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Today’s news: Government in Virginia is for cat lovers, drones to monitor wildlife, and the collapse of the Mayans

February 29, 2012

Here are some fascinating articles that the humans (and animals ) at Current Instincts are reading today. Did we miss something major? Let us know below or send us an email.

1. Conservationists launch drone to monitor forest loss and wildlife. Using drones to not kill anyone? We like this idea already. A superhero coalition of conservationists (not official name) have teamed up and developed a camera-equipped drone to monitor forest loss and endangered wildlife. First stop for the camera? Indonesia. (Yale 360)

2. Cat for governor. A cat named Hank is running as an Independent for Governor in Virginia. His platform? To create jobs and “put milk in every bowl.” If he’s elected, who hope no one brings a laser pointer to budget meetings. (Discovery News)

I hope this is soft water.

3. Bald Eagles face a new threat. Conservationists worked hard to bring bald eagles back from the brink of extinction – and succeeded. But now the majestic birds are facing a new threat. It’s a disease known as avian vacuolar myelinopathy and it causes brain lesions that eventually kill the bird. It’s believed a neurotoxin known as blue-green algae could be the source of the disease. (Treehugger)

4. Massacre of elephants continues in Cameroon National Park. You would think animals would be safe inside a national park, but sadly, that isn’t always the case. Over the past 6 weeks, almost 500 elephants have been killed in Cameroon’s national park. Poachers from Sudan and Chad entered the park in January, and are expected to stay through the dry season if they’re not caught. (Yale 360)

5. Dry spells caused Mayan civilization collapse. We know this doesn’t seem animal related, but with severe droughts already gripping many areas of the world, we thought we should let you know that mild droughts caused the fall of the Mayan empire. Yes, one of the greatest mysteries of the America’s has been solved, and modest dry spells depleted resources enough in the ancient Mayan empire that their civilization fell. Could our very own mid-west be next? (Discovery News)

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