Bees Are In Sharp Decline Worldwide

Sharp decline in number of bumblebees, which are one of the world’s most important pollinators, driven primarily by habitat loss, declines in floral abundance and use of poisonous chemicals in agriculture, is causing a great concern worldwide.
Read more on this on IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species’‚Äč website:
http://support.iucnredlist.org/updates/life-and-death-humble-bumblebee

In Ontario province, honeybees are in sharp decline. Who, or what, is killing them? Read about it in the following article by TVO’s Tim Alamenciak:
http://tvo.org/article/current-affairs/the-food-chain/whats-killing-ontarios-bees

But if you think that this is a completely new phenomenon, you are mistaken. Read about decline in bumblebee species in the past 60 years in an academic paper called “Decline and conservation of bumble bees” by Goulson D, Lye GC, Darvill B.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17803456

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CNN: “11 wildlife experiences that could vanish in your lifetime”

Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s excellent that CNN writes about animal extinction and wildlife experiences that most probably, our grandchildren will not be able to witness.It’s great, because environmental topics have to get more mainstream media attention.

I only wish Sarah Reid would write her article not from the perspective of consumerism (“Watch them before they’re gone forever!”), but actually include a few lines on what should be done so that our grandchildren might live in the world that still has these 11 wildlife wonders.

11 wildlife experiences that could vanish in your lifetime
, by Sarah Reid (CNN)polar bear

CNN: “With 1 male left worldwide, northern white rhinos under guard 24 hours”

How did we get to the situation in which the wildlife is rapidly becoming extinct?

Are we aware of our moral responsibility to the nature, and to the next generations of people that come after us?

What did those cold-blooded scoundrels, known as poachers, think every time they killed a white rhino for its horn? Why did they do it – to earn their living, for the sake of some wealthy customer somewhere, or as a cruel sport?

Or perhaps they did not think anything at all as they pulled the trigger on the living being who shared this planet with them?

You may ask yourself some of these questions as you read through this article.

Read more:

With 1 male left worldwide, northern white rhinos under guard 24 hours, by Faith Kerimi (CNN)

Also, be sure to read:

Poachers kill last four wild northern white rhinos, by Lewis Smith (The Times, 2008)

http://web.archive.org/web/20110629113419/http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article4152951.ece

A northern white rhino has died. There are now five left in the entire world, by Abby Ohlheiser (The Washington Post, 2014)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2014/12/15/a-northern-white-rhino-has-died-there-are-now-five-left-in-the-entire-world/

Image: Wikimedia

Living In A Minefield: The Wolves of Golan Heights

In the Golan Heights, a dangerous minefield near the Israel-Syria border provides an unlikely wildlife reserve where wolves are now thriving.

Sad irony of modern times: a minefield, left as a terrifying reminder of the military conflicts in the area, is actually safer for the wolves than the rest of the surrounding territory, both in the southern Golan Heights and its northern parts.

Despite the existing laws which are intended to protect the wildlife, wolves are “hunted, culled and poached across the region”. Legal protection by Israel Nature and Parks Authority (INPA), in reality, it does not do much except for controlling the population of the wolves by killing them and issuing permits for hunting them everywhere, except for the national parks.

Well-being of wolves’ pack is essential to Golan Heights ecosystem. However, when environmental authorities provide absolutely no educational outreach to explain the absolute necessity of preserving the fragile ecosystem, then it is no wonder than despite the fact that doing so is prohibited by Israeli law, there are cases of poisoning wolves and their pups. Last time it happened just outside the minefield perimeter…

Read this touching story here: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/06/living-in-minefield-wolves-northern-israel

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Photo by (c) Caninest