User: flenvcenter Topic: Biodiversity-Independent
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Conservation From the Last of the Wild to the Least of the Wild 23.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The timing of Earth Day at the start of spring puts us in a fresh frame of mind for consideration of our planet's natural resources. This year the global theme for this celebration is "Green Cities," an especially apt focus for those of us living in urban areas emerging from a long and chilly winter. Intoxicated by the spring thaw's first bulbs pushing up out of the earth and the calls of returning birds, we are drawn outdoors with a renewed appreciation for the natural world. Bronx Zoo guests enjoy watching the park's California sea lions. Photo © Julie Larsen Maher/WCS. It is an opportune time to note that conservation today is taking place to a large extent in two distinct places: the last of the wild and the least. The "last of the wild" are those few remaining areas on our planet where the human footprint is the lightest. Though these large ecologically intact landscapes and seascapes cover five percent of the earth's surface, they contain more than 50 percent of the world's biodiversity and provide ...
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Narcotics + Deforestation = Narco-Deforestation 22.4.2014 Wildlife and Habitat Conservation News - ENN
Narco-Deforestation, a newly coined term for the destruction of sensitive forest ecologies in Central and South America has been identified as a greater threat to the South and Central American forests than other previously identified concerns such as legal logging and development. The drug traffickers are creating new autoroutes and airplane strips for greater access to and through the forests and jungles of the Central and South America. These new routes make it easier to transport drugs from Mexico to South America and vice-versa.
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Turtle Trouble: 20-year study finds large decrease in green turtle catch rates 22.4.2014 Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability News - ENN
Sea turtle populations have been exploited for hundreds of years, and even though conservation efforts have increased substantially in modern times, populations still suffer across the globe. In fact, according to conservation scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society and University of Florida, over-fishing is to blame for more than 170,000 green turtles deaths between 1991 and 2011.
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Suit Filed Challenging Sale of Elliott State Forest Land 22.4.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

Conservation organizations filed a lawsuit today challenging the state of Oregon’s disposal of part of the 93,000-acre Elliott State Forest northeast of Coos Bay. The legal complaint submitted by Cascadia Wildlands, Audubon Society of Portland and the Center for Biological Diversity identified the 788-acre East Hakki Ridge parcel as prohibited by law from being sold.

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There’s reason to be optimistic this Earth Day 22.4.2014 TreeHugger
Guest post by Mark Tercek, The Nature Conservancy's President and CEO.
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Anti-poaching drones: the answer! 20.4.2014 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Health News
How will we prevent the Chinese and other poaching gangs from continuing their greedy and bloodthirsty crimes? The use of military units has already proved useful and suitably adverse conditions for the cowardly crime. Now a semi-permanent eye in the sky will obviously enable more efficient use of rangers and prevent their deaths!
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League Of Conservation Voters Spends Big To Defeat Senate Candidate Cory Gardner 19.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- The League of Conservation Voters is going hard against Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.). On Thursday, the LCV announced that it was adding Gardner, a second-term House member, to its list of lawmakers who have opposed environmental measures and would spend $1 million on anti-Gardner ads. The ads highlight the $450,000 in campaign contributions Gardner has received from the oil and gas industry, according to figures from the Center for Responsive Politics . Oil and gas interests have been his largest industry supporters. In March, Gardner announced that he is challenging Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, rather than running for reelection to the House. Gardner is the first Senate candidate added to the League of Conservation Voters' "Dirty Dozen" list, which the group creates every election cycle to highlight candidates that it would like to defeat. In its release announcing the ads , the LCV also dinged Gardner's position on climate change. Gardner said in 2010 , "I think the climate is changing, but ...
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Hatred is the New Wolf Management Plan in Idaho 18.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
What's wrong with Idaho? The state demanded from the federal government the opportunity to manage wolves within their borders and they are now completely blowing it. Instead of continued recovery, what we're seeing is no less than a war on wolves. Make no mistake: its Idaho's elected officials who are leading the charge against wolves. By implementing ever escalating wolf killing programs and ramping up the anti-wolf rhetoric to new heights, they are being successful in creating a destructive culture of wolf hatred and fear in the state based on myth and hype. A prime example is Governor Otter's recently established "wolf control board" to implement widespread wolf killing throughout the state. Apparently the zeal with which the Idaho Department of Fish and Game was killing wolves was not near good enough for the Governor, so he and the state legislature created an independent entity whose sole focus is the killing of wolves. This sounds like a predator "management" strategy from the 1800's, not the 21st ...
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Green turtles need help 17.4.2014 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Environment News
How to provide for indigenous and other peoples with a rare animal as a food source and sustain their diet? (As well as make sure we don’t have another extinction on our hands). A scientific approach is required in the Caribbean, where little seems to be going well in some countries, while others conserve their fauna and flora to make large profits from tourism.
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To bee or not to bee 15.4.2014 Wildlife and Habitat Conservation News - ENN
Bumblebees are among the most loved and familiar of garden insects. The sight and sound of them buzzing from flower to flower is a quintessential part of summertime, but sadly these charismatic creatures are now struggling to survive. In our modern world of paved gardens and intensive agriculture our bumblebees find themselves hungry and homeless.
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Snail Turns Flower Into An Umbrella, And Proves He's The Thriftiest Mollusk Out There (PHOTO) 15.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Nobody likes to get rained on. This includes humans, this tree frog and especially this snail, even though some snails come out of their shells when it rains. Vyacheslav Mischenko , a photographer from Ukraine, captured this stunning image in a forest near his home. This thrifty snail turned a flower into an umbrella, and sheltered there to protect himself from the rain. Snails aren't known for being the prettiest animals, but this photo definitely sheds light on how unique these creatures really are. Mischenko said that the image's colors and setting reminded him of Monet's 1886 painting "Woman With A Parasol" ...
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Bats can help protect rice farms against pests 15.4.2014 Wildlife and Habitat Conservation News - ENN
[KUALA LUMPUR] Bats that prey on a major rice pest in Thailand could save paddy harvests worth millions of dollars and help contribute to better food security, scientists say in a paper published in Biological Conservation recently (March).
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Green Groups Join Forces To Direct Donor Dollars To Pro-Environment Candidates 15.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- The League of Conservation Voters and the Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund announced Monday that they are joining forces on a multimillion-dollar electoral effort. The goal of the initiative, which they're calling LeadingGreen, is to drive $5 million in direct campaign contributions to pro-environment candidates in 2014. The League of Conservation Voters has traditionally pointed donors to individual candidates that it is supporting through its GiveGreen program . LeadingGreen would expand on that program with the support of the NRDC Action Fund. The league has already raised nearly $3 million for 16 Senate and House candidates in this year's election, according to the group's website. The biggest recipient of those funds so far is Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), who has brought in just over $260,000 through GiveGreen. Overall, GiveGreen raised $2 million for candidates in 2012 and $1 million in 2010. Among national environmental groups, the League of Conservation Voters is the ...
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Greenwashing Away Minority Land Rights in Costa Rica 14.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Last week, something historic quietly happened in Costa Rica. After a lengthy uphill political and legislative battle lasting nearly 10 years, a bill that few in the outside world have ever heard of was finally signed into law by outgoing Costa Rican president Laura Chinchilla. This tenuous victory is but the latest chapter in the trials and tribulations of the oft forgotten Afro-Descendant minorities that make their home on the shores of the Caribbean Sea. Law 9223, Recognition of the Rights of Inhabitants of the South Caribbean, does something apparently quite simple: It removes several long-standing coastal communities occupying some 900 acres along Costa Rica's southern Caribbean coast from the confines of the Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge. The very idea of subtracting land from a conservation area was the cause of strong opposition in the distant capital of San José, by environmentalists and political activists who see this change as a significant threat to the nation's conservation ...
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Adventure travel vs. conservation 12.4.2014 High Country News Most Recent
A conversation with outdoor entrepreneur Bill Bryan.
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EDGE List Released: Meet the 100 Strangest and Most Endangered Birds 11.4.2014 Environmental News Network
The comic dodo, the stately great auk, the passenger pigeon blotting out the skies, the giant moas reigning over New Zealand: human kind has wiped out nearly 200 species of birds in the last five hundred years. Birds we'll never get back. Now, if we don't act soon we'll add many new ones to the list: birds such as the giant ibis, the plains-wanderer, and the crow honeyeater. And these are just a few of the avians that appear today on the long-awaited EDGE list of the world's 100 strangest and most endangered birds.
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Thousands Of Ukraine's Zoo Animals May Soon Starve To Death, Conservation Group Says 11.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As political unrest continues to threaten the peace in Ukraine, thousands of animals at one of the country's zoos are at the brink of starvation, an international conservation group announced this week. The Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization , a nonprofit headquartered in South Africa, told The Huffington Post there has been a severe scarcity of food and medical supplies for the estimated 5,700 animals at the 104-year-old Nikolaev Zoo, located in southern Ukraine, since government funding for the zoo dried up a few weeks ago. "The fact is, they were just two days away from totally running out of food for the carnivores when we found out about this and began providing meat," the organization's international president, Barbara Wiseman, told HuffPost via email. "The rest of the animals were just two weeks away from running out of food." Starvation is also a looming threat for some of Ukraine's other zoo animals. The Earth Organization said this week that animals living in the private zoo on former ...
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Sally Jewell's Frustrating First Year In Washington 11.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has faced an uphill battle in Washington as she tries to implement her ambitious agenda. In February, she went snowshoeing on Mount Rainier to see firsthand the effects of climate change. (Photo: Kate Sheppard/The Huffington Post) On a brisk Monday afternoon in February, with the sun finally peeking out from behind the clouds after a passing snow squall, a group of researchers and park rangers strapped on snowshoes and hiked about half a mile to an overlook facing the Nisqually Glacier in Mount Rainier National Park. Scientists have been monitoring the surface elevation of the Nisqually since the 1930s, tracking the peaks and dips in the ice as the glacier moves down the valley. It is the longest record of this type of measurement for any glacier in the Western hemisphere -- and, in recent years, a key piece of evidence of the devastating effects of climate change in this iconic park. Dressed in a pale blue snow jacket and purple beanie, Sally Jewell listened intently as ...
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Hang Out with Cheetahs and Polar Bears on Earth Day 11.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Forty-four years ago the very first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970, marking a commitment to environmental protection. During that decade, Congress passed the Endangered Species Act, and the Environmental Protection Agency was created. I was in high school. The Billboard Top 10 Songs in 1970 included "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon and Garfunkel, "Let It Be" by the Beatles, and "American Woman" by The Guess Who. I had not yet met my first cheetah, or realized that the population of wild cheetahs had shrunk from 100,000 wild cheetahs in 1900 to less than half that number in 1970, but the framework for my later conservation work was laid with that first Earth Day. As humanity gathers in support of Earth Day 2014, I am proud to announce that Cheetah Conservation Fund has formed a partnership with Polar Bears International to lead a new dialogue on the global impact of climate change and unite humanity towards common action. We've scheduled our first joint appearance via a Google+ Hang ...
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Shedd Aquarium Around the World: Conserving Species and Critical Habitats 11.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
After the third worst winter on record and few rounds with the polar vortex , spring has finally sprung in Chicago. With the extreme winter weather behind us, Shedd Aquarium's conservation and research experts are ready to get back in the field -- and in the water -- from the Bahamas to Southeast Asia and from the Amazon River basin to the Great Lakes watershed. This month, I'll spend time on Exuma Islands, Bahamas with an iguana research team comprised of dedicated Shedd staff and passionate citizen scientists. Our team also will be joined by partners from the Bahamas National Trust, conservation staff from Island Conservation and a student from the College of the Bahamas. During this annual research expedition , we'll traverse the region in search of the Exuma Island rock iguana, Cyclura cychlura figginsi , a critically endangered lizard found in this island chain. Our research team will spend a week surveying iguana populations, collecting blood samples for genetic studies and investigating the ...
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