500-mile-long shark highway could become a protected wildlife corridor

May 23, 2018 by  
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For the very first time, scientists filmed sharks traveling along a 500-mile-long shark highway in the Pacific Ocean  that stretches between the Galapagos Islands and Cocos Island. The reason for filming? While Cocos and the Galapagos have protected areas for fish , the shark highway is not included, and scientists want to transform it into a protected wildlife corridor . Costa Rica group Fundación PACÍFICO , a collaboration of four environmental funds, organized an expedition to videotape the shark highway. President Zdenka Piskulich told NPR it’s difficult to get people interested in a corridor out in the ocean , but “finally we have visual evidence that there is a huge abundance in this area that needs to be protected, that there really is a highway.” Related: Russia built a critical wildlife corridor to help save endangered big cats The scientists utilized GoPro-style cameras, fish bait and metal frames to create what are called baited remote underwater video systems, or BRUVS. They dragged these behind a research boat for nearly two weeks. Biologist Mario Espinoza said, “We actually documented over 16 species of sharks and fish, also sea turtles and dolphins …It’s really surprising to see that many animals .” Sharks — including hammerhead, thresher and silky sharks — were the predominant marine animal. The shark highway follows an underwater mountain range, or seamounts, according to Fundación PACÍFICO . Espinoza said this was “the first time we actually documented animals using these seamounts. We don’t know exactly whether they are feeding or they’re like stopping by or using these seamounts as navigation routes.” Lee Crockett of the Shark Conservation Fund said sharks straying outside of protected areas are at risk of being caught on the long lines of high seas tuna fishing. Some species of hammerhead sharks are endangered ; others are declining. He described protecting this shark highway as “the next step in conservation .” + Fundación PACÍFICO Via NPR Image via Depositphotos

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Trump Administration proposes to sell protected land in Arizona for fracking

May 23, 2018 by  
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The Trump Administration has announced a proposal to sell 4,200 acres of public, protected land in northern Arizona for oil and gas development. The area in question crosses the Little Colorado River and is located only three miles from Petrified Forest National Park. It also is close to the habitat for the Little Colorado spinedace, a threatened species of fish. Oil and gas industrial activity, such as fracking , could also threaten the groundwater in the Little Colorado River Basin, potentially affecting drinking water. In September, the Bureau of Land Management is planning to auction the land to the highest bidder, without sufficient environmental and public review. The Center for Biological Diversity is pushing back against the Trump Administration as it advances its pro-industry agenda. “This dangerous plan puts national parks, precious groundwater and wildlife in the crosshairs. We’ll do everything we can to stop it,” said Taylor McKinnon at the Center for Biological Diversity . “Fracking is a dirty, dangerous business that consumes enormous amounts of water and threatens wildlife and public health. Northern Arizonans won’t tolerate public lands being sacrificed as gifts from Trump to the fossil fuel industry.” Related: France completely bans fracking and oil extraction Under guidelines issued in January 2018 by the Trump Administration, the Bureau of Land Management has made several assumptions in its approval process and has delayed any detailed analysis until the drilling permit stage. At that point, the site will already have been sold for oil and gas development. “Fracking or drilling development could be catastrophic for the region’s groundwater,” McKinnon said. “This is Trump’s energy dominance policy at work, where nothing matters except fossil-fuel interests.” The Center for Biological Diversity previously sued the Trump Administration for its expedited oil and gas development policy in Colorado and Ohio, and sued once again in April after the administration enacted a more widespread policy of sidelining the public interest at the Bureau of Land Management. + Center for Biological Diversity Via EcoWatch Images via  Glenn Scofield Williams ,  Chris English  and  Scott Loarie

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The long and winding road to sustainable tourism

June 9, 2017 by  
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From Hawaii to the Galapagos, the sector moves beyond eco-adventures to more holistic safeguards for popular travel destinations.

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Extinct Galapagos tortoises to be bred back to life

December 24, 2015 by  
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Lonesome George, the last of the Pinta Island saddleback tortoises, died in 2012 after living for over one hundred years. Though George is gone, his species may not suffer the same tragic fate. Scientists are hard at work reviving the Pinta Island saddleback, also known as Abingdon Island tortoise, through selective breeding of related species found on nearby  Galapagos islands . Read the rest of Extinct Galapagos tortoises to be bred back to life

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RIP ‘Lonesome George’: World’s Last Pinta Giant Tortoise Dies

June 27, 2012 by  
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We’re sad to report that ‘Lonesome George’, the world’s last Pinta giant tortoise died last night at the young age of 100 in the Galapagos Islands, off the coast of Ecuador . He was found dead in his enclosure by his long-time keeper Fausto Llerena. As the last surving member of the sub-species ‘Chelonoidis nigra abingdoni’ , George was famous for being the world’s rarest creature. Read the rest of RIP ‘Lonesome George’: World’s Last Pinta Giant Tortoise Dies Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Animals , extinction , galapagos , george , giant tortoise , lonesome george

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How Do You Teach Kids to Live Sustainably on an Island?

November 29, 2010 by  
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What’s being done to teach environmental education to kids like these? Photo credit: maveric2003 via Flickr/Creative Commons Environmental education is playing a bigger role around the globe as we all learn more about our environmental surroundings. As with all environmental solutions, there’s no one-size-fits-all recipe for effective environmental education around the world; there are just too many cultural, social, and environmental variances to make it work effectively

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The Week in Pictures: Galapagos Islands No Longer Endangered? ‘Static Kill’ of BP’s Oil Well, and More (Slideshow)

August 6, 2010 by  
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The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico reached an important milestone this Tuesday afternoon when BP started their ‘static kill’ procedure to seal the oil well, and the good news is, that it seems to be working — so far. In other green news, the Galapagos Islands has been taken off the list of World Heritage Sites in Danger — but could it be too soon? The above average temps in July 2010 Temps will be normal for July 2050; an Oregon wind farm offered $5000 for neighbors not to complain about noise, and China reveals a ‘3D Fast Bus’ that straddles the road so cars can drive under — cool! Find ..

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Six Selfish Reasons You Don’t Want Dead Oceans

June 18, 2010 by  
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Weird and Wonderful Galapagos Wildlife Worth Saving

April 30, 2010 by  
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Credit: Photo Gigi Brisson A star-studded group of adventurers with the Mission Blue oceans conservation group went on a trip to the Galapagos earlier this month. But the true stars of the show were the incredible species endemic to the islands: many endangered or vulnerable, and all wonderfully unique. Darwin picked the right spo..

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Brilliance of Octopus Inspires Filmmaker Mike deGruy To Save the Ocean (Video)

April 19, 2010 by  
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Photo by foxtongue Some incredible talks have been coming out of TED’s Mission Blue excursion , a trip to the Galapagos with some of the most brilliant ocean scientists and activists who gave talks about what’s happening with our oceans. There is nothing like the energy of scientists passionate about what they do to inspire us to get active, like usin…

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