series of devastating bushfires. New South Wales Environment Minister Matt Kean said a team of firefighters was deployed to a remote part of the Blue Mountains, about 120 miles northwest of Sydney, as a massive bushfire approached. Fire officials used planes to water-bomb the area and lowered firefighters into a remote gorge to set up an irrigation system to wet the ground and save the trees, called Wollemi pines.The area hosts the only known natural cluster of Wollemi pines, which are colloquially known as “dinosaur trees” because fossil records show they date back as far as 200 million years. // Head to the link in bio to learn more. // 📷: New South Wales Government
It had been more than 100 years since anyone saw a giant tortoise on the Galapagos’ Fernandina Island, until last February. This week the @parquegalapagos @galapagosconservancy will brave the elements—including a geologically active volcano, scorching sunlight, and razor-sharp lava—to see if they can find additional animals. In the meantime, they await the results of a genetic test that will reveal whether the female found in February is, in fact, the Fernandina Galapagos Tortoise, one of @global_wildlife_conservation ’s most wanted lost species, or if she is a different species from another island. 🐢 Photo courtesy of @forrest .galante