Riviera Maya News writes that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador reported that the Secretary of the Navy will be responsible for creating a plan to deal with the sargasso issue along Quintana Roo, on Mexico’s Caribbean coast. While he has guaranteed federal support to deal with the problem, he says that the navy will present […]

via Mexico’s Navy to help fight Caribbean Sargassum — Repeating Islands


Katie Langin (Science) reports on the state of affairs for Caribbean countries, whose shores have been affected by excessive amounts of Sargassum, and speculations on the factors that contribute to its proliferation: In retrospect, 2011 was just the first wave. That year, massive rafts of Sargassum—a brown seaweed that lives in the open ocean—washed up on […]

via Mysterious masses of seaweed assault Caribbean islands — Repeating Islands

Ed Quillen used to say that oil shale had been the, “Next big thing for 100 years.” Here’s the release from the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (Ray Bloxham) via Earth Justice: Conservation groups today sued the Trump administration to challenge what would be the nation’s first commercial-scale oil shale mine and processing facility. The lawsuit […]

via Lawsuit challenges @POTUS administration approval of #Utah #oilshale development — Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance #ActOnClimate #KeepItInTheGround — Coyote Gulch

Mexican Wildfires Impact on Mexico City

Over 4500 wildfires in Mexico cause an environmental emergency to be declared, as ash and smoke clog the city’s air. Mexico City has been in recent years rebounding from decades of seriously poor air quality, but now badly deteriorated again largely due to number of rural fires.

Smoke from some of these fires is drifting into parts of the U.S.



Reuters reports The U.S. Interior Department on Wednesday renewed two long-mothballed leases near the Boundary Waters Wilderness area in Minnesota, a key step in opening up the popular wilderness and recreation area to copper mining despite heavy opposition from local and national conservation groups. Read story at Trump administration opens up Minnesota wilderness area to […]

via Trump administration opens up Minnesota wilderness area to copper mining  — Natural History Wanderings

By Andy Sheppard and Linda Broadhurst. Originally published on The Conversation. This week many people across the world stopped and stared as extreme headlines announced that one eighth of the world’s species – more than a million – are threatened with extinction. According to the UN report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services […]

via Invasive species are Australia’s number-one extinction threat — The Invasives Blog