Category Archives: global warming

Last Stand of the Orangutan: The Power is in Your Palm

On May 20th, activists around the world called on major snack food companies to cut conflict palm oil from their supply chains. From Australia to Kuala Limpur to San Francisco, thousands participated in the Rainforest Action Network’s #inyourpalm campaign. Activists unfurled a 60-foot banner at the Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago. In Washington, DC, we distributed information and spoke with the public about the impact of palm oil. Palm oil touches each of our lives, as it is found… Continue reading

How the Omnibus helps endangered species

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected today to debate an omnibus bill that sets the federal government’s budget for the rest of the fiscal year. The bill has some good news for endangered species. First, it includes budget increases for many endangered species programs, which have been ailing for years. For the main Fish and Wildlife Service programs, which include listing and critical habitat designation; consultations; candidate protections; and recovery efforts, there is an increase of almost $7.5 million… Continue reading

Senate protects endangered species provision

Yesterday evening, the Senate voted 52-42 to reject the amendment by Senator Murkowski (R-AK) that would have weakend an endangered species provision in the omnibus spending bill now being debated. As mentioned previously, the provision is designed to help repeal two Bush Administration regulations limiting protections under the Endangered Species Act. More detail is available in our recent press release. The omnibus bill is currently scheduled to be voted on early next week. We thank Senators Boxer, Cardin and Feinstein… Continue reading

(Re)protecting flying squirrels

This is a guest post from ESC member group The Wilderness Society. It has also appeared on their blog. Can we save my flying squirrel?By M’Shae Alderman, The Wilderness Society I can still remember the smell of dog food and peanut butter mixing and melting beneath Kentucky’s July sun. My vertebrate zoology class was preparing to trap the Southern flying squirrel and my group received a special assignment: “make raccoon bait.” So, while my other classmates assembled cages and rolled… Continue reading

Time is Running Out for the Polar Bear

Time is running out for the polar bear. As their sea ice habitat disappears, polar bears are starving and drowning, and mothers and cubs are dying as their snow dens collapse on them due to a warming climate. In addition, pollution from oil and gas drilling threatens to destroy what’s left of the polar bear’s disappearing habitat. The fate of the polar bears and other endangered species relies on their Endangered Species Act protections being restored. In their last days,… Continue reading

Global Warming threatens another, but the cooldown on listing may be over

If I am remembering correctly, today we have a new milestone to recognize with the Obama Administration: their first listing proposal of a species in need of added protection. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is proposing that the population of eulachon found in Washington, Oregon and California waters be considers a distinct population and that it be listed as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act. (announcement available here). You might also know eulachon as candlefish, Columbia River smelt and… Continue reading

Polar Bears Need an Opportunity – and a Place – to Survive.

Like so many of the bad decisions coming out of the Bush Administration, Polar Bear protection is no exception. The Administration came kicking and screaming to the decision to finally list the Polar Bear as a threatened species deserving protections under the Endangered Species Act. However, the listing came with strings attached. The exemptions the administration made with the listing virtually guarantee the habitat the Polar Bears need to survive will be compromised and so too the Polar Bears recovery.… Continue reading

Bush Administration Lists Polar Bear but Refuses to Protect Habitat or Address Drilling and Global Warming

Today, the Bush Administration listed the polar bear as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, but refused to address the main threats to the species – habitat loss, drilling and global warming. At the Endangered Species Coalition, we welcome the listing of the polar bear under the Endangered Species Act, but we urge the Bush Administration to halt drilling in the bear’s habitat. I guess it is hard for Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne to ignore drowning polar bears and the… Continue reading

Schwarzenegger fires first salvo in attack on endangered species

Last week, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger chose to celebrate Earth Day by launching what may be the first salvo in the next big attack on endangered species. Instead of celebrating the successes of endangered species protection, such as the bald eagle, gray wolf and California condor, Schwarzenegger decided to use endangered species protection as a scapegoat. He blasted his own California environmental agency for “slowing approval of a solar facility in Victorville” because of “an endangered squirrel.” Schwarzenegger in Last… Continue reading

Irreplaceable; Wildlife in a Warming World

Over the last year, the Endangered Species Coalition has been working with an exciting campaign by faith, science, art, and conservation groups working together to spread the word about animals and plants struggling in the face of climate change. Species as diverse as the polar bear, monarch butterfly, whooping crane, and bluefin tuna are already feeling the heat from global warming, and need our help. This effort is centered around a traveling photography exhibit showcasing these imperiled species, and these… Continue reading