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Climate change and fossil fuel use is among the most deadly factors for bird populations

Environmental Concerns are for the Birds

The health of bird populations can be construed both literally and figuratively as the proverbial canary in the coal mine. According to the most recent Living Planet Report, birds are among the species that have been reduced by more than half over the last forty years.There are currently a total of 9,956 birds that are listed as endangered or worse….

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Biologist are concerned about the effect Tar Sands productions has on the Boreal Forest and wildlife.

EarthTalk: Tar Sands and Bird Migration

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: How is it that migrating birds are being negatively affected by oil extraction in Canada’s Boreal forest?  – Jennifer Chase, Fort Lauderdale, FL Each year tens of million of migratory birds “overwinter” in the Canadian Boreal forest, a vast tract…

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Blood Falls in Antarctica - one of the lesser known effects of climate change

Ten Lesser Known Effects of Climate Change and Environmental Abuse

The effects of climate change and environmental abuse are far ranging and may include some pretty strange phenomenon. A number of studies show the wide assortment of deleterious impacts from climate change, including increasing heat waves, drought, rising sea levels, ocean acidification, extreme weather, storm surges, and wildfires. While climate change and environmental abuse is already causing death and disease, there…

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First UN Environment Assembly Marks Environmental Coming of Age

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is taking on a higher profile in multilateral efforts to spur ecosystems-based approaches to governance and development. This includes broad-based, far reaching efforts to craft and implement climate change mitigation and adaptation plans.

Shrimp fishery collapse in the Gulf of Maine idles shrimp boats for 2014

Shrimp Fishery Collapse in Gulf of Maine

Shrimp moratorium A moratorium for the 2014 shrimp fishing season was announced for the US Northeastern Gulf of Maine shrimp fishery last week as stocks of shrimp for 2012 hit record lows. The last time the shrimp catch was halted was 35 years ago in 1977. “The Northern Shrimp Technical Committee has considered the Gulf of Maine northern shrimp stock…

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Forests provide ecosystem services vital to all life

The Vital Role of Forests: Carbon, Rain and Food

We are coming to a better understanding of the vital role that forests play in the general health of planetary ecosystems.  However, alongside our burgeoning awareness, we are also destroying forests in our quest for more land and lumber. Deforestation is eliminating the Earth’s forests on a massive scale. Each day at least 80,000 acres (32,300 ha) of forest disappear…

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Are Hawaii's fishermen the scapegoats over environmental problems of which they have no control?

Hawaii’s Fishermen: Scapegoats for Forces Outside their Control

Land use practices and development, along with climate change and other agents, are taking a toll on fisheries in Hawaii and across the Western Pacific, highlighting an increasingly pressing need for policy makers, regulators and other stakeholders to collaborate in crafting holistic, integrated marine resource management and climate change adaptation strategies, local fishermen said at a meeting of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council.