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China’s rare milu deer return in victory for conservation 26.4.2017 Washington Post: World
The newborn fawn walks unsteadily among the trees that were once part of the Chinese emperor’s hunting grounds, where more than a century before its forebears died out in their native China.
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China’s rare milu deer return in victory for conservation 26.4.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

BEIJING (AP) — The newborn fawn walks unsteadily among the trees that were once part of the Chinese emperor’s hunting grounds, where more than a century before its forebears died out in their native China. This April marks the start of the birthing season for the milu deer, which has long been famed as having […]
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US Holocaust Museum opens conservation and research center 25.4.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

BOWIE, Md. (AP) — Holocaust survivors say the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s new conservation and research center will speak for them long after they are gone. About two dozen survivors marked Holocaust remembrance day by attended the center’s opening in the suburbs of the nation’s capital on Monday. A tiny wicker chair designed for a […]
Brazil Moves to Cut Amazon Conservation Units by 1.2 Million Hectares 23.4.2017 Truthout - All Articles
The Brazilian Congress is poised to slash the size of existing conservation units, removing federal protection from vast swaths of Amazon rainforest in Pará state. (Photo: Rhett A. Butler) With Brazil in political turmoil, the bancada ruralista agribusiness lobby that dominates Congress has quietly set in motion measures to dismember some of the country's most important conservation units in the eastern section of the Amazon basin. The move occurs at a time when the country is fully focused on the Supreme Court's recently announced plans to investigate corruption allegations made against leading politicians, including eight of President Temer's ministers. Congressmen have introduced amendments to two key provisional measures -- MP 756/2016 and MP 758/2016 -- which would remove conservation protection from by 1.2 million hectares (2,965,252 acres) of forest. Some of the affected units have received significant funding from foreign donors, including the European Union and the World Bank. On 11 April, a ...
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Status of forests is 'dire' as world marks 2017 Earth Day 21.4.2017 LA Times: Commentary

They cover a third of the world’s landmass, help to regulate the atmosphere, and offer shelter, sustenance and survival to millions of people, plants and animals.

But despite some progress, the planet’s woodlands continue to disappear on a dramatic scale.

Since 1990 the world has lost the equivalent...

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Scientists Launch Global Quest To Track Down Long-Lost Species 21.4.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON — The race is on to rediscover a list of 25 species that collectively have not been seen in more than 1,500 years.  There’s the Wondiwoi tree kangaroo , last spotted in 1928 in Indonesia; the pink-headed duck , missing since 1949; and the bullneck seahorse , a species native to Australia never before seen in the wild.  This week, Texas-based  Global Wildlife Conservation launched “ The Search for Lost Species ,” described as the “largest-ever global quest to find and protect” animals and plants missing for decades.  Don Church , GWC’s president and director of conservation, said the organization’s “most wanted” list includes “cute and cuddly” species, the kind people are drawn to and that provide an opportunity to raise awareness about today’s biodiversity crisis.  “It’s about raising the profile both of the species that we’re looking for, but more so the places where they occur,” he told The Huffington Post. “The reason those places are important is because they have extreme biodiversity ...
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Pesticide maker Dow Chemical tries to kill risk study 21.4.2017 SFGate: Business & Technology
WASHINGTON — Dow Chemical is pushing a Trump administration that’s open to scrapping regulations to ignore the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species. Lawyers representing Dow, whose CEO is a close adviser to President Trump, and two other manufacturers of organophosphates sent letters last week to the heads of three of Trump’s Cabinet agencies. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced last month that he would reverse an Obama-era effort to bar the use of Dow’s chlorpyrifos pesticide on food after recent peer-reviewed studies found that even tiny levels of exposure could hinder the development of children’s brains. For four years, federal scientists have compiled an official record, running more than 10,000 pages, indicating that the three pesticides under review — chlorpyrifos, diazinon and malathion — pose a risk to nearly every endangered species they studied. Regulators at the three ...
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What Cutting AmeriCorps Would Mean For Public Lands 20.4.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
If Congress votes to eliminate AmeriCorps funding, our country’s public lands and waters will suffer. Every year, AmeriCorps members enrolled in service and conservation Corps spend thousands of hours serving at parks and forests. AmeriCorps members build trails, maintain campgrounds, remove invasive species, preserve historic structures, and even help prevent and fight wildfires. Without the help of AmeriCorps members, a lot of important work at federal, state and local parks would not get done. Corps are locally-based organizations that engage young adults and recent veterans in environmental and community service. Most Corps are non-profits, and the majority of the more than 130 organizations that are part of The Corps Network – the national association of service and conservation Corps – receive AmeriCorps funding. This funding enables Corps to enroll participants and leverage additional funding to complete projects on public lands. Where exactly does the AmeriCorps funding go? In exchange for their ...
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Dow Chemical tries to kill pesticide-risk study 20.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • Dow Chemical is pushing a Trump administration open to scrapping regulations to ignore the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species. Lawyers representing Dow, whose CEO is a close adviser to Trump, and two other manufacturers of organophosphates sent letters last week to the heads of three of Trump’s Cabinet agencies. The companies asked them “to set aside” the results of gove... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Leaked Documents Reveal Trump Administration Prepping to Ramp up Drilling, Mining, Grazing on Public Land 20.4.2017 Truthout.com
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) administrators have drafted a " Priority Work List " that reveals BLM's focus on oil, gas and coal development on federal land as well as the security of the U.S.-Mexico border.  E&E News  obtained the internal documents, which had not yet been shared with BLM staff.  The list was "assembled by the team at the BLM to clearly lay out our continued commitment to ensure opportunities for commercial, recreation and conservation activities on BLM-managed lands," BLM spokeswoman Megan Crandall told E&E News.  In the first of five subsections, "Making America Safe through Energy Independence," the following are identified as key components of "BLM Priority Work":   Make additional lands available for "all of the above" energy development Address backlog of Applications for Permit to Drill (APDs) and Expressions of Interest (EOIs) Streamline Federal coal leasing and permitting, and address backlog Streamline oil and gas leasing and permitting Streamline rights-of-way processing ...
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Pesticide maker tries to kill risk study 20.4.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Dow Chemical is pushing the Trump administration to scrap the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species.
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Scientists search for 25 ‘lost’ species 20.4.2017 Washington Post
These animals haven’t been officially declared extinct. But collectively, they haven’t been seen in more than 1,500 years, according to the Global Wildlife Conservation.
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AP Exclusive: Pesticide maker tries to kill risk study 20.4.2017 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dow Chemical is pushing the Trump administration to scrap the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species....
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Listen to squeaking baby pandas and see how China is saving them 12.4.2017 TreeHugger
The China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda is the only place in the world that successfully breeds pandas and releases them into the wild. Here's how they do it.
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Highlands Ranch water provider pumping up conservation programs amid warm, dry spring 12.4.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
Highland Ranch's Centennial Water and Sanitation District is encouraging customers to take advantage of various incentive programs rather than going over their water budgets during a warm, dry spring.
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At Least 15 Percent Of The World’s Tree Species Are Under Threat Of Extinction 8.4.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The planet is on the brink of the sixth mass extinction , an epoch that scientists say could see humans wiping out at least 75 percent of the Earth’s species. Much has already been made of humans’ impact on wildlife . Last year, a damning World Wildlife Fund report revealed that people were on track to killing off two-thirds of the world’s vertebrates . But it’s not just birds and bears that are facing extinction due to human activity. Thousands of tree species are under threat as well, according to the first global database of the world’s trees, unveiled this week by Botanic Gardens Conservation International. The UK-based organization, whose members include hundreds of botanical institutions worldwide, said it pulled data from more than 500 published sources to create the online database GlobalTreeSearch , the world’s first “global, authoritative list of tree species.” BGCI, in collaboration with the International Union for Conservation of Nature, identified 60,065 tree species currently living on ...
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California's Drought Emergency Is Officially Over 8.4.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Friday  issued an executive order  that ends the drought emergency in most parts of the state.   “This drought emergency is over, but the next drought could be around the corner,” he said in a statement. “Conservation must remain a way of life.” Brown’s order maintains many of the conservation practices put in place in 2015, including mandatory reports on water usage, restrictions on using nonrecirculated water in fountains and bans on watering lawns within 48 hours of significant rainfall.   “Increasing long-term water conservation among Californians, improving water efficiency within the State’s communities and agricultural production, and strengthening local and regional drought planning are critical to California’s resilience to drought and climate change,” the order says.  The drought had a significant impact on groundwater supplies in Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Tuolumne counties, and the state of emergency will remain in effect in those areas.   You can read ...
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Wildlife Safari Defends Its Elephant Car Wash 6.4.2017 Environmental News Network
During the summer at the Wildlife Safari zoo in Oregon, visitors can pay $25 to have elephants “wash” their vehicles. The elephants use their trunks as sponge holders and hoses.
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Steamboat briefs: Film, talk about conservation gardening hosted at library 6.4.2017 Steamboat Pilot
Bud Werner Memorial Library, Yampatika and the Yampa River Botanic Park present “Hometown Habitat: Stories of Bringing Nature Home,” a film and discussion about conservation landscaping that shows what everyday Americans are doing to help bring back more native species through projects and programs across the country. The free film screens at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, in Library Hall and will be followed by a discussion about making our community a haven for pollinators, birds and other wildlife. Featured panelists include Karen Vail, botanist and environmental educator; Gayle Lehman, horticulturalist and manager of the Yampa River Botanic Park; and Don Ireland, a Habitat Hero ambassador. For two years, producer/director Catherine Zimmerman traveled around the country to visit hometown habitat heroes and film their stories of community commitment to conservation landscaping. Zimmerman shares these stories and works in-progress that re-awaken and redefine our relationship with nature. “Hometown Habitat” ...
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Manatees Just Lost Their Status as Endangered Species 4.4.2017 Environmental News Network
Manatees have just been downlisted from endangered to threatened; and while some are celebrating their recovery, many advocates are fearing that the move puts their future survival in jeopardy.
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