Bravissimo Pope Francis !

Hosannas to Pope Francis ! He is emerging as the greatest leader in the world. A genuine champion of the poor (why he chose Francis as his papal name) and big promotor of interfaith dialogue, his latest encyclical contains a brilliant concise statement of the environmental, political, economic and moral meltdown we’re undergoing. He gets …Read More

the future of the monarch butterfly

which performs the greatest migration of any insect on the planet. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/homero-aridjis/mexico-monarch-survival_b_6501656.html?utm_hp_ref=world

I wrote about the race to find the wintering grounds of the monarchs, which Homer Aridjis recounts, in Vanity Fair http://blog.dispatchesfromthevanishingworld.com/?p=3727

Today, the milkweed in North America’s heartland is being snuffed by pesticides. Only three million monarchs made it to the volcanoes of Michoacan, Mexico, …Read More

a great new cross-border intertribal bison conservation collaboration

this press release in from Wildlife Conservatin Society :

Historic Buffalo Treaty Signed by Tribes and First Nations Along U.S. and Canada Border

 

Native groups from U.S. and Canada join to support restoration of bison; renew cultural and spiritual ties

 

 BOZEMAN, MT (September 24, 2014) – Yesterday afternoon, dignitaries from U.S. Tribes and Canadian First Nations signed a treaty—the first among …Read More

consider the rhino

one of the most embattled animals on the planet, because of the alleged medicinal and aphrodisiac properties of its horn. Yesterday was World Rhino Day. Dereck Joubert, a Botswana-based wildlife film-maker and conservation, wrote this appeal in Huffington Post : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dereck-joubert/this-world-rhino-day-we-n_b_5864250.html?1411421208

Botswana is one of Africa’s few conservation success stories. A subject we will be reporting …Read More