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COGS

— “we do know that it’s an important critter. we know that we care about them deeply. what we hope is to educate snowmobilers to stay away from areas where there (are) wolverines. as we lose more and more species, we lose more and more cogs in our ecosystem. It can have a cascading effect.” read : where have all the wolverines gone? apparently not on the endangered species list    

INESCAPABLE SYNTHESIS

— three-quarters of those surveyed said a species deserves special protections if it had been driven to extinction from any more than 30% of its historic range. some were more accepting of losses. regardless of the explanation, a good answer to the question, “what an endangered species?” is an inescapable synthesis of facts and values. read : what is an endangered species?

REPRODUCIBLE

— “we have a long way to go and success is far from assured, but kenya continues to play her part at the center of a multi-national collaboration to save this species.  let us hope for news of a successful northern white pregnancy in the not too distant future.” read : northern white rhino embryo could save species from brink of extinction

ʻIO

— as strawberry guava spreads, fish & wildlife officials said, it forms “impenetrable groves of close standing trees” which makes it nearly impossible for the hawk to hunt its prey because there’s not enough room to spread its wings. read : how the endangered hawaiian hawk became a political pawn

BACKFIRE

— investors are buying endangered species not to use and own, but in anticipation that their prices will rise. this shift explains why international trade restrictions often do not protect endangered species. read : restricting trade in endangered species can backfire, triggering market booms

SINGED

— “some animals may have been lucky enough to find refuge and survive,” says euan ritchie, an ecologist at deakin university in melbourne. “it might not always be the case that animals have been completely wiped out in these habitats, however given the scale and severity of these fires [in australia], there’s no question that, even common species and not just threatened species, will have been affected quite dramatically.” read : australian fires have incinerated habitats 

SAVAGE BLOWS

— fire had taken away the invertebrate bugs the animals feed on, and that food source would not return until there was significant rain. “There are a whole lot of things that are ecologically off the scale,” he said. read : ‘silent death’: australia’s bushfires push countless species to extinction

THIS IS PERSONAL

— because what happens to them … will eventually happen to us. read : joel sartore on saving endangered species – and ourselves

HOTLINE

— “she praised the local community residents of the natural reserves, for their participation in monitoring and recording wildlife.” read : egypt announces hotline to report animal poaching

HOT WATERS

— the legal issue in the case concerns where the lack of action constitutes a “constructive submission” by the states that epa is required to act upon under the clean water act. the court held that it is. read : court says EPA must regulate river temperatures

TRANSBOUNDARY

— one analysis has projected that between 1.7 million and 3.7 million gallons of freshwater will be required to build every 5 miles of the new border wall through protected areas in the most arid reach of the sonoran desert. read : at the mexican border, the battle for endangered species is as much about water as about the wall

SCIENTIFIC RIGOR

— “while agencies have increasingly listed climate change as a growing threat to species whose survival is already precarious, many have not translated this concern into tangible actions, meaning a significant protection gap still exists.” read : nearly all america’s endangered species will struggle to adapt to climate crisis