From ProPublica’s Nicholas Kusnetz:
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Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) suggested Thursday that global warming could actually be a good thing for his state, because the melting ice is opening up the Arctic for shipping.
“Everybody looks at the negative effects of global warming, but with the ice melting, the Northern Passage has opened up,” LePage said at a transportation conference Thursday morning, according to the Bangor Daily News. “So maybe, instead of being at the end of the pipeline, we’re now at the beginning of a new pipeline.”
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Eighteen Madagascan pochards—the rarest duck on the planet—are exuding cuteness in a captive breeding center in Antsohihy, Madagascar. These adorable ducklings represent nearly a third of the entire population of their critically endangered species, signaling new hope that these birds can be saved from extinction.
Madagascan pochards were thought to be extinct until explorers rediscovered 22 of them nesting at a small, forested lake in northern Madagascar in 2006. By July 2009 only six females remained. That’s when conservationists, in cooperation with the Malagasy government, opted to launch an emergency captive breeding program.
In an urgent twist on the Easter egg hunt, conservationists carefully removed 24 eggs from their nests and hatched them in incubators along the lakeshore and hotel bathrooms until the breeding facility could be built.
The new ducklings are the offspring of the now-two-year-old birds hatched from those extracted eggs. The plan is to train this new brood for life in the wild and to release them sometime in the future—if and when their caretakers can find a suitable habitat.
The lake where the lone population of wild birds still lives was once part of a system of wetlands throughout the Island’s central plateau, including many shallow lakes and extensive marshes. But a long history of lake drainage and the introduction of exotic fish has reduced the suitability of these wetlands for many birds, explains Glyn Young of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, one of several organizations that facilitates the captive breeding program.
Andy Bamford with the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, another partner in the project, spent several months in Madagascar with the ducks last year. He says the birds a爱上海上海419论坛
SAN FRANCISCO — Should Americans be able to buy marijuana in coffee shops?
A new study by U.C. Berkeley Law and Policy Professor Robert MacCoun explores whether the United States would benefit from regulating cannabis like the Dutch. MacCoun examined the effects of the drug on Dutch society over the course of more than 30 years and discovered that America might have a lot to learn from what he dubs “quasi-legalization.”
In the Netherlands, proprietors of such coffee shops sell marijuana in limited quantities to adults over the age of 18. They don’t offer alcohol or tobacco products on the premises, and advertising is strictly prohibited. While cannabis use remains technically illegal under Dutch law, the law also states that officials cannot take action against those who sell or use marijuana in designated coffee shops.
“It’s essentially legalization, but it’s slightly ambiguous,” MacCoun told The Huffington Post. He explained that despite the ubiquity of the coffee shop model, Dutch authorities have still managed to remain successful in enforcing against high-level trafficking, which keeps pot prices relatively high. “In a full legalization model, the price would drop substantially,” MacCoun said, “and you’d see bigger increases in use.”
On the other hand, MacCoun’s findings suggest that “quasi-legalization” doesn’t yield increases in pot smoking. “While use went up, it didn’t go up very much,” MacCoun said of Dutch marijuana habits since the country introduced the coffee shop system in the 1970s. “And problematic use is quite modest by European standards.”
Instead, MacCoun found that Dutch marijuana users were actually less likely to try harder drugs than their pot smoking counterparts in neighboring countries. He attributes that revelation to the fact that the coffee shop system breaks up the “gateway effect.” In other words, by separating the cannabis market from the markets for more dangerous substances, marijuana smokers will be less likely to be tempted to try, say, cocaine sold by the same drug dealer.
“For me, that was the most tantalizing result,” he said. “The Dutch have actually come up with a way to regulate cannabis use while minimizing its harms.”
MacCoun posited that the United States would indeed benefit from a similar system, but noted that marijuana’s federal classi爱上海shlf1314