Biologists are again predicting massive species losses as the world warms. But where are the corpses? There have been few findings of extinctions among continental bird and mammal species over the past 500 years. The species extinctions have been virtually all on islands, as humans have brought such alien predators as rats, cats, and Canadian thistles to places where they had no natural enemies. A new study shows that flying squirrels have been adapting to recent warming since the 1990s by both moving and hybridizing. C.J. Garroway and his research team trapped more than 1600 of the flying squirrels in Ontario [...]
Consumers around the country may soon be facing steeper prices for fruits, vegetables and nuts thanks to an obscure three-inch-long fish, called the Delta smelt, and the Endangered Species Act (ESA). In California’s storied Central Valley, for decades one of the world’s most productive agricultural regions, an estimated 250,000 acres of prime farm land are lying fallow or dying. The parched area bears all the signs of a prolonged drought, but the acute water shortage confronting farmers and growers is largely manmade, the result of the Interior Department’s rigorous enforcement of the ESA. Responding to a lawsuit brought by the [...]
For years, many have been establishing new homes in Florida. But one new resident recently caused quite a stir and has government officials seeking his deportment. That newcomer is not a person, strangely enough, but a new class of wild python snakes that are now infesting the Everglades National Park. According to CNS News, these Burmese pythons, which were originally native only to Southeast Asia, have been let loose in the wild by pet owners and are now adapting quite easily. But since they can grow up to 20 feet long and weigh 250 pounds, these animals are [...]
Eleven years after the Clinton administration launched an ambitious plan to reintroduce the Mexican gray wolf in the desert Southwest, the plan is in shambles -- with dead wolves and cattle attesting to the failure of government biologists and bureaucrats to save the “lobo.” Officials at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), which administers the Endangered Species Act (ESA), originally projected that, as a result of their recovery efforts, some 100 wolves would be thriving in the area by 2006. But, today, the number of wolves in the designated recovery area in the Gila National Forest along the Arizona-New Mexico [...]
Environmentalists and their congressional allies are renewing legislative efforts to have over 9 million acres in Utah designated as wilderness.
For a number of years, free market environmentalists have been calling for new strategies in managing rhino populations in Africa. Now with a new report documenting widespread poaching and the decimation of the world's only wild population of northern white rhinoceros in the Congo, the timing to implement such a new approach may be urgent. Formerly widespread, white rhino numbers across five African countries used to hover around 2,250 in the early 1960's. But due to widespread poaching, that count dropped to only a mere 15 animals in 1984, prompting wildlife officials to seek greater measures to protect the animals specifically [...]
While many Americans believe that our nation is losing more and more of its forest land, the facts seem to be much more encouraging. Below is a transcript from a recent ABC special called "Myths, Lies and Downright Stupidity" hosted by John Stossel where this topic was examined: Myth # 3: We are destroying our forests? JOHN STOSSEL (Voice Over) Lots of people don't like to see this [photo of a tree being cut down]. We're murdering that poor tree. Many of you see this and feel bad because you've been told that at the rate we're felling these trees [...]
This month, thousands of official delegates, environmental activists, and media will be gathering in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for a major United Nations’ conference on biological diversity. There, organizers will be seeking to advance something called “sustainable development” that is often billed as a panacea for some of the world’s most pressing human and environmental concerns.
In the mysterious jungle known as the Amazon, legend had itthere lived a Golden King named El Dorado said to be so rich thateach day he used gold dust to adorn his royal body. For GonzaloPizarro, brother of the famous conqueror of the Incas, this visionwas more than he could bear. So in 1540, setting off with 4,000Indians, 200 horses, 3,000 swine, and packs of hunting dogs,Pizarro breached the Eastern edge of the great jungle and began hisquest to find and pillage El Dorado and his land of the cinnamonforests. Pizarro, of course, never did find the Golden King. And afterthrowing [...]
For many, the idea of off-shore oil rigs and environmental protection seem to go together like ... well, literally, oil and water. But if recent findings from the Bayou State of Louisiana are any indication, it may be such anti-oil sentiments which aren?t too factually slick.This, according to the publication Eco-Logic, which notes that a recent study from LSU found there is an astounding 50 percent more marine life around oil platforms than around surrounding mud bottoms. Indeed, the same study showed that 85 percent of Louisiana?s fishing trips involve fishing around these very waters, which is significant when you consider [...]
For years, many environmentalists have expressed great concern about the fate of the rainforest. The Rainforest Action Network, for instance, has made the claim that the Amazon is losing "two to three football fields a minute, while actor William Shatner (a.k.a. Captain Kirk) has asserted that, worldwide, rainforests are being cleared at 20 football fields a minute. But what's the truth about this jungle story? Well according to researchers Marc Morano and Kent Washburn of the American Investigator, a T.V. news magazine, the facts about the rainforest can't be seen through all the emotion-driven trees surrounding them. In their special report, [...]
CFACT Briefing Paper #102 From movies to classrooms to the nightly news, Americans are constantly being told that of the world's environmental "crises," the staggering loss of tropical rainforest, and Amazon rainforest in particular, is right up there at the top. Pictures of charred remains of once lush jungles flicker before our eyes, we are shown the exotic plants and wild species that are being made homeless by the chainsaw and the flame, and numbers likened to one football field per second are used to describe this devastating loss. As a result of this, we are told that the tropical rainforests [...]