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Drones Are Good, Bad, and Proving Vital to Protect Endangered Species 19.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Technology is good: It heralds a Star Trek future where we no longer need to plunder the planet to meet our needs and we work for fulfillment not a pay check. Technology is bad: It will cause massive job losses while despoiling the earth's natural resources. On the commuter rail each morning you can eavesdrop on both utopian and dystopian points of view. Which is correct? Neither, of course, but both have more than a grain of truth in them. Few emerging technologies seem to elicit the anxiety currently surrounding drones, the robotic remotely controlled flying vehicles that are being used by more and more sectors of society. Few emerging technologies seem to elicit the anxiety currently surrounding drones. Photo ©Nature Map & WCS Madagascar Program. Drones have recently been embraced by conservation to assist in the protection of threatened species. At least 96 elephants are killed illegally each day for their teeth, which are transformed into ivory trinkets and purchased as status objects. Underfunded ...
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Pet Detective Works For Free, Just Wants Cats And Dogs Back Home Where They Belong 18.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Maureen Steele insists it does not take any "special gift" to have reunited hundreds of pet owners with their missing animals -- all without leaving her home in Newfoundland, Canada. "Some is luck," the freelance pet detective says, and the rest is "a lot of determination and a lot of time on the computer, searching everywhere." Steele isn't kidding about the lot of time. Her husband Darrell, who made a sweet video tribute to his wife's work , estimates she's spent about 7,500 hours online trying to find lost and stolen pets. She does the work for free, mostly without people even knowing she's on their case until she thinks she's made a match. "A lot of people think she is crazy to be doing it," says Darrell, but "she says that she is a huge pet lover and wants to help fellow pet loving owners find their lost or stolen dogs and cats and any other animal that is lost." Steele got started in May 2013 after seeing heartbreaking reports of pets lost during the devastating midwest tornados . "I wanted to help ...
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Whale Woes: NRDC Petitions for Endangered Species Act Protections 18.9.2014 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
The Gulf of Mexico’s only non-migrating  great whales are in big trouble, which is why the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) today petitioned the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to add the region’s Bryde’s (pronounced BROO-dus) whale population to the federal endangered species list. Recently published studies identify the Gulf population as genetically unique numbering fewer than 50 ...
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Getty Foundation launches effort to conserve modern architectural gems 18.9.2014 LA Times: Top News
Protected Areas Do Work, Says Study 16.9.2014 Environmental News Network
Protected areas are working. That's the conclusion of a new analysis of over 80 different studies on the efficacy of parks and nature reserves in safeguarding wildlife. Published in the open access journal, PLOS ONE, the new study finds that in general protected areas house higher abundances of wildlife as well as greater biodiversity than adjacent areas.
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The Arctic Council: A Model for Sustainable Development? 16.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
I write often of the conflict between natural resource exploitation and biodiversity protection, at one point an easy relationship until the world economy grew to a level of demand that shifted the balance from infinite to finite supply, from moderate to excessive demand. The ebb and flow is visible on land, for example, in the history of the American "rust belt," the middle states that flourished as the primary producer of iron and steel, then collapsed in the face of offshore competition and labor costs, now to feel the hope again of revival in the face of the fracking boom producing new supplies of natural gas, indifferent to the negative environmental consequence that will eventually be exhausted and return these communities to even greater destitution. This conflict underlies the growing controversy and opposition by many to comparable energy driven development in China, Africa, and other developing states with growing financial and social aspirations already enjoyed by the developed world. It seems ...
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Can we find 1 equitable water policy? 16.9.2014 Durango Herald
Agricultural dry-up is an ominous phrase, but it’s reality on the Front Range as farmers sell water rights to satisfy unquenchable urban sprawl.It won’t be enough. Population predictions show Colorado doubling to 10 million residents in 50 years, mostly on the Front Range. Experts with the Colorado Water Conservation Board...
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Can water plan sustain recreation economy? 14.9.2014 Durango Herald
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Outdoor business leaders and conservationists are joining forces to urge Colorado to prioritize river-based recreation in the state’s upcoming water plan.As the Colorado Water Conservation Board met this weekend to discuss the first statewide water plan, the conservation and business coalition was...
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Family pets are prey for Leopards in India 12.9.2014 Environmental News Network
A new study led by the Wildlife Conservation Society reveals that in India's human dominated agricultural landscapes, where leopards prowl at night, it's not livestock that’s primarily on the menu – it is man's best friend. The study, which looked at scat samples for leopards in India's Ahmednagar’s district in Maharashtra, found that 87 percent of their diet was made up of domestic animals. Domestic dog dominated as the most common prey item at 39 percent and domestic cats were second at 15 percent.
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Community Agriculture Alliance: Fall is the best time to order seedling trees 12.9.2014 Steamboat Pilot
The first hints of color are starting to show in the forests around Steamboat, and summer is coming to a close. But for private landowners, fall is a good time to think about the trees they may want to plant on their properties next spring. The Colorado State Forest Service Nursery has been growing trees for conservation for decades, making low-cost seedlings available to any Coloradans interested in conservation goals such as creating natural windbreaks, improving wildlife habitat or reforesting properties impacted by wildfire or floods. “The nursery prides itself on growing a variety of species suitable for Colorado’s diverse landscapes,” CSFS Nursery Manager Josh Stolz said. “Colorado-grown species are adaptable, hardy and ideal for wildfire recovery, riparian restoration and a variety of other conservation uses.” Seedling tree order forms for 2015 will be coming out soon. Those who have ordered trees from the CSFS Nursery before may notice a few small changes this year in how the program is run ...
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Volunteer ‘eyes on the skies’ track peregrine falcon recovery in California 12.9.2014 EcoTone
Volunteer ‘eyes on the skies’ track peregrine falcon recovery in California
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Help for Bluefin Tuna! 11.9.2014 Wildlife and Habitat Conservation News - ENN
A multinational organization that coordinates fishing activities in the western Pacific is throwing a lifeline to heavily overfished Pacific bluefin tuna stocks. Speaking today at a press briefing, Japanese officials provided details on a plan agreed to last week that aims to rebuild the spawning population by halving the catch of juveniles and limiting takes of mature fish as well. The proposal calls for total Pacific bluefin catches to be kept below the 2002 to 2004 annual average levels and for catches of fish weighing fewer than 30 kilograms—juveniles too young to spawn—to be reduced to 50% of those levels.
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How drones are emerging as a valuable conservation tool 11.9.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

One organization is promoting their use for everything from counting orangutans to putting a stop on poaching.

How drones are emerging as a valuable conservation tool
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Marker to talk about effort to save the cheetah 11.9.2014 San Jose Mercury News: San Jose/Valley
Cheetah expert Laurie Marker is traveling more than 9,500 miles from her home in Africa to the Mountain Winery on Sept. 20 to share the story of how a winemaker from Oregon moved to Namibia 24 years ago to save the wild cheetah, restore its habitat, and change the world
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ESA Policy News September 10: Congress aims to avoid shutdown, ESA reaffirms opposition to travel bill 11.9.2014 EcoTone
ESA Policy News September 10: Congress aims to avoid shutdown, ESA reaffirms opposition to travel bill
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Need or Greed? Biodiversity, Conservation & Ocean Health 11.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Since the founding of the World Ocean Observatory more than a decade ago, I have attended many conferences and international meetings on ocean and climate policy and issues. Sometimes I have attended as humble registrant, other times I have presented papers and Power Point presentations, but never have I been invited to moderate a session, to shape a presentation and discussion on a specific topic. So you can imagine my surprise when the invitation came to organize a presentation at the 2nd International Ocean Research Conference to be held in Barcelona, Spain in November of this year. The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission , known as the IOC, is part of UNESCO and typically gathers together nearly 1,000 delegates from UN divisions, national governments, non-governmental organizations, universities and research institutes to address the state of the international ocean agenda, its goals and objectives, and progress, or the lack thereof, since the last meeting. The IOC is charged with coordinating ...
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Ranchers sue feds over access to mouse habitat 10.9.2014 Seattle Times: Nation & World
In the latest dispute over public lands in the West, New Mexico ranchers are suing the federal government over its attempts to limit their cattle's access to water and grazing areas after a tiny mouse won endangered species protections in the Southwest.
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Ranchers sue feds over access to mouse habitat 10.9.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
In the latest dispute over public lands in the West, New Mexico ranchers are suing the federal government over its attempts to limit their cattle's access to water and grazing areas after a tiny mouse won endangered species protections in the Southwest.
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Montana governor issues sage grouse conservation plan 10.9.2014 Yahoo: US National
Montana's governor on Tuesday signed an executive order creating a habitat conservation plan for sage grouse in a bid to keep management of the imperiled bird in state hands rather than see it come under strict federal Endangered Species Act protections. The greater sage-grouse, a chicken-sized bird dependant on shrinking sagebrush ecosystems in Montana and 10 other Western states, is at the center of a battle that pits environmentalists against industries such as ranching and energy development. "Montanans recognize that it is in the best interest of our state, its economy and our quality of life to maintain state management of the greater sage-grouse," Governor Steve Bullock, a Democrat, said in a statement. Montana is the latest of core sage-grouse states, including Idaho, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming, to craft a plan aimed at increasing populations of the bird to avoid federal listing.
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U.S. Gets Middling Marks On 2014 'State Of Birds' Report Card 10.9.2014 NPR News
Domestic cats, high-rises and vanishing habitat are taking a toll on more than 33 species of American birds, a comprehensive update reports. Still, wetland and coastal birds are faring better.
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