PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA - The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh says it is concerned about deforestation in the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary, where five environmental activists were detained for documenting illegal logging in February. Ambassador Patrick W. Murphy and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Cambodia Mission Director Veena Reddy each met with the country's top environmental official in separate meetings last year to discuss deforestation and restrictions faced by patrol groups that monitor illegal logging in the sanctuary. “The U.S. government will continue to urge that action be taken to cease all illegal logging and preserve the incredible biodiversity of Prey Lang and other sanctuaries,” the embassy said in a statement released last week . The Prey Lang forest spans four Cambodian provinces and was marked by severe deforestation in 2016, the year the government classified it as a wildlife sanctuary. Prey Lang, one of the last lowland evergreen forests in … [Read more...] about US Urges Preservation of ‘Incredible Biodiversity’ in Cambodian Forest
ROYLASTON (CBS) – Intentionally setting the land on fire, helping it survive so life can thrive once again. It’s called a prescribed burn and it’s part of MassWildlife’s Habitat Management Program. “I look at it as painting with fire. If there is an artistry to managing wildlife habitats,” said Brian Hawthorne of MassWildlife. READ MORE: Number Of Mass. Communities At High Risk For COVID Increases To 77 WBZ-TV was the only news outlet invited to tag along with the Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito Thursday as they were briefed on the burn at the Birch Hill Wildlife Management Area in Royalston. Controlled burn at Birch Hill Wildlife Management Area in Royalston (WBZ-TV) “This is some of the work that state and local government does that doesn’t really get much attention for a whole bunch of reasons but it really makes a difference,” said Governor Charlie Baker. Baker says he wanted to experience the controlled burn firsthand because it helps … [Read more...] about ‘Painting With Fire’: Prescribed Burn Helps Preserve Rare Wildlife, Mitigate Drought Conditions
California’s wildfires have burned enough forest to dump 90 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the air, scientists say. That amount of carbon dioxide is equivalent to powering 23 coal-powered plants over the course of a year, according to data from the Environmental Protection Agency. Gains Californian officials have made in terms of lessening climate change all went “up in smoke” as a result of the state’s massive wildfires, one forest expert told The Washington Post. Wildfires have likely dumped more than 90 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the environment — more than the total emissions required to power the entire state, a pair of atmospheric scientists told The Washington Post Thursday. Burning 90 million metric tons of carbon emissions over the course of a month is the equivalent of powering 23 coal-fired power stations for one year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies calculator. The Daily Caller … [Read more...] about California’s Wildfires Have Burned Enough Carbon To Power Roughly 23 Coal Plants For One Year, Estimates Show
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami already has invasive snakes and iguanas and now it has a brand new species of spider, and it’s a large spider too. The spider was discovered by Zoo Miami staff in the critically endangered pine rockland forest surrounding the Zoo in Southwest Miami-Dade. READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Dreary, Cool Friday With Possible Spotty Showers This Afternoon The Pine Rockland Trapdoor Spider ( Ummidia richmond ) was first found by a zookeeper who was checking reptile research traps in 2012. The zookeeper shared the photo of the spider with the Zoo’s Conservation and Research Department for identification, but it didn’t match any existing records for known species in the region. More than two years later, another spider was found and sent out to experts for an evaluation. New spider species known as the Pine Rockland Trapdoor Spider was discovered in the critically endangered pine rockland forest surrounding Zoo Miami in Southwest Miami-Dade. (Courtesy: … [Read more...] about Zoo Miami Helps Discover A Brand New Spider Species In Miami
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Do you worry about overcharging your cell phone and killing the battery? You are far from alone. READ MORE: Police Investigate Suspicious Fire Caught On Video In New Brighton After all, for years we have been told “don’t leave your phone on charge overnight” because it kills the battery life. In fact, the recommendation was to let the phone battery drain to zero and then recharge. Note the word WAS . “The newer phones, especially these days really are designed to allow folks to use their phones, and charge their phones, as they see fit,” says Andrew Testa from Verizon. “You know, whether you’re charging your phone overnight, like I do every night, or you charge intermittently. You’re really not going to see a significant strain on your battery’s performance.” In fact, Testa says with the current generation of lithium-ion battery-powered phones you don’t really even need to worry about leaving apps open. “That’s one of the really nice things about … [Read more...] about Mobile Myths: Can Charging Your Phone Overnight Harm Battery Health?