User: flenvcenter Topic: Biodiversity-National
Category: Specific Organisms :: Plants
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Can the gene editing technology CRISPR help reduce biodiversity loss worldwide? 20.9.2019 GreenBiz.com
Though scientists are optimistic that CRISPR could help, they also emphasize caution and community engagement in order to get it right.
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Trump's border wall reportedly threatens 22 archaeological sites in Arizona 19.9.2019 LA Times: Environment

An internal report obtained by the Washington Post found that several archaeological sites at the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument "likely will be wholly or partially destroyed by forthcoming border fence construction."

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Critics of federal oil, gas leasing in Colorado focus on fate of fancy-dancing bird and public lands 1.9.2019 Denver Post: News: Local
Public land and wildlife advocates are voicing concerns about the fate of wildlife in general, and the greater sage grouse in particular, as the Bureau of Land Management prepares to auction off oil and gas leases on 64,745 acres in Colorado Sept. 26.
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Illegal cannabis farms still scarring public lands, two years after Prop. 64 29.8.2019 LA Times: Environment

Nearly two years after California voters approved Prop. 64, illegal marijuana grows are continuing in the state's national forests, predominantly the work of Mexican drug traffickers.

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Trump Administration Releases Revisions that Endanger the Endangered Species Act 12.8.2019 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Trump Administration Releases Revisions that Endanger the Endangered Species Act
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Plants Will Get Boost From Rising CO2 Emissions but Only for Another 80 Years, Scientists Warn 12.8.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
Forests "aren't, and won't be, a substitute for the first order of business—cutting fossil fuel emissions," the co-author of the study told Newsweek.
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Planting Trees Is Good. Eliminating Deforestation is Better. 9.8.2019 Mother Jones
Every year, an estimated 15 billion trees are chopped down across the planet to make room for agricultural and urban lands and other uses. We’ve cut down so many, in fact, that what’s left is about half of the number of trees that the Earth supported before the rise of human civilization, and scientists warn […]
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The Big Picture: What Sustains Biodiversity 7.8.2019 EcoTone
Guest post originally published by NCEAS. The synthesis working groups described in this post were funded in 2016 and 2017. The LTER Network Office recently released a new call for synthesis proposals with a deadline of October 23. Eligibility is not limited to members of the LTER Network, although the synthesis must draw on LTER ...
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New evidence shows popular pesticides could cause unintended harm to insects 7.8.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Studies are revealing new, unintended threats that neonicotinoid pesticides pose to insects. The chemicals, widely used by farmers, are difficult to control because they persist in the environment.
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Op-Ed: Will we ever have to ask, 'Where have all the flowers gone?' 4.8.2019 LA Times: Commentary

Whatever conservation means in the future, it will be less about yearning for the past and more about identifying the elements of nature we think we can save.

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Growing change: Can agriculture be good for the climate? 2.8.2019 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Regenerative farming practices can promote soil fertility. They also have the potential to build economic resilience on farms by buffering the risk from threats such as pests, diseases and climate shocks.
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Chasing Palmer: Minnesota tries to stop high-cost invasive weed 19.7.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is taking a zero-tolerance approach to the invasive Palmer amaranth plant, trying to prevent potentially significant financial losses for farmers.
Pollinators & predators in your garden: How to save one, kill the other 17.7.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Pollinators play an important role in our ecosystem. Here's how to care for them while getting rid of the predators in your garden, like dreaded stink bugs.

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Should we resurrect the American chestnut tree with genetic engineering? 25.6.2019 LA Times: Science
Genetic engineering could help save chestnuts and other trees threatened by pests, disease and climate change. But how much we should intervene in nature?
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Giant Hogweed: New York Officials Warn Residents About Dangerous Plant That Causes Serious Burns, Blisters and Scars 25.6.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
The state conservation department is working to eradicate the invasive plant.
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Florida Forest, Home to More Than 20 Protected Species, to Be Bulldozed for Walmart Development 20.6.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
Activists lose long-running battle over 138-acre development on Miami-Dade's pine rockland.
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Nearly 600 Plant Species Have Gone Extinct in Last 250 Years—More Than Twice the Number of Birds, Mammals and Amphibians Combined 11.6.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
Plant extinctions endanger other organisms, ecosystems and the ability of humans to survive on our planet.
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Lessons in Connection at a Tiger Reserve 11.6.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
Poaching, human encroachment and genetic isolation have put tigers on the endangered list. Current estimates put the total tiger population at less than 4,000.
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Art from invasive species creates conversations about conservation 7.6.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
A traveling art studio lets people make paper with pulp created from an invasive grass. The artist hopes to spark interest in paper making and conversations about environmental issues.
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Coastal recovery and resilience: bringing a damaged wetland back to life 31.5.2019 GreenBiz.com
An ambitious wetlands restoration project is underway on Delaware Bay, where scientists are using innovative methods to revive a badly damaged salt marsh.
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