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Islands and their biodiversity 28.4.2016 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Environment News
A new theory on why we have such biodiverse islands, while some are literally desert has been long in coming, but it’s here.
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Don't Let This 'Cute' Video Fool You -- Lemurs Should Not Be Pets 27.4.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A viral video of a lemur appearing to demand a back scratch had the Internet collectively cooing with awe this week , but a conservation group says there’s nothing cute about the clip. The video (above) shows two young boys outside petting a ring-tailed lemur and scratching his back. When they stop, the lemur pats its own back, which many people interpreted as the lemur requesting more scratching. Nazaire Paubert Tsimanova, who shot the video, indicated on Facebook that the clip was recorded in Madagascar, though he did not respond to a request for comment from The Huffington Post. “[The lemur] shows very obvious abnormal behaviors of a pet,” Charlie Welch, conservation coordinator at Duke Lemur Center , told The Huffington Post. “A wild lemur would never do that.” He said it was possible that the lemur was previously kept as a pet and is now roaming free, but that there was “absolutely” no way a truly wild lemur would respond to petting this way. “It’s not unusual for people to have pet lemurs in ...
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The American Bison: Bringing People Together and Bridging the Political Divide 27.4.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
These days it appears that there are few things that bring Democrats and Republicans together, especially during a contentious presidential election year. So when members of both parties in the House and the Senate came together this week in support of making the American bison our National Mammal it came as a surprise to some. But maybe it shouldn't have. The bison, like the bald eagle, is a quintessentially American symbol. It already appears on two state flags, on the seal of the U.S. Department of the Interior and National Park Service, and on our currency. It is the state mammal of Wyoming and the state animal of Oklahoma and Kansas. Bison can be found in all 50 states in public and private herds, tribal lands, refuges and parks. An American bison in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Photo by Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS. Passage of this legislation is the culmination of a four-year effort by the Vote Bison Coalition to officially commemorate the ecological, cultural, historical, and economic ...
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Court Settlement Provides Hope for Mexican Gray Wolves 27.4.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

A coalition of wolf conservation groups, environmental organizations and a retired federal wolf biologist today announced a court settlement requiring the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the Service) to prepare a long-delayed recovery plan for Mexican gray wolves by November 2017.

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Long-eared bat denied habitat protection under the Endangered Species Act 26.4.2016 Environmental News Network
Although northern long-eared bat populations have declined by 90 percent in their core range, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today said it will not protect any of its critical habitat, saying it would not be “prudent” for the species. Under the Endangered Species Act, the government can opt not to designate critical habitat if there is factual evidence that a species would be placed at greater risk of extinction from poachers, collectors or vandals. But in the case of the northern long-eared bat, which is listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act, there is almost no evidence that the species is at risk from these types of threats. Instead its dramatic decline has been driven mostly by disease and habitat loss.  “This is a terrible turn of events for the northern long-eared bat,” said Tanya Sanerib, an attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity. “If you don’t protect the places endangered species live, it becomes that much harder to save them. This is yet another instance where the ...
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Federal agency defends decision not to protect Montana fish 26.4.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A judge should uphold a 2014 decision that a fish found in southwestern Montana streams doesn’t need special protection under the federal Endangered Species Act, government fisheries officials said. U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon is expected to make a decision sometime after June in a lawsuit over the U.S. Fish and […]
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Do we really need a new U.N. oceans treaty? Yes, and here's why. 26.4.2016 Washington Post
Do we really need a new U.N. oceans treaty? Yes, and here's why.
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Is Hawaii ‘the extinction capital of the world’? Exhibit A: The alala bird. 25.4.2016 Washington Post
Is Hawaii ‘the extinction capital of the world’? Exhibit A: The alala bird.
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US-Funded Conservation in African Rainforests is Resounding Failure: Report 22.4.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

An international effort by the U.S., the European Union, and other donors to protect Africa's equatorial rainforests is failing and requires a radical change to conserve wildlife and protect surrounding communities, a new report has found.

Despite the high cost of the project, which received hundreds of millions from international donors, conservation efforts in the Congo Basin have not stopped biodiversity from dwindling or militaristic "guns and guards" from threatening the livelihoods of local populaces, the UK-based Rainforest Foundation (RFUK) revealed on Thursday.

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Feed the birds, but what about vultures? 22.4.2016 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Environment News
We don’t know whether captive breeding or supplementary feeding should be the answer for what has been a successful programme for the bearded vulture or lammergeier. The answer is in this paper which tries to establish exactly how the future should be for this unique species, in both Europe and Central Asia.
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3 baby lemurs to debut at the Bronx Zoo 21.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
New York • Three baby lemurs are making their debut at the Bronx Zoo. The babies were born in late March and on Thursday, the public will be able to see them. But, spectators might have a hard time spotting them; newborns cling to their mothers and hide in their fur. Lemurs have long, pointed noses and long tails. They are native to the island of Madagascar and are considered endangered mammals in the wild. There are about 10 different species of lemur and the Bronx Zoo has six kinds. Of the thr...
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Westminster's Butterfly Pavilion positioning itself as top-tier insect 21.4.2016 Denver Post: Local
From the frenzy of bulldozers to pesticide use to bright city lights, insects across the planet are being bombarded with threats that carry the potential for ...
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Conservation leader to deliver Earth Day talks 21.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
National conservation leader Brock Evans will give two Earth Day lectures Friday for the Utah Rivers Council and Utah Open Lands, who are also honoring two long-time Utah environmental leaders for their service. Evans has over 50 years experience fighting environmental battles across the country, including Utah. He helped get national park designation for Canyonlands, worked on getting wilderness designation for the High Uintas and was involved in helping to designate Grand Staircase Escalante N...
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Mural of rare yellow-billed cuckoos is a mix of social commentary and environmental conservation 20.4.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The rare yellow-billed cuckoo is a shy, slender, long-tailed bird that migrates from Central America in spring to breed in streamside forests that once thrived throughout Southern California.

And that got some female high school students and two art instructors at the Miguel Contreras Learning...

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Interior secretary says West threatened by Bundy-style conflicts 20.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • An armed takeover of an Oregon national wildlife refuge is part of a disturbing “extreme movement” to seize public lands and reject the rule of law — putting communities and public employees at risk throughout the West, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says in a speech outlining Obama administration conservation policies. The 41-day standoff this winter came at the same time as two other trends that threaten the West, Jewell said: A push by some politicians to sell off lands that bel...
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Secretary Jewell calls for "major course correction" in conservation 20.4.2016 Denver Post: News: Local
Natural areas are disappearing at the rate of a soccer field every 2½ minutes, and dangerous movements threaten the future of public lands, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell ...
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Nevada, federal agencies approve innovative credit exchange to protect sage-grouse 19.4.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Nevada, federal agencies approve innovative credit exchange to protect sage-grouse
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Jewell: Oregon takeover among several threats to West 19.4.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
WASHINGTON (AP) — An armed takeover of an Oregon national wildlife refuge is part of a disturbing "extreme movement" to seize public lands and reject the rule of law — putting
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Takeover at Ore. refuge among several threats to West, says Interior secretary 19.4.2016 Seattle Times: Local

WASHINGTON (AP) — An armed takeover of an Oregon national wildlife refuge is part of a disturbing “extreme movement” to seize public lands and reject the rule of law — putting communities and public employees at risk throughout the West, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says in a speech outlining Obama administration conservation policies. The 41-day […]
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Jewell: Oregon takeover among several threats to West 19.4.2016 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An armed takeover of an Oregon national wildlife refuge is part of a disturbing "extreme movement" to seize public lands and reject the rule of law - putting communities and public employees at risk throughout the West, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says in a speech outlining Obama administration conservation policies....
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