Around 60% of the manatee population has become dependent on artificial sources of warm water in winter, like the Tampa Electric Big Bend Power Station. But what happens when these power plants are shut down?
Defenders’ recently-released report “Mutually Insured Destruction: How Unchecked Crop Insurance Subsidies Harm the Environment” lays out the true cost of crop insurance subsidies. The report explains why crop insurance subsidies are different from other major farm subsidy programs, cites specifically documented cases of environmental impact from these subsidies and provides solutions that would be beneficial to all parties involved, including wildlife.
But, it’s not all just about getting that close-up. GigaPan images will hopefully be used to build more support for habitat conservation where it is needed most – for example, the images show that contrary to popular belief, species like jaguars thrive in the northernmost portion of their range.
As Defenders and many others consistently urged her to do, Secretary Jewell made the right decision – she will not allow a road to be built through some of the most ecologically sensitive land in our nation.