Activists trying to prevent the vaquita porpoise from extinction

March 18, 2019 by  
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Researchers just confirmed the sad news that only around 10 vaquita porpoises remain in the wild. Unless immediate steps are taken, these sea creatures will undoubtedly become extinct over the next few years. Vaquita porpoises are among the ocean’s smallest cetaceans and they only reside in the northern Gulf of California. The update on population numbers comes after news of the first vaquita death this year. Scientists are expected to release more information on that front later this week. Related: Ghost gear is haunting our oceans The International Committee for the Recovery of the Vaquita is leading the charge in preventing these beloved creatures from becoming extinct. The conservation group challenged the president of Mexico , Andres Manual Lopez Obrador, to put a stop to gillnet fishing in vaquita habitats in hopes to boost population numbers. “One of Earth’s most incredible creatures is about to be wiped off the planet forever,” Sarah Uhlemann, the head of the Center for Biological Diversity, explained. “…Time is running out for President Lopez Obrador to stop all gillnet fishing and save the vaquita.” Gillnet fishing practices are the biggest threat to the vaquita and other marine wildlife, including the totoaba, another endangered species. Mexican has attempted to curb gillnet fishing but has yet to initiate any plans that work. Vaquita population declined a staggering 50 percent last year alone. The highest estimates put the number of vaquitas at 22, while some researchers say that number could be as low as six. Mexico has passed laws that outlaw the use of gillnet fishing. Enforcing those laws, however, has been the challenge. Last year, conservationists uncovered over 400 gillnet rigs in the vaquita’s habitat, and their efforts to remove them were met with violence. Unless Obrador and his administration does something fast, the vaquita will be killed off before his term is up. Although the numbers are alarmingly small, scientists believe there is hope for vaquita porpoises . Fortunately, the remaining vaquitas are still having babies and remain healthy, which are the two main elements for recovering an endangered species that is one the verge of extinction. Via Eco Watch Image via Paula Olson

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What Green New Deal advocates can learn from the 2009 economic stimulus act

February 27, 2019 by  
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The closest thing to the GND that we’ve ever had was the Recovery Act — and it holds key lessons for today.

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Health departments are on the frontlines of climate change

February 27, 2019 by  
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The impacts on human health include extreme heat to mosquito-borne diseases. How can health care providers keep up?

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The kids are alright

February 27, 2019 by  
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James Murray reflects on school strikes, theories of change and vegan sausage rolls.

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Infographic: Energy-Efficient Desalination Could Help Provide for Those Who Lack Access to Clean Drinking Water

March 22, 2013 by  
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The world is facing a serious water shortage. Humans are using more than 9 quadrillion liters of water per year (or 25 trillion liters per day), and more than one-third of people worldwide lack access to clean drinking water. For a long time, environmental groups have warned that desalination is not the answer to the shortage of freshwater because it is so energy intensive; depending too much on desalination would increase CO2 emissions while damaging marine habitats. But could new technology make desalination more sustainable? In honor of World Water Day , desalination company Energy Recovery has produced this infographic explaining how new advances in energy-efficient desalination technology could help provide clean water to those who need it most. Read the rest of Infographic: Energy-Efficient Desalination Could Help Provide for Those Who Lack Access to Clean Drinking Water Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: desalination , energy recovery , energy-efficient desalination , filtered saltwater , freshwater , saltwater , sustainable desalination , UN world water day , water issues , world water day

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United States Infrastructure Scores D+ in New ASCE Report

March 22, 2013 by  
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Infrastructure photo from Shutterstock Every four years the American Society of Civil Engineers releases a report on the state of the nation’s infrastructure – and every year the United States receives an abysmal rating. But for the first time in 15 years, the United States actually saw an improvement in the latest report. Before you get too excited, the rating was raised from really bad to a little less really bad . For 2013, the country received a D+ on its report card, which is up from the D that it received in 2009. If the United States were a high school student, it would be on the crumbling road to summer school. Read the rest of United States Infrastructure Scores D+ in New ASCE Report Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: America’s Failing infrastructure , America’s roads , American Society of Civil Engineers , ASCE , ASCE Report Card , United State infrastructure , United States infrastructure spending , US dam rating , us infrastructure , US infrastructure rating , US infrastructure report card , US levee rating , US roads rating , USACE

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Banish Dry Skin: Here are 7 All-Natural Body Scrubs That You Can Make Yourself!

March 22, 2013 by  
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Parallax Landscape Re-Imagines a Low-Carbon Future for a Coal-Dominated Australian City

February 11, 2013 by  
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Chris & Malissa Tack’s Tiny Tack House Lives Large in Washington State

February 11, 2013 by  
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Loomstate Launches New Line of Organic Cotton T-Shirts to Aid Hurricane Sandy Recovery Efforts

January 13, 2013 by  
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With Congress dragging its feet, NYC-based fashion company  Loomstate  is putting together a Superstorm Sandy relief package of its own. The company recently launched a trio of 100-percent organic-cotton T-shirts to benefit disaster recovery efforts. Each shirt features a “word cross” of rallying verbs (“recover,” “rebuild,” “restore,” “revive”), plus the name of one of the areas hardest hit: Long Island, the Rockaways, and New Jersey. And best of all, all proceeds will go to  Waves for Water  and  Food Bank For New York City . READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco-fashion , loomstate , NYC , organic cotton , organic cotton t-shirts , rockaways , sandy relief , shirts , storm recovery , Sumperstorm Sandy , t-shirts , word cross

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