Saturday, 17 February 2018

High levels of microplastics found in Northwest Atlantic fish

An Atlantic sturgeon. US Fish & Wildlife Service.
New study finds microplastics in the stomachs of 73 percent of mesopelagic (medium-depth) fish caught in the Northwest Atlantic -- one of the highest levels globally. More here.

Friday, 16 February 2018

The value of pollinator species diversity

An unidentified pollinator in Manitoba. PinP photo.

Large numbers of species are needed to support ecosystem functioning. Story here.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Tree rings reveal increased fire risk for southwestern US

The Pacheco fire in New Mexico. 2011.
Photo by John Fowler.
Historical record points to climate patterns that could prime the region for an intense fire season. Story here.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Animal health and welfare, two cornerstones of sustainable, responsible and effective food production

ILRI news

Improved animal health and welfare standards can also increase food production in ways that protect the environment and enhance the resilience of livestock producers and systems. More here.

Hogs see the sun and get fresh air on an "outdoor" 
farm in the UK. Photo credit - Andy & Hilary.

'Plastic in All Sizes' Found Everywhere in Once Pristine European Arctic


A disturbing amount of plastic is building up in the once-pristine European Arctic.  More here.

Friday, 9 February 2018

Dams nudge Amazon's eco-systems out of wack

Science Magazine
A dorado, somtimes called mahi-mahi.
A Wikimedia photo.
Once upon a time, thousands of dorados, a giant among catfish, would swim more than 3000 kilometers from the mouth of the Amazon River to spawn in Bolivia's MamorĂ© River, in the foothills of the Andes. But the dorado, which can grow to more than 2 meters in length, is disappearing from those waters, and scientists blame two hydropower dams erected downstream a decade ago. As countries seek new energy sources to drive economic growth, a surge in dam construction on the eastern flank of the Andes could further threaten fish migration and sediment flows, scientists warn this week in Science Advances. The main consequence of proliferating dams is habitat fragmentation. The dorado's disappearance suggests fragmentation is already taking a toll.
  • Barbara Fraser is a freelance journalist in Lima.
Full story here.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

50+ Groups Back Landmark Effort to Halt 'Out of Control' Factory Farming in Iowa

"Iowa is suffering under the enormous weight of a business that has no respect for the people, environment, animals and future of the state." Story here.

Climate change: Frequency of extreme droughts across Europe predicted to rise

Nature Research Photo "drought" by bartoszjanusz is licensed under CC0 1.0 The frequency of record-breaking two-year dro...