Biden suspends Trump-era oil drilling leases in Alaska’s Arctic refuge — Natural History Wanderings

The Guardian reports The Biden administration on Tuesday suspended oil and gas leases in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, reversing a drilling program approved by Donald Trump and reviving a political fight over a remote region that is home to polar bears and other wildlife – and a rich reserve of oil. The interior department order […]

Biden suspends Trump-era oil drilling leases in Alaska’s Arctic refuge — Natural History Wanderings

Kern County, California, approves plan to allow thousands of new oil wells despite environmental objections — Natural History Wanderings

KTLA reports A plan to fast-track drilling of thousands of new oil and gas wells over the next 15 years in California’s prime oil patch was approved Monday by Kern County officials over objections by environmental groups. The Kern County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to approve a revised ordinance supported by the influential petroleum […]

Kern County approves plan to allow thousands of new oil wells despite environmental objections — Natural History Wanderings

No Drilling in Alaskan Arctic Refuge  — Natural History Wanderings

The New York Times reports A missed deadline for flights to look for polar bears means the work to locate oil reserves in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is effectively killed. An Alaska Native group failed to meet a critical deadline as part of its proposal to conduct a seismic survey in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the […]

No Drilling in Alaskan Arctic Refuge  — Natural History Wanderings

Biden Sets in Motion Plan to Ban New Oil and Gas Leases on Federal Land — Natural History Wanderings

The New York Times  reports President Biden on Wednesday will direct federal agencies to determine how expansive a ban on new oil and gas leasing on federal land should be, part of a suite of executive orders that will effectively launch his agenda to combat climate change, two people with knowledge of the president’s plans […]

Biden Sets in Motion Plan to Ban New Oil & Gas Leases on Federal Land — Natural History Wanderings

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