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More than 26,500 species are threatened with extinction

“Established in 1964, The International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species has evolved to become the world’s most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of animal, fungi and plant species. The IUCN Red List is a critical indicator of the health of the world’s biodiversity. Far more than a list of species and their status, it is a powerful tool to inform and catalyze action for biodiversity conservation and policy change, critical to protecting the natural resources we need to survive. It provides information about range, population size, habitat and ecology, use and/or trade, threats, and conservation actions that will help inform necessary conservation decisions.” Learn more about The IUCN Red List [h/t Pete Weiss]

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Welcome to Birdpunk: A Subculture of a Subculture

Via Audubon – Punk has always been about embracing different forms of expression. Meet the people who are putting birding on that spectrum “…The overlap between birding and punk might seem strange to outsiders, but for birdpunks like Croasdale, the Do-It-Youself (DIY) values that shape punk living feed perfectly into low-frills activities such as birding. The DIY aesthetic… Continue Reading

Trump’s Proposed Budget Would Devastate National Parks

Outside: A close reading of the President’s 2020 Department of the Interior budget reveals massive funding cuts for everything public-lands related—except for oil and gas “To understand any budget, all you need to see are the numbers. And when you look at the Trump administration’s 2020 budget proposal for the Department of the Interior, those numbers… Continue Reading

How Elizabeth Hargrave turned a passion for ornithology and spreadsheets into a popular game about birds

The New York Times – She invented a board game with scientific integrity, and now it is taking off: “..Elizabeth Hargrave, a health-policy consultant in Silver Spring, Md., is an avid birder, and her favorite local winter birding spot is the Lake Artemesia Natural Area. Fringed with woods, the lake is artificial, excavated during the… Continue Reading

Farms aren’t tossing perfectly good produce. You are.

Washington Post: “If food waste were a country, it would be the world’s third-largest emitter of CO2, after China and the United States. In our nation alone, we throw away some 63 million tons of food a year, even as 40 million Americans are considered food insecure. Advocates of the “ugly produce” movement say they… Continue Reading

Gray wolves may lose endangered species status and protections in the Lower 48 states

Once again, federal wildlife officials say their numbers have rebounded. But conservationists may go back to court to fight the move. “Federal wildlife officials are proposing to strip endangered species protections from the gray wolf populations in the Lower 48 states, citing significant increases in their numbers across much of the nation. The decision, announced… Continue Reading

First UK-wide map of underwater noise made by ships has been created

BBC: “Researchers from the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) in Suffolk used data captured from microphones placed on the seabed to identify “hotspots”. Dr Nathan Merchant, from Cefas, said he was “concerned” about potential effects on how marine mammals “communicate”. The shipping industry said it took its responsibilities to nature “seriously”. Over… Continue Reading

Climate change impacts on fisheries

The New York Times: “Fish populations are declining as oceans warm, placing a crucial resource of food items and earnings at hazard for tens of millions of individuals all around the earth, in accordance to new investigate revealed Thursday. The research identified that the sum of seafood that people could sustainably harvest from a extensive… Continue Reading

The mobility revolution may be here – is it too late?

Bloomberg BusinessWeek – This is what peak car looks like [see also the movement called peak oil]: “The automobile — once both a badge of success and the most convenient conveyance between points A and B — is falling out of favor in cities around the world as ride-hailing and other new transportation options proliferate… Continue Reading

Heat death of the universe with loss of cloud cover

Fortune Data Sheet: “New computer simulations reported in the scientific journal Nature Geoscience show that the atmospheric accumulation of carbon dioxide could dissolve stratocumulus clouds. Scientists forecast that, with less cloud cover, the world’s surface temperature could rise as high as 8 to 10 degrees Celsius in addition to the warmth caused by the greenhouse… Continue Reading

China has control of strategic metals and minerals in emerging 5G market

Wired: ‘You may have heard that China has cornered much of the world’s supply of strategic metals and minerals crucial for new technology, including lithium, rare earths, copper, and manganese used in everything from smartphones to electric cars. As of 2015, China was the leading global producer of 23 of the 41 elements the British… Continue Reading

Convergence of scientific reports and public opinion begins on climate warming

Axios: “Dire scientific reports and extreme weather events are combining to force a make-or-break season for confronting global warming. The rare convergence includes extreme weather events nationwide, and shifting public views fueling support for stronger policies. Why it matters: The actions we take in the next 10 to 20 years could be crucial to determining… Continue Reading