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Protections blocked, but sage grouse work goes on 18.12.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. wildlife officials will decide next year whether a wide-ranging Western bird species needs protections even though Congress has blocked such protections from taking effect, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said ...
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Central Park cuteness: Manhattan zoo exhibits 2 harbor seals 17.12.2014 Yahoo: US National
NEW YORK (AP) — Harbor seals are being exhibited at the Central Park Zoo for the first time since ...
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Cuteness erupts at Central Park Zoo: Exhibit features harbor seals Adam and Anson 17.12.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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Rain could spell trouble for Calif. water conservation 17.12.2014 Yahoo: US National
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After California's driest three years on record, there have been few sounds as disturbing to water conservationists as the whisk-whisk-whisk of automatic lawn sprinklers kicking on directly behind TV reporters covering some of the state's first heavy downpours in ...
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Rain could give Californians an excuse to abandon water conservation before drought is over 17.12.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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Job Opening: Avian Biologist, Audubon Louisiana 16.12.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Overview: Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action. By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive. And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level. What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 22 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 46 states, and ...
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Endangered giraffe rescued in Uganda 16.12.2014 TreeHugger
There are fewer giraffes left than there are African elephants
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Harvard Researcher Kills Rare Spider "In the Name of Education:" When Will the Killing Finally Stop? 16.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Recently I wrote an essay called " Researchers Kill 890 Wolves to Learn About Them: There's Something Very Wrong " about the intentional and inexcusable "experimental" massacre of 890 wolves in Canada using incredibly inhumane methods. The killing did not work, and there also was substanital "collateral damage" in that numerous non-target animals were killed. I remain incredulous that the scientists who partook in this slaughter didn't protest and refuse to engage in this mass killing. I surely would not have been involved in such egregious and inhumane "research" as I strongly support the rapidly growing field called " compassionate conservation " (see also ) in which individual animals are the focus of concern and for which the guiding principle is "first do not harm." As I was writing this piece I learned of an essay by Amaroq Weiss , a biologist for the Center for Biological Diversity, called " Killing wolves will come back to haunt farmers and ranchers ," the last paragraph of which reads: "And, as ...
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Congress's Hostile Takeover of Endangered Species Efforts 15.12.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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How One Jewish Environmental Activist Found Inspiration In The Hanukkah Miracle 15.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Hanukkah story is an account of a religious miracle, but in it lies another important message -- one that is inspiring some Jewish activists in their work for the environment. Liya Rechtman, an Eisendrath Legislative Assistant at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, is using the Jewish month of Kislev, which runs Nov. 23 - Dec. 22, to do a " Hanukkah Conservation Challenge ," during which she will replace all of her incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs. The challenge is light-specific to highlight the miracle at the core of the Hanukkah story . After years of battle between the Jewish Maccabees and the Syrian-Greek army, the Maccabees finally defeated the last fortress and returned to the Second Temple in Jerusalem. They had only enough oil to light the temple for one day -- but it miraculously lasted for eight. Rechtman writes in an article about her conservation challenge: Hanukkah, which begins on 25 Kislev, puts light at the core of our celebration, ...
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To save animals, we must work with their culture 15.12.2014 New Scientist: Focus on America
For the first time, a global treaty has recognised non-human culture. Now we must rethink how we preserve key species, says biologist Philippa ...
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Rosemead cemetery aims to be a model of drought-tolerant landscaping 14.12.2014 LA Times: Top News
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Flap over sage grouse spurs Congress to intervene 11.12.2014 Seattle Times: Local
Congress is poised to make an end-run around the Endangered Species Act with a legislative rider on a massive spending bill that would delay protections for several struggling bird populations in the Western U.S.
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Flap over sage grouse spurs Congress to intervene 11.12.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
Congress is poised to make an end-run around the Endangered Species Act with a legislative rider on a massive spending bill that would delay protections for several struggling bird populations in the Western U.S.
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UN condemns Botswana's treatment of Bushmen 11.12.2014 Survival International
The UN Special Rapporteur on cultural rights has voiced concerns over Botswana's evictions of the Bushmen in the name of wildlife conservation. © Philippe Clotuche/Survival The United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on cultural rights has condemned Botswana’s treatment of Africa’s last hunting Bushmen following her visit to the country last month. Farida Shaheed voiced concerns over restrictions placed on Bushmen over access to their ancestral homeland in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, as well as the government’s contradictory policy of evicting the Bushmen in the name of wildlife conservation, while pursuing mining and tourism inside the reserve. “The fear amongst affected people is that once the elders have passed away, nobody will be entitled to live in the reserve. Furthermore, insisting that people relocate outside the reserve for wildlife conservation purposes is at odds with allowing the continuation of mining and tourism activities,” Ms Shaheed wrote in her report . She demanded that the Botswana ...
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Water, it’s not just for fighting 11.12.2014 Durango Herald
DENVER – Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday received a draft of a historic water plan that aims to offer a framework for how the state should grapple with shortfalls in the future.Colorado’s Water Plan begins a conversation that is sure to intensify in the coming years. Overall, the plan outlines $20 billion worth of...
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Researchers Kill 890 Wolves to Learn About Them: There's Something Very Wrong 10.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
I've written a number of essays that have centered on the question, " Should animals be killed in the name of, or under the guise of, conservation? " The basic foundation of the rapidly growing field of compassionate conservation, "First do no harm," maintains that the lives of individual animals matter and that killing in the name of conservation should not be done (see here ). Just recently this question arose once again when the Canadian Journal of Zoology (CJZ) published a research article by Dave Hervieux, Mark Hebblewhite, Dave Stepnisky, Michelle Bacon and Stan Boutin titled " Managing wolves (Canis lupus) to recover threatened woodland caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou) in Alberta " that presented the outcome of an "experiment" in mass killing in which 890 Canadian wolves suffered and died using aerial gunning, trapping and poisoning with strychnine. The strychnine also killed other animals who were not part of the study. Minimum "collateral damage" that was deemed acceptable by the researchers ...
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Rare Atlantic Coast Shorebird Protected Under Endangered Species Act 10.12.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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NEWS RELEASE: Conservation Groups Release Restoration Solutions for Mississippi River Delta 9.12.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Emily Guidry Schatzel, National Wildlife Federation, 225.253.9781, schatzele@nwf.org Elizabeth Van Cleve, Environmental Defense Fund, 202.553.2543, evancleve@edf.org Lauren Bourg, National Audubon Society, 225.776.9838, lbourg@audubon.org Conservation Groups Release Restoration Solutions for Mississippi River Delta New report recommends a series of science-based restoration efforts to benefit coastal Louisiana (NEW ORLEANS – December 9, 2014) Today, leading national and local conservation groups released a report outlining 19 priority projects for restoring the Mississippi River Delta following the 2010 Gulf oil disaster. Restoring the Mississippi River Delta for People and Wildlife: Recommended Projects and Priorities was jointly authored by conservation groups working together on Mississippi River Delta restoration – Environmental Defense Fund , National Wildlife Federation , National Audubon Society , Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana – and describes a ...
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Conservation Groups Release Restoration Solutions for Mississippi River Delta 9.12.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Conservation Groups Release Restoration Solutions for Mississippi River Delta
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