To protect endangered species, laws are sometimes needed to change or restrict human activity. But when it comes to endangered tigers in the Himalaya’s, it appears nature isn’t waiting for humans to get it together.
What can be done to save the King of the Jungle? Well lion populations have declined by 75% over 50 years, and now number only about 30,000. But expert Terry Anderson of the group PERC says protecting lions privately rather than through ineffective endangered species policies is a far better way to go.
Wildlife populations in the U.S. have experienced an astounding resurgence. But according to a recent feature in the Wall Street Journal, this encouraging eco-news has also meant a tremendous increase in the number and cost of human and animal encounters. . .
I was delighted to actually see a herd of nearly extinct bison – right in the middle of the oil sands mining project in northern Alberta, which I visited a few weeks ago. Much of this oil is destined for the USA, to reduce imports from dictatorships, and more will come in the Keystone XL Pipeline, if President Obama ever approves it.
The use of reflectors to keep bicyclists and joggers safe is nothing new, but how about birds? Well, it appears some utilities, ranchers and other property owners are about to find out, as they are now using reflectors on wire fencing for just such a purpose.
When you hear about a “bat cave,” you probably think of a hideaway for a caped crusader living somewhere near Gotham City. But believe it or not, there is another type of bat cave currently being constructed deep in the Tennessee woods designed to save bats which are dying by the millions from a fungus.
Recently the London Daily Telegraph ran a story claiming there are only 100 cod fish left in the North Sea. And while this story was echoed widely by newspapers and environmental groups, an investigation by BBC reporters found this cod report to be, well, just a little bit fishy.
About 50 years ago, the book Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson was published, and triggered an environmental debate that has been going on since then. Lot's of articles are written about this these days, and, Cato Institute, among others, has published an essay collection. Carson passed away in 1964, and I do not for a moment doubt her good intentions, but the sad fact is that few books probably have caused as much damage. On the positive side, we can notice that basically all of her alarms turned out to be false. The world in general, has just gotten better, cleaner [...]
When one thinks of bird killers, predators like cats probably come to mind. But it appears there’s another scourge to our feathery friends and it comes in the form of wind turbines.
Can strengthening private property rights help protect our streams, rivers and endangered species? Well if the Upper Colorado River Basin is any example, the answer is “yes.”
When you think of a mythological creature coming back from the dead, probably a zombie or mummy come to mind. But believe it or not, scientists have recently discovered a real life creature that has done a similar thing, and it comes in the form of a fly.
By Craig Rucker and Paul Driessen This article originally appeared in the National Journal. In 2009, the federal government fined ExxonMobil $600,000 for the unintentional deaths of 85 birds in five states during a five-year period. Meanwhile, well over 500,000 birds and countless bats are killed annually by wind turbines, according to the US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) and other experts. The slaughter “could easily be over 500” golden eagles a year in our western states, says Save the Eagles International biologist Jim Wiegand. Bald eagles are also being butchered. The two species body count could soon reach 1,000-per-year. Supposedly [...]
Unprecedented! As bills to extend seemingly perpetual wind energy subsidies were again introduced by industry lobbyists late last year, taxpayers finally decided they’d had enough.
Wind turbine companies, officers and employees, however, are immune from prosecution, fines or imprisonment, regardless of how many rare, threatened, endangered or migratory birds and bats they kill. In fact, FWS data show that wind turbines slaughter some 400,000 birds every year. If “helter-skelter” applies to any energy source, it is wind turbines, reflecting their Charles Manson effect on birds.
What is a federal government to do? On one hand the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking to declare the sage grouse an endangered bird. Yet on the other hand, the Obama administration would like to expand the use of wind power to generate electricity – on sage grouse habitat. The dilemma, as you might expect, is that the two priorities simply don't match. The wind turbines remind sage grouse of predators ready to swoop down on them. But the grouse habitat, according to wind energy advocates, also happens to be near an opening in the Rocky Mountains [...]