Endangered butterfly in San Diego County is the focus of a new protection effort
SAN DIEGO — Two environmental groups have filed a petition with the state asking it to provide more protection for a once-abundant butterfly that has seen its numbers fall precipitously in San Diego County and elsewhere in recent decades.The tiny Quino checkerspot should be added to California’s list of endangered species because its remaining habitats are under threat from development projects, according to the petition, which was filed by the Center for Biological Diversity and the Endangered Habitats League.“It’s alarming that a butterfly that once filled the skies of Southern California is...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Warming waters endanger up to 60% of fish species: study
A new study examining fishes’ reactions to heat at different stages of their life process has revealed that warming waters could impede reproduction in up to 60% of species.Saltwater and freshwater fish are most sensitive to heat as spawning adults and embryos, researchers at the Alfred Wegener Institute and the Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research found.With medium-level human-caused climate change expected by the end of the century, the world’s oceans, rivers and lakes will be too hot for about 40% of the world’s fish species in the spawning or embryonic life stages, said a study i...
New York Daily News
Pandemic has harmed fundraisers that conservation groups depend on them
MINNEAPOLIS — Contrary to the surge in hunting and fishing during the coronavirus pandemic, Minnesota’s wildlife conservation groups are retrenching to cope with a fundraising crisis.The National Wild Turkey Federation laid off 51 employees recently as a consequence of COVID-19. Staff cuts have hit other groups to a lesser degree, and they’re all scrambling to replace revenue lost in the mass cancellations of spring membership banquets. For charities devoted to outdoor causes, those gatherings provide a mother lode of revenue.“We’re talking millions of dollars that are not being raised,” said ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Sino-Japanese automotive joint venture starts building EV factory project in China
TOKYO, NNA – The Sino-Japanese joint venture Tianjin FAW Toyota Motor Co. started construction Monday of a new energy vehicle plant in the Chinese city of Tianjin with an aim to start up in fiscal year 2022.The factory being built on a 1.97 million square meter land is expected to have initial production capacity of 100,000 new energy vehicles every year, a spokesman for Toyota told NNA on Tuesday.Joint venture partner Toyota Motor Corp. aims to sell more than 5.5 million electrified vehicles including 1 million with zero emissions every year by 2030.The Japanese automaker will focus on develo...
NNA Business News
Indonesia lavishes $195m subsidy on palm biodiesel producers over smallholders
JAKARTA — Martamis says he’s worried about how he’ll pay for his daughter’s education once schools reopen. He’s an oil palm farmer from the village of Lubuk Mandarsah in Indonesia’s Jambi province, and before the COVID-19 pandemic he could expect to sell his palm fruit for 1,200 rupiah per kilogram, or about 9 U.S. cents.Now, he says, he can only get 700 rupiah (5 cents) a kilo.“Usually it’s above 1,000 rupiah, even 1,200 rupiah, but now the price has dropped to 700 rupiah ever since Jambi was declared as a ‘red zone’ [for COVID-19],” he tells Mongabay. “So our incomes have been drastically re...
Divesting from deforestation? There’s now an investors’ guide for that
Climate change threatens ecological and economic systems. That is why investors are increasingly looking to invest in companies with a plan to address one of the largest drivers of climate change: deforestation.A newly released Investor Guide to Deforestation and Climate Change provides tools to mainstream institutional investors, such as mutual fund and hedge fund managers, who want to work with and influence the companies in their portfolios to address deforestation.Deforestation in Borneo. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.The guide was developed by the sustainability nonprofit Ceres along with an a...
Bioluminescence is back: Florida's blue-glowing wonder lights up waters again
TITUSVILLE, Fla.—On a recent muggy evening, the sun set, casting orange and pink hues over Mosquito Lagoon. A rainbow appeared earlier, then vanished into the night sky. As daylight yielded to darkness, beneath my kayak, the water lit fluorescent blue every time my paddle touched it or a fish darted away.Another kayaker commented that it looked like something out of “Avatar’s” Pandora. I completely agreed.This magical phenomenon attracts Floridians and tourists alike who flock to view this bioluminescence caused by single-celled organisms called dinoflagellates. This marine plankton can use it...
Record Saharan dust plume cloaks Caribbean as health warnings issued
MIAMI — Scientists have been monitoring atmospheric dust on the easternmost Caribbean island of Barbados since 1965. The plume currently drifting over the Caribbean into the Gulf of Mexico is like nothing they’ve ever seen.In Haiti, fully cloaked this week under a cloud of hot Saharan dust, residents reported the panoramic view of the capital, Port-au-Prince, had vanished. The gray haze also has brought a particular smell, like stepping into a wood shop. With the declining air quality, health agencies throughout the Caribbean have urged residents to take precautions and stay indoors if they ha...
Animal crossing: A wild ass makes history
An Asiatic wild ass made history when it became the first of its species to cross into the eastern steppe in Mongolia in nearly seven decades.The Gobi-Steppe is among the largest grazing ecosystems in the world and home to a unique diversity of migratory animals. However, since 1955, the Trans-Mongolian Railroad has stood as an impenetrable barrier to some of the large animals that once moved freely across the massive region, including the Asiatic wild ass or khulan (Equus hemionus hemionus).A photo released by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Mongolia shows the khulan crossing the rail...
Forests are a solution to global warming. They’re also vulnerable to it
[(https://imgs.mongabay.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2018/01/04111700/indonesiasulawesi171058-1.jpg)Rainforest in Indonesia, where fire incidence and intensity has increased substantially over the past 40 years. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.Investing in forests to fight climate change seems like a sure bet. Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, pump out oxygen, and live for decades. What could go wrong?The answer, according to a newly published paper in Science, is: a lot. Fires, rising temperatures, disease, pests and humans all pose threats to forests, and as climate change escalat...