Brian Skerry photographs the results of commercial bluefin tuna fishing in the mediterranean. The World Wildlife Fund estimates that each year, 4.4 million sharks and 90,000 turtles are unintentionally caught as bycatch from unregulated commercial tuna fisheries using long lines and drift nets. A shark caught in a net will suffocate to death. Shark numbers have declined by as much as 80 per cent worldwide, with a third of all species now threatened by extinction (pew charitable trusts)
Good morning - did you have your coffee yet? World total consumption: 7,358,897 tons/year (via chartsbin.com)
yes, but evidently not enough
Did you know that a quarter of the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas live in the Virunga National Park? Let’s help protect their home. #SOSvirunga
Ethiopia’s Ancient Salt Trails
“Photographer Siegfried Modola traveled to document Ethiopia’s ancient salt trade in the Danakil Depression, one of the hottest and harshest environments on earth, with an average annual temperature of 94 degrees Fahrenheit (34.4 Celsius). For centuries, merchants have traveled there with caravans of camels to collect salt from the surface of the vast desert basin. The mineral is extracted and shaped into slabs, then loaded onto the animals before being transported back across the desert so that it can be sold around the country.
Read Siegfried’s personal account here.”
A graphic look at the amount of water and fuel it takes to raise animals for food versus the amount it takes to raise plants for food, plus additional environmental information, may just have you rethinking your meat consumption.
Who owns Africa’s Natural Resources?
Wildlife at risk as Amazon tribes come under threat from oil exploration
“The biggest conservation issue in the Amazon is the indigenous people in protected areas, but no one wants to talk about it.”
“The Tagaeri and the Taromenane – who have fought off illegal loggers and Catholic missionaries with spears and blowpipes to maintain their isolated, nomadic existence – are now at risk from the construction of roads and drilling wells as petroleum firms carve up the Yasuni national park.”
photo: Yasuni National Park, Ecuador
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The End of Oil van Edward Burtynsky.
If you were to understand our planet only from the images that NASA and other space agencies snap from above, you might think we were a bucolic, peaceful species at home with our environment. But the planet has plenty of eco-problems — especially with water. Across the globe, permafrost and glaciers are melting, while sea levels are rising.
7 countries battling water issues