Global Forest Watch
uses satellites to monitor forest
loss in near real-time
). It is now possible to see when forests (or even a couple big trees) are being cut down at the the time it happens, allowing officials and the public to notice and possibly take action. There is also a timeline showing forest loss/gain over time - how has your neighborhood fared?
"Hi, my name is Paul Rosolie.
I'm a naturalist based out of southern Peru and today I'm headed into the jungle to show you a place that very few people have gotten to see. I'm in the Madre de Dios region of Peru, this is the far western Amazon and some of the deepest jungle on earth."
are to be seen
around the world
, a colorful plea to save the trees. [more inside]
"Probably the most important conservation statute ever enacted into America’s fisheries law"
.. as of 2012, all 528 federally managed fish species now have imposed catch limits.
The US is arguably the first country in the world to do it. This means every species has a hard limit of how many fish can be taken - not just how many per-boat or angler - an absolute cap on the total number (actually by weight). The law was enacted in 2006 under a policy forged under President George W. Bush and finalized with President Obama's backing.(previously)
Islands make up only about 3% of the earth's land area but host about 20% of all species and 50 to 60% of endangered species
. The biggest threat to islands
are invasive species, mainly rats
, but also pigs and cats, who feed on nesting birds and native plants. New Zealand has been the innovator in clearing islands of rats
because of its endangered populations of flightless birds which are vulnerable. One species of flightless parrot, known as the kakapo
, has only 131 individuals
left in the "wild" - they are closely guarded 24x7 on Codfish Island
, their nests surrounded by rat traps and cameras vigilantly on the lookout for invaders
. [more inside]
The American Great Plains rival the Serengeti
, according to National Geographic, but unlike in apparently more progressive Africa, the USA never protected the plains on a large scale
. Now private interests under the The American Prairie Foundation
are buying up land in Montana hoping to create
a multi-million acre preserve that would be the largest privately funded conservation land venture on the planet, bigger than Yellowstone National Park, that one day may see the return of great migrating herds of bison, pronghorn antelope, deer and elk. Not all Montana ranchers
are happy with the new Serengeti neighbor.
The US Senate Sunday in an unusual session passed 66-12 the largest land protection bill in 25 years
. It is an "omnibus" containing hundreds of bills that have been in the works for years. For a list of all the projects and new lands protected.. [more inside]