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So, it is time to shut this down. The internet world in 2020 is vastly differently from 2003 when I first conceptualized this service. Thanks for using this all these years.

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User: flenvcenter Topic: Biodiversity-National
Category: Protection :: Species Conservation
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A thorny land conservation dispute takes root in the wilds of Tejon Ranch 4.12.2020 LA Times: Environment

Environmentalists sue Tejon Ranch Co., claiming it is improperly withholding funds needed to oversee the conservation of protected lands.

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New benchmark shows that biodiversity is in fashion 3.12.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
New benchmark shows that biodiversity is in fashion Liesl Truscott Thu, 12/03/2020 - 01:00 This week, in advance of World Soil Day — Dec. 5 — the Textile Exchange Corporate Fiber and Materials Benchmark (CFMB) Program is launching a new tool to help the fashion and textile industry take urgent action on biodiversity. The Biodiversity Benchmark , developed in partnership with The Biodiversity Consultancy and Conservation International and supported by Sappi, will enable companies to understand their impacts and dependencies on nature in their materials sourcing strategies, chart a pathway to delivering positive biodiversity outcomes, and benchmark their progress. Outcomes and learnings can be channeled back into the community to support further improvements. The benchmark is in beta and comments will be open through Jan. 31. All interested companies are eligible, and it is free to participate. More than 200 companies already report through the CFMB. With the Biodiversity Benchmark, the aim is to integrate ...
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Mountain pine tree that feeds grizzlies is threatened by climate change, beatles 2.12.2020 Denver Post: News: Local
Climate change, voracious beetles and disease are imperiling the long-term survival of a high-elevation pine tree that’s a key source of food for some grizzly bears and found across the West, U.S. officials said Tuesday.
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At Sea and in Court, the Fight to Save the World’s Rarest Whales Intensifies 26.11.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in Yale Environment 360 and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. Artie Raslich has been volunteering for seven years with the conservation group Gotham Whale, working on the American Princess, a whale-watching boat based in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. In that time Raslich, a professional photographer, has glimpsed a […]
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Lake Michigan is known for its sandy shores. But surging water levels have left officials scrambling for new ways to protect them. 20.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Rising temperatures, precipitation and human development across the Great Lakes basin have changed Lake Michigan, affecting millions along its coast.
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Policy News: November 9, 2020 9.11.2020 EcoTone
In This Issue: Join an ESA Webinar Today about the 2020 Election Results Join the Public Affairs Office at 3:00pm eastern for a discussion of the implications for scientific and environmental policy. Vice President Joe Biden Wins Presidential Election Democrats retain majority in the House of Representatives, Senate races in Georgia go to runoffs. ESA ...
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Trump administration lifts endangered species protection for wolves 29.10.2020 Denver Post: Local
The Trump administration on Thursday ended endangered species protection for gray wolves nationwide, rankling conservationists who contend wolves still are vulnerable -- and raising the stakes in Colorado's wolf reintroduction ballot battle in next week's election.
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Trump administration expected to drop gray wolf from endangered species list 29.10.2020 LA Times: Environment

Federal officials say the gray wolf no longer needs protection. But conservationists disagree and are preparing to challenge the decision in court.

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Illinois launches statewide plan to boost monarch butterfly population: ‘If enough people get on board, we can turn this thing around’ 23.10.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
In a 2014 petition to list the monarch butterfly under the Endangered Species Act, the number of monarchs was estimated at 35 million, down from 1 billion butterflies east of the Rockies less than 20 years earlier.
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Policy News: October 13, 2020 13.10.2020 EcoTone
In This Issue: ESA Condemns the Recent White House Directives to End DEI Training Sessions Scientific societies urge the administration to rescind this order. New ESA DEIJ Survey Requests Member Input for Recommendations Task Force Requests Feedback from Members by Oct. 19. House and Congress Keeps Government Open, Fate of Coronavirus Relief Bill Uncertain The ...
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Steelhead trout in the L.A. River? These experts envision a fish passage through downtown 5.10.2020 LA Times: Environment

Biologists and engineers are hoping to bring steelhead trout back to the concrete confines of the Los Angeles River.

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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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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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UN plan to protect 30 percent of the planet by 2030 could displace hundreds of millions, NGOs and experts warn 2.9.2020 Survival International
These Khadia men were thrown off their land after it was turned into a tiger reserve. They lived for months under plastic sheets. Millions more face this fate if the 30% plan goes ahead. © Survival International One hundred twenty eight environmental and human rights NGOs and experts today warn that a United Nations drive to increase global protected areas such as national parks could lead to severe human rights violations and cause irreversible social harm for some of the world’s poorest people. 1 In May 2021, the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) is set to agree on a new target to place at least 30 percent of the Earth’s surface under conservation status by 2030 2 . This ‘30 x 30’ target would double the current protected land area over the coming decade. 3 However, concerns about the human cost of the proposal as well as its efficacy as an environmental measure are growing as nature protection in regions such as Africa’s Congo Basin and South Asia has become increasingly ...
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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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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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