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Statement by EDF’s Suzy Friedman on new USDA funds for Lake Erie Basin farmers 20.8.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Statement by EDF’s Suzy Friedman on new USDA funds for Lake Erie Basin farmers
Primary forests-the action and the policy 19.8.2014 Earth Times
The animals and plants of the primary forests are those we are desperately trying to save. Their habitats are the primary forest, whether taiga or tropical. To conserve those myriad habitats, these policies and actions are recommended for immediate use by you, the people who can turn the tide and keep the last 5% of the once-great green forest.
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Red panda dies after brain disorder at Smithsonian 19.8.2014 Seattle Times: Nation & World
The National Zoo says a female red panda has been euthanized at a conservation center in Virginia after suffering brain swelling associated with a microscopic parasite.
Wrestling Climate Change to the Ground 19.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It's July 2010, at state-of-the-art Dwight Center for Conservation Science at Pepperwood Preserve in the Mayacamas range east of Santa Rosa. The place is surrounded by some 3,000 acres of iconic Bay Area Coast Range habitat: sunny skies, untrammeled oak woodlands, gorgeous views. Inside, 23 palpably excited scientists introduce themselves and rattle off their disciplines: climate change modeler, spatial ecologist, physicist, soil physicist, ecologist focused on global carbon cycling and probabilistic vegetation modeling. Uh oh. Is this conference going to be all about graphs, equations and incomprehensible hypotheses presented with wild enthusiasm? (Yes.) A fire ecologist announces himself as "Discoverer of the Previously Unknown." Everybody laughs. "The whole town's here to paint the fence," says Lorrie Flint, a hydrologist from the U.S. Geological Survey. "And David's our Tom Sawyer." The tall, slim master of ceremonies is Dr. David Ackerly, professor of integrative biology at UC Berkeley. In buoyant ...
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People In North Texas Just Adopted More Than 2,200 Animals In One Day 19.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Post by City of Arlington, TX - Animal Services . All in all, "Empty the Shelter Day" was a huge win in many ways, said both organizers and participants. Not only did the event help to increase the visibility of animal shelters in their communities, but — given that overcrowding is an especially urgent problem in shelters during the summer — it was also critical in the saving of many, many lives. KXAS-TV reported, for instance, that one participating shelter, Dallas Animal Services, was euthanizing 50 to 60 animals every single day this summer because it simply didn't have space for them; on Saturday, however, the shelter found homes for 149 of its 150 animals . The day's success could perhaps be best summed up in a photograph posted by the Texas chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, one of the event’s co-sponsors, at the end of the adoption effort. “Look at those empty kennels,” the organization wrote on Instagram. “#emptytheshelter...#savealife.” Encouraging pet adoption by ...
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Pangolin, Star Tortoise Vanishing As Indian Poachers Target Lesser-Known Animals 18.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW DELHI (AP) — Wildlife poachers, hindered by India's efforts to protect majestic endangered animals including tigers and rhinos, have begun to think smaller. And activists say scores of the country's lesser-known species are vanishing from the wild as a result. The Indian pangolin — a scaly critter whose defense mechanism of rolling up into a ball is no help against humans — and the star tortoise — a popular pet that maxes out at a foot in length — are just two of the species that are being killed or smuggled in increasing numbers while conservation efforts focus on such iconic animals such as tigers and elephants. "The problem is that we were turning a blind eye to all lesser-known species and suddenly this very lucrative trade has been allowed to explode," said Belinda Wright, director of the Wildlife Protection Society of India, an advocacy group. Wildlife specialists say the growing affluence of China, Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries has helped drive the demand for exotic animals. Some ...
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UW program aims to diversify the conservation workforce 18.8.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
Students from across the country came to Washington this summer as part of a program to bring greater diversity to the conservation workforce.
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UW program aims to diversify the conservation workforce 18.8.2014 Seattle Times: Local
Students from across the country came to Washington this summer as part of a program to bring greater diversity to the conservation workforce.
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546,335 Acres in 9 Western States Proposed as Protected Critical Habitat for Yellow-billed Cuckoos 15.8.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Meet The 'Zombie Chicken' That Apparently Made It Out Of A Freezer Alive 14.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Kat Gullahorn didn't even want the chickens to begin with. About a year ago, one of Gullahorn's neighbors just outside Albuquerque, New Mexico, decided it was time to kill his birds. "He chose to use a BB gun and shot the chickens in the heads," she says. He gave two to Gullahorn and her husband, Evan, who wrapped them in plastic bags and stuck them in the freezer to de-feather and otherwise deal with later. But what happened next, she says, caught Evan by surprise. About a day later, he opened the freezer and found one of the chickens still in repose, while the other was sitting there, looking "fully alive, very cold, and pissed off," Gullahorn wrote in a June 2013 Facebook post . Evan was surprised, says Gullahorn -- and a little stymied. What does one do with such an animal? Evan holding the "blind undead guard chicken." Photo by Kat Gullahorn Gullahorn, with her daughter and husband, let the chicken into the yard and tried to feed her some corn meal while they considered the bird's future. The family ...
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Charlie Preston-Townsend: Planning the future of Yampa River 14.8.2014 Steamboat Pilot
The Friends of the Yampa is a volunteer-run nonprofit based in Steamboat Springs and dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the recreational and environmental integrity of the Yampa River and its tributaries through stewardship, advocacy, education and partnerships. In response to the Colorado Water Plan, we have four primary expectations for future water planning: 1.The state of Colorado shall view the Yampa River as a significant and reliable supplier of water to meet Colorado River Compact obligations; Colorado shall hold non-consumptive needs as a priority and consider the significant conservation work that has been accomplished in the Yampa River Valley as an example for future water planning; The Yampa Valley and Western Slope water users must be assured that, in the event of a compact call, negotiated equitable apportionment principles will be utilized to protect our many important junior water rights; Maximum efficiencies through reduction and reuse programs shall be fully implemented ...
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Feds Ignore Science, Imperiling Wolverines 14.8.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Dog Tries To 'Save' Fish; The Internet Melts A Little Inside 14.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
When a video of a dog seemingly trying to rescue some fish -- by splashing water on them -- began making the rounds this week, netizens everywhere let out a collective “ aww .” (Watch the video, above, to see why.) Though we’d love to believe the cute pup is showing a whole lot of compassion for his floundering friends, it’s possible the dog isn’t doing that at all. As many skeptical Redditors have pointed out, the pooch may actually be trying to bury the fish with the water. Addressing the question of why a dog would try to bury anything with water, Redditor "munificent" said: “My dog has done the ‘bury with nose thing’ on a bare carpet floor, on top of a bed, and on hardwood floors. … Once she tried to hide a toy by burying it under a sleeping baby.” After watching the clip via Buzzfeed, a Facebook user noted the following: "A dog does not understand that a fish needs water to breathe . ... People need to stop putting human emotions onto animals." Last year, an animal behavior expert said something ...
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Water School in Santa Cruz: It beats traffic school 14.8.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Scott Herhold
At Water School in Santa Cruz, the drought police version of traffic school, the folks trying to work off a penalty for using too much water rarely demonstrate the seething cynicism of speeders and scofflaws.
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duh DUN... It's Shark Week! 13.8.2014 Wildlife and Habitat Conservation News - ENN
It's time for the 27th annual Shark Week on the Discovery Channel, featuring a solid week of shark-centric programming for viewers who just can't get enough of ... factually incorrect fear-mongering stories about sharks. Sharks are the villain everyone loves to hate, from Jaws to endless B-movies on the SyFy Channel, but in fact, the real enemy is humans. Worldwide, sharks are in critical danger, and we're the only ones who can save them. It's time to put down the remote and take up the cause of shark conservation, because it won't be too long before Shark Week is little more than a series of antique horror films about a superorder of fish that used to be abundant in the world's oceans.
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Conservation groups to sue US government over decision on wolverine protections 13.8.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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U.S. Denies Endangered Species Protection For Wolverines, Despite Declining Populations 13.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho, Aug 12 (Reuters) - U.S. wildlife managers on Tuesday denied federal protections for rare wolverines, outraging conservationists but pleasing Western states that opposed adding the reclusive but feisty member of the weasel family to the endangered and threatened species list. Last year the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed applying Endangered Species Act safeguards for the estimated 300 wolverines left in the Lower 48 states, most of which inhabit the high country of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. The service had said global warming was reducing mountain snows the animals use to dig dens and store food. But on Tuesday federal wildlife managers said there was "insufficient evidence" that climate change would harm wolverines, which resemble small bears with bushy tails and which are known for their ferocious defense of their young. "After carefully considering the best available science, the Service has determined that the effects of climate change are not ...
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Fish and Wildlife drops proposal to list wolverine as threatened 13.8.2014 LA Times: Environment
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday withdrew its proposal to list the wolverine as a threatened species in the contiguous United States. The agency said its earlier research, which concluded that climate change was destroying the snow-loving mammal's alpine habitat, had been...
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Federal Agency Ignores Best Available Science In Decision Not To List Wolverine 13.8.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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The Secret Bataclysm: White Nose Syndrome and Extinction 12.8.2014 Wired Top Stories
In just 8 years, bats have gone from the most common mammal in the US to endangered species candidates.
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