Things related to the web of life; ecology; wildlife; endangered species

"Exclusive: U.S. Eyes Joining Amazon Fund During Biden-Lula Visit"

"The United States is considering its first contribution to a multilateral fund aimed at fighting Amazon deforestation, with a possible announcement during President Joe Biden's meeting with Brazil's Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva at the White House on Friday, two U.S. official with direct knowledge of the matter said."

Source: Reuters, 02/10/2023
February 22, 2023

WHOI Webinar: Hydrothermal Vents! Exploring Hot Springs on the Deep Seafloor

Join Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to hear what scientists have learned about hydrothermal vents that form in volcanic regions on the ocean bottom and the surprising organisms that thrive there — and what they can teach us about the origins of life on Earth. 7:30-8:30 p.m. ET.


"Brazil Pushes Illegal Miners Out Of Yanomami Territory"

"Armed government officials with Brazil’s justice, Indigenous and environment ministries pressed illegal gold miners out of Yanomami Indigenous territory Wednesday, citing widespread river contamination, famine and disease they have brought to one of the most isolated groups in the world."

Source: AP, 02/09/2023

"Canada Adds Federal Protection To Indigenous-Declared Marine Refuge"

"When the Mamalilikulla First Nation unilaterally declared an Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area in their traditional territory in late 2021, it was as much to protect rare corals and sponges as reestablish connection to lands and waters from which the community had been forcefully removed. Now Canada is backing the nation, adding marine protections under federal law".

Source: The Narwhal, 02/08/2023

"Essential Insects In East Asia Have Declined Massively, Study Finds"

"Cabbage moths, corn borers and other plant-eating insects crucial to ecosystems have declined dramatically in East Asia over the past two decades — along with dragonflies and other predator insects that eat them, according to a study published Friday in the journal Science Advances."

Source: Washington Post, 02/07/2023

Epic Struggles Ahead in 2023 on Energy Transition, Pollution

In our annual analysis of what’s ahead on the environment beat in 2023, there are some things to count on: worsening climate disasters and continued politicking over energy transitions, but also regulatory action on greenhouse gas emissions (not to mention on “forever chemicals”). Other things are less clear: environmental rulings by a conservative U.S. Supreme Court, energy impacts of war in Europe and the effectiveness of COP28 and treaty talks on plastic pollution. Read the full overview and get more in our “2023 Journalists’ Guide to Energy & Environment” special report.

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Comment: Caledonian Pinewoods Face Extinction As Humanity Reshapes Planet

"Once they dominated much of the landscape but after centuries of deforestation their dwindling remains – just two per cent of the original – are now believed to be facing an existential threat from a combination of factors, including climate change, the planting of non-native species, and artificially high numbers of deer."

Source: The Scotsman, 02/06/2023


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