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No, Big Game Hunting Does Not Secretly Help Conservation Efforts 1.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Courtesy of Youtube In the wake of the loss of Cecil the Lion, leading conservationists open up about big game hunting--and the bunk "population control" justifications for it. Anyone who has not yet heard about the tragic killing of Cecil the lion--the subject of an Oxford University research study and beloved Hwange National Park resident--might as well be living under a rock. The outrage surrounding the incident has been relentless: on the last three days on Twitter alone, 1.5 million pronouncements have been made about the black-maned lion and Walter Palmer, the hunter/dentist who hunted him down earlier this month. And that's saying nothing of the tens of thousands of petition-signers, Yelp activists, and news outlets chasing the story.  More from T+L: NYC's Best New Burgers Cecil did not die in vain. Millions of readers and wildlife-lovers have had their sympathies roused by Cecil's death, and the conversation surrounding conservation has never been louder. This, itself, is the greatest gift that ...
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The Economic Argument For Killing Cecil The Lion Doesn't Hold Up 1.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Internet's been in an uproar this week after news spread of the killing of Cecil the lion by an American dentist. Yelp reviewers called the man a murderer , locals set up a memorial outside his closed office in Bloomington, Minnesota, and officials in Zimbabwe, where the hunt took place, are calling for the man's  extradition . Walter Palmer, who paid around $55,000 to kill Cecil, may face poaching charges for shooting the lion with a crossbow after it was lured out of a protected national park. Palmer said in a statement  to a local paper that he believed his hunt was legal. "I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt," he said. Trophy hunts are lawful in many parts of Africa, including South Africa, Namibia and Tanzania, and buyers can shell out hundreds of thousands of dollars for the opportunity to pursue wildlife. Zimbabwe makes around $20 million  each year from the sport, or about 3.2 percent of its tourism ...
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Lobbying and Campaign Cash Fuel GOP Attacks on Endangered Species 31.7.2015 Truthout.com
Corporate lobbyists and conservative lawmakers are working to undermine the protections for endangered species that stand in the way of big agriculture and oil and gas development.   A male sage grouse in Owyhee, Idaho. Large oil companies and their industry groups have repeatedly lobbied members of Congress to prevent the placement of certain threatened species on the endangered list, including the sage grouse - which exist in areas they want to drill. (Photo: Gary O. Grimm/Flickr ) Last year, Exxon Mobile lobbied Congress on a bill that would have placed the greater sage-grouse on the endangered species list. BP lobbied on "Endangered Species Act issues impacting oil and gas development including prairie chicken and sage grouse," according to federal lobbying records. In 2008, Shell Oil lobbied on the listing of polar bears as an endangered species. The records do not specify the company's position on the issue, but they do indicate that the lobbying was part of an aggressive push to open federal ...
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More than just Cecil; big troubles for king of the jungle 31.7.2015 Yahoo: Politics
More than just Cecil; big troubles for king of the jungle
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More than just Cecil; big troubles for king of the jungle 31.7.2015 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The circle of life is closing in on the king of the jungle....
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California zeroes in on conservation stragglers amid drought 31.7.2015 Yahoo: US National
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California residents heeded the call to turn off sprinklers in the first month of mandated water conservation, leading to a 27 percent plunge in ...
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Cecil the lion and the theft of species 31.7.2015 Seattle Times: Opinion
The outrage over the killing of Cecil the lion by a trophy hunter has nothing to do with whether or not the hunter was a good shot, but everything to do with the fact that lions are an endangered species [“Kirkland hunter defends acquaintance tied to death of lion,” News, July 29]. This is not […]
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Good Job Saving Water, California! Now Don't Get Cocky. 31.7.2015 Mother Jones
California's State Water Board announced some good news today: As the state's historic drought continues through its fifth hot summer, conservation efforts resulted in a reduction of urban water use of more than 59 billion gallons—six times the amount conserved during the same time last year—during the hottest June on record. These are the first monthly water conservation numbers to be released since Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order calling for emergency regulations and a 25 percent reduction in urban water use across the state. The 27 percent saved in June exceeded his mandate, and Water Board officials say the state is now on track to meet its savings goal of 391 trillion gallons by February 2016. Officials are hopeful that they can maintain this conservation momentum in July and August, when water use tends to be highest, to offset the smaller savings usually seen in the autumn and winter months. Water Board officials attribute the success to efforts by most of the state's 409 water ...
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Peter Kareiva, Transformative Conservation Scientist, to Lead UCLA Institute 31.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Phil Hampton and Alison Hewitt, UCLA Newsroom Peter Kareiva, a leading environmental scientist and vocal advocate for using multiple disciplines to inform conservation, is the new director of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability . Kareiva, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has published more than 100 widely cited papers on a range of topics and co-authored a textbook on new approaches in conservation science. He will be a professor in the department of ecology and evolutionary biology in the UCLA College. Prior to joining UCLA, Kareiva was chief scientist for the Nature Conservancy, where he developed and carried out conservation programs for the world's largest environmental non-profit organization and forged partnerships with government, non-profit and private-sector partners. In a career spanning more than 20 years, he also has directed regional fisheries conservation programs for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric ...
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California says water use fell by 27 percent in June, passing governor's conservation target 30.7.2015 Yahoo: US National
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California says water use fell by 27 percent in June, passing governor's conservation target .
Artist creates Cecil the lion tote bag to benefit wildlife research 30.7.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Moved by the death of Cecil the lion at the hands of a trophy hunter, an Austin, Texas, artist has designed an eco-friendly tote bag bearing the Zimbabwean lion's likeness and will be donating a portion of proceeds from the bag's sales to benefit wildlife conservation.
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California says water use fell by 27 percent in June 30.7.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Water use in California fell by 27 percent in June, passing the conservation target set by Gov. Jerry Brown during the drought, regulators said Thursday. Data released by the State Water Resources Control Board shows 265 out of 411 local agencies hit or nearly reached savings targets. The savings came during […]
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Salmon habitat protected in E. Idaho conservation easement 30.7.2015 AP Washington
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A conservation easement has been signed on an east-central Idaho ranch that's been a top priority for state and federal authorities for years because it contains prime spawning streams for threatened salmon and steelhead....
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Outdoors for All 30.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Eli the Elk with Montana Conservation Corps in the Bob Marshall Wilderness On September 30th, just 61 days from now, one of the most important funding streams supporting the conservation of our public lands and waters is set to expire. Created by an Act of Congress in 1965 , the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is critical to the maintenance of our parks and the protection of outdoor recreation access. LWCF has provided funds to nearly every state and every county in the country for the creation of parks, the protection of natural treasures and the expansion of outdoor recreational opportunities. There's a good chance that your local playground, public park, or community ice rink benefited from LWCF . Congress established the LWCF as a way to do something positive for the environment with revenue from oil and gas drilling. The idea was to protect natural places for all Americans as a counterbalance to the depletion of natural resources. Now, unless Congress reauthorizes the fund, our public lands ...
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Lion-hunting is legal in parts of Africa despite concern 30.7.2015 Seattle Times: Nation & World
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — It is, for some well-heeled foreign visitors, the ultimate African experience: the thrill of hunting a lion, one of the “Big Five” animals whose habitats are under increasing pressure from human encroachment. Now an American dentist’s killing of a celebrity lion in Zimbabwe has triggered global revulsion, highlighting what critics say is […]
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California to release June water-savings report amid drought 30.7.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators were expected Thursday to announce how much water cities conserved in June — the first month of mandatory cutbacks during the drought.
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Killing of popular lion spotlights reports of corruption in southern Africa 30.7.2015 L.A. Times - World News
The illegal killing of a lion in Zimbabwe by a Minnesota dentist has focused attention on the elite hunting industry in southern Africa, which critics say is poorly policed and riddled with corruption.
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In honor of Cecil: 7 lion conservation organizations to support 30.7.2015 TreeHugger
Outrage over the heartless killing of an iconic lion is understandably escalating, but you can turn your anger into action by supporting big cat conservation efforts.
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Humpback Whale conservation is working in Australia 29.7.2015 Environmental News Network
Australia has one of the highest rates of animal species that face extinction, decline or negative impacts from human behavior in the world. However, over the last decade, there have been rare occurrences of animals that are rebounding and thriving. One example is the conservation success story of the recovery of the humpback whales that breed in both East and West Australian waters. This new study, published in Marine Policy and led by Dr. Michelle Bejder, reviews data collected in past studies and proposes a revision of the conservation status for the humpback whales found in Australian waters.In Australia, the east and west coast humpback whale populations are listed as a threatened species with a 'vulnerable' status as defined by the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). However, according to Professor Lars Bejder at Murdoch University Australia, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences and his international co-authors, data reveals that these whale populations are ...
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U.S. hunter says he regrets his role in lion's death 29.7.2015 CNN: Top Stories
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