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Court Approves Flawed EPA Air Pollution Plan for “Scenic Landscape” States 22.10.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Ethiopia Commits to Restore One-Sixth of its Land 21.10.2014 WRI Stories
At the UN Climate Summit last month, an alliance of governments, companies, and civil society issued the New York Declaration on Forests . This declaration includes a pledge to restore 350 million hectares of deforested and degraded landscapes by2030. Several countries confirmed their commitment to restore millions of hectares of degraded land, with Ethiopia making one of the most significant pledges. The country set a target to restore 15 million hectares of degraded and deforested land into productivity by 2025—that’s one-sixth of the country’s total land area, a swath larger than Bangladesh. The significance of this commitment cannot be overstated. Not only does it position Ethiopia as a global leader in the restoration movement, but following through on this pledge could yield environmental, social, and economic benefits for communities throughout the country. Ethiopia’s Long and Winding Road to Restoration Ethiopia has traveled a long road to become the restoration leader that it is today, a road ...
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The Antiquities Act and the San Gabriel Mountains 21.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
What would it be like if Chimney Rock in Colorado, the ancestral home of the Pueblo People, was open to modern development? What if the Giant Sequoias of Northern California had no protection from lumber companies or wood poachers? What if Fossil Butte in Wyoming, one of the best paleontological records of aquatic life in North America, could be tapped by the fossil fuel industry? Fortunately, these places, and many other pristine landscapes and historical sites throughout the country, are protected as national monuments for all Americans to enjoy. Recently we celebrated the designation of another national monument: the San Gabriel Mountains of California. It is because of the Antiquities Act that all of our national monuments exist. Under the Antiquities Act, the president has the authority to protect "historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, and other objects of historic or scientific interest" by declaring them national monuments. Nearly every president has used this legislation since ...
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Broad Coalition of Groups Call On Governor Cuomo To Stop Exploding Oil Trains 21.10.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Hunters and Conservationists Join Forces to Protect Imperiled Wolverines 21.10.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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'Water cops' seek sprinkler scofflaws in drought-parched California 19.10.2014 World
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - It was still dark on Kokomo Drive in Sacramento's Natomas district as Paul Brown edged his city-issued Honda Civic past a row of beige stucco houses with tiny front lawns, looking for water wasters. He heard the scofflaws before he saw their lush green lawns amid the otherwise parched turf. The buzz of a sprinkler system gave them away on a day that the city, desperate to save water amid California's ongoing drought, had forbidden watering. "If I can get a good picture - if there's a lot of water - I'll cite them," he said. ...
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Can We Earn a Living on a Living Planet? 17.10.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Failing Humans and Planet, EPA Greenlights 'Agent Orange' Herbicide 16.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Dog Of Nurse Hospitalized For Ebola 'Wagging His Tail,' Safely In Quarantine 16.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Nina Pham, the Dallas nurse being treated for Ebola, has at least one thing she can stop worrying about: Her dog is being well cared for, according to city officials. Bentley, a 1-year-old Cavalier King Charles spaniel, is in quarantine for three weeks at a former military complex , now decommissioned and owned by the city of Dallas. "He's adorable. Clearly a little puzzled by what's going on. But he's in good hands now and will be taken care of," Sana Syed, a city spokeswoman, said in a tweet this week. Pham, who had been treating Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, was hospitalized Friday. The dog was alone in Pham's apartment until Monday, when "workers in protective gear could remove him," per Yahoo News. This Oct. 13, 2014, photo released via Twitter by the City of Dallas Public Information Managing Director Sana Syed shows Bentley, the 1-year-old King Charles spaniel belonging to Nina Pham, the nurse who contracted Ebola. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Sana Syed/PIO, City of Dallas) Unlike the dog of a ...
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EPA Approves Dangerous Combination of 2,4-D and Glyphosate Pesticides 16.10.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Starbucks Customers Demand Company Switch To Eggs Laid In Less Cruel Conditions 15.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A new petition by a nonprofit animal rights group asks Starbucks to stop using eggs produced by hens that live in cramped cages. Though some of the eggs Starbucks sells are laid by cage-free hens -- those used in the company's spinach and feta breakfast wrap and in a handful of its other breakfast sandwiches -- the petition alleges that the coffee retail giant gets most of its eggs from farms that use cramped battery cages to house egg-laying hens. "Despite claims made on their website to be offering 'ethically purchased and responsibly produced products,' Starbucks continues to purchase the majority of their eggs -- mostly used in their baked goods -- from cruel farms that confine egg laying hens in battery cages," The Humane League, the organization responsible for the petition, said in a statement to media. "These cages are so small that laying hens are unable to move around, spread their wings, or engage in any natural behaviors. Battery cages are illegal in several states and banned as criminal ...
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3 Maps Show Importance of Local Communities in Forest Conservation 15.10.2014 WRI Stories
Local communities are key to protecting the world’s last remaining forests. Indigenous peoples and local communities hold legal or official rights to one-eighth of the world’s forests, about 513 million hectares (1.3 billion acres). A recent report by WRI and the Rights and Resources Initiative found lower rates of deforestation where governments protect communities’ rights. Researchers used Global Forest Watch , an online forest monitoring system, to visualize how tree cover is changing in and around lands managed by local communities . Through maps, we can see how local communities can be key conservationists , helping to protect forests and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation. 1) Brazil’s Indigenous Peoples Resist Forest Loss. Click to enlarge. Brazil is home to the most extensive tropical rainforests on Earth. Despite a history of high levels of deforestation, Brazil has reduced forest loss by 70 percent per year since 2004, in part due to efforts to legally recognize and protect ...
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Amid drought, Mayor Garcetti directs L.A. to cut water use 20% by 2017 15.10.2014 LA Times: Opinion
Mayor Eric Garcetti on Tuesday challenged Los Angeles residents, businesses and city agencies to cut water use by 20% over the next 21/2 years and warned of new water restrictions if conservation targets aren't met.
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Groundwater experts, water law experts, and conservation groups tell the Forest Service to do more to protect groundwater 14.10.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Marcus Griswold, Water Resources Scientist, San Francisco: Responding to a proposed agency-wide U.S. Forest Service groundwater policy, more than 125 groundwater scientists, legal experts, and conservation groups call on the Forest Service’s Chief Tidwell and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Secretary Vilsack to protect groundwater as a public...
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Must Environmentalists and Labor Activists Find Themselves at Odds With Each Other? 13.10.2014 American Prospect
“I think the American people right now have been so focused, and will continue to be focused, on our economy and jobs and growth, that if the message is somehow we’re going to ignore jobs and growth simply to address climate change, I don’t think anybody is going to go for that. I won’t go for that.” --President Barack Obama, November 14, 2012, two weeks after Hurricane Sandy   It has been a tough couple of years in the effort to unite labor, community, and environmental groups, an alliance that has always been strained. The extractive energy sector—coal, gas, oil—has historically had strong union representation and well-paying jobs. Tensions rose in 2011 after the Sierra Club escalated their campaign to close coal plants and 350.org, the climate protection group led by activist Bill McKibben, called for a halt to the Keystone XL Pipeline project.  Even Obama’s relatively mild order this past June on reducing pollution from power plants was opposed by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers ...
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Must Environmentalists and Labor Activists Find Themselves at Odds? 13.10.2014 American Prospect
“I think the American people right now have been so focused, and will continue to be focused, on our economy and jobs and growth, that if the message is somehow we’re going to ignore jobs and growth simply to address climate change, I don’t think anybody is going to go for that. I won’t go for that.” --President Barack Obama, November 14, 2012, two weeks after Hurricane Sandy   It has been a tough couple of years in the effort to unite labor, community, and environmental groups, an alliance that has always been strained. The extractive energy sector—coal, gas, oil—has historically had strong union representation and well-paying jobs. Tensions rose in 2011 after the Sierra Club escalated their campaign to close coal plants and 350.org, the climate protection group led by activist Bill McKibben, called for a halt to the Keystone XL Pipeline project.  Even Obama’s relatively mild order this past June on reducing pollution from power plants was opposed by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers ...
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Plantation Level Conservation to Stop Extinction 10.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Did you hear that the sloth bear was officially declared as extinct in Bangladesh last week? The news came around the same time that the World Wildlife Fund issued its new report on the status of biodiversity on planet earth. Not surprisingly, the report pegged the loss of biodiversity at 50% from 1970 to 2010. We're talking about losing half the earth's biodiversity in forty years. A UN conference held in Korea further warned that the biodiversity goals set in 2010 through the Aichi Biodiversity Targets are not being met. The Aichi Targets called for halving the loss of habitats but that is now being seen as inadequate to prevent the extinction of many species. Meanwhile, out of New York city, a new agreement to continue deforestation was announced with much fanfare. Countries like Peru and Liberia scored big loot bags with promises of funding to protect their forests but the one announcement that bugged me most was the talk of restoring 150 million hectares of degraded lands while accepting the loss ...
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Rewilding Our Hearts: Ecocide Is Suicide 10.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
We're killing a very tired and less resilient planet at alarming rates. It's common knowledge that we're losing species and habitats at an unprecedented rate in a geological epoch known as the "anthropocene" -- the age of humanity. While the term has not been formally recognized as official nomenclature, we know we're deep into a time when humans are devastating numerous species and their homes and we are behaving in the most inhumane and selfish ways. Simply put, we humans are the cause of such massive and egregious ecocide because as big-brained, big-footed, overproducing, overconsuming, arrogant and selfish mammals we freely move all over the place recklessly, wantonly and mindlessly trumping the interests of countless nonhuman animals (animals). Every second of every day we decide who lives and who dies; we are that powerful. Of course, we also do many wonderful things for our magnificent planet and its fascinating inhabitants, but right now, rather than pat ourselves on the back for all the good ...
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Loon, Interrupted: Chicks Dying, Social Chaos; Is Their Comeback Unraveling? 8.10.2014 Truthout - All Articles
A common loon. (Photo: Matthew / Flickr ) Holderness, New Hampshire - Tiffany Grade sweeps her binoculars over tangled tree roots at water’s edge. She spots a black and white checkerboard of feathers in a lichen-covered crease in the shoreline – a loon sitting on a nest. Just offshore, a second loon glides past, dives, then disappears. Also see: Heavy Metal Songs: Contaminated Songbirds Sing the Wrong Tunes To the untrained eye, it’s an idyllic summer scene on Squam Lake. But to a loon biologist like Grade, it’s trouble. “Do you see the way he stretches his neck up?” Grade says, pointing to the diving bird. “He knows he’s some place he shouldn’t be.” The male intruder is biding his time until the nesting loon leaves. This vying for territory imperils the unhatched chick: Its parents can be killed or distracted, leaving the egg undefended or the chick unfed. And if one parent is ousted, the intruder kills the chick. At Squam Lake, it’s social chaos. Chicks are dying. Eggs aren’t hatching. It’s a scenario ...
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Conservation groups launch television ad attacking Walker over iron mine 8.10.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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