The Endangered Species Act: 1973-2018

By Isabelle Bienen, NWNL Research Intern (Edited by Alison M. Jones, NWNL Director) NWNL research intern Isabelle Bienen is a junior at Northwestern University studying Social Policy with minors in Environmental Policy & Culture and Legal Studies. Her  research on the Endangered Species Act focuses on a current topic of interest in the US.  Her 5-blog…

Lion Populations to Decline by Half

  Lions are currently considered "vulnerable" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, but if upcoming assessments change their status to "endangered" they will be considered at "a very high risk of extinction in the wild".  Scientists estimate that a mere 20,000 lions are left in all of Africa and that number will be…

Knowing the facts will help us SAVE ELEPHANTS

Ironically, just after our blog yesterday, about the remarkable qualities of elephants, more sad statistics were featured in today's NY Times, p. A9. Study Details Elephant Deaths Poachers killed an estimated 100,000 elephants across Africa from 2010 to 2012, a huge spike in the continent's death rate of the world's largest mammals because of an…

An elephant’s memory of water

The African savannah elephant is the largest land mammal in the world. In folklore, elephants are known for not forgetting. For the African savannah elephant, memory is a tool for surviving challenges that may come intermittently over decades. Long-term memory tends to be vested in the older females, called matriarchs, without which the herd could…

The Most Endangered Rivers in America – 2014

The worst is California's San Joaquin River: Part of the NWNL California Drought SPOTLIGHT NWNL is contributing images and blogs in support of American Rivers' efforts in the San Joaquin Basin. Two other river basins on American Rivers Top 10 List this year overlap with NWNL case-study watersheds: - The Upper and Middle Mississippi River…