Pennsylvania Auditor: State Department of Environmental Protection Was Unprepared For Shale Industry’s Growth
“(The audit) shows that the meteoric growth of the shale gas industry caught the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) unprepared to effectively administer laws and regulations to protect drinking water and unable to efficiently respond to citizen complaints,” Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said.
Good news! NOAA Fisheries just gave scalloped hammerhead sharks protection under the Endangered Species Act! Sharks worldwide are in danger because of “finning” for shark fin soup, and accidental bycatch. We’re glad to have played a lead role in passage of the shark fin ban in California, a movement that’s spreading to many other states – and even to China!
This is maybe one of the greatest wild life phenomenon on the planet ever captured on lens.
In the sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico, a massive congregation of Munkiana Devil Rays, relative of manta rays, was captured by a German photographer Florian Schulz, displaying unusual event which he dubbed as the Flight of the Rays.
But as this wonderful perspective shows, for all the individuals leaping out that are visible at sea level, there are many more below the surface. The jaw-dropping image below shows only a quarter of the whole scene.
No one knows why the rays gather like this, whether to mate, herd prey or migrate or just for the sheer joy of being together.
"For the first time, we were able to invite the world in live during the 31 days on a Cousteau expedition. The fact that you could see the curiosity in kids, and even in older adults, was a huge reward for me personally because I believe we sparked something that hadn’t happened to the ocean since my grandfather’s era."
Underwater footage of caribbean reef, lemon and tiger sharks taken by Jarrett Corke (WWF-Canada - Shark Project Coordinator Atlantic Region) while on a tiger shark research trip in the Bahamas with Jim Abernathy Scuba Adventures and R.J. Dunlap Marine Conservation Program. Music courtesy of The Hylozoists (http://ift.tt/1n55GGG). RID 3840
Drought Drains Lake Mead to Lowest Level as Nevada Senator Calls for Government Audit
As the largest reservoir in the U.S. falls to its lowest water level in history, Nevada State Sen. Tick Segerblom introduced a bill title and issued a press release on July 8 calling for an “independent scientific and economic audit of the Bureau of Reclamation’s strategies for Colorado River management.”
Help the Juruena park: http://ift.tt/1sAL9ZQ The National Energy Policy Council (CNPE, in portuguese) — is meeting in Brasília, June 24, when it may declare as “public utility” a part of the Juruena National Park, located on the border between the states of Mato Grosso and Amazonas. With nearly 2 million hectares, Juruena is the fourth largest national park in the country. It represents 2.5% of the area covered by the federal protected areas in the Legal Amazon and 5.3% of the area in national parks areas in the region. The park is part of ARPA (Amazon Region Protected Areas), which funded part of the actions for its implementation. The Declaration of Public Utility (DUP, in Portuguese) is the first step towards a reduction of the protected area for the construction of the hydroelectric plants of São Simão Alto and Salto Augusto Baixo. They are part of a series of seven dams that the government plans to build in the Tapajós Basin, with significant social and environmental impacts. In order to raise awareness of the society regarding these threats to the Juruena National Park and the Tapajós Basin, WWF-Brazil has launched this month, the SOS Juruena Campaign. The initiative calls for the support of society to pressure the government and block the construction of dams within the Juruena National Park, therefore ensuring that this protected area remains intact. RID 3839
Intersex Fish Found in Three Pennsylvania Rivers Linked to Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals
A study led by the U.S. Geological Service (USGS) finds intersex fish in three watersheds of Pennsylvania and shows strong connections between these occurrences and increased pollution in waterways from endocrine-disrupting chemicals.