Conservation, n.: “The action or process of conserving; preservation of life, health, perfection, etc.; (also) preservation from destructive influences, natural decay, or waste.”
What would you pay for the life of an endangered species, of which less than 5,000 currently exist? According to Corey Knowlton, the Texas-based big game hunting guide who purchased a trophy-hunting permit for the right to kill one Black Rhino, $350,000 is the cost of conservation.
The permit, purchased from the Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism, was sold at an auction last weekend by the Dallas Safari Club, which insisted that the money would be used to fund rhino conservation efforts. But details on how it will be used to that end remain sketchy at best.
The Namibian government has allowed five Black Rhino trophy-hunt permits a year since 2004. Numbers of black rhino have increased in recent years from 3,600 to 5,055. But this hasn’t stopped the Black Rhino from appearing on the IUCN Red List as critically endangered, the highest level of threat before extinction.
So news of the hunting permit’s sale sparked vitriolic debate between hunting advocates and wildlife conservationists center on whether killing for conservation is moral, or effective in terms of saving a species.
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Just seven years ago, the award-winning documentary Who Killed The Electric Car? examined Big Oil’s role in quelling the energy-efficient automotive revolution. But if recent statistics are any indication, the 2014 Electric Vehicles market should be one for the record books.
Leading models such as the Chevy Volt, Nissan LEAF, and Toyota Prius broke EV sales records in August thanks to lower lease prices and steep dealership discounts. The 11,363 Electric Vehicles sold during that month shows significant growth from the 4,175 sold during the same period in 2012.
But forecasters are predicting the EV market will grow exponentially larger in 2014, with some of the world’s biggest auto manufacturers ready and eager to enter the fray.
As our modern world evolves, it’s always great to see new eco friendly initiatives and technology being released that help our world stay that little bit greener. We may not have cars fueled on garbage yet, as Back to the Future predicted, but there have been a number of recent projects that should help us on our way to becoming a greater, greener society. Here are 5 incredible ideas that will change the way we live, work and travel.
SOLAR POWER IN NEVADA
NRG Energy CEO David Crane has spearheaded the development of the largest solar plant in the world, located just south of Vegas in the Nevada desert. The initiative, known as the Ivanpah Solar Thermal Energy Project, cost around $2.6 billion, but the results should provide enough emission-free energy to power 200,000 to 250,000 homes, and it has created over 2,000 jobs in the process. There’s been a lot of thought put into the placement of the plant, and Crane explains that Nevada is one of the few places in the USA where it’s possible to put it due to its high level of sun exposure and extremely flat lands. Sometimes it feels like we’re not getting very far in using solar energy to its full potential, but the amount of carbon this clean energy project will offset is definitely a HUGE step in the right direction.
So, you’re a Travel Blogger? AWESOME!
If you’re a veteran blogger, meaning you’ve been doing it at least a year or two and have actually started seeing some payoff (whether that be in the form of advertising, sponsorships, freelance gigs or press trips), congrats for sticking it out longer than 90% of your peers.
If you’re a newbie, kudos for jumping boldly into the waters of the most inspiring, frustrating, enlightening, befuddling, transformative adventure of your life. Prepare to erase the word “boring” from your memory bank for the foreseeable future.
GMO Foods have been at the center of global controversy for years. Now, in a rare display of agreement, conservatives and liberals alike are all ruffled up by President Obama’s recent signing of the Monsanto Protection Act.
The act, which was sneakily buried within the new U.S. budget bill, exempts biotech firms from the arm of judicial law, allowing companies like Monsanto to plant genetically modified crops (commonly known as GMOs, or genetically modified organisms). The Act is like a big kiss on the lips from Congress, stripping federal courts of the power to stop the production, growth, and sale of GMO seed crops, regardless of any concerns and criticism.
GMOs have long drawn ire for a variety of ethical and safety reasons, especially concerning safety to the environment and to human health. Currently, the labeling of GMO foods has little to no regulation in the United States. Last summer, major biotech companies spent millions of dollars lobbying against Prop 37, which would have required labeling of all foods made with genetically modified ingredients. Thanks to the defeat of that legislation, the USA is one of the few first-world countries where genetically modified foods don’t require labels.