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by Sarah Howell With winter coming fast for the northern hemisphere, it may be hard to imagine that climate change is a very real concern for humans and especially the flora and fauna all over the world. Unfortunately, it is something that cannot be swept under the rug and dealt with later. To prevent any more damage, it is imperative that humans act both locally and globally to stop this change from worsening. Fluctuating temperature changes are a major issue with climate change. According to the Natural Climate Data Center, in 2012 alone, there were 3527 monthly weather records broken for heat, rain, and snow in the United States. What is the most troubling is that some of those records had held for over 30 years. Worse yet, July 2012 was the hottest single month ever recorded in the lower 48 states. The stats could go on forever: it was the worst drought in over 50 years across the Midwest, wildfires destroyed 9.2 million acres across the US, and let’s […]Read More
by Sarah Howell Incredibly sad news came from the International Union for Conservation of Nature earlier this month. The world’s largest conservation network officially declared the Western black rhinoceros extinct. The Western black rhinoceros was a subspecies of the black rhino, both of which are (or were) native to Africa. The Western black rhino was last seen in 2006. The black rhino itself is on IUCN’s “critically endangered” list, and its brethren, the northern white rhinos, are teetering on the brink of extinction as well. This critical endangerment is not just specifically found in Africa: the IUCN notes that the Asian Javan rhino is “making its last stand” due to continuous poaching and lack of conservation. Fortunately, the IUCN is not just for show. The foundation has paid off for the southern white rhino, which has risen from a nearly-extinct population 100 at the end of the 19th century, to an estimated 20,000 roaming wild and free today. The Przewalski’s horse also has the IUCN to thank. In 1996, they had […]Read More