User: flenvcenter Topic: Biodiversity-National
Category: Protection :: Policy
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Having a Conservation Conversation With Your Kids 29.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Protecting the biodiversity of our planet will require us to make some big changes in the way we live in America. Every product we use - then discard - impacts the health of our planet and availability of our natural resources. This in turn affects every plant, animal and insect species that depend on these natural resources for survival. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in 2012 (the most recent year data was published) Americans generated about 251 million tons of trash, or 4.38 pounds per person, per day. But only 87 million tons was recycled or composted, the equivalent of a 34.5% recycling rate. In a wealthy country like the United States where recycling programs are readily available for the majority of the population (and in many places mandatory), why is this number so low? As parents, we teach our children how to walk, talk, eat, and often many years later, how to drive a car. In between, kids learn many other things from the adults around them, either from asking questions ...
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In water we trust: How Quito's water trust funds succeed 28.7.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

This intriguing solution to watershed degradation has flourished in Ecuador's capital city. 

In water we trust: How Quito's water trust funds succeed
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Zoos face a cold, hard truth: The future is in the freezer 28.7.2014 Washington Post

She’s not just another girl with a pretty face living in the District’s outermost exurbs.

Amani, an eye-catching cheetah feline, has a proud name that means aspiration and a strong family line that traces to Namibia and South Africa. Her rich genes make her one of the most important individuals in her small community just outside Front Royal, Va. Unlike people who pay up to $2,000 for ancestral DNA tests, Amani got hers free, courtesy of biologists at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute who study her every move, hoping her cubs will help increase the thinning cheetah populations at zoos across the country.

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Ant eater lovers wanted 27.7.2014 Earth Times
Why must we hunt and make extinct those animals we know need conservation and, better than that, protection of all kinds? Bolivia hunts the giant ant eater and they’re extinct in Costa Rica and Uruguay. These habits of old have to die, or there will be nothing left in places where there should be a highly saleable diversity.
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New Photos Show Oregon's Famous Wolf, OR-7, Raising Three Pups 25.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — New photos show that Oregon's famous wandering wolf, OR-7, has at least three pups that he and a mate are raising in the Cascade Range of southern Oregon.


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist John Stephenson said Friday that the photos taken July 12 by an automatic camera in a remote section of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest show two gray pups.


Combined with one black pup Stephenson observed outside the pack's den in June, that makes at least three.


OR-7 set off in search of a mate in September 2011, covering thousands of miles from his birthplace in northeastern Oregon to Northern California before settling in southwest Oregon. The wolf gained worldwide fame as his GPS tracking collar showed his wanderings.

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The Clock is Ticking to Craft a Good, BDCP-Neutral Water Bond for California 25.7.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Doug Obegi, Staff Attorney, Western Water Project, San Francisco: This November, California voters will almost certainly vote on whether to authorize billions of dollars of taxpayer spending for a water bond. But crucially, the next few weeks will determine what water bond will be on the ballot in November...
Price of duck stamp could rise 24.7.2014 Durango Herald
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The cost of duck stamps could increase if a House bill designed to free funds for conservation passes.Waterfowl hunters must have a federal duck stamp to hunt. Ninety-eight cents out of every dollar generated by the sale of Federal Duck Stamps goes directly to conservation efforts like purchasing or leasing...
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Most of Wash. delegation stumps for conservation fund in Congress 24.7.2014 Seattle Times: Local
The Land and Water Conservation Fund, the nation’s main source of federal money to improve access to outdoor recreation, has never received the full funding Congress promised. After 50 years, supporters are demanding more money.
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This Critically Endangered Baby Rhino Is An Adorable Addition To A Species In Need 24.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This sweet little rhino is not only impossibly cute, he's also critically endangered. Born on July 12, the black rhino calf, who doesn't have a name yet, is a "significant birth," according to staff at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park . Zoo spokesperson Ina Saliklis tells HuffPost she's not sure when it will happen exactly, but "hopefully he will be named soon." Photo credit: Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo Safari Park “Poaching is the main reason why the numbers of black rhinos are on the decline,” Julie Anderson, a San Diego zookeeper, said in a blog post on the zoo's website . “Any birth here at the Park is an important birth, and we have been very fortunate to have a newborn baby here at the Safari Park.” Indeed, poaching has done a real number on the tiny population of rhinos living in the wild -- and that number is 1,004 . That's how many rhinos, black and white, were killed last year in South Africa alone, according to a government statement. 2013's killings were almost double the number of rhinos killed in ...
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Waste Less, Pollute Less: Using Urban Water Conservation to Advance Clean Water Act Compliance 23.7.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Larry Levine, Senior Attorney, New York: In many parts of the United States, cities and suburbs -- and the wastewater and stormwater utilities that serve them -- are among the largest sources of water pollution. They need hundreds of billions of dollars to repair, maintain, and...
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Maine Conservation Groups Gather with South Portland Residents to Celebrate and React to Tar Sands Vote 23.7.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

In an historic vote, the South Portland City Council last night voted 6-1 to pass the Clear Skies Ordinance to protect the city from a tar sands crude oil terminal. The city developed the ordinance after Protect South Portland’s neighbor-to-neighbor campaign educated and mobilized the community against tar sands over the last year and a half. Conservation groups and South Portland residents gathered to reflect, stating that the victory shows that citizens can overcome out-of-state oil interests.

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Sign up for ‘fun, hands-on conservation work’ 20.7.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
Nature Consortium hosts a work party Saturday, July 26, to remove invasive weeds from the West Duwamish Greenbelt. A musician will play for the volunteers.
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Snooty The Manatee To Celebrate 66th Birthday, Remains As Important And Adorable As Ever 19.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
On July 21, Snooty the manatee will turn 66, a huge milestone for the elderly sea cow and his kind. Snooty, who lives at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, is the oldest manatee in captivity and may be one of the oldest ever to have lived . (Story continues below.) To mark Snooty’s special day, the South Florida Museum will host a grand celebration for the manatee on Saturday . According to local outlet Bay News 9, the museum is “expecting record crowds” to attend the birthday bash, which will be held in conjunction with a Wildlife Awareness Festival . Snooty was born in captivity in 1948 after his pregnant mother was captured by fishermen in Miami. Though Snooty has never spent time in the wild, he has become -- as Bay News 9 puts it -- “an ambassador of the environment, a king of conservation.” A beloved fixture in the community, Snooty has for decades been central to efforts in the region to raise awareness about Florida manatees -- listed as “ endangered ” by the International Union for ...
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California drought: One water cop patrols all of Los Angeles 19.7.2014 San Jose Mercury News: California
A day after state water regulators voted to get tougher on water restrictions, the Los Angeles water police Wednesday were out in force - that being one full-time water cop.
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An Experiment 'Goes Wild' in Kenya: Locally-Run Conservancies Are Meeting the Needs of Wildlife, Livestock, and People 18.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Written by Kathleen A. Galvin and Robin Reid A revolution is occurring in Kenya. Or perhaps 'transformation' better fits. What's happening is an explosion in the number (and fast-growing maturity) of community-based wildlife 'conservancies' in Kenya, which, although famous for its wildlife 'parks' and tourist businesses, has been losing its wildlife at alarming rates in recent decades. Community conservancies are different than national parks and other forms of wildlife conservation because they include local people. From a handful of conservancies started in Kenya just a few years ago, some 200 of them have now sprung up across the country. You may have missed this good news, what with Al Shabab causing havoc in parts of this East African country and elephants and rhinos still being illegally slaughtered for their tusks and horns. But over 10 million acres of this country have been formally set aside in just the last few years for community-based conservation benefiting people and wildlife alike. Among ...
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Sorry, tiger: Why we should save weird species first 18.7.2014 New Scientist: Living World
With more than 4000 species on the brink of extinction and limited resources to help them, conservation needs to move beyond the cuteness factor (full text available to ...
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Diverse worlds of animals and plants disappearing 18.7.2014 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Health News
We need help to preserve the fantastic variation found in some areas of the world, alongside a full-blooded conservation effort for all plants and animals such as the widespread but unique Echidna here !
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Think Big, Act Now for Nature: Unexpected Common Ground Between Montana, Azerbaijan and the Middle East 18.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
My wife Kayla and I, after decades of living in Montana, made a rookie mistake last week as we tried, on a week's notice, to secure a three-night spot at one of our favorite camping areas. The snow in Yellowstone Park, just an hour south of our home in Bozeman, had finally receded after an unusually cool and wet spring. We figured the second week of July would be a perfect time for relaxing and wildlife watching. Apparently so did hoards of other nature seekers that had booked up more than a thousand campsites at seven campgrounds spread throughout the 2.2 million acre park. (We know better than to try to get a reservation on a week's notice but we keep forgetting it is not the 1970s anymore when a same-day inspiration was fine; just pack the truck and go.) A quick try of Glacier Park's campgrounds -- a few hours to the north -- as well as other myriad Montana lake and river-based sites came up with the same thing; all booked. After a few hours of re-trying, luck prevailed and the Park Service ...
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Sorry, panda: Why we should save weird species first 18.7.2014 New Scientist: News
With more than 4000 species on the brink of extinction and limited resources to help them, conservation needs to move beyond the cuteness factor (full text available to ...
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Readers' letters July 17, 2014 17.7.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Letters
Letters from Mercury News readers on the drought, six states of California and more.
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