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Environmentalists Deem 2016 U.S. House The ‘Most Anti-Environmental' In History 25.2.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The 114th U.S. House of Representatives was  the most anti-environmental in history , according to the League of Conservation Voters’ annual scorecard. The 2016 report found a House and Senate deeply divided along party lines on issues such as climate change and environmental protection. The environmental group released its latest scorecard Thursday, documenting the environmental voting records of all members of Congress. Each member is given a score based on their votes, which the group uses as a yardstick to measure a legislator’s commitment to climate action, wildlife conservation, protection of clean air and water, and other environmental and public health issues.  The average score for House Republicans last year was just 5 percent, while the average House Democrat scored 94 percent, according to the report. The Republican-led House, under the leadership of Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), “ remains the most anti-environmental in history ,” LCV said in a statement. The House also earned that the ...
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Yes, the Endangered Species Act should be reformed 24.2.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Yes, the Endangered Species Act should be reformed
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Bill seeking to raise water rates to spur conservation stalls 24.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
A proposal intended to boost water bills, and lower property taxes, for many Utahns stalled at its first committee hearing. SB151 would prohibit water districts from obtaining more than 15 percent of their income from property taxes, forcing the districts to raise water rates or find other ways to make up the difference. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, pitched the proposal as an effort to end subsidies for water delivery and allow the free market to determine the price ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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280 Groups Oppose Western Governors' Association's Efforts to Weaken Endangered Species Act 23.2.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire
Center for Biological Diversity More than 280 environmental, animal-protection, faith-based, outdoor-recreational and social-justice groups sent a letter today to the National Governors Association urging the organization to oppose any upcoming legislative changes to the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Specifically, the letter asks the national association not to support an ongoing effort led by the Western Governors’ Association to weaken the bedrock wildlife ...
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US-born panda Bao Bao lands in China after leaving DC zoo 23.2.2017 Washington Post: World
An American-born panda started settling into her new home Thursday in southwest China where she will eventually join a breeding program.
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PHOTOS: Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Protest 21.2.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
Hundreds gathered and marched to rally support for the upcoming court hearing on fracking and climate change during a protest at the Colorado Capitol Building on Feb. 20, 2017 in Denver.
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Wild sheep the ultimate hunt for a steep price 20.2.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

It’s a rich man’s sport: Opportunities to hunt sheep are scarce, and often prohibitively expensive. The hunts are also among the most difficult, often lasting weeks in some of the most remote regions on Earth.
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Saving The Endangered Species Act From The Threatened List 17.2.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
  In the epoch of alternative facts, congressional Republicans are devout truth twisters — especially when they argue for dismantling the Endangered Species Act. GOP leaders have been pushing to revise the Endangered Species Act — one of the most successful environmental laws in the history of the U.S. — for years. Now, with a majority in Congress and control of the White House, they are more brazen than ever in attacks on the very law that saved humpback whales and bald eagles from extinction. On Wednesday, Sen. John Barrasso, a Republican from Wyoming and chairman of the Committee on Environment and Public Works, held what is expected to be just the first of many committee hearings with the short-sighted goal of gutting and repealing the Endangered Species Act. The move is no surprise from Barrasso. His voting record on endangered species is putrid. Since entering the Senate in 2008, he has voted against endangered species protections at nearly every chance he got. That may or may not be related to the ...
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Largest outdoor gear show abandons Salt Lake City after 20 years to protest Utah Republicans’ conservation stance 17.2.2017 Washington Post
Largest outdoor gear show abandons Salt Lake City after 20 years to protest Utah Republicans’ conservation stance
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India: BBC report reveals shocking impact of shoot-on-sight conservation – and WWF involvement 16.2.2017 Survival International
Kaziranga park guards are heavily armed and instructed to shoot intruders on sight © Survival A BBC investigation has revealed that tribal peoples living around a national park in India are facing arrest and beatings, torture and death under the Park’s notorious “shoot-on-sight” policy. The report for television , radio and the BBC news website featured interviews with park guards, tribal people who have been affected by the policy in Kaziranga National Park , and a spokesman from WWF-India, which helps fund, train and equip park guards and advertises tours of the park through its website. The park gets over 170,000 visitors each year. Fifty suspects were extrajudicially executed there in the last three years, and a severely disabled tribal man was shot dead in 2013. The BBC has estimated that 106 have been killed in the last 20 years. In the same period, only one official has been killed. Reports confirm that seven-year-old Akash Orang will never fully recover after having been shot by Kaziranga park ...
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Endangered Species Act may be heading for the threatened list 16.2.2017 Washington Post
At least one Republican has vowed to wage an effort to repeal the 43-year-old law, which has saved bald eagles, gray wolves and manatees from extinction. Other GOP lawmakers took aim at the measure during a Senate hearing.
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Palm Oil Workers Investigated For Killing, Eating Endangered Orangutan 16.2.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Indonesian are investigating claims that palm oil plantation workers on the island of Borneo killed, butchered and ate a critically endangered orangutan. Local news outlets reported Wednesday that 10 people had been arrested on suspicion of the crime. Detik News said police found evidence of the slaughter, including orangutan meat and bones. — sahabatDJ (@sahabat_daniel) February 15, 2017 The investigation began at the prompting of Daniel Johan , an Indonesian lawmaker who’d been approached by an unnamed witness , according to The Associated Press. The witness had photographs, including one that showed the great ape’s head floating in a pot, AP reported. In another image, the beheaded animal is seen on the ground next to a man holding a rifle. A third photo shows the orangutan’s body being butchered.  “It’s a blatant offense against Indonesia’s conservation laws,” Johan told the AP. “Police have to investigate this cruel action.” Johan said the workers shot the orangutan after it wandered onto a palm oil ...
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Republicans Look To 'Modernize' (Read: Weaken) The Endangered Species Act 16.2.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON — With control of the White House and both chambers of Congress, Republicans wasted no time taking aim at the Endangered Species Act ― a move many fear will have serious implications for the more than 1,600 plants and animals  under its protection. On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing called “ Oversight: Modernization of the Endangered Species Act ” at which Republicans attacked the 43-year-old law as being broken and in need of an overhaul. In his opening remarks, Sen. John Barrasso  (R-Wyo.), the committee chairman, said the ESA “isn’t working today” and “we should all be concerned.”  “States, counties, wildlife managers, home builders, construction companies, farmers, ranchers and other stakeholders are all making it clear that the Endangered Species Act is not working today.” Seeming to ignore the fact that the planet is facing a  biodiversity crisis , Barrasso noted that of the 1,652 U.S. species listed as either threatened or endangered, only ...
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Protecting the Endangered Species Act Protects People and Nature 15.2.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Protecting the Endangered Species Act Protects People and Nature
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NRDC Sues Trump Administration for Suspending Protections for Endangered Bumble Bee 15.2.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) The Natural Resources Defense Council today sued the Trump Administration for illegally suspending the rule to put the rusty patched bumble bee on the endangered species list. The rusty patched bumble bee has lost approximately 90 percent of its range in the past 20 years. It is the first bumble bee ever listed under the Endangered Species Act. The following is a statement by Rebecca Riley, senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council ...
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Collaborative conservation: The story behind the nation’s newest wildlife refuge 14.2.2017 TreeHugger
How a small preserve north of New York City became the first piece of a unique multi-state conservation effort.
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After 300 Beached Whales Died, Rescuers Raced To Save Hundreds More 13.2.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A stretch of sand in New Zealand was the scene of both tragedy and triumph this weekend as rescuers raced to save hundreds of stranded pilot whales after 300 others died in one of the country’s largest beaching events. On Thursday, the New Zealand Department of Conservation discovered more than 400 whales  stranded on the South Island’s Farewell Spit, more than half of them already dead. Conservation officials and the animal welfare group Project Jonah  spearheaded a mass “refloating” to rescue the whales that were still alive and guide them back to the water. But over the following days, hundreds more whales from a different pod also became stranded. More than 500 volunteers rushed to save them as well. All told, nearly 700 whales washed up  on Farewell Spit in what is now the third-largest whale stranding since data collection began in the 1800s, and the largest ever since 1985, the Department of Conservation said. Officials declared  almost 350  whales dead. This post contains images and descriptions ...
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River otters are thriving again in Colorado, showing statewide conservation efforts can work 11.2.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
Spunky fish-chomping river otters who faced extinction in Colorado and other Western states are bouncing back -- evidence that keeping waterways clean and protecting wetlands brings results.
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Now Trump's Coming for the Bumble Bees 11.2.2017 Mother Jones
First, it was puppies . Now Trump is going after bees. Just weeks before leaving office, the Obama Administration's Fish and Wildlife Service placed the rusty patched bumble bee on the endangered species list—the first bee species to gain that status in the continental United States . Just weeks after taking office, the Trump Administration temporarily reversed that decision. (See great pictures of this charismatic pollinator here. ) The official announcement of the delay cites a White House memo , released just after Trump's inauguration, instructing federal agencies to freeze all new regulations that had been announced but not yet taken effect, for the purpose of "reviewing questions of fact, law, and policy they raise." The Fish and Wildlife Service, which oversees the endangered species list, acted just in the nick of time in delaying the bumble bee's endangered status—it was scheduled to make its debut on the list on Feb. 10. Rebecca Riley, a senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense ...
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Saving Humans To Save Animals 11.2.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Habitat loss. Human-wildlife conflict. Illegal poaching. These are just a few of the issues facing threatened, endangered, or vulnerable species around the world -- whether it's sloth bears or tigers in India, gray wolves in the United States, rhinos in Sumatra, or elephants in Africa and India. As an organization focused on wildlife conservation, we've seen it firsthand since the mid-1990s when Wildlife SOS was established. Working to resolve issues using outside-the-box problem solving, we've established various types of programs and campaigns that we feel are most likely to succeed in addressing the problem. Case in point: 20 years ago, the Taj Mahal had a problem right outside its walls that no one seemed to be talking about. As international and local tourists flocked to see this World Heritage site -- one of the most beautiful and revered monuments in the world -- they also saw an impoverished marginalized community called Kalandars trying to eke out a subsistence economy on the back of a cruel ...
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