Biodiversity

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

Pier Pressure: Over 1,000 Sea Lions Assemble At San Francisco Dockside

"More than 1,000 sea lions have gathered at San Francisco’s Pier 39 this spring, the largest herd in at least 15 years. Mounds of floppy, delightfully ungraceful marine mammals have plopped themselves on to rafts along the city’s pier, displaying themselves to the thousands of tourists who pass by the area each day."

Source: Guardian, 05/03/2024

New California Bill Could Allow Developers To Cut Down More Joshua Trees

"Environmentalists warn that a California Democrat’s bill “drives a bulldozer” through the state’s new law that protects imperiled Joshua trees from commercial development. But the lawmaker says his impoverished desert region desperately needs the economic boost."

Source: CalMatters, 05/03/2024

"Chimps Are Dying Of The Common Cold. Is Great Ape Tourism To Blame?"

"There was something wrong with the chimpanzees. For weeks, a community of 205 animals in Uganda’s Kibale national park had been coughing, sneezing and looking generally miserable. But no one could say for sure what ailed them, even as the animals began to die."

Source: Guardian, 05/03/2024

"Increasingly Frequent Ocean Heat Waves Trigger Mass Die-Offs of Sealife"

"Over the past several years, the temperature of the Earth’s oceans have been spiking high enough to trigger numerous die-offs of marine species, killing millions of corals, fish, mammals, birds and plants. Those mass die-offs also have sent a wave of emotional trauma washing over some researchers watching their life’s work vanish before their eyes."

Source: Inside Climate News, 05/02/2024

"U.S. Plan to Protect Oceans Has a Problem, Some Say: Too Much Fishing"

"New details of the Biden administration’s signature conservation effort, made public this month amid a burst of other environmental announcements, have alarmed some scientists who study marine protected areas because the plan would count certain commercial fishing zones as conserved."

Source: NYTimes, 05/01/2024

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