July 6, 2015

Polar Bear Plan Fails to Meaningfully Address Most Crucial Extinction Threat: Climate Crisis

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The polar bear recovery plan released by the U.S. Department of the Interior today recognizes that climate change threatens to wipe out a majority of the species but proposes no meaningful measures to combat the threat. Interior released the plan just as Shell’s oil rigs make their way north to begin drilling the Read More

July 6, 2015

Meet the Famous Turtle With a Serious Plastic Problem

Have you seen this photo circulating on the internet? That’s Mae West, a snapping turtle severely damaged by plastic pollution, that 5 Gyres just transported from the east coast to southern California. Mae West was found twenty years ago in the drainage canals of New Orleans. As a tiny hatchling, she inadvertently walked into a Read More

July 6, 2015

Ask an Expert #6: Dana Roeber Murray

Dana Roeber Murray is here to answer your questions about the ocean! Murray is the Senior Coastal Policy Manager at Heal the Bay where she works on science and policy issues related to coastal habitats and marine wildlife in California. Murray’s current areas of focus include research and education on marine protected areas and advancing Read More

July 6, 2015

Mission Blue Hope Spot: The Glorious Gulf of California

Earlier this month Mission Blue launched a Hope Spot expedition to the Gulf of California, a very special area of the world beloved by ocean buffs, surfers, scuba divers and the local communities.The purpose of the Expedition is to shine a light on the beauty of this region and those that are working to protect it. Thanks to jam-packed days connecting with Read More

July 5, 2015

The Tree, the Telegraph and the Volcano

We may think of the destruction of tropical rainforests as a recent phenomenon that began in the middle of the 20th century. The story of a tree, the invention of the telegraph, and the explosion of a volcano shows that industrial exploitation of tropical rainforests began much earlier. Krakatau (also spelled Krakatoa and Krakatowa) was a Read More

July 3, 2015

TreePeople’s Park Also Suffering From Drought

This is—well, was—Elvis Presleaf, one of the oldest trees here in our park. After 80 years of life, Mr. Presleaf was just one of dozens of trees in our park that have succumbed to the debilitating drought. Elvis played an important role in our Eco-tours. Over the past 20 years, he shaded nearly 200,000 visiting Read More

July 3, 2015

Dirty Business: Unraveling Connections Between Brazil’s Dam Industry and Corruption Scandal

This article was written by Maira Irigaray, Brazil Program Coordinator at Amazon Watch, and Brent Millikan, Amazon Program Director at International Rivers. For over a year Brazil has been immersed in an unprecedented corruption scandal centered on state-owned oil company Petrobras. While corruption schemes are believed to have existed in the nation since the 90s, Read More

July 3, 2015

A Looming Crisis as Vulture Population Crashes

This article was written by AWF’s Samburu ecologist, Eric Reson Research published last week in the journal, “Conservation Letters,” indicates the eight vulture species in Africa have experienced declines of more than 80 percent in their populations. Africa is following an unfortunate precedent: In Asia, before any action was taken to reverse the decline of Read More

July 2, 2015

Nemo’s Garden Is an Underwater Greenhouse

Twenty feet underwater off the coast of Noli, Italy, five bubble-shaped greenhouses are growing basil, lettuce, strawberries and beans. It seems like something straight out of a Jules Verne novel, except it makes perfect sense: The mix of warm, humid air and abundant carbon dioxide provides the ideal growing condition for plants. The underwater biospheres Read More

Law
July 2, 2015

BP to Pay $18.7 Billion to Settle Deepwater Horizon Case

On Friday, the Department of Justice announced that federal and state governments have reached an $18.7 billion settlement agreement with BP over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The spill occurred on April 20 and unleashed approximately 210 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico – a monumental oil disaster second in Read More

July 2, 2015

Chewbaaka Challenge – 2015

This post was written by CCF founder & executive director Dr. Laurie Marker It has been more than four years since my best cheetah friend Chewbaaka passed away. Each year, CCF has honored his memory with a fundraising appeal in his name, the Chewbaaka Memorial Challenge. Thanks to your support, we’ve been able to continue Read More

July 2, 2015

Just Weeks After Oil Spill, California Officials OK Nine New Offshore Fracks

LONG BEACH, Calif.— In the wake of the devastating Refugio oil spill near Santa Barbara, the Center for Biological Diversity today urged Gov. Jerry Brown to halt plans for extensive new offshore fracking near the California coast. The state’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources recently approved permits for nine new fracks in Long Read More