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

"Whitebark Pine That Feeds Grizzlies Is Threatened, US Says"

"Whitebark pine trees can live more than 1,000 years, but in just two decades more than a quarter of the trees that are a key food source for some grizzly bears have been killed by disease, climate change, wildfires and voracious beetles, government officials said as they announced federal protections Wednesday."

Source: AP, 12/15/2022

"Nevada Flower Listed As Endangered At Lithium Mine Site"

"A Nevada wildflower was declared endangered at the only place it’s known to exist — on a high-desert ridge where a lithium mine is planned to help meet growing demand for electric car batteries, U.S. wildlife officials announced Wednesday."

Source: AP, 12/15/2022

"Developing Nations Halt COP15 Talks After Biodiversity Fund Demand"

"Delegates from dozens of developing nations walked out of crunch financing talks overnight at the U.N. COP15 biodiversity summit in Montreal, citing a lack of compromise from wealthy countries as negotiations intensify to agree a new global nature pact."

Source: Thomson Reuters Fdn., 12/15/2022

"Starving Seabirds On Alaska Coast Show Climate Change Peril"

"Dead and dying seabirds collected on the coasts of the northern Bering and southern Chukchi seas over the past six years reveal how the Arctic’s fast-changing climate is threatening the ecosystems and people who live there, according to a report released Tuesday by U.S. scientists."

Source: AP, 12/14/2022

"The Arctic Is Becoming Wetter and Stormier, Scientists Warn"

"As humans warm the planet, the once reliably frigid and frozen Arctic is becoming wetter and stormier, with shifts in its climate and seasons that are forcing local communities, wildlife and ecosystems to adapt, scientists said Tuesday in an annual assessment of the region."

Source: NYTimes, 12/14/2022

"Environmentalists Want Jaguars Reintroduced To US Southwest"

"An environmental group on Monday petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to help reintroduce the jaguar to the Southwest, where it roamed for hundreds of thousands of years before being whittled down to just one of the big cats known to survive in the region."

Source: AP, 12/13/2022

When Sizing Up Threats to Biodiversity, Databases Can Help

Biodiversity is on the minds of many this week as international biodiversity treaty talks take place in Montreal. For environmental journalists covering the topic, there are a number of databases readily available that track endangered species in the United States and globally. The latest Reporter’s Toolbox has a helpful list. Plus, visit our new biodiversity “Topics on the Beat” page and keep on top of the latest biodiversity headlines with EJToday.

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Bald Eagles Believed To Have Been Poisoned Near Minnesota Landfill

"More than a dozen dead or dying bald eagles were found near a landfill in Inver Grove Heights, suspected victims of poisoning by eating carcasses of animals that were chemically euthanized and dumped at the landfill, according to wildlife officials."

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune, 12/12/2022


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