Congratulations to the Ontario Government in Canada for its Pollinator Health Action Plan, which is part of its Pollinator Health Strategy! Ontario is a Canadian biodiversity hotspot for wild #pollinators, hosting 420 of the over 850 bee species in Canada. Outcomes will include enhancement of one million acres of #ONpollinators habitat, education and awareness campaigns, collaboration with...
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Earth’s 2016 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern record keeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The United Nations World Wildlife Day 2017 will be celebrated on March 3 with the theme “Listen to young voices.” Learn more about the photo contest that the CITES Secretariat has launched for youth around the world to recognize this day. Full details below.
Yesterday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the rusty patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis) as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) – the first U.S. bumble bee to receive ESA protection. This bee pollinates apples, blueberries, cranberries, tomatoes plus other crops and native plants, but populations have declined 87% in the past 20 years. ESA listings mobilize...
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On January 9, scientists from American research and policy institutions met with nine visiting Chinese counterparts at the U.S. Department of State for the Eleventh U.S.-China Young Scientist Forum (YSF). The experts exchanged views on how scientists can work together with the public to address environmental health issues caused by air, water and soil pollution in both countries. The Young...
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“The urgency of acting to mitigate climate change is real and cannot be ignored. In recent years, we have also seen that the economic case for action—and against inaction—is just as clear.” Read President Obama’s report on the progress we’ve made advancing a clean energy economy over the last eight years: scim.ag/2i8W4Kg
Check out Part 2 of the Mars Ascend episode where the Director of the Office of Space and Advanced Technology for the U.S. Department of State, Kenneth D. Hodgkins, continues a discussion on the State Department's role in international space policy and promoting cooperation in #space. #Mars

Podcast – Mars Ascend

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On December 30, China announced a historic commitment to ban the domestic commercial sale of elephant ivory by the end of 2017. This commitment follows the United States’ own near-total ivory ban enactment on July 6, 2016. Presidents Obama and Xi Jinping recognized the role that legal domestic ivory markets continued to play in supporting the illegal killing of animals, which led to their...
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Many religious communities have at their core an ethos of stewardship that values the creatures and biodiversity of the world. Religious leaders and institutions have a unique voice in their communities to inspire social and behavioral change, and many are stepping up to be part of the solution to wildlife trafficking. We see religious actors from various traditions mobilizing grassroots...
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Religious Communities: Partners in Countering Wildlife Trafficking

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When most people think of #pollinators, they usually think of managed honey bees, but in fact the vast majority of pollinator species are wild, including more than 20,000 species of bees, as well as some species of flies, butterflies, moths, wasps, beetles, thrips, birds, bats and other animals.

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Some of the planet’s most critically endangered species got some much-needed good news in 2016. Governments and advocates worldwide worked together to find ways to conserve wildlife, boost populations and reduce poaching.

Take a look at some of the progress made in the past year.

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2016 has been a record year for #space exploration and breakthroughs in planetary science. Take a look at some of the highlights. ShareAmerica

2016: A Year in Space

2016 has been a record year for space exploration and breakthroughs in planetary science. Lets take a look back at some of the key highlights in the past year.

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Have you made your New Year’s resolution yet? Resolve to plant more native plants to help #pollinators in 2017 and make a difference where you live. Don’t know how to start? Check with a local university or plant society, or see the plant lists for the United States and several other countries here: goo.gl/9pEJ5F
Check out Part 1 of the Mars Ascend podcast where Director of the Office of Space and Advanced Technology for the U.S. Department of State, Kenneth D. Hodgkins, talks about the U.S. Department of State's role in formulating international space policy and promoting cooperation in #space. #Mars

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Mistletoe was originally used during the winter holidays as part of ancient decorations and rituals, and the Druids believed it was sacred and magical. Today mistletoe still plays a role in the folklore of some countries, and people around the world decorate for the holidays by hanging mistletoe in doorways, corners, and windows. If you like mistletoe, thank a #pollinator.
While traveling, make smart shopping decisions and don’t buy wildlife products. The demand for wildlife products is driving many endangered species to the brink of extinction. Learn about nine souvenirs that the U.S. government could confiscate: goo.gl/QH0DH7

9 souvenirs you’d be surprised the U.S. government could confiscate

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Congratulations to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for exceeding its own ambitious goals to support habitat‎ for the Monarch Butterfly and other #pollinators! Well done!

Monarch Conservation’s All about Connections

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American companies are recycling nylon from tons of nets collected in fishing villages along Chile’s Pacific coast and in the Philippines.

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Beekeeping provides an important source of income for rural livelihoods in many countries. The western honey bee is the most widespread managed #pollinator in the world, and globally about 81 million managed hives produce an estimated 1.6 million tons of honey annually.