While many see wind power as a renewable source of earth- friendly energy, increasing numbers of conservationists are taking a dimmer view of them because of their impact on wildlife – particularly bats.
Existing wind turbine technology may provide intermittent electric power that, with huge subsidies, can be "competitive" in price with coal and oil - but the turbines chop up bald and golden eagles and other endangered bird species like Cuisinarts. Solar arrays can confuse migratory water birds, including the brown pelican, into thinking they are flying into a water body but instead have their feathers fried or their heads damaged. Meanwhile, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has just authorized a 30-year take permit to protect wind farms from liability under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. In a world where the President "pardons" the Thanksgiving turkey (though we doubt he eats tofurkey!), this is borderline schizophrenia.
In northern California, Chinook salmon have long been threatened in part because the young fish that swim from the Sacramento River to the ocean are often too small and helpless to escape the predators that eat them by the millions.
When you think of farm animals, no doubt chickens, cows, and sheep come to mind. But how about tigers? Well believe it or not, some conservationists are proposing the creation of tiger farms to help stem the demand for tiger parts in what is now a bustling global black market.
The pygmy rabbit, whose size is not much bigger than a man’s hand, was thought to be nearing extinction in Washington’s Columbia basin in 2003. Since that time, wildlife officials have undertaken to save the furry critter and today some 20 of them are, so to speak, back in their native holes.
Despite protection by the federal government, coral reef coverage in the Florida Keys has declined dramatically in recent years. Reed Watson of the Property and Environment Resource Center believes free-market intervention may help address this problem and here explains why.
As Western states continue to develop their oil and gas resources, environmentalists are increasingly concerned about how such activity will impact prairie chickens. Fortunately, local farmers, industry officials, and environmentalists have been working together and are now pitching a free-market solution . . .
Major losses in beehives year after year make it hard for beekeepers to turn a profit, and many have left the industry. “We can replace the bees, but we can’t replace beekeepers with 40 years of experience,” says Tim Tucker, vice president of the American Beekeeping Federation. But all these are different issues from whether bees are dying off in unprecedented numbers, and what is causing the losses.
With so many federal reports containing no data – only conclusions put forth by another scientist – there is no way to debate, debunk, or disprove the underlying facts. It’s almost impossible even to get court orders to track down and disclose the data, if Freedom of Information Act requests are denied, which they frequently are (legally or otherwise). If there is no way to test a statement, hypothesis or theory, it is not science. It’s opinion or politics. If you hide the raw data, no one can test it, and it’s easy for agenda-driven “researchers” and regulators to implement laws that are based on junk science or even fraud.
The Great White Shark is a renowned ocean predator thanks to the movie “Jaws.” But in recent decades, a West-Coast cousin of this fearsome animal has declined in number to the point that conservation officials have been considering placing it on the Endangered Species List. Now comes a new study by NOAA allaying these fears.
On a recent beautiful summer day, dozens of bird enthusiasts rushed to the northwest coast of Scotland after hearing that a rare, white-throated needletail bird had been spotted. Only of few of these small Asian birds have been seen in the UK over the past two centuries . . .
You’ve probably heard about reintroducing wolves and bears into the wild, but how about insects? Well believe it or not, Scotland’s Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is advocating a reintroduction of insects, and it’s creating, dare we say, quite a buzz.
In Africa, efforts to stop poachers from illegally killing endangered elephants, lions and cheetahs have often met with little success. But it appears at least in the nation of Namibia, a new market-based conservation approach may be turning things around.
In 1993 there were 1,400 polar bears in Canada's western Hudson Bay. Far from being depleted by alleged global warming, that number has hit nearly 2,200.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act. But has it been effective? Laura Huggins, of the Property and Environment Research Center, says no and has this to say. . . .