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A merciless bat-killing fungus is on the move again. Now it's in Texas. 24.3.2017 Washington Post
A merciless bat-killing fungus is on the move again. Now it's in Texas.
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The best use of California's dead trees: Leave them in the mountains 22.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary

To the editor: Science refutes virtually every claim in Jacques Leslie’s ode to logging. Dead trees, which Leslie would have removed from the Sierra Nevada and used for energy, don’t make wildfires worse; in fact, they can slow hot fires moving through the forest canopy. High-severity fire isn’t...

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Congress Rolls Back Obama-Era Rule On Hunting Bears And Wolves In Alaska 22.3.2017 NPR News
The Senate voted Tuesday to lift a 2016 ban on certain hunting practices — like trapping and aerial shooting — on national wildlife refuges there. Now the bill heads to President Trump to be signed.
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Shrimp fossil is named for British naturalist Attenborough 22.3.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — He recently had a polar research vessel named in his honor. Now Sir David Attenborough, the famed British naturalist, also has an ancient shrimp as a namesake. To mark Attenborough’s 90th birthday, researchers from Yale University and universities in England named in his honor a distant relative of today’s shrimp […]
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How Trump's Supreme Court Pick Quietly Wipes Out Environmental Cases 20.3.2017 Mother Jones
Faced with the Trump administration's assault on regulations, environmental advocates are planning to turn to the courts to limit some of the damage. Green groups are already crafting lawsuits to block any efforts to roll back rules on power plant emissions, vehicle pollution, coal mining, and pipeline permits. Environmentalists have been studying the record of Trump's Supreme Court nominee, 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch, whose Senate confirmation hearings begin Monday. They are trying to understand how he might handle cases on Obama-era climate initiatives, air pollution, and water quality, which may one day end up at the Supreme Court. Chief among their concerns are whether he will even allow them to have their day in court at all. "He’s not one of those judges who wants to swing the courthouse doors [open] to environmental suits," says Michael Gerrard, Columbia University Director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. "It would lower their probability for success for those few ...
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Indonesia deports 2 French journalists from Papua province 19.3.2017 Washington Post: World
Indonesia has deported two French journalists for committing visa violations while shooting a documentary film in Indonesia’s easternmost province of Papua, an official said Sunday.
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Indonesia deports 2 French journalists from Papua province 19.3.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia has deported two French journalists for committing visa violations while shooting a documentary film in Indonesia’s easternmost province of Papua, an official said Sunday. The journalists, Jean Frank Pierre and Basille Marie Longhamp, were sent home Friday through Mozes Kilangin airport in Timika, said immigration office spokesman Agung Sampurno. The […]
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Alaska's national refuges are not private game reserves 18.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary

The 16 national wildlife refuges in Alaska span the state from the remote Arctic on the northern edge to the volcanic Aleutian islands southwest of Anchorage. Across the refuges’ nearly 77 million acres, animal diversity abounds — ice worms and seabirds, black bears and grizzly bears, wolves, moose,...

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Indonesia summons British envoy over coral damaged by ship 17.3.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s government summoned the British ambassador on Friday to discuss compensation for the destruction of coral reefs by a cruise ship chartered by a British tour company in a tourist area known for outstanding marine biodiversity. The 4,200-ton cruise ship M.V. Caledonian Sky ran aground on coral reefs in the waters […]
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Meet Silicon Valley's Secretive Alt-Right Followers 10.3.2017 Mother Jones
Readers of The Right Stuff long knew that founder "Mike Enoch" had two main interests: technology and white supremacy. Posts on the neo-Nazi site have included discussion of "a new blogging platform built on node.js," while other less techie content has alluded to the "chimpout" in Ferguson, putting Jews in ovens, and Trump's "top-tier troll" of Jews on Holocaust Remembrance Day . In January, Enoch was outed as Mike Peinovich, a Manhattan-based software engineer. His unmasking highlighted a lingering question about the racist far-right movement that rose to prominence with Donald Trump's election: What support might the so-called alt-right have among techies? Ever since I began investigating the extremist groups lining up behind Trump last spring, several of their leaders have made big claims to me about an alt-right following in Silicon Valley and across the broader tech industry. "The average alt-right-ist is probably a 28-year old tech-savvy guy working in IT," white nationalist Richard Spencer ...
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Letter: Stop the perverse slaughter of wildlife 4.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
The U.S. Congress (H.J. Resolution 69) has voted to strip away protections for wolves, bears and other predators in national wildlife refuges in Alaska. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, argues the rule “illegally seized authority away from the state of Alaska.” This rule was crafted by professional wildlife managers to stop the most appalling practices imagined in wildlife “management.” Young promotes killing wolf pups and hibernating bears in their dens, shooting grizzly bears from aircraft, and trapp...
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Rise of the robot bees: Tiny drones turned into artificial pollinators 3.3.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Honeybees are a critical part of agriculture, pollinating many of our favorite crops. But bee deaths are on the rise. In Japan, scientists are testing whether insect-sized drones can help do the job.
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Rise Of The Robot Bees: Tiny Drones Turned Into Artificial Pollinators 3.3.2017 NPR News
Honeybees are a critical part of agriculture, pollinating many of our favorite crops. But bee deaths are on the rise. In Japan, scientists are testing whether insect-sized drones can help do the job.
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First Clouded Leopard Cub Born Using Cryopreserved Semen 3.3.2017 NPR News
A statement from the Smithsonian National Zoo and the Nashville Zoo said Thursday that the accomplishment is "a giant step for global conservation efforts."
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New Interior Secretary Zinke reverses lead-ammunition ban 3.3.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

WASHINGTON (AP) — On his first full day in office, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke issued an order Thursday reversing a last-minute action by the Obama administration to ban lead ammunition and fish tackle used on national wildlife refuges. Gun-rights supporters condemned the earlier order — issued a day before Obama left office Jan. 20 — […]
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How plants can provide clues about the spread of ancient civilizations 3.3.2017 LA Times: Science

Indiana Jones may have found a few more lost temples if he’d known a thing or two about plants. By mapping the distribution of tree species with known archaeological sites in the Amazon basin, scientists have discovered that humans shaped the makeup of the Amazon forests over thousands of years.

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Humans have caused an explosion of never-before-seen minerals all over the Earth 2.3.2017 Washington Post
Humans have caused an explosion of never-before-seen minerals all over the Earth
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California court expands endangered-species removal powers 28.2.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court on Monday said petitioners seeking to remove a subset of coho salmon from the state’s endangered species list could present new evidence to argue the listing was wrong. In a unanimous ruling, the court overturned a lower court decision that said efforts to remove the salmon and […]
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Midwest, Wyoming lawmakers target wolf protections again 26.2.2017 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Pressure is building in Congress to take gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region and Wyoming off the endangered list, which would allow farmers to kill the animals if they threaten livestock. Representatives from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Wyoming have asked House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin for a fast floor […]
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Letter: Is Bishop obtuse or stupid? 25.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Did I read that right? Speaking of the Endangered Species Act, Rep. Rob Bishop said, “It has never been used for the rehabilitation of species. It’s been used to control the land.” Is Bishop being willfully obtuse or is it a case of staggering stupidity? The Endangered Species Act is both popular and successful. Since its passage in 1978, this bill has aimed to protect 2,270 species that are endangered or threatened. According to the Center for Biological Diversity, more than 200 species would h...
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