This week in birds - #450
A roundup of the week's news of birds and the environment:White Ibises in flight photographed off South Padre Island, Texas.
An Environmental Protection Agency report that was delayed for years by the previous administration was released on Wednesday and the news is not good. The report documents the changes that are a signal that climate change caused at least partly by human activity is intensifying and negatively affecting public health and the environment.
In other EPA action this week, the agency ordered a controversial refinery on St. Croix in the Virgin Island to be shut for 60 days because it poses an imminent threat to human health. The refinery had been permitted to open by the previous administration. Since February, it had showered oil on local residents twice, spewed sulfuric gases into the surrounding area, and released hydrocarbons into the air.
New research indicates that a third of global food production will be at risk from the effects of climate change by the end of this century if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise at their current rate.
Thousands of seabirds are caught by fishing nets and hooks every year, helping to push some species toward extinction. What if there were some way to warn the birds away from the nets and hooks?Well, here is something that is being tried. These googly eyes attached to buoys are intended to scare the birds away from the area. If I were a bird they would certainly scare me!
According to the first complete assessment of how Nature-based solutions can combat the climate and biodiversity crises in the UK, regenerating native woodland, restoring grassland, and rewetting peatland should be priorities. This was the conclusion of more than 100 ecologists who examined how all kinds of landscapes – from urban to agricultural to coastal – could be enhanced to maximize carbon retention, biodiversity, and human wellbeing.