User: flenvcenter Topic: Biodiversity-Independent
Category: Protection :: Policy
Last updated: Mar 29 2017 18:11 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Thai tigers survive and breed in the wild. 29.3.2017 Earth Times
How will we view the current conservation crisis in the future. Tigers, like it or not, are at the forefront of poaching and habitat preservation. We will be judged on whether this is an oversight in counting Indochinese tigers or a genuine result of conservators who struggle to maintain the world’s great rainforests and often die in the attempt. Armed poachers are matched rarely in firepower by rangers and wardens, so protection here may involve more than patrolling. The cameras need to reveal faces and the legal profession needs to get busy on very heavy punishment for those who operate for the ugliest of all motives - greed.
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Rural America advances on sustainability, calling it common sense 27.3.2017 GreenBiz.com
One primary concern in rural areas: higher temperatures put strain on water and energy sources.
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First Bumble Bee Finally Gets the Endangered Species Protection it Desperately Needs 24.3.2017 Environmental News Network
A bumble bee that is quickly disappearing will finally get the protection it needs under the Endangered Species Act.
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Oregon may sell a state forest that’s no longer profitable 24.3.2017 High Country News Most Recent
Elliott State Forest shows the difficult balance between profit and conservation.
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Dreaming Of Spending The Night Among Sloths? This Conservation Center Offers Sleepovers 23.3.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Sleepovers will never be the same once you’ve had one with a sloth.  The Zoological Wildlife Conservation Center in Rainer, Oregon offers a special program for fans of the animal called the sloth sleepover . This slumber party lets participants hang out with sloths inside their colony habitats at the center, which is dedicated to rescuing sloths , researching how to keep them alive in safe-houses, and educating the public, according its mission statement.   Guests willing to pay $600 for a double-occupancy booking slot will get to observe and interact with sloths between 8 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. as part of the program. Actual sleeping is optional, though a cot and TV are included in the accommodations. Inside the habitat, quiet is necessary because sloths are very noise-sensitive. The center doesn’t allow sloths to be held , saying this practice has “acute detrimental effects.” But you can observe them up close:  The program tends to be most popular from mid-June to early September, a representative of ...
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Unbeelieveable: Stung By Lawsuit, Trump Administration Lists Bumble Bee As Endangered 22.3.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON — The rusty patched bumble bee , one of America’s most important pollinators, has finally landed on the endangered species list . It becomes  the first bumble bee  — and the first of any bee species in the contiguous United States — to receive federal protections. “ The Trump administration reversed course and listed the rusty patched bumble bee as an endangered species just in the nick of time,” Rebecca Riley, senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, said in a statement Tuesday. “Federal protections may be the only thing standing between the bumble bee and extinction.” The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in January  listed  the bee as endangered, citing population declines caused by the loss of habitat, disease, pesticide use and climate change. But before the protections took effect, the listing was frozen  until March 21 as part of a sweeping executive order by President Donald Trump that imposed a 60-day waiting period on new regulations.  The NRDC responded by suing the ...
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U.N. Expert: Biodiversity Is Essential To Human Rights 18.3.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON — For the first time, a  United Nations  report has recognized biodiversity and healthy ecosystems as essential to human rights. The report , authored by U.N. Special Rapporteur John Knox , a human rights expert and professor of international law at Wake Forest University, comes amid a biodiversity crisis that many scientists have pegged as the beginning of Earth’s sixth mass extinction event. “Biodiversity is really necessary for the full enjoyment of rights to food, water, health — the right to live a full and happy life,” Knox told The Huffington Post on Thursday. “Without the services that healthy ecosystems provide across the board, we really can’t enjoy a whole range of human rights. And healthy ecosystems really depend on biodiversity.” The assessment, which Knox presented to the U.N.’s Human Rights Council at a meeting this month in Geneva, Switzerland, concludes that, “in order to protect human rights, states have a general obligation to protect ecosystems and biodiversity.” The U.N. ...
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Private Land Gift Drives Vast Expansion Of Chile's National Parks 16.3.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON — Chilean President Michelle Bachelet and American conservationist Kristine Tompkins on Wednesday pledged to grow Chile’s national park lands by roughly 11 million acres ― an area more than four times the size of Yellowstone National Park.  The announcement comes after lengthy negotiations and is the culmination of decades of work by Tompkins, who is the former CEO of outdoor retailer Patagonia, and her late husband and North Face co-founder, Douglas Tompkins.  “There’s never, to our knowledge, been a larger expansion of a national park system that was prompted by a private land donation,” Tom Butler, vice president of conservation advocacy at Tompkins Conservation , told The Huffington Post.  As part of the joint pledge  signed Wednesday during a ceremony  at Chile’s  Pumalín Park , Tompkins Conservation will donate just over 1 million acres to the country’s government. The nonprofit group believes this is the largest private land donation to a state in history. Chile has agreed to contribute ...
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Senators Daines, Tester Introduce Bill Weakening Protections for Endangered Species 15.3.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire

A proposed bill in Congress would reverse a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision from 2015 that required agency re-consultation for federal management plans regarding endangered species. The bill was introduced Monday by Montana senators Steve Daines, a Republican, and Jon Tester, a Democrat, joined by Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) and Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.)

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Defending Indigenous land in the Far North 15.3.2017 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Indigenous Rights On this week's episode of Talking Radical Radio, Scott Neigh speaks with Bobbi Rose Koe and Chris Rider about the long collaboration between Indigenous nations and conservation groups to protect the Yukon's Peel watershed from industrial development. Along with a lengthy public information and advocacy campaign, in recent years Protect the Peel has also involved a court battle that will reach the Supreme Court of Canada on March 22. The watershed of the Peel River encompasses an area in the northeastern Yukon that is larger than the province of Nova Scotia. It is one of the largest unroaded natural areas in the world, and is the territory of four First Nations. The use of land in the Yukon is currently governed by agreements finalized in the 1990s among most of the First Nations in the territory, the Yukon government, and the government of Canada. These agreements include substantial requirements for consultation with and input from those nations whose territories will be impacted by ...
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Landscape conservation: The opportunity for companies and supply chains 13.3.2017 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Sponsored: Aligning the interests of companies and communities to protect, restore and conserve land should be part of every company's commodity supply-chain strategy.
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Energy crop production on conservation lands may not boost greenhouse gases 11.3.2017 Environmental News Network
Growing sustainable energy crops without increasing greenhouse gas emissions, may be possible on seasonally wet, environmentally sensitive landscapes, according to researchers who conducted a study on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land.Debasish Saha, postdoctoral scholar in plant sciences, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, and colleagues measured the amount of nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas, emanating from plots of biofuels-producing switchgrass — a native perennial grass — and miscanthus — a non-native grass species — growing in an experimental area in eastern central Pennsylvania and compared it to emissions from adjacent, undisturbed CRP acres. The experiment took place in a long-term monitoring site managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service.
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In Big Win For Big Cats, China Approves National Park Larger Than Yellowstone 10.3.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In yet another example of a “ green revolution ” in the country, Chinese officials have approved plans to establish a sprawling national park in the northeastern corner of the country. It will be a sanctuary for two cats endemic to the area that have dangled dangerously close to extinction: the Amur leopard and the Siberian tiger, also known as the Amur tiger. The park in the provinces of Jilin and Heilongjiang will be part of China’s brand-new national park system and will span 5,600 square miles — an area 60 percent larger than Yellowstone National Park. A comprehensive plan and pilot  for the park is expected to be rolled out before 2020.  Environmentalists are celebrating the news.  Dale Miquelle, a conservationist with the Wildlife Conservation Society and a big cat expert, said the sanctuary will be one of the largest big cat reserves in the world. “China’s commitment represents an extremely important step in recovering both subspecies in northeast Asia,” he wrote in an email to The Huffington ...
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New Interior Chief Must Balance His Conservation Vows With Trump’s Fossil Fuel Demands 8.3.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke describes himself as a champion of public lands and an “ unapologetic admirer and disciple of Teddy Roosevelt.” He is also  wishy-washy on climate change  and supports  rolling back Obama-era regulations on coal, oil and gas extraction on public lands. That mixed bag has left some conservation groups feeling “ cautiously optimistic ,” while others are outright skeptical. The former Montana congressman and Navy SEAL is now tasked with managing some  500 million acres of federal land ― roughly one-fifth of the United States. The Interior Department has a bifurcated and at times conflicted task: to preserve and protect public lands for future generations while also setting the polices that govern extracting natural resources from that land. The challenge, of course, is to strike a balance. And with environmental activists becoming increasingly set against any development on public lands, a Republican Party with a platform that calls for  transferring control of ...
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50 Reefs Initiative Is Good News For Coral Reefs 6.3.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Coral reefs are in crisis. While we might wish this were fake news, the facts are clear: without a different approach to conservation, coral reefs will continue to decline toward extinction. However, an announcement last week in Bali, Indonesia gave us some new reasons to be hopeful. Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Tiffany & Co. Foundation and The Paul G. Allen Foundation launched a new, global initiative called 50 Reefs . The initiative states it will “identify and prioritize protection efforts on the coral reefs that are least vulnerable to climate change, and also have the greatest capacity to repopulate other reefs over time.” This is a bold plan to save these extraordinary ecosystems. Has anyone ever done this before? No. Is this an idea people and organizations should support and stand behind? Absolutely. Here are five reasons 50 Reefs makes us especially optimistic: Strong Leadership — Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Tiffany & Co. Foundation and The Paul G. Allen Foundation are influential leaders in ...
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Trump's Removal of Bumblebee From Endangered List Is Illegal, Advocates Say 1.3.2017 Truthout.com
Trump's regulatory freeze on the rusty-patched bumblebee's endangered listing is seen by many as an attempt to reverse the public health and environment-related work completed under President Obama. Listing the bumblebee as endangered is critical in efforts to track the toxic pesticides and other factors that are killing off the bumblebee. (Photo: Tiago Cabral ; Edited: LW / TO) With Trump now in office, what is the future of our endangered bees? Two months into this administration, things don't look very promising. The Trump administration recently suspended a rule that the Obama administration had introduced to put the rusty-patched bumblebee (Bombus affinis) on the endangered species list. The listing would have represented the first endangered designation for a bee species across the continental US. Now, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has filed a lawsuit  against what they claim was an illegal move by the Trump administration. This is the third lawsuit that the NRDC has already filed ...
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Trump Guts Protections for Wetlands, Endangered Species 1.3.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire
Center for Biological Diversity In his latest move to weaken environmental protections nationwide, President Trump signed a new executive order today that will make it easier to destroy, pave over and pollute thousands of wetlands across the United States, especially in the arid, interior western states. Wetlands are among the most important ecosystems in the country, providing clean fresh water, flood control and essential habitat for birds, fish and other wildlife, including endangered ...
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Biologists Warn Half of All Species to Face Extinction by 2100, as GOP Pushes to Destroy Protections 27.2.2017 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nika Knight, staff writer

Today, 20 percent of all species are at risk of being wiped out, scientists at a Vatican conference on biodiversity warn, and that number may rise to nearly 50 percent by the end of the century.

"The living fabric of the world [...] is slipping through our fingers without our showing much sign of caring," warned the conference organizers.

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Environmentalists Deem 2016 U.S. House The ‘Most Anti-Environmental' In History 25.2.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The 114th U.S. House of Representatives was  the most anti-environmental in history , according to the League of Conservation Voters’ annual scorecard. The 2016 report found a House and Senate deeply divided along party lines on issues such as climate change and environmental protection. The environmental group released its latest scorecard Thursday, documenting the environmental voting records of all members of Congress. Each member is given a score based on their votes, which the group uses as a yardstick to measure a legislator’s commitment to climate action, wildlife conservation, protection of clean air and water, and other environmental and public health issues.  The average score for House Republicans last year was just 5 percent, while the average House Democrat scored 94 percent, according to the report. The Republican-led House, under the leadership of Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), “ remains the most anti-environmental in history ,” LCV said in a statement. The House also earned that the ...
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280 Groups Oppose Western Governors' Association's Efforts to Weaken Endangered Species Act 23.2.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire
Center for Biological Diversity More than 280 environmental, animal-protection, faith-based, outdoor-recreational and social-justice groups sent a letter today to the National Governors Association urging the organization to oppose any upcoming legislative changes to the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Specifically, the letter asks the national association not to support an ongoing effort led by the Western Governors’ Association to weaken the bedrock wildlife ...
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