Category Archives: Wildlife and Habitat

Coal Plants And Fish

Coal Plants And Fish

High levels of an element found in coal ash have been detected in fish in two lakes where Duke Energy coal-fired power plants are located, according to a peer-reviewed study at Duke University. The element, selenium, occurs naturally but is concentrated in coal ash. 

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Vanishing Vaquitas

Vanishing Vaquitas

The world’s smallest porpoise – the vaquita – is in real trouble.  According to a recent report by the International Committee for the Recovery of the Vaquita (or CIRVA), the vaquita population has plummeted to just 30 individuals –a 90% plunge since 2011 – despite international conservation efforts.  The vaquita, which is found only in… Continue Reading

Squeaking By

Squeaking By

Amphibians are one of the most threatened groups of animals on the planet.  Since the late 1980s, scientists have measured dramatic population declines from locations all over the world.  The plummeting amphibian populations are perceived to be one of the most critical threats to global biodiversity.  According to the IUCN, about 1 of every 3… Continue Reading

NASA And Chimpanzees

NASA And Chimpanzees

Increasingly, conservation organizations are increasingly relying on satellite imagery to help save wildlife.  The Jane Goodall Institute, a nonprofit focused on chimpanzee conservation, uses NASA’s and the U.S. Geological Survey’s Landsat satellite images to guide their chimpanzee conservation strategies.  Continue Reading