Posted on April 22, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Paonia event focuses on solutions for western Colorado
FRISCO — Everybody is talking about climate change, but that palaver doesn’t always translate into action. Not so in Paonia, though, where community and climate activists will gather May 1-3 for the Western Colorado Climate Challenge & Solar Fair.
The three-day event features exhibits, presentations, and hands-on breakout sessions aimed at resolving Colorado’s climate crisis. Click this link for the full schedule. The Climate Colorado event site is here and you can also stay in touch with the event on Facebook. Continue reading
Filed under: climate and weather, climate change, Colorado, global warming | Tagged: climate change, Colorado, Colorado Climate challenge, Environment, global warming, renewable energy, Western Colorado Climate Challenge & Solar Fair. | Leave a comment »
Posted on April 20, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Expanding rubber-tree plantations threatens biodiversity in Southeast Asia. Photo courtesy Eleanor Warren-Thomas, University of East Anglia.
Major sustainability push needed to protect habitat for endangered species
FRISCO — The growing global demand for rubber is threatening biodiversity in Southeast Asia, where expanding plantations are encroaching on protected areas, according to a new study from the University of East Anglia.
Meeting the demand will require up to 8.5 million hectares of additional rubber plantations, but expansion on this scale will have “catastrophic” biodiversity impacts, with globally threatened unique species and ecosystems all at risk the researchers said, comparing the extent of the problem to palm oil production. Continue reading
Filed under: biodiversity, endangered species, Environment | Tagged: biodiversity, Cambodia, Eleanor Warren-Thomas, Environment, Indonesia, rubber plantations, Snoul Wildlife Sanctuary, Southeast Asia, University of East Anglia | Leave a comment »
Posted on April 16, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Red lionfish are swarming the western Atlantic and Caribbean. Photo courtesy USGS.
New data may help control efforts
FRISCO— Biologists and resource managers grappling with invasive red lionfish in the Caribbean have some new clues based on genetic research.
Without natural predators, lionfish have spread throughout the western Atlantic, displacing native fish and disrupting ecosystems.
In a new study released this week, U.S. Geological Survey researchers say the invasion probably started in multiple locations. Florida had been fingered as the likely source, but the analysis suggest that multiple introductions occurred, with some potentially coming from the more southern parts of the range. Continue reading
Filed under: biodiversity, Environment, invasive species | Tagged: Caribbean, Environment, invasive species, lionfish, oceans, red lionfish | Leave a comment »
Posted on April 15, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
100 days of pain …
FRISCO — A furious assault on the environment during the first 100 days of a GOP-controlled Senate has environmental advocates on the defensive.
Instead of making progress on climate change and other key conservation issues, progressives are in the position of trying to hold the line on gains they made during the first six years of the Obama administration.
According to a coalition of advocacy groups, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell has made it clear that his top priority is protecting polluters and dismantling clean air and public health protections. Continue reading
Filed under: air quality, Democracy, Environment | Tagged: climate change, coal, Environment, environmental politics, Mitch McConnell, pollution, U.S. Senate | Leave a comment »
Posted on April 14, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Resident bald eagle in Summit County, Colorado guarding the nest. @bberwyn photo.
Federally licensed hunters and trappers killed 2.7 million animals in 2014
FRISCO — A lot of things have changed in the U.S. during the past 100 years, but some things have not, including the frontier-era mindset among some people that makes it OK to willfully slaughter wildlife.
Even as some branches of the government expend considerable resources to protect and conserve plants and animals, another secretive agency continues to routinely kill millions of animals, including wolves, coyotes, bears, mountain lions, beavers, foxes, eagles and other animals deemed pests by powerful agricultural, livestock and other special interests. Continue reading
Filed under: biodiversity, Environment, public lands, wildlife | Tagged: biodiversity, Environment, public lands, wildlife, Wildlife Services | 1 Comment »
Posted on April 14, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Off the road, into the stream … Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Transportation.
Coal-tar sealant fingered as highly damaging to DNA
FRISCO — New research led by U.S. Geological Survey scientists shows that pavement sealants made with coal tar are highly toxic. Runoff from surfaces treated with such sealants can kill fish and other stream organisms for months after it’s applied, the researchers concluded in a pair of recent studies.
Pavement sealant is a black liquid sprayed or painted on the asphalt pavement of parking lots, driveways and playgrounds to improve appearance and protect the underlying asphalt.
Pavement sealants that contain coal tar have extremely high levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Coal tar is a known human carcinogen; several PAHs are probable human carcinogens and some are toxic to fish and other aquatic life. Continue reading
Filed under: Environment, rivers, water, water quality | Tagged: blacktop, coal-tar sealant, Environment, highways, PAHs, pollution | Leave a comment »
Posted on April 13, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Study finds that some Persistent Organic Pollutants are ‘pervasive’ in the environment around Antarctic base
FRISCO — Antarctica is often described as one of the last pristine environments on Earth, but that may be changing as human activity increases.
Researchers with the Australian Antarctic Division recently said they tracked pollutants from common household sources dispersing from a research station into the surrounding environment. As a result, the scientists are rethinking how they store and dispose of materials that could be the source of pollutants. Continue reading
Filed under: Antarctica, Environment | Tagged: Antarctica, Environment, Persistent organic pollutants, pollution | Leave a comment »