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

National Parks Conservation Association Press Release Federal agencies tasked with protecting America’s national parks, public lands, and waterways did the opposite today by advancing the proposed 210-mile Ambler industrial mining road. The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) has consistently fought the proposed road and associated mining district, which threatens Alaska Native communities and the remarkable […]

via Trump Administration Sacrifices Parklands, Wildlife and Alaska Native Ways of Life for Mining Road  — Natural History Wanderings

Ardea purpurea One of our shier heron species, despite its impressive size, the Purple Heron inhabits densely vegetated shallow wetlands, reedbeds and riverbanks, seldom emerging into the open. They feed mainly on fish, frogs, small mammals and birds, and crabs and other aquatic invertebrates and is most active around dawn and dusk. The Purple Heron […]

via Purple Heron — de Wets Wild

From Audubon (Matt Smelser): “The Trump Administration’s new water rule makes it a lot easier to pave America’s critical wetlands and put up parking lots,” said David Yarnold, president and CEO, National Audubon Society (@david_yarnold) after the Administration announced the finalization of its rollbacks to the Clean Water Act. “Wetlands are not only important places […]

via New #Water Rule Endangers Millions of Birds and America’s Water Supply — @Audubon — Coyote Gulch

The Revelator reports Study Finds Staggering Economic Benefit From Protecting Wetlands For example, in Florida, the loss of just 3% of wetland coverage resulted in $480 million in property damage during just one hurricane. Mangrove forests, marshes, and seagrass beds protect inland areas from storm surges and strong winds. Over long periods, coastal wetlands like […]

via Study Finds Staggering Economic Benefit From Protecting Wetlands — Natural History Wanderings

From Audubon Rockies (Abby Burke): Policy priorities for the 2020 Colorado legislative session. Colorado lawmakers returned to the Capitol on January 8th to kick off the 2020 legislative session. Even before bills were introduced, it was clear that the General Assembly will wrangle with issues that will touch every corner of the state and impact […]

via 2020 #COleg: Legislative Water Priorities in 2020 for #Colorado’s Rivers, Birds, and People — @AudubonRockies #ColoradoRiver #COriver #DCP #aridification #COWaterPlan — Coyote Gulch

Old growth, wetlands, wildlife. Everything the review panel added up and wrote off. Directly over the proposed Teck Resources Frontier mining pit. Photo by Garth Lenz. Any day now, the Trudeau government is expected to render its verdict on the $20-billion Teck Resources Frontier mine proposed to push Alberta’s industrialized oilsands landscape farther north. There’s been […]

via What the Teck Mine Will Destroy — County Sustainability Group