Tag: conservation

Podcast

PODCAST: Liberty Heise on Monarchs, Marathons, Migration

Marisol Cortez As Día de los Muertos approaches – bedecking local H-E-Bs in all manner of commercialized Latinidad – another familiar ritual begins in the far northern reaches of the hemisphere. Like glacier melt rolling downhill to join with rivers and eventually oceans, a tributary of monarchs moves slowly southward […]

Reporting

In Praise of Nuisance Heronries (Part Two)

Bird-dispersing chemical warfare comes to the Westside’s little Aztlan, our ‘place of herons.’ Editor’s Note: This is the second of a two-part series. Click here for part one, a dispatch from Brackenridge Park. Marisol Cortez Roosting together on a mid-March Sunday evening, the birds of Bird Island sound collectively at times […]

Reporting

In Praise of Nuisance Heronries (Part One)

How the slow attention of local women exposed an institutional war on the birds of San Antonio. Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part series. Read part two, “Place of Herons,” here. Marisol Cortez In 1962, Rachel Carson—government scientist, nature writer, breast cancer non-survivor, and queer woman on […]

Analysis

Stopping Bolsonaro’s Genocidal Policies Targeting Brazil’s Native Peoples

It is official. On the first of the year, Jair Bolsonaro, was inaugurated as the 38th President of Brazil. One of his first official acts as a newly inaugurated president was doing away with demarcation of indigenous territories in Brazil. All of us living on this planet should be fearful of this act.

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, […]

Analysis

Talking Jobs: Pipelines Don’t Just Threaten The Water

Sure, pipelines are good for oil companies, but what about jobs related to preserving nature and culture? Chip Colwell, University of Colorado Denver On his fourth day as U.S. president, Donald Trump penned executive orders to advance construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline Project pipeline and the Keystone XL pipeline. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Reporting

Cut down a tree, go to jail, Dominican (Republic) leader warns — Repeating Islands

President Danilo Medina on Sunday made another surprise visit to the interior, this time to farmers and villagers of the town Sabaneta, where he warned them to “save the mountains, because if not, there will be no water,” Dominican Today reports. The inhabitants reacted with surprise at Medina’s warning, who […]

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National Bat Appreciation Day

Hi all, It has been brought to my attention that today, Sunday, April 17th is National Bat Appreciation Day.  […] via Check Out these Amazing Bat Facts on National Bat Appreciation Day! — Urban Hermits Addendum: It’s been a couple years since I got up there, but you can check out […]

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‘Water Activists’ Pushing Back Against Growth, Bad Planning

File under: WTF were we thinking passing Prop 6? Gary Cheatwood grew up near the town of Cuthand, in far northeast Texas, and he always found peace along the wooded banks of Little Mustang Creek. His grandfather had bought 100 acres in 1917 and now Gary’s family owns 600 acres […]

Reporting

Companies Embrace Rainwater Harvesting Even As U.S. States Go Slow

Texas approved funding for a $50bn water plan, but left out a tool that has been growing in popularity among corporations (First published by Guardian Sustainable Business.) Texas voters last night approved the creation of a water bank expected to fund nearly $30bn in water infrastructure projects in the coming decades. […]