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China's wild panda population up nearly 17 percent 1.3.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
China's population of wild giant pandas jumped nearly 17 percent over a decade -- state media reported, citing an official survey -- with conservation measures credited as being behind the increase. The investigation by the State Forestry Administration (SFA) found that by the end of 2013 China had 1,864 giant pandas alive in the wild, marking an increase of 268 individuals, or 16.8 percent, the official Xinhua news agency reported Saturday. The SFA said conservation efforts led to the increase, according to Xinhua. Besides population, panda habitat also increased 11.8 percent to 2.58 million hectares compared with the 2003 survey, Xinhua ...
Dry and dusty 28.2.2015 Durango Herald
Years of drought and overgrazing have dried out the fields in southwestern La Plata County. Dust easily blows away in the wind. Last year, from March until May, dust storms caused problems for students, drivers and farmers, and without enough precipitation, the dirty storms could return. At Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary, the...
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Human waste taints Animas 28.2.2015 Durango Herald
Elevated levels of bacteria from human waste have been found in the Animas River at the Colorado and New Mexico border for the first time. Although E. coli pollution has been a problem in the Animas and San Juan rivers in New Mexico for years, this study also revealed a different kind of bacteria found in human feces.
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Training Building Efficiency Experts to Advance Energy Saving Codes in India 28.2.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Ariel Cooper, Program Assistant, San Francisco: Guest Blog by NRDC's Hannah Girardeau & Bhaskar Deol The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) recently hosted a reception in Delhi to recognize the latest class of Energy...
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River Protection, Conservation, and Neighborhood Groups Take Stand Against Proposed Tesoro-Savage Oil Train Terminal 28.2.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Wildlife enthusiast not guilty in case of retrieved eaglets 27.2.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Retired carpenter Steve Patterson was found not guilty of violating conservation laws after he found two injured eaglets in a wooded area near his Oglesby home, retrieved them and arranged for the ...
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Oregon Gray Wolf Population Rebounding, But Remains Fragile 26.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND, Ore., Feb 25 (Reuters) - Oregon's once decimated gray wolf population has rebounded to at least 77 animals, and the wolves are now pairing off and breeding across a wide region, state officials with the state's Department of Fish and Wildlife said on Wednesday. Gray wolves, native to Oregon but wiped out in the state by an eradication campaign in the early 20th century, first returned there in 2008 and have now spread out to multiple parts of the Pacific Northwest state. "The wolf population continues to grow and expand, and for the first time we've had wolf reproduction in southern Oregon," said Michelle Dennehy, spokeswoman for the state wildlife department. "And we had eight breeding pairs last year. We also documented six new pairs of wolves, and 26 pups." But as population growth triggers a review of state Endangered Species Act restrictions on harassing or killing wolves that threaten livestock, conservationists cautioned it remained too early to ...
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Red Rocks, Conservation Corps camp up for National Historic Landmark 24.2.2015 Headlines: All Headlines
MORRISON —Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre is on its way to becoming a National Historic Landmark along with a Civilian Conservation Corps camp in Morrison.
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Getty and city of L.A. launch website mapping historic places 24.2.2015 LA Times: Top News
Tribal rights lawyer condemns conservation's devastating impact on tribal peoples 24.2.2015 Survival International
British barrister Gordon Bennett and others will host a press conference on February 26, 2015, in Johannesburg. © Survival International British human rights lawyer Gordon Bennett, a Bushman spokesperson and a Survival International campaigner will host a press conference in Johannesburg to expose the persecution of tribal peoples in the name of “conservation.” Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015 Time: 9-11am The conference will be held ahead of a symposium organized by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and others on “wildlife crime” in South Africa in February 2015, and a major “United for Wildlife” anti-poaching conference held in Botswana in March. British Barrister Gordon Bennett will argue that wildlife law enforcement almost always harms tribal communities because the wrong laws are being enforced by the wrong people against the wrong people – with examples from Botswana, Cameroon and India.  Tribal peoples like the Baka in southeast Cameroon have faced arrest and ...
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Pangolin conservation corrupted/immense losses explained. 24.2.2015 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Health News
So does Vietnam rehabilitate its wildlife in reserves, or just sneak back and eat them later? It is a question that every international worker has to ask themselves in every corrupt regime, for every single expensive effort to improve lives and wildlife. It is our joint responsibility to improve the environment, but our partners must be suspect in many cases.
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New Conservation Science Is Misguided and Too Much About the Major Problem -- Us 24.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Doing conservation "in the name of us" is narrow-minded, short-sighted and misguided. A recent essay published in the Huffington Post by noted scientist and ethicist John Vucetich and his colleagues called " Should We Conserve Nature for Nature's Sake, or for Our Own? " centers on different views of where the focus of conservation biology and conservation science should lie. It's a brief summary of another excellent essay authored by Dr. Vucetich and his colleagues Jeremy Bruskotter and Michael Nelson with the more "academic" title, " Evaluating whether nature's intrinsic value is an axiom of or anathema to conservation ," just published in the prestigious journal called Conservation Biology. When I read these two essays I felt a glimmer of hope in countering other views on why we should value and conserve nature. Because both essays are readily available to interested parties my purpose here is to call attention to them because they are must reads for anyone who is interested in what we are doing and ...
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REDD and Neocolonialism in the Land of the Pataxo Warriors 22.2.2015 Truthout - All Articles
It’s 5 o’clock in the morning, southern cone time, on Oct. 13, 2014. The Pataxo indigenous people of the far southern region of the state of Bahía, in the northeast of Brazil, form three barricades across the BR101 Highway in the region of Monte Pascoal, in the city of Itamaraju, one of the main roads connecting the northern and southern parts of the country. They have blocked the highway that runs along the edge of their territory with branches, sticks, and old tires,  stopping hundreds of trucks transporting merchandise from transnational corporations. It doesn’t take police long to arrive. The indigenous people are aware of the possibility of repression. Some have painted their bodies with a mixture of colors– yellow, red, black–colors that their grandfathers used to announce war. Others contrast in white, the sign of peace. Indelible colors on the skin of these people, survivors of an unjust war that has lasted for over five centuries. The atmosphere grew tense as Federal Police came in, although ...
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Two unknown Cézanne sketches found in Barnes artworks 21.2.2015 Philly.com News
In a highly unusual outcome to conservation efforts, the Barnes Foundation has discovered it owns two previously unknown Cézanne sketches - even collector Albert C. Barnes was most likely unaware of their existence.
The One Thing Conservation Groups Are A Little Excited About This Congress 21.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- As the new chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, Rep. Rob Bishop may be ready to spar with the Obama administration on some key public lands and energy issues. But he's also setting a different tone from that of his predecessor, encouraging conservation advocates to think they may be able to find common ground this Congress. Bishop, a seven-term Republican representing Utah's 1st District, took over the chairmanship in January from retiring Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), who had held that post since 2011. Hastings had an openly hostile relationship with environmental groups, recording a 3 percent lifetime score from the League of Conservation Voters and prompting one environmental lobbyist to declare "good riddance" when he announced his retirement. Some of Bishop's early moves have raised environmental hackles, including some personnel changes that suggest the committee will take a more aggressive oversight role . But many in the conservation world say they are optimistic about ...
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Satellite Data Reveals State of the World’s Mangrove Forests 20.2.2015 WRI Stories
The word “forest” often calls to mind a dense landscape of towering trees. However, some of the most carbon-rich and productive forests are clustered along coastlines in the tropics and subtropics. Mangrove forests, made up of salt-tolerant trees and shrubs, play a vital role in erosion and flood control, fisheries support, carbon storage, biodiversity conservation and nutrient cycling. Many coastal communities rely on mangroves for food, forest products and tourism revenue, and the forests... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Appeal filed to stop logging on state lands that burned 20.2.2015 AP Washington
CARLTON, Wash. (AP) -- Two conservation groups and a resident want to stop the state from allowing logging on state lands that burned in north-central Washington last summer....
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The Small Town Boy Who Charted a New Course for Our Oceans 19.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As a North Carolina graduate student, Bill Hogarth remembers fishermen proudly hanging giant marlin high on the wharf at Morehead City so people could admire and photograph the prized catch. But after the crowds lost interest, it was Hogarth's job to cut down the nearly half-ton behemoths and watch their lifeless bodies float out to sea. Some 50 years ago, many people saw the ocean's bounty as limitless. But those images of wasted fish made a lasting impression on Hogarth, who eventually brought a conservation ethic to his role as the country's head of ocean fisheries under President George W. Bush. "You could see the impact of the waste. I remember thinking that this couldn't last," recalled Hogarth, now 75 and director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg. I caught up with him recently when I went to Florida to oversee planning for The Pew Charitable Trusts' ocean conservation work in the Southeast. Bill Hogarth (right), former head of the ...
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Lawsuit Filed to Save Three Freshwater Species From Extinction in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia 19.2.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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A Major Step Forward for the High Seas 19.2.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Lisa Speer, Director of the International Oceans Program, New York: As many oceans folks know, countries assembled at UN Headquarters in New York last month to decide whether to develop a new international instrument for the conservation and management of marine biological diversity in areas of the ocean beyond national...
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