Natural Resources

Fall 2011 Natural Resources Law Class at UB

Operation ‘Rhino’ Drop November 8, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — tpm7 @ 5:33 pm

Protection of Endangered Species is being brought to a whole new level in South Africa.

The Black Rhino Range Expansion Project is successfully transferring Black Rhinos from their natural habitat to a safer location OVER 1,500 km away. Apparently there is a horrible poaching problem in South Africa and Vietnam regarding myths that Rhino horns contain the cure for cancer. So in order to protect this endangered species they are resorting to new measures that are safer and quicker for everyone involved. (Rhinos included).

Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t see anything like this ever happening around here. While I would personally love seeing animals flying over my house, (Who wouldn’t love to look up and see a Canada Lynx flying 200 feet up?) , I think there are to many rules and regulations to allow something like this. Obviously there aren’t to many animals around of this size and magnitude, but I feel like if were to happen it would have to be a little more discrete.


Scientists Set Out To Search ‘Virtually Unknown Waters’

Filed under: Uncategorized — tpm7 @ 5:16 pm

In today’s day in age it’s hard to believe there is still parts of this world that are still undiscovered.  While it would be pretty interesting if they found a new species or two deep in the Indian Ocean, it got me thinking what would happen if they found something even more important.

What if the cure for cancer was lying at the bottom of the Indian Ocean? In class we read about the struggles over control of Oysters in New Jersey. One can only imagine the frenzy that would ensue if something so important were found. Who would claim ownership & control? Who would be the first to arrive with guns to defend it?

Obviously this is all very hypothetical but we have seen the fight for land and objects underwater here in the States on a very small scale. I guess in the end this potentially could be a “good” problem but on an International scale like this its interesting to think about.