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On World Wildlife Day: We Can Do More

Yet another black rhino has been brutally murdered by poachers, leaving a two-year-old calf motherless. Adding to the immorality of the senseless and unconscionable act was that the rhino was 12 months pregnant and slaughtered at a conservancy in Kenya. Is there no safe harbor for our wildlife?

Mass of Man Makes a Mess

The takeover and makeover of Planet Earth by human beings have been well documented by generations of scientists, naturalists and poets. Ten to twenty thousand years ago the biosphere was a veritable wilderness paradise teeming with a rich feast of furred and feathered creatures crawling, climbing, flying, running, swimming, grazing and digging. We have since converted the wild biosphere into a factory farm, feedlot…and wasteland.

Enormous Environmental Destruction Results from Raising Animals for Consumption

Very few American concern themselves with the underbelly of overpopulation. Let’s take a look!

“Some 38 percent of the world’s grain crop is now fed to animals, as well as large quantities of soybeans. There are three times as many domestic animals on this planet as there are human beings,” according to Peter Singer, author of “Practical Ethics.”

In Memory of Martha – The Last of Her Kind

Today, September 1, 2014, marks a century to the day that a legendary species of bird perished from the face of the earth. Martha, the very last surviving passenger pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius), died in the Cincinnati Zoo on September 1, 1914. And with her death, the passenger pigeon officially went extinct.

Saving the California Condor – Endangered State Icon

Years ago, I worked as a biological technician at what was then the premier wildlife research institute not just in America but the entire world – the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Maryland.

Killing Insects and Bees in America

Each day, millions of middle-class Americans across this country spray Roundup, Weed-be-Gone, Termite Spray, Bug Killer, Wasp Spray and hundreds of other poisons onto their sidewalks, driveways, bushes, trees, flowers and onto their lawns. They kill everything that pecks, slithers, crawls, flaps, bites and breathes.

Until this ghastly tale is told, my heart within me burns

Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote, “Until my ghastly tale is told, this heart within me burns.”

This ghastly, if not poignant look onto Midway Island, 2,000 miles out in the Pacific Ocean, reminds us of the sublime beauty of our planet via the waved albatross, and of how fast humanity’s plastics ravage the natural world. The following four-minute video allows you a mind-changing look into humanity’s onslaught of the natural world:

Climate Expected to Change 100x Faster than Species Can Adapt

Due to alterations in climate anticipated to occur from now through 2100, the ranges of species will need to change dramatically, according to a recent study from Indiana University in Bloomington. The researchers concluded that climate will change more than 100 times faster than the rate at which species can adapt.

This rate of change, according to the authors of the study, “is unlike anything these species have experienced, probably since their formation.”

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