When dams cause more problems than they solve, removing them can pay off for people and nature

Jon Honea, Emerson College Across the United States, dams generate hydroelectric power, store water for drinking and irrigation, control flooding and create recreational opportunities such as slack-water boating and waterskiing. But dams can also threaten public safety, especially if they are old or poorly maintained. On May 21, 2020, residents of Midland, Michigan were hastily…

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Climate change may push some species to higher elevations — and out of harm’s way

Upslope movements may push species away from human pressure, which could reduce extinction risk for many mountain-dwelling species Wildlife Conservation Society New York, NY (April 24, 2020) – A new WCS-led study reveals that mountain-dwelling species fleeing warming temperatures by retreating to higher elevations may find refuge from reduced human pressure. A new study published…

The real reasons Africa has another locust plague

The UN, environmentalist pressure groups and their financial backers have a lot to answer for Paul Driessen The ChiCom coronavirus and COVID-19 outbreaks, deaths and responses continue to dominate US, European and Asian news. Meanwhile, a very different infestation is devastating East African crops and leaving tens of millions at risk of starvation and death.…

Simulated sunlight reveals how 98% of plastics at sea go missing each year

Study explores removal mechanisms, microbial impacts and lifetimes of select microplastics on the ocean surface Florida Atlantic University A schematic figure of plastic photo-dissolution and plastic dissolved organic carbon (DOC) biodegradation.  Credit: Lee Ann DeLeo Trillions of plastic fragments are afloat at sea, which cause large “garbage patches” to form in rotating ocean currents called…

Amazon Fires Update

News Brief by Kip Hansen   The news channels, newspapers, news sites and the Twit-o-verse are full of “the Amazon is burning!”  some of this was covered in here as “Amazon Fire History Since 2003” by Les Johnson  on August 23. Years ago, I asked the question “What Are They Really Counting?”.  Always an important…

Celebrating America’s Environmental Stewardship

Guest post by Jim Steele Published in Pacifica Tribune July 10, 2019 What’s Natural? Celebrating America’s Environmental Stewardship I resent the one-sided mis-characterization of humanity as “destroyers of our environment”. Humans certainly had negative impacts on most ecosystems. However, in contrast to a recent United Nations report insinuating we are threatening one million species with…

A Declaration of Mineral Independence against eco tyranny

It’s an essential first step in making the USA less dangerously dependent on foreign minerals Paul Driessen & Ann Bridges As we celebrate the Declaration of Independence, let us view it from a 21st century perspective. Many of the colonists’ grievances against King George III resonate today, as tyrannical environmentalists continue to block domestic development…

The Pipers of Fire Island

News Brief by Kip Hansen   The Piping Plover, a tiny little sea bird,  has been struggling to survive in modern times as beaches are developed for tourists with houses hugging the shorelines of the Eastern Seaboard of the United States and the Great Lakes region, up into Canada.    In Florida, on Cocoa Beach, where…