Month: August 2020

Plastic pollution affects much of the world’s coastal areas and often significantly impairs coastal fisheries. Poor legislative and waste management capacity across many tropical countries further drives the problem. In the coastal strip of Panama, it is common to see kilometers of plastic waste. The increase in the population of Panama City, coupled with a poor
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Photo: Michael Donoghue On August 20, with low tide lapping his toes, Scott Edwards stood on an Oregon beach and hoisted his bike overhead in triumph. The 57-year-old Harvard professor and curator of ornithology had just finished a solo, cross-country bike ride spanning 76 days, 15 states, 3,800 miles—and just three flat tires. As an evolutionary biologist,
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Green Heron. Photo: Edward Cordes/Audubon Photography Awards This week, as Hurricane Laura makes landfall as the strongest storm to hit Louisiana in more than 150 years, the Senate Special Committee on the Climate Crisis released a report that aims to address climate-related disasters and other impacts. The Case for Climate Action: Building a Clean Energy
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Carolina Wren. Photo: Sujata Roy/Audubon Photography Awards CHARLESTON, South Carolina (August 27, 2020) — Today Audubon South Carolina released its newly commissioned report, “An Economic Analysis of the Solar Industry in South Carolina,” which found that the solar energy industry has a $1.5 billion impact in the state, contributes more than $58.8 million in state and
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Experts estimate that nearly 2,000 chimpanzees may be lost to the wildlife trade each year. Chimpanzees are currently listed as endangered by the IUCN (the western chimpanzee, one of four subspecies, is listed as critically endangered), and their numbers are still declining. While chimpanzee conservation has many components, researchers say genetic studies are an increasingly
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Canada Geese. Photo: Christian Hannig/Audubon Photography Awards A quiet world of ancient caribou paths, nesting shorebirds, clean air, and free-flowing rivers could soon be replaced with roads, gravel pads, airplane traffic, retention ponds, and the smells and smog of low-lying methane clouds. The Trump administration has decided to move forward with oil and gas drilling
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A crane looks out at the sunset. Photo by Damian Stevens The world has changed much over the last hundred years. With the addition of large buildings, the need for building materials and new spaces to build within, and a myriad of other “new” requirements to enable humans to live in this timeframe, it’s a
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A Greater Sage-Grouse displays on a road in Wyoming. Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies A Greater Sage-Grouse displays on a road in Wyoming. Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies LANDER, Wyo. (August 25, 2020) — Some of the country’s leading conservation organizations are condemning a decision by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to proceed with a massive
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