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Plastic bag ban helps save California’s endangered sea turtles

Leatherback sea turtle. Photo by Flickr user Steven Damron used under a Creative Commons License.
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Chris Pincetich, Ph.D., marine biologist for the Sea Turtle Restoration Project, asked me to pass along the information below about the deadly effects of plastics on California’s endangered sea turtles and how AB 1998 is a first step to help what is now an epidemic of plastic pollution. Please read it and do what you can. Thanks. /Gary

Plastic Bag Ban Will Help Save California’s Endangered Sea Turtles
San Francisco, CA – A new report released today exposes the severe harm that plastic bags in the ocean cause to the endangered sea turtles and other marine life offshore of California – and how banning single-use plastic bags will help save the lives of critically endangered leatherback sea turtles off the California Coast. Download the report at http://www.seaturtles.org/article.php?id=1751
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Posted on Thursday, August 12th, 2010
Under: Plastic bags, Sea turtle | No Comments »

Copenhagen: Animals in trouble, the 12 Species of Christmas

Caribou crossing. Photo by Flickr user Phillie Casablanca used under a Creative Commons License
Caribou Crossing

As world leaders convene during the 12 Days of Copenhagen, many animals are already in trouble due to climate change. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has identified 12 species looking for hope from the 12 Days of Copenhagen:

1 — Caribou. With rapid climate change impacting their circumpolar habitat, some types of reindeer, or caribou, have been pushed to the brink of extinction. Of 43 major herds that have been monitored during the past decade, 34 are declining; none so dramatically as the Peary caribou of the High Arctic, whose numbers have declined from some 50,000 in the 1960s to only 7,800 today.
IFAW recently petitioned the U.S. Government to list Peary and Dolphin-Union caribou under the Endangered Species Act. http://www.ifaw.org/ifaw_united_states/media_center/press_releases/9_15_2009_57511.php
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Posted on Tuesday, December 15th, 2009
Under: Caribou, Cats, dogs, Elephants, Grizzly bear, Lions, Penguins, Polar bears, Sea turtle, Seals, Walrus, Whales | 1 Comment »