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Stop Poachers from Killing Red Wolves

Posted by a.elkforanimals on May 10, 2014 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)
Dear Animals for the Care of Treatment and Animals. Elite Liberation Klan, Red wolves exist in the wild in only one place on earth???on the Albemarle Peninsula near the outer banks of North Carolina. But a recent rash of deadly shootings has killed 6 wolves. And horribly, the deadly attacks by poachers show no signs of stopping. Right now, Congress can increase funding to conserve the endangered red wolves and help stop the illegal shootings. Red wolves under attack from poachers need your voice???tell Congress to provide much-needed funding for conservation efforts now. After going completely extinct in the wild and being carefully reintroduced and conserved, 90-100 red wolves now make their homes in the forests and marshes of eastern North Carolina. But in just one year the endangered red wolves lost 10% of their population to illegal shootings and accidents. The loss of adults to shootings will likely decrease how many cubs are born next year???creating a serious risk of extinction and a major obstacle to red wolves??? long term recovery. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has worked tirelessly to help bring red wolves back from the brink of extinction, but they need increased federal funding to help successfully combat the imminent threat to this critically endangered American species. Help protect the last remaining endangered red wolves???speak up to help stop poachers today. Alligator River Refuge and the surrounding peninsula is the only place in the world where red wolf howls can be heard in the wild. Though the species once ranged from eastern Texas to the Atlantic Coast and north into southern Pennsylvania, by 1970 uncontrolled hunting, habitat loss and predator control programs had removed the red wolf from all but the remotest places. It is up to us to ensure the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service gets the additional funding it needs to strengthen the Red Wolf Recovery Program???s efforts to end the poaching and educate local communities about the wolves. Congress can provide the funding needed to protect our remaining red wolves???but your members of Congress need to hear from you today. Don???t let the red wolves??? howls disappear from the wild???urge Congress to stop the illegal shooting of endangered wolves. Thanks for all you do to protect wildlife. Sincerely, Andy Buchsbaum Interim Executive Director, NWF Action Fund [email protected] Twitter: @wildlifeaction Join us on Facebook

Suitcase for Survival

Posted by a.elkforanimals on May 6, 2014 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Some of the world's best-loved species are being ruthlessly slaughtered by wildlife criminals for illegal trade.

 

Wild tigers are being hunted to extinction for their skins, bones, teeth and claws.

Last year, more than 30,000 African elephants were poached for their ivory tusks.

South Africa has experienced a 7,000% increase in rhino poaching since 2007.

Just because it's for sale does not mean it is legal.

 

This suitcase is full of illegal wildlife parts and products seized here in America by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Learn how you can help save nature by asking basic questions and getting the facts. When in doubt, don't buy. You can help stop wildlife crime.

US Climate Assessment: An Urgent Call to Tackle Climate Change

Posted by a.elkforanimals on May 6, 2014 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Extreme weather events, melting glaciers and rising sea levels—all with links to climate change—are impacting the United States and the world, according to a new report by a group of leading US scientists and released by the White House on May 6.

 

The National Climate Assessment provides a detailed look at the far-reaching effects of climate change on our nation’s communities and natural resources, including changes to oceans, water resources, energy supply, agriculture, forestry, and ecosystems.

 

“This report reads like it was ripped from today’s headlines,” said WWF Vice President for Climate Change Lou Leonard. “It paints the clearest picture yet that extreme weather and climate disruption are already here and, simply put, it’s not pretty.”

 

Some extreme weather events linked to climate change, such as prolonged periods of heat, heavy downpours, and floods and droughts, are growing in frequency and/or intensity, according to the report. Warming is also “causing sea level to rise and glaciers and Arctic sea ice to melt, and oceans are becoming more acidic as they absorb carbon dioxide,” the report says.

 

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“While climate impacts are significant, the good news here is that we can avoid the dangerous future predicted this report if we start today using this information to prepare our cities for these risks and changing the way our nation uses and chooses energy,” said Leonard. “That’s beginning to happen. Americans are embracing renewable energy technologies like rooftop solar panels. And the federal government’s work to set new standards for old, dirty power plants is also playing a large role in moving our nation toward a renewable energy future and reducing the emissions that drive climate change.”

 

In addition to nationwide findings, the report provides insight into specific parts of the country, including places where WWF works to conserve wildlife such as the Artic, Northern Great Plains and desert Southwest.

 

In the Arctic, the report finds that Alaska has already warmed twice as fast as the rest of the nation. As a result, Arctic summer sea ice is receding faster than previously projected and is expected to virtually disappear before mid-century. This threatens the long-term health of walrus and polar bear populations that rely on it for survival. It’s also opening new areas to development, creating a new set of threats to this incredibly diverse and important ecosystem.

 

In its section on the Great Plains, the report looks at recent increases in winter and spring precipitation in the Northern Great Plains and its impact on agriculture and soils. It also examines how the length of the growing season is changing, possibly allowing a second annual crop in some places and some years.

 

And in the arid Southwest, where WWF works to restore and improve the Rio Grande, the report points out how climate change is affecting water resources, ecosystems, energy supply and agricultural production. Among its findings, the assessment points out that snowpack and streamflow amounts are projected to decline in parts of the Southwest, decreasing surface water supply reliability for cities, agriculture, and ecosystems.

 

The findings outlined in this report are another reminder of why WWF is working to engage millions of American about the need to transition our nation to a renewable energy future. Preparing local communities and reducing our emissions that drive climate change is critical to providing future generations a healthy planet.

 

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