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Alaska and Aerial Killing of Wolves

WoodMoor Village Zendo has the following remarks about La Sarah’s wolf-killing hobby, along with a chilling video.

I don’t know where other Buddhist bloggers stand on this issue, but it seems a clear one to me even without a disposition toward Buddhist ethics. It doesn’t seem to me that Alaska would be a place where such indiscriminate killing of wolves would be the least necessary to either control their population (an argument often made for other animals), or to protect human interests (property, livestock, etc.). Moreover, the methods used are cruel in the extreme:

WoodMoor Village Zendo: Alaska and Aerial Killing of Wolves

I stopped hunting many years ago, and it’s been a long time since I unnecessarily and knowingly killed any living thing with a face.  Even when I was into blood sports, however, I knew what every conservationist worth his Eddie Bauer vest knows today: predators are absolutely necessary to the chain of life, and it’s really rare for the predator/prey balance to be so disturbed that it is necessary to take out the guys at the top of the food chain.  On the rare occasions when that occurs, the predators usually starve and the prey survives in sufficient numbers to reproduce when conditions are right.

Except for humans.  We seem well on the way to doing a good job of offing ourselves, but it seems we’re also quite likely to take a lot of the rest of the planet with us.  Ah, well.  Maybe the cockroaches will do a better job.


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The Greenest Celebrity in Hollywood

Certainly there’s uber-enviro Ed Begley Jr., who has his own green reality-TV show (Living with Ed) and whose greenness is so notorious that an episode of The Simpsons had him driving a car powered by his sense of self-satisfaction.

Don’t count out Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Governator, who as California’s head has ensured that the state remains No. 1 in the nation when it comes to tackling climate change — though he hasn’t shaken his Hummer habit.

And of course there’s Leonardo DiCaprio, who proves conclusively that, contrary to what many conservatives think, earth-friendly habits needn’t preclude you from a rich lifestyle of award-winning film performances and rampant supermodel-dating.

But the greenest of them all may be a name that’s less known: More…


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From the Environment News Service

RECOVERY
DAWNS FOR HUMPBACKS AND SOUTHERN RIGHT WHALES


GLAND, Switzerland, August 14, 2008
(ENS)
– The humpback whale and other species of large whales are now
more secure against extinction than they have been in the recent past,
according to the latest cetacean update of the 2008 Red List of Threatened
Species released on Tuesday by the International Union for the
Conservation of Nature. But while some large whales are doing better, most
small coastal and freshwater cetaceans are moving closer to the brink.

http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/aug2008/2008-08-14-01.asp


BEIJING
AIR IMPROVES, OLYMPIC VILLAGE EARNS LEED GOLD


BEIJING, China, August 13, 2008
(ENS)
– Beijing’s air quality has improved, with the sky clearly
visible today after rains on Sunday and Monday reduced the air pollution,
heat and mugginess that made Olympic athletes, visitors and residents
uncomfortable for days. The Beijing Olympic Village Wednesday received a
LEED gold award from the U.S. Green Building Council, certifying that the
buildings meet criteria for sustainability and energy efficiency.

http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/aug2008/2008-08-13-01.asp


August
14, 2008

Product
Safety Law Signed Today Bans Toxic Toys

U.S.-Mexico
Border Governors Strategize to Green Their Economies

Stormwater
Overflows to Chesapeake Bay Focus of Court Battle

Small
Solar Power Generators Need Grid Interface Help

Louisiana
to Invest $1 Billion in Coastal Protection, Restoration

Army
Privatizes $100 Million Fort Ord Explosives Cleanup

Wyoming
Judge Again Blocks Roadless Area Conservation Rule


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News from the Environment News Service

INTERNATIONAL
WHALING COMMISSION MAKES LITTLE PROGRESS

SANTIAGO, Chile, July 1, 2008 (ENS) – The International
Whaling Commission wound up its annual meeting here Friday without
achieving new protections for whales or resolving the deep rifts that
divide the member governments into pro-whaling and pro-conservation
factions. The meeting centered on the future of the commission with only
brief clashes between the two factions, due to a strategy of avoiding
votes and attempting to reach consensus through discussion.

http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/jul2008/2008-07-01-02.asp



EXTREME
WEATHER EVENTS PREDICTED FOR WARMING NORTH AMERICA

WASHINGTON, DC, July 1, 2008 (ENS) – Atlanta
is thirsty, New York is sizzling, Des Moines is flooded – all these
situations have happened this year, and a new federal government report
predicts an increasing frequency of the same kinds of extremes across
North America as the planet warms. “This report addresses one of the most
frequently asked questions about global warming – what will happen to
weather and climate extremes?” said report co-chair Tom Karl, PhD, who
directs the National Climatic Data Center.

http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/jul2008/2008-07-01-01.asp

Big Sur
Evacuated as Wildfires Race to the California Coast

Rhode
Island Court Gives Lead Paint Jury Verdict the Brush-Off

Habitat
Protection Sought for Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal

Georgia
Judge Yanks Coal Power Permit on Climate Concerns

Conservationists
to Buy 500 Square Miles of Montana Timberlands

Zarco 66
Opens Earth Friendly Fuels Station in Kansas

Puget
Sound Water Quality Bill Debuts in Congress