Maddie’s Blog

International A-Team Member Maddie Cranston’s Blog     Read Maddie’s blog at her site here: http://www.coolclicksplanet.com/cool-clicks-blog  ...
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Dr. Stuart Pimm

  Dr. Stuart Pimm -prize-winning species extinction authority, author, world leader in conservation.   Dr. Stuart Pimm chairs Saving Species and is the Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology at Duke University. Stuart received his Ph.D. from New Mexico State University in 1974. He is the author of many scientific papers about the loss of species and how to prevent extinctions....
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Climate Change’s Evil Twin: Mass Extinction

Post 3 in the series by Ken Jones photo courtesy of Will Burrard-Lucas   Climate Change’s Evil Twin: Mass Extinction Currently holding center stage among environmental concerns is Climate Change.  Climate Change threatens climate stability in the near future, indeed, even now.  Global Warming from increasing CO2, methane, and other greenhouse gasses primarily from the human burning of...
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World Population Day

Post 2 of the series:   Letter to the Editor, World Population Day, observed annually on July 11,  was created by the United Nations in recognition of the need to raise awareness about the problems created by growing human populations.  Not long ago, on July 11, 1987, the world’s population reached Five Billion people. Today there are more than Seven Billion people and we are adding...
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Changing of the Guard for Wildlife

Post 1 of the series: The famous environmentalists listed above, among others, are aging or deceased. They have been the public educators and influencers Рthe conservationists who have taught a generation to care. 70% of today’s conservationists will be gone in 20 years due to retirement and death. Who is going to take their place? Despite their best efforts, they are leaving the natural...
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Wildlife as Pets

Olivia Binfield suggested this topic: “Wild creatures need to be wild it is something they are born for. Yet many people cruelly take young of incredibly rare and amazing animals. Chimps born in chains. Komodo dragons and other young monkeys forced to be pets. Chains rub their skin raw. They never know more than to be pets kept in chains and never to see the wild. many die.” Do you...
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Deforestation

Olivia Binfield suggested this topic:  Forests are too important to destroy!  They are homes for many, many species of animals and plants.  They sequester (store) carbon, keeping carbon out of the atmosphere where it can add to global warming.  They stabilize our hydrology  (water ) cycles.  They produce oxygen for us to breath. And yet, we need more room to grow our food, raise our beef, and we...
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Dr. Peter Ward

  Dr. Peter Ward – Anthropologist, Astro-biologist, Extinction Specialist, author   Author of books, Rare Earth, and, The Medea Hypothesis, among others.  Currently a professor at University of Washington, and a researcher of the Chambered Nautilus.  Peter Ward is currently examining the nature of the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction event with studies in France and Spain involving...
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Trophy Hunting – Right or Wrong?

A lot of people hunt animals.  Some hunt for food. Some hunt for “sport”.  Some are trophy hunters and seek to kill the biggest, most beautiful specimen they can find.   Hunting is used by some conservationists to keep populations in the wild balanced.  Is hunting legitimate? Should animals be targets? Or are animals sentient, feeling beings, maybe with souls? Could it be that...
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