There’s actually more good news than bad in this month’s Sierra Magazine. So I thought I would pass it along, starting with the bad news.
• Polar bears are moving further North in search of longer-lasting ice.
•A Montana man was fined $30,000 for killing three grizzly bears (which is a bit of both, good and bad).
• The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will allow the killing of up to 15 grizzly bears in Wyoming in connection with an elk hunt and livestock grazing.
•The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is determining whether the monarch butterfly belongs on the endangered species list.
• Sea lion pups off the California coast are starving in record numbers, apparently because warmer waters are driving their prey to deeper areas farther offshore.
Now for the GOOD NEWS
•Bald Eagles are nesting in New York City.
•President Obama proposes to designate 12 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness.
•Coal prices have fallen by half since 2011 due to oversupply and reduced demand, especially in China.
• India’s tiger population has increased by a third in the past four years.
• Obama proposed to sharply restrict oil drilling in Arctic waters but takes steps to allow it on the Atlantic coast from Virginia to Georgia. [A political trade-off??]
•President Obama vetoes legislation that would have approved the Keystone XL pipeline.
•Scotland bans fracking.
• Baby tortoises are sighted on the Galapagos’ Pinzon island for the first time in 100 years.
•The Senate voted 98-1 that “climate change is not a hoax.” [But, I dare say there is still a large number who insist the problem is not exacerbated by humans.]
• California broke ground for the nation’s first bullet train.
Wouldn’t it be nice to think that the good news each month from the Sierra Club were to increasingly outweigh the bad news? Now THAT would be good news.