Category: Wilderness

  • Polar bears listed as Threatened Species in US

    It’s a bit too late for this one. Now a floormat worth $US7995.00 at Bear Skin World. Surprisingly, Canada, home to two-thirds of the total polar bear population of up to 25,000, has not listed the species as threatened. The US Government has listed polar bears as a threatened species, warning that melting of Arctic…

  • ‘Rotten butter’ versus ‘stinging acid’

    Activists on board anti-whaling ship The Steve Irwin pelting the Nisshin Maru with rotten butter The environmental group Sea Shepherd says it doubts its attack on a Japanese whaling ship off Antarctica yesterday injured anyone. The group threw 24 litres of rotten butter onto the Nisshin Maru whaling ship. Meanwhile, the Taipei Times reports: “Militant…

  • A trashy tale

    A picture worth a thousand sad words from Sierra Magazine. Ocean-borne trash plagues the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The stomach of this dead albatross held more than a half pound of plastic. They captioned it with this damning quote from Art Buchwald — written in 1970: And Man created the plastic bag and the tin and…

  • Whale shark found a long way from home

    Paul Sorensen photographed the five-metre long whale shark as it swam close to his group A young whale shark has been found off the Queensland coast, as far as 1,000 kilometres off course of its annual migration. The discovery has puzzled scientists, who have not ruled out a link to climate change. The lonesome whale…

  • Dwindling Arctic Sea Ice

    According to a new NASA study, Arctic perennial sea ice has been decreasing at a rate of 9 percent per decade since the 1970s. The photographs show the difference between 1979 and 2003. The changes in Arctic ice may be a harbinger of global climate change, says Josefino Comiso, researcher at Goddard Space Flight Center,…

  • Age of Grand Canyon a Bush secret

    Grand Canyon National Park is not permitted to give an official estimate of the geologic age of its principal feature, due to pressure from Bush administration appointees. Despite promising a prompt review of its approval for a book claiming the Grand Canyon was created by Noah’s flood rather than by geologic forces, more than three…

  • Brazil Protects Great Swath of Amazon

    A swath of Amazon rain forest the size of Alabama was placed under government protection yesterday in a region infamous for violent conflicts among loggers, ranchers and environmentalists. Known as the Guayana Shield, the 57,915-square-mile area contains more than 25 percent of the world’s remaining humid tropical forests and the largest remaining unpolluted fresh water…

  • Unplug Pedder

    Campaigns to reverse the damage done by indiscriminate damming of rivers are springing up everywhere, especially in the western USA, where many a project promoted as the wave of the future has led to silting and the ruin of of many a river ecosystem. But possibly the first such campaign started as long ago as…

  • A tiger’s anniversary

    The last thylacine died in captivity in a now-defunct Hobart Zoo 70 years ago today. Popularly known as the Tasmanian Tiger, it was the top carnivore in the island’s ecosystem, so it was persecuted to death in less than 150 years of European settlement. A scavenger rather than an aggressive predator, the shy and elusive…