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The Stream, July 8: Melting Arctic Sea Ice Breaks New Record In June

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The Global Rundown

Thousands of square kilometers of Arctic sea ice were lost each day during the month of June, setting a new record low for ice cover. The international community must do a better job responding to future El Niño events, according to a United Nations special envoy. China plans to rank cities based on water quality performance. A bankrupt U.S. coal mining company has reached a new deal with the government to complete environmental restoration at its mine sites. El Paso, Texas is buying ranches to bolster future groundwater supplies.

“We have to do it differently next time — we cannot have an El Niño aggravated by climate (change) undermine development hugely, drastically. We will never achieve the Sustainable Development Goals unless we address this.” –Mary Robinson, the United Nations special envoy for El Niño and climate, on the slow international response to droughts and floods caused by the El Niño weather pattern over the past year. (Reuters)

By The Numbers

$400 million Amount of commitments Alpha Natural Resources, a U.S. coal mining company currently in bankruptcy, made in a deal with the federal government to reclaim land and clean up water pollution at its mine sites. Reuters

10,712 hectares Area of a ranch utilities in El Paso, Texas are buying to provide groundwater to the growing city. The water will not be tapped until 2050. El Paso Times

Science, Studies, And Reports

The area covered by Arctic sea ice in June was 260,000 square kilometers less than 2010, setting a new record low. In the second half of the month, an average of 74,000 square kilometers of ice melted each day. Guardian

On The Radar

China plans to rank hundreds of its cities on the basis of water quality in the hopes of incentivizing better environmental stewardship. The 10 best and worst performers will be announced each month based on 21 different parameters. The New York Times

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Extinction Countdown: Why we still need to worry about tigers

Extinction Countdown: Why we still need to worry about tigers

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Tigers have lost 40% of their habitat in the last 10 years!

Despite recent reports that the wild tiger population has actually increased, there are many reasons tigers still need our help. I recently had a chance to speak with John Platt, who has been writing extensively about endangered wildlife in his Extinction Countdown series. Listen to to this Green Divas Heart Wildlife podcast to hear what he has to say about tigers, then read on for more…

According to John Platt, the main reasons we still need to worry about tigers include habitat loss, a miscalculation of subspecies, poachers, genetics, politics and consumer demand. Wait, what consumer demand!? I was stunned to learn about the use of tiger bits for “medicinal” reasons. In his article, 6 Reasons Why We Should Still Worry About Tigers, he says, 

Tigers are big business. The sale of tiger skins, bones, claws, whiskers, and other body parts rakes in millions of dollars a year and drives the poaching of wild animals, as well as the massive commercial tiger-breeding industry in China. As many as 5,000 tigers live on Chinese farms, where their bodies often end up fermenting in vats to be turned into expensive tiger-bone wine.

This was shocking to me. I had no idea. Sometimes I like the rock I live under… These kinds of things just baffle and disturb me to no end. Tiger farms!? {shakes her head}

 


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The other astonishing thing I learned during my discussion with John has to do with the over 5,000 tigers living in captivity here in the United States. These unfortunate tigers aren’t considered “wild” and because of their questionable genetic makeup, they fall below the radar of the Endangered Species Act. However, there is some good news (phew!)…

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it has finalized a new rule about generic tigers. Effective May 6, all interstate commerce of generic tigers will need to be permitted or registered under the Captive-bred Wildlife Registration program, much like other species.

Read more about this loophole and how it was closed in John’s article on this topic.

I found this video by World Wildlife Fund, which offers some insight as to why tigers are such valuable prey for poachers. It’s all about helping educate the rest of the world about these practices, so we can stop the money flow and trade that makes this a profitable venture. 

 
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Raw Flour – Food Safety Fact Sheet

There have been outbreaks of people sickened by handling or eating raw flour. The FDA and CDC investigated outbreaks and determined that E. coli was found in these products. By handling or eating contaminated raw flour, people can become sick with diarrhea and abdominal cramps as well as develop more… Read More
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