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China's Business Leaders Are Stepping Up to Address Global Conservation Challenges 3.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In China, business leaders are stepping up to address the country's--and the world's--big conservation challenges. © Danielle Mussman Mark Tercek is President and CEO of the Nature Conservancy and author of Nature's Fortune . Follow Mark on Twitter: @MarkTercek . China's economic growth over the last few decades has been extraordinary. Hundreds of millions of Chinese people have entered the country's new middle class--one of the greatest and fastest increases in human well-being ever achieved. China's economic success is a very positive development in many respects of course. But it's also led to some unintended consequences, from declining air, water and soil quality to soaring carbon emissions. Fortunately, China is now benefiting from new and important philanthropic initiatives. At the Nature Conservancy (TNC), we are proud to work with an influential group of Chinese leaders to address some of the country's biggest environmental challenges. And their influence doesn't stop at the Chinese border. This ...
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Diverse Coalition Calls for New Vision in Conservation, Launches Petition 29.4.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The future of more than 600 million acres of prime lands that belong to the collective American citizenry got much brighter today, with policy recommendations submitted to President Obama and members of Congress on Capitol Hill yesterday. A coalition of diverse leaders from conservation, civil rights, environmental justice and community organizations used the upcoming Centennial of the National Park Service (August 25) to ask President Obama for a Presidential Proclamation announcing a new, inclusive vision of conservation for the next 100 years. In tribute to the democratic values represented by our public lands, the group has launched a petition at Change.org that enables the public to contact President Obama en masse to show their support. A most beautiful sight - a park ranger leading a tour in Great Smoky Mountains National Park at sunset. Gatlinburg photo. Keenly aware of the responsibility to future generations laid out by the founders of the National Park Service to "preserve unimpaired the ...
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Bison: A Symbol of Hope - That We Can Save Species Facing Extinction 29.4.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
(The title of this piece is a reference to an article published in Conservation Biology. That editorial by Kent Redford, Keith Aune and Glenn Plumb inspired this post.) Members of the U.S. House and Senate took a key step this week to declare the American bison the U.S. National Mammal. It will join the bald eagle as a symbol of America, our past, present and future. There are many reasons to celebrate this development in Washington, DC, which has its roots far outside of the Beltway, all across America's landscapes, where millions of bison once thundered across the plains until the turn of the 20th century when their numbers dwindled to less than 1000. There's more significance to this simple act by Congress than meets the eye. American bison, our new national mammal. Credit: ©WCS One section of the National Bison Legacy Act states: (12) on October 11, 1907, the American Bison Society sent 15 captive-bred bison from the New York Zoological Park, now known as the "Bronx Zoo", to the first wildlife refuge ...
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Why is Congress Trying to Give Military Half a Wildlife Refuge it Doesn't Want? 28.4.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nika Knight, staff writer

The U.S. House Armed Services Committee (HASC) added a rider late Wednesday evening to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that transfers control of more than half of Nevada's sprawling Desert National Wildlife Refuge to the U.S. Air Force.

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Islands and their biodiversity 28.4.2016 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Environment News
A new theory on why we have such biodiverse islands, while some are literally desert has been long in coming, but it’s here.
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Don't Let This 'Cute' Video Fool You -- Lemurs Should Not Be Pets 27.4.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A viral video of a lemur appearing to demand a back scratch had the Internet collectively cooing with awe this week , but a conservation group says there’s nothing cute about the clip. The video (above) shows two young boys outside petting a ring-tailed lemur and scratching his back. When they stop, the lemur pats its own back, which many people interpreted as the lemur requesting more scratching. Nazaire Paubert Tsimanova, who shot the video, indicated on Facebook that the clip was recorded in Madagascar, though he did not respond to a request for comment from The Huffington Post. “[The lemur] shows very obvious abnormal behaviors of a pet,” Charlie Welch, conservation coordinator at Duke Lemur Center , told The Huffington Post. “A wild lemur would never do that.” He said it was possible that the lemur was previously kept as a pet and is now roaming free, but that there was “absolutely” no way a truly wild lemur would respond to petting this way. “It’s not unusual for people to have pet lemurs in ...
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The American Bison: Bringing People Together and Bridging the Political Divide 27.4.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
These days it appears that there are few things that bring Democrats and Republicans together, especially during a contentious presidential election year. So when members of both parties in the House and the Senate came together this week in support of making the American bison our National Mammal it came as a surprise to some. But maybe it shouldn't have. The bison, like the bald eagle, is a quintessentially American symbol. It already appears on two state flags, on the seal of the U.S. Department of the Interior and National Park Service, and on our currency. It is the state mammal of Wyoming and the state animal of Oklahoma and Kansas. Bison can be found in all 50 states in public and private herds, tribal lands, refuges and parks. An American bison in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Photo by Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS. Passage of this legislation is the culmination of a four-year effort by the Vote Bison Coalition to officially commemorate the ecological, cultural, historical, and economic ...
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Court Settlement Provides Hope for Mexican Gray Wolves 27.4.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

A coalition of wolf conservation groups, environmental organizations and a retired federal wolf biologist today announced a court settlement requiring the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the Service) to prepare a long-delayed recovery plan for Mexican gray wolves by November 2017.

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Long-eared bat denied habitat protection under the Endangered Species Act 26.4.2016 Environmental News Network
Although northern long-eared bat populations have declined by 90 percent in their core range, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today said it will not protect any of its critical habitat, saying it would not be “prudent” for the species. Under the Endangered Species Act, the government can opt not to designate critical habitat if there is factual evidence that a species would be placed at greater risk of extinction from poachers, collectors or vandals. But in the case of the northern long-eared bat, which is listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act, there is almost no evidence that the species is at risk from these types of threats. Instead its dramatic decline has been driven mostly by disease and habitat loss.  “This is a terrible turn of events for the northern long-eared bat,” said Tanya Sanerib, an attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity. “If you don’t protect the places endangered species live, it becomes that much harder to save them. This is yet another instance where the ...
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In rare bipartisan decision, Senate approves Yakima water projects 22.4.2016 High Country News Most Recent
Conservation, wilderness and water provisions long in the works were added to the massive energy bill.
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US-Funded Conservation in African Rainforests is Resounding Failure: Report 22.4.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

An international effort by the U.S., the European Union, and other donors to protect Africa's equatorial rainforests is failing and requires a radical change to conserve wildlife and protect surrounding communities, a new report has found.

Despite the high cost of the project, which received hundreds of millions from international donors, conservation efforts in the Congo Basin have not stopped biodiversity from dwindling or militaristic "guns and guards" from threatening the livelihoods of local populaces, the UK-based Rainforest Foundation (RFUK) revealed on Thursday.

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Feed the birds, but what about vultures? 22.4.2016 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Environment News
We don’t know whether captive breeding or supplementary feeding should be the answer for what has been a successful programme for the bearded vulture or lammergeier. The answer is in this paper which tries to establish exactly how the future should be for this unique species, in both Europe and Central Asia.
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Canada-U.S. Summit Brings New Hope for Strengthened Partnership on Conservation 15.4.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Recent meeting of leaders builds on historic cooperation to protect shared environment The South Nahanni River tumbles over Virginia Falls in Canada's Northwest Territories. The South Nahanni River runs wild through the Mackenzie Mountains in Canada's Northwest Territories, sluicing through canyons 3,300 feet deep and churning over a waterfall twice the height of Niagara. Tucked deep into the remote heart of the boreal forest, the river is the hard-beating pulse of Nahanni National Park Reserve, a 7.4 million-acre wilderness area every bit as pristine today as it was before the first European explorers set eyes on it in the 18th century. In 1970, adventuresome Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau took a multiday canoeing trip down the South Nahanni, which at the time was rarely visited by anyone, let alone a national leader. The trip had a lasting impact . Two years later, amid the prospect of hydroelectric development on the South Nahanni, Trudeau's government heeded appeals from the indigenous Dene ...
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Want to build the second century of American conservation? Look to César Chávez. 12.4.2016 Writers on the Range
On the eve of the National Parks centennial, Chávez’s son praises a monument to his father.
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For The First Time In A Century, Wild Tiger Numbers Are On The Rise 11.4.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
For wild tigers, the numbers have not been kind. In 1900, an estimated 100,000 tigers roamed free on our planet. Yet within a hundred years, that number plummeted by more than 95 percent -- the result of rampant poaching and widespread habitat loss. But it seems the tide may finally be turning for the majestic cat. On Sunday, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) announced that wild tiger numbers were on the rise for the first time in over a century. There are now an estimated 3,890 tigers in the wild, up from about 3,200 in 2010, said WWF, citing national tiger survey numbers.  The increase could partly be attributed to rising tiger populations in India, Russia, Nepal and Bhutan  as well as enhanced protection of the endangered species globally, the organization said. The improved count could also be the result of other factors, like better survey methods.  While still cautious, conservationists hailed the new global tally as a positive step forward for the world’s tigers. “More important than the absolute ...
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A Win for Forest Conservation: US Green Building Council to recognize ATFS 8.4.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This week, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced it is encouraging more responsibly sourced building materials by giving credit for wood from American Tree Farm System (ATFS) certified forests, and other credible forest certification systems such as the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), through a new path in its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. This is a milestone victory for forest conservation and family forest owners across the country, especially Tree Farmers, certified through ATFS. While this new addition to LEED may sound small, it's actually huge. All Americans count on the clean water and air, wildlife habitat and wood supply that comes from our forests. In the U.S. the largest share of these forests, more than 282 million acres, are owned by families and individuals, not by the federal government or corporations. The 22 million families and individuals who own these woods, whether they own ten or 100 acres, steward our forests. They protect ...
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Science trumps politics for wolverines 8.4.2016 High Country News Most Recent
A court ruling may force wolverines onto the endangered species list, and open the door for other animals threatened by climate change
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High U.S. Priority: Allowing the Killing of Endangered Grey Wolves on Public Lands? 8.4.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Just when you thought that everyone knew that grey wolves were endangered, a new bill places their fate again at risk. As if being able to hunt an endangered species were high on the list of our nation's priorities, the House passed a bill called the Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act (SHARE) last month. This bill, proposed by Representative Robert Wittman, a Republican from Virginia, would take federally protected lands out of government control and put them back on the market for hunters and fishermen. One of the purposes of protecting these lands is to preserve endangered species such as the gray wolf. According to the Chicago Tribune there were once about two million grey wolves roaming North America; today, heartbreakingly, only a few thousand remain. If Representative Wittman succeeds in passing this bill, it will expose this last sad fragment of the wolf population in Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin and Wyoming to being tracked down by hunters and caught in deadly traps. This ...
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Seattle Parks Show Reconciliation, Conservation & So Much Beauty! 8.4.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Like a lover surprised by new ardor in a partner of many years, the 176th and 177th units of the National Park System I visited last weekend left me completely stunned by their unexpectedness. At Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial I stood on sacred ground where members of Japanese families who had been exiled by our government returned to an ebullient welcome from their neighbors, and survive to show us around the museum commemorating their history. At Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve I looked out over almost 1800 acres of working farmland in a fertile valley between mountains and sea, collaboratively conserved by descendants who refused to cede to development pressures. Front row from right, Clarence Moriwaki, a leading force in the creation of the Memorial stands beside Lilly Kodama and her sister Frances Ikegami, who were children when their families were forced to move from Bainbridge Island into an internment camp led the tour with visiting members of the American ...
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Monarch butterflies face substantial risk of extinction 7.4.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Thursday, April 7, 2016 Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. Preventing monarch extinction will require active intervention by humans on a variety of fronts. It's an opportunity for those of us who believe that abundant nature enhances the quality of our ...
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