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10 August 2009 @ 01:00 am
Canisius College will offer a degree in animal behavior, ecology and conservation starting this fall.
The program will be based on lectures and hands-on learning experiences in required and elective courses. It will be directed by biology professor Michael Noonan.
Students will learn about the science of animal behavior, with an understanding in the "ethical and moral considerations" of animal behavior disciplines, the college says.
"It is for students who want to thoroughly understand the facts and theoretical underpinning of animal behavior and who also want to use that understanding to promote animal welfare and wildlife conservation," Noon said in a statement.
The program is part of the college's Institute for the Study of Human-Animal Relationships, one of three institutes established by Canisius officials in the past 12 months.

 
 
By SAMANTHA YOUNG, AP
Even if the world is successful in cutting carbon emissions in the future, California needs to start preparing for rising sea levels, hotter weather and other effects of climate change, a new state report recommends.
It encourages local communities to rethink future development in low-lying coastal areas, reinforce levees that protect flood-prone areas and conserve already strapped water supplies.
"We still have to adapt, no matter what we do, because of the nature of the greenhouse gases," said Tony Brunello, deputy secretary for climate change and energy at the California Natural Resources Agency, who helped prepare the report. "Those gases are still going to be in the atmosphere for the next 100 years."
The draft report to be released Monday by the California Natural Resources Agency provides the state's first comprehensive plan to work with local governments, universities and residents to deal with a changing climate. A final plan is expected to be released in the fall after the public weighs in.
The report was compiled after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger directed agencies in November to devise a state climate strategy. It comes three years after the Republican governor signed California's landmark global warming law requiring the state to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.
Most countries have focused on cutting greenhouse gases in the future, but researchers say those efforts will take decades to have an effect while the planet continues to warm. States have only recently begun to look at what steps they must take to minimize the damage expected from sea level rise, storm surges, droughts and water shortages because of the climate changes.
Over the last century in California, the sea level has risen by 7 inches, average temperatures have increased, spring snowmelt occurs earlier in the year, and there are hotter days and fewer cold nights.
The report warns that rising temperatures over the next few decades will lead to more heat waves, wildfires, droughts and floods.
"We have to deal with those unavoidable impacts," said Suzanne Moser, a research associate at the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of California Santa Cruz. "We can't pretend they are not going to happen and we have to prepare for that."
To minimize the potential damage from climate change, the report recommends that cities and counties offer incentives to encourage property owners in high-risk areas to relocate and limit future development in places that might be affected by flooding, coastal erosion and sea level rise. State agencies also should not plan, permit, develop or build any structure that might require protection in the future.
The report suggests the state partner with local governments and private landowners to create large reserves that protect wildlife threatened by warmer weather. Similarly, wetlands and fish corridors should be established to protect salmon and other fragile fish.
The report says farmers should be encouraged to be more efficient when watering their crops, and investments should be made to improve crop resistance to hotter temperatures.

 
 
06 August 2009 @ 01:00 am
A US-based animal rights group has stepped up its fight against defiant Australian farmers, recruiting British clothing giant Next Retail Ltd to join a boycott of Australian wool from mulesed sheep.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which has led the global campaign against Australian farmers who use the controversial mulesing technique on sheep, applauded Next's decision "to source wool from outside Australia or from Australian sources which guarantee that mulesing with shears or clips has ceased".
Next, with annual sales of $US5 billion ($A5.94 billion) a year, follows global retailers Hugo Boss, Adidas, Abercrombie & Fitch, Timberland, H&M, American Eagle, Liz Claiborne and Perry Ellis International in boycotting wool from Australian mulesed sheep.
Last month, Australian wool body Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) and the NSW Farmers Association announced they were walking away from a 2010 deadline to phase out mulesing.
Next believes that the continuation of mulesing beyond the 2010 deadline previously self-imposed by the Australian sheep industry is unacceptable," Next announced in a statement.
PETA and Australian wool farmers have been locked in a battle for more than five years over mulesing.
Mulesing is a technique used by farmers where skin is removed from the rear end of the sheep to prevent maggot infestation that can lead to the animal's death.
PETA claims mulesing is cruel and has lobbied for more humane methods.
Clip mulesing, an alternative method supported by AWI, was rejected by PETA and some major retailers.
"For (autumn-winter 2009) production onwards Next has put in place a preference for non-mulesed, including non-clip-mulesed wool," Next announced.
"Due to the practice of mulesing, including clip-mulesing in Australia, this preference is leading us to source wool from outside Australia or from Australian sources which guarantee that mulesing with shears or clips has ceased."

 
 
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