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In Memory of the Woman Who Helped Bears in Distress 29.4.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Else Poulsen with Grace, an American black bear, at a refuge center in New Jersey. Poulsen, a bear behavioralist, died last week. Photograph by Angela Kyle, courtesy of the Bear Care Group Few people know bears as intimately as author and bear behavioralist Else Poulsen, who died on April 15 in her home in Ontario, Canada, after a battle with cancer. She was 61. If ever there was a bear whisperer, Poulsen was one. She raised bears, comforted bears, taught bears, learned from bears, had bears communicate their needs to her, and nursed bears back to health. She shared in the joy of a polar bear discovering soil under her paws for the first time in 20 years, felt the pride of a cub learning to crack nuts with her molars. She also grieved at the barbarity of captivity for Asian black bears in China and Vietnam, which is how she and I bonded, as I'd been researching bear bile trafficking and bile farms for my book Animal Investigators. "Nothing stumped her," says Jill Robinson, who often sought Poulsen's ...
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The Dithering Dozen: Twelve Prominent Climate Deniers 25.4.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Back in 2007, arguably the most leader-like thing Alaska Governor Sarah Palin could have done was her executive order establishing a state "Climate Change Sub-Cabinet." Her order reads, "Climate change is not just an environmental issue It is also a social, cultural, and economic issue important to all Alaskans." She went there. But nowadays, with the knob on her cray-cray meter cranked up to eleven, she says  climate change is a hoax . This week, she metaphorically donned an Alaskan tinfoil toque to pitch Climate Hustle, a new climate denial documentary. "We're told by fearmongers that global warming is due to man's activities and this presents strong arguments against that in a very relatable way," she said in an interview with the political journal Variety Daily. Then, as I stewed about how shedding one's rationality has become a cherished political talent in America, I ran down the list of politicians and media figures who, in playing to their conservative base, have abruptly decided that everything ...
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Spotted bats, ptarmigan, lynx, other wildlife prioritized in Colorado 8.4.2016 Denver Post: News: Local
Colorado unveiled wildlife-saving priorities for the next decade, aiming to ensure survival of 210 imperiled species including lynx, wolverines, prairie chickens, frogs, ptarmigan, ...
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Time Is Running Out To See The Photo Ark: One Man's Journey to Save the World's Most Endangered Species 1.4.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Each and every one of Earth's creatures are precious. Even those that are covered in scales, have eight legs or are as small as a thumbnail. We saw the world's uproar in 2015 when Cecil the Lion was killed illegally by a trophy hunter. But it does not matter whether majestic and beloved or forgotten about and slimy, half of the world's plant and animal species will soon be threatened by extinction. Each time we lose a species, we don't just lose a curious sight, we lose opportunities for medical research and a greater understanding of ourselves, we lose a link in the chain of our fragile ecosphere that protects our food, our water and our air. Issues around endangerment and extinction are complicated and often polarizing. It is far easier to turn a blind eye than to care about the last remaining frog of it's kind halfway around the world. Often times though it is not willful ignorance that causes inaction, but just simply not knowing. How can you know, care and connect to an animal that you may not have ...
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Critically endangered Lake Titicaca frogs find refuge at Denver Zoo 25.3.2016 Denver Post: Local
It's not easy being green, critically endangered and hunted as a form of South American Viagra, but for 20 Lake Titicaca frogs life should be less dangerous now that they've found refuge at the Denver ...
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'FARC frog' caught up in Colombian conflict 17.3.2016 Yahoo: Politics

Stuffed "Atelopus Farci" frogs, named after the Farc guerilla fighters, at the National University of Colombia, in BogotaNow, despite their olive-green camo, both the FARC and the frog have disappeared from the creature's sole habitat, a mountainside forest in central Colombia, near the town of Alban. "Cloaked in camouflage and hiding out in the forest, (the frog) immediately reminded me of the FARC," said Lynch, a professor at the National University of Colombia.


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Inside a tiny 'tropical forest' 7.3.2016 CNN: Top Stories
With the iconic Table Mountain, pristine beaches and nature's finest beasts roaming game parks just a short drive away, it's easy to see why Cape Town continues to be one of the world's favorite tourist destinations.
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Finding the 'Unexpected' in South Jersey 28.2.2016 Philly.com News
Veronica Van Hof's nearest neighbors are ducks, beavers, Pine Barrens tree frogs, and nearly 180 other species of birds, mammals, and reptiles. And she watches over them all.
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State wildlife officials begin wildlife status reviews 25.2.2016 AP Washington
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- State wildlife officials say they are beginning wildlife status reviews on species that are listed by the state as endangered, threatened or sensitive....
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Whoops! 12 Tales Of Accidental Brilliance In Science 25.2.2016 NPR News
You nominated 300 cool stories of scientific surprise for Skunk Bear's Golden Mole Award. Our shortlist has it all: circuits painted with light, imperceptible genitalia, and a terrifying frog.
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Trust Us, You Don't Want To Be Caught In A Bat Tornado 25.2.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
You couldn't get us within 100 miles of this place, but we'll gladly watch 20 million bats in a feeding frenzy from the safety of our computer screen. As for Kelly Sweet, the National Geographic producer who gets caught in a bat tornado in the video above, hats off to her. However, we recommend she keep her hat on. "You could not safely stand there because they will fly into you and get stuck in your hair," she says in the YouTube description. The clip, posted earlier this month, features a guano-load of Mexican free-tailed bats, also known as Tadarida brasiliensis,  flying out of Bracken Cave near San Antonio, Texas. It's home to the largest bat colony in the world, National Geographic says, and it hosts one heckuva buffet outside. On this hunt, which happens nightly between March and October before the bats migrate south, they consumed 200 tons of insects, the video says. Each bat can consume three times its body weight, according to Untamed Science. This isn't some fleeting all-you-can-eat. Mexican ...
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Finishing third in S.C. would be a huge setback for Cruz 19.2.2016 Washington Post
After Nikki Haley’s endorsement, Marco Rubio may have the momentum to overtake Ted Cruz for second ...
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Frogs Are Really Cool. Too Bad Humans Are Killing Them All 15.2.2016 Wired Top Stories
In the age of human-induced mass extinction, frogs face great peril, which makes cataloging and understanding them of urgent ...
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Dominion outlines new national forest route for pipeline 12.2.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Energy companies behind the Atlantic Coast Pipeline have carved a new proposed route through national forests in West Virginia and Virginia. The alternate released Friday is in response to federal concerns about the national gas pipeline’s initial path through sensitive areas. Dominion Resources Inc. says the new route would reduce by […]
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Biodiversity Loss and the Doomsday Clock: An Invisible Disaster Almost No One is Talking About 11.2.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Phil Torres

As of this month, the UN World Meteorological Organization, NASA, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) all confirmed that 2015 was the warmest year on record by “a big margin,” beating the previous record set by 2014. In fact, fourteen of the hottest years on record have all occurred after 2000.

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The Fight To Save Panama's 'Symbol Of Hope' From Extinction 10.2.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
I've lived in Panama for less than a month, and I've already become quite familiar with its celebrated golden frog. The little yellow guy is all over t-shirts and postcards and souvenirs. He's stamped on lottery tickets and grinning above the entrance to the aptly-named "La Rana Dorada" restaurant in downtown Panama City. Archaeologists have even discovered ancient gold relics sculpted in the shape of tiny amphibians. I asked both locals and scientists what the frog means to them; why you see its iconic face everywhere. "We're taught in school that it's a symbol Panama's biodiversity," journalist and entrepreneur Alfonso Grimaldo said. "It's a natural light; a reminder that the earth is sacred," said agriculture student Ericka Quiroz. "They were everywhere when we were kids; we used to catch them from the drain pipes," designer Ani Dillon recalled. Known for its striking day-glo coloring and the adorable waving motion it makes with its webbed hands, the golden frog represented hope and resilience and the ...
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Rare Footage Captures America's Only Known Wild Jaguar 5.2.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In the Santa Rita Mountains outside of Tucson, Arizona, roams a lonely and unlikely predator.  His name is El Jefe, Spanish for "the boss" -- and he is  America's only known wild jaguar . While scientists have been tracking the animal for about three years, the big cat is making his video debut after the nonprofits Conservation CATalyst and the Center for Biological Diversity unveiled dramatic footage of the predator in his natural environment. " A lot of people have no idea that we have jaguars in the United States or that they belong here," said the center's Randy Serraglio, according to The Associated Press. "In bringing this video, we hope to inspire people to care about these animals and support protection for their homes." Jaguars once roamed throughout the American Southwest , with historical reports putting them as far north as the Grand Canyon and as far east as Louisiana, the center said in a statement. But over the last 150 years, these large, majestic felines vanished from their U.S. range as ...
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Leading from the Left 29.1.2016 American Prospect
(Photo: AP/Jae C. Hong) Senator Edward Kennedy speaks during the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. This book review appears in the Fall 2015 issue of The American Prospect magazine.  Subscribe here . Lion of the Senate: When Ted Kennedy Rallied the Democrats in a GOP Congress By Nick Littlefield and David Nexon Simon & Shuster When the Republicans under Newt Gingrich swept to victory in the 1994 elections, one exception to the tide was Edward M. Kennedy. On what was a terrible day for Democrats almost everywhere else, Kennedy weathered the toughest challenge of his career from a Republican businessman named Mitt Romney. Kennedy was always attentive to his Massachusetts political base, but he had never had to work harder in a re-election campaign. He took out a million-dollar personal loan on his house in Virginia and rallied back not by trimming or pretending to be who he wasn’t, but by running as, well, Ted Kennedy. At a packed rally in Boston’s Faneuil Hall on October 16, he laid it ...
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'Lost' frog re-emerges after 130 years 22.1.2016 CNN: Top Stories
A tree frog only seen once in the 1870s has been found again -- in large numbers and thriving -- in the hilly forests of northeastern India.
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Scientists ID new genus of tree frogs long thought extinct 21.1.2016 Seattle Times: Local

NEW DELHI (AP) — For more than a century, two mysterious tree frog specimens collected by a British naturalist in 1870 and housed at the Natural History Museum in London were assumed to be part of a vanished species, never again found in the wild. Until now. A group of scientists, led by renowned Indian […]
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