Australian native animals are being left to die/hunters return to forests

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Save Bird Sanctuary from becoming a garbage dumping ground by PMC

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In “The Sixth Extinction,” Elizabeth Kolbert reports from the frontlines of a dying world

Grist

The New Yorker writer and acclaimed author Elizabeth Kolbert  has a penchant for depressing topics. Her 2006 book,  Field Notes from a Catastrophe , helped push climate change into the mainstream (with bonus points for not mincing words in the title).

Now that climate change is safely keeping most of us up at night, Kolbert turned her pen to another big bummer: the sixth extinction. We’re currently losing species at a rate of 1,000 to 10,000 times higher than unassisted nature wiping out the occasional newt. While humans weren’t responsible for the last five mass extinctions, our fingerprints are all over this one. Yep: We collectively have the force of an asteroid when it comes to erasing species (high five, guys!) and for the most part, our response has been classic Urkel.

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Judgment day for Marine handcuffed over Facebook post

Just When I Think I’ve Seen It All

Fight for Rhinos

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elephant over fence 2 by Indri Ultimate Wildlife Tours

An inspirational story that we recently received involves the Elephant in the photograph covering a huge distance across farmland without damaging a single fence! Our feeling when looking at these photographs is one of utter respect – an Elephant can easily break an obstructing farm fence! These majestic animals are full of integrity, intelligence and emotion. It’s about time they’re given the respect they deserve. (via Indri Ultimate Wildlife Tours)

We do not yet know the vast intelligence, grace and wonder of these animals.  30 elephants are lost each day to poaching for the sake of trinkets and carvings. To let them disappear would be a worldwide tragedy.

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Asteroid Passing Earth Will Be Closer Than Moon

Psychopath’s-Eye View Of Idaho Aerial Wolf Shooting

Exposing the Big Game

Nowhere to run. This photo shows how the psychopaths from the Idaho Fish and Game, in cooperation with the USDA Wildlife Services, were able to kill 23 gray wolves from a helicopter near the Idaho-Montana border during February…

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New York could turn its trash into giant floating compost islands

Grist

First NYC firm PRESENT Architecture dreamt up a plus-sign-shaped strainer-pool that would filter dirty East River water, giving New Yorkers a clean place to swim. Now the firm is back with another half-wacky, half-awesome proposal: making big trash islands so the Big Apple’s apple cores don’t have to travel so far to decompose.

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As PRESENT explains:

New York City produces over 14 million tons of trash every year with most of it trucked long-haul to out-of-state landfills. In a typical year, we spend more than $300 million dollars on trash transport while incurring a hefty environmental bill along the way.

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MDMA for PTSD: How Ecstasy Is Helping People with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Eating a High-Protein Diet in Middle Age Might Shorten Your Life Span

Don’t Palm Us Off!

Mungai and the Goa Constrictor

This video speaks for itself!

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Bison Butcherers

Walking with the Alligators

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A beautiful Bison, still wearing its winter coat, taken many years ago.

As some of you may know, I have recently started another WP Blog named tahtonka.

It was created for two reasons, one to deflect the often intense pain from frequent postings,  (like today’s story) on this Blog and second to reflect my education and passion for Global Culture.

The name tahtonka  has become extremely meaningful to me for several reasons and those reasons for choosing it for the new Blog, were explained on its very first posting:

http://tahtonka.wordpress.com/2014/02/01/tahtonka-in-the-beginning/

Now,  in light of that revelation, you can only imagine how reading the stories in my email today has sickened me.

May I say,  that if you have never been to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, you have  cheated yourself of an unforgettable experience.

One of the many things that make Yellowstone so remarkable,  are its beautiful, wild wildlife.

And, of all of them,  the Bison/Buffalo reigns supreme, at…

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PressTV: Pay back Native Americans

It only takes otters 25 years to recover from an oil spill

Grist

Kinda hard to believe, but the Exxon Valdez oil spill was 25 years ago. “Yeah, sheesh,” says the sea otter population that has spent this entire time struggling to recover from the spill’s effects.

Back in 1989, the 10.8 million gallons of crude oil that leaked into Prince William Sound killed otters and 20 other species. Roughly 1,000 otters died from the spill right away, and lingering oil in clams (otter food) and in otters’ fur slowly killed 1,000 to 2,000 more otters later.

Thankfully, a new study indicates the number of sea otters off Alaska’s southern coast is finally back to normal — although it sure took long enough. Explains Reuters:

The report’s findings underscore the lengthy recovery times for many species affected by oil spills, U.S. Geological Survey research biologist Brenda Ballachey said in a statement.

“Although recovery timelines varied widely among species, our work shows that recovery…

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