Posts Tagged ‘ conservation ’

What Does Family Planning Have To Do With Elephants?

Aug 11th, 2017 | By
Family

By Suzanne York. On this World Elephant Day, it’s well known to many people that elephants are on the path to extinction in the wild, if something isn’t done soon to change this narrative. Last year, the Great Elephant Census, based on aerial surveys, concluded there are just over 350,000 elephants in Africa. It is
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The Connection Between Endangered Species and Family Planning

Jun 5th, 2017 | By
Alex Ngabirano of Conservation Through Public Health

By Suzanne York. A visit to southwestern Uganda makes it clear why Churchill deemed it the “pearl of Africa.” The lush greenery, the people, the animals all make it a delightful experience. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in southwestern Uganda is aptly named – the forest is thick as far as the eye can see, and the
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Women and Gender Issues Missing from the Conversation at IUCN Conference

Sep 9th, 2016 | By
[Patricia Gualinga (right) presents the Living Forests proposal and speaks out against oil drilling in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Photo by Emily Arasim, WECAN]

By Suzanne York. The clock is ticking and global environmental problems are mounting, with droughts, biodiversity loss, and acidic oceans and much more taking a toll on the planet. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s World Congress, currently taking place in Hawai’i, is tackling this growing list of threats to the environment. The
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Bottling Up Efforts to Conserve Precious Water?

Aug 14th, 2014 | By
[photo credit: www.banthebottle.net]

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org Most Americans are probably aware that California and much of the U.S. Southwest is in the grips of a major drought.  And it’s likely that people know at least something about conserving water.  Take shorter showers, don’t wash your car, water your lawn at risk of $500 fines, etc. But a
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The Fork in the Road: Which Way this World Population Day?

Jul 10th, 2014 | By
[image credit: www.earthtimes.org]

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org As the world, or at least some of it, recognizes World Population Day on July 11th, it might be a good time to look around at some encouraging projects and initiatives empowering people and protecting the environment in communities across the globe. But first, some fast facts for a brief overview:
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Endangered Species Day: Changing the Way People View Wildlife

May 16th, 2014 | By
[image credit: Jennifer Hennessey, http://www.fws.gov]

Wildfires are already raging in southern California, as the state drought worsens.  The impact on residents will be great, but what about the ecosystem itself?  With May 16th designated as Endangered Species Day, what will be the fate of wildlife trying to cope in a world of climate extremes? According to a 2012 California Department
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Using up the Earth: What to do about Consumption?

Apr 4th, 2014 | By
[photo credit: www.treehugger.com]

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org The world is consuming resources at an unsustainable rate.  Reducing consumption is a sensitive and difficult subject to broach, but one that must take place if we want to keep a livable planet for future generations. It doesn’t have to be “all or nothing” or a call to return to a
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Do Rivers Have Rights?

Dec 4th, 2013 | By
Ganges River at Rishikesh, Uttarkhand

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org For a river that is as venerated as the Ganges River (known as Ganga to Indians), it comes as a shock when people hear how polluted and imperiled the waterway is today. Roughly 3 billion liters of sewage is dumped into the river every day, and there is further contamination of
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Reviving Rivers: A Sign of Hope for the Colorado

Apr 30th, 2013 | By
Colorado River Delta

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org With over 7 billion people on the planet, demand for water for household, agricultural, and industrial use is increasing even faster than population growth.  Many areas, such as the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico, are already experiencing competing demands on water in a region heavily reliant on this most precious of
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Ethiopian Park is ‘Awash’ in Pollution and Population Pressures

Apr 8th, 2013 | By
Baboons

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org Ethiopia is the cradle of humankind.  It is also home to an array of animal species.  Yet both people and nature are under threat, mainly due to environmental degradation, poaching, and human population growth. Today there are close to 90 million people in Ethiopia (it is the 2nd most populous nation
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