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New report exposes widespread abuse funded by big conservation organizations 25.9.2017 Survival International
WWF has been working in the Congo Basin for decades – supporting squads who have committed violent abuse against tribal people. © WWF A new Survival International report details widespread and systematic human rights abuses in the Congo Basin, by wildlife guards funded by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and other big conservation organizations. The report documents serious instances of abuse between 1989 and the present day in Cameroon, the Republic of Congo, and the Central African Republic (CAR) by guards funded and equipped by WWF and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the parent organization of New York’s Bronx zoo. It lists more than 200 instances of abuse since 1989, including pouring hot wax onto exposed skin, beating, and maiming with red-hot machetes. These incidents are likely just a tiny fraction of the full picture of systematic and ongoing violence, beatings, torture and even death. As well as these especially cruel incidents, the report also documents the forms of harassment that have ...
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Monarch butterflies might vanish from Northwest summers 24.9.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

“Western monarchs probably won’t be around as we know them in another 35 years,” said Cheryl Schultz, an associate professor at Washington State University, Vancouver, and lead author of a new study.
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Could Condors Return to Northern California? 21.9.2017 Environmental News Network
A study of lead exposure indicates condors could one day return to Northern California.
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Man works to create wildlife refuge for bears 21.9.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

WILMINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man is trying to turn his property into a wildlife refuge for bears. The Brattleboro Reformer reports (http://bit.ly/2xibO7e ) Jim Burke met with the Development Review Board on Monday to discuss turning part of his Wilmington property into a safe haven for bears. Burke and his wife are moving […]
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The oil-drunk Trump administration needs to leave Alaska refuge alone 19.9.2017 LA Times: Commentary

The Trump administration thinks it would be a good idea to allow seismic testing in part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to assess how much oil and gas might lie underground, a possible prelude to drilling in a pristine wilderness that provides a vital habitat for polar bears and a variety...

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4 US monuments to be scaled back hold artifacts, key habitat 19.9.2017 AP National
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's recommendation to shrink four sprawling national monuments in the U.S. West jeopardizes protections for ancient cliff dwellings, scenic canyons and habitat for endangered fish and threatened Mojave desert tortoises....
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Delta Dispatches: Advocating for Louisiana's Vanishing Paradise 18.9.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
On today’s show Erin Brown of Vanishing Paradise stops by to talk with Simone and Jacques about how they advocate for restoration of the Mississippi River Delta by nationalizing the issue, raising awareness, and educating members of Congress. Chef Nathan Richard also joins the program to talk with Simone & Jacques about the Fresh Water Supper at Cavan Restaurant in New Orleans for the Vanishing Paradise, highlighting species that depend on freshwater marsh in coastal Louisiana. Below is a transcript ...
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Trump administration moves to open Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling studies 17.9.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

The refuge, which covers more than 30,000 square miles, has been closed to commercial drilling for decades because of concerns about the impact on polar bears, caribou and other animals.
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Administration works to allow drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge after long absence 16.9.2017 Washington Post
Interior Department officials are modifying a 1980s regulation to lay the groundwork for energy exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for the first time in more than 30 years, according to documents obtained by The Post. Alaska officials have worked for years to restart certain studies, although environmental groups would probably mount a legal challenge.
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Team Trump's Plan For America's National Monuments: Shrink Size And Expand Hunting 16.9.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
An order by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke aims to increase fishing access on national monuments and other public lands.
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New study shows banning shark fin in the U.S. won't help save sharks 15.9.2017 Wildlife and Habitat Conservation News - ENN
A new study published today in the scientific journal Marine Policy shows that banning the sale of shark fins within the United States can actually harm ongoing shark conservation efforts.David Shiffman of SFU’s Earth2Ocean research group and Robert Hueter from the Center for Shark Research at Mote Marine Laboratory in Florida say that a proposed nationwide ban on shark fin sales within the United States is a misguided and ineffective approach to protecting sharks.
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The Latest: Trump approves Florida disaster declaration 11.9.2017 AP National
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Latest on Hurricane Irma (all times local):...
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Youth crew work at Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge 9.9.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

CANAAN VALLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge is the 500th refuge in the National Wildlife Refuge System, which is under the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior. The valley is 3,200 feet above sea level. Bogs and marshes comprise the majority of the Canaan Valley making it the largest […]
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Young birds suffer in the city 8.9.2017 Wildlife and Habitat Conservation News - ENN
City life is tough for young birds. But if they survive their first year, they are less susceptible to the effects of stress, according to research from Lund University in Sweden.
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EXCHANGE: Invasive species at wildlife refuge being removed 8.9.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

MARION, Ill. (AP) — Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge is undergoing something of a face-lift by subtraction and addition. Substantial tracts of autumn olive, an exotic invasive species, are being removed. At the same time, other areas of the refuge are being transformed by the planting of native grasses. Much of the autumn olive eradication […]
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Survival–WWF OECD talks break down over tribal consent 5.9.2017 Survival International
This Baka woman and her husband are among many tribal people in Cameroon who have been beaten by WWF-funded wildlife guards. They were attacked and had their belongings taken from them while they were collecting wild mangoes. © Survival International The landmark mediation talks between Survival and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) over breaches of OECD guidelines for multinational corporations have broken down over the issue of tribal peoples’ consent. Survival had asked WWF to agree to secure the Baka “Pygmies’” consent for how the conservation zones on their lands in Cameroon were managed in the future, in line with the organization’s own indigenous peoples policy . WWF refused, at which point Survival decided there was no purpose continuing the talks. Survival lodged the complaint in 2016 , citing the creation of conservation zones on Baka land without their consent, and WWF’s repeated failure to take action over serious human rights abuses by wildlife guards it trains and equips. It is the first time a ...
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In California, conservationists face off with vineyard owners 5.9.2017 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
It's vines versus old-growth forests, a biodiversity debate with consequences for steelhead trout, mountain lions and spotted owls.
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Don't Let Congress Attack Wildlife Protections 30.8.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
The Endangered Species Act has brought countless species back from the brink. Now, all of that could be at risk. ...
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Delta Dispatches: Sediment – The Building Blocks of Land Building 29.8.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
On today’s show, Simone and Jacques are joined by journalist and author Jim Robbins to talk about his book "The Wonder of Birds: What They Tell Us About Ourselves, the World, and a Better Future " and why sediment is an important part of Louisiana's ecosystem. On the second half of the show, Alex Kolker speaks about his new paper and why the Cubit's Gap subdelta provides the perfect study site for future river diversion projects. Below is a ...
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Refuge occupier Jason Blomgren sentenced to probation 29.8.2017 AP Washington
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A federal judge sentenced a North Carolina man on Monday to two years on probation for his role in last year's takeover of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon....
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