Private forests, public good: threats to forest protection laws endanger wildlife
June 18, 2019
Conservation efforts often focus on protecting public land from development, but most of the world’s land is privately owned. A recent study in Brazil showed that ocelots, a small species of spotted cat, often inhabit forests on private land that are protected by the country’s New Forest Code. Regulations like these to protect forests on private land can be just as important for wildlife conservation as preserving public land. When these regulations come under threat, wildlife species like the ocelot will suffer the consequences.
June 13, 2019
Garbage Island: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
June 11, 2019
There is a growing island in the North Pacific Ocean - one that consists solely of trash. A comprehensive new report presents the shocking reality of the magnitude and composition of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Overpumping California Groundwater Could Lead to Dangerous Arsenic in Water and Food
June 6, 2019
In the San Joaquin Valley of California, approximately 1 million people rely on groundwater for drinking. This high reliance on groundwater has resulted in overpumping of this resource, which leads to subsidence, or massive compression of the ground and arsenic contamination of the water. Arsenic is deadly to human health; therefore, it is imperative that California water agencies and individual water-users pump less groundwater and closely monitor arsenic levels.