New loopholes would remove protections from ponds, wetlands, and streams if they are over 4000 feet from other waters, if they are used for farming, ranching, or silviculture, if they are channelized or ditched, or if they are connected underground to other waters.
link to article on how ivory is smuggled from Africa to China and Hong Kong via Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, and Burma.
Corruption, organized crime, low pay for game wardens and custom officials, high demand from China, and more trade between China and Africa contribute to Elephant poaching. Link
Goldman Sachs burdened Greece, Oakland, and the Detroit Water Dept., and the Chicago school system with huge fees and penalties involving complex interest rate swaps (financial derivatives), according to Robert Reich in the Nation –link. The amounts are large: $ 793 million in fees from Greece plus an increase in its debt of $ […]
Great News! Obama Bans Ivory Trade! Link to NYT article.
Reducing fishing, protecting marine areas, and banning large trawlers help. Activists are organizing in the Blue Frontier movement. David Helvarg wrote about saving the seas in the Progressive. He wrote Saved by the Sea:Hope, Heartbreak, and wonder in the Blue World.
Citizens & youth are winning lawsuits! Incriminating Exxon papers are found by UCS. Here is the link.
The same few scientists have been paid to lie to create doubt about the dangers of smoking, fossil fuels, global warming, nuclear war, and missile defense systems. The movie plays in Boulder at the Boedecker July 15-18. Here is info on the book.
White pelicans rhythmically lunged their bills down into the shallow water while swimming together yesterday morning at Walden Pond. At 7pm I hiked up a foothill to watch the sunset. Canyon wrens sang their swinging, descending notes in the twilight. One darted about on the cliff face. Other birds flew out and back, […]