User: irge304 Topic: Biodiversity
Category: Biodiversity
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UN: Growing threat to food from decline in biodiversity 22.2.2019 BBC News - Science & Environment
A UN report says the plants, animals and crops crucial to human food systems are in global decline.
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The Rise of Dishonest Diversity 21.2.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
"If derelict systems will ever evolve,” says author Irshad Manji, “people have to risk giving offense.”
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Critics say border wall could harm wildlife corridors and sensitive desert terrain 21.2.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
The wall along the U.S.-Mexico border cuts across sensitive desert and mountainous terrain. But environmental regulations are waived for wall construction, raising concerns about long-term damage.
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What Would Happen If All the Insects Went Extinct? 18.2.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
Insect numbers everywhere are declining—and scientists aren't exactly sure why.
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Trump doesn’t let environmental laws stand in the way of border barrier construction 15.2.2019 LA Times: Commentary

Over the last week, Marianna Trevino Wright has watched work crews drive through her butterfly sanctuary in the Rio Grande Valley to a nearby site where brush is being cleared for a planned six-mile stretch of border wall.

Wright fears they will next start building an 18-foot-tall steel and concrete...

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New 'mysterious' frog species discovered in India's Western Ghats 13.2.2019 BBC: World
The new species were found after three years of extensive explorations in the Western Ghats.
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World's Bananas Are in 'Imminent Danger' of Disease 11.2.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
But fear not, science can come to the rescue.
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Trump administration waives environmental review to replace more San Diego border fencing 9.2.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Describing San Diego’s border with Mexico as “an area of high illegal entry,” the Trump administration announced this week it is waiving environmental review requirements to speed up replacement of 12.4 miles of the secondary border fence.

This project was funded by a 2018 spending bill that allocated...

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As grizzlies come back, frustration builds over continued protections 2.2.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service keeps trying, and failing, to get grizzly bears taken off the endangered species list. Some worry that growing frustration could hurt ongoing efforts to protect the bears.
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JBS USA accused of illegally releasing wastewater into Greeley-area waterway 2.2.2019 Denver Post: Local
The Greeley-based beef and pork processor JBS Holdings is being accused by environmental organizations of illegally releasing wastewater from slaughterhouses. The Center for Biological Diversity and Food & Water Watch have sent the company notice that it plans to sue over what they are violations of the company's permit to discharge the waste into an area creek.
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The end of fur trapping in California? Bill seeks to shut down a dwindling industry 25.1.2019 LA Times: Commentary

A bill submitted to the state Legislature on Thursday seeks to close the book on a centuries-old livelihood and vestige of old California: commercial trapping of native mammals for their pelts.

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher (D-San Diego) introduced the Wildlife Protection Act of 2019 in...

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Environmental groups appeal PolyMet mine permits 23.1.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The groups argue the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency ignored evidence that PolyMet intends to process more ore daily than called for in its air permit. And they argue the company's water permit improperly allows pollutants to be discharged to groundwater.
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The Dirty Truth About Oat Milk 17.1.2019 Mother Jones
Move over, almond and soy milk: An oat milk boom, as I argued in a piece last year, could help the Midwest solve some of its most dire agricultural issues. And now there’s new research out this month to help support the case for covering the region with oats. In states like Iowa, fertilizer runoff from […]
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Whaling is one cultural tradition that does not deserve respect 17.1.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

To the editor: Mutually honoring cultural diversity is a globally recognized value, in many cases. But what about Japan’s “whaling tradition”?

Are we still to honor traditions and turn a blind eye when horrible cruelty is inflicted on humans or other species? Whaling doesn’t deserve my respect....

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World's 'loneliest' frog gets a date 15.1.2019 BBC News - Science & Environment
Scientists find a Juliet for water frog, Romeo, once thought to be the last of his kind in the world.
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Japan wants respect for its ‘whaling tradition’ 15.1.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

To the editor: Your Jan. 3 editorial on whaling overlooks several critical facts.

You underplay Japan’s commitment to the conservation of marine living resources. You correctly write that Japan will limit whaling to its coastal waters, but fail to note that Japan will set catch limits at a level...

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Environmentalists made a troubling deal with Tejon Ranch 2.1.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

As I turned a corner, the animal was suddenly right there in all its furious glory, hissing a warning and baring its teeth. It was the first badger I’d ever seen, and I beat a hasty retreat. But after that close encounter at Tejon Ranch 30 years ago, I watched from a distance, fascinated by this...

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They survive droughts, they eat trees — South Africa's goats are helping farmers weather climate change 1.1.2019 LA Times: Commentary

Mvezelwa Mhlabunzima stands in a wooden pen of a hundred or so shaggy young goats and points out his charges, one by one.

“This one’s a twin,” he says, gesturing to a kid leaning into his leg. He points to two others. “That one’s a twin, with that one … I know them all.”

The 35-year-old farmer...

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Exploding Ants, Rainbow Slugs, and Tiny Seahorses: 11 New Species Discovered This Year 30.12.2018 Mother Jones
Considering there are nearly eight billion people on Earth, and that more and more species are being pushed into extinction by climate change, habitat destruction, and pollution, it may seem like there would be few species left for humans to discover. In fact, there could be up to a trillion species on the planet, 99.999 percent of which have yet to […]
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Fireworks banned on the Galapagos to protect wildlife 29.12.2018 BBC: Science
Authorities in Ecuador say animals suffered elevated heart rates and anxiety after pyrotechnic shows.
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