Tanzanian study says education, better signing could reduce animal vehicle collisions Animal vehicle collisions (AVCs) take an incredible toll on wildlife worldwide. In the United States, for example, as many as 1.5 million deer, moose, and other ungulates are annually involved in vehicle crashes, with all yearly U.S. wildlife collisions costing $1 billion and causing 29,000 human injuries. Still, drivers and the media tend to downplay these costs to world wildlife and automotive safety.
'Land sparing' vs. 'land sharing': scientists weigh in on how to improve biodiversity on farms To protect natural ecosystems, some conservationists advocate 'land sparing,' in which farmers intensify agricultural practices to boost yields, theoretically enabling them to forgo expansion into natural areas. Others advocate 'land sharing,' in which farmers take over more land but use more environmentally friendly practices. Researchers studied the relative effects of the two approaches on biodiversity.
US ambassador reiterates commitment to controversial Okinawa air base, a setback for endangered dugong A longstanding plan to relocate a major US airbase on the Japanese island of Okinawa has provoked local ire. Opponents claim the development will cause catastrophic environmental damage and seal the fate in the region of the iconic dugong, a cousin of the manatee. Hopes of a long-awaited breakthrough were frustrated recently when a meeting between the US ambassador to Japan and the anti-air base governor of Okinawa ended with the US reiterating its commitment to the new base.