Tag: biodiversity

Podcast

PODCAST: San Antonio’s ‘War on Birds’ Keeps Expanding

Two years ago, the City of San Antonio launched a war on the birds of Elmendorf Lake. The target was the hundreds of cattle egrets who have been roosting at this Westside ecological gem for decades. By razing the island to the ground, and dismantling possibly hundreds of nests, the assault destroyed the nesting ground for many related migratory birds. Many young were killed.

Analysis

To Help Stop the Age of Extinction, Give Nature a New Pronoun

For Indigenous scholar Robin Wall Kimmerer, Western grammatical norms of using “it” to refer to more-than-human relatives absolve settler cultures of moral responsibility for exploiting and dominating nature. Here’s what we can say instead, drawn from Kimmerer’s native Anishinaabe. Robin Wall Kimmerer Singing whales, talking trees, dancing bees, birds who […]

Reporting

CULTIVATOR: News for January 24-January 30

What a time to start a weekly news wrap-up on the climate justice front. Stories of sweeping and rapid change have followed the incoming Biden Administration: reentering Paris and punking the KeystoneXL pipeline. On this front, a number of outlets have you covered. WaPo has (almost) all the executive-order action […]

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Reporting

‘Terrified’ Pennsylvania General Energy Company Seeks to Destroy Local Rights of Nature Law

‘PGE throwing another lawsuit at us to try to bring us to heel, when our community has overwhelmingly said “hell no” multiple times.’ Jessica Corbett/Common Dreams In a clear signal of how the fossil fuel industry feels about efforts to enact Rights of Nature protections that safeguard communities and the […]

Analysis

Threats to Indigenous Rights Dangerous for World Climate

Though critical to forest protection and reversing the climate crisis, indigenous rights are under attack and losing the fight in Bolivia against agricultural interests. Iokiñe Rodríguez and Mirna Inturias Earth’s forests oxygenate the atmosphere and store vast quantities of planet-warming carbon dioxide (CO2). But research suggests that the health of […]

Reporting

Another Monarch Defender Killed in Mexico Preserve

Monarch mural in Mexico. Image: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Midwest Region. Raúl Hernández Romero received death threats before his body was found, family says. Julia Conley Human rights defenders on Monday demanded a full investigation into the death of a second conservation activist in Michoacan state, Mexico, after […]

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Reporting

Brazilians crowdfunding fight against massive, mysterious oil spill

In the absence of an effective response by Brazil’s right-wing government to an oil disaster five months ago, civil society is rising to the challenge. Marina Martinez A major oil spill, coming from a mysterious source in the South Atlantic Ocean, has been contaminating Brazil’s coastline since Aug. 30, 2019. […]

San Antonio Bioregion, Take Action

Take Action: Petition to Save Bird Island

Greg Harman A coalition of organizations and individuals launched a public campaign this week calling for the end of the violent eviction of the birds of Bird Island on San Antonio’s Westside. The campaign calls for residents to both sign a petition targeting the San Antonio Mayor and City Council […]

Reporting

Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall to ‘devastate’ wildlife

At the U.S.-Mexico border, the migration of pumas and coati are cut off by physical barriers. Humans? Not so much. By Kiah Collier and Neena Satija Texas Tribune HIDALGO, Texas — Muddy handprints cover the rusty, iron posts on this section of border fence in far South Texas. The 18-foot-tall barrier, […]

Reporting

Conservation Rush: Do Marine Protected Areas Work?

Kirsten Grorud-Colvert, Oregon State University and Jane Lubchenco, Oregon State University What lies beneath the deep, dark expanse of the ocean is something that has fascinated sailors, fishermen, adventurers, poets and explorers for centuries. How could residents of New England, for instance, have known that beneath the coastal waters lies […]

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Analysis

SXSW Eco: Encounters with Visionaries & Techno-Fetishists

AUSTIN, Texas—This week, at SXSW Eco, a prominent conference bringing together sustainable business leaders, planners, and others, there are innumerable sessions devoted to startup businesses, socially conscious consumption, “bio-based economies,” genetic engineering, and synthetic materials. It is, by and large, a tech conference targeting industry- and city-scale innovations intended to […]

Analysis, Reporting

IUCN: A living earth requires changes in human heart

As with the Peace & Dignity Journey that threaded its way through Texas a couple weeks back, the IUCN World Conservation Congress convened for the first 10 days of this month is an every-four-years affair. Every time the assemblage of 217 governmental agencies and over 1,000 civil society organizations from […]