Notes from a rare planet: Rhinos on the run in South Africa from poachers

White Rhino

Some 180 to 200 rhinos may be killed by the end of the year in South Africa

  • “Poaching of the endangered African rhino is on the rise, driven by increased demand for horns from Asia and the Middle East for use in traditional medicine and ornaments.”
  • There are 18,500 white rhinos and 1,500 black rhinos left in the wild in South Africa.

June was the 304th month in a row above average temperatures

  • “Data released from the US’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Climatic Data Center shows that June 2010 was a record breaker. It was the warmest month of June globally since record-taking began in 1880 and it is the 304th month in a row that has been above the 20th Century average. The last month to fall below the average was February 1985: the month Nelson Mandela, who recently celebrated his 92nd birthday, rejected an offer of freedom from the then apartheid government.”
  • June averaged globally at 61.1 degrees Fahrenheit (16.2 degrees Celsius). The temperature was 1.22 degrees Fahrenheit (0.68 degrees Celsius) above the 20th century average for June.”

Transition to ‘Cool Roofs’ Could Offset Two Years of CO2 Emissions

Why soft toilet paper is rough on forests

  • “Popular in U.S. households, plush toilet tissue requires pulp from virgin timber, some harvested from old-growth boreal forests. Increasingly, greener options are becoming available.”

Study: Climate change grasped better as health issue