Highlight a specific destination or location based event by pinpointing content in a specific location. Create desire to be there and activate bookings, ticket sales, and anything else about wanting to have an experience. On January 2, 2016, armed militants seized the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, Oregon, their intention being to turn the refuge, public land, over to private ranchers, loggers, and miners.

While leading to a bloody, brutal civil war, in the course of the ’41day’ occupation of the isolated bird sanctuary in rural eastern Oregon, the militants, led by ranchers Ammon and Ryan Bundy, had vowed that if the government tried to remove them from the refuge it would risk a conflagration so great, it can’t be stopped.

Whenever in line with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the occupiers left the refuge with $ 7 million in damages, that included digging trenches and an improvised road around a few ancient Burns Paiute Tribe burial grounds near the headquarters.

The announcement does not end the threat that SeaWorld and similar captive facilities pose to dolphins, whales, and identical marine mammals who will still be kept in captivity and continue to be captured from oceans worldwide.

While it is that said, this will be the last generation of orcas in SeaWorld’s care. On March 17, SeaWorld said that it should no longer breed orcas at any of its captive facilities. With that said, the two companies are already among the biggest agrichemical corporations globally, with ‘USbased’ Monsanto accounting for 26 the global percent seeds market and the Germany based Bayer providing roughly 17 percent of the world’s pesticides.
Together, the companies are expected to control 29 the percent world’s seeds and 24 the percent world’s pesticides.

The merger, that would create amongst the largest agrichemical companies on earth, has sparked fears of further corporate takeover of global food systems.

Allow two of the most powerful corporations in their fields to develop seeds and genetically engineered traits that work only with chemicals they manufacture, should the merger which is subject to regulatory approval in Germany and the United States go through. Fertilizers, and pesticides. However, the announcement of the $ 66 billion Monsanto and Bayer merger in September this year was greeted with dismay by much of the sustainable food and farming community. Become a subscriber day!
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He was killed for doing what many of us being that it was thought he might harm the child for coming into his home. Oftentimes much is reported and discussed about whether Harambe actually posed a threat to the child and about whether killing the gorilla was actually necessary. Consequently, as evolutionary biologist Marc Bekoff said in an earlier article, ultimately, Harambe was killed for being forced to live in a cage for some human’s, not his own, benefit, and since it was thought he might harm the child for coming into his home.

Last year, Cecil the lion’s shooting by a American hunter outside Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park created uproar across the world.

I’m not preparing to dive into that debate again.

Therefore this year, similar outrage was directed at Cincinnati Zoo in May when a zoo staffer shot and killed a 17 year old male western lowland gorilla named Harambe to save the life of a ‘four yearold’ child who fell into the gorilla’s cage. Besides, the new monument, that lies about 130 miles off the southeast coast of Cape Cod, protects 4913 square miles of marine ecosystems. In August, President Obama created the country’s largest contiguous fully protected area with the expansion of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. It’s a well photo by Greg McFall/NOAAFishes and coral at Rapture Reef, French Frigate Shoals, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Therefore this year was an ideal one for marine protection. President Obama expanded the position of the monument in August to 139797 square miles.

Just a few weeks after the announcement, on September 15, the president inaugurated the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument the Atlantic’s firstever marine monument. At 139797 square miles, the monument, that is home to coral reefs and seamounts and more than 7000 marine species, now comprises an area larger than all the United States’ national parks combined. Solar power, for the first time, tends to be the cheapest sort of new electricity.According to fresh data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, unsubsidized solar is beginning to outcompete coal and natural gason a larger scale, and new solar projects in emerging markets are costing less to build than wind projects. Global energy markets brought in news to cheer about, as 2016 draws to a close. Photo by Joe BruskyThe water protectors at Standing Rock offer us muchneeded hope that people power can effect real change. What began with a handful of native people setting up camp on the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation in April to express opposition to the $ 8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline project which is supposed to deliver fracked oil from North Dakota’s Bakken shale to markets in the US Midwest and Gulf Coast became, by October, the largest ‘massgathering’ of Native Americans and their allies in more than a century.

We need no better example to follow than the nonviolent resistance movement at Standing Rock, if the next four years could be about resistance to authoritarian power.

On December 4, the Army Corps of Engineers announced that it will not grant the pipeline builders, Energy Transfer Partners, the easement permit required for the pipeline to cross under the Missouri river.

They prevailed. Therefore the peaceful demonstrations by water protectors as many gathered there prefer to be called was met with brutal violence. They was ‘pepper sprayed’ by private guards and state security personnel, attacked by dogs, shot at with rubber bullets, hosed down with water canons in subzero temperatures, arrested, and threatened with lawsuits. Besides, the occupation appears to have reinvigorated the refuge’s conservation motives, while it will take some amount of time for Malheur to recover. Murders of grassroots environmental activists who are struggling on a daily basis to defend their land, forests, and rivers against the expansion of ‘large scale’ agriculture, dams, mining, logging,and other threats have become increasingly common across the world.

Less than two weeks after her assassination, another COPINH organizer, Nelson García, was shot dead by two gunmen as he arrived at this ‘motherinlaw”s house for lunch.

On March 3, 2016, Honduran indigenous Lenca leader Berta Cáceres was shot dead in her home town, less than a year after she was awarded the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize in recognition of her courageous efforts to save her community and land from mining and identical megadevelopment projects.

Cáceres was the general coordinator of COPINH, a group that was campaigning for the land and decision making rights of the Indigenous Lenca people. Report documents 185 killings across 16 countries last year, a 60 percent increase from 2014 and an average death rate of more than three people per week. That said, while as pointed out by the latest report by Global Witness, a group that exposes human rights abuses driven by the exploitation of natural resources, 2015 was the deadliest year on record for environmental activists. Besides, photo courtesy of Goldman Environmental Prize Cáceres was the general coordinator of COPINH, a group that was campaigning for the land and ‘decision making’ rights of the indigenous Lenca people. I’m sure you heard about this. Photo by Dave SizerWhile the 400 ppm mark is in that goes back 800000 years.

Most climate scientists agree that crossing it poses serious climate ramifications, while the 400 ppm mark is in now this high rate of increase will continue as long as fossil fuel consumption remains at its current level worldwide. Scientists say they are never preparing to fall below that threshold again in our lifetimes. Photo by Tony WebsterTrump’s election had been a major setback to the environmental movement. We have to gear up for at least four vigorous years battles to protect our lands and waters.


The unexpected victory of climate change denying Donald Trump has definitely been a major setback for the environmental movement in the US. At immediate risk are Obama’s Clean Power Plan, the Paris climate accord, and the powers of the EPA. Just think for a moment. There’s a high chance that a lot of the environmental protections we have fought so hard for in the past might get rolled back. Given the fossil fuel execs and climate deniers Trump had been tapping for key positions in his administration, the coming years are sure to bring increased federal leasing of lands for fossil fuel extraction, cuts to clean energy research programs, and fewer protections for critical lands and ecosystems.