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Gangs raking in thousands from the rising tide of wildlife crime – Guardian

Tracy McVeigh: “Poaching, poisoning and the theft of animals may sound like activities from Britain’s past, but modern gangs are muscling in on the act. A new report claims the scale of the problem is being hidden and that gangs are making large sums of money from illegal activities such as hare-coursing, raking in up to £10,000Continue Reading

A Victory for Whales: Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC Explains Aspects of the ICJ Decision

Palmer QC, Sir Geoffrey, A Victory for Whales: Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC Explains Aspects of the ICJ Decision (May 1, 2014). New Zealand Law Journal, p. 124, May 2014. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2477544 “In this article, Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC discusses the International Court of Justice finding against Japan in Whaling in the AntarticContinue Reading

Saving the Arctic

The Urgent Need to Cut Black Carbon Emissions and Slow Climate Change - Rebecca Lefton and Cathleen Kelly, August 2014. “The Arctic is warming at a rate twice as fast as the rest of the world, in part because of the harsh effects of black carbon pollution on the region, which is made up mostly of snowContinue Reading

Bee-Killing Pesticides Found in Midwest Rivers – Wired

Brandon Keim: “Pesticides linked to declining bee and bird populations have been found in streams across the upper Midwest, raising yet more concerns about these chemicals’ environmental effects. Researchers from the United States Geological Survey tested waters at nine sites in Iowa and Nebraska. They found neonicotinoids in each, frequently at levels that may harm insectsContinue Reading

The importance of bees – BBC

The importance of bees - Presented by Chris Packham - Naturalist and presenter / in Association with the British Beekeepers Association: “Ever wondered where all the food that you eat comes from? Well it might surprise you that a significant proportion is provided by bees one way or another. If you look at the plate of food on yourContinue Reading

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – EPA

“Learn how reducing, reusing, and recycling can help you, your community, and the environment by saving money, energy, and natural resources. Recycling programs are managed at the state and local level—find information on recycling in your community.” See also Report – In Developing World, A Push to Bring E-Waste Out of Shadows

Making Farm Animal Rights A Fundamental Green Issue

“Conservation organizations have long sought to protect pandas, polar bears and pelicans, but the welfare of farm animals has largely been left to activist animal-welfare groups like the Humane Society of the United States, which calls itself “the nation’s largest and most effective animal protection organization.” For the past 10 years, the organization has been headedContinue Reading

NOAA-led study shows Alaska fisheries and communities at risk from ocean acidification

News release: “Ocean acidification is driving changes in waters vital to Alaska’s valuable commercial fisheries and subsistence way of life, according to new NOAA-led research that will be published online in Progress in Oceanography. Many of Alaska’s nutritionally and economically valuable marine fisheries are located in waters that are already experiencing ocean acidification, and will see more inContinue Reading

Impact of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Coral Communities Is Deeper and Broader than Predicted

“A new discovery of two additional coral communities showing signs of damage from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill expands the impact footprint of the 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The discovery was made by a team led by Charles Fisher, professor of biology at Penn State University. A paper describing this work and additionalContinue Reading

Tree and forest effects on air quality and human health in the United States

Tree and forest effects on air quality and human health in the United States. David J. Nowak, Satoshi Hirabayashi, Allison Bodine, Eric Greenfield. Environmental Pollution, October 2014. “Trees remove air pollution by the interception of particulate matter on plant surfaces and the absorption of gaseous pollutants through the leaf stomata. However, the magnitude and value of the effects of trees andContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – CFPB, Drinking Water, Media Ownership, Railroad Retirement, Security Clearances

CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU: Opportunity Exists to Improve Transparency of Civil Penalty Fund Activities, GAO-14-551: Published: Jun 26, 2014. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 2014. DRINKING WATER: EPA Program to Protect Underground Sources from Injection of Fluids Associated with Oil and Gas Production Needs Improvement, GAO-14-555: Published: Jun 27, 2014. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 2014. MEDIA OWNERSHIP: FCC Should Review the Effects ofContinue Reading

EPA Is Not Fully Aware of the Extent of Its Use of Cloud Computing Technologies

EPA OIG - Report No. 14-P-0323 July 24, 2014 “Our audit work disclosed management oversight concerns regarding the EPA’s use of cloud computing technologies. These concerns highlight the need for the EPA to strengthen its catalog of cloud vendors and processes to manage vendor relationships to ensure compliance with federal security requirements. In particular: The EPAContinue Reading