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Monarch Butterfly & Many Birds Facing Big Declines, Possible Extinction

[Special Note: see the note at bottom for a link to a new bird species discovery!] The decline in Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) numbers has been transpiring for at least two decades, but in recent years, these declines have become more dramatic. Each year, vast numbers of the ornately-winged insect engage in their famous, ritual

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Open Challenge to Rebecca Rimel, President of Pew Charitable Trusts: Match Your Mission Statement With Your Position On Alaskan Oil Drilling

  Dear Ms. Rimel, I am an independent writer with an interest in environmental issues. I am a father, and an informed citizen. The credentials I hold as a writer and citizen are no less important than those of yours, which, I presume, may be bred from similar motivation: intellectual curiosity and, mostly, a committed

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New Guinea: 'Closest Thing to Garden of Eden on Earth' – Over 1000 New Species Found

A decade-long biodiversity survey of the tropical island of New Guinea cites no less than 1, 060 new species of plants and animals discovered between 1998 and 2008. New Guinea’s rain forest is the third largest in the world and its extraordinary, biological riches face continuous threats from human development. It is both wonderful and

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Over 600 New Species Found in Madagascar During Past Decade

As far as biodiversity ‘hot spots’ go, it’s hard to beat Madagascar, a medium sized island off the southeast coast of Africa. According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), from 1999 to 2010 some 615 new species have been discovered on the subtropical island. That list of new species is comprised of 42 invertebrates, 61 reptiles, 69 amphibians, 17 fish, 385 plants, and 41 mammals. Biologists believe that the island nation’s quite ancient, geologic isolation from the mainland of Africa and the more recent separation from the Indian section of the crustal plate (about 80 mya) set the stage for its uniquely evolved biodiversity.

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Climate/Environmental/Animal Activism & Green Living Link Drop

Top climate, environmental, and animal activism stories from around, in my opinion: Industry Group Portrays West Virginia Pro-Coal Rally As a ‘Call to Arms’ There was plenty of early industry backlash to EPA’s historic decision last week to veto the permit for Arch Coal’s planned mega-mine in Appalachia, as I wrote about last week. More recently,

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Pangolin Trade Much Worse than Expected, Seized Notebooks Show

Reporting from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia last week, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) shared some disturbing news with the world. Endangered pangolins (aka scaly anteaters) are being massacred at a rate much higher than previously expected. Stunning figures in traffickers’ logbooks indicate massive illegal capture and trade in endangered pangolins or scaly anteaters, finds a

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Argentina Gets Big Award from WWF for Ocean Protection Efforts

At the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) last week, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) awarded Argentina’s National Park Administration President, Dr. Patricia Gandini, one of its highest awards — a Leaders for a Living Planet (LLP) award. Gandini and Argentina was given the award for her leadership efforts to protect the southwest Atlantic Ocean and

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The Sunday Times Amazongate Story Retracted (5 months late)

The Sunday Times has just retracted its horrible and misleading Amazongate story, five months after being published. Remember Amazongate? It was a “big” news story that was supposed to show corruption and misrepresentation of data by climate change scientists. Well, if you couldn’t guess it before, the not-so-big news (as in, hardly covered news) now

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Year of the Tiger? King of the Jungle Faces Extinction; Help Save this Critically Endangered Species Globally

The world’s tiger population is 90% lower than in 1900, and yet it is the year of the tiger? What can you do? [social_buttons] Since the start of the last century, the Earth’s tiger population has decreased ninety percent. I am writing this post thinking of how it is now the traditional year of the

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The Saga Continues: Ashley Judd Responds to Sarah Palin on Larry King [Video]

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/v/_TB2nxydFLw&hl=en&fs=1] The debate over the aerial killing of wildlife in Alaska rages on with Ashley Judd and Defenders of Wildlife president Rodger Schlickeisen appearing on CNN’s Larry King Live last night. [social_buttons] Judd discusses why she so vehemently opposes aerial hunting (and later name-drops Van Jones and the Green Collar Economy) while Schlickeisen responds to

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