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California grants western Joshua trees temporary endangered species protections 23.9.2020 LA Times: Environment

California officials have taken the unusual step of granting temporary endangered species status to the western Joshua tree.

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Florida man sentenced for smuggling lizards, admits selling to Colorado customers 23.9.2020 Headlines: All Headlines
TAMPA, Fla. -- A Florida man has been sentenced to 90 days of home detention and 288 hours of community service for his part in a trafficking scheme in which live water monitor lizards were stuffed into socks and concealed inside electronics to be smuggled from the Philippines to the United States.
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Fire Has Always Defined California. An Artist and Naturalist Reflects on What’s Different This Time. 22.9.2020 Mother Jones
California is burning. After a rare lightning storm during an exceptional heatwave sparked more than 350 blazes in August, hundreds of thousands evacuated their homes as 6,223 structures were damaged or destroyed and 25 lives were lost. One month later, four of the five largest wildfires in the state’s 170-year history are still raging. As in […]
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Why sustainability professionals should embrace Black Lives Matter 21.9.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Why sustainability professionals should embrace Black Lives Matter Charles Orgbon Mon, 09/21/2020 - 00:45 Long before corporations acknowledged Black Lives Matter, they championed the plights of specific endangered species. Corporate conservation campaigns used phrases such as "Save the [insert your favorite animal]," which have been catchy, effective and oddly similar to the language we’re now using to educate people about the status of Black life in America. The Disney Conservation Fund protects lions, elephants, chimpanzees and thousands of other species. Ben & Jerry’s brings awareness to declining honeybee populations. Coca-Cola appropriately is the longtime ally of the poster child for climate change, the polar bear. As a kid, I, too, was influenced by Coca-Cola’s messaging. At just 11, I thought I could stop global warming, so I created a blog with articles urging people, "Save the polar bears." No one challenged me by asking, "What about the tigers? The tigers...matter, too! All endangered species ...
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The Relative Abundance of Bumblebees In North America Is Estimated to Have Crashed by 97 Percent 5.9.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in Canada’s National Observer and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. Jack Bates’ blueberries rely on “non-union” bees. The Delta, British Columbia, farmer is not alone. Blueberries, raspberries, and tree fruits are some of BC’s most important crops, worth about $370 million combined—and they all depend on bees, […]
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Captive-bred Blanding’s turtles released into the wild: ‘To bring them back from the brink of extinction is a monumental undertaking’ 3.9.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Wednesday’s journey into the marsh featured the first cohort in 25 years that included captive-bred turtles from Brookfield Zoo.
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Policy News: August 31, 2020 31.8.2020 EcoTone
In This Issue: Register to Vote & Request an Absentee Ballot The general election is less than 70 days away. Visit Vote.org for information about requesting an absentee ballot. Upcoming ESA Webinars ESA will host two webinars with the Federation of American Scientists and Engineers and Scientists Acting Locally. Congress House Science Committee proposes a ...
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“We are human”: Hundreds rally in Denver to commemorate the March on Washington 29.8.2020 Denver Post: News: Local
Fifty-seven years after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led the iconic March on Washington, hundreds of people rallied in Denver on Friday for the same causes the civil rights leader and thousands of others demanded for African Americans that day in the nation's capital.
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Where there's hope for speeding up business action on plastics 26.8.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Where there's hope for speeding up business action on plastics Elsa Wenzel Wed, 08/26/2020 - 02:01 In 10 short years, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) arguably has done more than any other group to define and advance the circular economy. Its landmark report,  "The New Plastics Economy" (PDF),   sounded the alarm in 2016 that if "business as usual" continues, by 2025 the ocean may hold more plastic than fish by weight. Its commitment by the same name has attracted many of the planet's biggest brand names, among 450-plus signatories, to dramatically slash their use or production of plastic by 2025. PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Unilever and even Tupperware  have signed on with governments and NGOs to do away with "unnecessary" plastics and innovate so that other plastics will be reused, recycled or composted; and kept out of natural systems. Only five years ago, few corporate leaders had plastic pollution on their official radar. Yet Dame Ellen MacArthur herself is floored by the rapid pace of change in ...
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Letters to the Editor: Destroying California's iconic Joshua trees to build solar farms makes no sense 23.8.2020 LA Times: Opinion

There's plenty of low-desert land in California -- where Joshua trees do not grow -- for renewable energy companies to build solar energy plants.

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Editorial: Climate change will devastate California's Joshua trees. The state needs to protect them 20.8.2020 LA Times: Opinion

The longer California waits to protects its iconic Joshua trees, the harder it will be to help avoid extinction

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Lawsuit targets federal plan that would allow more drilling on public lands in southwest Colorado 20.8.2020 Headlines: All Headlines
Six environmental groups filed the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Denver Wednesday against the Bureau of Land Management and the Interior Department, the BLM's parent agency.
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Renewable energy corporations fight endangered species status for Joshua trees 18.8.2020 LA Times: Environment

Renewable energy corporations have launched a campaign to derail a petition seeking endangered species protection for Joshua trees.

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Editorial: Elephant and lion heads belong on those animals, not on some trophy hunter's wall. 17.8.2020 LA Times: Opinion

A state bill banning the possession in California of the heads and other body parts of African wildlife killed by hunters for trophies should pass the legislature.

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Donald Trump, Kanye West, and a Weird Western Bird Are All Somehow Involved in a Major Conservation Battle 17.8.2020 Mother Jones
The greater sage-grouse has a very hard life. Aside from facing predators like foxes, bobcats, and coyotes, the ground-dwelling western bird is also threatened by oil and gas development, miners, ranchers, hunters, climate change, invasive grasses, and, now, Kanye West. This spring the rapper and presidential hopeful, who purchased a sprawling ranch in Cody, Wyoming, […]
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A Wildlife Refuge Under Siege at the Border 16.8.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in High Country News and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. During the fall of 2019, the Department of Homeland Security began pumping large amounts of water from a southern Arizona aquifer to mix concrete for the Trump administration’s border wall. The aquifer is an essential water source […]
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Policy News: August 17, 2020 15.8.2020 EcoTone
In This Issue: Upcoming ESA Webinars ESA will host two webinars with the Federation of American Scientists and Engineers and Scientists Acting Locally. Congress House passes most spending bills. Executive Branch President Trump signs the Great American Outdoors Act. Courts State attorneys general challenge new Clean Water Act regulations in court. States North Carolina Department ...
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Piping plover family summered on Montrose Beach ‘like they owned the place’ 4.8.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Piping plover family summered on Montrose Beach ‘like they owned the place’
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In western Colorado, wary ranchers eye wolves’ arrival and fear urban voters will introduce more 26.7.2020 Denver Post: Local
Colorado's statewide wolf-reintroduction ballot initiative is rankling rural communities, rekindling old conflicts over the purpose of public lands. It's straining the hard-won partnership that ensures, if not pure nature, the conservation of open landscapes in the face of Colorado's population growth and development boom.
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Dramatic decline found in Western bumblebee populations 25.7.2020 Headlines: All Headlines
A federal review of existing data unveils an alarming trend for the western bumblebee population, which has seen its numbers dwindle by as much as 93% in the last two decades.
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