By Roy L Hales
As many as 70 million sockeye salmon may return to the Fraser this year. These numbers have not been seen for decades and are quite a stark contrast to 1.6 million catch that sparked the Cohen commission a few years ago. That was when Dr Kristi Miller, head of Molecular Genetics at the Department of Fisheries and Ocean’s (DFO) Pacific Biological Station, testified that a ‘viral signature’ of a disease was contributing to as high as 90% pre-spawn mortality in returning Fraser sockeye. One of the reasons there is so much hope for this year, is the returning 2010 run were not infected. But, according to biologist Alexandra Morton, the real key to unlocking British Columbia’s incredible potential is Miller’s lab in Nanaimo.
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Silver State South and Stateline Solar are not the kind of wildlife-friendly renewable energy projects we need
From the Defenders of Wildlife Blog
By Courtney Sexton
As you drive on Interstate Highway 15 between Las Vegas and Los Angeles and look across the Ivanpah Valley, you can see the small town of Primm, a golf course, some power lines and a massive solar project, the Brightsource Ivanpah project. But, it’s what you can’t see from the highway that makes the Ivanpah Valley so significant—thousands of desert tortoises hunkered down in their burrows, or slowly making their way along washes in search of food or a friend.
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Desert Protective Council joins Western Lands Project and Western Watersheds Project in legal challenge over Desert Solar Projects
Press release from the Desert Protective Council
Unless you are a member of the Desert Protective Council, you may not be aware that the DPC signed on as a co-plaintiff with the Western Lands Project and Western Watersheds Project in a legal challenge to the Interior Department’s plan for large-scale solar development on hundreds of thousands of acres on public lands in six southwestern states. This desert-wide energy development plan is laid out by the Department of the Interior in their Solar Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS). http://solareis.anl.gov/
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