Cute as this camera-licking critter is, there's a reason we decided to spotlight it (and its relatives) this morning, and I'm afraind it's not pretty. Marmots like this one require an alpine tundra environment to survive, but as the world warms, melting glaciers and shrinking forests, the rascally little marmot's habitat is shrinking. Scientists say another snow-loving member of the weasel family—the wolverine—could soon share a similar fate. So what was the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service thinking when it went against the advice of its own scientists and withdrew proposed protections for the wolverine yesterday? More than a dozen wildlife organizations have already lined up to challenge the decision.
Other things to know this morning:
The oyster harvest in the Gulf of Mexico is less than a third of the size that it was before the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill. Worse still, usually abundant oyster larvae are nowhere to be seen.
Three dozen U.S. cities have adopted bike share programs since 2007, providing some 23 million rides and saving untold carbon emissions. And despite sometimes-hysterical concerns about safety (we're looking at you, New York Post), not a single bike share rider has died in that time.
Research by Stanford University scientists shows that oil and gas companies are fracking at shallower depths than widely believed, sometimes through drinking water sources.
(tag it #greenreads)