Prince Charles is waging war on Britain’s grey squirrels – with Nutella

February 28, 2017 by  
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Prince Charles reportedly backs a plan to sterilize Britain’s grey-squirrel population, and it involves Nutella . The monarch-in-waiting is said to have met with members of the U.K. Squirrel Accord , a coalition he helped establish three years ago, to discuss ways to reduce the animal’s numbers without culling. Originally from North America, the Eastern grey squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis , has been the bane of the region’s native red squirrels since the late 19th century, when the Victorians first imported the animals to add color to their estates. There was one problem, however. Not only do grey squirrels compete for the same resources, but they also carry a pox virus that is harmless to them but fatal to their ruddier rivals. According to a recent census , the number of red squirrels have plummeted from roughly 3.5 million in the 1950s to about 130,000 today. Meanwhile, grey squirrels, which have gone on to thrive, are some 2.5 million strong. So where does the hazelnut spread come in? Per members of the Accord, which include the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and the Scottish and Welsh governments, oral contraceptives slipped into bait could dramatically yet humanely reduce the number of grey squirrels by up to 90 percent. And like we humans, squirrels have a weakness for Nutella. Related: Squirrels were introduced to U.S. Parks to “maintain people’s health and sanity” Field testing by the Animal and Plant Health Agency has led its scientists to devise the perfect trap, one that allows grey squirrels to squeeze through but leaves red squirrels, mice, and other smaller mammals out in the cold. No risk of accidental dosing here. “It is the most exciting prospect I have seen for controlling greys,” Charles Kinnoull, chairman of the U.K. Squirrel Accord, told the Times . “I don’t harbor a great extermination instinct but I am interested in protecting our broadleaf trees and there being red squirrels around for my children to see.” The Prince of Wales himself roots for the red squirrel, even at one point suggesting installing the critter as a national mascot. “I put nuts in the lobby and leave the door open and the red squirrels come up the steps into the house,” he told the Telegraph in 2011. “Very often you get four or five running around inside the house, chasing each other to get at the nuts. My great ambition is to have one in the house, I hate to tell you. Sitting on the breakfast table and on my shoulder!” Via the Guardian Photos by likeaduck and Brian Cantoni

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6 Ways for You to Give Back This Thanksgiving and Beyond

November 26, 2014 by  
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Thanksgiving is a time of plenty, and of appreciation. It’s a holiday in which we’ll get together with friends and family to celebrate the bounty of the autumn harvest, to share food and drink, and spend time with people we love. Those of us whose celebrations will consist of ample food and a warm place in which to eat it are among the very privileged; there are millions who won’t be so fortunate, unless we reach out and offer a helping hand. This year, please consider helping  others in need via one of the methods mentioned below. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of 6 Ways for You to Give Back This Thanksgiving and Beyond Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alone , animal shelter , birds , charitable , Charity , clothing donation , dinner , dinner party , donate , donate to charity , donation , Elderly , farm sanctuary , food bank , give back , give forward , giving back , giving forward , hats , homeless , humane society , invite , lonely , mittens , need , needy , People in Need , poor , recipe , recipes , s.a.d , scarf , scarves , scraps , SHARE , sharing , soup kitchen , SPCA , squirrels , supper , sweater , sweaters , thanksgiving , Thanksgiving dinner , volunteer , volunteering , volunteerism , warm clothes , warm clothing donation , wild animals

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Survey Shows Many Americans Would Rather Adapt to Climate Change than Do Something About It

November 26, 2014 by  
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Survey results published in the journal Nature Climate Change  this week have proven dumbfounding, to say the least. The results suggested that for Americans “ personal experience with weather or climate variability may help cultivate support for adaptive measures, but it may not increase support for mitigation policies.” In other words, while people generally recognized that change was happening, many would rather deal with the fallout later than make any lifestyle changes now that would involve curbing climate change-inducing greenhouse gas emissions. Read the rest of Survey Shows Many Americans Would Rather Adapt to Climate Change than Do Something About It Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Aaron McCright , attitudes to climate change , Climate Change , global warming , Michigan State University , perception of risk , political beliefs influence climate change beliefs , politics , republicans , survey

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14 Stunning Photos of the Earth Remind Us How Important Conservation Is for All of Us

April 24, 2014 by  
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Great Barrier Reef Comprised of nearly 3,000 reefs and islands and stretching over 1,400 miles, The Great Barrier Reef  provides a home to thousands of different species. Tropical fish, sea turtles, dolphins, seahorses , and some of the rarest coral species in the world all make their homes here, and the reef is seriously threatened by both climate change and pollution. This protective habitat also absorbs strong waves that would otherwise wreak havoc on the marine life in the area, but the coral reefs that make up the majority of the structure are deteriorating. Red Squirrel, England Did you know that squirrels were introduced to American parks in the late 1800s to maintain people’s health and sanity ? These sweet little creatures are friendly and trusting, and can develop a great rapport with the people who feed and play with them. Red squirrels, native to the UK, are becoming increasingly rare as they’re killed off by larger grey squirrels that were introduced to Britain from the USA last century. Deforestation is also a major issue, as the red squirrels prefer to live in coniferous forests… which are also popular with furniture companies. Related: Norway, US, and UK Pledge $280 Million to Fight Deforestation Stone Forest, Madagascar The Tsingy stone forest in Madagascar is a wonder to behold, and even more amazing when you consider the number of species that live within its rocky outcroppings. All of Madagascar is incredibly rich in plant and animal species , but the combination of deforestation and the illegal wildlife trade is threatening the future of this majestic land. People’s hunger for rosewood, as well as exotic pets such as geckos, chameleons, and snakes , may destroy the majority of the area’s wildlife within the next few decades. Wing Scales of an Owl Moth at 40x magnification This gorgeous image might not be recognizable immediately, but take a good look: it’s a magnified view of a common owl moth’s wing. Stunning, isn’t it? Although butterflies tend to be more popular than their duskier cousins, moths are actually far better pollinators than they are, and do most of their work when everyone else is asleep.  Pesticides and herbicides have been destroying moth numbers as well as those of bees, and the loss of pollinators will result in worldwide crop failure and hunger. There are organic ways to deal with unwanted weeds and insects that won’t result in killing off those we need most, and poisoning us all in the process. Related: Attracting Pollinators – How to Encourage Bees, Butterflies, and Beneficial Insects to Visit Your Garden The Giant’s Causeway, Ireland Located in County Antrim in Northern Ireland, The Giant’s Causeway ( Clochán an Aifir) is one of three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the British Isles. Its stunning geological formations are absolutely mind-blowing, as its enormous (mostly) hexagonal pillars sink into the sea. The area is a haven for sea birds, and is also home to several rare/endangered plant species such as frog orchids . Climate change is causing severe damage to this site, mainly from coastal erosion and rising water levels. Entire nature reserves along the coast could be underwater within twenty years. Jellyfish, Up Close and Personal The delicate, frond-like tendrils of a jellyfish are gorgeous to look at, but many of them are so full of venom that they can leave permanent damage to those they come in contact with. Rather than being threatened by encroaching human activity,  jellyfish thrive on over-fishing and pollution , and they’ve grown in number so much that they’re infesting beaches and shallow waters around the world. Some jellyfish stings can be fatal to humans, and if a bloom of these little beasts collides with a fishing operation in open waters, those tentacles can kill all the fish within the nets. From an ABC News report on the subject : ”The jellyfish are a message in a bottle that the sea is depositing on our beaches,” (oceanographer Joseph Gili) says. The ocean’s message to mankind, he adds, is simple: “You are destroying me.” Related: Jellyfish Force Huge Nuclear Reactor to Shut Down in Sweden   Gran Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia The largest salt flat in the world lies in southwest Bolivia, 12,000 feet above sea level. It’s a vital region for migrating birds such as flamingos and geese, and of the 250 cacti species that grow in the region, 70% exist nowhere else on earth. Lithium, magnesium, and potassium are all concentrated beneath the crust, and many international corporations are pressuring the Bolivian government to allow them to extract these minerals. So far they’ve been met with strong opposition, but if they’re allowed into the region, the results to the surrounding ecosystem could be catastrophic.   King Penguin Breeding Colony, Antarctica Penguins are rather delightful creatures, aren’t they? Pudgy and adorable, these flightless birds waddle around awkwardly on land but soar and swoop when they’re in the water. Ocean pollution, climate change, and overfishing have put these little wonders on the WWF’s endangered species list , and those who steal their eggs and hunt them for oil have contributed to their dwindling numbers as well. Related: Scientists Believe Climate Change is Responsible for Penguin Chick Deaths Paria Canyon, USA The undulating walls of Paria Canyon in were formed over thousands of years as sediment-rich water roiled through the canyon, gouging at the surrounding stone. Countless plant and animal species call this area home, but invasive species such as non-native tamarisk and Russian olive have been establishing themselves in the area, reducing plant biodiversity and altering water movement. Recent climate changes and intense storms have also caused flash floods throughout the region.   Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal testing , barrier reef , Biodiversity , clearcutting , Climate Change , conservation , coral , coral reef , deforestation , endangered , endangered species , environmental conservation , erosion , Great Barrier Reef , habitat destruction , habitat loss , herbicide , humpback whale , humpback whales , humpbacks , macaque , madagascar , oil drilling , orangutan , palm oil , pesticide , Pollution , red squirrel , red squirrels , seahorses , squirrels , stone forest , Tsingy

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