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California Battles The Drought With Successful Conservation Efforts 28.8.2015 NPR: Morning Edition
California's cities managed to cut their water usage by 31.3 percent during July — surpassing the amount mandated by the state's governor because of the four-year drought.
Californians cut water without state imposing fines 28.8.2015 Yahoo: US National
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — For the second straight month, Californians exceeded hefty water conservation mandates during the relentless drought without the state imposing fines, officials ...
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USDA commits new funding to protect sage-grouse, more private investments needed 27.8.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
USDA commits new funding to protect sage-grouse, more private investments needed
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Big month for conservation: Californians cut water use by 31% in July 27.8.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Californians again earned good grades for water savings last month, cutting overall urban use by 31% compared with July 2013, officials said Thursday.
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Scientists squabble while Africa's only penguins perish 27.8.2015 AP Top News
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) -- They're cute, knee-high, they bray like donkeys and are a tourist attraction near Cape Town. But African Penguins - the continent's only species of the flightless bird - are at risk of extinction....
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Back from the brink: Lemurs of Madagascar 27.8.2015 CNN: Top Stories
Madagascar is a biodiversity hotspot unlike any other.
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Shark attack survivors spread conservation message 27.8.2015 Yahoo: US National
Shark attack survivors spread conservation message
Official: Californians understanding need to conserve water 27.8.2015 Yahoo: US National
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — State officials say that water conservation figures for July show California residents are beginning to understand the dire need to cut back in a fourth year of ...
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The Forgotten History Of 'Violent Displacement' That Helped Create The National Parks 27.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Tuesday marked the 99th anniversary of the National Park Service, perhaps the most-loved division of the federal government. For many Americans, excursions to the national parks conjure up memories of family road trips, camp songs and hikes set in some of the country's most beautiful locales. Ken Burns called the parks, "America’s best idea." Cue Woody Guthrie: "This Land Is Your Land." But what's often left unmentioned is that for the parks to become the protected lands of public imagination, their prior inhabitants -- such as indigenous peoples and the rural poor -- had to be evicted. To shed light on this history and its perpetuation abroad, indigenous rights advocacy organization Survival International launched a new campaign  this month called "Stop the Con," protesting what it describes as the "violent displacement" of indigenous peoples in the name of conservation. The campaign aims to raise awareness about problematic conservation practices. The campaign began two weeks ago when Tesia Bobrycki, ...
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Conservation Groups Commemorate Katrina Anniversary by Urging President Obama to Prioritize Restoration 26.8.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Conservation Groups Commemorate Katrina Anniversary by Urging President Obama to Prioritize Restoration
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Conservation Groups Commemorate Katrina Anniversary by Urging President to Prioritize Restoration 26.8.2015 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 Jacques Hebert, National Audubon Society, 504.264.6849, jhebert@audubon.org Jimmy Frederick, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, 225.767.4181, jimmy.frederick@crcl.org John Lopez, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, 504.421.7348, jlopez@saveourlake.org Conservation Groups Commemorate Katrina Anniversary by Urging President Obama to Prioritize Restoration  Coastal Restoration Is Key to City’s Long-Term Resiliency, and Administration Has Opportunities to Advance Efforts (NEW ORLEANS, LA—Aug. 26, 2015) As President Obama and former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush prepare to visit New Orleans to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina this week, national and local conservation groups working together on Mississippi River Delta restoration – Environmental Defense Fund , National Audubon Society , National Wildlife ...
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Why dressing like a sexy Cecil the Lion this Halloween isn't a totally bad idea 26.8.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Thanks to lingerie and costume website Yandy.com, lovers of wildlife - and skimpy costumes -- will be able to pay homage to the late Cecil the Lion this Halloween and raise some money for a good cause at the same time.
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Troubled California oil field regulator faces major overhaul 26.8.2015 SFGate: Business & Technology
California’s embattled oil field regulatory agency will undergo a sweeping overhaul following revelations that the office for years let petroleum companies dump their waste water into federally protected aquifers. The state’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources will reorganize its staff into teams focused on specific technical areas, such as hydraulic fracturing or wastewater disposal. The division has come under intense criticism this year for allowing oil companies to drill hundreds of wastewater disposal wells into aquifers that could have been used for drinking or irrigation — groundwater that was supposed to be protected under federal law. Legislators complained that the office had been oblivious to the widespread use and potential pitfalls of fracking in the state, at a time when the drought made protecting groundwater a higher priority than ever before. An organization chart provided by the division shows teams specializing in underground injection wells, well-stimulation techniques, ...
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Group threatens to sue over farmed salmon in Puget Sound 26.8.2015 Seattle Times: Local
A conservation group says it intends to sue the federal government for allowing farm-raised salmon in Puget Sound.
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Yosemite Black Bears' Diet Surprises Researchers 25.8.2015 Environmental News Network
Black bears in Yosemite National Park that don’t seek out human foods subsist primarily on plants and nuts, according to a study conducted by biologists at UC San Diego who also found that ants and other sources of animal protein, such as mule deer, make up only a small fraction of the bears’ annual diet.
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Group threatens to sue over farmed salmon in Puget Sound 25.8.2015 AP Washington
SEATTLE (AP) -- A conservation group says it intends to sue the federal government for allowing farm-raised salmon in Puget Sound....
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The Best Birthday Present for Our Parks 25.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The National Park Service turns 99 this week, and in honor of its birthday, we all get a present: free admission to any national park of our choosing, from the Grand Canyon, to Yosemite, to Shenandoah . But our parks deserve a present, too, and the best birthday gift Congress could give is renewing and fully funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund before it's too late. Grand Canyon National Park, Credit: Shutterstock, Anton Foltin For 50 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has spurred the creation and expansion of some of our most treasured national parks, wildlife refuges, and other public lands. Millions of visitors hike, camp, and take in breathtaking views at Maine's Acadia National Park and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park thanks to the program. The Land and Water Conservation Fund helped create the nation's first wildlife refuge, the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Left: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Credit: Shutterstock, Dave Allen Right: Pelican ...
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Conservation's links to eugenics exposed on Park Service anniversary 25.8.2015 Survival International
Awahneechee Indians were tolerated inside Yosemite for a few decades but had to pretend to be Plains Indians for tourists in Yosemite, 1916-29. © Survival On the 99th anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service today, August 25, Survival exposes the dark legacy of the U.S. conservation movement that led to the eviction of thousands of Native Americans from national parks – and which continues to be exported around the world today. In an article published in U.S. journal Truthout , Survival’s Director Stephen Corry reveals how today’s conservation model was based on theories of eugenics and mistaken claims that tribal peoples’ lands are “wildernesses,” even though tribal peoples have been dependent on, and managed them, for millennia. Oglala Lakota chief Luther Standing Bear said, “Only to the white man was nature a wilderness … to us it was tame. Earth was bountiful.” Tribal peoples are the best conservationists and guardians of the natural world . Many U.S. parks involved the eviction of Native ...
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Drought done, but N.M. utilities push for conservation 25.8.2015 Durango Herald
ALBUQUERQUE – Water managers across New Mexico aren’t giving up on their push for residents to conserve water even though severe drought has disappeared.For the first time in more than four years, federal maps show the worst levels of drought are gone from the state, and only abnormally dry to moderate conditions exist in...
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U.S.-based Center for Biological Diversity Opens Its First Office in Mexico 25.8.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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