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 soapy surge was well over two stories high in places. It rose from the fast-flowing creek that runs below the road, whose waters were now a mounting froth spilling over the banks. A scene like this can't help but make you grateful for the Clean Water Act in the U.S.
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.
If the benefits of living in a city are diminished because the Internet brings access to the world to you, then why deal with the high real estate prices, traffic, crime, pollution and difficulty of living alongside millions of other people?
Bicknell's thrush (scientific name, Catharus bicknelli) is one of the rarest birds to inhabit the high elevation forests of the Adirondacks. They face pressures, primarily from deforestation, and the population has been in decline.
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.
The National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), a non-profit located in Washington, has been awarded a public/private grant to help restore native long-leaf pine trees through re-planting and conservation.
The Sierra Club's ability to successfully advocate for environmental causes doesn't depend on access to politicians. But they have opted for an "inside" game, and have thus dropped the ball on pressuring officials from the outside.