Did you know that the illicit trade in wildlife is one of the four most profitable illegal industries in the world, right up there with drugs, human trafficking and counterfeiting? And did you also know that El Paso is one of the top U.S. border cities for wildlife smuggling? Kevin Bixby looks at the world of wildlife trafficking, including recent legislation passed by New Mexico to help stop it, with his guest Michael Dax from Defenders of Wildlife.
On this week's Earth Matters, guests Eric Magrane, a poet and NMSU geography professor, and Ligia Arguilez, a doctoral history student at UTEP, talk with host Kevin Bixby about the varied connections between humans and non-human inhabitants in the borderlands, with special focus on the creosote bush--one of the oldest creatures in North America.
On the December 10, 2019 edition of Earth Matters, Host Kevin Bixby was joined by David Bustos with the National Park Service and entomologist Eric Metzler to talk about the extraordinary biological discoveries coming out of White Sands National Monument. It's the only place in the world where fossilized tracks have been found showing the interaction of humans and extinct Pleistocene animals such as giant ground slots, as well as the documentation of more than 40 new species of moths, leading some experts to call it the "Galapagos Islands" for moth evolution.
How can we stop mass extinction and climate change at the same time? On this episode of Earth Matters, hosts Kevin Bixby and Amanda Munro explore a couple of "big ideas" for saving the planet, including the Green Amendment Movement with Maya K. Van Rossum, and a Global Deal for Nature with Dr. Eric Dinerstein.
On this week's episode of Earth Matters, cohosts Kevin Bixby and Amanda Munro talk with guests Mary Katherine Ray of the Sierra Club and WildEarth Guardians' Chris Smith about efforts by wildlife advocates in Dona Ana County and Grant County to end the use of leghold traps and poisons by an obscure federal agency called Wildlife Services.