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For the first time, Facebook spells out what it forbids 24.4.2018 L.A. Times - Technology News

If you've ever wondered exactly what sorts of things Facebook would like you not to do on its service, you're in luck. For the first time, the social network is publishing detailed guidelines to what does and doesn't belong on its service — 27 pages worth of them, in fact.

So please don't make...

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The Global Crisis of Plastic Pollution 22.4.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by The New Republic and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. A young sperm whale, the largest toothed predator on Earth and an endangered species, washed up on the beach in southeastern Spain in February. Wanting to know what killed it, scientists brought the cetacean’s 13,000-pound body to a lab for […]
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Here’s an Adorable Video of a Baby Tree Kangaroo Taking Its First Hops 22.4.2018 Mother Jones
Here at Mother Jones, we get that Sundays are best spent relaxing, hanging out with friends and family, and avoiding the daily deluge of troubling news before a new work week begins. That’s where this viral video of a baby tree kangaroo comes in. Taronga Zoo, in Sydney, Australia, this month released a video of a […]
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This bat is the first to make it off the endangered species list. Celebrate with a shot of tequila. 22.4.2018 Washington Post
Just in time for Earth Day, officials announced that there are now an estimated 200,000 lesser long-nosed bats — which numbered fewer than a thousand 30 years ago.
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These whales will be extinct in 25 years, scientists say — unless we act now to save them 21.4.2018 Washington Post: World
Not a single newborn North Atlantic right whale was seen this year.
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Meet the 'exploding ant,' which sacrifices itself for its colony 20.4.2018 Washington Post
Meet the 'exploding ant,' which sacrifices itself for its colony
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Long-awaited plan for San Gabriel Mountains National Monument limits new mining and energy development 20.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary

New oil, gas and mineral exploration and development will be barred in the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument under a long-awaited management plan, released Thursday, governing the largest wilderness in Los Angeles County.

The U.S. Forest Service plan prioritizes environmental protection over...

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Lawmakers Want the EPA to Ignore Impacts of Pesticides on Endangered Species 19.4.2018 Truthout.com
According to the latest push by House Republicans, pesticides -- all of them -- are so safe there's no longer any need to bother asking experts to determine their harm to our most endangered species before approving them. It's not true, of course -- not even vaguely. It's such an outrageously anti-science statement it's laughable. But not surprisingly, that's what pesticide makers like Dow Chemical would have us believe. And now that's what Republicans in Congress would have us believe. This week some of the biggest agriculture and pesticide players in Washington, D.C. -- including Croplife and Dow Chemical -- succeeded in getting Republicans to  include a rider in the 2018 Farm Bill  that would exempt the Environmental Protection Agency's pesticide-registration program from the most important parts of the Endangered Species Act: The provisions requiring that a pesticide's harm to endangered species be assessed and addressed before it can be approved, and the provisions that prohibit a pesticide's ...
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Oregon officials kill 2 wolves in effort to save cattle 19.4.2018 AP Washington
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon wildlife officials shot and killed two wolves from a helicopter Wednesday in an attempt to reduce killings of cattle by the predators....
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National Zoo welcomes ‘very special’ birth of baby gorilla named Moke 16.4.2018 Washington Post
National Zoo welcomes ‘very special’ birth of baby gorilla named Moke
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Facebook Is Profiting From Illegal Wildlife Traffickers 16.4.2018 Truthout.com
Help preserve a news source with integrity at its core: Donate to the independent media at Truthout. While Mark Zuckerberg was testifying before Congress about Facebook providing user information to  Cambridge Analytica , additional disturbing news about his company was making headlines. Facebook has been making a profit by selling ads on pages that are operated by illegal wildlife traffickers. The pages sell the body parts of endangered animals, according to a complaint filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). That's right, Facebook has allegedly been making money off of the sellers of items like elephant ivory, rhino horns and tiger teeth -- in fact, an  Associated Press  article included a screen grab of a Facebook group page displaying buckets full of the teeth. According to the complaint, Facebook is violating its responsibilities as a publicly-traded company by knowingly profiting from the criminal trafficking of endangered species. The anonymous whistleblower complaint was filed ...
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Here's why 200-inning pitchers are an endangered species 14.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Clayton Kershaw starts for the Dodgers on Sunday, on the way to 200 innings. He is a proud dinosaur.

“Two hundred?” he said. “It shouldn’t be that hard to get to.”

He should get there, so long as he stays off the disabled list. In the last two seasons, both interrupted by injury for Kershaw, no...

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Here’s How to Mourn a Bird, a Butterfly, a Bat, or any Endangered Species You Love 14.4.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Undark and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. An oversized paper mâché sunflower rose like a pale moon against the dusk of a central Brighton park. Amid the shivering group of 30 people on the chilly south coast of England, a funereal gong sounded. Several faces were hidden behind self-made bat […]
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Leaked Proposal Shows Trump Administration Planning to Kill Crucial Protections for Threatened Animals 12.4.2018 Mother Jones
Trump’s Department of the Interior is seeking to “revise” key, 40-year-old regulations which currently protect more than 300 threatened plant and animal species listed under the 1973 Endangered Species Act, according to a draft document that quietly leaked last week. The document, a memo from the Interior to the White House, outlines a proposed rule […]
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U.S. agency wants to protect butterfly found only on island 12.4.2018 AP Washington
SAN JUAN ISLAND, Wash. (AP) -- Federal wildlife officials want to protect a rare white and green butterfly found only on Washington's San Juan Island....
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Feds propose dropping songbird from endangered species list 11.4.2018 AP National
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- The Kirtland's warbler, a colorful songbird that was nearly wiped out by habitat loss and a wily rival, has bounced back and is ready for removal from the endangered species list, federal officials said Wednesday....
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Woman Who Hates Endangered Species Act Will Be in Charge of Wildlife Policy 11.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
If you're a fan of real journalism, now's the time to strengthen Truthout's mission. Help us keep publishing stories that expose government and corporate wrongdoing: Make a donation right now! As if endangered species didn't have enough to worry about, they're about to have a vocal opponent of animals and conservation overseeing their protection in the White House. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has  named Susan Combs  to serve as the acting assistant secretary of fish, wildlife and parks. To fully understand why Combs is such a terrible pick, take a look at her  history as a comptroller in Texas . In that role, she routinely went up against the US Fish and Wildlife Service when they tried to enforce portions of the Endangered Species Act in her state. She also successfully fought to keep the golden-cheeked warbler and the dune sagebrush lizard from being included on the endangered list. Combs made it her business to protect the oil industry and other corporations from the supposed drag of having to make ...
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Saving the world one plant at a time in 'The Plant Messiah: Adventures in Search of the World's Rarest Species' by Carlos Magdalena 6.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary

“The tiny islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues, which sit in an otherwise empty stretch of the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar, share a notorious distinction in the world of conservation: home to at least 30 native plant species that have stopped reproducing in the wild, they are considered “islands...

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Endangered species are the real threats 6.4.2018 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Endangered species are the real threats
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The Energy 202: Environmentalists, ethics experts question Scott Pruitt's unusual hiring practice 4.4.2018 Washington Post
The Energy 202: Environmentalists, ethics experts question Scott Pruitt's unusual hiring practice
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