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States Confront the Spread of a Deadly Disease in Deer

Added: 08.01.2018 10:00 | 4 views | 0 comments

Montana is the latest Western state to discover animals infected with chronic wasting disease. It may decimate herds and, biologists say, invade Yellowstone.

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WATCH: Yellowstone a tranquil scene with snowfall

Added: 29.12.2017 4:02 | 3 views | 0 comments

Snow blanketed Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming on Wednesday.


The National Park Service removed climate change plans from website, but it may be for a good reason

Added: 24.12.2017 18:05 | 3 views | 0 comments

Earlier this month, the government watchdog group EDGI found that the climate change plans for 92 different national park sites had been removed from the National Park Service website.  On Dec. 21, EDGI, short for Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, published a report about the disappearance of the documents, which were available online as PDFs.  SEE ALSO: Trump shrank 2 national monuments by nearly 2 million acres. He can't do that to Yellowstone. The park service then responded to the report, telling EDGI that the climate change documents had only been removed temporarily so they could be improved to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards: A check of the park service page "Climate Friendly Parks Program" shows that while the parks are still listed as having climate plans, there are no longer links to the actual plans. An archived version of the page, however, contains many of the climate change plans for sites like the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, but others such as Glacier Bay National Park were already unavailable. We contacted the National Park Service to confirm that the climate change plans will be put back on the site in their improved, ADA-compatible form. This post will be updated upon hearing back. The Department of Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, and other agencies under the Trump administration have taken climate change websites down often without explanation. EDGI has been tracking those removals. The National Park Service has shown a commitment to making both their physical parks and websites accessible for all visitors to use, including those with visual impairments.  It's unclear how the online documents will be improved to meet ADA law, but park sites often have audio tours available and tour options in braille (Alcatraz Island National Landmark, for instance, offers both these options). The park website details their commitment to ADA law.  As 2017 winds down, it seems the park service is running short on time to improve these climate plan documents and return them to the website. As of Dec. 22, they have 27 days to meet the ADA deadline.  WATCH: 2017 is about to be one of the hottest years of all time

Heat from below Pacific Ocean fuels Yellowstone, study finds

Added: 19.12.2017 15:03 | 3 views | 0 comments

Recent stories in the national media are magnifying fears of a catastrophic eruption of the Yellowstone volcanic area, but scientists remain uncertain about the likelihood of such an event. To better understand the region's subsurface geology, geologists have rewound and played back a portion of its geologic history, finding that Yellowstone volcanism is more far more complex and dynamic than previously thought.

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The polar bear in this video is dying from starvation. Fortunately, most aren't...yet

Added: 10.12.2017 16:05 | 8 views | 0 comments

After landing on Baffin Island, Canada, wildlife photographer and environmental activist Paul Nicklen captured video of a frail polar bear — dying and foaming from the mouth — as the weak animal collapsed to the ground. The bear will soon be dead — if it isn't already.  On Dec. 5, Nicklen posted the grim video to his Instagram account, and since then, it's been stirring  emotions around the web. Polar bears are, for better or worse, a symbolic species when it comes to global warming, and many are seeing this video as a new warning sign.  Fortunately, however, the condition of this bear is not representative of most polar bear populations — at least not yet.  SEE ALSO: Trump shrank 2 national monuments by nearly 2 million acres. He can't do that to Yellowstone. There are 19 different populations of polar bears in the expansive Arctic. The dwindling sea ice here — which these predators need to hunt fat-rich seals — is now affecting different groups of bears in different ways. "It’s tough to see a disturbing image like that and not feel sympathy for the animal," U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) polar bear biologist Todd Atwood said in an interview. "It’s also tough to see an isolated image extrapolated to some kind of population level effect." The actual cause of the bear's death will remain unknown, but Atwood doubts there's one specific cause. "It’s probably a combination of things — it could be an old animal — but it also could be that if it’s still on land, that there’s not enough sea ice," he said.  My entire @Sea_Legacy team was pushing through their tears and emotions while documenting this dying polar bear. It’s a soul-crushing scene that still haunts me, but I know we need to share both the beautiful and the heartbreaking if we are going to break down the walls of apathy. This is what starvation looks like. The muscles atrophy. No energy. It’s a slow, painful death. When scientists say polar bears will be extinct in the next 100 years, I think of the global population of 25,000 bears dying in this manner. There is no band aid solution. There was no saving this individual bear. People think that we can put platforms in the ocean or we can feed the odd starving bear. The simple truth is this—if the Earth continues to warm, we will lose bears and entire polar ecosystems. This large male bear was not old, and he certainly died within hours or days of this moment. But there are solutions. We must reduce our carbon footprint, eat the right food, stop cutting down our forests, and begin putting the Earth—our home—first. Please join us at @sea_legacy as we search for and implement solutions for the oceans and the animals that rely on them—including us humans. Thank you your support in keeping my @sea_legacy team in the field. With @CristinaMittermeier #turningthetide with @Sea_Legacy #bethechange #nature #naturelovers This video is exclusively managed by Caters News. To license or use in a commercial player please contact or call +44 121 616 1100 / +1 646 380 1615” A post shared by Paul Nicklen (@paulnicklen) on Dec 5, 2017 at 8:52am PST After posting the video, Nicklen told National Geographic that "when scientists say bears are going extinct, I want people to realize what it looks like. Bears are going to starve to death. This is what a starving bear looks like." But while the threat to polar bears is real, all is not yet dire for the Arctic predators.  "It’s worth noting that there are some subpopulations that are believed to be stable," said Atwood. Polar bears are listed as a threatened species in the United States, which means that while they're not yet on the brink of extinction, they "are likely to be at the brink in the near future," according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which maintains the list. For polar bear populations that are struggling, it's often due to a lack of sea ice. Polar bears can't hunt seals on the open water. "So as the open water season gets longer, there’s association between the length of the open water seas and body conditions — body conditions decline," Atwood said. But this isn't the full story. The physical condition of polar bears is also dependent upon how much fish is available for seals. So in places with more fish and seals — places that are more "biologically productive" — there will be more food for bears, and they're likely to be better fed.  Unless, of course, there's no sea ice there, either.  There is a clear solution to polar bears' vulnerability — and you undoubtedly know it well: Humanity's commitment to limit global warming, which is caused by fossil fuel emissions. These heat-trapping gases warm both the oceans and the air, resulting in vastly diminished sea ice, particularly in the summer and fall.  "This requires changing our behaviors relative to our carbon footprint," Atwood said. WATCH: The world’s tallest mammal is now threatened with extinction     

This is What Breath of the Wild Critics Aren't Getting

Added: 08.12.2017 16:57 | 8 views | 0 comments

Alejandro Balderas writes: "And its this kind of detail, in its fully interactive gameplay form, that has ultimately resonated with me, just like it wasnt the granola bars or beef jerky I had for breakfast that I remember from my visit to Yellowstone this past summer, but the reflection of the mountains on the mirror surface of the misty Grand Prismatic Spring. The rest is just filler."


U.S. reviews rule removing protections for Yellowstone grizzlies

Added: 07.12.2017 2:21 | 4 views | 0 comments

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing a decision to strip some grizzly bears of federal protections after a court ruling found flaws with a formula used to delist Great Lakes wolves, officials said on Wednesday.


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