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California water rates rise as cities lose money in drought 6.7.2015 Seattle Times: Nation & World
ROSEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Saving water doesn’t always mean saving money in parched California. Millions of Californians expecting relief on their water bills for taking conservation measures instead are finding higher rates and drought surcharges. Water departments are increasing rates and adding fees because they’re losing money as their customers conserve. They say they still […]
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Doubling Down on Shark Conservation as Jaws Turns 40 6.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
As Shark Week arrives for 2015, movie goers have the opportunity to relive a thrilling moment in cinema history with the re-release of the first bona fide summer blockbuster and the celebration of one of the ocean's (and this planet's) most magnificent set of creatures. By now, we all know the sad story of sharks and rays. Through directed fishing, by-catch, surging demand for shark and ray products, and misaligned incentives, the world's shark and ray populations have been decimated over the past four decades and now a quarter are at risk of extinction . In the worst cases they have gone locally extinct; in many others, up to 90 percent of populations have been lost. I am spending the beginning of Shark Week viewing the world's largest whale shark aggregation in Isla Mujeres, Mexico, where living sharks contribute millions of dollars annually in ecotourism dollars to the local economy. Photo by Caleb McClennen ©WCS. Sharks and rays' vulnerability also derives from their specific life cycle. Most shark ...
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California water rates rise as cities lose money in drought 5.7.2015 AP National
ROSEVILLE, Calif. (AP) -- Saving water doesn't always mean saving money in parched California....
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California water rates rise as cities lose money in drought 5.7.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
California water rates rise as cities lose money in drought
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Land conservation is good for business 3.7.2015 Seattle Times: Opinion
The federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which protects our country’s public lands that create economic opportunities for small businesses, is set to expire in fewer than 100 days unless lawmakers act quickly to reauthorize it [“Congress must lead on recreation, conservation,” Opinion, June 21]. Small-business owners understand the connection between the preservation of […]
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Cuba’s plan for shark conservation 3.7.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Valerie Miller A Caribbean reef shark encountered off the coast of Cuba. Credit: Noel Lopez Fernandez Sharks are recognized by scientists, resource managers and the tourism ministry in Cuba for their critical role in marine ecosystems, as a tourist attraction for divers and as a protein source when caught by fishers. Leaders from various Cuban agencies, looking at how to balance these needs and protect sharks, are now for the first time creating a national plan for shark conservation.  This is important not just for Cuba but for the entire Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean region where many shark populations travel throughout waters shared by many nations. Earlier this year I sat in a hotel discoteca in Trinidad, Cuba that was converted into a teaching space for daytime use. Here I watched fishers jump at the chance to correctly identify shark species and prove their skills in front of their peers. This was the second shark and ray identification workshop organized by Cuba’s Ministry of Food (MINAL) and ...
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Latin America Green News: Brazil and the U.S. announce joint partnership on climate, Portugal plans to invest in Mexico's renewables, Norway invests in Amazon conservation 2.7.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Maria Martinez, Program Assistant, Director of Programs & Latin America Project, Washington, D.C.: Latin America Green News is a selection of weekly news highlights about environmental and energy issues in Latin America. June 27th - July 1st, 2015 Latin America Green News will be taking a break for the Fourth of July...
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California: Record water savings shows big cuts possible 2.7.2015 Yahoo: US National
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Water use in drought-stricken California plunged by record levels in May, and Gov. Jerry Brown's administration cited that as proof cities can hit steep summer conservation targets they have blasted as ...
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Flying Diamond Ranch completes its conservation goals 2.7.2015 Steamboat Pilot
The Routt County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to authorize the expenditure of $625,000 in dedicated tax revenues to the purchase of a conservation easement on Flying Diamond Ranch that is expected to preserve traditional agricultural land practices while conserving prime wildlife habitat. The 293-acre ranch parcel straddles the scenic view corridor along Colorado Highway 131 between Steamboat Springs and Oak Creek. The conservation easement will be managed by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and represents the fifth and final phase of conservation easements on the ranch owned by the family of John and Tammy Adams. “The Adams family is proud to participate in the conservation of open space that has long been a vision of the residents of Routt County. In the 37 years we have owned the ranch, our family has developed a deep appreciation and love of the land and are grateful for its natural beauty,” Tammy Adams was quoted saying in a prepared statement. The market appraisal of the acreage in the ...
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California Just Cut Its Water Use In A Major Way 2.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In the households of drought-stricken California, something finally clicked. This May, the last month in which water conservation was voluntary, urban water users consumed 28.9 percent less water than in May 2013, the State Water Resources Control Board announced Wednesday. This surpasses the 25 percent mandatory cutbacks that went into effect June 1. The major drop marks the steepest water-use decline in year-over-year comparisons since Gov. Jerry Brown asked residents to restrict their water use last year , the Sacramento Bee noted. The conservation effort is shocking in contrast with how little Californians cut back on water in March and April, when residents decreased water use compared to those months of 2013 by just 3.6 percent and 14 percent respectively. “The numbers tell us that more Californians are stepping up to help make their communities more water secure, which is welcome news in the face of this dire drought,” water board chair Felicia Marcus said in a statement. “That said, we need all ...
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California residents cut water use by hefty 29% in May, officials say 2.7.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Residential water use in California dropped by a hefty 29% in May, according to figures released Wednesday by the State Water Resources Control Board.
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California cities show biggest water savings yet in drought 2.7.2015 Yahoo: US National
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California water regulators say cities showed their best drought conservation yet by cutting water use 29 percent in May compared to two years ago.
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Rejects Plan to Reclassify Wolves, Keep Wolf Recovery Going 1.7.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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An Extraordinary Hope Spot: Sylvia Earle on the 20th Anniversary of Cabo Pulmo Marine Park and the Future of the World's Oceans 30.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
by Joy E. Stocke Over the past 50 years, humans have put an enormous amount of pressure on coral reef environments by altering their waters and tearing up their foundations. From dynamite fishing to global warming, we are rapidly sending the world's reefs into oblivion. The latest reports state that as much as 27 percent of monitored reef formations have been lost and as much as 32 percent are at risk of being lost within the next 32 years. -- Earth Observatory, NASA, 2015 "The Earth is a unique system in the universe, the only planet we know of that's hospitable for humankind. And that's because we have oceans." -- Dr. Sylvia A. Earle, Marine Biologist Cabo Pulmo Marine Park, Baja Sur, Mexico, Photo by Joy E. Stocke On a deceptively serene Saturday morning in June, as Hurricane Blanca churns in the Pacific Ocean off the southern Baja Peninsula, Judith Castro Lucero, Director of ACCP (Amigos Para la Conservacion de Cabo Pulmo) and I watch the yacht Maranatha motor into Marina La Paz. The night before, ...
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Red Panda Cubs Born At The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Are A Whole Load Of Cute 29.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Cue the squeals. The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia, welcomed seven teeny furballs red panda cubs into the world over the past month -- and they're precious beyond measure. The cubs were born to mothers Nutmeg, Regan and Leo Mei. Five of the babies are now being painstakingly hand-reared. “Our animal care team is always hopeful that new moms will raise their own cubs, but that’s not always possible,” the Institute wrote in a Facebook post on June 20 . Of the three mothers, one was reportedly diagnosed with an aggressive cancer and had to be euthanized. Another has reportedly been having difficulty nurturing her babies. Despite the challenges, the cubs are said to be doing very well. CBS News reports the keepers feed the babies by hand up to seven times a day ...
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Where the sage grouse roam: The future of conservation and development on the Western landscape 28.6.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Though the imminent threat of an endangered species listing is off the table, this September, a decision from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will mark the culmination of years — even decades — of conservation work that is changing the face of the West. At the root of it all is a puffy, quixotic bird known as the greater sage grouse, an ancient ground bird that takes up residence exclusively in the sagebrush. The bird has caused much consternation throughout Washington, D.C. and 11 western home states, including Colorado. Ranchers and energy and mining industry representatives have come to the table with scientists and local, state and federal government officials to figure out how to protect the bird and its disappearing habitat. The motivation behind the unprecedented collaboration across agencies, states and cultural boundaries (aside from pure conservation interests) is to keep the bird from landing on the endangered species list. A listing would put control of the bird’s fate — and the 165 ...
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National Marine Fisheries Service Proposes Weakening Magnuson-Stevens Act Regulations 27.6.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Brad Sewell, Senior Attorney, New York: I'm not an expert sailor, but I'm pretty sure when the breeze finally fills your sails, you don't change course. A new proposed rule change to U.S. fisheries regulations by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is a lot like...
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FEMA, Floodplains and Fish: Why the National Flood Insurance Program must protect floodplains to improve public safety and safeguard endangered species 26.6.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Monty Schmitt, Senior Scientist, San Joaquin River Project Manager, San Francisco: 2007 Chehalis Flood, Washington State Department of Ecology The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is mostly viewed as a way of providing assistance to property owners to rebuild in the wake of a flood. But the program has always...
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Conservation groups seek increased shoreline protections in Puget Sound 25.6.2015 Seattle Times: Local
Three conservation groups on Wednesday petitioned the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to change how it regulates seawalls, bulkheads or other barriers to increase habitat protections along Puget Sound shorelines.
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Conservation groups seek increased shoreline protections 25.6.2015 Seattle Times: Local
Three conservation groups have petitioned the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to change how it regulates seawalls and other barriers along Puget Sound shorelines.
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