Please pardon previous technical mishaps with email notification. EarthDesk is pleased to present this splendid gallery of elephant photographs taken by Pace masters in environmental science candidate Bethany A. Ordonez in her native South Africa. Bethany reflected on the signing of the Pace Environmental Clinic’s Elephant Protection Act (EarthDesk, Oct. 20) and the distorted imagery of wildlife communicated by performing elephants: “Any animal in a circus does not encourage conservation. The true basis of conservation is to protect a species in its natural habitat and preserve it in the state in which it naturally occurs. To appreciate why an animal needs to be protected, we need to see it as the wild magnificent creature that it is.”
Written and lobbied by the students of the Pace Environmental Clinic, the Elephant Protection Act is now law, making New York the first state to impose an outright ban on elephants in entertainment. “Taking a passion and turning it into legislation signed by the Governor is something I never imagined,” said former clinician and Pace masters in environmental policy student Nicole Virgona.
“Your planet is changing. We’re on it.” NASA adopted the motto during the Obama years, and is still on it, despite the war on science. View the video about NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, and learn more about the 2 1/2 years of data, and the Science articles that the earth and space agency published last week.
The October number is a twofer. Trump is repealing the Obama plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 32%. Meanwhile, Trump’s approval has bottomed at 32%. NRDC will sue over the emissions. There’s no court where the president can appeal his ratings slide.
Excerpts from our email exchange with JeffHK about his astonishing video, “30 Days Timelapse at Sea,” which appeared here on September 24. We talked as well about his life at sea where, Jeff says, “The galaxy almost seems like CGI straight from a fictional sci-fi movie.”