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Political Animals: 7 Ways Congress Is Trying to Destroy the Endangered Species Act 25.4.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Putting a value on our Oceans 23.4.2015 Wildlife and Habitat Conservation News - ENN
The ocean’s wealth rivals those of the world’s leading economies, but its resources are rapidly eroding, according to a new World Wildlife Fund (WWF) report. The analysis, Reviving the Ocean Economy: The Case for Action, conservatively estimates the value of key ocean assets to be at least $24 trillion. If compared to the world’s top 10 economies, the ocean would rank as the seventh largest, with an annual value of goods and services of $2.5 trillion.The report, produced in association with The Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland and The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), combines scientific evidence of environmental degradation with an economic case for urgent conservation action. Using an innovative economic analysis, the ocean’s value is quantified based on assessments of goods and services ranging from fisheries to coastal storm protection, resulting in an overall asset value and an annual dividend output (comparable to a ...
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Find Your Park and Protect it 23.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Corpsmembers with Mile High Youth Corps of Colorado By Mary Ellen Sprenkel, President & CEO of The Corps Network April is a big month for Corps and The Corps Network ! For starters, April is when we celebrate both Earth Day and Arbor Day. As organizations that empower individuals to actively participate in improving the environment and their communities, Corps appreciate the attention these holidays bring to the ways we can each play a role in protecting our planet. Many Corps use Earth Day as an opportunity to engage their communities in conservation-focused volunteer projects. This year is no exception; we look forward to seeing all the great photos of Corps leading their friends, neighbors and local schools in planting trees, cleaning up parks and beaches, and pulling invasive plants. You can follow Earth Day-related Corps activities too by following the hashtags #corpsearthday and #servetheearth on social media. Though "every day is Earth Day" for Conservation Corps, we understand all too well how ...
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The Sage Grouse is NOT getting Endangered Species Act protection 22.4.2015 Environmental News Network
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today abandoned its plan to give Endangered Species Act protection to Mono Basin sage grouse, a small and isolated population of prairie birds in Nevada and California that remain under threat from grazing, habitat loss and mining development. The agency’s decision ignores scientific recommendations for reversing the birds’ steep decline and relies on unproven conservation agreements with state and local communities.The Mono Basin greater sage grouse population, located in eastern California and western Nevada and also known as the “bi-state” population, is fragmented and geographically isolated from all other greater sage grouse populations. 
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This Earth Day, Let's Celebrate the Role of Zoos and Aquariums in Conservation 22.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Earth Day is a moment to reflect upon global efforts to protect our planet and its species from a variety of threats. For many of us, this work is taking place right in our own communities - at the zoos, aquariums, and botanical gardens that are a part of many of our lives. When we celebrate those who contribute to conservation, many times zoological parks are not a part of that discussion. In fact, these parks contribute to that effort robustly in land and seascapes across the globe through in-park conservation education, scientific field work, and breeding of species endangered in the wild. Ten juvenile Cuban crocodiles from Sweden's Skansen Aquarium will help sustain a population reduced to a mere 3,000 animals in the wild (only 10 percent of which are breeding females) due to illegal poaching, habitat loss, and hybridization with American crocodiles. Photo by Natalia Rossi ©WCS. On Monday, April 20, 10 Cuban crocodiles (Crocodylus rhombifer) were sent to Cuba by Sweden's Skansen Aquarium . The crocs ...
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Striking a Deal to Save the World's Forests 22.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Tucked away in the Himalayas you'll find Bhutan -- one of the smallest countries in the world, but blessed with an abundance of natural treasures and beauty. It's a fairy-tale landscape. Endless forests and mountains home to 700 species of birds; a network of 10 protected areas, mainly lush forests where Royal Bengal tigers and their cubs roam freely; rivers that support livelihoods for some if its 750,000 people (and that are part of a larger network across several countries that provides freshwater for at least one-fifth of the Earth's population). The country may be small, but their commitment to conservation is bigger than most. Protecting the environment is one of the four pillars of Bhutan's Gross National Happiness philosophy. As mandated in its constitution, Bhutan preserves (at all times) at least 60 percent of its land under forest cover.  But the modern world is transforming this tiny ecological and cultural gem.  WWF's 2014 Living Planet Report , a biennial progress report of our planet's ...
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The Evolution of Life and the Revolution to Save Us 22.4.2015 ENN Network News - ENN
Theatrical and Digital Release On Earth Day 2015 Opens April 22 at Laemmle Music Hall Beverly Hills and Cinema Village NYC 50% Of Proceeds To Benefit Global Conservation Efforts
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St Louis Artist Raps of Ecosystem Services on Earth Day 22.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Today marks our 45th Earth Day - 45 years of watching vertebrates die to the point that we now have half as many as we did in 1970, and 45 years of watching greenhouse gas concentrations soar, to the point that temperatures are now inching menacingly upwards. But in the past year, we've also seen a surge in awareness of our own dependence on our planet's living ecosystems - an awareness that may, just may, spark the kind of action needed to get us out of this mess. By Steve Zwick and Ann Espuelas This post first appeared on The AnthropoZine . Click here to view the original . 22 April 2015 | Two days after posting what may be the first rap song about ecosystem services, spoken-word artist  Prince Ea  has drawn nearly 25 million visitors to the video of his song " Sorry ", which begins as a hypothetical apology to future generations but mutates into a call to action inspired by visits to forest carbon projects in Africa: Kenya's Kasigau Wildlife Corridor Project  and the Democratic Republic of Congo's Mai ...
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Resting on the Smallest Wings: The Flight of Conservation 22.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
"Learning how to successfully kill a butterfly is what we're here to do," said Dr. Andrew Brower, professor at Middle Tennessee State University and an expert on Nymphalid butterflies. He addressed a room full of students, researchers and naturalists at the Serra Bonita Reserve, located in the Atlantic Forest, or Mata Atlântica, of Bahía, Brazil. Over 70 percent of the room was under the age of 30, and they were all, in one form or another, there to study butterflies and moths. With only 8 percent of the original ecosystem remaining, the Atlantic Forest of Brazil urgently needs all the conservation help it can get. And the next generation of scientists is ready to help. Lepidopterists -- studiers of scaly-winged, curling-hollow-tongued butterflies and moths (the Lepidoptera) -- help provide fascinating science that naturally lends itself to conservation stories. A group of these researchers, including the authors, spent two weeks with the conservation team at the Serra Bonita Reserve to deliver crucial ...
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Celebrating Earth Day the Carnivore Way 22.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
On April 22, 1970, at the urging of Wisconsin U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, 20 million Americans participated in the first Earth Day -- a nation-wide demonstration to advocate for a healthier planet. This marked the formal start of the modern environmental movement and heralded the beginning of a coordinated American effort to live more sustainably and ethically with nature. Indeed, the first Earth Day led to the passage of a slew of environmental laws, including the 1973 Endangered Species Act (ESA). Earth Day 1970 Photo by Bill Ingraham In my previous blog post (" The ESA: Taking Noah's Ark into a Brave New World "), I discussed our naiveté in assuming that saving species threatened by extinction would be as simple as creating laws like the ESA designed to function like Noah's Ark. There were many things we didn't know back then that we know now. For example, during Earth Day 1970, as our nation protested environmental degradation, we'd become aware of the mere tip of the environmental damage iceberg. ...
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Top 10 ways well-managed forests and SFI make a world of difference 21.4.2015 TreeHugger
The clean air we breathe and water we drink are only part of the story of sustainable forestry.
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Water Pricing To Spur Conservation Ruled Unconstitutional 21.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An Orange County appeals court ruled Monday that San Juan Capistrano's tiered water rates are unconstitutional, potentially dealing a blow to agencies statewide that have used the pricing structure to encourage water conservation. The 3-0 ruling by the 4th District Court of Appeal upholds a Superior Court judge's decision that found that charging bigger water users incrementally higher rates violates a voter-approved law that prohibits government agencies from charging more than the cost of a service. The ruling comes shortly after Gov. Jerry Brown issued drought orders that call for rates, including tiered pricing, that encourage people to save water. About two-thirds of water districts in the state use some form of tiered pricing, and the ruling was being closely watched to see how it might apply beyond the appellate court, which is only binding in Orange County. "The practical effect of the court's decision is to put a straitjacket on local government at a time when maximum ...
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NOAA Proposes Removing Most Humpback Whales From Endangered Species List 21.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Monday proposed removing more than two-thirds of the world's humpback whales from the endangered species list after 45 years of conservation. NOAA's proposal would consider 10 of the world's 14 distinct populations of the whales " not warranted " for the endangered species list. The Cape Verde Islands/Northwest Africa and Arabian Sea populations would still be considered endangered, and the Western North Pacific and the Central America populations would remain in the category of threatened. NOAA placed humpbacks on the endangered species list in 1970, and credits the resurgence in humpback populations to successful conservation efforts around the world. "It’s quite a big deal, to bring a species to a point where the population is doing well and no longer needs" to be classified as endangered, Donna Wieting, director of NOAA Fisheries office of protected resources, said during a press conference. "These kinds of recovery efforts happen from the ...
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How Birding Can Help Conservation Efforts 21.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Folks, I've been working with the folks from Cornell's bird lab for some time now. They do great work and also help me identify all the birds that visit my home office . Next month they're launching the Global Big Day . For the past 30 years the Cornell Lab's biggest conservation fundraiser of the year has taken place in the spring in the form of "Big Day." They've got a team of lab staff, called the Sapsuckers, and a student team, called the Redheads, who try to see or hear as many bird species in a 24-hour period as possible. Here's the deal: Donors pledge amounts per bird, as counted by the Sapsuckers. World bird map (artwork by Team Redhead member Luke Seitz, a Bartels Science Illustration Intern at the Cornell Lab) Two years ago the Sapsuckers smashed the North American record with 294 species, and they raised around $350,000 around the campaign. This year, the lab's centennial year, they're inviting everyone around the globe who loves birds to be a part of the team. Their goal is to raise $500,000 ...
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A Congressional Assault on Earth 21.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
How are members of Congress celebrating Earth Day this year? Planting trees? Recycling? Passing legislation that will further protect our air, land, water and wildlife for generations? Guess again. For more than forty years, our country has been committed to the protection of our incredible natural heritage and Congress passed legislation to do just that. But instead of carrying on this long tradition of stewardship, anti-environmental members of this Congress have introduced thirty-four bills and amendments that would destroy our nation's environmental safety net. This legislation runs the gambit, from efforts to block the listing of imperiled wildlife that needs protection, such as the long-eared bat, an important species that keeps insects such as mosquito populations at bay; to attempts to remove certain animals from the list of endangered species, including the gray wolf and lesser prairie chicken. They are even trying to sell off or give away federal lands. One bill would automatically remove ...
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Endangered Species Act Puts Humpback Whales on Road to Recovery, But Hurdles Remain 21.4.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Nepal: A Trailblazer in Biodiversity Conservation 20.4.2015 Truthout.com
Nepal's Chitwan National Park has become one of Asia's success stories in wildlife conservation. (Photo: Naresh Newar/IPS) Chitwan, Nepal - At dusk, when the early evening sun casts its rays over the lush landscape, the Chitwan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site about 200 km south of Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, is a place of the utmost tranquility. As a flock of the  endangered  lesser adjutant stork flies over the historic Narayani River, a left bank tributary of the Ganges in India, this correspondent's 65-year-old forest guide Jiyana Mahato asks for complete silence: this is the time of day when wild animals gather near the water. Not far away, a swamp deer takes its bath at the river's edge. "The sight of humans drives them away," explains Mahato, a member of the Tharu indigenous ethnic group who play a key role in supporting the government's wildlife conservation efforts here. "We need to return now," he tells IPS. The evening is not a safe time for humans to be wandering around these ...
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Political sparring over the Land and Water Conservation Fund 17.4.2015 High Country News Most Recent
A Wyoming canyon is the focal point of the dispute over the program’s future.
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Think Different: Apple and conservation 17.4.2015 Environmental News Network
Marking a precedent-setting conservation partnership, Apple and the Conservation Fund will purchase two large areas of working forest, the organizations announced on Thursday. The move is expected to conserve “more than 36,000 acres of working forestland in Maine and North Carolina, ensuring these forests stay forests and any timber on the land is harvested sustainably,” the partners said in a joint announcement.This initial purchase of U.S. working forestland marks “the beginning of a worldwide effort, one that represents a new approach as it reassesses its impact on the world’s paper supply chain,” Lisa P. Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environmental initiatives, and Larry Selzer, president and CEO of the Conservation Fund, wrote in a Medium op-ed. Prior to joining Apple, Jackson led the U.S. EPA as President Barack Obama’s EPA Administrator from 2009 to ...
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Apache Leaders, Conservation Activists to Join Cyclovia Tucson Street Party to Oppose Resolution Mine, Save Oak Flat 16.4.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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