A report from the Center for Biological Diversity. In a legal victory for the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today agreed to decide this summer whether to protect the Puerto Rico harlequin butterfly and Marrón Bacora plant under the Endangered Species Act. The butterfly is found only in northwest Puerto Rico and was hit hard […]

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The N.Y. Times reports Florida’s freshwater wonder is threatened like never before with a rising sea level as restoration efforts lag. Where it’s not diverted or blocked by human engineering, the water still trickles south at the rate of a quarter mile a day, as it has for millenniums. But it is profoundly imperiled by […]

via The Disappearance of the Everglades — Natural History Wanderings

“A new United Nations report highlighting the devastating impact of humans on the natural world should serve as an urgent ‘wake-up call’ to policymakers in the Cayman Islands and across the globe, according to a host of environmental officials, researchers and non-profits.” James Whittaker reports for the Cayman Compass, writing about the most threatened animals […]

via Nature’s dangerous decline: 1 million species facing extinction — Repeating Islands

Widespread impacts expected by the end of the century By Summit Voice FRISCO — A warming climate will fundamentally change nearly all the world’s oceans by the end of the century, researchers warned this week. In addition to oft-discussed impacts of warmer water temperatures and ocean acidification, climate change will also deplete dissolved oxygen and […]

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