Crossing an ecosystem tipping point creates dramatic change. From collapsed fisheries and coastal dead zones, to melting sea ice and dying coral reefs, the consequences are often devastating to both the environment and the people who depend on it. Tipping points occur when small shifts in human pressure or environmental conditions bring about large, sometimes abrupt changes in a system - whether in a human society, a physical system, an ecosystem, or our planet’s climate.
“From the Ashes,” a new documentary on the coal industry directed by Michael Bonfiglio, distributed by National Geographic and funded by former New York City Mayor and one-time presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, is drawing bitter opposition from environmentalists, mountaintop removal opponents, Appalachian community activists and coal miners.
ArtsBridge Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of Helen S. Carlos and Sam Olens to their Board of Directors. Both Carlos and Olens have a long history of civic engagement and community service.
Toys'R'Us® and African Wildlife Foundation Join Forces to Promote Conservation Education in Celebration of World Giraffe Day
African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) has announced, on World Giraffe Day, a new partnership with Toys"R"Us®, the world's leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, to support conservation education for students living near critical giraffe habitats in East Africa. Fresh off its campaign and conservation efforts tied to "April the Giraffe," whose pregnancy journey and birth of Tajiri received more than 232 million live views online1, Toys"R"Us and the African conservation organization will provide students at AWF-supported schools in Tanzania and Uganda with opportunities to learn about their natural environment and local wildlife, including specific subspecies of giraffe. The partnership will support talks and activities led by wildlife rangers, such as animal footprint tracking, as well as hands-on lessons on identifying local plant and wildlife species. Students will also embark on field trips into national parks.
This Couple is Saving the Great Apes, Strengthening African Communities, and Redefining Charitable Giving
Michele and Kerry Stumpe are based in Atlanta, but their hearts are with the people and animals of Africa. The married couple has found a way to save endangered animals like elephants, chimpanzees, and gorillas by improving the lives of the African children who live right next to them, through their organization, Children of Conservation.
Netflix and its upcoming documentary, "Bubbles," along with the eagerly anticipated summer release of the latest "Planet of the Apes," are reflections of our growing fascination with our closest relatives in the animal world. In fact, 20th Century Fox has partnered with the Jane Goodall Institute to provide care for rescued chimpanzees in honor of the latest installment of the film franchise, WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, due out July 14.
Duke Dining’s sustainable procurement plan receives top honor
For Marcus Carson, Duke Dining’s sustainability and quality assurance manager, a good cup of coffee isn’t enough.
If it’s certified organic, fair trade and bird friendly, that’s a start. But if it’s going to be sustainable enough to be served in Duke-run dining facilities in the future, Carson has a few more questions.
According to recent studies, declines in wild and managed bee populations threaten the pollination of flowers in more than 85 percent of flowering plants and 75 percent of agricultural crops worldwide. Widespread and effective monitoring of bee populations could lead to better management; however, tracking bees is tricky and costly. Now, a research team led by the University of Missouri has developed an inexpensive acoustic listening system using data from small microphones in the field to monitor bees in flight. The study, published in PLOS ONE, shows how farmers could use the technology to monitor pollination and increase food production.
FDA delayed compliance and jeopardized public health
The Center for Science in the Public Interest and the National Consumers League, both represented by the nonprofit law firm Earthjustice, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia challenging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s decision to delay a rule requiring chain restaurants, supermarkets, convenience stores, and other food retail establishments to post calorie counts for prepared food and beverages.
Conservation groups challenge National Marine Fisheries Service proposal that would expose whales and dolphins to missile and bomb testing in the ocean
On behalf of conservation groups, Earthjustice sent a letter early this week to the National Marine Fisheries Service objecting to proposed regulations that would allow the U.S. Air Force to injure marine mammals while testing long-range missiles and bombs off the island of Kaua‘i. The Marine Mammal Protection Act requires the Fisheries Service to insist that the Air Force do everything it reasonably can to avoid harm to Hawai‘i’s whales and dolphins.