Often, the persecution of predators like jaguars (Panthera onca) is blamed – at least in part – on livestock depredation: jaguars kill cattle, and hence people kill jaguars. But what happens when there are no cattle? In areas where human communities do not rely on livestock for their livelihoods, would they be more tolerant of jaguars? That is the question that Jillian Knox and her co-authors set out to answer.

via New Study Explores Jaguar Killing without “Cowflict” — The Jaguar

December 11, 2019//-Mongolia’s livestock industry, once the primary engine of the economy, now faces threats from climate change and overgrazing. Without prompt policy action, the national and regional costs will continue to grow, weighing on both economic growth and inequality.

via Greening Growth in Mongolia — African Eye Report

by Katie Fite as published on CounterPunch In early November, Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley introduced the Malheur County Empowerment for the Owyhee Act, an astonishingly awful public lands and wilderness Bill The bill is aimed at enriching ranchers and other local interests. It is the Vale Project reborn from the weed wastelands […]

via A Cattle Industry and Local Control Power Grab: Inside the Malheur Owyhee Public Lands Bill — Straight from the Horse’s Heart

Combat Desertification and Drought One of the biggest and least understood environmental challenges facing the globe, desertification refers to the irreversible degradation of soil through human activities such as deforestation, unsustainable farming, mining and overgrazing. It occurs when trees and root systems that bind the soil are removed, exposing topsoil to erosion, and when unsustainable […]

via Desertification and Drought: An Issue Even in the Tropical Zone | Wildlife Alliance — Wildlife Alliance