Rangers were attempting a risky and controversial operation on the bull elephant. The plan: to saw off about a third of its tusks in an effort to make the animal less attractive to poachers -- but also to keep him from breaking fences and leaving the protected areas.
The Nature Conservancy just released a study that identifies drinking water sources for 493 cities across the globe, including the 27 most populated U.S. cities. The interactive web tool also reveals how these sources are being used, as well as their protection status.
Large-scale action, like legislation, corporate practices and government investment, are critical to designing a different future. But over time, small personal actions can also evolve into cultural consciousness shifts.
Planet Earth is the only home we have ever known, and it's likely to remain that way for a very, very long time. It's an inaccessible universe and we, your ancestors, have poked some big holes in this shared life raft. It's deflating fast!
Given that most East Coasters live just a couple of hours' drive from great national parks and the Atlantic coast, this paucity of nature in our children's lives is hard to understand and harder still to accept.
The only constant is the river, the only direction is down. Without this compass, each vista looks alike, and I am adrift in a featureless terrain. Now, on our eighth day out, it is as if I am seeing the barren lands for the first time.