Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Mating to Save a Species


A single male Borneo Sumatran rhino has been found and will enter a Malaysian captive breeding program in hopes to further his species and prevent the extinction of his rhino species. It is thought that without conservation efforts, the rhinos may face extinction in less than 10 years. Without human help, "Tao," the male rhino's species will not be able to avoid extinction as estimates for the rhino in the wild "range from 10 to 30 individuals, many of them isolated from others in their species." The rhino faces extinction because of a loss of habitat, mainly from logging, conversion of land into agricultural uses and other types of land development. The rhinos are also hunted for their horns used in traditional medicines.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Have you heard of Blackle?

Blackle is a ecofriendly version of Google with all the same search capabilities as Google. Blackle allows users to save energy since "the screen is predominantly black." The search engine believes that although "the energy savings are small, they all add up." So instead of having google.com as your homepage or using it as your primary search engine, why not try Blackle, an energy saving alternative? Why not, this blogger has!

EcoFont

Ecofont is an environmentally friendlier way to print using less ink. The font is based off of Vera Sans and utilizes small holes that allow its user to use less ink. Letters are still legible and it is recommended for personal or company use. The font is free and downloadable on the company's website. Just click the title of this blog and you will be redirected to the company website, so get your free ecofriendly font today!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

It's Finals Time!


As a college student, Fighting Extinction will be unable to publish blogs during the next week as finals are arriving. Please make sure to return once next week is over as plenty of new blogs will be written and Christmas Cheer will be spread.

I'll leave you with one of the newest species who has gone extinct, the White Possum.

Thanks to all of you who have made this blog a success! I will be returning shortly! Good Luck with Finals!

-Your Extinction Guide

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Rescued Koalas Shot

A former park worker from the Belair National Park in South Australia is claiming that rescued koalas are shot after delivery to the park. The Environment an dHeritage Department chief executive Allan Homes did not deny that the park rangers have shot koalas in the past, only that the last event happened three years ago and only to sick and injured koalas. He also stated that the other koalas were sent to the Cleland Wildlife Park.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Can you stop the clock?

I am currently researching for a paper for my Environmental Systems class, which actually helped spark this blog, on Google, and I came across this website. It's a conservation group, and they measure in time when they project a species to be declared extinct. As I was browsing through the website, I grew very sad because it does not take much to conserve energy to help fight over-consumption in fossil fuels, which actually speeds up extinction. You can do your part by doing the simplest things, like turning off the light when you leave a room. Help out because you live in this world, too!

25 Things for December 25th

Here is a neat website that lists 25 non-toxic items that can be used in your household--and what's cool is that all of the items are homemade! You should check this site out because it's definitely important to keep not only an environmentally friendly home, but a healthy home, as well! All of these products are simple but useful. For more information, click here.

(Credit to Bassem Ali)