What We’ve Lost: The Species Declared Extinct in 2020 — Repeating Islands

John R. Platt (Scientific American) writes that “Dozens of frogs, fish, orchids and other species—many unseen for decades—may no longer exist because of humanity’s destructive effects on the planet.” His article lists the many species lost in 2020, including 32 orchid species in Bangladesh, the Smooth handfish from Tasmania, 65 North American plants, 22 frog […]

What We’ve Lost: The Species Declared Extinct in 2020 — Repeating Islands

WHY ARE SO MANY PLANTS AND ANIMALS ON THE BRINK OF EXTINCTION? — The Mirror

Extinction is a natural event: animals and plants disappear naturally as time goes by, but – unfortunately – natural extinction is accelerating, due to anthropic factors, involving an increasing number of animals and plants. Natural extionction is usually a consequence of a gradual process, in which the number of animals or plants, belonging to a […]

WHY ARE SO MANY PLANTS AND ANIMALS ON THE BRINK OF EXTINCTION? — The Mirror

Humans waging ‘suicidal war’ on nature – UN chief Antonio Guterres — Natural History Wanderings

BBC News reports “Our planet is broken,” the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, has warned. Humanity is waging what he describes as a “suicidal” war on the natural world. “Nature always strikes back, and is doing so with gathering force and fury,” he told a BBC special event on the environment. Mr […]

Humans waging ‘suicidal war’ on nature – UN chief Antonio Guterres — Natural History Wanderings

50 Critical Environmental Reforms President Biden Can Enact Without Congress — Natural History Wanderings

Center for Biological Diversity News Release WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity released transition recommendations today detailing key actions the incoming Biden administration can take to address the extinction crisis and climate change without waiting on a divided Congress. The report starts by recommending that President Biden rescind every single Trump executive order and other […]

50 Critical Environmental Reforms President Biden Can Enact Without Congress — Natural History Wanderings

Oceans of Oil — Bitter Hippie Productions

Alaska, 1989 – The Exxon Valdez oil spill There are currently two massive oil tankers filled with tens of millions of gallons of oil that are barely able to float. One is situated nicely between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean; the other is sitting at the southern end of the Red Sea. The […]

Oceans of Oil — Bitter Hippie Productions

A stranded oil tanker at risk of spilling in the Caribbean . . . — Repeating Islands

The full title of this article is “A stranded oil tanker at risk of spilling in the Caribbean looks to be safe — for now.” Jariel Arvin (Vox) writes that the FSO Nabarima’s precarious situation has worried activists and governments for months. [Many thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.] A stranded […]

A stranded oil tanker at risk of spilling in the Caribbean . . . — Repeating Islands

Nobody Likes to be Oily: How Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants Can Change Our Industry — Monthly Newsletter

This is a story that we heard in the crosswinds at NorLand about changing some of our equipment oil to an Environmentally Acceptable Lubricant (EAL). We talked with Lambert Head (Shop Foreman and Equipment Superintendent) who is helping to ensure the changeover to an EAL on key pieces of equipment. To start us off, we’d […]

Nobody Likes to be Oily: How Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants Can Change Our Industry — Monthly Newsletter

BAD NEWS, CANADA! The Province of Alberta and the Canadian Government have agreed to loosen environmental monitoring efforts in the Alberta Tar Sands Area.

The Tar Sands are already one of the very worst environmental disasters in the modern world today. Its had to find much worse!

Currently, the oil extracted is not commercially viable with world oil prices being the way they are today. Wildlife of all kinds has been negatively affected by this giant cesspool in this northern part of Alberta. Twenty-five percent of Alberta’s ground water is required in the refining of this dirty crude…

What benefit is this oil patch with its oil-filled settling ponds, low cash return and general major pollution issues? Many of the oil companies have pulled out of this province — it just isn’t worth it to anybody.

A Decade After Deepwater Horizon, Gulf Wildlife Still Impacted, BP’s Penalties Funding Largest Ecosystem Restoration Effort in U.S. History — Wild Open Eye – Natural Vision, News from Wild Open Eye

NWF Press Release (NEW ORLEANS April 7, 2020) — The National Wildlife Federation report from Restore The Gulf website summarizes the latest information available about ten wildlife species that were affected by the “ecosystem-level injury to the northern Gulf of Mexico.” as well as the restoration efforts underway — what constitutes the largest ecosystem restoration […]

A Decade After Deepwater Horizon, Gulf Wildlife Still Impacted, BP’s Penalties Funding Largest Ecosystem Restoration Effort in U.S. History — Wild Open Eye – Natural Vision, News from Wild Open Eye

Trump Administration Guts National Environmental Policy Act — Natural History Wanderings

EarthJustice News Release Final Council on Environmental Quality regulations to trigger legal challenges The Trump administration finalized its proposal to gut more than 40 years of settled environmental law. The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) released the final text of a sweeping rule which will eviscerate core components of the National Environmental Policy […]

Trump Administration Guts National Environmental Policy Act — Natural History Wanderings