Repost from @wildlifefirst - (New Scientist) - New Zealand will ban single-use plastic shopping bags next year, the government announced today.
Retailers will be given six months to phase out the bags or face fines of up to NZ$100,000 (£52,000).
In a press conference, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that plastic was the single biggest subject school children wrote to her about. “We’re taking meaningful steps to reduce plastics pollution so we don’t pass this problem to future generations,” she said.
New Zealand currently uses over 750 million single-use plastic bags per year, which is equivalent to about 150 per person. “A mountain of bags, many of which end up polluting our precious coastal and marine environments and cause serious harm to all kinds of marine life,” said Ardern. 🌎🌍🌏 Share your Story: elephantjournal.com/submit 🗽🐘☕️ Skip to-go cups this week. Drinking hot liquids out of plastic isn’t good for you, anyways. #coffee#newzealand#plasticpollution#plasticbags#jacindaardern#wildlifefirst#mayitbeofbenefit#elephantjournal
Have we mentioned that baby dolphins have been everywhere this week?! So fun watching them jump around. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway on our last for a free ticket to join us. Winner announced tomorrow. 🐬 (📸: Craig DeWitt)
❓What drives the illegal pangolin trade?
🔹With their scales believed to have a healing power, pangolin are trafficked for their use in traditional medicine. But their scales are made up of keratin, which is the same protein that makes up our fingernails—and even rhino horn—and holds no medicinal value . Their meat is also considered a delicacy in China and Vietnam.
Asian pangolin populations have been decimated; this has increased the pangolin trade from Africa to Asia. They are also hunted and killed for bushmeat in central and west Africa.
❓How many pangolins are killed each year?
🔹Up to 2.7 million. Conservative estimates suggest around 400,000.
❓What can you do to help?
🔹You can start by sharing this information. Most people are not aware that these animals even exist, let alone that they're inching closer to extinction. Awareness is key, so inform anyone who will listen and urge them to do the same. Once you've done that, you can donate to organizations like @vietnamwildlife @tikkihywoodtrust and @pangolinconservation -- no amount donated is too small. They need all the help they can get!
Video via United For Wildlife
This was a gorgeous day—a breeze, typical Florida sunshine and a distant storm, clear water, and lots of people enjoying the afternoon. Unfortunately, two days later, the red tide had moved in. The algae bloom has been really strange this year, and I will probably address it in greater detail at another time. For now, awareness of how our environment is being treated is enough, and though the red tide is a natural process of our oceans, the increase in bloom frequency and duration most likely has a human cause. #saveourbeaches#wildlifefirst#wlyg#imgmodels#anamariaisland
PLEASE READ!!! To my followers and hashtags please go to @followmetosiestakey to sign petition, link is in her bio! IT DOES NOT MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE!! What is happening in the gulf is heartbreaking! Let's all try to make a difference before it's too late! Thank you so much!!! 🌊🌊🌊 #sanibelisland#siestakey#gulfofmexico#lakeokeechobee . . . This is not my usual post... 😰 and I’m warning, these pics are graphic and heartbreaking. The first was taken at Siesta Key yesterday by @my_sarasota_florida_ the others were posted by @buck3tgangs_rippinlips in Boca Grande
Something MUST be done quickly! Please follow and share the link in my bio ☝️☝️ above and help by signing petition. I feel pretty ignorant as I’m just learning about the “Sugar companies” dumping into Lake Okeechobee, which leads to dumping into the gulf... this is too tragic to sit by and do nothing! #saveouroceans#saveourplanet#saveourbeaches#redtide#gulfofmexico#savesouthflorida @savesouthflorida #captainsforcleanwater @captainsforcleanwater #wildlifefirst @wildlifefirst
The world's biggest colony of king penguins is found in the National Nature Reserve of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands (TAAF). Using high-resolution satellite images, researchers have detected a massive 88 percent reduction in the size of the penguin colony, located on Île aux Cochons, in the Îles Crozet archipelago. The causes of the colony's collapse remain a mystery but may be environmental. Data show that the decline began in the late 1990s, coinciding with a major climatic event in the Southern Ocean related to El Niño. This event temporarily affected the foraging capacities of another colony 100 km from Île aux Cochons, causing it to dwindle. The same process may be responsible for the fate of the Île aux Cochons colony. Its size may also subject it to density-dependent effects. That is, the larger the population, the fiercer the competition between individuals, slowing the growth of all members of the group. The repercussions of lack of food are thus amplified and can trigger an unprecedented rapid and drastic drop in numbers, especially following a climatic event like the one at the end of the 1990s. Disease is another hypothesis entertained. Avian cholera is currently ravaging populations of seabirds on other islands in the Indian Ocean, like the albatross of Île Amsterdam and the penguins of Marion Island. Still, none of these possibilities seems to offer a satisfactory explanation for a decline of the magnitude observed on Île aux Cochons. Field studies led by CNRS researchers, with support from the French Polar Institute (IPEV), and in close partnership with TAAF nature reserve staff, should be getting under way shortly to verify initial conclusions drawn from the satellite images. #usoa#wildlifefirst @wildlifefirst #usoa#u_s_o_a#universalsocietyofanimals#animal#news#animals#animalkingdom#nature#wild#wildlife#love#instagood#photooftheday#summer#instagram#follow#my#sos#saveourspecies#conservation