One of the most contentious environmental fights of the past 30 years is suddenly back in the news, now that EPA head Scott Pruitt is poised to withdraw measures protecting the bay's storied salmon runs. Outside.
Top Biodiversity News
A fierce standoff is underway in the Brazilian Amazon. Mongabay.
Practices such as poaching and illegal logging are concentrated near inhabited areas and along rivers, study finds. Nature.
Our Reporting on Biodiversity
A beloved, cold-loving state fish is in danger of overheating. Daily Climate.
Old growth forests are increasingly rare in U.S. cities—protecting these health-boosting relics from bulldozers, invasives and apathy is no easy feat. Environmental Health News.
In urban parks and forests, scientists dig to unearth answers to an age-old question—why are people healthier (and happier) when surrounded by nature? Environmental Health News.
It’s time to rethink our food system and acknowledge our responsibilities to renewal of resources and the rights of existence for all life forms on Earth. Environmental Health News.
Among those presenting during the three day conference are Partha Dasgupta of Cambridge University and Paul Ehrlich of Stanford University. Download their working paper on the sixth great extinction here. Environmental Health News.
Our native salmon populations are struggling to survive diminished habitat, warmer waters, dams and culverts, tainted runoff, and industrial pollution. Let’s remove the additional risks posed by Atlantic salmon. more…
How we manage this industry and its growth is extremely important, because even as every country wants to attract large numbers of visitors, no one, we believe, intends to sit by and allow damage to the very infrastructure that pulls visitors in the first place. more…
Bee colony collapse
And this pesticide is a known killer of bees. Mother Jones.
Farmers have used dicamba for many years. But this year, they used more of it, and they used it in a new way. Murray WKMS, Kentucky.
Neonicotinoid insecticides are found in 75 percent of global honey samples and half contain a cocktail of chemicals. The Guardian.
Wild bees and Russian bees might be able to help. National Geographic Magazine.
Climate change is leading to longer flowering seasons, but bees aren’t reaping the benefits. Cosmos Magazine, Australia.
Large numbers of bees were turning up sick or dead beneath fragrant trees in botanic garden in London. Two scientists set out to crack the case. New York Times.
Water quality and biodiversity
Irving Pulp and Paper's plan to launch a constitutional challenge to Canada's environmental regulations is expected to shine a bright light on water pollution standards for mills across the country. CBC New Brunswick, New Brunswick.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is proposing to add more lakes and streams to the state's list of impaired waters. Minnesota Public Radio, Minnesota.
A new study of children in 35 countries finds that those living in a watershed with more trees had a lower risk of contracting diarrheal disease. Yale Environment 360.
Coffee-colored water now spreads throughout the St. Lucie River into the southern Indian River Lagoon, out the St. Lucie Inlet and south several miles along the Atlantic Coast beaches. TC Palm, Florida.
“We do not intend to intervene materially in any way in this process,” said Alan Mikkelsen, acting commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Sacramento Bee, California.
In 1987, Peter Seligmann co-founded the nonprofit Conservation International — an organization that would go on to become one of the largest and most influential environmental nongovernmental organizations in the world. Ensia.
Fish and wildlife in Alaska’s major watersheds are threatened by six British Columbia mines close to the Alaska border, according to a new petition calling to investigate the threat of acid-mine drainage, heavy metals pollution and the possibility of catastrophic dam failure originating in the Canadian province. DeSmog Canada.
The Brown administration is denying scientific evidence when it comes to the impact that the proposed Delta tunnels project would have on endangered species and fisheries, says scientist Jonathan Rosenfield of The Bay Institute. more…
It’s easy to forget that the president is doing real damage to things that all of us share. more…
Editor comments: Best line: "Pruitt is the swamp, the only wetland the Trump administration wants to protect." -DF
Impacts of toxification
Food insecurity in the form of malnutrition could be addressed in both developed and developing countries with the help of agricultural biotechnology. Did you know that the same technologies may conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable food production? The Forum.
Two initiatives involving industry aim to stop ocean plastic pollution at the source. Chemical & Engineering News.
The issue of plastic pollution along Pakistan’s coast is a major concern and is worsening due to inadequate solid waste disposal systems. Lahore Daily Times, Pakistan.
Pret A Manger becomes the latest to act by offering free filtered water and selling empty glass bottles. The Guardian.
Water quantity and biodiversity
Scientists warn of a dangerous synergy: forest degradation has turned the Amazon from carbon sink to carbon source; while globally, humanity’s carbon emissions are worsening drought and fires. Mongabay.
Everything you need to know about wildfires. National Geographic News.
A century of fire suppression followed by the worst drought in recorded history has put California’s forest landscapes and water supply at risk. Water Deeply.
The fires sweeping through Napa and Sonoma wine country could lead to the state's worst wildfire season on record, and it’s not over yet. InsideClimate News.
Napa, Sonoma, Santa Rosa fires ravage Northern California's wine country, killing 10 and forcing evacuations.
Tens of thousands of acres are burning in Napa and Sonoma, where homes — and some wineries — have been destroyed. Washington Post.
Water management in the West can often seem to pit people against wildlife, but it doesn’t have to, according to a recent report by the National Audubon Society. Water Deeply.
A 2001 Western water dispute that turned into a long-simmering fight over federal taking of property has now ended in defeat for aggrieved farmers in the Klamath River Basin. Greenwire.
The state proposes to amend hundreds of water rights to help endangered salmon in the San Joaquin River, as well as other species. But there’s lots of disagreement about how much water the fish need to thrive. Water Deeply.
Solutions and Good News
From log trails to lava houses, from mud baths to melting glaciers, US photographer Lucas Foglia explores our relationship with the natural world in his new book Human Nature. The Guardian.
The Burmese Star Tortoise was called functionally extinct by ecologists, but a captive breeding program in Myanmar has saved them, a study says. New York Times.
In a remote, rugged valley overlooking the Pacific Ocean, researchers closely monitor an endangered icon: the California condor. Associated Press.
Researchers analyzed all existing public data of sea turtle nesting sites around the world and found a tale of “cautionary optimism.” New York Times.
The snow leopard is no longer an endangered species, but its population in the wild is still at risk because of poaching and habitat loss, conservationists said this week. New York Times.
Climate impacts on biodiversity
The Napa Valley wildfires are eerily similar to those that often flare up near Los Angeles. The Atlantic.
Chasing warmer waters, the market squid might be here to stay. Juneau Empire, Alaska.
The wildfires displayed a cruel California truth: Living in the state's most beautiful spots has always required a sacrifice in safety. Washington Post.
The Atlas fire has burned more than 51,000 acres, killed six people and destroyed more than 300 homes. But as of late Sunday, the Atlas fire was 65 percent contained. Los Angeles Times.
As portrayed in novels, the California of the future is barely habitable. Brutal storms alternate with crushing droughts. Mudslides and wildfires create waves of climate change refugees. McClatchy Newspapers.
Many communities in the United States face floods, hurricanes, earthquakes and wildfires. Experts say the natural disasters are inevitable, but are we concerned, and are we ready? Washington Post.
A dominant forage grass in Kansas and other Great Plains states could be diminished by climate change to less than half its current stature during the next 75 years, researchers said. Topeka Capital-Journal, Kansas.
Fears have been raised over the risks of plastic pollution as UK MPs heard claims discarded bottles are leading to polar bears developing two sets of testicles. Sydney Sky News, Australia.
Shark fin soup is on the menu in Canada, but a new investigation shows that some fins come from dubious, even illegal, sources. Hakai Magazine.
NovoNutrients wants to replace that fish food with something more sustainable: microbes grown with carbon dioxide. Fast Company.
NASA data collected in 2015, an exceptionally warm year, raises more concerns about spiraling global warming feedback. InsideClimate News.
A Portuguese opposition party launched a motion of no-confidence in the Socialist government on Tuesday over its failure to prevent the loss of human lives in this week’s lethal wildfires, the second such disaster in four months. Reuters.
Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon fell 16 percent in the year to July 2017 compared to the same period a year prior, the first decline in three years, the country’s environment minister said on Tuesday. Reuters.
U.S. Senate Democrats vowed on Tuesday to fight a measure expected to be slipped into budget legislation that would open Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Reserve to oil and gas drilling, saying it would destroy one of earth’s remaining paradises. Reuters.
A researcher says he was surprised to find how four samples of New Zealand honey contained traces of a class of pesticides known for their role in the decline of bees. New Zealand Herald.
To combat climate change, every country on Earth could stop the burning of oil completely. Or they could simply pay attention to the way they manage their land. Toronto Star, Ontario.
Planting forests and other activities that harness the power of nature could play a major role in limiting global warming under the 2015 Paris agreement, an international study showed on Monday. Reuters.
The long-running border dispute between Maasai people in Loliondo and the authorities was reignited two months ago amid reports that, over a period of two days, hundreds of homes were burned down. The Guardian.
In a development that has important implications for conservation, scientists are increasingly focusing not just on what species are present in an ecosystem, but on the roles that certain key species play in shaping their environment. Yale Environment 360.