Scientists study the illusive snow leopard in Northern Afghanistan (The New York Times)
- Snow leopards have the advantage of living in “one of the most remote and isolated mountain landscapes in the world,” away from the human threats other large cats face.
- Increasingly, snow leopards have been eating livestock, and these encounters with humans might threaten this already endangered species as tensions arise.
- Scientists estimate there are between 4,500 and 7,500 snow leopards in the wild, but Dr. Schaller said, “those figures are just wild guesses.”
Q&A with Will Potter about his new book: Green Is the New Red: An Insider’s Account of a Social Movement under Siege (Grist)
- Will Potter discusses how corporations and lobbyists are attacking the environmental movement with accusations of terrorism, much like red scare.
- “As the scale of the ecological crisis we are facing becomes more apparent, and as the backlash against social movements that are challenging our self-destructive culture intensifies, it is difficult to not feel dark, to feel helpless.”
Puma commits to eliminating all hazardous waste releases into Chinese waterways as part of Greenpeace’s detox challenge (Greenpeace)
- Puma, the third largest sportswear producer in the world, just committed to stop releasing toxic chemical in Chinese rivers by 2020, “beating” both Nike and Adidas in the detox challenge.
The National Petroleum Reserve, bustling with biodiversity of arctic life, is soon to be tapped (Yale Environment 360)
- “This wetland is home to the most spectacular gathering of migratory birds from all over the world, numbering in the millions.”
- The 23 million acre reserve will have is its fate decided in a year, and scientists are hurrying to study “special spots,” which the US will protect within the reserve.
And lastly a video to inspire, relish and even lament conservation efforts (TreeHugger)
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