Biodiversity

Extinction Rebellion Activists Launch Ocean-Focused Offshoot With Direct Actions Targeting Luxury Cruise Liner

A new grassroots climate movement called Ocean Rebellion officially launched this week with non-violent direct actions targeting a luxury cruise liner docked at the United Kingdom’s Falmouth Harbor as part of a broader effort to raise awareness of the environmental impact of cruise shipping. As the “sea-faring sister” of Extinction Rebellion (XR), Ocean Rebellion “has …

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‘Massive Floating Time Bomb’: Warnings of Ecological, Humanitarian Disaster as Tanker Risks Dumping Four Times More Oil Than Exxon Valdez

A United Nations official raised alarm Wednesday about the potential threat of a major oil spill off the coast of Yemen, warning that an aging supertanker off the country’s coast could dump four times more oil into the Red Sea than the Exxon Valdez oil disaster of 1989. The remarks from U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP) …

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Watchdog Accuses Trump’s NOAA of ‘Choosing Extinction’ for Critically Threatened Right Whales by Hiding Scientific Evidence

As the North Atlantic right whale was placed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s list of critically endangered species Thursday, environmental protection groups accusing the U.S. government of bowing to fishing and fossil fuel industry pressure to downplay the threat and failing to enact common-sense restrictions to protect the animals.  Only 400 right whales are …

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Updated Species Extinction List Signals ‘Urgent Action Needed to Save Life on Earth’

The U.S.-based Center for Biological Diversity warned Thursday of the “urgent action needed to save life on Earth” in response to a new global assessment revealing that nearly 27% of over 120,000 analyzed plant and animal species are now threatened with extinction. “At this point it’s a matter of political will to rapidly move away …

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New Report Finds Economic Benefits of Protecting 30% of Planet’s Land and Ocean Outweigh the Costs 5-to-1

“This report unequivocally tells us that the time to finance nature—for people and for planet—is now.” “The benefits to humanity are incalculable, and the cost of inaction is unthinkable.”—Jamison Ervin, UNDP That’s how Jamison Ervin, manager of the Global Program on Nature for Development at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), summed up a new …

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In Blow to Trump and Win for Bears, Federal Appeals Court Upholds Endangered Species Protections for Yellowstone Grizzlies

Conservation and tribal groups scored a legal victory Wednesday after a federal appeals court rejected the Trump administration’s bid to remove endangered species protections for Yellowstone-region grizzly bears. The ruling from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which upholds a Montana district court’s decision, means grizzlies in the national park and surrounding area won’t be …

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Top Global Experts Say Humanity Must ‘Heal Our Broken Relationship With Nature’ to Prevent Future Pandemics

“Humanity’s broken relationship with nature comes at a cost.” That cost is new zoonotic diseases, which are passed from animals to humans and “are emerging at an alarming rate.” That is according to a World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) report released Wednesday as the coronavirus pandemic continues to devastate communities and economies across the …

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World Environment Day Provokes Warnings That ‘To Care for Humanity, We Must Care for Nature’

As a pandemic that’s killed over 393,000 people rages on and demonstrations demanding racial justice continue across the globe, the international community on Friday marked World Environment Day with scientifically supported warnings about the importance of protecting nature for the future of humanity. “To care for humanity, we must care for nature. We need our …

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Jane Goodall Warns Humanity Will Be ‘Finished’ After Covid-19 Without Ending ‘Absolute Disrespect for Animals and the Environment’

In a webinar Tuesday about pandemics, wildlife, and intensive animal farming, world renowned primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall warned of dire consequences if humanity fails to rapidly reform the global food system and stop destroying natural habitats. “One of the lessons learnt from this crisis is that we must change our ways.”—Jane Goodall, primatologist “If …

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Coronavirus a ‘Clear Warning Shot’ From Nature to Humanity, Top Scientists Say

While healthcare providers and government officials around the world work to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and mitigate the effects of a resulting economic crisis, scientists urged authorities to also seriously consider a long-term strategy for preventing another infectious disease outbreak—calling the coronavirus a “clear warning shot” from nature. Previous warnings—taking the form …

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