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Learn the truth about these water survival myths to ensure your family's long-term survival

Natural News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) When preparing for an emergency, having a supply of safe drinking water is a primary concern. Clean water is essential for survival. Most people will die within three days without water. Anyone who takes prepping seriously already knows this, but there is a surprising...

Aggressive water restrictions ordered by Governor of California

Natural News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) At a time when California is experiencing severe droughts, it would appear that its residents, businesses and government isn't practicing water conservation efforts as diligently as they could be; data show that water use among Californians fell less than 4 percent in...

Federal appeals court declares government mass phone surveillance is illegal

Natural News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) As Congress debates whether to "reform" or end the controversial USA Patriot Act by making it harder for presidents to use it to spy on all Americans, a federal appeals court has weighed in, ruling in recent days that the broad surveillance authority the law supposedly...

Future climate of the Midwest hard to predict

ENN Climate - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 01:32
Will climate change make the U.S. Midwest drier or wetter during the summer growing season? A new Dartmouth-led study finds that the answer remains uncertain.The findings are important given the Midwest's agricultural output is critical to the U.S. economy and global food security.The study appears in the journal Water Resources Research. The study included researchers from Dartmouth College, Columbia University, National University of Singapore and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Categories: Ecological News

US Exposure to Extreme Heat is on the Rise

ENN Climate - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 01:03
U.S. residents' exposure to extreme heat could increase four- to six-fold by mid-century, due to both a warming climate and a population that's growing especially fast in the hottest regions of the country, according to new research. The study, by researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the City University of New York (CUNY), highlights the importance of considering societal changes when trying to determine future climate impacts.
Categories: Ecological News

US Exposure to Extreme Heat is on the Rise

ENN Health - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 01:03
U.S. residents' exposure to extreme heat could increase four- to six-fold by mid-century, due to both a warming climate and a population that's growing especially fast in the hottest regions of the country, according to new research. The study, by researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the City University of New York (CUNY), highlights the importance of considering societal changes when trying to determine future climate impacts.
Categories: Ecological News

Rhino Return to Samburu

Ecology Today - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 22:29

By Wanjiku Kinuthia
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

Critically endangered black rhino reintroduced to a native habitat 25 years after the last individual was poached in the area

Black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis)

Monday (May 18, 2015) the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) and Lewa Wildlife Conservancy have embarked on a relocation programme in a bid to expand black rhino habitat in the country, and boost populations of the iconic species.

At least 20 preselected rhinos will be moved from Lewa, Nakuru and Nairobi National Parks to a sanctuary within the community owned and operated Sera Community Conservancy.

Two rhino have already been successfully moved and released to their new home.

This will be the first time in East Africa a local community will be responsible for the protection and management of the highly threatened black rhino, signaling a mind shift in Kenya’s conservation efforts. This pioneering move demonstrates the Government of Kenya’s confidence in the local community, and materialises the promise to support community-based conservation initiatives as provided for by the new Wildlife Act, 2013.

It is expected that the presence of black rhino in Samburu County will be a significant boost to tourism in the area whilst providing new job opportunities for local communities. Parts of the Sanctuary will also be set aside for dry season grazing for local herders, and the community look forward to increased overall security in the area.

The candidates earmarked for translocation range from six and a half years to 20 years old. Candidates are meant to reflect natural demographics and encourage natural breeding conditions. All animals will be fitted with satellite-based transmitters for close monitoring. The community rangers have been trained by Lewa and KWS in data gathering, anti-poaching operations, bush craft and effective patrolling – and will have the back up of the Lewa, NRT and KWS Anti-Poaching Units.

According to International Union for the Conservation of Nature, populations of the Eastern black rhino (Diceros bicornis michaeli) plummeted by 98% between 1960 and 1995 primarily as a result of poaching and hunting.

However, conservation efforts have managed to stabilise and increase numbers in most of the black rhino’s former ranges since then. Kenya’s population has increased from 381 since 1987 to a current estimate of 640. It is projected to rise significantly in the near future, especially with growing partnerships between government, communities and conservation organisations. It is hoped that the new rhino sanctuary will benefit Kenya’s black rhino population

Sera Community Conservancy, established in 2001is a member of NRT umbrella. It is governed by a council of elders, an elected board of trustees, a management team and the residing communities which include the Samburu, Rendille and Borana.

This translocation is jointly supported by Samburu County Government, USAID, The Lundin Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, San Diego Zoo, St. Louis Zoo, Tusk Trust, The US Fish and Wildlife Service, Zurich Zoo, and several private philanthropists.

The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is an award-winning catalyst and model for community conservation, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and features on the IUCN Green List of successful protected areas. Lewa is the heart of wildlife conservation, sustainable development and responsible tourism in northern Kenya and its successful working model has provided the framework on which many conservation organisations in the region are based. www.lewa.org

The Northern Rangelands Trust is an umbrella organisation that aims to establish resilient community conservancies that transform lives, secure peace, and conserve natural resources. There are now 27 NRT-member community conservancies across northern and coastal Kenya, home to over 300,000 people who are managing over 31,000 square kilometres of land and safeguarding a wide range of species and habitats. NRT is now widely seen as a model of how to support community conservancies, and its success has helped shape new government regulations on establishing, registering and managing community conservancies in Kenya. www.nrt-kenya.org

The Kenya Wildlife Service is a State Corporation established by the Act of Parliament, CAP 376, (now repealed by Wildlife Act, 2013) with a mandate to conserve and manage wildlife in Kenya. It also has a sole jurisdiction over 27 both terrestrial and marine National Parks and oversight role in the management of 28 national reserves and private sanctuaries.www.kws.go.ke

Categories: Ecological News

Ghana's women farmers resist the G7 plan to grab Africa's seeds

The Ecologist Magazine - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 20:25
Sharing and saving seed is a crucial part of traditional farming all over Africa, writes Heidi Chow. Maybe that's why governments, backed by multinational seed companies, are imposing oppressive seed laws that attack the continent's main food producers and open the way to industrial agribusiness. But Ghana's women farmers are having none of it.
Categories: Ecological News

After more than a decade, FDA still won’t allow new sunscreens.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 19:30
U.S. consumers don’t have access to eight advanced European sun-filtering molecules because the Food & Drug Administration is not convinced they are safe for users.
Categories: Ecological News

Enviro-tracker lets you collect data on air quality, temperature and humidity.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 19:30
Growing up in Vancouver, Kevin Hart was spoiled by the fresh mountain air. It wasn’t until the electronics expert started working on industrial job sites that he realized how relatively good he’d had it.
Categories: Ecological News

China to fund green investment with public-private partnerships, bonds.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 19:30
China plans to raise funds for its environmental clean-up and carbon-reduction goals by creating public-private partnerships and issuing "green" bonds, officials from the central bank and other financial authorities said on Monday.
Categories: Ecological News

Lead recycling in Vietnam village threatens local environment, health.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 19:30
Lead recycling in the northern Hung Yen Province's Dong Mai craft village is seriously threatening the local environment and health of its residents, officials have warned.
Categories: Ecological News

Africa opposes EU's waste dumping move.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 19:30
Tanzania and other African countries have expressed concern over the European Union's proposal to recycle products containing toxic flame retardants into new products such as children's toys, food containers and soft furnishings.
Categories: Ecological News

Anti-Arctic drilling activists hold 'Shell No' protest.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 19:30
Hundreds of activists decked out in neoprene wetsuits and life jackets took to the waters of Elliott Bay on Saturday in kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and other vessels to send the message that Royal Dutch Shell should cancel its plan to drill in the Arctic Ocean.
Categories: Ecological News

Decade-long study wins Heinz Award after findings include link between air pollution, obesity.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 19:30
Air pollution can make your children fat. That was just one of the more surprising findings of a decade-long public health study by Frederica Perera, an environmental health researcher at Columbia University and one of five winners of this year’s Heinz Awards.
Categories: Ecological News

Fake beauty products contain rat droppings and arsenic.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 19:30
What if the products you regularly apply to your face contained undesirable substances such as rats' droppings, human urine and arsenic?
Categories: Ecological News

State neglects its duty to get the lead out of children's environments.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 19:30
Maine legislators must consider tougher standards that are consistent with the federal threshold, protecting many more children in our state.
Categories: Ecological News

Are state regulators hurting Hoosiers' lungs?

Environmental Health News - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 19:30
Indiana's top air-quality regulators, with extensive backgrounds in heavy industry, are fighting efforts to further limit ozone pollution.
Categories: Ecological News

Quest to eliminate chemical flame retardants from Californian homes is far from over, experts say.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 19:30
Some argue flame retardant insulation is toxic and unnecessary, but it’s still required by California building codes.
Categories: Ecological News

New Jersey air quality takes a hit.

Environmental Health News - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 19:30
New Jersey power companies have been turning off pollution control equipment at coal-fired plants and allowing massive amounts of contaminants to escape through the stacks in — a legal practice that ends up contributing to chronic air and health issues in New Jersey.
Categories: Ecological News
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