“Elephant pyre such a waste!”


Don’t you think that we could have found a better tribute to honor the lives of these innocent elephants than letting their remains go up in smoke?  This was not a well conceived plan. I realize a message was sent to poachers and illegal traders, but this seems to add insult to injury.

Do any of NC readers have a better green way to honor the elephants and make money to support elephant research too?

Well Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki on Wednesday did not ask for our input when he ignited five tons of ivory stockpiled in the country since being seized in Singapore nearly a decade ago. Some 335 tusks and 42,553 ivory carvings went up in smoke at the Manyani wildlife rangers training institution in eastern Kenya

The vanities of man fueled this slaughter of elephants for their ivory  in Asia and the Middle East where elephant tusks and rhinoceros horns are used to make ornaments and traditional medicines.

Kenya in 1989 torched 12 tons of ivory, three years later Zambia also burnt a stockpile of smuggled tusks.

Africa is home to 472,269 elephants whose survival is threatened by poaching and illegal trade in game trophy as is rising population causing wildlife habitat loss.

The site of the Wednesday’s ivory burning also bore symbolism. The national wildlife rangers institution is in the Tsavo National Park, which is Kenya’s leading elephant sanctuary home to 12,572 elephants.

Wildlife officials said a monument will be erected at the burning site.

In the last few years  several smugglers were arrested at its Nairobi international airport, a major regional hub.

Trafficking animal parts is also linked to other crimes such as document falsification, corruption, money laundering and other organised crime, according to wildlife authorities.

Protecting and develop our wildlife resources is a national focus, because eco tourism has become a huge revenue source for the country.

Excerpts and image courtesy of  http://www.terradaily.com

“Saving the honey bee from extinction”


Seems there are many projects in motion worldwide to try to save the honey bee from demise.

Many factors have caused this imbalance in one of Mother Nature’s finest worker urbanization, pesticides and chemicals of all kinds, the EMFs from power lines, cell phones and their obnoxious cell towers, GM plants and chemical infested modern agriculture, poor quality food for many commercialized stocks of bees and trucking the hives long distances to pollinated field of polluted crops without a rest between seasons.

Now many are trying to help this bee-leagured population recover. The latest extreme measure is to forget about recovery and living mre harmoniously and just engineer a super beeimmune to mites and pesty  diseases. I can see it now the super godzilla of a bee from the north now meets the Africanized bee from Africa and the offspring will off the world.

bees, bee breeding, parasitic mites, bee population, University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, cold resistant bees

Over the last five years the world’s honey bee population has been steadily dwindling, with many beekeepers citing 2010 as the worst year yet. In order to save these extremely important insects, scientists are working on breeding a new super honey bee that they hope will be resistant to cold, disease, mites and pesticides. If all goes well, the new and improved insect will continue to pollinate our crops for years to come.

On the other extreme with a the gentler approach, is Michael Leung and HK Honey from Hong Kong whose approach is refreshing and Zen like. Check out the video.

Excerpt and Super honey bee photo courtesy of  inhabitat.com

“Sea turtles rehabilitation + relocation full of challenges”


Federal wildlife officials will begin to relocate Twenty-two young Kemp’s ridley sea turtle hatchlings and adults from the oiled Northern Gulf Coastline to the East Coast of Florida near the Kennedy Space center. Hoping that these endangered animals might have a better chance of surviving.  Keep your fingers crossed.

Hatchling sea turtles retuen to the sea

Relocating turtles

“The decision to move nests has been made only as the best of a bad set of alternatives,” Debby Crouse, a sea turtle expert with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, told reporters. The first 56 of what are expected to be thousands of hatchlings were released into the Atlantic on Thursday, rather than into the toxic soup that BP has made of their normal territory. Certainly the Gulf would have been lethal, but it’s not at all clear that the newborns will be able to orient themselves, find food in their new habitats or deal with the possible temperature differences in the water. The Kemp’s Ridley was just taken off the endangered list one year ago now this.

The data on all six species of endangered  species of sea turtles are very incomplete. No one knows how the ocean portion of their life is lived, much less what they need to survive and thrive. For example, Loggerhead turtles do not even reach sexual maturity until they are 36 years old.  Over the next several months, plans to move an estimated 700 nests from the Florida panhandle and Alabama beachesto the space center to protect more endangered sea turtles.

How many animals the burning of the ocean which BP is resuming is have on the turtles and other wildlife as well as the toxicity of the dispersant, effects of the oil and gases will have on turtles, their food supply and long term health and wellness is known.

Other dangers on land  these turtles face happens at birth. The lighting along the shore from human habitation is attractive to hatchlings and they follow the lights to their death and poaching is a constant threat.

In a metaphorical way these endangered  represent all of us. Will we crack open the shell that has kept us from seeing how to take care and protect all life so the future will become healthier and safer for all.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of   http://huff.to/bVw160

YouTube Video 1. LDWF rescue   http://bit.ly/cUA3J4

YouTube Video 2. Other problems sea turtle rescue   http://bit.ly/cLQDgY

“What if today you could no longer speak?”


There is a new machine that can help individuals that have lost the ability to speak talk again.

There is a new speech assist machine called the Brain-Computer Interface system that  can make communication possible again.

The Brain-Computer Interface system reads electric currents created by nerve cells talking to each other in the brain. It allows users to control a computer and communicate through e-mail, other computer-based communication systems, or synthetic speech. A multisite clinical trial for BCI is planned to begin by the end of this summer. It’s hoped that BCI will be made widely available for in-home use by people unable to communicate by other means as a result of disease or injury.

Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) is under development by researchers at the Wadsworth Center, an arm of the New York State Department of Health, in Albany, N.Y. The BCI system is made up of a small laptop computer, an amplifier, a 20-inch monitor and a cap fitted with electrodes . This brain connect up syste “reads” the electric impulses or  currents created by nerve cell activity in thedifferent oarts of the brain. The user can control the computer and communicate through e-mail, other computer-based communication systems or synthetic speech.

It has potential for use by people affected by spinal cord injuries, stroke or other diseases, Wolf and the four other people currently testing the system all have ALS. The BCI system is calibrated to the individual, and its use in anyone with advanced ALS requires a caregiver or someone else who can first put the cap containing the electrodes on the user’s head, and then start the system. From there, the user can control everything using brain signals instead of muscles, up to and including shutting down the computer.

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Resources

Excerpts and Images courtesy of    http://bit.ly/dwk5Og

“Amazing nanoparticle sponge that sucks up oil”


Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) engineering professor David Schiraldi and his research group have created a nanoparticle clay sponge that sucks up oil like files are attracted to a magnet.  Aeroclay composites are ultra-lightweight sponge made of clay and a bit of high-grade plastic that draws oil out of contaminated water while leaving the water behind.  There is no chemical reaction between the material and oil. If the oil is uncontaminated, it can be used again.
The Aerogel comes in granular form, in sheets or in blocks of almost any shape and is effective in fresh and saltwater or on a surface. Oil spill experts on both coasts say that the ability to squeeze out and conserve the oil is an advantage over other products currently available.
This is a nanotechnology product.   These researchers have created a line of patented foam-like and environmentally friendly sponge/foam  like polymers. Check out the videos and the full story.
Will this become the magic bullet for spill cleanup in the future?
Resources
Excerpts
and videos courtesy of  ceramics.org/ceramictechtoday/aeroclay

Excerpts and videos courtesy of  physorg.com

Excerpts courtesy of ceramics.org/ceramictechtoday

“Clubbing of seals a subsidized hobby”


Every spring, harp seal pups off the east coast of Canada are barbarically clubbed and shot to death by sealers for their fur. This year due to global warming and the melting of the ice flows, sadly, baby seals will perish before the sealers arrive.   Clubbing seals for fun and profit

We must speak out and urge Canada to cancel the hunt and spare the surviving pups.
Wolves, seals, polar bears, whale on and on to some countries trading in animals parts and making money on the backs of threatened or endangered animals is a way of life.

In the US we cannot throw stones, we just finished slaughtering over 500 wolves and brought the numbers down to unsustainable levels.

Now Canada will allow seal hunters to slaughter 388,200 harp, grey and hooded seals this year, an increase of 50,000 from 2009.

Clubbed and skinned alive

The current kill levels are higher than they have been in half a century.
Canada’s annual commercial clubbing of seals is the largest commercial hunt of marine mammals on the planet. But will the few pennies made by each fisherman/hunter backfire on their commercial fishing income?
How?  Culling harp seals could further inhibit recovery of commercially valuable fish stocks in the Northwest Atlantic.

Time to up the pressure some more the growing worldwide criticism does not seem to penetrate the thick $$ hide of those backing the slaughter. Besides the blatant hunt’s cruelty of the hunt, the Canadian government and fishing industry have spread lots of misinformation.
The real facts about the Canadian hunt:
In 2006, 98 percent of the harp seals killed were pups under just three months of age.
Sealers are fishermen from Canada’s East Coast. There are under 6,000 fishermen who actively participate in the seal hunt each year.
Cruelty of the hunt?
Veterinarians who studied the hunt concluded that the seal hunt failed to comply with Canada’s basic animal welfare standards. In 42 percent of the cases studied, the seals had likely been skinned alive while conscious.
There are no penalties if hunters exceed their quotas. In 2004, sealers killed close to 16,000 seals more than the permitted quota. Again, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans extended the sealing season until well into June.
Each killing method is cruel. Shooting at seals from moving boats, the pups may only be wounded. if so then they are often left to suffer in agony—many slip beneath the surface of the water where they die slowly and are never recovered.

Why do they  kill so many?
Seals are killed for their fur which is make into fashion garments, seal oil  is used for both industry and for human consumption, and seal penises have been sold in Asian markets as an aphrodisiac. The commercially useless seal carcasses are left to rot where they lay on the ice.
This hunt is subsidized by the Canadian government at tax payers expense. The seal hunt is also indirectly subsidized by the Norwegian government. It purchases about 80% of the seal skins from the hunt and the skins are shipped unprocessed to Norway, There to be tanned and re-exported.
In the 1990s, the Canadian government rejuvenated the commercial seal hunt through massive subsidies. Nearly one million seal pups killed in the past three years alone, will this be yet another mammal driven to extinction through the blind greed of man?
Please take action now.

Boycott Canadian fish until seal slaughter is stopped for good.


Resources

Excerpts courtesy  of HSUS http://bit.ly/cNrEbX
Image 1. http://bit.ly/dcjkCa
Image 2. http://bit.ly/akWOM2

“Poaching +aphrodisiacs + greed + ignorance = the ‘blood diamonds’ of species survival”


You may be seeing the last of these species

It seems even those we pay to protect our animals make more money poaching than caring for the future of animals in their country. Zimbabwe security forces poached 200 rhinos during these past two years. Ivory is worth more now than gold on the black market. They are not alone.

As terrible as this is, we are supporting this behavior every time we purchase something made from ivory, tiger aphrodisiacs or wear a fur pelt from some skinned animal, go hunting for sport or chop up our forests or lands to plant non sustainable crops, build nuclear plants or drill into the sea bed for oil.

Only we can create a new healthier world.

Why do we bother to try to save endangered animals on one hand

– we wipe them out with the other?

Is there president for continuing to work with animal populations that have very few members thus limiting their genetic pool? Especially when “the blood diamond effect” is so pervasive? Why is the gene pool diversity needed?

As current genetic knowledge has it, the more diverse the number of genes contributing to the reproductive pool the stronger the chance that healthy, genetically strong traits to be passed down to offspring insuring the survival of the species.

Many of our most well known animals like the South China tiger, the orangutan, the Sumatran elephant and rhino, the panda, the tortoise, many of the whales, the sea turtles, the cheetah, monarch butterfly, pacific salmon, the North American bears, the wolf, jaguar, sharks, tuna, hundreds of frog, toad and other amphibians… are a few of thousands of animals and plants destroyed along the way to the bank or for aphrodisiacs or to make homes by slashing and burning or long lining their lives to the brink of extinction.

As the blood diamond, the African diamond mined at the expense on the backs of the blacks in the mines of South Africa, so to is the ivory horns, tiger penis, animal pelts, turtle shells and eggs, shark fins, roe of fish, palm oil, illegal animal trade , over fishing, etc are the bloody diamonds rampant in modern society.

Should we try to save an endangered species?

Junaidi Payne chairman of the Borneo Rhinoceros Alliance (BORA) and longtime conservationist with WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), Malaysia answers this question this way, “There are estimated to be 11,000 orangutans [in Sabah alone] and probably 1,500 [Bornean pygmy] elephants, but there are no more than forty rhinos… New populations have stagnated and are going down slowly. It’s about need.

Bornean rhino probably has only 6-7 fertile females. MAYBE THEY CAN BE SAVED.

It is the maybe that keep us going against all odds as explorers of old trying to cross Antarctica and the success stories along the way like the miracles from medical field. Against all odds and commonly held genetic theory some will survive and flourish outside of captivity in their natural habitat. We can do it.

Intensive conservation measures pulled the white rhino back now about 17,480 white rhinos live in east and southern Africa and are the most populous rhino species in the world. Rewilding of the tigers in China is under way trying to help the South China tiger’s numbers. We cannot give up on our world.

Life in all forms is too precious.

Thanks to everyone who loves enough to give their time, energy and money to save our world. Everyone can help become a Crusader for Nature.” – Mother Nature

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of  http://news.mongabay.com/2009/1201-hance_tam.html

Excerpts courtesy of  http://bit.ly/bEKRms

Image courtesy of  http://www.ens-newswire.com/20090716_rhinopoaching.jpg

Image courtesy of  http://english.people.com.cn/200605/24/images/tiger1.jpg


“Coral reefs are the world’s underwater rainforests”


Coral are the rainforest of the ocean. Its reefs quickly create new species. The biodiversity of life on the reef is comparable to the multiplicity of life forms in the rainforests. There are 30 of 34 known animal phyla living on the reef. About 2800 species of fish are known to live in the reef region. Of the 500 or so species of reef building corals found throughout the Indian and Pacific Oceans, about 350 are known to be on the Barrier Reef. It could be decades before scientists have a complete list of all the plants and animals found on any one reef. Many species are still to be identified and named. Preserving and nurturing the coral will protect the entire food chain and our web of life as we know it.

In the richest of all regions of coral reef development (central Indo-Pacific), a single acre of coral reef habitat may harbor many types of marine algae, hundreds of brightly hued fish species, and thousands of different kinds of invertebrate animals. Coral reefs are the largest living structure on the planet.

500 million years ago the first coral reef grew. Now the world’s coral reefs are in crisis

The economic importance of maintaining a healthy coral and pollution free coastal shoreline cannot be under estimated:

1. Coral reefs cover are home to 25% of all marine fish species.
2. 500 million people rely on coral reefs for their food and livelihoods.
3. Coral reefs form natural barriers that protect nearby shorelines from the eroding forces of the sea, thereby protecting coastal dwellings, agricultural land and beaches.
4. Coral reefs, protect parts of Florida from be submerged.
5. Medicines made coral have been used in the treatment of cancer, HIV, cardiovascular diseases and ulcers.
6. Corals’ porous limestone skeletons have been used for human bone grafts.
7. It is estimated that coral reefs provide $375 billion per year around the world in goods and services.

Threats to the world’s coral reefs include:
1. Pollution -waste products from gasoline and oil, trash, plastic, cans, bottles, cosmetics, human carelessness, agriculture waste run off
2. Disease – bacterial, white pox, band and rapid wasting disease, coral bleaching, shedding – a sick environment equals sick coral
3. Over-fishing -destroying the food chain by taking all the largest fish and other sea creatures
4. Dynamite and cyanide fishing  especially in the Far East -Indonesia, Phillipines, Malasia, China, Japan
5. Sedimentation – muddy freshwater enters the sea by realizing that gaps in continuous fringing and offshore reefs faced the river mouths.
6. Bleaching caused by rising ocean temperatures from global warming

Healthy coral

If the present rate of destruction continues:

a. 70% of the world’s coral reefs will be destroyed by the year 2050.
b.  25% of coral reefs have already disappeared and an estimated two-thirds of all coral reefs are at risk today.1
c. 88% of the reefs in Southeast Asia – the most species rich reefs on earth – are at risk.
d. Since 1975, more than 90% of the reefs in the Florida Keys have lost their living coral cover.

Only we can change this destruction

  1. Take care and help clean up the our streams, shores, ocean and all waterways.
  2. Decreasing our carbon footprint
  3. When diving being respectful of the environment and staying off the coral.
  4. Take pictures of coral for souvenirs.
  5. Refusing to buy fish that are harvested by in long lines, dynamiting or cynanide poisoning ( the last two methods are from the Far East).
  6. Recycle, reuse and take trash home for proper discard on land, lake , stream, the seashore or ocean.

Support organizations that are helping protect the coral reef and sealife. Get involved.

Coral reefs are a world treasure. Our economic and health depend on them staying healthy.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of  http://www.terradaily.com//Coral_reefs_quickly_create.html

Excerpts courtesy of  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southeast_Asian_coral_reefs

Excerpts courtesy of  http://www.barrierreefaustralia.com/great-barrier-reef-info2.html

Excerpts courtesy of   http://www.nature.org/joinanddonate/rescuereef/explore/facts.html

Image courtesy of  http://images.google.com/foodweb

Image courtesy of  http://www.uncwil.edu/bio/images/JRPBahamasspongesandcoral.jpg

“Why must we save these endangered animals and forests?”


Our future as a species may be tied to saving these animals and forests from extinction.

Besides the beauty and the uniqueness of these ancient animals and forests, scientists are finding that
1. Leatherback turtle blood clots quickly so sharks can not detect their scent after being injured. This  may help scientists unravel clues to stem bleeding in humans. After surgery or injury, bleeding can cause death if not quickly stopped.

2. Cheetah’s are the fastest land animal. Their muscle protein structure may help understand their speed and help in muscle rehabilitation after an accident.

Cheetahs may run free in India

3. The naked mole rat is being studied for his longevity and extended family structure.

4. Leatherback turtles, the biggest species of turtle, can dive deeper than other turtles, leading experts to wonder how they regulate buoyancy. That and the shape of their shells could give clues to submarine or ship design.
5. Honey bee sting is used to decrease pain in joints from arthritis.
6. Frogs and lizards feet and a spider’s webs are being studied for their stickiness and its strength.
7. Tropical forests soak up greenhouse gases and are the treasure house for plants used to heal and a new source of income for poor nations.

Conserving endangered animals, sea life, the oceans, wetlands, forests and the air we breathe may take on such economic value that we will do whatever it takes to save them and us.

Resources


Excerpts
courtesy of   http://www.reuters.com

Images 1 and 3. courtesy of Nature’s Crusaders library

Image 2. courtesy of   http://costaricanconservationnetwork.wordpress.com/leatherback.jpg

“Cruelty begins by abandoning pets”


In Tucson, AZ there seems to be favorite places to release animals to their own wiles. In the abandoning zone in the desert the other side of the airport, recently carcasses of dogs, cats  and even a horse has been discovered. If small animals like rats , gerbils or rabbits are released in the desert larger predators will have them for lunch, so their bodies usually are not found.Seems the horse was taken their and shot in the neck.

More people have become aware of the “zone” and are patrolling the area.
Every city has these areas that need to be checked so the domesticated animals that are left can quickly be found.
Other ways animals are abandoned include simply dropping them off on a city street to race after their owners car and maybe be hit or killed. Others are left behind in houses that the owners have been forced to leave.

Abandoned an animal suffers shock and disorientation just like people would , then becomes dehydrated and  hungry. If let outside the animal is unable to find shelter can die from the elements. Very few of these abandoned animals are found by people who will care for them or take them to a shelter.

With the economic challenges the US faces more animals will be let to die. Do the math if 63 percent of U.S. households have at least one pet-plus, hundreds of thousands of pets are in danger of being abandoned or if fortunate be given to animal shelters across the country.

Abandoning a pet is illegal, help a pet out and turn it over to a shelter if you cannot keep it.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of  http://www.alternet.org

Image courtesy of  http://blog1.rspcasa.asn.au/abandoned_Buddy.jpg

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