User: flenvcenter Topic: Biodiversity-Independent
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Dog Sentenced To Die In Owner's Will May Have Second Chance 19.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Connie Ley, an Indiana woman who died in November, put in her will two provisions for her dog, Bela : The healthy German shepherd could either be euthanized, cremated and buried along with her -- or else sent to a no-kill animal sanctuary. As of Friday, it was still unclear which fate Bela will meet. Eric C. Rayvid, a spokesperson for the Best Friends Animal Society , told The Huffington Post that the group is still working on convincing the will's executor, who has remained anonymous, to allow Bela to be brought to the group's facilities in southern Utah. There the 9-year-old dog would join some 1,700 other cats, dogs, horses, pigs, birds and other animals. Many of the shelter's inhabitants are available for adoption, while others will live out their natural lives amid the state's red-rock mountains. "We're hoping that Bela will be able to come to our sanctuary," Rayvid said. Best Friends also released a statement on Facebook, asking supporters to use the hashtag #SaveBela on social media: Post by Best ...
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Endangered giraffe rescued in Uganda 16.12.2014 TreeHugger
There are fewer giraffes left than there are African elephants
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Harvard Researcher Kills Rare Spider "In the Name of Education:" When Will the Killing Finally Stop? 16.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Recently I wrote an essay called " Researchers Kill 890 Wolves to Learn About Them: There's Something Very Wrong " about the intentional and inexcusable "experimental" massacre of 890 wolves in Canada using incredibly inhumane methods. The killing did not work, and there also was substanital "collateral damage" in that numerous non-target animals were killed. I remain incredulous that the scientists who partook in this slaughter didn't protest and refuse to engage in this mass killing. I surely would not have been involved in such egregious and inhumane "research" as I strongly support the rapidly growing field called " compassionate conservation " (see also ) in which individual animals are the focus of concern and for which the guiding principle is "first do not harm." As I was writing this piece I learned of an essay by Amaroq Weiss , a biologist for the Center for Biological Diversity, called " Killing wolves will come back to haunt farmers and ranchers ," the last paragraph of which reads: "And, as ...
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Congress's Hostile Takeover of Endangered Species Efforts 15.12.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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How One Jewish Environmental Activist Found Inspiration In The Hanukkah Miracle 15.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Hanukkah story is an account of a religious miracle, but in it lies another important message -- one that is inspiring some Jewish activists in their work for the environment. Liya Rechtman, an Eisendrath Legislative Assistant at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, is using the Jewish month of Kislev, which runs Nov. 23 - Dec. 22, to do a " Hanukkah Conservation Challenge ," during which she will replace all of her incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs. The challenge is light-specific to highlight the miracle at the core of the Hanukkah story . After years of battle between the Jewish Maccabees and the Syrian-Greek army, the Maccabees finally defeated the last fortress and returned to the Second Temple in Jerusalem. They had only enough oil to light the temple for one day -- but it miraculously lasted for eight. Rechtman writes in an article about her conservation challenge: Hanukkah, which begins on 25 Kislev, puts light at the core of our celebration, ...
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For public lands, massive protections in defense bill 11.12.2014 High Country News Most Recent
But not all conservation groups think the gains are worth the losses.
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Researchers Kill 890 Wolves to Learn About Them: There's Something Very Wrong 10.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
I've written a number of essays that have centered on the question, " Should animals be killed in the name of, or under the guise of, conservation? " The basic foundation of the rapidly growing field of compassionate conservation, "First do no harm," maintains that the lives of individual animals matter and that killing in the name of conservation should not be done (see here ). Just recently this question arose once again when the Canadian Journal of Zoology (CJZ) published a research article by Dave Hervieux, Mark Hebblewhite, Dave Stepnisky, Michelle Bacon and Stan Boutin titled " Managing wolves (Canis lupus) to recover threatened woodland caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou) in Alberta " that presented the outcome of an "experiment" in mass killing in which 890 Canadian wolves suffered and died using aerial gunning, trapping and poisoning with strychnine. The strychnine also killed other animals who were not part of the study. Minimum "collateral damage" that was deemed acceptable by the researchers ...
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Rare Atlantic Coast Shorebird Protected Under Endangered Species Act 10.12.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Arabian Sea Humpback Whales Isolated for 70,000 Years 4.12.2014 Environmental News Network
Scientists from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), the Environment Society of Oman, and other organizations have made a fascinating discovery in the northern Indian Ocean: humpback whales inhabiting the Arabian Sea are the most genetically distinct humpback whales in the world and may be the most isolated whale population on earth. The results suggest they have remained separate from other humpback whale populations for perhaps 70,000 years, extremely unusual in a species famed for long distance migrations.
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International Cheetah Day Is December 4th 4.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The first step in solving any problem is recognizing it exists. From CCF, I began International Cheetah Day in cooperation with the World Conservation Union (IUCN) four years ago as a way to bring awareness to the plight of the cheetah, as Africa's most endangered big cat. With fewer than 10,000 cheetahs remaining in the wild, the species has reached its tipping point. If we don't act to address this problem now -- meaning within the next five to 10 years -- there may not be enough left to save the species from extinction. I don't mean to come off sounding like an alarmist, but this is the hard truth. The cheetah's situation is dire. Human development is the reason the cheetah population has dropped from 100,000 to 10,000 over the past 100 years. Loss of natural habitat exacerbated now by climate change overarching the biggest problem, the conflict between livestock farmers and cheetahs which are forced to share a shrinking African landscape. And, the majority of cheetahs are not found in protected game ...
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Rap Guide to Wilderness celebrates wild nature and the ways it enriches our lives 3.12.2014 TreeHugger
The man who brought us the Rap Guide to Evolution is back to entertain, educate, and inspire us with a thought-provoking album that captures the spirit of conservation.
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Protected Areas: Much More Than Pristine Nature 2.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Last month, more than 6,000 government, business, and civil society leaders gathered at the once-a-decade World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia, to discuss the future of protected areas. To some, protected areas may seem like "traditional" conservation -- setting aside pristine places for the benefit of wildlife. And to be sure, protecting biodiversity remains at the very core of every conservation strategy in our toolbox. But protected areas also do much more. From improving food and water security to reducing the impacts of climate change, well-planned and managed protected areas can provide important benefits to people too. Australia was a great place to have this conversation. With about 5,000 private protected areas covering 8.9 million hectares (22 million acres), the country has long recognized the value of its natural assets and pursued innovative conservation strategies to protect them. Take the country's extraordinary coral reefs, which are world renowned for recreation and tourism. ...
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Havasupai Tribe, Conservation Coalition Will Defend Grand Canyon From Uranium Industry Appeal 27.11.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Feds Cancel Permit For Idaho Wolf-Killing Derby 26.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has withdrawn a permit allowing a pro-hunting group to hold a wolf- and coyote-shooting derby on public land in Idaho.


Late Tuesday, the agency canceled the permit issued Nov. 13 to Idaho for Wildlife that provided use of about 3 million acres of federal land for the three-day event in early January.


The agency says the group modified the derby's rules, making it unclear if the permit still applied.


Derby organizers say the agency caved in to environmental groups but that the event will still be held on U.S. Forest Service land and private ranches in the east-central part of the state near Salmon.


The BLM faced two federal lawsuits from conservation groups contending the agency violated environmental laws in issuing the permit.

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Hope for the Monarch Butterfly 25.11.2014 Environmental News Network
When millions of monarch butterflies take to the sky and fly thousands of kilometres from the United States and southern Canada to Mexico, the view is breathtaking. But over the last few decades, their numbers have plummeted, and last year hit an all-time low. Illegal logging in Mexican forests, where the monarchs hibernate during winter, has traditionally been to blame. But large-scale logging by companies appears to have been halted. And now small-scale logging by local people for firewood and timber — a “growing concern in 2013” — has also stopped, according to a study published last month (27 October) in Biological Conservation.
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Valuing the essential element: Water 25.11.2014 TreeHugger
Assessing the role of watershed conservation in major global cities. The Nature Conservancy has created a website to highlight water quality threats and solutions for more than 500 cities.
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Feds Agree to Protect More Habitat for East Coast's Most Endangered Whales by 2016 25.11.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Good News for the Black-Footed Ferret 24.11.2014 Wildlife and Habitat Conservation News - ENN
When you hear about an animal becoming extinct, most assume that the species is gone for good, never to be seen again. That’s not the case for North America’s rarest mammal, the black-footed ferret. 35 years after being declared extinct, the adorable critter is re-emerging in the western U.S. and Canadian prairie land.
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Turkey Pardoned From Death By Obama Last Year Is Still Gobbling Up The Good Life 24.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Caramel the turkey, one of two big gobblers pardoned by President Barack Obama last Thanksgiving, has a lot to be thankful for this year. For one thing, and it's a big one, he is still alive. (Story continues below.) Caramel the turkey at Morven Park, in Leesburg, Virginia. (Photo credit: Arin Greenwood) If you are sensitive toward birds, you're generally best off not looking too closely into the usual post-pardon life of a turkey, which has traditionally been very brief . Indeed, Caramel's fellow pardonee, Popcorn, died over the summer. "Something heat-related," says Teresa Davenport, spokesperson for Morven Park, the Virginia estate to which the pair was dispatched after their ceremonial duties were completed. "One day we found him collapsed." Caramel himself has a growth on his left foot, but -- thankful again -- the veterinarian says it's benign. And he's recently gone on some joint medication, since being bred for size rather than longevity can be hard on his ankles, Davenport explains. She says ...
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Conservation and Reintroductions 19.11.2014 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Environment News
With the elephant and rhino populations deeply depressed (as we are), reintroduction must be the real aim of conservation of the endangered. Once we have disposed of the poachers and pet traders, a real habitat with a real life must exist in some special somewhere for every species. The science of how to do it is still in its infancy, but here is a strong beginning.
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