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October 2013 (Coral Reefs)
Sabang Beach reef restoration follows Boracay's lead [Philippines]
"Above the high tide line, the popular beach resorts of Boracay and Sabang Beach near Puerto Galera, Mindoro, have little in common," writes Simon Ward of Biri Initiative Org. "But below the water, they share a commitment to restoring their precious coral reefs, or to be more accurate in Boracay’s case, bringing them back from the dead. And both have chosen to go with a new artificial reef technology developed in the Philippines, the Reefbud."
May 2013 (Birds)
The Shameful and Painful Spotted Owl Saga: Shooting stripes to save spots
"Spots versus stripes? Which do you prefer? Our federal government prefers spots and is moving forward with a million-dollar-a-year plan to remove 9,000 striped owls from 2.3% of 14 million Western acres of protected spotted owl habitat. Our government is shooting wood owls with stripes to protect those with spots; to stop the stripes from breeding with the spots.
November 2012 (Animal Fibres / Fur)
Saving the planet with ... plush toys?
"While the debate over man's contribution to climate change rages, there is a general consensus that we need to reduce our dependency on petrochemicals," writes Simon Ward. "Taken individually, gas-guzzlers, polyester clothing, and plastic bags may not be the biggest blights on the planet, but collectively they are a behemoth. From oil well and tanker spills, to clogged landfills, chemical smogs, and waterways, oceans and beaches despoiled by plastic refuse, petrochemicals are harming our planet in myriad ways."
November 2012 (Forestry)
Study of critical new forest conservation issues in the global south
"The last decade has witnessed a dramatic shift in the field of biodiversity conservation," write Arvind Khare and David Barton Bray in this 2004 report to the Ford Foundation. "Led by a handful of large conservation organizations, the new conservation strategy marks a major departure from the earlier approach of creating ad hoc protected areas toward scientifically identifying unprotected, endangered areas of high biodiversity concentration, and is accompanied by a shift from a species focus to an ecosystem and landscape focus."
October 2012 (Felines)
Cheetah Conservation: How dogs are saving cats in South Africa
"Once a symbol of royalty, the cheetah walked side by side with kings and emperors for thousands of years," write Emily Wood and Annie Beckhelling. "The feline was favored as a royal pet and hunting companion because it is easily tamed and a spectacular hunter. Both Charlemagne and Genghis Khan kept cheetahs, and Akbar the Great is said to have captured more than 1,000 during his reign. ... "In the last century, however, perception of the cheetah changed. Seemingly overnight, it went from cat-goddess to pest, and its numbers have declined by 90 percent."
September 2012 (Fisheries)
"Fishing" isn't a four-letter word
"Please excuse this intrusion on a national holiday," writes Nils Stople for the Fisheries Research Institute. "However, considering that Labor Day was designed to recognize the contributions and achievements of American workers, that fishermen are and since colonial times have been among the hardest working of those workers, and that the Congress and the current Administration are about to embark on an prohibitively expensive and totally unnecessary program to put many of those fishermen ... out of work without giving any consideration to alternatives that could keep them fishing, this seems a particularly appropriate time for it."
April 2011 (Deer)
The introduction, increase and crash of reindeer on St. Matthew Island
"Reindeer, introduced to St. Matthew Island in 1944, increased from 29 animals at that time to 6,000 in the summer of 1963 and underwent a crash die-off the following winter to less than 50 animals," wrote David Klein of the University of Alaska in a 1968 report. "... Lichens had been completely eliminated as a significant component of the winter diet. Sedges and grasses were expanding into sites previously occupied by lichens. In the late winter of 1963-64, in association with extreme snow accumulation, virtually the entire population of 6,000 reindeer died of starvation."
March 2011 (Bovines / Cattle)
"Big Meat" and Big Government. Subsidies and regs are the culprits
"Ranchers are a fairly independent bunch. We don't like overweening authority and prefer to fend for ourselves. We also find few things more objectionable than sitting endlessly indoors," writes Arizona cattle rancher Paul Schwennesen. "Nevertheless, 2,000 of us did just that a few months ago in the ballroom of Colorado State University. If the setting wasn't exactly invigorating, the topic was even less so: understanding why the family-scale cattle industry is going broke and why either Big Meat or Big Government is helping it down the drain."