Wetlands, vital for life


This 31 March 2020 video says about itself:

What are wetlands? | WWT

If rainforests are the lungs of the planet, then wetlands are the lifeblood. They’re essential for all life. Their beautiful landscapes will take your breath away, and their rich variety of wildlife will inspire you.

Wetlands are incredible, but historically we’ve undervalued them. Now they’re disappearing at a rate three times faster than forests.

Explore this amazing yet underrated habitat here.

50 years ago, American waterways were getting more protections. A 1970 bill that became the Clean Water Act helped to double the number of U.S. waterbodies clean enough for swimming and fishing. In January, the U.S. administration changed how waters were defined, effectively removing those protections for half the country’s wetlands. By Allie Wilkinson.

Barred owl gives earthworm to nesting partner


This video from Indiana in the USA says about itself:

Earthworm Snack Delivered On Wild Birds Unlimited Barred Owl Cam – March 31, 2020

Snack time on the Wild Birds Unlimited Barred Owl cam! Enjoy this dual-cam view of when the male arrives at the nest box opening with a monster earthworm, which the female quickly snaps up and swallows.

Barred Owls are generalist predators that eat all types of prey. They may temporarily store their prey in the nest, in the crook of a branch, or at the top of a snag. When it’s time to eat, they swallow small prey whole and large prey in pieces, eating the head first and then the body.

Extreme right abuses coronavirus for anti-Asian racism


This 30 March 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Asian communities facing ‘racist aggression’ amid coronavirus pandemic

As panic escalates around the coronavirus, so do cases of aggression against the Asian community.

In recent weeks inward blame has become outward harassment across the world. Asian American studies professor Russel Jeung started tracking attacks on a new site called STOP APPI HATE. In the first eight days, the website received more than 650 reports of discrimination, largely in the Asian American community.

Sue Chen, President of the Chinese Association of West Michigan (CAWM), said these acts of racism are wrongfully targeting individuals of Asian descent, even as medical experts have found no evidence to support the virus being spread by a specific race.

“Much of this aggression is centered to the coronavirus … The Asian face makes people think this is from an Asian country. If you have a face similar like that, you will be the target,” Chen said.

By Steve Sweeney:

US senators accuse World Health Organisation of ‘peddling communist propaganda’ as they whip up anti-China hysteria

by Steve Sweeney

US REPUBLICANS have continued to stoke anti-China rhetoric over the coronavirus, as a senator demanded an investigation into the World Health Organisation over its “lies” in support of Beijing.

Republican Rick Scott demanded a Congressional inquiry, insisting that the body should be “held accountable for [its] role in promoting misinformation and helping communist China cover up a global pandemic.”

It reminds me of 1950s McCarthyist days when the extreme right in the USA accused (Republican) President Eisenhower of being a ‘Russian spy‘.