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Republicans Take Aim At Land Conservation Measures In Keystone XL Bill 29.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Conservation groups are balking at several amendments offered to Senate legislation that would approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, amendments they say don't bode well for the rest of this congressional term. Two amendments offered Wednesday drew concern from advocates for land preservation. The first, from Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), would have put the Senate on record opposing the president's authority to designate new national monuments. Another, from Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), would have withdrawn land designated as wilderness study areas from consideration if Congress does not move to declare them as wilderness within one year. Both the amendments failed to get enough votes on Wednesday to pass. Amendments to the Keystone bill need 60 votes to win approval, which has prevented some of the more controversial of them from getting added to the bill. But opponents say that their introduction alone is evidence of where the new Republican majority plans to steer policy. ...
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Monarch Numbers Up Slightly, But Butterfly Still at Risk of Extinction 27.1.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Groups Petition to Reclassify Gray Wolves to Threatened Status Under Endangered Species Act 27.1.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Will endangered species status help the Mexican gray wolf? 26.1.2015 High Country News Most Recent
Rare subspecies barely hangs on in the Southwest.
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200 Yellowstone Bison Sent To Slaughter, Conservation Group Says 24.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Jan 23 (Reuters) - Yellowstone National Park has shipped at least 200 bison near the park boundary with Montana to slaughter as the famed tourist destination seeks to reduce a herd by 900 animals this winter, a U.S. conservation group said on Friday. A park spokesman, Al Nash, could not immediately confirm how many bison may have been handed over to tribal partners and taken to slaughter. But he said 162 bison had been captured and placed into a holding facility as of a week ago. The Buffalo Field Campaign, which opposes the culling and has been monitoring it, said the bison had been dispatched to slaughter since Wednesday, and anticipated that 55 more could be sent on Monday. The culling plan allows the bulk of bison marked for death to be transferred to Native American tribes for slaughter and a certain number of the wandering buffalo to be killed by hunters. The strategy is designed to address worries by ranchers that bison infected with the bacterial disease brucellosis, which can cause ...
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Petition Seeks 3 Million Acres of Critical Habitat for 9 Endangered Species Found From Maine to North Carolina, West to Illinois 24.1.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Panther Passages: Connecting habitat to protect a federally endangered species 23.1.2015 TreeHugger
Connecting vital habitat in Florida to allow the endangered panther to flourish.
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Stop Senseless Trophy Hunting 23.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Late last week, the Dallas Safari Club announced that they would be auctioning off an elephant hunt in Africa as part of their annual fundraising gala. This sadly echoes the club's auction last year for the opportunity to kill a critically endangered black rhino in Namibia -- a stunt that raised $350,000 in the dubious name of "conservation" and also raised the disdain of citizens around the world who could not see the sense in killing an animal in danger of extinction for sport. Despite the club's effort to pass off the rhino auction as a conservation initiative, they have since hinted that they will withdraw their conservation funding pledge if they are denied a permit to bring the trophy from the hunt back to the U.S., thereby stripping away the conservation rhetoric and showing it to be merely the blood-sport safari that most people suspected it always was. With the club's recent announcement of the latest hunt auction, they moved the debate about killing imperiled species for sport into the public ...
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Conservation and the Environment: Priorities for Latinos in 2015 22.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A couple of days before the New Year, I was asked to comment on the one big issue that I thought was important for Latinos in 2014 , and how that issue might look in 2015. I mentioned the health of our environment and our access to open spaces and public lands, especially in the west, where the land supports some of our centuries-old traditional communities. These landscapes and waterways are part of our identity, and our continued access to them shouldn't be compromised for short-term gains. Their health is paramount to our own. If Madre Tierra isn't healthy, our communities suffer. People who care about protecting the places we love and where we live have had a rude awakening these first weeks of 2015. As state and federal legislatures have gotten under way, we have already seen wheels in motion to run over or slow down efforts to take care of the planet and its inhabitants. New congressional committee chairs and other elected officials are already pushing agendas that effectively dismantle, delay or ...
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India's Tiger Population on the Rise 21.1.2015 Environmental News Network
India’s tiger population has significantly increased according to the 2014-15 India tiger estimation report released today. Recent years have seen a dramatic rise in numbers– from 1,411 in 2006 to 2,226 in 2014. The increase in the tiger population can be largely attributed to better management and improved protection within tiger reserves and other tiger bearing protected areas. Poaching remains the greatest threat to wild tigers today with tiger parts in high demand throughout Asia.
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Lawsuit Filed to Secure "Endangered" Status for Gunnison Sage Grouse 20.1.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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How faith plays into the new conservation debate 19.1.2015 Current Issue
Two sides call a truce, at least for now.
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Watch This House-Hunting Hermit Crab Move Into A Roomy New Shell 15.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Even a hermit crab needs an upgrade from time to time. With its soft abdomen, a hermit crab is vulnerable to predators and relies on a safe, comfortable shell that it can slip its body inside and use as a portable home. But it doesn't keep a shell forever. As a hermit crab grows bigger, it will need to go house-shopping for a roomier home. (Full-grown hermit crabs are also known to look for a new shell now and then.) When it finds an empty seashells that will serve, it hops out of its old shell and into the new one. No paperwork required. In the viral video above, watch the moment when one hermit crab -- owned by photographer Steve Guntrip , who captured the footage -- decides to trade up his old shell for a new, more comfortable one. “I'd never seen this before and grabbed my camera just in time,” Guntrip wrote Tuesday on Reddit. Beyonce would be proud. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals reminds us that it’s not typically a good idea to keep hermit crabs as pets. If you do own a hermit crab, ...
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$340 Million In Federal Funds Awarded To Conservation Projects 14.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Projects designed to cut down on fertilizer runoff, expand bird nesting areas and restore native grasslands are among those selected for funding under a new initiative that encourages conservation partnerships between government and private organizations, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. The federal agency has approved 115 proposals in an initial round of funding under the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, which was authorized under national farm legislation that Congress enacted last year. "This is a new approach to conservation," Vilsack told The Associated Press ahead of an announcement scheduled for Wednesday. "We're giving private companies, local communities and other non-government partners a way to invest in a new era in conservation that ultimately benefits us all." The projects will share $372.5 million in federal funds, which will be matched by an estimated $400 million from participating groups. Over five years, the USDA expects to spend $1.2 ...
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Koalas Whose Paws Were Injured In Fires Have Plenty Of Mittens Now -- But Kangaroos Need Help 13.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
We don't yet know how many koalas and other animals have been injured in the bushfires burning up parts of South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales . What we do know is that animal lovers want to help. Last week, the the International Fund for Animal Welfare asked volunteers to send in all-cotton mittens, to protect the little paws of koalas who'd been injured in the fires. The request, accompanied by some awfully cute photos of koalas wearing the little white gloves, went viral. Of course people wanted to help out with this. Photo credit: Nick Paoloni/IFAW "We're now getting offers from as far afield as Russia, Kazakhstan, China, the U.K. and the U.S.," IFAW's native wildlife campaigner Josey Sharrad told the Australian Broadcasting Company . Sharrad said that the group has received "thousands" of mitten, enough for all the koalas IFAW is helping, with more to spare. The extras are being given out to other rescue groups -- at least, those that'll take them. As Mother Jones noted , one group posted ...
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Could Our Own Fear Of Death Be Affecting The Way We Treat Animals? 10.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
With shelter euthanasia rates going down , major companies moving toward more humanely-produced food , and the prospect of legal "personhood" for primates being litigated in court , you might have thought things were going pretty well for animals. But authors of a new paper would disagree. "There's basically just one area in which things are getting better, and that's with homeless pets," says Michael Mountain, a leader in the no-kill movement. "In every other area we know of -- factory farming, vivisection, wildlife, etc. -- things are going downhill." "We are in a sixth mass extinction and there is no doubt about that at this point," says Lori Marino, a bio-psychologist, cetacean expert and founder of the Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy . Mountain and Marino, whose work is due out this spring, have a theory about why this is happening: existential anxiety and fear of death. Drawing on ideas advanced in Ernest Becker's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Denial of Death , the two argue that our ...
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Shark self-conservation 9.1.2015 Earth Times
The conservation of are animals has many and varied techniques, some of which could be exclusive to one species. The maintenance of living sperm within the female body after mating is a device that is useful to ensure diversity. In this case, it could prove useful when the last living male shark is killed and a mated female still exists.
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Wolfing it in Oregon 8.1.2015 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Environment News
What to do with wolves? Are they any use and how dangerous are they? How can they be managed or do they manage wildlife themselves? Questions to be answered carefully and very fully.
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California Is Nowhere Near Meeting Its Water Conservation Goals 8.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
One year after Gov. Jerry Brown asked Californians to cut water use by 20 percent in light of the historic drought plaguing the state, new data shows that residents didn't come close to achieving that goal during the last half of 2014. According to data released Tuesday by the state’s Water Resources Control Board, statewide residential water use decreased by 9.8 percent in November (the latest month for which numbers are available) compared to the same month the year before. While the result falls short of Brown’s objective, it’s a notable improvement from October, when residents only cut use by 6.8 percent from the same month last year. August, however, was the peak month with an 11.6 precent reduction. “In many parts of California, it is clear that residents understand we are in a prolonged drought . And many continue to conserve water, even as we enjoy welcome rain and runoff that is beginning to recharge our reservoirs and groundwater supplies,” Water Board Chair Felicia Marcus said in a press ...
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Adoption Inquiries Pour In For Dog Abandoned At Train Station With Suitcase Of Belongings 8.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Kai the dog, who was found abandoned at a train station with a suitcase of his belongings, probably won't be homeless for long. The shar-pei mix, thought to be between 2 and 3 years old, was discovered tied to a railing outside the station in Ayr, Scotland, on Jan. 2. A previous owner sold the dog via a classified ads site in 2013, but it is unclear who left Kai at the station last week. The little wheelie suitcase next to him contained "a pillow, toy, food bowl and food," according to a news release put out by the Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals , which has taken up Kai's case. The organization, which also said that Kai has a "nice nature," has already received a flood of interest about the adoptable dog. "We've been inundated with rehoming enquiries," Emma Smith, a spokesperson for the Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals , told The Huffington Post on Wednesday. (Story continues below.) Photo credit: Scottish SPCA Abandoning an animal violates Scottish law, and ...
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