West and Central African elephant populations have declined by 50% in the last 40 years despite protection (TreeHugger)
- Of the 23 populations studied, an alarming number had fewer than 200 individuals—the benchmark for a sustainable elephant community.
- Scientists only studied protected elephants, which does not bode well for the ones that are not.
For more than an hour, Kennedy airport closed a runway for turtles looking for a nesting ground on Wednesday (New York Times)
- The turtles were removed from the runway and relocated where they would continue their westward search for sandy nests.
- “This may be a major international airport, a gateway to New York City and the United States, but any facility that is built on water, sometimes your neighbors come in a hard-shell variety.”
Brazilians protest the new forest law that increases available rainforest for legal logging (Greenpeace)
- Musicians organized a parade of protest against the approval for a New Forest Code that would legalize more destruction.
- A public survey reveals 79% of participants are against the new forest law.
Rainforest birds are making a comeback in partially logged areas in the Amazon. (Earth Times)
- All is not lost in partially deforested areas, and developing second growth forests around forest fragments is becoming increasingly important to conservation.
- Hundreds of oil covered and starving penguins wash up on Brazilian shores every year.
- The suspected culprits are illegal fleets of oil ships that are unregulated and unpunished.