Conservation

Burlington Acts to Protect the Jefferson Salamander in Ontario

Photo: US Dept of Agriculture via Ooinn This year, a certain breed of salamander in Canada will hopefully be enjoying a safer spring migration. This is because the City of Burlington, Ontario, has closed a portion of King Road in order to protect the endangered Jefferson salamander, Ambystoma jeffersonianum, during its annual egg-laying migration. An …

By Karl Fabricius
Conservation

Threats to Whales You Can Help to Prevent

Photo: WDCS Every day, whales face numerous threats because of human activities. Among these threats are commercial whaling, getting caught in fishing gear (the biggest cause of death to whales and dolphins), injury and death from collision with ocean traffic, noise and chemical pollution, depletion of food stocks due to overfishing, and the effects of …

By Karl Fabricius
Conservation

Giant Western Gray Whale Floats Down the River Thames

Photo: WWF The people of London were greeted by an uncommon spectacle this week as an enormous western gray whale floated down the River Thames. Bearing in mind the fact that such giants of the deep are usually only found in the Pacific Ocean, bystanders could be forgiven for wondering what on Earth the reason …

By Karl Fabricius
Conservation

Do Zoos Put Profit Before Wildlife Preservation?

Photo: Cooling A child’s first exposure to wild animals is usually at a zoo. Over 100 million people visit zoos in North America annually; many of them school children on field trips. While zoos do a great public service, educating people and saving species, they must make a profit to remain operable. Photo: Cello Calcagno …

By Karl Fabricius
Conservation

Why Protecting Natural Habitats Will Save Human Lives

Photo: Robin MooreThe curve of the earth is visible as a man launches his boat into the sunset in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Oceania This week, world leaders are meeting for the UN’s Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to discuss targets for protecting biodiversity in the world. A study by Conservation International shows that …

By Karl Fabricius
Conservation

Is Oregano the Answer to Methane Gas Pollution?

Photo: sarae When the world learned several years ago that cows were responsible for 5.5 million metric tons of methane per year, the jokes on the Internet, in the media and globally exploded with energetic frenzy. Every suppressed child-like spirit embodied in adults passed the fart jokes at whim. There was a huge problem with …

By Karl Fabricius
Conservation

The World’s Most Endangered Ecosystems: Coral Reefs

Photo: Utnapistim By now you must have heard words like “conservation”, “extinction” and “global warming” a thousand and one times – meaning they are often ignored. Conservationists have campaigned to inform the world about the severity of the damage being done to its ecosystems and in many cases humans are to blame. However, not all …

By Karl Fabricius