World’s First Vaccine for Declining Honeybees Approved By the US for Conditional Use

A biotech company announced this week that the USDA (Department of Agriculture) granted them a conditional license for their honeybee vaccine.

The vaccine boosts the bee’s immune system to fight against American Foulbrood disease, a bacteria-based condition known to attack colonies that is caused by Paenibacillus larvae.

Critical to our food supplies, honeybees have been plagued by American Foulbrood, which until now had no safe or sustainable antidote. Previously, the only treatment method for the highly contagious disease was incinerating the bees, infected hives, and all the equipment.
— Read on www.goodnewsnetwork.org/honeybee-vaccine-gets-approval-from-usda/

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Bill Banning Sale of Kangaroo Parts Introduced in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A bill that would ban the sale of kangaroo parts has been introduced in the Oregon Legislature, taking aim at sports apparel manufacturers that use leather from the animals to make their products.

Soccer cleats are one of the only products made from kangaroo leather that are routinely sold in Oregon, KLCC reported. The measure would impact Nike, which is based in Oregon and the state’s largest employer.
— Read on www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2023-01-23/bill-banning-sale-of-kangaroo-parts-introduced-in-oregon

Big Sigh: Planet Is Burning

Closed-Minded People – Don’t get rid of oil/fossil fuels. It will create job loss.

Sane People – Switch to Hydrogen, Electric, and Alternative Green Fuels. It creates more jobs than you think. Since people have to man the power plants, wind farms and dams, to maintain and ensure FAILURES don’t happen. Not to mention DELIVER these alternative fuels too. So try again.

Wealthy Corporations – It’s too time-consuming and expensive to switch over.

Sane People – And yet in the long run you will actually make more money when everything is said and done. Spend a Little to make a lot. Not to mention the notoriety that comes with it.
“Wealthy Corporations Switch To Cleaner Fuel Solutions and Culls The Global Warming/Climate Crisis” I’d buy from that company.
As for Time Consumption, not really. If no one slacks off, it could be done in 3 months tops.

GOP/Repugs Oil Contract Holders: NOOOOOOO!!! OUR MONEY!!!!

Me: (Your tears sustain me.) Do Better. You can make the same amount or more with alternative non-fossil fuels.

Lesson Here: Greed and Stupidity are prohibiting Cleaner and more Advanced Progress.

I’m sorry, yet it is. Look around, we should be way ahead of the industrial/digital age. With alternatives in medicine, advanced science and perhaps a cure for practically every disease, known to man. It shouldn’t be like this, right now. Where we are still using fossil fuels to get from A to B. Where we have no cure for Diabetes, Cancer and many other illnesses. Where People don’t die from the flu, common cold or even COVID-SARS.

We should be at the point, where we can CLONE, human body parts to save lives. We should be at the point, where even the common man and woman, have access to adequate health care and child care. Where no one is left behind, or treated unfairly and unjust. Where there is no Rich VS Poor because everyone would have equal equity.

Yet HERE WE ARE. In a present-day dystopia.

The planet is literally on FIRE!!! You have caps melting at a higher rate, and whales and dolphins beaching themselves. More Fish dying from red tides, and less Salt in the OCEAN. Birds flocking, south earlier and earlier, and Sharks coming closer to the shores. While Sea Turtles only give birth to one gender of offspring. More severe storms, earthquakes and VOLCANIC activity. Or the fact that we have Viruses Mutating at an excessive rate.

How is this not MAKING Them WAKE UP? How is this not making these people want CHANGE? Make this Make sense. It’s the mad mad world we live in. Idiocracy.

Record Heat Means Only Female Sea Turtles Are Hatching in Florida

“Scientists that are studying sea turtle hatchlings and eggs have found no boy sea turtles, so only female sea turtles for the past four years,” Zirkelbach told Reuters.

The discovery is not limited to Florida. Zirkelbach told the news organization that researchers in Australia have also documented similar findings, with an estimated 99% of the country’s turtles born female over the past few years.
— Read on people.com/pets/only-female-sea-turtles-born-in-florida-due-to-hot-weather/

Biden Administration Restores Endangered Species Act

By Catrin Einhorn
June 23, 2022
Updated 12:43 p.m. ET
The Biden administration is throwing out the definition of “habitat” for endangered animals, returning to an understanding that existed before the government under President Donald J. Trump shrank the areas that could be protected for animals under threat of extinction.

By striking a single sentence from the regulations, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries could once again protect a “critical habitat” even if it had become unsuitable because of development or other changes but could be restored.

Read More: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/23/climate/biden-endangered-species-habitat.html?

A rare two-headed turtle is alive and thriving, surprising scientists

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A diamondback terrapin turtle hatched a couple weeks ago with two heads, a condition called bicephaly. The two-skulled, six-legged reptile was brought into a Massachusetts wildlife center, and while it currently seems healthy, veterinarians are continuing to closely monitor its health.

The hatchling looks like a pair of conjoined twins, with two independently moving heads poking out of its green shell. When the turtle splashes around in water, each skull comes up at different times to breathe, and each head controls its own set of three legs. X-rays also show that hidden inside the shell are two distinct gastrointestinal tracts—though they partially share a spine. The Birdsey Cape Wildlife Center in Barnstable, MA, has a terrapin program, so the two-headed reptile was brought in on September 22, shortly after hatching at a protected terrapin nesting site in Barnstable.

The Center introduced the little guy in a recent Facebook post.

“When they came in, wow—it knocked us on our butts because we’ve never seen a bicephaly animal or turtle before,” Katrina Bergman, CEO of the New England Wildlife Centers, told The Washington Post.

Read more here PopSci

Lanternfly population continues to grow

At first glance, the adult lanternfly is a beautiful spectacle with spotted, bright red wings and a little bumble bee-esque body. But as the species continues its trek across the U.S., federal and state officials have a unified message: If you come across the insect, kill it. 

The lanternfly is an invasive species from China that wreaks havoc on agriculture. They aren’t physically harmful to humans, but they threaten everything from oak, walnut and poplar trees to grapes, almonds and fruit orchards. It was first detected in the U.S. in Pennsylvania in 2014, but it has now spread to at least nine states, primarily in the Northeast. Growing numbers have been spotted in New York City this summer.

Source CBSNews

Although we value all life here at Guardians Of Life. This specific insect is causing havoc with the ecosystem.

Therefore we urge people to follow the request officials have put forth. Otherwise, a majority of food source as well as habitat for animals and people will be diminished.

We also urge businesses who use overseas transports to examine their cargo before allowing their shipments to come through, in order to lessen the access of Lanternflys.

Precautions should be taken. No matter what.

Biologists Discover New Species of Glowing Pumpkin Toadlet | Science | Smithsonian Magazine

By Riley Black
SMITHSONIANMAG.COM
APRIL 28, 2021 2:00PM
Pumpkin toadlets look exactly like what their name suggests. Less than half an inch-long, these tiny, orange frogs hop around the sweltering forests along Brazil’s Atlantic coast. But how many species of these frogs are there? The question isn’t just important to biology, but for conservationists seeking to preserve unique rainforest amphibians.

To researchers, pumpkin toadlets belong to the genus Brachycephalus. Determining how many Brachycephalus species exist, however, isn’t easy. As many as 36 have been named, but researchers sometimes disagree on which species are valid or which species a particular population of frogs should be assigned to. Different populations of these frogs look very similar to each other, not to mention that their genetic makeup only varies slightly.
— Read on www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/biologists-discover-new-species-glowing-pumpkin-toadlet-180977610/

Humane Society president discusses the surge of pet ownership during the pandemic — and what animals can teach us – The Washington Post

Kitty Block, 56, is president and chief executive of the Humane Society of the United States and CEO of Humane Society International, an affiliate. Trained as a lawyer, Block has spent decades advocating on behalf of animal welfare, domestically and around the world.

During the pandemic, there’s been a huge surge in adopting pets. What do you think are the benefits of that trend, and also, maybe, the potential perils?
In a time of crisis, when people feel things are uncertain and people feel isolated or scared, to be able to bond with an animal is so important. For so many people, it wasn’t just: Oh, it’s convenient. I’m working from home. It’s: I need to have this kind of connection, this unconditional love. And [animals] provide that. That’s who they are. That’s what they do.
— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/humane-society-president-discusses-the-surge-of-pet-ownership-during-the-pandemic–and-what-animals-can-teach-us/2021/04/27/198f5bcc-9269-11eb-a74e-1f4cf89fd948_story.html

Glaciers are melting faster than they did 15 years ago, study shows | PBS NewsHour

Glaciers are melting faster, losing 31% more snow and ice per year than they did 15 years earlier, according to three-dimensional satellite measurements of all the world’s mountain glaciers.
Scientists blame human-caused climate change.

Using 20 years of recently declassified satellite data, scientists calculated that the world’s 220,000 mountain glaciers are losing more than 328 billion tons (298 billion metric tons) of ice and snow per year since 2015, according to a study in Wednesday’s journal Nature. That’s enough melt flowing into the world’s rising oceans to put Switzerland under almost 24 feet (7.2 meters) of water each year.

The annual melt rate from 2015 to 2019 is 78 billion more tons (71 billion metric tons) a year than it was from 2000 to 2004. Global thinning rates, different than volume of water lost, doubled in the last 20 years and “that’s enormous,” said Romain Hugonnet, a glaciologist at ETH Zurich and the University of Toulouse in France who led the study.
— Read on www.pbs.org/newshour/science/glaciers-are-melting-faster-than-they-did-15-years-ago-study-shows