THE ARCTIC ON THE TABLE

— on oct. 19 2017, republicans made significant headway to allow drilling in the arctic national wildlife refuge read high country news more : scientific america 

HEART OF HEARTS

— the stingray bot is about the size of a penny and its light-sensitive heart cells prompts its fins to flutter when stimulated with light. parker says the bot’s light-following aspect was inspired by how he used to guide his own daughter down a path using a laser pointer, which she tries to stomp on. watch video : artificial human heart may just be possible thanks to this silicon stingray more : the abandoned biobot

KILLING OFF THREATS

— it’s spectacular cowardice on the part of the fish and wildlife service, who don’t have the courage to do what they are charged with doing, which is to evaluate the scientific evidence, and not kowtow to undue political pressure.” read : interior dept. rejects 25 endangered species petitions, including several linked to climate change more : ‘i’iwi of hawaii

BOTANIC REFUGE

— a survey of the world’s botanic gardens show that the institutions hold about one third of the plant species identified by humans so far and breed about 40 percent of endangered species. read : smithsonian more : science daily 

URBAN INTERVENTIONS

— the illusory space refers to the dark interior of a hive and the light column refers to the central significance to the bees of gravity and the position of the sun. read : this monument to the humble honeybee bears a stark warning

SAVING SUNGAZERS

— they are one of the most beautiful of lizards and their unusual sun-gazing habits have made them a prime target for the illegal global pet trade. a university however, has come up with a novel csi-style technique to help combat the selling of the sungazer. read/watch : sophisticated new plan to keep south africa’s endangered lizard population healthy

TO GET IT RIGHT

— wildearth guardians joined with the western environmental law center to send their letter of intent to sue. three environmental groups and the northern cheyenne tribe signed onto the letter earthjustice sent to the fish and wildlife service. a third letter was sent by native ecosystems council, western watersheds project and the alliance for the wild rockies. read article : environmental groups to challenge removal of grizzly bears from endangered species list

HAVE NO FEAR

“when the united states fish and wildlife service said that grizzly populations in the greater yellowstone ecosystem would be removed from the u.s. government’s endangered species list this year and opened for hunting, i traveled to montana to meet the chairman of the crow nation, a. j. not afraid, who has lobbied to stop the delisting” read article : inside the effort to kill protections for endangered animals

FALSE NARRATIVES

— in truth, the vast majority of protected species – about 90 percent – are recovering at the rate scientists projected for them. in other words, success is in progress and on track. scientists estimate the esa has already saved at least 227 species from becoming extinct, and 99 percent of listed species have averted becoming extinct. critics of the esa prefer to focus on a misleading angle.. read article : can the endangered species act be counted on? here’s what needs to happen to save wildlife

THOSE IN HARM’S WAY

— “the border wall won’t be effective at stopping people seeking a better life from getting to this country, but it will destroy habitat and divide wildlife populations. building a wall across the entirety of the border would cause massive damage to one of the most biologically diverse regions in north america. the sections of border wall that have already been built have had a range of negative effects on wildlife, including direct destruction of thousands of acres of habitat, indirect impacts from noise and light pollution, and division of cross-border wildlife populations” press release : trump’s border wall threatens 93…

HEADSTARTING POSITIVITY

— with so much bad news about species that have gone extinct or are teetering on the edge, it’s easy to see conservation efforts as quixotic. but sometimes the news is good. over the past century more than 300 species that were thought to be extinct have been rediscovered, mostly in the tropics. most of them had been missing for about 60 years when they were sighted and identified. some biologists views these surprises as a valuable tool for convincing people that conservation can work! read article : protecting endangered species more : will optimistic stories get people to care…