With a spate of huge stories breaking in the past few weeks, you might not have caught the massive environmental crisis in northern Mexico that began earlier in August.
According to the Associated Press, local politicians claim that Grupo Mexico, a private mining company in Sonora with a troubling track record of hazardous waste violations in Mexico and the U.S., was slow to report a disastrous fault in its leaching ponds, which hold industrial acid used in the mining process. The spill released around 10 million gallons of acid into the Bacanuchi and Sonora Rivers.
A few people wanted to help us help Miffy, and we felt weird about it but the truth is that we don’t know how we can pay for Miffy’s treatment without going into debt.
Our adorable, sassy, ball-obsessed, one-eyed dog is sick and is currently at the vets. We woke up this morning to find her vomiting, unable to pee, and drooling. After a trip to the vet we had her admitted to the animal hospital for supportive care and blood tests; and just then we received a call from the vet letting us know her blood tests were clear, however she still has a full bladder and is unable to pee. They think she might have a bladder stone, but need to anaesthetise her, insert a catheter, empty her bladder and take an x-ray.
The overnight stay initially was going to cost $800 and we sought help from Nick’s mum to pay for the deposit. Upon hearing from the vet, the next procedure would cost $600. We are unsure what the further costs will be. We just hope she is ok. We have access to an interest free loan period but it’s not ideal as it comes with other high fees.
A number of friends have mentioned they would like to support us through this awful time, and so we have set up this page. I will be sending personal thank yous out (and if there’s a space to leave your address and if you’d like a postcard, please let me know!)
We are very thankful.
If you would like to help us, here is a Go Fund Me page. Shares and reblogs are so very appreciated.
Acoustic surveying: new monitoring technique beats bats at their own game
by Nika Levikov
Species monitoring can be a very invasive form of research. For instance, bird-banding – in which identification bands are placed around birds’ legs to track their movements – usually requires first catching them in nets. However, the use of non-invasive techniques made possible through advancements in technology has been on the rise. A new study published in Ecological Informatics examined one such technique: an innovative and inexpensive non-invasive monitoring tool, known as acoustic surveying.
The study tested the effectiveness of acoustic surveying as a species monitoring approach by assessing the possible impacts on bats by future construction activities at the University of Southern Denmark. Although the method was tested on bats, it can also be applied for the study of birds and insects. The researchers found it was very useful for species monitoring, providing significant insights into bat behavior and species distribution, while minimally impacting their lives…
(read more: MongaBay)
photo of pond bat (Myotis dasycneme) by Gilles San Martin
May 21, 2014
Im boosting this again because shes up to 2,100 out of the 4k she needs. Her family cannot afford the surgery and needs all the help they can get. Please consider sharing!
Of the many inane arguments that are made against taking action on climate change, perhaps the most fatuous is that the projections climate models offer about the future are too uncertain to justify taking steps that might inconvenience us in the present. The implicit assumption here is that the problem will turn out to be less serious than the models predict; thus, any carbon we have chosen to leave in the ground out of fear for the consequences of global warming will have gone uncombusted for nothing.
PLEASE HELP ROGUE!
“Since her transfer she has been brutally and continually attacked and is subjected to excessive sexual pressure from a male orca who she is often locked into the same tank with,” Dr. Ingrid Visser of New Zealand’s Orca Research Trust wrote of Morgan in the report, which has been submitted to USDA and NOAA as evidence in the repatriation effort.
Trainers at the park show “a clear lack of empathy for this animal,” Visser said, “who ignore her calls for attention and her cries for help and disregard aggressive attacks on her by the other animals.”
Visser observed Morgan for 77 hours over eight days, and witnessed an “unprecedented 91 aggression events” involving the newcomer, who arrived in 2011. “Morgan, was attacked, on average, more than once an hour,” she wrote, noting that a similar study of another captive orca “recorded an aggressive episode only once every 234 hours.”
In other words, Morgan is “over than 100 times more likely to be attacked at Loro Parque than the orca in the other study,” Visser said. Morgan has suffered more than 320 puncture and bite marks (all documented by photographs), she added. “This does not include the damage she has self-inflicted from abnormal and repetitive behaviors such as banging her head on the concrete tanks.”
This breaks my heart, how can you guys not feel something about this?
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