California governor signs measure to end captive orca breeding

September 14, 2016 by  
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Close to six months after SeaWorld CEO Joel Manby said the entertainment company would stop breeding their killer whales , California Governor Jerry Brown made it official. On Tuesday he signed a measure ending the breeding of captive orcas . SeaWorld will no longer be allowed to breed the animals, and the company is tossing out plans to expand their San Diego killer whale habitat. There are SeaWorld parks in San Diego, San Antonio, and Orlando. Although the company ceased plucking orcas from the sea nearly 40 years ago, SeaWorld still owns 29 of the majestic creatures. Five were caught from the wild. The company says the animals they have currently will be the ” last generation of killer whales at SeaWorld .” Related: SeaWorld finally announces plan to stop breeding Orcas In a statement, PETA vice president Tracy Reiman said, “Future generations of orcas will not endure the deprivation, stress, and frustration of being trapped in a tiny concrete tank.” The entertainment company will keep the killer whales currently at their facilities ” under the best veterinary care .” New “natural orca encounters” focusing on education, research, and conservation will replace theatrical programs. SeaWorld had considered plans for “Blue World,” a $100 million expansion to their San Diego killer whale habitat, but now said they won’t move forward with the project. According to SeaWorld , “The killer whale research we conduct has direct benefit for science. The animals in our care allow researchers, biologists, and conservationists to better understand and conserve these remarkable animals in the wild.” The company faced pressure after the documentary Blackfish and the deaths of three orcas during six months at San Antonio last year. Concern followed the revelation the company was still having Tilikum, the subject of Blackfish , continue performing in the midst of a life-threatening sickness . Activists and animal rights organizations criticized the way SeaWorld has treated captive orcas. Via Reuters Images via Wikimedia Commons and GreyHobbit on Flickr

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Scotland kicks off world’s first large-scale tidal energy project

September 14, 2016 by  
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Renewable energy advocates celebrate another victory this week as officials launched the world’s first large-scale tidal energy farm off the coast of Scotland. The MeyGen tidal stream project led by Edinburgh-based Atlantis Resources will be comprised of four 49-foot-tall turbines which harness energy from the ocean’s waves to produce electricity free from greenhouse gas emissions . The project promises to eventually generate enough energy to power 175,000 homes throughout the country, a huge leap forward for renewables and the job market in Scotland. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sAbCdKKqMM First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon unveiled the first of four turbines at a ceremony outside Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. This turbine, just like the others that will follow, measures 49 feet tall, with blades 52 feet in diameter. Each turbine weighs nearly 220 tons and has a capacity of 1.5 megawatts. The turbines will all be installed off the northern coast of Scotland between Caithness and Orkney. Related: Atlantis announces funding for world’s largest tidal energy project in Scotland So far, the Scottish government has approved and funded the massive tidal energy project to the tune of $30 million. The first four turbines are simply the first phase of the project, which Atlantis Resources hopes will eventually be expanded to 269 turbines with a cumulative capacity of 398MW, or the equivalent amount of electricity used by 175,000 homes per year. The project aims to reach maximum capacity in the early 2020s. “I am incredibly proud of Scotland’s role in leading the way in tackling climate change and investment in marine renewables is a hugely important part of this,” said the First Minister at the opening ceremony. “MeyGen is set to invigorate the marine renewables industry in Scotland and provide vital jobs for a skilled workforce, retaining valuable offshore expertise here in Scotland that would otherwise be lost overseas.” Via The Guardian Images via MeyGen

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SeaWorld still making Tilikum perform killer whale shows despite life-threatening illness

March 10, 2016 by  
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Tilikum is SeaWorld ’s most iconic killer whale, having lived at the theme park for 23 of his 34 years, and he is very sick. Veterinary staff at SeaWorld have explained his illness as a treatment-resistant form of bacterial pneumonia which could realistically prove fatal. Despite his condition, Tilikum is still expected to perform tricks and entertain crowds, perhaps right until the day he dies. Read the rest of SeaWorld still making Tilikum perform killer whale shows despite life-threatening illness

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Endangered killer whale population faces a noisy new threat

December 21, 2015 by  
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Southern Resident killer whales (SRKW) are already considered the rarest orca population in the world. Logging and fish farms threaten their food supply and organic pollutants contaminate the waters for this group, who are the only killer whales listed on the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s list of endangered species. Now researchers have found a new threat to the group: noise pollution . Everything from daily cargo ship traffic to intense naval operations inhibit the whales’ ability to communicate with one another through sound, which is how they find mates and sustain their lineage. While it may not seem that devastating, intense noise pollution can cause them to lose up to 97 percent of their communication abilities. Read the rest of Endangered killer whale population faces a noisy new threat

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Award-winning solar home in the UK costs $2 a month to run

December 21, 2015 by  
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US Environmental organizations sue wildlife services over outdated, sea turtle-killing cooling systems

January 22, 2015 by  
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A couple of weeks ago, the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), an environmental law firm that sues the US government on behalf of the environment, filed a suit in federal court against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service . The CBD allege that outdated, “once-through” water cooling intake structures are responsible for the deaths of sea turtles and other protected species. This suit is being supported by organizations such as the Sierra Club, California Coastkeeper Alliance, Waterkeeper Alliance, and several others. Read the rest of US Environmental organizations sue wildlife services over outdated, sea turtle-killing cooling systems Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Animals , Atlantic sturgeon , Biodiversity , center for biodiversity , cooling systems , dying sea turtles , endangered sea life , endangered species , Environment , federal , fish , Fish and Wildlife Service , florida , Hudson Riverkeeper , industry , killer whales , lawsuit , lawyers , manatees , national , national marine fisheries service , Nature , ocean , ocean life , orca , orcas , power plants , protected species , river organisms , sea life , sea lions , sea turtles , seals , shortnose sturgeon , Sierra Club , status quo , sturgeon , suing , Suncoast Waterkeeper , turtles , u.s. , water issues , waterkeeper alliance , Wildlife

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Say goodbye to giant trees, as future forests will be less impressive thanks to climate change

January 22, 2015 by  
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A new study shows our forests will be less magnificent in the future , thanks to climate change . Since the 1930s, California has lost more than half of its largest trees —those over two feet in diameter—and it is highly doubtful the next generation of trees growing in their place will ever be as lofty as their giant predecessors. That’s based on a recent study published by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that looked at 46,000 square miles of California forest. According to Grist , the main factors in the stunting of tree growth include dwindling snow pack and rising temperatures, which are leading to an unreliable water supply in the dry seasons. And they found no areas of forest were immune to the effects. Read the rest of Say goodbye to giant trees, as future forests will be less impressive thanks to climate change Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: california forests dwindling , california forests smaller , climate change and trees , forests smaller , future forests smaller , redwood forests , trees getting smaller , trees growing smaller

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‘Blackfish’-Inspired Bill Could Ban Orca Shows at SeaWorld San Diego

March 10, 2014 by  
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Image via Shutterstock California lawmaker Richard Bloom (D – Santa Monica) introduced landmark legislation last week to ban the captivity of orcas, also known as killer whales , for entertainment. Titled the “Orca Welfare and Safety Act,” the bill was inspired by the hit documentary ‘Blackfish’ that reveals the horrifying side of keeping killer whales in captivity. “There is no justification for the continued captive display of orcas for entertainment purposes,” said Bloom in a prepared statement on Friday. “These beautiful creatures are much too large and far too intelligent to be confined in small, concrete tanks for their entire lives.” Read the rest of ‘Blackfish’-Inspired Bill Could Ban Orca Shows at SeaWorld San Diego Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ban orca captivity , blackfish , california legislation , captive killer whales , captive orcas , killer whale shows , killer whales , orca shows , orca welfare and safety act , orcas , petition , Richard Bloom , SeaWorld , seaworld san diego        

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5 Matriarchal Animal Species That Prove Fox News’ Erick Erickson Wrong About What Nature Intended

June 5, 2013 by  
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Recently Fox News’ Erik Erickson, editor-in-chief of RedState.com, complained about a Pew report that found  mothers as the primary or sole breadwinners in 40 percent of American households with kids . In true Fox News fashion, Erickson went off on a tangent, saying that anyone with a basic knowledge of biology knows that nature intends  males  to be the dominant gender—any other way would “very anti-science” he claimed. This statement offended many, and in response to Erickson, Inhabitat writer Beth Buczynski has come up with a counterargument that lets the laws of nature do the talking. Read on to learn about 5 matriarchal animal species. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Animals , apes , beehive , bees , Bonobos , breadwinners , elephants , Erick Erickson , killer whales , lions , matriarchal societies , matriarchy , Mothers , orcas        

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