Day: September 28, 2018

USA: Brett Kavanaugh Has Ruled AGAINST Endangered Species 95% Of The Time. Chances Are He Will Not Stop.

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Brett Kavanaugh has spent his judicial career making endangered species conservation and environmental protection more difficult.

If confirmed by the Senate, there is every reason to conclude that he would continue on that destructive path during his lifetime appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.

His judicial record is abysmal:

In his 12 years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, he has ruled against endangered species protections in 17 out of 18 cases before him. That is roughly 95 percent of the time.1

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Please add your name to join our friends at CREDO in telling the Senate to vote NO on Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.

*If you are in Maine, please call Senator Collins and ask her to vote NO: (202) 224-2523.

*If you are in Alaska, please call Senator Murkowski and ask her to vote NO: (202) 224-6665.

Thank you for your commitment to wildlife and wild places.

Sincerely,

Leda Huta
Executive Director
Endangered Species Coalition
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PS. Links not working? Sign the petition at this URL: https://act.credoaction.com/sign/kavanaugh-environment_esc/

References:

1. Emily Gertz, “Brett Kavanaugh’s Record Sets A Dangerous Precedent On Endangered Species

 

WAV Comment – Maybe his children also say a prayer for all the endangered animals their father does not protect !

September News From ‘World Animal Protection’.

September News From World Animal Protection.

 

Check It All Out at  https://www.worldanimalprotection.org.uk/news  

 

In the environment that KFC raises its chickens, they have

no chance to behave as they would naturally, no choice but

to sit or stand in their own waste, and are slaughtered at as

young as just five weeks old.

Together we can change this. We’re urging KFC to commit to

higher welfare for chickens, and we need your help to deliver

our message.

Sign our petition before October 11, and join a group of more

than 400,000 people in the fight to protect chickens and strike

a blow against cruel factory farming.

TAKE ACTION NOW – not long left:

https://www.worldanimalprotection.us/change-for-chickens?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=us_cfc&utm_content=change_for_chickens_27_september_2018_1400

 

A serious threat to jaguars

Our investigation has uncovered a shocking and deadly

trade of jaguar body parts being trafficked illegally from

South America. These magnificent big cats are being cruelly

captured and killed for use

in unproven traditional Asian medicine.

Read More –

https://www.worldanimalprotection.us/news/wild-jaguars-cruelly-poached-fuel-traditional-asian-medicine-trade?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=us_wild&utm_content=wild_jaguars_cruelly_poached_to_fuel_traditional_a_27_september_2018_1400

 

Make a difference for dogs on World Rabies Day

This World Rabies Day, September 28, we’re thinking about our

ongoing work to create better lives for dogs. Rabies still kills at

least 59,000 people every year with 99% of cases transmitted by

dogs. In response, governments around the world resort to

inhumanely killing millions of dogs in a misguided attempt to

stop the spread of the disease. Make a gift to support our work

to protect man’s best friend today.

IWC commits to tackling ghost gear

Dedicated to protecting whales, the International Whaling Commission

has agreed to continue the fight against ghost gear with the Global

Ghost Gear Initiative.

Read More at

https://www.worldanimalprotection.us/news/international-whaling-commission-set-protect-whales-ghost-gear-entanglement?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=us_seachange&utm_content=international_whaling_commission_set_to_protect_wh_27_september_2018_1400

 

 

Warmer Waters In Atlantic Produce More Hyper Hurricanes. The Answer ? – Get Me Out of Paris !

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Warm Atlantic waters led to 2017’s hyper hurricane season, study says

Scientists say there could be eight major hurricanes in the Atlantic every year by the end of the century.

Warm waters in the Atlantic Ocean were a driving factor behind last year’s extraordinary hurricane season, scientists have said.

The study also predicts that the Atlantic could see more enormous and powerful hurricanes every year by the end of the century.

There were six major hurricanes in 2017, with winds of at least 111 mph (178 kph), that caused devastation to parts of the US as well as some Caribbean nations.

Historically, the Atlantic averaged only two major storms a year, but since 2000 it has been closer to three.

By the year 2100 there could be eight major hurricanes a year, according to the study – published in the journal Science.

“We will see more active hurricane seasons like 2017 in the future,” said lead author Hiro Murakami, a climate scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

In 2018, there has only been one major Atlantic hurricane, Florence, which killed at least five people when it battered the southeastern coast of the US.

Storms require waters of at least 26C (79F) to form, and the researchers explained how warm water fuels hurricanes by allowing a storm to form quicker.

Dr Murakami found a combination of natural conditions and human-generated climate change were behind waters being warmed in one particular area, which became a nursery for storms.

The key area is “a large box from south of Florida and north of South America, stretching all the way east to Africa” which was on average 0.4% warmer during 2017.

The most powerful hurricanes often form in the waters off the coast of west Africa and grow more powerful as they move towards the Caribbean and the US.

Dr Murakami said that the Atlantic was projected to warm faster than other oceans due to climate change, and that was why storms there were going to become a bigger issue.

University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy, who was not part of the study, agreed that the unusually warm water was to blame for last year’s powerful storms.

He was cautious about the role of climate change, although he did not dispute that human activity was causing global temperatures to rise.

“Hurricane seasons don’t just keep getting more active as the climate warms though. There is enormous variability,” he said.

https://news.sky.com/story/warm-atlantic-waters-led-to-2017s-hyper-hurricane-season-study-says-11510882

 

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Pollution threatens the future of killer whales (Orca). Will The Perfect Hunter Survive ?

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Pollution threatens the future of killer whales

By Jonathan Amos and Victoria Gill Science correspondents, BBC News

Killer whales are in deep trouble because of persistent chemical pollution in the environment, researchers say.

A new study suggests the long-term viability of more than half of the different orca groups around the globe is now in question.

Some populations, such as those around the UK, the Strait of Gibraltar, off Brazil, Japan and California, are almost certainly doomed.

The assessment is in Science magazine.

The issue is polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs.

These chemical compounds were once manufactured in vast quantities, and used in everything from plastics and paints to electrical equipment and sealants. But they are highly toxic and although banned decades ago have amassed in the environment, leaching into the ocean.

Killer whales, or orcas, are top predators so they absorb all the PCB pollution taken in by the different prey in their food chain – from fish, right up to seals and sharks.

The PCBs stunt the ovaries of female orcas, limiting their ability to produce calves. The chemicals also suppress the immune system.

What is the outlook for orcas?

The new study models the future of the killer whales’ reproductive success and survivability against the chemical challenge.

For those populations living in clean waters, it is positive. Orcas in places like the Antarctic and the Arctic should increase their numbers.

But for those living in the most polluted seas, the next 30-50 years will be grim.

The killer whales that live on the west coast of Scotland, for example, are now down to just eight individuals and they have not produced a calf in more than 20 years.

Paul Jepson, from the Zoological Society of London, says this group will “disappear in my lifetime”.

“Over 50% of the populations that we’ve got data for will actually collapse in our model,” he told the BBC’s Science In Action programme.

“PCBs are such highly toxic chemicals, and they persist in the environment. And it’s the killer whales that have by a long way the highest exposures now of any species on Earth; certainly any mammalian species.”

The curse of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs

  • Polychlorinated biphenyls were manufactured from the 1920s
  • Banned in the US in 1979, the UK in 1981 and the rest of the EU
  • Europe produced some 300,000 tonnes from 1954 to 1984
  • The majority has yet to be destroyed or safely stored away
  • PCBs were popular in coolant fluids in electrical apparatus
  • They were used in building construction, especially in sealants
  • Also in cutting fluids for machining, and carbonless copy paper
  • Today, only North Korea still manufactures polychlorinated biphenyls

Why are the animals so exposed?

Everything in this story works against the killer whales.

Not only do they accumulate contaminants because of their position as top predators, but the toxic effects hit them where they are particularly vulnerable – in their ability to reproduce.

These are animals that take a long time to reach sexual maturity and even then have perhaps one calf every few years. This puts very precise pressure on a population.

In addition, PCBs are soluble in fat – and killer whales are extremely fat-rich animals. A mother’s milk will be loaded with PCBs which she will pass on to her offspring during lactation.
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How do we tackle the PCB legacy?

Most PCBs have yet to be destroyed or safely stored away.

Some countries have done better than others. In the US, where federal “superfunds” have been used to clean up the most heavily contaminated sites, PCB levels entering the ocean have come down.

But there needs to be much more urgency in places such as Europe.

“Improper disposal of PCB-containing equipment in landfills may lead to leakage and leaching of PCBs into nearby streams, river, estuaries, and ocean,” said lead author on the new report, Jean-Pierre Desforges from Aarhus University, Denmark.

“We know that PCBs were used in paints and sealants in old buildings and for outer coating on ships, so if contaminated building materials are improperly disposed of they could also reach the environment, and demolition of buildings may cause PCBs to enter the air.”

Can we help the orcas themselves?

There is very little that can be done to recover the PCBs once they have reached the ocean. And the robustness of the chemicals means they will hang around in the environment for a very long time.

But there are parallel problems we could conceivably fix, said co-author Ailsa Hall from the Sea Mammal Research Unit at St Andrews University, UK.

“We should recognise that this is just one of many stresses on the animals,” she told BBC News.

“There are things such as noise, changes in habitat, changes in the availability of prey – that we do have influence over. And if we do something about these factors, maybe we can reduce the overall burden of stress, and perhaps then our predictions won’t be so dire.”

Paul Jepson added: “I don’t think there’ll ever be another PCB story.

“I think the chemical industries have learnt the lesson – we know that being fat-soluble is a big risk factor, because that allows things to bioaccumulate.

“So, nowadays, no chemical with those properties would be allowed. But PCBs are so difficult to get rid of that we’ll be dealing with the legacy for a long time.”

 watch the video

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-45652149

 

PCBs: ‘The killer whale catastrophe’

Killer whales are in deep trouble because of persistent chemical pollution in the environment, researchers say. A new study suggests the long-term viability of more than half of the different orca groups around the globe is now in question. Paul Jepson, from the Zoological Society of London, spoke in depth about the problem to Roland Pease on the BBC’s Science In Action programme.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/science-environment-45678207/pcbs-the-killer-whale-catastrophe

 

A message without words..

 

 

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I got this cartoon today from a friend, from Greece.
I think it’s ingenious!
It’s very difficult to paint a brutal reality with two sketches.

Hatzopoulos karikatur über Flüchtlingen

A reality, for which we are all responsible !

Best regards, Venus

Sketch: Dimitri Hatzopoulos, Greece

Source: electronic newspaper “www.Kathimerini.gr”

Fascism has many servants

 

Germany

 

First bison since 250 years immigrated to Germany and is shot: public outraged

On 13 September 2017, a bison was discovered in East Brandenburg. A representative of this rare species first appeared on German soil about 250 years ago. He crossed the border from Poland, where he lived in the Warta Estuary National Park west of Kostrzyn. The man who saw the animal alarmed the police. In order to “protect the population” regional authorities ordered to kill the animal.

Bison

This decision caused fierce criticism both in Germany and in Poland, where the animal is especially popular. The incident now threatens to get a political dimension. The head of the Polish National Park contacted the Brandenburg State Ministry for Rural Development, Environment and Agriculture by e-mail.
The environmental organization WWF filed a lawsuit against the authorities of the city of Lebus, where the animal was seen. Animal rights activists also point out that the police could have used a narcotic if there really was a danger from the wisent.

https://deutsch.rt.com/newsticker/57638-erster-wisent-seit-250-jahren-wandert-nach-deutschland-und-wird-erschossen/

And I say: One year ago, a special emigrant appears in Germany.
He makes the mistake of coming in a country , where the life of the wild animals is determined by a minority of 0.45% (hunters), who think, they can do what they want.
And they did that with the emigrant from Poland.
With the help of the stupid, unsuspecting police, a hunter was ordered to shoot the visitor.
This is what the rules of fascism dictate.
To eliminate the weaker and defenseless, so that an oligarchy in the name of “people’s security” secures its own superiority and power in society.
Today and a year later, no consequences have been drawn against this murder.
But without the bison we can all sleep peaceful; hunters and police protect us from dangers!

My best regards, Venus