The high-profile death of the gorilla Harambe, who was shot dead in 2016 at the Cincinnati Zoo after a young boy fell into his enclosure, sparked a massive outcry—and conversation—about what is still one of the most hotly contested debates involving animal welfare. Just this past weekend, activists turned up at the Bronx Zoo to demand the release of Happy the elephant, chanting in unison that “Happy is not happy.” Indeed, the idea that keeping animals in captivity is morally acceptable has long been questioned by those who argue that zoos infringe upon animals’ freedom. In recent years, an increase in research on the ethics of captivity has helped to dispel the misconception that critics of zoos are simply anthropomorphizing the animals they say they’re trying to help. But not everyone agrees. Robin Ganzert, CEO of American Humane, recently penned an essay in USA Today arguing that zoos “protect animals and restore endangered species, even as … [Read more...] about Should zoos exist?
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EarthFair10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Throughout most of the central mesa of Balboa Park. Free. (858) 272-7370. earthdayweb.org Celebrate the natural beauty of planet Earth and what we can do to keep it healthy at San Diego Earthworks’ 30th annual EarthFair in Balboa Park on Sunday. At what organizers calls the world’s largest free environmental fair and Earth Day celebration, an anticipated 60,000 people will discover booths ranging from traditional conservation organizations and wildlife preservation groups to electric cars and ecotourism opportunities.CAROLINA GUSMANEscondido Renaissance Faire10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (and May 4-5). Felicita Park, 745 Clarence Lane, Escondido. $9-$34 for children and adults; day and weekend passes available. (805) 665-0359. oldetymeproductions.comTake a trip back in time during the Escondido Renaissance Faire at Felicita Park. This family weekend event spans two weekends and features plenty of battles, a search for the … [Read more...] about 15 things to do this weekend in San Diego: EarthFair, Adams Avenue Unplugged, ‘Sister Act’
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Subscribe Log In Energy & Environment | How a ‘Monster’ Texas Oil Field Made the U.S. a Star in the World Market Innovation, investment and inviting geology have given new life to an oil patch that once seemed spent. The oil field is now the world’s second most productive. A fracking operation at a Shell site. Shell has developed algorithms to replicate and standardize the most effective drilling and fracking methods worldwide. Credit Credit Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times Supported by ByClifford Krauss Feb. 3, 2019 MIDLAND, Tex. — In a global collapse of oil prices five years ago, scores of American oil companies went bankrupt. One field withstood the onslaught, and even thrived: the Permian Basin, straddling Texas and New Mexico. A combination of technical innovation, aggressive investing and copious layers of oil-rich shale … [Read more...] about How a ‘Monster’ Texas Oil Field Made the U.S. a Star in the World Market
Manuel Valdes Associated Press Published 4:45 PM EST Dec 16, 2018 Snoqualmie Pass, Wash. – Before descending the Cascade Mountains on its final stretch to Seattle, Interstate 90 cuts through a mountain pass of old growth forests and wetlands. For countless wildlife species, the busy highway is a border, constraining their movements and posing a fatal risk should they dare to cross it. “Everything from an elk down to a small salamander, they need to move to find food, to find mates, to find new places to live as their populations expand or just when conditions change, like a fire breaks out,” said Jen Watkins of Conservation Northwest. Soon, animals will have a safer option for crossing the road: They’ll be able to go above it. Washington state is finishing work on its largest wildlife bridge. The 35-foot-tall, 66-foot-wide structure emerges from the forest and forms two arches above the highway, one for each direction of traffic. Fencing and landscaping … [Read more...] about Washington state builds bridge to keep wildlife off road