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Call for conservation to respect tribal peoples' rights 22.5.2015 Survival International
Tribal peoples like the Soliga are generally the best conservationists and guardians of the natural world.  © Shrenik Sadalgi/Survival An open letter signed by indigenous organizations, environmentalists and other prominent people such as U.S. academic Noam Chomsky calls for a new approach to conservation. The letter, published by The Guardian , reads: We, the undersigned, are calling for a new approach to conservation, one that respects tribal peoples’ rights, for all of humanity. Tribal peoples are generally the best conservationists; they have managed their lands sustainably for many generations. Forcibly removing tribal peoples from their land usually results in environmental damage. Such removals are a violation of human rights and should be opposed by conservationists. The cheapest and quickest way to conserve areas of high biodiversity is to respect tribal peoples’ rights – studies show reduced deforestation and forest fire rates and greater biodiversity on tribal land. The world can no longer ...
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Conservation Groups Commend Congressional Funding of Louisiana Coastal Restoration Projects 22.5.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Emily Guidry Schatzel, National Wildlife Federation, 225.253.9781, schatzele@nwf.org Jacques Hebert, National Audubon Society, 504.264.6849, jhebert@audubon.org Elizabeth Van Cleve, Environmental Defense Fund, 202.553.2543, evancleve@edf.org Conservation Groups Commend Congressional Funding of Louisiana Coastal Restoration Projects Funding will help advance crucial, long-needed Louisiana coastal restoration efforts (Washington, D.C.—May 21, 2015) Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations included critical funding for the Louisiana Coastal Area (LCA) Program in its Fiscal Year 2016 (FY 16) Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill. The legislation comes after a request in the President’s FY 16 budget of $50,000 for LCA General Investigations and $10 million for LCA Beneficial Use of Dredged Materials (BUD Mat) Construction. The U.S. House of Representatives also included these levels of funding it its FY 16 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill. National and local conservation ...
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Conservation Groups Commend Congressional Funding of Louisiana Coastal Restoration Projects 22.5.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Conservation Groups Commend Congressional Funding of Louisiana Coastal Restoration Projects
With Friends Like the Obama Administration, Endangered Species Don't Need Enemies 21.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
From gray wolves to Cheat Mountain salamanders, the more than 1,500 endangered species in the U.S. face threats like never before. In addition to the ever-present threat of habitat loss caused by our growing footprint on the planet, species now face growing threats from climate change, invasive species, over-exploitation and pollution. Given the growing magnitude of threat to endangered species, one would think the Obama administration would pull out all the stops to save our precious wildlife heritage. Instead, the administration and its U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have quietly been rolling out a series of regulatory changes that threaten to cripple the Endangered Species Act, dramatic changes that would never have flown under the Bush administration. Here's a breakdown of those policies and why they matter: In July 2014, the administration finalized a policy first conceived under the Bush administration that severely limits when species qualify for endangered species protection. Under the Act, a ...
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Is conservation hunting legit? 20.5.2015 CNN: Top Stories
Can so-called conservation hunting actually benefit wildlife? Or is it the killing of endangered animals for sport unconscionable, no matter what?
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Killing for Conservation? Outrage After Auction Winner Fells Endangered Black Rhinoceros 20.5.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Ag Lobby Paints Itself Into a Conservation Corner 20.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
There's a growing public fight brewing over industrial agriculture's water pollution. The most prominent scuffle is the Environmental Protection Agency's highly contentious Waters of the US rule. At the local level much of the heat is centered on the recent lawsuit filed by the Des Moines' Water Works over fertilizer derived nitrate run-off. Minnesota is also in the throes of an intense debate over Governor Dayton's (D) mandatory buffer strip proposal that would require natural vegetative filters between farm fields and stream banks. In all of these instances the Grand Ole Farm Lobby ™ has reacted with the well-worn message of voluntary conservation as the only solution. Let farmers who know their land best make the choice to do what's right, have taxpayers fund it, and all will be well goes the thinking. By letting farmers choose whether or not to lower fertilizer use, or employ run-off reducing practices like cover crops is a far better alternative to regulation we're told. That message is the whole ...
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Anthropocene Boosters and the Attack on Wilderness Conservation 20.5.2015 Truthout - All Articles
A growing debate has serious consequences for our collective relationship to Nature. Beginning perhaps twenty years ago, a number of academics in disciplines such as history, anthropology, and geography, began to question whether there was any tangible wilderness or wild lands left on Earth. These academics, and others, have argued that humans have so completely modified the Earth, we should give up on the notion that there is any place wild and instead recognize that we have already domesticated, in one fashion or another, the entire planet for human benefit. These individuals and groups are identified under an umbrella of different labels, including "Neo Greens" Pragmatic Environmentalists" "New Conservationists" "Green Postmodernism" and Neo-environmentalists" but the most inclusive label to date is "Anthropocene Boosters" so that is the term I will use in this essay. The basic premise of their argument is that humans have lived everywhere except Antarctica and that it is absurd to suggest that Nature ...
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Leading Conservation Groups Praise Passage of HCR1, Funding 2015-2016 Coastal Annual Plan 20.5.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Emily Guidry Schatzel, National Wildlife Federation, 225.253.9781, schatzele@nwf.org Jacques Hebert, National Audubon Society, 504.264.6849, jhebert@audubon.org Elizabeth Van Cleve, Environmental Defense Fund, 202.553.2543, evancleve@edf.org   HCR1 Passes Legislature, Funding 2015-2016 Coastal Annual Plan Leading Conservation Groups Praise Passage as Recognition of Coastal Restoration Priorities (New Orleans, LA—May 19, 2015) Today, House Concurrent Resolution 1 (HCR 1) – the funding vehicle for the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority’s 2015-2016 annual plan for integrated coastal protection and restoration – made its final passage through the state legislature with unanimous approval of the Senate. The annual plan funds coastal restoration and hurricane protection for a three-year period through the authorization of $884 million in spending towards new and existing projects. This authorization will fund some of the 19 priority projects for restoring Louisiana’s coast as identified by the ...
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Government releases fire plan to protect struggling bird 20.5.2015 Yahoo: US National
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal wildfire strategy released Tuesday aims to protect the West's sagebrush country that is home to a struggling bird species whose potential listing as a threatened or endangered species already has delayed energy projects and oil and gas deals.
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Eyes In The Sky: Styrofoam Drones Keep Watch On Rainforest Trees 20.5.2015 NPR Health Science
The autopilot toy planes, equipped with cameras, help conservationists detect illegal logging and mining earlier in the remote parts of the Amazon basin.
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New Obama Administration Policy Will Make It Harder for Species to Get Endangered Species Protection Needed to Avoid Extinction 19.5.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Endangered Species Act Caught in Congressional Crosshairs 18.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The most powerful environmental law on Earth, the Endangered Species Act (ESA), is under the gravest assault it has ever faced. Last week I spent time in Washington, DC briefing US congressional leaders on ESA threats and brainstorming about how to safeguard this venerable law. The ESA has faced previous formidable challenges. While it has withstood some, it has succumbed to others. One of the most strident attacks occurred when Rep. Richard Pombo (R-Calif.) introduced the Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act of 2005. While his fulminations against the ESA failed, the 2011 gray wolf delisting quietly proposed by Montana Senator John Tester (D-Mont.) as a federal budget rider succeeded. This unorthodox pathway to delisting opened a Pandora's box of species attacks . Flash forward to 2015, when seven bills aimed at "reforming" the ESA (S 112, S 292, S 293, S 655, S 736, S 855, S 1036) are rapidly advancing through the 114th Congress. These bills, discussed on May 6, 2015 by the Senate Environment ...
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The Forest, The Farms and the Finance: Why the Tolo River People Turned to Carbon Finance 18.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Part Four: Getting Down To Business: The Tolo River People Shift From Building Their Carbon Project To Selling The Offsets tells the surprisingly challenging story of finding and cultivating offset buyers. You can also find the REDD Desk Project summary of this project here . The Tolo River People of Colombia were in a bind: dependent on nearby cattle ranches to make a living, they were helping destroy the forest that sustained them and their way of life. Here’s a look at the economics that drove them to embrace carbon finance. This story is the second in a four-part series to initially run on Ecosystem Marketplace, and has been edited for a mainstream audience. Click here to view the full, unedited version . 18 May 2015 | Every morning, Jorge Vergara drives his motorcycle from the village of Acandí to the Builes Ranch, where he tends the nearly 400 cows and cattle. The ranch is just a ten-minute walk from Tolo River village of Peñaloza and one of many bordering their forest. On this day, two boys from ...
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Recognizing Our Marine Wildlife on Endangered Species Day 18.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As we mark the 10th anniversary of Endangered Species Day, it's a time to reflect on how each of us -- individually and collectively -- can do our part to help reverse human impact on the environment that has resulted in what has been called the earth's sixth great extinction event. Being mindful of the way our lifestyle choices at home impact habitat and wildlife is a great first step. Reducing water use, limiting the use of pesticides and herbicides in our yards, limiting our use of plastics, and making every effort to recycle as much of our household waste stream as possible are just some of the small but meaningful changes we can make in our day-to-day lives. Together our small steps can make great strides, and our collective efforts can result in reduced pressure on threatened habitats and endangered species. Microbeads, the tiny plastics found in beauty products and toothpaste, harm the environment. Photo by Chip Weiskotten ©WCS. Many business and industry leaders now agree that efforts to conserve ...
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How Much Water Are the Richest Californians Wasting? It's a Secret 18.5.2015 Mother Jones
Former Oakland Athletics slugger Mark McGwire Bill Chan/AP This story was originally published by Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. During California's last crippling drought, baseball slugger Mark McGwire became a poster boy for water wasters. The burly first baseman figured prominently in a 1991 Oakland Tribune investigation that showed how residents of upscale neighborhoods skirted the conservation demands facing everyday homeowners. The Top 100 users in the East Bay used 15 times more than the typical household. That included the Oakland A's star, who pumped 3,752 gallons a day in the summer months at his home in Alamo. "There's no way I would waste water," he told the newspaper. In response to the outcry that followed the story, the East Bay Municipal Utility District demanded that its top users cut water use by 20 percent, the Tribune reported. If customers refused, the district would limit them to about 1,200 ...
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Happy Endangered Species Day! 15.5.2015 Wildlife and Habitat Conservation News - ENN
Started in 2006, Endangered Species Day is “a celebration of wildlife and wild places” intended to promote the “importance of protecting endangered species and everyday actions people can take to help protect them”. Every year on the third Friday in May — and throughout the month — zoos, aquariums, parks, botanical gardens, wildlife refuges, museums, schools, community centers, conservation groups and other organizations hold tours, speaker presentations, exhibits, children’s activities and more to commemorate the Day.
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House Republicans Vote to Strip Endangered Species Act Protections From Two Species Based on Fraudulent Claims About Military Readiness 15.5.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Absurd Creature of the Week: Can We Just Save This Adorable Parrot for Christ’s Sake? 15.5.2015 Wired Top Stories
The kakapo is a parrot, but it doesn’t fly. It can live 100 years. Its sex life is best described as…involved. And there’s only 126 left in the ...
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You Can Be the Solution for Endangered Species 15.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Ten years ago, the United States Congress declared the first observance of Endangered Species Day -- an opportunity to turn our national attention to the wildlife and wild places that need our help the most. Today, we ponder what our planet might look like if America's most threatened flora and fauna disappeared forever, and take time to consider our responsibility in the fight for wildlife conservation. While Endangered Species Day celebrates the victories of some of our nation's most treasured wildlife -- such as the American bald eagle, or the grizzly bear -- our efforts to protect animals should not stop short of our borders. Our earth's ecosystems are vastly complex and interconnected, far beyond anything you or I could imagine. What happens to one of us affects all of us. I work to save the lemurs of Madagascar, the world's most critically threatened mammals, if not its most endangered species. Though Madagascar may seem like a world away, we're literally family as lemurs are humanity's oldest ...
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