Notes from a rare planet: Happy 20th birthday Captain Planet!

A new plan with $82 million annually aims to save tigers from extinction

  • “A consortium of conservation groups and tiger scientists has put forth a detailed plan, costing $82 million annually, to save the world’s tigers, which now number fewer than 3,500 animals and occupy just six percent of their original range. Writing in the journal PLoS Biology, the organizations and scholars said there is a good chance of protecting the world’s remaining tigers – which include just 1,000 breeding females – by stepping up enforcement and monitoring at 42 “source sites” across Asia where tiger populations still exist or can easily be reintroduced.”

Amazon shrinks as drought grips Brazil

  • “A severe drought parching northern Brazil this year has shrunk the mighty Amazon River – the world’s longest – to its lowest level in 47 years, officials said on Wednesday.”
  • “The waterway’s depth at Manaus, the main city in the Amazon region, was just 19.34 metres, well below its average of 23.25m, the country’s Geological Service said.”

Gulf Oil Disaster Bird Species Impacts Released

  • Laughing gulls, brown pelicans and northern gannets are the species with the highest totals of dead birds.

As a tiny island nation makes a big sacrifice, will the rest of the world follow suit?

  • “Kiribati, a small nation consisting of 33 Pacific island atolls, is forecast to be among the first countries swamped by rising sea levels. Nevertheless, the country recently made an astounding commitment: it closed over 150,000 square miles of its territory to fishing, an activity that accounts for nearly half the government’s tax revenue. What moved the tiny country to take this monumental action? President Anote Tong, says Kiribati (“Kir-ee-bas”) is sending a message to the world: “We need to make sacrifices to provide a future for our children and grandchildren.’”

Planet is 20 years old and still rocks

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