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Lawsuit Filed to Stop Oil, Gas Exploration in Florida's Big Cypress National Preserve 27.7.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Center for Biological Diversity A lawsuit filed today by a coalition of local and national environmental groups would prevent extensive seismic exploration for oil and gas in the Big Cypress National Preserve, which is home to endangered species like the iconic Florida panther and recharges an important source of drinking water for many South Floridians. ​The preserve also serves as a major watershed for Everglades National Park to the ...
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Conservationists Warn Endangered Species Will Vanish Forever Unless We Act Now 27.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Scientists from around the world are calling for increased efforts to protect many of the Earth’s largest and most enchanting species before humanity wipes them out. In an open letter published Wednesday in the journal BioScience, 43 wildlife researchers warn of a bleak future where elephants, gorillas and nearly a hundred lesser-known species could disappear from the planet without urgent intervention. “Under a business-as-usual scenario, conservation scientists will soon be busy writing obituaries for species and subspecies of megafauna as they vanish from the planet,” write the authors, from groups including the Wildlife Conservation Society, Zoological Society of London and Panthera. Nearly two-thirds of the world’s largest herbivores and carnivores are classified as threatened with extinction by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature , which tracks such threats. But few have garnered any significant attention, said William Ripple, a professor at Oregon State University and the lead ...
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Coalition Seeks Greater Public Access to Information About Chemicals Used in Fracking 27.7.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

Today a coalition of conservation groups, landowners, and public health advocates petitioned the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation to provide broader public disclosure of information about the chemicals used for hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”

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New Federal Policy on Endangered Species Decision Process Will Push Less-studied Species to Extinction 26.7.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

In a move that will condemn uncharismatic, little-studied species to greater risk of extinction, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today finalized a new methodology for prioritizing decisions on whether species petitioned by citizens and conservation groups warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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Advocating For the Environment and Wildlife Conservation Is One of the Hardest Things I've Ever Done 25.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
And on, and on, and on. It feels hopeless, it feels desperate, it feels difficult to breathe, to swallow, to think. I want to scream at the top of my lungs, "How can we let these amazing animals just die!" "How can we not do more to save them?" "How can government officials ignore the deaths, allowing terrorism-groups to be fueled by these kills?" "What will Earth look like when my son is my age?" I find it ironic that my most-read blog post is the one where I pour my heart out about how emotionally difficult it is to be an eco-advocate; not the ones where I provide scientific data, information, or recipes. So, here are my questions: What is it that makes a difference to people? Makes them want to act? For me, it was seeing images of the cruelty we (humans) bestow on other animals; cruelty in a way I didn't think could be imaginable - for fun! Cruelty to animals who evolved millions of years before we did, who found a way to live in harmony with others. For me, it was seeing images of the barbaric ...
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Drones: the good, the bad and the ugly 25.7.2016 High Country News Most Recent
As the aerial technology increases in popularity, so do its impacts.
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Celebrating Latino Conservation Week 23.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
This week is the third annual Latino Conservation Week , a chance for Latinos all across the country to demonstrate their passion for enjoying and protecting public lands. Few places is that passion more evident than here in California. The spirit of conservation is woven throughout our state's history. It was here in California that John Muir founded the Sierra Club and led a movement to establish our first national parks, including Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks. That spirit continued in the artwork of Ansel Adams, the California native whose photographs uniquely captured the beauty of our public lands. His prints made nature more accessible for the average person and inspired a new generation of conservationists. Thanks to his photographs, places like Kings Canyon National Park are now protected for all to enjoy. And that spirit lives on today. Since Congress passed the 1994 desert conservation bill, which created Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks and the Mojave National Preserve, we've ...
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Why Electing A President Who Believes In Climate Change And Wildlife Conservation Is More Important Than Ever 20.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Image Credit: Huffington Post Images The signs of climate change are there, we just need to pay attention. Weather patterns are shifting, 100-year floods are now a common occurrence, while drought and loss of water-sheds are as well. Climate change is happening. More Americans than ever believe that anthropogenic climate change is here. Yet somehow, Congress, hasn't gotten that message. Today's Congress is filled with professional politicians, who don't act on this critical, important, and extremely dangerous issue. Unfortunately though, it is time to act and stem the tide of climate change. Congress should have acted a decade ago, last year, last week, or even yesterday. But, they haven't. Not in any meaningful way. Yes, we sign climate accords and agreements, but, that only addresses one small facet of the problem. Energy. That is why it is time to "start over" and elect leaders who believe in climate change. Now. While we need a president who believes in climate change, a president only, is ...
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July 20 Hike Celebrates Latino Conservation Week in Tucson 19.7.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

The heat’s not stopping Arizonans from hiking in 100+ degrees Fahrenheit to support efforts to create the Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument during the 100-year anniversary of both the National Park Service and the “A” on Sentinel Peak, one of Tucson’s most cherished urban natural areas.

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How These 'Dogs With Jobs' In New Zealand Are Protecting Native Wildlife From Extinction 15.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Visit the docks in Auckland, New Zealand, on any day of the week and you might just see Piri puttering around, clad in a smart orange vest and going about her work with the utmost professionalism. Observe as she wanders to some bags and does a thorough search, before clambering aboard a barge to take a good sniff around. Piri works for the New Zealand government in the Department of Conservation . She also happens to be a dog.  Piri is a ratter, a specially trained dog who can sniff out rodents. Her job is to find rats and mice that might be hiding in luggage or in crevices aboard ships that are heading for islands around Auckland. These islands are home to some of New Zealand’s most threatened and beloved native species, like the country’s national animal, the very stout and very cute kiwi , and the world’s only nocturnal flightless parrot, the kakapo . One of New Zealand’s greatest conservation accomplishments, these so-called “island sanctuaries” are entirely pest- and predator-free , allowing these ...
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Save Tropical Forest, NOW! 14.7.2016 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Health News
We know our forests have gone or are going. All you have to do is fly over one of the supposed biodiverse jungly areas. The signs are there for all to see, without any satellite reconnaissance. Professor Peres gives us the whole story, with the background economics in an effort to stop the rot and conserve the little we have left, just as the global warming campaign has finally created a momentum to stop climate change.
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Half a Million People Urge U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Not to Abandon Red Wolves 13.7.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

A petition including nearly half a million signatures was delivered to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today, urging the agency to fulfill its legal duty under the Endangered Species Act to recover the critically endangered red wolf.

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EPA Weakens Water Quality Standard for Harmful Selenium 12.7.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Center for Biological Diversity The Environmental Protection Agency finalized nationwide water-quality criteria for selenium today that are substantially weaker than proposed standards issued nearly six years ago. The EPA ignored the recommendations and concerns of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service regarding what levels of selenium pollution would be harmful to endangered species. Although selenium is beneficial to human health in very small doses, this metal becomes toxic as it accumulates in larger and larger amounts through the food ...
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Cruel Summer: The War on Wildlife Continues in Appropriations Bills 12.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Summer is finally here, but for those of us who fight to protect our nation's wildlife and natural heritage, this summer has been anything but restful. Special interests are once again using the appropriations process to advance their agenda, littering bills with anti-environmental riders when they should be passing a clean budget. The Senate and House versions of the FY 2017 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies appropriations bill, which funds programs and agencies that conserve imperiled species and manage our national wildlife refuges and other public lands, are riddled with provisions that harm our lands and wildlife and threaten the very fabric of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) - our most successful wildlife conservation law. These riders, which are substantive policy provisions intended to "ride" along with larger pieces of must-pass legislation, essentially "poison" the underlying bill, increasing the chances that the president will veto it, leading to more delay and gridlock in Congress ...
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Apathy To Our Overfished Oceans 9.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Image Credit: Huffington Post Images We know there are only three northern white rhinos left on Earth. We know that thousands of elephants are savagely murdered each year for their ivory. We know pandas are endangered as they are frequently the "mascot" of environmental groups. We know that polar bears are at risk for extinction in the near future because of global warming. We know that certain tigers are near extinction. When we hear the plight of these land animals we noticeably become sad, upset, angered, and we campaign to save them. We set up camps, and park systems, and conservation areas to protect these beautiful animals; or we try to find scientific methods to keep them alive. Yet, when it comes to the oceans and Pelagic areas, many of us, and some "conservation groups" turn a blind eye, by not putting the resources into notifying the public of the sustainability problems betraying the oceans. Yes, there are a number of "sustainability seafood" charts, but in reality the idea of sustainable ...
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We should be proud of delisting grizzlies 7.7.2016 High Country News Most Recent
The bear is a huge conservation success story, and it shows that the Endangered Species Act works.
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Agreement: Monarch Butterfly to Get Endangered Species Act Protection Decision by 2019 6.7.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Center for Biological Diversity The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now legally bound to determine whether to protect imperiled monarch butterflies under the Endangered Species Act, according to the terms of an agreement reached today with conservation groups. The agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Food Safety requires the agency to decide by June 2019 whether the butterflies will receive federal ...
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Leaked Videos Of Wildlife Abuse Spark Corruption Scandal In Tanzania 1.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Lake Natron, in Tanzania, is a serene expanse of water where flamingoes stop on their migration, below the titanic bulk of Ol Doinyo Lengai, an active volcano revered by Masai people who live here. The variety of animals in the remote semi-desert environment—greater kudu, water buffalo, and eland—attract the safari business, with trophy-hunting tourists paying for camps and guides. If you remember Cecil the Lion , you know this isn’t a subject without controversy. In Tanzania, where few resources are available for conservation, hunting blocks are leased by dozens of companies, who are expected to finance anti-poaching patrols and often invest in basic infrastructure in the area. Environmental activists say that this model is more exception than rule, with hunting groups ignoring or flouting conservation rules. Regardless, the extraordinary natural beauty and resources of the land around Lake Natron remain a key resource to be employed on behalf of the people of Tanzania—or abused. The rights to maintain ...
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Is your makeup killing sharks? 30.6.2016 Wildlife and Habitat Conservation News - ENN
Most animal lovers wouldn’t dream of harming an animal for fashion. Fur? No, thank you. Leather? I don’t think so. Yet they might be unknowingly killing sharks — and highly endangered kinds on top of that — for their beauty routine.Unbeknownst to most, one little ingredient in products like sunscreens, moisturizing lotions, lip balms, lipsticks and face creams is responsible for the death of over three million sharks annually.Killer ingredient“Squalene is a naturally occurring compound found in large quantities in the liver of sharks,” explains the shark protection group Shark Trust. “A sharks’ large oily liver helps to control its position in the water column, however many cosmetics companies use the oil (and an associated compound called squalane) as a base for their moisturizing and skin care creams, lipstick and gloss, as it is non-greasy and softens ...
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How do Trump and Clinton differ on conservation? 28.6.2016 High Country News Most Recent
Presidential campaigns offer a sneak peek into natural resource policies.
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