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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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Protecting the Prairie-Chicken Protects the West -- We Must Do It Right 10.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Last year, the population of a unique and imperiled species of western grassland grouse known as the lesser prairie-chicken plummeted to half of its already paltry numbers. Let's be honest -- a 50 percent decline for an already imperiled species should lead to federal protection. Last week, over fifteen years after it first determined the species needed that protection, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the Service) finally listed the bird as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). So whether or not the grouse deserves to be listed isn't really the issue. The question is: What does listing mean for our collective vision of the American West? The ESA is a flexible law , so this isn't a choice between conserving the bird or conserving the economy. Preserving the beautiful, open spaces that define its dwindling range throughout parts of Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Kansas does not mean putting the livelihoods of our state and region's residents at risk. In fact, by protecting this ...
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Nature Preserves Can Significantly Boost The Local Economy: Study 10.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Critics of environmentalism have often been keen to frame the issue as man vs. nature , progress vs. conservation, and economic growth vs. protecting the environment. But it's not that simple. We already know that poverty and climate change are inextricably linked , and that poor communities often bare the brunt of the other negative impacts of fossil fuel extraction . We, as environmentalists, can't afford to ignore the issue of poverty, and we shouldn't assume that the policies we advocate for are automatically benign in terms of their human-scale impact. Take national parks and conservation reserves, for example. What happens to poor communities when the rain forests or other natural areas they live near are given protected status? Many have claimed that such reserves can trap communities in poverty, robbing them of resources they need to thrive, while others have advocated that they can be an opportunity for economic development. So far, however, hard numbers to back up either argument have been hard ...
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Zoos & Aquariums and Their Visitors Can Be Critical Advocates for Conservation Action 9.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
If you have visited a zoo or aquarium in recent years, there's a good chance that you've noticed something new. In addition to providing up-close encounters with some of the planet's most magnificent species, today's zoological parks are placing a growing emphasis on conservation awareness and action. Indeed, if you were to ask the staff of almost any zoo or aquarium what is their main mission, they would underscore the education of guests regarding the conservation status of the animals they are observing and the threats those species face in the wild. Zoos and aquariums are living museums where children and adults alike are witness to the wonders of the natural world. Encounters with species both exotic and familiar fill guests with awe and excite them to learn more about park animals' wild habitats, many of which are in serious decline. That process helps instill a conservation ethic within the general public that can pay dividends when drawing attention to a particular conservation crisis or ...
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Impossibly Cute Hedgehog Poses With Silly Masks Made Just For Him (PHOTOS) 9.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Marutaro is a tiny hedgehog bursting with emotion. Or at least, it appears this way, thanks to the expressive miniature paper masks his owner constructs for him. This little guy's skills stretch beyond being wildly adorable; hedgehogs often form close bonds with their human counterparts, which means Marutaro may be just as friendly on the inside as he seems in the photos below. Of course, this isn't Marutaro's first stint at being cute. The hedgehog stars in a daily calendar that reminds us of both the date and how much we wish we had a hedgehog of our own. And ladies, he does seem partial to short, stubby walks on the beach -- if that's your thing. Find more from the prickly stunner on his Tumblr and Twitter ...
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Transforming Ocean Plastic into Fashion 9.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As researchers continue to frantically search for disappeared Malaysian Airline Flight MH370 a thousand miles or so west of Perth, Australia, one thing has become very apparent : The Indian Ocean is full of garbage and millions of tons of plastic. Did you know that 3.5 million pieces of plastic enter the oceans 24/7, 365 or the equivalent of 20 million tons a year? There's six times more plastic than phytoplankton in all oceans, and according to the UN Environmental Programme a minimum of 46,000 floating pieces of plastic for every square kilometer of Earth's oceans in their entirety. Photo credit: hipmomsgogreen.com Most plastics entering our oceans breakdown into 'mircoplastics' or diminutive pieces that resemble confetti, and sealife mistake those microplastics for food. So now millions of seabirds, tens of thousands of sea turtles and billions of fish are filled with pieces of plastic. By the way, microplastics act as powerful sponges for oceanic toxins such as: DDT, methyl-mercury, BPA, phalates, ...
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House Republicans Hold Anti-Endangered Species Hearing on Bills to Weaken Endangered Species Act 8.4.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

House Republicans will hold a hearing Tuesday on four bills that would divert funding from protecting species and discourage citizens from helping enforce the United States’ landmark law for protecting endangered wildlife. The four bills would weaken the Endangered Species Act’s effectiveness and redirect scarce agency resources from species recovery to pointless reporting requirements. To create a facade of support, Rep.

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