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Conservationists look to Donald Trump Jr. as their champion in new White House 12.1.2017 Washington Post: Politics
Lobbying fight over public-land control will test the clout of the president-elect’s eldest son.
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GOP: Skewed Priorities 11.1.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The Republican Party's crusade to roll back environmental regulations it considers detrimental to the economy is rooted in a set of mercenary values. In weighing the pros and cons of anti-pollution regulation, Republicans elevate profit ahead of health. It isn't a zero sum game, just a definite tilt towards business interests' bottom line. Quantity takes precedence over quality in Republican lawmakers' environmental deregulatory merry-go-round. Corporate polluters' revenue from sales, boosted by planned obsolescence, is more of a determining factor for support of an environmental regulation than is product safety and durability. Hence, an environmental regulation that subordinates consumption to conservation is a target for GOP deregulation. Nothing against conservation per se, mind you, it's just that Republicans are convinced consumption (especially at conspicuous levels) generates more money than conservation saves. Furthermore, when conservation is mandated by regulation, many Republicans recoil ...
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First Bee in Continental U.S. Makes the Endangered List 10.1.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire
Environment America Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the rusty patched bumble bee as an endangered species. The native bumble bee is the first bee in the continental United States to be listed under the Endangered Species Act. Three months ago, the Obama administration designated seven species of bees in Hawaii as endangered.   Environment America and other environmental organizations delivered nearly 120,000 comments to the Fish and Wildlife Service in support of protecting the rusty patched bumble bee during the public comment period on the listing. ...
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Op-ed: For the sage grouse, much is at stake in the coming year 8.1.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Few birds are tougher than the greater sage grouse. For millennia, this incredible species has thrived across the sagebrush sea of the West — one of our nation’s most unique and imperiled landscapes. Yet the sage grouse was on the road to extinction less than two years ago — threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation, wildfires and human disturbance of nesting and breeding grounds in 11 Western states. The looming possibility of Endangered Species Act listing spurred a broad coalition of stat...
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For the sage grouse, much is at stake in the coming year 8.1.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Few birds are tougher than the greater sage grouse. For millennia, this incredible species has thrived across the sagebrush sea of the West — one of our nation’s most unique and imperiled landscapes. Yet the sage grouse was on the road to extinction less than two years ago — threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation, wildfires and human disturbance of nesting and breeding grounds in 11 Western states. The looming possibility of Endangered Species Act listing spurred a broad coalition of stat...
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Bat-friendly tequila, research play role in species recovery 7.1.2017 AP Business
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Wildlife officials say it might be time for a toast now that a once-rare bat important to the pollination of plants used to produce tequila is making a comeback....
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Bat-friendly tequila, research play role in species recovery 7.1.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Wildlife officials say it might be time for a toast now that a once-rare bat important to the pollination of plants used to produce tequila is making a comeback. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday proposed removing the lesser long-nosed bat from the endangered species list. Mexico delisted the […]
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Beavers, imports from Canada, are threatening primeval forests of Patagonia 6.1.2017 LA Times: Commentary

It seemed like a good idea at the time.

Transplanting 25 pairs of Canadian beavers to Tierra del Fuego would provide raw material for a fur industry, bring jobs to a sparsely populated region and — as an advertisement in 1946 suggested — possibly attract tourists to this remote part of the hemisphere...

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China’s Decision To Halt The Ivory Trade Is A Game-Changer. 5.1.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
  Recognizing that consumer demand is driving the extinction of wild elephants across Africa, the Chinese State Council has pledged to halt the commercial sale and processing of ivory and ivory products over the next year. This historic announcement , which moves forward commitments made by President Obama and President Xi Jinping in September 2015, will contribute significantly to protecting elephants in the wild and stopping the scourge of ivory trafficking. By March 31, the government will shut down a significant number of ivory outlets and businesses, and by December 31, China’s ivory market will be closed. I can’t overstate the importance of this action. Halting commercial ivory trade in China will not only make it difficult for consumers to obtain ivory, it also sends a clear message to the citizens of China that ivory is no longer a socially acceptable product. That will not only make it difficult for consumers to obtain ivory. It will also go a long way toward reducing the demand for ivory ― and ...
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Seeking cash, Zimbabwe sells 35 elephants to China 5.1.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s wildlife agency said Thursday it has sold 35 elephants to China to ease overpopulation and raise funds for conservation, amid criticism from animal welfare activists that such sales are unethical. This once-prosperous country’s economy has fallen apart, and Zimbabwe’s government has said it needs to sell wildlife to support its […]
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Californians saved less water in November than previous year, water board report says 5.1.2017 LA Times: Commentary

California water conservation took a slight step backward in November, officials announced Wednesday, possibly due in part to an unusually wet fall and months of successful conservation efforts.

Californians used 18.8% less water this past November compared with November 2013, the benchmark year...

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State officials OK plan to expand Hood Canal nature areas 3.1.2017 AP Washington
QUILCENE, Wash. (AP) -- Washington state officials have approved a plan to expand Hood Canal conservation areas....
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Pollution or Conservation, Doñana’s Choice! 3.1.2017 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Environment News
When the likes of Cota Doñana are threatened, then all of these precious sites for conservation, from the Great Barrier Reef to all the rainforests worldwide need to be checked. Who is destroying these last places for endangered wildlife on earth? Tourism and care for our personal environment needs assessment for future sustainability.
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Pan Pan, father to a generation of pandas, dies in China at 31 1.1.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

As part of a breeding program, Pan Pan was especially successful at impregnating female pandas, a notoriously difficult feat for a species that is fertile for only two or three days each year.
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2017: A Year of Vigilance 1.1.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The restful winter vacation is my favorite time of year. It's time away with family and dogs, surrounded by trees in the mountains; time sorting life at home and getting prepared for an effective year to come. But, our work never ends. Despite the fact that the calendar will be changing to 2017, old battles loom large and desperate news has once again intruded on the holiday break. Born Free USA supporters know how hard we've worked to save cheetahs, for instance, from the despicable live animal trade that provides wild cat "pets" to the wealthy elite in the Middle East. We've helped our friends at Born Free Foundation Ethiopia rescue confiscated cheetahs and give them sanctuary for life. We've campaigned and persuaded delegates to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to take additional, new actions to save the species: focus on wildlife law enforcement and use social media platforms to vilify (not glorify) cheetah ownership. And, in both cases, we've had great ...
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Top 10 Happy Environmental Stories of 2016 31.12.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Shreya Dasgupta

As always, Mongabay covered a mix of environmental stories this year. While some species went extinct, several new species were discovered. Some forests were wiped out, but others were restored. Below, we take a look at some of the “happier” stories of 2016 (in no particular order) — from the declaration of large marine parks to animals that are recovering after years of decline, a reserve for the world’s largest primate, and increased restrictions on wildlife trade.

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From Colorado prairies to Denver’s City Park, bald eagles’ comeback is taking flight 31.12.2016 Denver Post: News: Local
A bald eagle is using central Denver as hunting grounds, scanning from perches over City Park lakes for fish, ducks and small geese – evidence of resilience in eagles’ struggle to come back from the brink of extinction.
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China’s ban on ivory thrills nature groups 31.12.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Elly Pepper, a wildlife advocate with the Natural Resources Defense Council, wrote that China’s announcement “may be the biggest sign of hope for elephants since the current poaching crisis began.”
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'Panda Grandpa' Pan Pan Dies In China 31.12.2016 NPR News
Pan Pan, who died this week at the age of 31, was known as the "panda grandpa": He has some 130 descendants worldwide, accounting for a quarter of the world's captive giant pandas.
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Cheetahs are experiencing alarming declines and should be listed as endangered, scientists say 29.12.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Cheetahs may have once prospered, but they certainly aren’t anymore.

Scientists examining the worldwide population of these swift, spotted cats have found that there are only 7,100 left in the wild, surviving on just 9% of their original land range — and that they should be upgraded from “vulnerable” to...

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