Notes from a rare planet: Researchers find healthy population of snow leopards in Afghanistan

Snow Leopard

Pictures: Viable population of snow leopards still roam Afghanistan (Mongabay)

  • “Researchers report a healthy population of the world’s most elusive big cat in Afghanistan’s remote and peaceful Wakhan Corridor region. Monitored by camera trap in the region, WCS researchers were able to identify 30 snow leopards in 16 different locations.”

The EU is changing their Common Fisheries Policy to address overexploited stocks, but the WWF says it’s not enough (WWF)

  •  “There is growing alarm among civil society, businesses and consumers about the disastrous management of Europe’s fisheries. The CFP reform is a once in a ten year opportunity to ensure fish stocks recover and Europe’s fisheries return to prosperity,” Tony Long, Director of WWF’s European Policy Office said. “It may be the last one. While the European Commission’s proposal contains some potentially good elements, too much is being left to chance. Ministers and MEPs must demonstrate the political courage to invest in sustainable fisheries management now or be prepared to carry the responsibility for ravaged stocks in the near future.

Indonesia’s indigenous people have control of less than 1% of forests, which means Indonesian forests are losing out (Earth Times)

  • “There is ample evidence that communities are reliable managers of natural resources and forests, yet for some reason Indonesia has yet to embrace the concept of local tenure rights with any seriousness.”

If you love this amazing planet we live on, you owe it to yourself to see these photos of a fish using a tool (National Geographic)

  • “A blackspot tuskfish off Australia has its mouth full as it carries a cockle to a nearby rock, against which the fish was seen repeatedly bashing the shellfish to get at the fleshy bits inside.”

Why don’t more Americans recycle more plastic? (Greenopolis)

  • “The PET recycling rate is at about 28 percent,” he says. “We don’t have the numbers broken down, but states with deposit laws, their rate is around 90 percent. Other states might be 8 or 9 percent. Those big deposit states make that 28 percent happen.”