User: flenvcenter Topic: Biodiversity-Independent
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Lawmakers Want the EPA to Ignore Impacts of Pesticides on Endangered Species 19.4.2018 Truthout.com
According to the latest push by House Republicans, pesticides -- all of them -- are so safe there's no longer any need to bother asking experts to determine their harm to our most endangered species before approving them. It's not true, of course -- not even vaguely. It's such an outrageously anti-science statement it's laughable. But not surprisingly, that's what pesticide makers like Dow Chemical would have us believe. And now that's what Republicans in Congress would have us believe. This week some of the biggest agriculture and pesticide players in Washington, D.C. -- including Croplife and Dow Chemical -- succeeded in getting Republicans to  include a rider in the 2018 Farm Bill  that would exempt the Environmental Protection Agency's pesticide-registration program from the most important parts of the Endangered Species Act: The provisions requiring that a pesticide's harm to endangered species be assessed and addressed before it can be approved, and the provisions that prohibit a pesticide's ...
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Forests as a climate solution? Yes, naturally 17.4.2018 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Sponsored: Forests clean air and water, provide economic well-being, support biodiversity, provide forest products that people depend on — and serve as the world’s oldest carbon storage technology. That’s worth talking about.
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Facebook Is Profiting From Illegal Wildlife Traffickers 16.4.2018 Truthout.com
Help preserve a news source with integrity at its core: Donate to the independent media at Truthout. While Mark Zuckerberg was testifying before Congress about Facebook providing user information to  Cambridge Analytica , additional disturbing news about his company was making headlines. Facebook has been making a profit by selling ads on pages that are operated by illegal wildlife traffickers. The pages sell the body parts of endangered animals, according to a complaint filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). That's right, Facebook has allegedly been making money off of the sellers of items like elephant ivory, rhino horns and tiger teeth -- in fact, an  Associated Press  article included a screen grab of a Facebook group page displaying buckets full of the teeth. According to the complaint, Facebook is violating its responsibilities as a publicly-traded company by knowingly profiting from the criminal trafficking of endangered species. The anonymous whistleblower complaint was filed ...
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Woman Who Hates Endangered Species Act Will Be in Charge of Wildlife Policy 11.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
If you're a fan of real journalism, now's the time to strengthen Truthout's mission. Help us keep publishing stories that expose government and corporate wrongdoing: Make a donation right now! As if endangered species didn't have enough to worry about, they're about to have a vocal opponent of animals and conservation overseeing their protection in the White House. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has  named Susan Combs  to serve as the acting assistant secretary of fish, wildlife and parks. To fully understand why Combs is such a terrible pick, take a look at her  history as a comptroller in Texas . In that role, she routinely went up against the US Fish and Wildlife Service when they tried to enforce portions of the Endangered Species Act in her state. She also successfully fought to keep the golden-cheeked warbler and the dune sagebrush lizard from being included on the endangered list. Combs made it her business to protect the oil industry and other corporations from the supposed drag of having to make ...
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The World Bank bids on environmental markets 8.3.2018 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Its successful Pilot Auction Facility model lowers the risk for conservation projects. Here's what the U.S. market can learn.
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Indigenous and Rural Women Conserve Mother Earth and Empower Their Communities 7.3.2018 Truthout.com
Women's rights and gender equality are crucial for not just women, but also for their communities and the environment. Increasing women's leadership in natural resource management, for example, is not only beneficial for biodiversity but also increases livelihood opportunities for women, thus improving their ability to plan for their families and resulting in positive outcomes for their communities. On this International Women's Day, we bring you a photo essay about Indigenous and rural women and their innate connection to nature. Women's rights and gender equality are crucial for not just women, but also for their communities and the environment. Women play a key role in the conservation of biodiversity and forests. A growing body of evidence shows that increasing women's leadership in natural resource management and governance is not only beneficial for biodiversity but also empowers women, increases their livelihood opportunities, improves their ability to plan for their families and results in ...
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Will these popular corporate sustainability programs survive the next U.S. budget? 27.2.2018 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
The spending bill due March 23 could make or break many clean energy and sustainability programs.
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Trump Budget Would Undo Gains From Conservation Programs on Farms and Ranches 19.2.2018 Truthout.com
Help preserve a news source with integrity at its core: Donate to the independent media at Truthout. Members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees are starting to shape the  2018 farm bill  -- a comprehensive food and agriculture bill passed about every five years. Most observers associate the farm bill with food policy, but its conservation section is the single largest source of funding for soil, water and wildlife conservation on private land in the United States.  Farm bill conservation programs provide about  US$5.8 billion  yearly for activities such as restoring wildlife habitat and using sustainable farming practices. These programs affect about  50 million acres of land nationwide . They conserve  millions of acres of wildlife habitat  and  provide ecological services  such as improved water quality, erosion control and enhanced soil health that are worth billions of dollars.  Sixty percent of US land is privately owned, and it contains a  disproportionately high share  of habitat for ...
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Why the private sector must protect tourist destinations 10.2.2018 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Businesses, resident and authorities must recognize the cycles of tourism that can lead to the destruction of the most beautiful places on Earth.
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Seminar held on tiger conservation in Mumbai 4.2.2018 Mumbai – The Indian Express
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A Montana bill takes aim at wilderness study areas 2.2.2018 High Country News Most Recent
Sen. Steve Daines wants to slash protections for some of the state’s wildest land.
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Chile creates 10 million acres of protected parkland 30.1.2018 TreeHugger
Rainforests, grasslands, and other wild terrains are now safe, thanks to the creation of five new national parks.
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These 14 businesses are growing money on trees 25.1.2018 GreenBiz.com
Restoring degraded and deforested land is becoming a thriving economic opportunity, in the U.S and beyond.
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Cougars Officially Declared Extinct in Eastern U.S., Removed from Endangered Species List 24.1.2018 Environmental News Network
Eastern cougars once roamed every U.S. state east of the Mississippi, but it has been eight decades since the last confirmed sighting of the animal. Now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has officially declared the subspecies extinct and removed it from the U.S. endangered species list.
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Trump’s death wish for sharks leads to deluge of donations for shark charities 24.1.2018 TreeHugger
After the revelation that the "terrified" president reportedly hopes “all the sharks die,” donations started pouring in for shark conservation non-profits.
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Hope rises for critically endangered monkey thanks to conservation efforts 18.1.2018 TreeHugger
The Myanmar snub-nosed monkey may survive because of work by communities, NGOs and the Myanmar and Chinese governments.
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Reimbursing Ranchers for Livestock Killed by Predators Supports Conservation Efforts 18.1.2018 Environmental News Network
Alberta’s predator compensation program offsets costs of conserving wildlife habitat on private lands in the province.
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In Montana, houses are replacing farmland 15.1.2018 High Country News Most Recent
Can lessons from Vermont keep local agriculture alive?
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More energy development slated for prime sage grouse habitat 12.1.2018 High Country News Most Recent
The Trump administration will allow oil and gas leasing in key sagebrush lands.
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The Endangered Species Act itself could go extinct 9.1.2018 Writers on the Range
Congress and the Trump administration threaten an act vital to wildlife and habitat.
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