Australia’s massive deforestation in the east coast is a threat to the habitation of koalas and other native species living there.
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) headed by the president Pavan Sukhdev has given a warning to Australian leaders about the danger in extinction of koalas by 2050.
Read more via World Wildlife Fund Warns Australia That Deforestation Would Lead To The Extinction of Koalas By 2050 — True Activist
Researchers at Colorado State University have found that cultivating hemp will be a crucial tool in fighting the dangerous decline in the bee population.
By Matt Agorist – June 16, 2019
As the world population of honeybees continues to decline at a dangerous rate, a new study from Colorado State University purports to have found the answer to quell the decline—hemp. The reason hemp is such a boon to the bee population is simple, it is a great source of pollen.
Read more via Study Shows Growing Hemp is a Powerful Tool to Fight Bee Population Decline — The Free Thought Project
(TMU) — In a big win for animal rights advocates, Canada will no longer allow whales, dolphins and porpoises to be bred and held in captivity for the purpose of entertainment.
The Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act, which was passed by Canada’s parliament on Monday, will ensure that cetaceans—or aquatic mammals—will no longer be subject to the trauma of confinement in aquatic entertainment parks, which animal rights activists have blasted as amounting to a system of animal cruelty.
Read more via Canada Officially Bans Dolphin and Whale Captivity — The Anti-Media
Elias Marat, TMU
In Denmark’s Faroe Islands, the centuries-old tradition of butchering whales was in full-swing last week as the waters off of Torshavn Bay were turned into a sea of deep red. Anywhere from 130-150 pilot whales and 10-20 white-sided dolphins were brutally killed in the annual mass hunt.
The summer slaughter brings the number of slaughtered sea mammals—or cetaceans—to about 500 as of this year—par for the course in an old tradition dubbed Grindadráp by the local Danish community.
Read more via Sea Turns Red With Blood After 150 Whales and Dolphins Slaughtered — Waking Times
It’s hard to comprehend how some people can take pleasure out of killing innocent animals that mean them no harm.
In a shocking series of photos that have surfaced on Facebook, a group of heartless poachers in Malaysia are seen posing with the carcass of a rare clouded leopard, seemingly taking pleasure at the poor animal’s death. The beautifully-marked cat species, known scientifically as Neofelis nebulosa, is identified as “vulnerable” in the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s list of animals nearing extinction, making the incident truly atrocious.
Read more & photos via Cold-Blooded Poachers Have a Field Day Posing with Rare Leopard Species They Murdered — True Activist
Morgan Erickson-Davis, Mongabay
- Newly released data indicate the tropics lost around 120,000 square kilometers (around 46,300 square miles) of tree cover last year – or an area of forest the size of Nicaragua.
- The data indicate 36,400 square kilometers of this loss – an area the size of Belgium – occurred in primary forest. This number is an increase over the annual average, and the third-highest amount since data collection began.
- Indonesia primary forest loss dropped to the lowest level recorded since 2002. Brazil’s numbers are also down compared to the last two years, but still higher than the 18-year average.
- Meanwhile, primary rainforest deforestation appears to be on the rise elsewhere. Colombia recorded the highest level since measurement began at the beginning of the century. Madagascar had the highest proportion of its tropical forest lost in 2018; Ghana experienced the biggest proportional change over 2017.
Read more via The World Lost a Belgium-Size Area of Old Growth Rainforest in 2018 — Waking Times
Norway Becomes World’s First Country to Ban Deforestation
Katie Polhman, June 08, 2016
Norway has become the first country to ban deforestation. The Norwegian Parliament pledged May 26 that the government’s public procurement policy will be deforestation-free. Any product that contributes to deforestation will not be used in the Scandinavian country.
Read more & TED Talk video