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Lawsuit Filed to Protect Wildlife and San Pedro River from Sprawling Development 26.5.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

A lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service was filed today in federal court in Arizona to protect the San Pedro River, and the wildlife and millions of migratory birds that depend on it.

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Emergency Petition Filed to Save Plummeting Red Wolf Population 24.5.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Center for Biological Diversity Conservation groups submitted an emergency petition today calling on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to take immediate steps to bolster flagging protections for the world’s only wild population of red wolves , which has declined by more than 50 percent in just two years, to as few as 45 ...
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Human Activity May Wipe Out One-Third Of North American Birds 24.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
More than one-third of North America's 1,154 native bird species are at high risk of extinction due to climate change and other manmade factors, a new report  found. Thirty-seven percent of the continent's bird species across 10 different habitat types need " urgent conservation action ," the North American Bird Conservation Initiative said in its annual "State of the Birds" report released Sunday. Forty-nine percent were identified as having moderate risk, while just 14 percent were marked as low risk.  Researchers categorized bird species based on their population size, population trends, population distribution and threats to both breeding and non-breeding members of the species. The decline of bird species is most pronounced in ocean and tropical forest habitats, where more than half were identified as having a high risk of extinction and are on the organization's "Watch List." "The outlook for oceanic birds — including seabirds and a group of landbirds found only on islands off the Mexican coast — ...
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In Extinction's Way: The Wolverine and Climate Change 24.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It's the stuff of legends. In April 2016, a rancher shot and killed a wolverine in North Dakota. Officials identified the animal as M56, a radio-collared individual from Yellowstone who rose to fame in spring 2009 when he dispersed over 500 miles across the Great Divide Basin, crossing Interstate 80 on Memorial Day weekend in the process, eventually turning up in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. Until his collar quit working in 2012, its data indicated that he'd remained there among the snow peaks. How this peripatetic male had ended up in North Dakota, where his luck ran out, will remain a mystery. Wolverine, iStock Photo Then there was the radio-tagged young male wolverine who a few years back summited the highest mountain in Glacier National Park, ascending the last 4,900 feet up a sheer, nearly vertical ice rampart in less than 90 minutes. He made the ascent for no obvious reason and presumably left his urine on the summit to mark his turf. Such feats have inspired even the most staid ...
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Will the feds change course on Columbia River management? 22.5.2016 High Country News Most Recent
In May, a judge struck down a fifth plan — and demanded a new approach.
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Tally Ho 21.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Since the inception of the National Park Service 100 years ago, individual parks have kept lists of what animals and plants live in them. These records are important to science and to managing the parks, but with relatively few biologists covering millions of acres of land and sea, they have been woefully incomplete. Right now the rest of us are enjoined to help in the 2016 National Park Service Centennial Bioblitz. Two thirds of the 130 parks signed up to do bioblitzes this year are kicking off the counting this weekend, May 21 and 22. Fifteen will take place in Washington, D.C. parks. Two jumbotrons on the National Mall will project real-time results from across the nation. It's fitting that the culmination of the Centennial Bioblitz will take place in D.C., since the very first bioblitz was conducted in nearby Kenilworth Aquatic Garden in 1996. USGS scientist Sam Droege was looking for a way to get help in figuring out what species lived in the park, and he hit on the idea of "eventizing" an ...
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On Endangered Species Day 21.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Today is Endangered Species Day. Every year for a decade, people across America have spent this day recognizing the plight of endangered species and the need to do all we can to help these imperiled animals (and plants) recover. Is it enough? Shouldn't every day be Endangered Species Day ? Shouldn't we stop to consider the terrifying risk of a world without elephants, or tigers, or lions, or whales--just once, each and every day, and do at least one thing to help? Obviously, different people will go to different lengths to save wildlife. My colleagues and I have devoted our professional lives to this pursuit; others make donations or write letters to Congress. We all must commit to doing something! So, what is an "endangered species?" The U.S. Endangered Species Act defines an "endangered species" as "any species which is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range." The International Union for the Conservation of Nature defines "critically endangered" as a species ...
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Stop the Grousing, Protect Our Birds 21.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The greater sage-grouse , an iconic bird of the American West, won a fight last year with the help of ranchers and others to stay off the endangered species list. Meanwhile, the golden-cheeked warbler , a flashy little Texas songbird that weighs less than an ounce is in a battle with powerful developers to stay on the same list. Audubon and bird lovers are supporting both efforts. Why? Because the Endangered Species Act is giving birds a fighting chance for survival in both cases. Just a few months ago, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the greater sage-grouse would not be added to the endangered species list. Audubon supported that decision because it showed how ranchers, farmers, federal agencies, states, industry and green groups had banded together to create plans that--if implemented well--will help safeguard the threatened habitat of the brown-and-white, chicken-sized bird. We called it a new lease on life for the greater sage-grouse and the entire sagebrush ecosystem: The plant life ...
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10 magical places saved by endangered species 20.5.2016 TreeHugger
In our efforts to save animals at risk of extinction, we've saved some extraordinary places as well.
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Mapping the large-scale loss of natural areas in the West 19.5.2016 High Country News Most Recent
Urban sprawl, energy development, agriculture and forestry have an ever-larger footprint on the West.
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California Rolls Back Water Conservation As Drought Eases 19.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 18 (Reuters) - California moved on Wednesday to dramatically roll back strict mandatory water conservation rules imposed at the height of the state's multi-year drought, after a wet winter eased conditions in parts of the state. The state Water Resources Control Board voted to end mandatory conservation of up to 36 percent in many communities, moving instead to a system under which only regions where a shortage of supply is anticipated will have to conserve. "We don't want to cry wolf but we also don't want to stick our heads in the sand," said water board chair Felicia Marcus. "This is a compromise." The wet weather has eased but not ended a four-year drought that has led farmers to idle land, made rivers too warm for salmon and caused wells to run dry. Under an order by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown last year to cut water use by 25 percent statewide, Californians saved enough to supply 6.5 million people for an entire year. But storms powered by the El Nino ocean-warming ...
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How Nature Can Improve China's Water Quality 18.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Runoff during heavy rains turns the Yangtze River brown. But investing in nature could reduce pollution in China's waterways. © Ami Vitale Mark Tercek is President and CEO of the Nature Conservancy and author of Nature's Fortune . Follow Mark on Twitter: @MarkTercek . Air quality is often top of mind in conversations about China's pollution challenges. But as I met with the Nature Conservancy's (TNC) volunteer leaders recently in China, water pollution was another big topic of discussion. One-third of China's lakes and rivers are already so polluted they're not fit for human consumption, and the problem could worsen as the country's rapid urbanization continues. To assess the role nature-based solutions could play in combatting pollution from agriculture and other land development activities, our scientists analyzed the 135 surface water sources that serve China's 30 largest and fastest-growing cities. We recently published our findings in a report called the China Urban Water Blueprint . TNC's study ...
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Conservation in the Crosshairs: Senate Sportsmen's Bill Mimics Destructive House Version 16.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Throughout my career, I've witnessed progress on many conservation issues, including endangered species protection, habitat management and the fight against climate change. But in recent years, the cornerstone environmental laws that safeguard our natural heritage have come under ever more aggressive attacks from Congress. Legislative proposals that assault the integrity of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and undermine conservation crop up almost everywhere you look. H.R. 2406, the so-called "Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act," passed the House of Representatives in February. Supposedly meant to improve sporting and recreational opportunities, it was riddled with anti-environmental provisions and was a disaster for our wildlife and public lands. Now, S. 659, the "Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2016," has been approved by the Senate Environment Committee and is waiting for consideration by the full Senate. Some of the worst provisions in the House bill also appear in this ...
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Grizzly Bear Delisting: Lessons from Scarface and Science 14.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In March 2016, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) proposed delisting the grizzly bear in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in portions of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. As mandated by the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Service opened a 60-day public comment period. They received a deluged of responses--63,000 in all--many scathingly opposing delisting the great bear. Yellowstone Grizzly Bear, NPS Image Delisting is in part a numbers game. The Yellowstone grizzly bear population, which has grown from 136 bears in 1975 to an estimated 750 or more today, certainly meets the numerical delisting criteria in the federal Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan. USFWS director Dan Ashe called the Yellowstone grizzly bear recovery ". . . a historic success for partnership-driven wildlife conservation under the ESA." He asserted that ". . . final post-delisting management plans by these partners will ensure healthy grizzly populations persist across the Yellowstone ecosystem long into the future." So why all the ...
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Watch Racing Extinction: It Will Change the Way You View the World 12.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
On December, 2, 2015 Discovery Channel premiered Louis Psihoyos' new film, Racing Extinction , in 220 countries around the world. This riveting film covers the planet's sixth and currently ongoing mass extinction, named the Anthropocene Extinction, which is largely the result of mankind. Psihoyos details what many scientists and experts believe are the causes behind this vast dying off of the world's species - the international wildlife trade and the fossil fuel industry. His goal is to unveil the horrific events damaging our planet's health and wildlife, but boiled down to digestible bites to promote education and action. The Empire State Building was illuminated for three hours with video and photos of the world's endangered species in a collaborative effort of the Oceanic Preservation Society and the filmmakers of "Racing Extinction." Photo credit: Oceanic Preservation Society Psihoyos won an Oscar for his 2009 film, The Cove, a feature-length documentary that goes undercover to expose the yearly ...
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A Water Conservation Trick You Haven't Heard Before 10.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Most showers don't deliver instant hot water, so it might seem like a necessary evil to waste water for several minutes while everything warms up. Not so, according to one eco-conscious homeowner who appeared on a recent episode of the makeover show "Home Made Simple."   Appearing alongside the show's host, Jeremiah Brent , the homeowner shares her simple trick for conserving shower water without having to step into a freezing cold shower. "It's really easy," she says. "We keep this bucket in our shower. While the water's warming up, we let the water run into this bucket instead of down the drain." Simple, indeed, and a great way to reuse water for gardening. This particular homeowner, for example, says she uses the shower water on her fruit trees and other vegetables in the backyard. Of course, depending how long it takes your shower to warm up, that bucket could get pretty heavy. Jeremiah's got a solution for that too -- in the above clip, he demonstrates how you can use a piece of an old hose to make ...
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Diversity of camels conserved for 3000 years. 10.5.2016 Earth Times
The ideas surrounding the origins of domestic animals have recently been clarified, but the largest domestic, the camel, was an elusive prey, hiding in a small corner of the UAE. The discovery that these few wild ancestors contributed all of the domestic stock is historically and economically fascinating. Consider how useful this one species has been to people (and even explorers) living is the semi-desert and scrub around every African, Asian and other deserts. When supplies and even water were lacking, the camel was there for us!
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The Good News Is Congress Passed A Bill. The Bad News Is It's About Bison. 10.5.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Sound the trumpets! Congress passed a bill!  President Barack Obama on Monday  signed the National Bison Legacy Act into law , elevating the American bison -- our new national mammal -- to bald eagle status.  The law is " a validation of the many meaningful ways this animal represents America ," according to a Wildlife Conservation Society press release. "As an ecological keystone, cultural bedrock and economic driver, the bison conveys values such as unity, resilience and commitment to healthy landscapes and communities." But the bison's path to official American icon hasn't been easy. The powerful animal has been roaming Northern America since prehistoric times , but settlers drove the population dangerously close to extinction during westward expansion. As a result of hunting and habitat destruction, Americans whittled down the population from millions to just  325 wild bison  by 1884, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, effectively destroying an integral part of Native American ...
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Exclusive: Emails Reveal Navy's Intent to Break Law, Threatening Endangered Wildlife 9.5.2016 Truthout.com
A Marbled Murrelet, one of the species threatened by the US Navy's jet noise. (Photo: US Department of Agriculture ; Edited: LW / TO) Internal US Navy emails obtained by Truthout reveal how Navy personnel have been pressuring the US Fish and Wildlife Service to bend the law, as well as how the Navy has knowingly broken laws that are supposed to protect endangered species. A Marbled Murrelet, one of the species threatened by the US Navy's jet noise. (Photo: US Department of Agriculture ; Edited: LW / TO) When it comes to getting its way with war-gaming in the Pacific Northwest, nobody is better at the concept of "distributed lethality" than the US Navy. In 2015, the Navy introduced this concept "that promised to add more fire power to all manner of Navy vessels and operate them in a way that would spread thin enemy defenses." The Navy seems determined to move forward with planned military activities like increasing jet dogfighting, electromagnetic warfare training and other actions, regardless of how many ...
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Vital Ground: Grizzly Bears and Greater Yellowstone 7.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Photo by Terry Tollefsbol, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently proposed removing endangered species protections for Yellowstone grizzly bears. When the bear was first placed on the Endangered Species list 40 years ago, the population was less than 140 bears. Now in 2016, due in large part to endangered species protections, the grizzly bear population is estimated to be about 700 bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Unfortunately, such a rebound in the bear numbers is overshadowed by significant threats that remain to the recovering bear population. These must be addressed before grizzly bears are stripped of endangered species protections. One is the sharp decline of whitebark pine nuts due to climate change. Another is a drop in cutthroat trout . Whitebark pine and trout have been primary food sources for bears, and their loss has driven grizzlies to find other food sources, like garbage, hunter-killed elk carcasses or livestock, that often bring them into ...
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