User: flenvcenter Topic: Biodiversity-National
Category: Problems :: Species Loss
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Behold the Biggest, Rarest Butterfly in the World 18.8.2019 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Undark. It appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The world’s butterflies are under intense pressure from habitat destruction and other environmental threats, with many populations dwindling rapidly and others vanishing before our eyes. One recent study found an estimated 33 percent decline in common butterflies in Ohio from 1996 to […]
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The Trump Administration Is Pushing Wildlife to the Brink of Extinction | Opinion 15.8.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
President Donald Trump has eviscerated the Endangered Species Act at the worst possible time for wildlife and the planet. And humans will ultimately pay the price.
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Editorial: Trump guts the Endangered Species Act. Polar bears and bald eagles, take notice 13.8.2019 LA Times: Opinion

The Trump administration's revisions to the Endangered Species Act are an unconscionable assault on the environment and the species that we should be protecting, not destroying.

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The Trump Administration Just Gutted One of the Most Powerful Environmental Laws on the Books 13.8.2019 Mother Jones
The Trump administration unveiled final regulations that weaken the Endangered Species Act (ESA) on Monday, just three months after the United Nations warned of the “unprecedented” decline in biodiversity around the world. “We are in the midst of an unprecedented extinction crisis, yet the Trump Administration is steamrolling our most effective wildlife protection law,” said […]
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Trump administration overhauls endangered species protections 12.8.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The changes included allowing economic cost to be taken into account as the federal government weighs protecting a struggling species, although Congress has stipulated that economic costs not be a factor in deciding whether to protect an animal.
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Column: Right-wingers again demonize the tiny delta smelt to protect Big Agriculture 12.8.2019 LA Times: Environment

The right-wing campaign to demonize the tiny delta smelt so Big Ag can get more water continues, ignorantly

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International Cat Day: Why Cats are Better than Dogs, According to Science 8.8.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
The battle for top dog, or in this case cat, has been going on since the dawn of time, but science has finally found the answer.
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Meet Heracles Inexpectatus: The Giant Prehistoric Parrot That Lived 19 Million Years Ago 7.8.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
The parrot may have grown to just over 1 meter (3.3 feet) in height and weighed around 15 pounds, according to researchers.
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Development devours U.S. natural landscape at rate of 2 football fields per minute, study finds 6.8.2019 Headlines: All Headlines
Development in Colorado and across the United States is transforming natural landscapes at the rate of two football fields per minute, a new analysis has found -- raising concerns about survival of non-human species and potentially accelerated climate change.
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Indigenous Lands Have Highest Biodiversity: 'We Must Manage a Larger Fraction of World's Area in Ways That Protect Species' 5.8.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
The Earth is in the grips of what scientists have dubbed the "Sixth Mass Extinction" with the global rate of species extinction at least "tens to hundreds of times higher" than the average over the past 10 million years.
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Op-Ed: Are we really so different from other species? 4.8.2019 LA Times: Commentary

Abusing nature is at its core part of us-and-them thinking, in which nature is definitely part of "them." Changing how we see animals will also change how we see other humans.

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Policy News: July 29, 2019 29.7.2019 EcoTone
In This Issue: 104th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America convenes in Louisville, KY Meeting plenaries and symposia explore the meeting theme “Bridging Communities and Ecosystems: Inclusion as an Ecological Imperative.” Honeybees in the Crosshairs EPA affirms the use of the pesticides chlorpyrifos and sulfoxaflor. Congress White House, Congressional leaders reach an agreement ...
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Lyme Disease-carrying White-footed Mouse Could One Day Be Genetically Modified to Stop Spread of Tick-borne Illness 24.7.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
Scientists have sequenced the genome of the white-food mouse, the primary carrier of Lyme disease.
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Once nearly extinct, California condor comeback reaches 1,000 chicks 22.7.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
In the 1980s, there were less than two dozen California condors left. Today, more than 500 exist in the world, thanks to the efforts of conservationists.
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2 Million-year-old Teeth of Extinct Early Human Reveal Species Breastfed Infants to Make up for Seasonal Food Shortages 15.7.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
The teeth might help explain why the species went extinct, the lead author of the study told Newsweek.
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Battle to save Colorado high-country toads goes microbial with ground-breaking Purple Rain treatment 13.7.2019 Denver Post: News: Local
These boreal toad tadpoles, however, have a chance. They darted out of tubs in which Colorado scientists had bathed them in a lab-grown anti-fungal bacteria called Purple Rain that, when coating amphibians, protects them.
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California needs housing, but not in mountain lion country 6.7.2019 LA Times: Commentary

The mountain lions of Southern California — facing dangerous freeway traffic, lethal poisons in their prey and the continued encroachment of humans into their habitat — are threatened with extinction. The question now is how much we care and what we’re willing to do, spend or sacrifice to protect...

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A deadly fungus is killing millions of bats in the U.S. Now it’s in California 5.7.2019 LA Times: Commentary

A mysterious fungus that has killed millions of bats in the eastern United States and left caves littered with their tiny carcasses has arrived in Northern California and appears poised to spread throughout the state, according to officials.

Government biologists confirmed Friday that a number...

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Boulder County agencies fighting invasive American bullfrogs 3.7.2019 Denver Post: Local
Northern Colorado's local governments are now banding together in an effort to do something about the American bullfrog, an invasive species that is hurting the native northern leopard frog's chances of survival, on a regional scale.
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Scientists Identify 'Last Chlamydia-free' Koala Population 2.7.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
Chlamydia in koalas can lead to blindness, infertility and death. The disease is an important factor in the population declines that the species is experiencing.
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