User: irge304 Topic: Biodiversity
Category: Protection :: National Parks
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Too many people crowding the great sights 5.7.2015 Seattle Times: Opinion
ROME — On a recent June day, about 24,999 other tourists and I squeezed into the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel. Seeing the Vatican and its museums is one of the most visually magnificent experiences on Earth. Clearly, the word has gotten out. The chapel’s ceiling — where Michelangelo painted God sending the spark of life to […]
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Land conservation is good for business 3.7.2015 Seattle Times: Opinion
The federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which protects our country’s public lands that create economic opportunities for small businesses, is set to expire in fewer than 100 days unless lawmakers act quickly to reauthorize it [“Congress must lead on recreation, conservation,” Opinion, June 21]. Small-business owners understand the connection between the preservation of […]
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Heading outdoors? A roundup of July 4 campfire, fireworks bans 3.7.2015 Seattle Times: Local
Be extra cautious with campfires and especially with fireworks -- if you have them at all.
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North York Moors potash mine gets £1.7bn go-ahead 1.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

National park authority backs plan to dig mile-deep shaft under protected moorland and tunnel 16km inland from coast, with promise of 1,000 jobs

A small corner of one of Britain’s most stunning national parks will be dug up to make way for a £1.7bn potash mine after locals were wooed with promises of more than 1,000 jobs – and the idea of restoring the proud mining heritage of the north-east of England.

After a four-year planning wrangle, members of the North York Moors National Park Authority narrowly gave the green light to UK firm Sirius Minerals – via its subsidiary York Potash – to dig a mile-deep shaft under heavily protected moorland overlooking Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay.

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Far from being a ‘Mugabe-style grab’, Scotland’s land reform is too timid | George Monbiot 30.6.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Why not raise the level of ambition with new national parks, protected for their habitats, which could generate new jobs built on wildlife and tourism? ‘Tartan Stalinists” , the “Highland Stasi”, “Scottish Nazi party”, the “new Zimbabwe” : surely the corporate press will soon run out of similes? Or at least drop dead through hyperventilation. No such luck. The mild proposals in the Scottish government’s land reform bill , published last week, provoke such fulminations among the proprietorial classes that they could power the national grid. Much of this fury is caused by the plan to cancel the business rate exemption (granted to the aristocracy by John Major’s government in 1994) for deer-stalking estates, grouse moors and salmon fishing. Talk about a culture of ...
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North York Moors mineral mine set to get go-ahead 30.6.2015 Guardian: Environment

Promising to create over 1,000 jobs and pump £1bn-plus into the UK economy, the scheme has won over many locals but angered environmentalists

One of the biggest developments in a UK national park in living memory could get the go-ahead on Tuesday if councillors approve plans for a £1.7bn mineral mine under the North York Moors.

Following Lancashire council’s surprise decision to defy its own planners and legal advisers by rejecting fracking on Monday, the meeting in Whitby will be closely watched by those keen to see whether big resources projects can win over local officials.

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Migrating humpback whale freed from fishing trap near Sydney – video 29.6.2015 Guardian: Environment
Australian national parks staff and water police freed a migrating humpback whale from a fishing trap near Sydney Heads on Sunday. Whale watchers, tracking a pod of three frolicking whales, raised the alarm when it became clear one distressed adult was entangled in a fishing trap, dragging three buoys behind it Continue reading...
Tourist attraction may collapse into sea 28.6.2015 CNN: Top Stories
It looks as if someone has made a cut in a wedding cake, but no one is celebrating.
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Stonewall Inn: A signpost in history becomes official landmark 28.6.2015 Seattle Times: Nation & World
Actions are being taken by the National Parks Conservation Association to recognize the small patch of public space outside the Stonewall Inn as a national park.
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Boots on! Five of the best multi-day hiking trails across Australia 25.6.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

From outback Northern Territory to the Tasmanian wilderness, these long walks allow you to explore some of the most beautiful parts of the country

Some of Australia’s wildest terrain can only be appreciated fully on foot. Multi-day hikes allow you to become immersed in the scenery, from the rugged beauty of the desert to serene, sunny beaches. The following hikes are well marked and safe, with plenty of campsites and accommodation along the way.

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U.S. parks pull battle flag souvenirs 25.6.2015 CNN: Top Stories
The National Park Service on Wednesday asked its bookstore and gift shop vendors to remove standalone Confederate flag items from their shelves -- a move one of their biggest merchants agreed to make.
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Invest in America the beautiful 24.6.2015 Washington Post: Editorials
What’s the price point of purple mountain majesty? Thanks to increased entry fees at 130 national parks this summer, some double or even triple their former levels, the cost of America the beautiful is on the rise. The National Park Service is hardly to blame for the hikes that have begun to make hiking pricey. It is the job of Congress to fund the Park Service at a level needed to keep our parks pristine and affordable.Read full article ...
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Grizzly bears captured for study as feds consider delisting 24.6.2015 AP Washington
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Twenty-four grizzly bears have been captured so far this year in and around Yellowstone National Park as wildlife managers start another season of research toward a potential lifting of federal protections....
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Just In Time For Summer: National Parks Hiking Entrance Fees 24.6.2015 NPR News
The fees will be used for park enhancements to make up for Federal budget cuts.
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Statewide burn ban now in effect so campers and fishermen should use caution when traveling this summer 22.6.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
The summer time heatwave has arrived sooner than expected, and the dry weather coupled with drought-like conditions has a statewide burn ban in effect. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources announced Monday in a news release to broaden the DNR-protected land burn ban not only for Eastern Washington, but to areas west of the […]
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Fire danger prompts statewide burn ban on state lands 22.6.2015 Seattle Times: Local
A burn ban is now in effect for all state-protected lands in Washington because of increasing fire danger.
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Tracking people to improve our parks 20.6.2015 Durango Herald
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Scientists are putting tracking devices on a new species – people – as they try to learn more about how their movements affect ecosystems in national parks.Park visitors carrying global positioning devices have provided Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado data to improve shuttle service to a...
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National parks track a new species: Homo sapiens 19.6.2015 Seattle Times: Nation & World
Tracking devices show where people go, and help parks understand what’s needed for visitors and how to safeguard ecosystems.
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National park in North Dakota gets new superintendent 18.6.2015 AP Washington
MEDORA, N.D. (AP) -- A 21-year veteran of the National Park Service has been named superintendent of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota....
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Georgia zoo flooding: what to do if you encounter a tiger 18.6.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

With a tiger reportedly still roaming free in Tbilisi after severe floods damaged the zoo, here’s some advice on how best to survive a confrontation

A white tiger that escaped from a zoo in Tbilisi after heavy flooding mauled a man to death on Wednesday, and on Thursday authorities in the Georgian capital said they were still looking for another tiger and a hyena.

Heavily armed government officers were on constant patrol on Thursday morning, as jumpy residents called in at the slightest noise or strange movement outside. But what should they do if they find themselves confronted with a tiger?

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