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Saving The Endangered Species Act From The Threatened List 17.2.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
  In the epoch of alternative facts, congressional Republicans are devout truth twisters — especially when they argue for dismantling the Endangered Species Act. GOP leaders have been pushing to revise the Endangered Species Act — one of the most successful environmental laws in the history of the U.S. — for years. Now, with a majority in Congress and control of the White House, they are more brazen than ever in attacks on the very law that saved humpback whales and bald eagles from extinction. On Wednesday, Sen. John Barrasso, a Republican from Wyoming and chairman of the Committee on Environment and Public Works, held what is expected to be just the first of many committee hearings with the short-sighted goal of gutting and repealing the Endangered Species Act. The move is no surprise from Barrasso. His voting record on endangered species is putrid. Since entering the Senate in 2008, he has voted against endangered species protections at nearly every chance he got. That may or may not be related to the ...
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Palm Oil Workers Investigated For Killing, Eating Endangered Orangutan 16.2.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Indonesian are investigating claims that palm oil plantation workers on the island of Borneo killed, butchered and ate a critically endangered orangutan. Local news outlets reported Wednesday that 10 people had been arrested on suspicion of the crime. Detik News said police found evidence of the slaughter, including orangutan meat and bones. — sahabatDJ (@sahabat_daniel) February 15, 2017 The investigation began at the prompting of Daniel Johan , an Indonesian lawmaker who’d been approached by an unnamed witness , according to The Associated Press. The witness had photographs, including one that showed the great ape’s head floating in a pot, AP reported. In another image, the beheaded animal is seen on the ground next to a man holding a rifle. A third photo shows the orangutan’s body being butchered.  “It’s a blatant offense against Indonesia’s conservation laws,” Johan told the AP. “Police have to investigate this cruel action.” Johan said the workers shot the orangutan after it wandered onto a palm oil ...
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Republicans Look To 'Modernize' (Read: Weaken) The Endangered Species Act 16.2.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON — With control of the White House and both chambers of Congress, Republicans wasted no time taking aim at the Endangered Species Act ― a move many fear will have serious implications for the more than 1,600 plants and animals  under its protection. On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing called “ Oversight: Modernization of the Endangered Species Act ” at which Republicans attacked the 43-year-old law as being broken and in need of an overhaul. In his opening remarks, Sen. John Barrasso  (R-Wyo.), the committee chairman, said the ESA “isn’t working today” and “we should all be concerned.”  “States, counties, wildlife managers, home builders, construction companies, farmers, ranchers and other stakeholders are all making it clear that the Endangered Species Act is not working today.” Seeming to ignore the fact that the planet is facing a  biodiversity crisis , Barrasso noted that of the 1,652 U.S. species listed as either threatened or endangered, only ...
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NRDC Sues Trump Administration for Suspending Protections for Endangered Bumble Bee 15.2.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) The Natural Resources Defense Council today sued the Trump Administration for illegally suspending the rule to put the rusty patched bumble bee on the endangered species list. The rusty patched bumble bee has lost approximately 90 percent of its range in the past 20 years. It is the first bumble bee ever listed under the Endangered Species Act. The following is a statement by Rebecca Riley, senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council ...
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Collaborative conservation: The story behind the nation’s newest wildlife refuge 14.2.2017 TreeHugger
How a small preserve north of New York City became the first piece of a unique multi-state conservation effort.
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After 300 Beached Whales Died, Rescuers Raced To Save Hundreds More 13.2.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A stretch of sand in New Zealand was the scene of both tragedy and triumph this weekend as rescuers raced to save hundreds of stranded pilot whales after 300 others died in one of the country’s largest beaching events. On Thursday, the New Zealand Department of Conservation discovered more than 400 whales  stranded on the South Island’s Farewell Spit, more than half of them already dead. Conservation officials and the animal welfare group Project Jonah  spearheaded a mass “refloating” to rescue the whales that were still alive and guide them back to the water. But over the following days, hundreds more whales from a different pod also became stranded. More than 500 volunteers rushed to save them as well. All told, nearly 700 whales washed up  on Farewell Spit in what is now the third-largest whale stranding since data collection began in the 1800s, and the largest ever since 1985, the Department of Conservation said. Officials declared  almost 350  whales dead. This post contains images and descriptions ...
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Saving Humans To Save Animals 11.2.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Habitat loss. Human-wildlife conflict. Illegal poaching. These are just a few of the issues facing threatened, endangered, or vulnerable species around the world -- whether it's sloth bears or tigers in India, gray wolves in the United States, rhinos in Sumatra, or elephants in Africa and India. As an organization focused on wildlife conservation, we've seen it firsthand since the mid-1990s when Wildlife SOS was established. Working to resolve issues using outside-the-box problem solving, we've established various types of programs and campaigns that we feel are most likely to succeed in addressing the problem. Case in point: 20 years ago, the Taj Mahal had a problem right outside its walls that no one seemed to be talking about. As international and local tourists flocked to see this World Heritage site -- one of the most beautiful and revered monuments in the world -- they also saw an impoverished marginalized community called Kalandars trying to eke out a subsistence economy on the back of a cruel ...
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Trump delays listing bumblebee as an endangered species 10.2.2017 TreeHugger
Protection for the beleaguered rusty patched bumblebee was set to begin on February 10.
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Wild Bison Return To Canada’s Oldest National Park After More Than A Century 9.2.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
After more than 130 years, wild bison have returned to Canada’s oldest national park. Humans had hunted the animal almost to extinction, and they had not been seen in the Banff National Park area since before it was established in 1885. Now, they’ve made a comeback, Parks Canada announced Monday. Video captured the historic homecoming. Helicopters held aloft shipping containers to lower them into a remote valley in Banff on Feb. 1. The doors were opened and the 16 bison thundered out, running fast through the snow. “This is a great day for Banff National Park. It’s a great day for Canada and frankly, it’s one of the great days for wildlife conservation in the history of North America,” Canadian conservationist Harvey Locke told CBC. Parks Canada said the reintroduction of wild bison to Banff was meticulously planned. Authorities first selected the animals — most of them pregnant 2-year-olds — at Canada’s Elk Island National Park . They then quarantined the bison and screened them for disease. In late ...
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A place for artists on public lands 9.2.2017 Writers on the Range
The connection between art and the American landscape offers new ways to advocate for lands.
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Patagonia Boycotts Major Event In Utah Over GOP Push To Undo Conservation Effort 7.2.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Patagonia quit a major outdoor retailer trade show on Tuesday over Utah’s move to reverse a national monument designation that former President Barack Obama made during his last weeks in office. The company threatened last month to withdraw from Salt Lake City’s biannual Outdoor Retailer Show ― a trade show that brings in 45,000 visitors who spend more than $40 million each year ― if Utah Gov. Gay Herbert (R) signed legislation asking President Donald Trump to undo the designation of Bears Ears National Monument in the state. Herbert inked such a bill into law on Friday. “Because of the hostile environment they have created and their blatant disregard for Bears Ears National Monument and other public lands, the backbone of our business, Patagonia will no longer attend the Outdoor Retailer show in Utah,” Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario said in a statement. “We are confident other outdoor manufacturers and retailers will join us in moving our investment to a state that values our industry and promotes public ...
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170 Conservation Groups Urge Senate to Reject Zinke for Interior Secretary 7.2.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire

One hundred seventy conservation groups today urged the U.S. Senate to reject Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) as the next interior secretary. Senators will vote in the coming weeks on whether to place Zinke in charge of the nation’s more than 1,500 endangered species, as well as more than 500 million acres of public lands and minerals leasing for oil, gas and coal across the country and in our oceans.

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Seeing the forest for the trees: Widening the lens for real returns 6.2.2017 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Sponsored: Only in understanding what landscapes mean to each actor operating within it, can solutions to negate deforestation be implemented.
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Hedgehogs mirror wildlife problems around the world. 6.2.2017 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Health News
Have we got the answer to urban living when we solve the huge losses of hedgehogs in suburban neighbourhoods? The adoption of wild roofs and city ecoscapes in general brings some species to the new city. We have forgotten some animals that might just help clear the pests from our gardens or maintain plants and birdlife in some ways that we have found impossible. Natural habitat has been replaced largely with novel human solutions that need time to prove themselves. Emotionally, many would give the hedgehog their garden-vote, but the population has decreased so much, it could be too late to bring them back.
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Trump’s Pick For Interior Is No Friend Of Endangered Species 6.2.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) is poised to lead the Department of the Interior, with his nomination passing a Senate committee  last week and now headed to the Senate floor. Endangered species have cause for alarm. As interior secretary, Zinke would oversee about one-fifth of the nation’s land, 70,000 employees and several agencies including the National Park Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  That means he’d lead the stewardship of America’s most vulnerable wildlife and plants. The Fish and Wildlife Service is one of two agencies that administers the Endangered Species Act , the strongest and most important federal law protecting threatened species. About 700 native animals and more than 900 native plants are currently listed  as threatened or endangered. Under the Obama administration, 19 species recovered enough  to be removed from the protected list. “In the Act’s 43-year history, more recoveries have been declared under the [Obama] ...
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Seeing forest though the trees - widening the lens for real returns 6.2.2017 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Sponsored: Only in understanding what landscapes mean to each actor operating within it, can solutions to negate deforestation be implemented.
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World's Smallest Porpoise Inches Closer To Extinction. There Are Now Just 30 Of Them Left. 3.2.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Hope for the vaquita, the most endangered marine mammal on Earth, is fast diminishing. Despite international efforts to prevent the extinction of the world’s smallest porpoise, found only in Mexico’s Upper Gulf of California, the vaquita population has plummeted to just 30 individuals, according to a recent report by the International Committee for the Recovery of the Vaquita, or CIRVA. Almost 50 percent of the world’s vaquitas were lost between 2015 and 2016, CIRVA found. Over the past five years, the vaquita population has plummeted by 90 percent. “The situation is completely out of control ,” CIRVA chairman Lorenzo Rojas-Bracho told Science magazine this week. Gill nets continue to be the number one threat facing vaquitas, according to CIRVA. The nets are used to catch shrimp and fish, including the critically endangered totoaba. The totoaba’s swim bladder, also known as maw, is considered a delicacy in parts of Asia. Dubbed “ aquatic cocaine ,” it can sell for as much as $10,000 a kilogram , or ...
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Mangroves and marshes key in the climate change battle 2.2.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
With the advent of green technologies, it is easy to view the battle against climate change as one for the tech world. A lesser-known but increasingly recognised solution lies in nature. According to a new scientific paper, the wetland ecosystems lying along the coasts of our oceans are particularly good at sequestering and storing carbon, writes IUCN's Dorothée Herr, the paper's co-author, on World Wetlands Day. Recent scientific advances have demonstrated that coastal wetlands - mangrove forests, tidal marshes and seagrass meadows - are incredible long-term carbon sinks, storing carbon in the plants themselves but more importantly in the soils below for hundreds to thousands of years. In fact, the same area of coastal wetlands can be more efficient as a carbon sink than most terrestrial forests. Every year more policy and decision makers invest in 'coastal blue carbon' by using wetland conservation and restoration as a natural solution to meet international greenhouse gas commitments. The carbon ...
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More Than 100 World Heritage Sites Face Threat From Humanity 31.1.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Almost half of the planet’s natural World Heritage Sites , areas designated as holding “ outstanding value to humanity ,” face growing threats of destruction due to human activity that has already caused lasting damage to places like Yellowstone National Park, a new report says. The study , published Monday in the journal Biological Conservation , found more than 100 internationally protected sites around the globe are “rapidly deteriorating and are more threatened than previously thought.” Natural World Heritage Sites are selected by UNESCO for their beauty and biological importance, and include famed areas like the Congo’s Virunga National Park, the Galapagos Islands and the Everglades. “These sites have been inscribed by the United Nations as some of the most important, beautiful places on earth,” James Watson , a professor at the University of Queensland and a senior author of the study, said in a video release. “They hold incredible numbers of species, they are the jewels of the crown when we think ...
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How NASA Satellites Are Helping To Protect Endangered Chimpanzees 27.1.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The contrast of the two satellite images below is striking. The one on the right, taken in 1972, shows Tanzania’s Gombe National Park awash with splotches of bright green, an indicator of forest cover. The one on the left, captured in 1999, is dominated by swathes of dull brown — the result of years of deforestation. In just under three decades,  80 percent of Gombe’s forests had been destroyed.  In the video above, published by NASA on Tuesday, the space agency explains how satellite images like these ones have helped save wildlife and improve livelihoods in Gombe National Park.  Since 2000, the Jane Goodall Institute, a conservation nonprofit that’s worked extensively in Gombe, specifically with the park’s endangered chimpanzees, has been using NASA’s and the U.S. Geological Survey’s  Landsat satellite images  to inform their chimp conservation strategies and boost their efforts to improve the living standards of local communities. “Unlike maps, which don’t show the chimpanzees’ habitat side-by-side ...
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