Political and Military Elites Seizing Protected Areas of Zimbabwe for Ivory Poaching and Energy Extraction
by Richard Lardner / AP
Political and military elites are seizing protected areas in one of Africa’s last bastions for elephants, putting broad swaths of Zimbabwe at risk of becoming fronts for ivory poaching, according to a nonprofit research group’s report that examines government collusion in wildlife trafficking. (AP Photo, File)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Political and military elites are seizing…
Coal Ash Unmonitored In Fill Sites Across N.C.
by Bruce Henderson / Charlotte Observer
It’s next to a Huntersville car dealership and under a Lowe’s store in Mooresville.
The ash was used to level ground and fill gullies. Duke Energy once sold it for 50 cents to $1 a ton, disposing of waste – and a liability – it would otherwise have had to…
Pennsylvania’s Natural Gas Wells Leaking Up to 1,000 Times More Methane Than EPA Estimates
More evidence that natural gas drilling, as practiced, is a significant contributor to climate change
by Lindsay Abrams / Salon
Credit: Jim Parkin/Shutterstock
Fracking sites at Pennsylvania’s natural gas-rich Marcellus Shale are releasing way more methane than we thought — somewhere on the order of 100 to 1,000 times EPA estimates, according to a studyin the Proceedings of the National Academy…
Four Years After The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, The Gulf Is Still Suffering
by Katie Valentine / Think Progress
CREDIT: AP Photo/Gerald Herbert
In his 34 years living in Louisiana, Ryan Lambert can’t remember ever seeing young, dead dolphins on his trips out in the Gulf. In just the last few months, however, he says he’s seen two.
Lambert, who owns a charter fishing company in Louisiana, told ThinkProgress he’s worried that the dying dolphins he’s still seeing point to…
Conservationists and Marksmen of Malta Battle Over Annual Bird Hunt
Hunters try to block referendum on traditional spring shoot, while British volunteers help patrol countryside to protect birds
by Patrick Barkham / The Guardian
Photograph: Chris Howes/Alamy
As dawn breaks over the sea and ancient stone churches turn pink, the stillness of the morning is broken by volleys of gunfire. Tucked behind walls, sitting on armchairs in specially built turrets or else…
HEARTBREAKING! 3,500 Pigs Die in Barn Fire
By Ari Solomon / Mercy for Animals
Tragedy struck a Canadian pig barn Monday night when a raging fire engulfed it, killing thousands of pigs.
The barn belonged to Olymel, Canada’s second-largest pork producer.
According to Chief Barry Hooper, a fire department volunteer who arrived on the scene, it was impossible to get inside the building: “There was just too much smoke,” he said. “Pretty well…