Biodiversity

Things related to the web of life; ecology; wildlife; endangered species

Pulling Back the Curtain on the Plunder of the Planet

“Pitfall: The Race to Mine the World’s Most Vulnerable Places,” a new work by investigative journalist Christopher Pollon, offers a sweeping global view of how the mining industry profits, despite causing vast environmental losses and failing to acknowledge Indigenous ownership or rights to the land it mines. BookShelf’s Melody Kemp lauds Pollon’s searing observations and investigations. Read her review.

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Biden USFS Old-Growth Forest Proposal Doesn’t Completely Ban Logging

"The Biden administration is advancing its plan to restrict logging within old-growth forests that are increasingly threatened by climate change, with exceptions that include cutting trees to make forests less susceptible to wildfires, according to a U.S. government analysis obtained by The Associated Press."

Source: AP, 06/21/2024

"Can the Greater Sage-Grouse Be Kept Off the Endangered Species List?"

"Warming and habitat loss diminished sage grouse populations 80 percent since 1965, putting them on the brink of an endangered listing. Western states, the federal government and energy and ranching interests are struggling to prevent that."

Source: Inside Climate News, 06/18/2024

"Wild Horses Return To Kazakhstan Steppes After Absence Of Two Centuries"

"A group of the world’s last wild horses have returned to their native Kazakhstan after an absence of about 200 years. ... The wild horses, known as Przewalski’s horses, once roamed the vast steppe grasslands of central Asia, where horses are believed to have been first domesticated about 5,500 years ago."

Source: Guardian, 06/13/2024

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