January 29, 2015

The 10 Worst Things That Happened to the Planet in January 2015

There were some genuinely great pieces of environmental news this month, but that’s not the whole story. Planet Experts published at least 10 articles that revealed some truly troubling truths about the state of our ecosystems, our oceans, our wildlife and our health. Get your righteous indignation or your punching bag ready (whichever helps you Read More

January 29, 2015

What Are the Real Costs of Mining in British Columbia?

On August 4, 2014 the Mount Polley Mine tailings pond belonging to Imperial Metals ruptured, releasing a huge volume of toxic substances into the BC waterways in the central interior. The initial estimates of 4.5 million cubic meters of silt and 10 million cubic meters of water laced with mercury and arsenic that spilled into Read More

January 29, 2015

Bay Area Seabirds Cleaned of Mysterious Goo and Released

A batch of 24 seabirds that were contaminated by an unknown goo in the San Francisco Bay were released this week after getting a good cleaning and recovering at the International Bird Rescue center in Fairfield, CA. The birds – which include surf scoters, common goldeneyes, horned grebes and scaups – first began turning up Read More

January 28, 2015

Angling for a Solution: Shark Fishing on Piers

Frankie Orrala, Heal the Bay’s Angler Outreach Program Manager, and Marine Scientist Dana Roeber Murray report on Heal the Bay’s efforts to educate anglers at local piers about sustainable fishing techniques and protecting sharks. Fresh, salty air whips our faces as we approach a middle-aged man angling on Venice Pier. His eyes are on the water Read More

January 28, 2015

Alaskan Senator Takes $590,000 From Big Oil & Wants to Drill 27 Million Acres

In what a cynic could conceivably view as “no real surprise,” Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) wants to open 27 million acres of United States lands to mining and drilling – after pocketing $590,631 from the fossil fuel industry. On Wednesday, the Senate will vote on Murkowski’s amendment to the Keystone XL bill, which would open Read More

January 28, 2015

Enbridge Gets Another Federal Tar Sands Crude Pipeline Permit as Senate Debates Keystone XL

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog On January 16, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gave Enbridge a controversial Nationwide Permit 12 green-light for its proposed Line 78 pipeline, set to bring heavy tar sands diluted bitumen (“dilbit”) from Pontiac, Illinois to its Griffith, Indiana holding terminal. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons The permit for the pipeline with the capacity to carry Read More

January 28, 2015

WILD to INSPIRE: Glamping for Conservation in Manyara Ranch

From Dan Duran: For my third and final week in Tanzania, I had the privilege of spending time at the Manyara Ranch Conservancy. Previously owned by the Tanzanian government, the ranch was established by AWF in 2001 to address the threats of degradation and habitant fragmentation. Nestled between Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Park, Manyara Read More

January 28, 2015

Australia Will Be Hit Hardest by Global Warming, Says New Report

“It must be a singularly frustrating experience to be a climate scientist in Australia,” wrote Blair Palese on Wednesday. “UC Professor of Health and IPCC report contributor Colin Butler even resorted to chaining himself to a coal processing plant, in an attempt to make his message heard (his protest was largely ignored until Rugby Captain Read More

January 28, 2015

The 8 Best Things That Happened to the Planet in January 2015

Here at Planet Experts, we report on a lot of foul, fetid and foolish events and entities messing with our planet, but that’s not the whole story. There are some truly inspiring articles that emerge week to week, and to prove it, we’ve rounded up eight of our favorite headlines from January 2015. 8) The Read More

January 27, 2015

Living With Gypsy Moth

This is the second of three articles about the gypsy moth, one of the most destructive pests ever to arrive in North America. In the previous article, we introduced  Étienne Léopold Trouvelot, who deliberately introduced gypsy moths in Massachusetts, then carelessly allowed them to escape.  Trouvelot’s folly was immediately followed by a folly of a different sort Read More

January 27, 2015

Are Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Coming to Florida?

Genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys in an attempt to combat the rising threat of disease. Climate change and globalization are two major factors behind the spread of chikungunya and dengue fever, reports Florida’s Sun-Sentinel, two diseases that lack vaccines and have no cure. According to the World Health Organization, over Read More

January 27, 2015

Collaboration, Poachers and a Habitat Survey in Murchison Falls, Uganda

(This article originally appeared on the GCF’s website. It was part of a 2013 series on conducting field research in Murchison Falls National Park.) Collaboration and team work has always been watch-words for GCF, and so it was an absolute pleasure to have Patrick Agaba from the Ugandan Conservation Foundation (UCF) come with us to witness Read More