” The Cuban and American governments have agreed to work hand in hand to protect marine life in the seas that join their countries, a move that represents the first environmental dividend of a thaw between the two Cold War foes.”
“It’s fall in Alaska, and that means that a spectacular migration is in full swing. Each year our North American caribou, Rangifer tarandus granti, undertake an epic journey from their breeding range to wintering grounds – one of the biggest large-mammal land migrations on Earth.”
“The Salton Sea, a vast saltwater lake in remote southeastern California providing crucial habitat for birds and wildlife, is quickly approaching a tipping point. Yet several recent actions give hope the lake could turn a corner in the near future.
Just yesterday, California announced the appointment of Bruce Wilcox, a very knowledgeable and action-oriented leader, to the newly-created position of assistant secretary for Salton Sea policy at the California Natural Resources Agency. Last year, California voters approved a massive water bond with a sizeable chunk of money that could be directed toward Salton Sea activities. And, consensus is beginning to emerge over short- and medium-term projects at the declining Salton Sea.”
“Bay area highways connect thousands of vehicles to their destinations daily and thanks to a new partnership between the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service these same roadways will soon provide habitat for monarch butterflies. Caltrans District 4, which services Bay Area counties including Contra Costa, Napa, San Francisco and Sonoma, will be adding milkweed seeds to some roadside landscaping areas.”
“Ecological crises may be piling up in a seemingly hopeless cascade, but Swedish scientist Johan Rockström says the next few decades offer an unparalleled opportunity to undo the damage.”
“Some places are simply too special to be drilled. That’s the conclusion that a federal advisory panel recently came to after reviewing a long-suspended drilling lease on land near Montana’s Glacier National Park.”