Favorite Road Trip Gear: No Spill Dog Bowl, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr.
Sesame's no spill dog bowl has been awesome on our road trip. Jeep roads and speed bumps have not been a problem. This bowl will not splash. This has been the best purchase of our trip so far. Now we just need a 12v thermos to heat water for drinks and meals.
World’s largest online marketplace failing to combat online illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife parts despite a policy of deleting adverts, while many sites flourish completely unregulated, reports Yale Environment 360
Illegal online trafficking in imperiled wildlife is rampant, and attempted controls are few and largely ineffective. Log on to most any international internet store that deals in wildlife or wildlife parts, and you’ll find a charnel house of endangered and protected species hawked openly or under phony names and in violation of US law and international agreements.
The world’s largest online marketplace by far, eBay, is one of the few that makes a serious effort to control wildlife smuggling by deleting ads for illegal products — but only the few it notices or hears about. Chris Nagano of the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Endangered Species Division is a trained lepidopterist. When I asked him if he sees any ads for illegal butterflies on eBay he replied: “There are a number of imperiled butterflies openly advertised on eBay, including some listed under the Endangered Species Act or protected under laws of countries they inhabit. Some of these species are sold to collectors for hundreds or even thousands of dollars.”
The sellers would say, ‘Don’t worry. We do this all the time. We’ve got contacts with customs'.
After a report found 4,304 ivory links on eBay, the company banned ivory sales from its international sites.Continue reading...
World’s third-largest seafood exporter given six months to clean up its industry where ‘illegal fishing is almost totally allowed’
The EU has given Thailand, the world’s third-largest seafood exporter, six months to crack down on illegal fishing or face a trade ban on its fish imports.
South Korea and the Philippines though have escaped the commission’s net after bringing in legal reforms and improved control and inspection systems.Continue reading...
Rallies to be held at 15 campuses to urge vice chancellors to follow the lead of the Australian National University and divest from oil, gas and coal companiesContinue reading...
Reductions should be even higher at 60% by 2030 in order to regain credibility among other countries, Climate Change Authority report statesContinue reading...
The University of Queensland’s course examines the science of climate science denial
Starting 28 April, 2015, the University of Queensland is offering a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) aimed at “Making Sense of Climate Science Denial”.
97% of climate scientists agree that humans are causing global warming; however, less than half of Australians are aware of humanity’s role in climate change, while half of the US Senate has voted that humans aren’t causing global warming. This free course explains why there is such a huge gap between the scientific community and the public. Our course looks at what’s driving climate science denial and the most common myths about climate change.Continue reading...
Vespa velutina, which preys on honey bees, is already spreading rapidly across mainland Europe and could pose a serious risk to the UK’s apicultureContinue reading...
More than 50 tons of dead fish have been removed from a Rio de Janeiro lagoon slated to host Olympic events. Specialists blame algae blooms but water quality has been a concern for Olympic organizers.
Senate inquiry hears federal government’s push to end tax-deductible status to legal centres that challenge big business leaves them in dire straitsContinue reading...
In Indonesia, efforts are underway to grow palms in a sustainable way. But that's putting a squeeze on small farmers.
Arachnophobe's nightmare as man hits wolf spider and hundreds of babies burst out of egg sac – video
The Australia Consensus Centre will include a key role for Bjørn Lomborg, who many believe plays down the effects of climate change
Students at the University of Western Australia are calling on the vice-chancellor to reject $4m in federal government funding for a controversial research centre.
The university announced this month the establishment of the Australia Consensus Centre, which will commission economists to “generate evidence and rational arguments” that will “result in the adoption of smarter, more cost-effective policies”.
The Forest Service is set to open more than 80,000 acres for clean, renewable geothermal power in Washington state. But environmentalists are worried about damage to streams and old-growth forests.
Offshore oil industry safety standards have been scrutinized since the BP spill five years ago. It happened when an oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, causing over 3 billion barrels to gush out.
Taos Bound, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr.
We departed Santa Fe this afternoon and are heading North to Taos for a few days. This should keep us in plenty of cool weather which seems to be a theme on this journey.
NOAA devises 14 population segments to allow them to protect those that need help most but activists say the whales are too ‘complicated’ for such judgment
Most of the world’s humpback whales could soon be taken off the endangered species list.
On Monday, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) proposed that humpbacks be split into 14 population segments, allowing for 10 populations to be removed from the endangered list.Continue reading...
Printing Postage on the Road, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr.
We brought our tiny label printer so we can continue to ship products on our six month road trip. After dragging our setup into the house we were crashing in I realized it would have been easier to print in Hondo.