The Weekly Round Up: June 25- July 1

Happy Canada Day!  I know you’re all excited to celebrate the big 150 (unless you understand that the Indigenous people who have been using this land long before Europeans showed up are still being disenfranchised and ignored- so maybe you’re excited to protest it), but either way, before all of that gets underway, some news.  Here are all of the environmental news stories that caught our attention this week- let’s dive in! Continue reading

Amazon Deforestation Rates Almost Reach 30% Last Year

FILE - This Sept. 15, 2009 file photo shows a deforested area near Novo Progresso in Brazil's northern state of Para. Brazil's government says destruction of its Amazon rainforest has jumped by 28 percent. The sharp jump in deforestation came in the August 2012 through July 2013 period, the time when Brazil measures the annual destruction of the forest. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)

(AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)

Brazil has fallen back in their fight against deforestation of the Amazon rain forest. New satellite images show that the deforestation rate increased by 29% from August 2015 to July 2016. Estimates say that within this time more than 3000 square miles of Amazon rain forest was cut down. To put that into perspective, that’s roughly three times the size of Rhode Island. Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research claims that the loss of rain forest is due to illegal logging practices and the expansion of cattle and agricultural lands.  Continue reading

March Conservation Series: How to Help

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For the past three weeks we have taken a look at large cat conservation around the world. First, we looked at the current populations of large cats. Then we focussed on the main threats that these species face, finally, putting a focus on the key contributors to these issues. Well today we are rounding out this month’s conservation series by putting all of our attention on how we can do something to help these species. Even though these animals are found all over the world, we can still make a positive difference in making sure that they stick around for a long time. Continue reading

March Conservation Series: Key Players

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Last week we looked at the major threats that large cat species face. Habitat conversion, indiscriminate killing, and poaching were the three largest factors that are causing the decrease in large cat populations around the world. Obviously, in an ideal world, these issues would not exist and these species would thrive, but we do not live in such a world. While of these issues can be seen as very abstract, this week we are going to take a closer look at the systems that are allowing these issues to persist, and the key players who are involved in them. Continue reading