Natural Resources

"New Zealand's Maori King Calls For Whales To Be Given Personhood"

"The King of New Zealand's Indigenous Maori people made an impassioned call Thursday for whales to be granted the same legal rights as people in a bid to protect the hallowed yet vulnerable species."

Source: AFP, 03/29/2024

"From Michigan to Nebraska, Midwest States Face an Early Wildfire Season"

"The blazes come after a record dry winter in the region. “Year to date, we've had close to 300 wildfires statewide,” a Wisconsin official said. “The normal year-to-date 10-year average is about 40 fires.”"

Source: Inside Climate News, 03/29/2024

Feds Propose Killing 500,000 'Invasive' Owls To Save Calif. Native Owls

"A group of 75 animal rights organizations, including several in California, signed a joint letter sent to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on Monday urging her to nix a proposal by the U.S. Department of Fish & Wildlife to shoot nearly half a million “invasive” owls over the next 30 years."

Source: SFGate, 03/28/2024

"What a Search for the Signs of Spring Reveals"

"If you looked into the sky before dawn on Monday, you might have seen the worm moon. That’s the name some Native Americans give the March full moon because that’s when the soil warms and earthworms emerge. Others call it the crust moon, when snow melts and refreezes, or the sap moon, when maple trees are tapped."

Source: NYTimes, 03/26/2024

Fast-Moving Solar Storm Triggered Beautiful Green And Purple Aurora

"Skywatchers reported beautiful green, purple and red auroras across Sunday skies in some locations in Europe, New Zealand and parts of the northern United States — at least for a little bit. The auroras, also known as the northern and southern lights, were triggered by the fastest-moving solar storm in at least five years, but dwindled as the geomagnetic activity quickly waned."

Source: Washington Post, 03/26/2024

Aruba Embraces Rights of Nature and Human Right to a Clean Environment

"Aruba’s government is moving to enshrine twin environmental rights in its constitution that would recognize that nature has inherent rights and also affirm a human right to a “clean, healthy and sustainable environment,” aligning the country’s government with a growing environmental movement that recognizes humans are interdependent with the natural world."

Source: Inside Climate News, 03/26/2024

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