User: flenvcenter Topic: Biodiversity-Independent
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SFI partnering for conservation and community impact throughout North America 12.2.2016 TreeHugger
Grants were announced today for 19 projects to help further understanding of the conservation benefits of managed forests.
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President Obama's Proposed Budget Short-changes Endangered Species 11.2.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Center for Biological Diversity The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2017 continues a trend of flat or declining funding for the protection and recovery of endangered species. The Service’s overall budget request for the endangered species program increased slightly to $251 million from $234 million, but still represents less than 15 percent of the $2.2 billion in annual subsidies the federal government gives to oil and gas companies to extract fossil fuels on public ...
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Who Knew This Big Creature Starts Out Small Enough To Fit On Your Fingertip 10.2.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This photo may seem fishy, but it’s completely real. Jay Rooker , a marine biologist and professor at Texas A&M University at Galveston, took the photo of a baby Atlantic swordfish in 2013 while he was surveying the northern waters of the Gulf of Mexico. With the aid of a team, he conducts larval fish surveys, and this little guy was caught using  a Neuston net  the group towed at the surface. It’s hard to believe but this tiny tot -- which can fit on top of a fingertip -- could have grown to be as big as 39 inches within its first year, according to marine biologist  Juan C. Levesque . Levesque told The Huffington Post that a typical swordfish weighs between 250 to 325 pounds, but it can grow to be much bigger. For instance, the largest on record in Florida, where some of the biggest swordfish are  believed to be found , was caught in Key Largo and weighed 612 pounds, according to  Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission . That hefty weight is a sign of the species bouncing back from the ...
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Ten Priorities for a Green Budget 8.2.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
On Tuesday, February 9, the Obama administration will present its last budget to Congress. With most of his signature environmental initiatives accomplished, and Congress unlikely to adopt any pro-active environmental laws he proposes, writing the first iteration of the must-pass federal budget is one of the last opportunities President Obama has to shape policy for our air, water, our lands and our climate. Here are ten priorities for a healthier, greener future we're looking for in the president's budget. 1. The nation's most important land conservation program. The Land and Water Conservation Fund has created or expanded 40,000 parks and other projects in all 50 states for Americans to hike, fish, paddle, or just enjoy the great outdoors. Revenue from offshore drilling leases is dedicated to fund the program, but Congress has consistently raided those funds, and last year even allowed this critical conservation program to expire. A green budget should fully fund the Land & Water Conservation ...
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Obama Administration Weakens Critical Habitat Protections for Nation's Endangered Species 5.2.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

A new regulation finalized today by the Obama administration will put hundreds of endangered plants and animals at greater risk of extinction by dramatically reducing protections for their designated critical habitat.

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Rare Footage Captures America's Only Known Wild Jaguar 5.2.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In the Santa Rita Mountains outside of Tucson, Arizona, roams a lonely and unlikely predator.  His name is El Jefe, Spanish for "the boss" -- and he is  America's only known wild jaguar . While scientists have been tracking the animal for about three years, the big cat is making his video debut after the nonprofits Conservation CATalyst and the Center for Biological Diversity unveiled dramatic footage of the predator in his natural environment. " A lot of people have no idea that we have jaguars in the United States or that they belong here," said the center's Randy Serraglio, according to The Associated Press. "In bringing this video, we hope to inspire people to care about these animals and support protection for their homes." Jaguars once roamed throughout the American Southwest , with historical reports putting them as far north as the Grand Canyon and as far east as Louisiana, the center said in a statement. But over the last 150 years, these large, majestic felines vanished from their U.S. range as ...
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Lawsuit Challenges Wildlife Services' Authority to Kill Wolves in Oregon 3.2.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Western Environmental Law Center Conservation groups filed a lawsuit today challenging the authority of the federal wildlife-killing program Wildlife Services to kill any of the approximately 81 remaining gray wolves in Oregon. The legal challenge, filed by the Western Environmental Law Center on behalf of four conservation groups, with Cascadia Wildlands representing itself, comes weeks after a federal court ruled that Wildlife Services’ controversial wolf killing program in Washington is ...
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World Wetlands Day: US Wetland Forests are a National Conservation Priority 3.2.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
World Wetlands Day marks the day in 1971 when international governments and nongovernmental organizations who were concerned with conserving Earth's wetlands came together and signed a global conservation treaty. It was the first global intergovernmental environmental treaty in the modern era. This international treaty, signed by 18 countries 45 years ago, set the stage for the largest intergovernmental agreement on the environment to date -- The Paris Agreement -- signed this past December by 195 countries committing to take action on global climate change. As we celebrate World Wetlands Day this year in the wake of the historic Paris Agreement, it is appropriate to acknowledge the critical role that our wetland forests here at home play in the fight against climate change. In light of recent increased periods of drought, impending threats of sea level rise and the increasing frequency and intensity of storms, keeping wetland forests standing strong along our coasts is one of the smartest investments we ...
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Sins of the Father: Conservation and Human Rights Then and Now 2.2.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
I am a proud Scottish-American who grew up in Edinburgh celebrating our national poet by eating haggis on Burns night, and now I stand happily each year watching the fireworks to celebrate American independence from the British on July 4th. At the same time, I am haunted by the past behavior of my Scottish, Viking, and American ancestors: Raiding, pillaging, conquering, enslaving. The list is long, the suffering unforgivable. Tacana woman gathering shade-grown coffee within her indigenous territory in Bolivia. Photo ©WCS. Have I continued in the footsteps of these forebears? Certainly not. While I am appalled by the sins of my historical "fathers" I recognize that I am in no way responsible or guilty for their acts. Am I acting differently because I am aware of them? I hope and believe so. I am also a proud conservationist at the Wildlife Conservation Society and celebrate every day an abiding love of nature. Established in 1895 as the New York Zoological Society (NYZS), WCS is one of the oldest ...
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New Study: Obama Administration Has Dramatically Increased Use of Obscure Provision to Weaken Federal Protections for Threatened Species 29.1.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Center for Biological Diversity The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has dramatically increased use of an obscure provision in the Endangered Species Act in recent years to exempt activities that harm “threatened” species, including oil and gas drilling, logging, ranching and development, according to a new report released today by the Center for Biological ...
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Celebrating Diversity Through Environmental Conservation 27.1.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This week we commemorated the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who strove for equity of law and equal opportunities for African American men and women across the United States. The principles for which he advocated may be applied across to women and to members of other ethnic, racial, and sexual minority groups. Dreaming of peace and security within the institutional framework under which we exist -- the law -- should not be unrealistic. For members of more privileged populations this has been less of an issue, but there still are important populations of American democracy who struggle with access to equal opportunities and protection under the law. While there have been a variety of additions and enhancement to US economic and social policy since Women's suffrage in the 1920s and the rise of civil rights activism for ethnic and racial minorities beginning in the 1950s, there still are a number of items that must be addressed so that the foundations on which historically disadvantaged groups may be ...
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Feds Protect Nearly 40,000 Square Miles for Endangered Whales Along East Coast 27.1.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Center for Biological Diversity In response to the efforts of conservation and wildlife protection groups, the National Marine Fisheries Service today protected square miles of ocean as critical habitat for North Atlantic right whales . Only about 500 of the critically endangered whales exist today, and without additional protections the species faces a serious risk of ...
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Environmental Groups Urge the NEB to Reject Kinder Morgan Pipeline 26.1.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Ecojustice The National Energy Board (NEB) must reject Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline project because of gaps and deficiencies found in its application, environmental groups say. “The quantity of Kinder Morgan’s evidence does not make it quality evidence,” said Karen Campbell, Ecojustice lawyer. “The evidence we will present to the NEB reveals that the Kinder Morgan has downplayed environmental risk and overstated the economic benefits.  In our view, the Board has one recommendation option, to reject the Kinder Morgan ...
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Combating Nature Deficit Disorder with Zoos and Aquariums 25.1.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A few years ago, I interviewed my friend and esteemed colleague Dr. Michael Hutchins about "Nature Deficit Disorder" for this article for National Geographic online. In the following excerpt, I introduce the concept of this emerging trend in the way people perceive the world around them: In his 2005 book Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv coined the term 'Nature Deficit Disorder' to describe a growing phenomenon as a result of urbanization. Kids and adults are spending less time outdoors to the detriment of their own health and the environment.  They have less appreciation and respect for nature than previous generations and there seems to be a general disconnect to wildlife and other natural resources. Dr. Hutchins who served as the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Director/William Conway Endowed Chair of Conservation and Science before becoming CEO of the Wildlife Society remains committed to combating Nature Deficit Disorder. He now works with the American Bird Conservancy protecting birds of ...
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Malheur occupation could set conservation efforts back years 25.1.2016 High Country News Most Recent
Invasive carp may recolonize areas they were once eradicated from, depending on how long the occupation lasts.
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Rob Bishop's long-awaited 'grand bargain' for Utah public lands 23.1.2016 High Country News Most Recent
After decades of stalemate, the new bill gets mixed reactions.
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150,000 Comments Oppose Coal-mining Loophole on Colorado Forest 21.1.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

More than 150,000 people, including thousands of Coloradoans, called on the U.S. Forest Service today to prevent a bankrupt coal company from bulldozing nearly 70 miles of roads through pristine national forest in Colorado’s backcountry.

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Federal Judge Rules Government Must Consider Immediate Protections for River Herring and Shad 21.1.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

A federal judge issued a ruling Tuesday that could yield stronger protections for four keystone fish species whose numbers have plummeted to historic lows. The court ordered the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to conduct an in-depth environmental analysis and consider immediately adding river herring and shad to its federal Fisheries Management Plan for the Mid-Atlantic region.

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U.S. Senate Takes Aim at Endangered Species Protections for Gray Wolves in Wyoming, Great Lakes 21.1.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed the so-called “Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2016” today with the inclusion of an amendment from Sen. John Barasso (R-Wyo.) to permanently end Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in Wyoming and the western Great Lakes states.

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UK doubles Marine Conservation Zones, but will it help? 19.1.2016 TreeHugger
Designated conservation areas are only as useful as the protections we give them.
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