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Emergency Petition Filed to Save Plummeting Red Wolf Population 24.5.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Center for Biological Diversity Conservation groups submitted an emergency petition today calling on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to take immediate steps to bolster flagging protections for the world’s only wild population of red wolves , which has declined by more than 50 percent in just two years, to as few as 45 ...
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USDA: Minnesota in top 5 for conservation easements 24.5.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Business
On Tuesday, state and federal officials marked the 1,000th easement in Minnesota at a ceremony near Moorhead, Minn.
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Outdoor, conservation groups criticize Utah lands push 24.5.2016 Durango Herald
SALT LAKE CITY – Leaders of Utah’s roughly $6 billion outdoor recreation industry joined a conservation group Monday to launch a billboard campaign criticizing a push by state officials to take control of vast swaths of public land from the federal government.The billboards going up in Utah, Colorado, Arizona and Nevada on...
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Human Activity May Wipe Out One-Third Of North American Birds 24.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
More than one-third of North America's 1,154 native bird species are at high risk of extinction due to climate change and other manmade factors, a new report  found. Thirty-seven percent of the continent's bird species across 10 different habitat types need " urgent conservation action ," the North American Bird Conservation Initiative said in its annual "State of the Birds" report released Sunday. Forty-nine percent were identified as having moderate risk, while just 14 percent were marked as low risk.  Researchers categorized bird species based on their population size, population trends, population distribution and threats to both breeding and non-breeding members of the species. The decline of bird species is most pronounced in ocean and tropical forest habitats, where more than half were identified as having a high risk of extinction and are on the organization's "Watch List." "The outlook for oceanic birds — including seabirds and a group of landbirds found only on islands off the Mexican coast — ...
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In Extinction's Way: The Wolverine and Climate Change 24.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It's the stuff of legends. In April 2016, a rancher shot and killed a wolverine in North Dakota. Officials identified the animal as M56, a radio-collared individual from Yellowstone who rose to fame in spring 2009 when he dispersed over 500 miles across the Great Divide Basin, crossing Interstate 80 on Memorial Day weekend in the process, eventually turning up in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. Until his collar quit working in 2012, its data indicated that he'd remained there among the snow peaks. How this peripatetic male had ended up in North Dakota, where his luck ran out, will remain a mystery. Wolverine, iStock Photo Then there was the radio-tagged young male wolverine who a few years back summited the highest mountain in Glacier National Park, ascending the last 4,900 feet up a sheer, nearly vertical ice rampart in less than 90 minutes. He made the ascent for no obvious reason and presumably left his urine on the summit to mark his turf. Such feats have inspired even the most staid ...
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Smugglers move fish bladders 23.5.2016 CNN: Top Stories
Jonathan Garcia Pereda snapped a photo, the contraband glowing white in his smartphone. Mexican federal police had stopped a 28-year-old man from San Felipe at a checkpoint, discovering black plastic bags balled up in the tires. It appeared to be another familiar bust to the Mexican police, until they cut open the bags.
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New Jersey tries to save the diamondback terrapin 22.5.2016 Philly.com News
A proposed state ban on the commercial harvesting of diamondback terrapins in New Jersey comes with dire warnings that the turtles could be teetering on the edge of extinction if more measures are not taken to protect them.
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Tally Ho 21.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Since the inception of the National Park Service 100 years ago, individual parks have kept lists of what animals and plants live in them. These records are important to science and to managing the parks, but with relatively few biologists covering millions of acres of land and sea, they have been woefully incomplete. Right now the rest of us are enjoined to help in the 2016 National Park Service Centennial Bioblitz. Two thirds of the 130 parks signed up to do bioblitzes this year are kicking off the counting this weekend, May 21 and 22. Fifteen will take place in Washington, D.C. parks. Two jumbotrons on the National Mall will project real-time results from across the nation. It's fitting that the culmination of the Centennial Bioblitz will take place in D.C., since the very first bioblitz was conducted in nearby Kenilworth Aquatic Garden in 1996. USGS scientist Sam Droege was looking for a way to get help in figuring out what species lived in the park, and he hit on the idea of "eventizing" an ...
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On Endangered Species Day 21.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Today is Endangered Species Day. Every year for a decade, people across America have spent this day recognizing the plight of endangered species and the need to do all we can to help these imperiled animals (and plants) recover. Is it enough? Shouldn't every day be Endangered Species Day ? Shouldn't we stop to consider the terrifying risk of a world without elephants, or tigers, or lions, or whales--just once, each and every day, and do at least one thing to help? Obviously, different people will go to different lengths to save wildlife. My colleagues and I have devoted our professional lives to this pursuit; others make donations or write letters to Congress. We all must commit to doing something! So, what is an "endangered species?" The U.S. Endangered Species Act defines an "endangered species" as "any species which is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range." The International Union for the Conservation of Nature defines "critically endangered" as a species ...
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Stop the Grousing, Protect Our Birds 21.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The greater sage-grouse , an iconic bird of the American West, won a fight last year with the help of ranchers and others to stay off the endangered species list. Meanwhile, the golden-cheeked warbler , a flashy little Texas songbird that weighs less than an ounce is in a battle with powerful developers to stay on the same list. Audubon and bird lovers are supporting both efforts. Why? Because the Endangered Species Act is giving birds a fighting chance for survival in both cases. Just a few months ago, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the greater sage-grouse would not be added to the endangered species list. Audubon supported that decision because it showed how ranchers, farmers, federal agencies, states, industry and green groups had banded together to create plans that--if implemented well--will help safeguard the threatened habitat of the brown-and-white, chicken-sized bird. We called it a new lease on life for the greater sage-grouse and the entire sagebrush ecosystem: The plant life ...
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California will let local authorities assess water conservation goals amid drought 20.5.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: News
This will replace mandatory state-driven standards. It's happening because California's drought - now entering its fifth year - is easing in some parts of the state but not others.
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10 magical places saved by endangered species 20.5.2016 TreeHugger
In our efforts to save animals at risk of extinction, we've saved some extraordinary places as well.
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California Will Let Local Authorities Assess Water Conservation Goals Amid Drought 20.5.2016 NPR News
This will replace mandatory state-driven standards. It's happening because California's drought — now entering its fifth year — is easing in some parts of the state but not others.
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California ends statewide water restrictions, turns conservation over to local officials 19.5.2016 Washington Post
After California's five-year drought, the state board wanted to lift unnecessary restrictions in certain districts with plentiful water reserves.
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California lifts statewide water conservation order, turns efforts over to local officials 19.5.2016 Washington Post
Beginning next month, the state will allow hundreds of local districts to set their own conservation goals but regulators said they can return to strict guidelines if needed.
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California Rolls Back Water Conservation As Drought Eases 19.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 18 (Reuters) - California moved on Wednesday to dramatically roll back strict mandatory water conservation rules imposed at the height of the state's multi-year drought, after a wet winter eased conditions in parts of the state. The state Water Resources Control Board voted to end mandatory conservation of up to 36 percent in many communities, moving instead to a system under which only regions where a shortage of supply is anticipated will have to conserve. "We don't want to cry wolf but we also don't want to stick our heads in the sand," said water board chair Felicia Marcus. "This is a compromise." The wet weather has eased but not ended a four-year drought that has led farmers to idle land, made rivers too warm for salmon and caused wells to run dry. Under an order by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown last year to cut water use by 25 percent statewide, Californians saved enough to supply 6.5 million people for an entire year. But storms powered by the El Nino ocean-warming ...
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Water conservation rules will ease in some parts of California, get stronger in others 19.5.2016 LA Times: Commentary

For its first four years, the California drought spread its pain across most corners of the state.

The great peaks of the Sierra Nevada were snow-deprived. Central Valley agricultural fields lay fallow. And the trademark green lawns of Southern California suburbia slowly turned brown.

But this...

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How Nature Can Improve China's Water Quality 18.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Runoff during heavy rains turns the Yangtze River brown. But investing in nature could reduce pollution in China's waterways. © Ami Vitale Mark Tercek is President and CEO of the Nature Conservancy and author of Nature's Fortune . Follow Mark on Twitter: @MarkTercek . Air quality is often top of mind in conversations about China's pollution challenges. But as I met with the Nature Conservancy's (TNC) volunteer leaders recently in China, water pollution was another big topic of discussion. One-third of China's lakes and rivers are already so polluted they're not fit for human consumption, and the problem could worsen as the country's rapid urbanization continues. To assess the role nature-based solutions could play in combatting pollution from agriculture and other land development activities, our scientists analyzed the 135 surface water sources that serve China's 30 largest and fastest-growing cities. We recently published our findings in a report called the China Urban Water Blueprint . TNC's study ...
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Random acts of conservation: Water quality depends on farmers' willingness, not regulation 17.5.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Roughly 40 percent of Minnesota's lakes and streams are polluted, mostly thanks to soil, fertilizer and other contaminants flowing off farm fields. With little regulation, reversing that trend is almost solely reliant on the goodwill of farmers.
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Hundreds of miles of Colorado wilderness lost to 21st-century development boom 17.5.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
A 21st-century development surge has transformed at least 525 square miles of Colorado, an area bigger than Rocky Mountain National Park, as once-wild land vanishes across the West.
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