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From Huffington Post, September 26, 2013

Nature is being wiped out in our oceans and on the land as the global demand for illegal wildlife products now exceeds $300 billion in annual sales – feeding international crime syndicates, rapidly impoverishing all life forms.

Yesterday (September 25, 2013) in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe poachers – the scourge of our planet – annihilated at least 90 more African elephants by poisoning their watering hole with cyanide. Earlier this month they poisoned at least 41 mature elephants in the Park in an attempt to feed the insatiable Asian demand for ivory, which now fetches $1,000 a pound.

To give you some idea of how quickly Earthlings are exterminating elephants in 1980 there were about 1.2 million African beasts. Last year the estimate was at most 400,000 remaining. Since 2002, the African forested elephant population has plummeted by 76 percent. In Tanzania alone the population estimate in 2008 was approximately 165,000 — today there are fewer than 23,000 elephants left.

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Story ran on Huffington September 13, 2013

Later this month in Stockholm The United Nations panel on climate change will release its long awaited report replete with predictions on our climate. Media moles and self-acclaimed pundits are writing about temperatures rising between 7.2 and 9 degrees (F) (4 and 5 deg C) later this century as if Earth’s life support system can handily absorb these deadly numbers.

By all accounts that we’ve seen the forthcoming report will err on the lowest ‘worst case scenario’ because economies of the world are teetering on recession. Earth’s remaining natural resources are being depleted faster now than ever before and our beleaguered environment and all the blatant telltales are being dismissed as meaningless by all governments, globally. Moreover, it would appear, that the Laws of Ecology are not applicable to Homo sapiens because special interest groups worldwide continue to bully lawmakers, who in turn grant more subsidies to exploit the remaining natural resources i.e. forests and seas. Yet there is no regard whatsoever for the essential life-sustaining services these tremendous terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems provide.

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story ran on Huffington Post Sept 8, 2013

Our oceans are ailing, and when dolphins and whales wash ashore they are sounding the alarm bells, but is anyone listening? Our dirty oil addiction is killing these extraordinary top marine predators. And we cannot exist on this planet without oceans flourishing with dolphins and whales.

In the spring of 2012 over 900 long-beaked common dolphins and black porpoises washed up in a mass mortality event on Peruvian shores. Government officials stating that the dolphins died of natural causes i.e. morbillivirus did not convince my colleagues and me.

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story ran on Huffington Post Sept 1, 2013

One of the daily privileges of living in southern California along the Santa Monica Bay is watching pods of bottlenose dolphins patrolling the coastline. They are extraordinary creatures with astounding memories that bring joy to my day – each time I see them.

My students and I believe that dolphins are entitled to the right of life. We along with millions of other Earthlings are mortified that Japan and Faroe Islanders brutally slaughter dolphins i.e. Faroe Islands and Taiji Cove with such reckless abandon and a despicable sense of entitlement.

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story ran on Malibu Times blog Aug 30, 2013

Known by different names in the Santa Monica Mountains and elsewhere, including phantom cat, cougar, panther and puma, this extraordinary furtive feline is not only at the top of the food chain but is the best hunter to walk the earth. Mountain lions are feared, with good reason, by all prey. They are loathed by farmers and ranchers.

From its small head to the distinct black tip of its tail, a male measures 11 feet long and weighs an average of 225 pounds. The ancient Amazonian Tupi tribe dubbed this cat “the false deer,” recognizing that this predator blended so completely into its environment with its tawny brown coat. Its eyes and forehead have black markings; its throat and chest are white and its long tail is as thick as a man’s wrist.

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the lodge

The red-ochre or salmon-colored coastal wolves along the Great Bear Rainforest or mid-coastline of British Columbia are unique and dependant upon intact old growth forests that provide habitat for salmon bearing streams.

Wolves, similarly to humans and a few other highly social animals, work co-operatively by utilizing a division of labor.

Over the past 300 years in North American humans of European descent have relentlessly hunted wolves. In fact, the British Columbia coastal wolf population has been drastically reduced by at least 80 percent.

Coastal wolves are the least known subspecies of gray wolves left on the planet. They live in rugged yet picturesque terrain, which receives more than 7 feet of precipitation annually.

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Viking came and they too went

Story ran on Malibu Times blog, August 16, 2013

A century ago the most dominant tree in the United States – the American chestnut towered over the land and ruled the east-coast forests from Georgia to Maine. In a manner of a human lifespan this majestic tree has not only disappeared, but sadly in many cases been forgotten.

Once upon a time chestnuts grew all over North America and Eurasia then joined to a supercontinent called Laurasia. Once Laurasia broke-up seven species of chestnuts developed: Chinese, European, Japanese, dwarf Chinese, Chinese chinquapin, American chestnut and Allengheny chinquapin.

All species bear fruits called nuts – high in fiber, protein, vitamin C and carbohydrates, low in calories and saturated fats.

All chestnuts have root systems that are able to regenerate new trunks – coppicing is a potent form of resilience against natural disturbances including landslides and flooding.

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