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Snow gum, Victoria, Australia

Story ran in the Victoria Times Colonist January 22,2009

Seven western states and four Canadian provinces have joined forces in a plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions. An entire new source of long-term revenue is available to British Columbia’s (BCs) government, which will enable protection of massive tracks of old growth forests and fresh water supplies.

Under the Western Climate Initiative, Arizona, California, Oregon, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, Washington, B.C., Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec have agreed to cut the region’s carbon emissions by 15 percent below 2005 levels by 2020.

The backbone of their plan is a cap-and-trade system. A similar approach was used in the early 1990s to combat acid rain around the Great Lakes caused by the pollution from coal-burning power plants.

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Statue of Greyfriars Bobby on the street outside Greyfriars Kirkyard cemetery, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Malibu Times November 29, 2013

This week as the brutal ‘War Against Nature’ raged on, the conscious world fought back as hundreds of thousands of people from around the globe united in their disgust of a meaningless, callous woman named Melissa Bachman as she gleefully boasted about killing a lion—apparently she has an aversion to owning a digital camera and a fear of being unarmed and up-close with a wild beast.

Hundreds of millions of people around the globe love and protect animals—and animals know it, always showing their unstinting respect and love for humans. I dedicate this story to each and every person who believes it’s time for an amnesty with the Animal Kingdom —now!

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The mysterious lives of lobsters have intrigued humans since their first description by Pliny in 100 AD – and for many good reasons.

With lobster names like: Hunchback locust, regal slipper, marbled mitten, velvet fan, musical furry, unicorn, buffalo blunt-horn, African spear, Arabian whip and rough Spanish; it’s not difficult to see that some 45 species of ocean dwelling lobsters with a global annual worth of $31 billion are of culinary and scientific interest.

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Story on Malibu Times Blog Feb 1, 2013

Twenty years ago in Australia I helped free a bottlenose dolphin from a drift net. In 2004, a small pod of bottlenose dolphins protected four swimmers from great white sharks for 40 minutes until the sharks lost interest and left. Last week, I was very touched that a wounded dolphin had the presence of mind to alert a nearby diver, who then helped remove a fishing hook from its left pectoral fin.

Both intelligent and likeable, dolphins are aquatic, top-predator mammals classified as a type of whale or cetacean. There are two types of cetaceans. Baleen whales filter massive amounts of small oceanic organisms, called krill, with comb-like sieves in their mouths. Toothed whales, on the other hand, grab prey with their teeth. Dolphins and their mistaken twin, the porpoise, are a type of toothed whale. There are about 70 kinds of toothed whales, and about 45 species of dolphins, porpoises and false whales, such as killer whales or orcas.

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Story ran Malibu Times July 25, 2012

This Earth Week I’m giving thanks for all the magnificent hummingbirds I’ve watched this spring, these little beauties are worthy of our admiration; let me tell you why.

The diminutive warm-blooded hummingbirds of the West are beautiful, fearless and possess magical-like qualities. Rufous, Anna’s, black-chinned and calliope hummingbirds appear during the late spring and early summer. They attain speeds in excess of 50 miles per hour and migrate some 1,700 miles to their wintering habitat in Mexico.

Hummingbirds are often heard – by their hum – before they are seen. Their feather colors are a combination of brilliant iridescents and metallics. Their beaks are needle-like in shape. They have extremely strong chest muscles that account for 30 percent of their body mass – the highest of any migratory birds. These muscles enable them to roll their shoulder joints back and, using their wing tips projected in a flat figure of eight, they hover. In fact they accomplish this extraordinaire feat of 200 beats per seconds in the same manner of a variable-pitch rotor on a helicopter. By slightly altering the wing angle they can move forward, backward, sideways and with ease perform upside-down maneuvers. There are about 10,000 species of birds, of which only 328 kinds of hummingbirds can hover.

Hummingbirds are specialists. They co-evolved with flowering nectar-rich plants over the past 40 million years. These remarkable birds have helped shape the landscapes of South, Central and North America. They have been Mother Nature’s emissaries of evolution and curators of diversity.

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Story ran in Huffington Post August 14, 2012

Humans and dogs have shared an inseparable bond that dates back well over 15,000 years. Throughout the ages our constant companions offered unconditional love and friendship, and now new research shows they empathize with us.

Dogs have played a pivotal role in human history. They have acted as draft animals, assisted with hunting and herding, offered both warmth and protection, guided the blind and they have humored us with play.

The first evidence of dogs and humans being buried together comes from a German site ‘Bonn-Oberkassel’ about 14,000 years ago. Also around that period dogs followed humans across the Bering Land Bridge into North America. The first evidence of human and dog internment was recorded at Danger Cave, Utah some 11,000 years ago.

It now turns out that people and dogs are linked very closely from behavioral patterns associated with a simple yawn.

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Story ran in Huffington Post July 5, 2012

A couple years ago artist Matthew Mazzotta’s idea of turning dog waste (methane gas) into renewable energy caught the world’s attention with the ignition of a continuous flame at Park Spark in Cambridge, Mass. Since then, his splendid public awareness campaign of turning dog pooh into biogas has inspired other students and entrepreneurs across America, Australia and the UK to take waste and turn it into lucrative energy.

The dog-park biogas process is relatively simple: Pet owners stoop and scoop using a biodegradable bag, and toss bags into a methane digester on one of the two air-tight 500-gallon steel tanks. Microbes and water in the septic tanks work in an oxygen-free zone breaking down the dog pooh; methane gas is released, rises and is ready to be used as energy. At Park Spark it is piped directly into an old-fashioned gas-burning lamppost.

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