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Photo by @FransLanting For as long as anyone can remember, Monarch butterflies have fluttered from all over the American West to coastal California every fall to overwinter in a few sheltered places. In communities like Pacific Grove and Santa Cruz (my hometown for many years) their annual return has been as predictable as autumn colors are to people on the East Coast. I remember my amazement when I first saw them covering single trees by the thousands. But their wintering sites have become eerily quiet. A recent census by the Xerces Society confirms that the western Monarch population is in the midst of a catastrophic collapse. Their numbers have declined by more than 95% from more than ten million in the 1980s to a mere 20,000 today. The unthinkable is becoming a real possibility. Western Monarchs may go extinct if this trend continues. Researchers have not identified a single cause for this demise, but point to pesticides, habitat loss and drought as factors. Butterflies are barometers for an ecosystem’s health. When they go, we have reasons to worry, not just for them, but about ourselves too. It breaks my heart that a phenomenon that has been synonymous for generations with nature’s enduring cycles may turn into a new symbol for how seriously the balance of nature is being upset in our lifetime. What are your thoughts about this? Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom as we bear witness to our changing planet. @LeonardodiCapriofdn@Xercessociety@Thephotosociety#Monarchs#Endangered#Extinction#Nature#Butterfly#Santacruz#MontereyBay#California
Joshua Tree national park has been forced to close after vandalism to its distinctive namesake plants. A skeleton staff and volunteers have attempted to maintain the attraction over the 18-day US government shutdown, but found themselves overwhelmed by visitors and sanitation issues. The park's iconic landscape is fragile and could take generations to grow back, officials said. With just eight rangers left to oversee the 800,000 acre park, the gates will likely remain closed until the shutdown ends.
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#Regram#RG@nature_org: Plitviče Lakes National Park is a 295-sq.-km forest reserve in central Croatia. It's known for a chain of 16 terraced lakes, joined by waterfalls, that extend into a limestone canyon. The region’s rivers, remarkably undisturbed and home to a wealth of different species, have earned the distinction of the “blue heart of Europe.” But now, the Balkan region is at the brink of a hydropower development boom of global proportions, with hundreds, if not thousands, of new dams planned and under construction. TNC is advocating for smart renewable energy use in the Balkans without sacrificing habitat. Photo by: Ken Geiger
#Regram#RG@nrdc_org: The California Coastal Commission recently urged cities along the Pacific Ocean to prepare for the worst impacts of sea level rise: erosion, frequent flooding, and permanent land loss. Southern California’s beaches won’t just be decimated—many of them could disappear. Act on climate. Save our beaches and coastlines by taking action via our profile link.
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#Regram#RG@leonardodicapriofdn: LDF is proud of our partners at RESOLVE who are unveiling a technological breakthrough for environmental conservation at #CES2019 – the Trailguard camera sensor, which uses the cutting-edge #Movidius AI technology to help monitor and protect wild forests. Follow the link in bio to read more.
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#Regram#RG@undp: Climate change is being felt in this heart of the Amazon in Peru, bordering Brazil. In this remote stretch of river and deep jungle, the temperature🌡can drop to 16°C. The chill is a surprise for visitors expecting tropical heat. For the local people, these changes are worrying and more frequent these days. It's not just the mercury dropping. Food and wildlife are disappearing.
To save what remains of nature, 24 indigenous communities teamed up and proposed a conservation area in Peru.
Today, they live next to a national park, an indigenous reserve and this latest conservation concession, Yurúa Breu. By protecting the #LungsofEarth, they will also protect some of the world's last isolated people deep in the rainforests between Peru and Brazil. ☝️Tap the link in our bio for a photo story about how we are supporting their conservation efforts. 📷: Mónica Suárez Galindo/ @pnud_peru#unitednations#undp#environment#sustainable#climate#climateaction#globalgoals#southamerica#peru#brazil#indigenous#amazon#rainforest#Ucayali#Yurúa#Asheninka#rainforestdefenders
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#Regram#RG@nature_org: A tower of reticulated giraffe in Loisaba Wildlife conservancy in Northern Kenya. Since the 1990s, reticulated giraffe populations have decreased by 70%. Once almost taken for granted as an abundant animal, now giraffes may be slipping away without public notice. In December 2016, the International Union for Conservation of Nature moved giraffes two categories down the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species from "Least Concern" to "Vulnerable." To address this, scientists are researching giraffes on two large areas of protected land, Loisaba Conservancy, which TNC helped protect and establish for the Loisaba Community Trust, and Namunyak Community Conservancy, one of 27 conservancies supported by TNC partner Northern Rangelands Trust. In 2017, the partners also affixed solar-powered satellite GPS tracking devices to 11 giraffes to understand their movements. Unfortunately, two of those animals were poached, but the remaining giraffes’ movements will provide valuable data that will help TNC and others develop informed conservation strategies. – Photo by @amivitale#giraffes#africa#conservation#kenya#reticulatedgiraffe#wildlife