User: irge304 Topic: Biodiversity
Category: Protection :: National Parks
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Huge surge in visitors to national parks this summer 3.9.2015 Seattle Times: Nation & World
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. — Visitors heading to the Grand Canyon lately know they are going to get two things when they arrive: breathtaking views and long waits, whether it is to get into the national park itself or to find a parking spot inside. A few frustrated tourists have even turned around and […]
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National parks seeing huge spikes in visitation this summer 3.9.2015 AP National
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) -- Visitors heading to the Grand Canyon lately know they are going to get two things when they arrive: breathtaking views and long waits, whether it is to get into the national park itself or to find a parking spot inside. A few frustrated tourists have even turned around and left....
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Sri Lanka may restrict visitors to its national parks 2.9.2015 New Kerala: World News
Colombo, Sep 2 : Sri Lanka may restrict visitors to each of its national parks after a recent spate of vehicular accidents injured and killed wild animals, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said here on Wednesday.
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Conservationists step up anti-fox effort after attack on Sydney penguin colony 2.9.2015 Guardian: Environment

Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife wants to install motion-sensing cameras, a thermal camera and flashing-light fox deterrents

Conservationists want to install motion-sensing cameras and fox-deterring lights at the last mainland penguin colony in New South Wales, after a fox killed 27 of the endangered birds in just 11 days.

In June, a fox discovered the colony of little penguins in the Sydney suburb of Manly, resulting in carnage. There were just 60 breeding pairs in the colony before the attacks.

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Got a 4th grader? Get in free to national parks 2.9.2015 Seattle Times: Nation & World
New program offers free annual family pass to all U.S. national parks in order to help get kids (and their parents) into the outdoors.
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Barack Obama to give Mount McKinley back its Native American name 31.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Highest peak in North America to be renamed Denali, an Athabascan word meaning ‘the high one’

Barack Obama, has said he will be changing the name of the highest mountain in North America from Mount McKinley to Denali.

Related: Buttes and beasts: amazing US national parks – in pictures

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Gabon: protecting vital forests, and communities 27.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
The west African nation is working to balance competing demands of retaining biodiversity and mitigating climate change with the immediate needs of its people Anne-Marie Ndong Obiang has a machete attached to her belt, which she assures us is “for cutting off poachers’ fingers”. In her spotless forest-green camouflage uniform she does not appear to be joking. Working for Gabon’s National Parks Agency (ANPN) she has firsthand experience of the harsh conditions in the big reserves in the north of the country, some almost impenetrable. Gold prospectors, often from neighbouring Cameroon, have been known to leave craters 40 metres deep in the middle of the woods. Obiang is head of the Raponda Walker Arboretum close to the capital Libreville, which is on the Atlantic coast. Her priority here is to combat uncontrolled urban sprawl. “My fellow eco-wardens and myself can’t look the other way for a moment without someone starting to build beside the track,” she says. True enough quite substantial houses are ...
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North End residents just won a seven year fight against city hall 27.8.2015 Boston Globe: Massachusetts
North End residents just won a seven year fight against city hall
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Free days at California's national parks: A photographic history seen through The Times' archives 26.8.2015 LA Times: Top News
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Safari guide killed by lion in Zimbabwe 25.8.2015 Seattle Times: Nation & World
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A lion charged and killed a safari guide who was leading a group of tourists in the same national park in Zimbabwe that was the home of Cecil the lion who was killed by a bow hunter in July. Police spokeswoman Charity Charamba said Tuesday that Quinn Swales was in Hwange […]
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Lion kills safari guide in Zimbabwe park that also was home to Cecil 25.8.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
A lion charged and killed a safari guide who was leading a group of tourists in the same national park in Zimbabwe that was the home of Cecil the lion who was killed by a bow hunter in ...
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I Can't Stop Reading One-Star Yelp Reviews of National Parks 25.8.2015 Mother Jones
The National Park Service turns 99 years old on Tuesday. To celebrate, the Department of the Interior has waived admission fees for all NPS sites for the day. That's a pretty sweet deal. You should stop reading this right now, call in sick, and enjoy the great outdoors. National parks are great. But not everyone agrees. Yelp is filled with one- and two-star reviews of America's most pristine and majestic natural wonders. And honestly, they're riveting. What makes a national park a one-star destination varies from one reviewer to the next. Maybe the tacos at the visitor center aren't up to snuff. Maybe it was cloudy. Maybe the park was too cowardly to cut down some trees for spillover parking lots. Maybe it was President Barack Obama's fault. Whatever the case, you can thank these people for leaving the campgrounds a little bit less crowded for the rest of us: Joshua tree: The desert is too hot. Esther Lee /Flickr I looked it up, and it's true—the bees at Joshua Tree National Park are out of control . In ...
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Safari guide killed by lion in Zimbabwe 25.8.2015 Hindu: International
Police spokeswoman Charity Charamba said on Tuesday that Quinn Swales was in Hwange National Park when he spotted six lions on Monday. “One of the lions had cubs and they became hostile. Mr....
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Tanzania turns a blind eye to poaching as elephant populations tumble 20.8.2015 Guardian: Environment
As illegal poaching escalates in national parks from Selous to Ruaha, officials attempt to silence the crisis and many fear Serengeti herds will be next For tour guides in Tanzania, the results of a continental elephant census showing that the country had lost two-thirds of its herd in five years and become Africa’s ivory trading hub came as no surprise. They’d tried to prevent tourists from seeing the melting skins and drying bones littering the Selous ecosystem in southern Tanzania for years. But they couldn’t mask the shots heard from safari camps in a reserve once known as “the elephant capital of the world”. Last year it was named in the journal Science as Africa’s poaching hotspot , and a Unesco world heritage in danger site. “When you hear the gunshots next to the camp, you know that they’re [elephants] being finished,” said one safari guide in Tanzania’s commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, who spoke on condition of anonymity. As people cried foul over Cecil, a 13-year-old lion shot to fame by a ...
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Uncle Sam joining ranks of businesses reviewed on Yelp 19.8.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Watch out TSA: You’ll be joining the ranks of beauty salons, taco stands, and other services reviewed on Yelp, and Uncle Sam says it will take the online ratings into account to improve what the government calls “customer satisfaction.” Under a deal with Yelp, the government will officially recognize the public’s […]
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Man who allowed Cecil the lion hunt on his land charged 19.8.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Zimbabwe has charged a man on whose land the well-known Cecil the lion was shot by American dentist Walter James Palmer in ...
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Zimbabwe charges farmer over killing of Cecil the lion, but not American dentist 19.8.2015 Washington Post
Zimbabwe has charged a second man in connection to the killing of Cecil the lion, but his name is not Walter Palmer.Prosecutors on Tuesday accused Zimbabwean farmer Honest Ndlovu of allowing the American dentist to hunt Cecil on his land without the required permission, the Associated Press reported.Read full article ...
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Uncle Sam joining ranks of businesses reviewed on Yelp 19.8.2015 AP Business
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Watch out TSA: You'll be joining the ranks of beauty salons, taco stands, and other services reviewed on Yelp, and Uncle Sam says it will take the online ratings into account to improve what the government calls "customer satisfaction."...
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Taiwan: Cycling tour showcases coastal routes, national parks 17.8.2015 LA Times: Commentary
The island nation of Taiwan is the focus of Bicycle Adventures' new cycling tour. The 11-day tour, led by Lonely Planet writer and cyclist Joshua Samuel Brown, will begin in Taipei with a high-speed train ride to the city of Kaohsiung at the southern end of the island.
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Get on with extending our national parks | Letters 16.8.2015 Guardian: Environment
The communities secretary, Greg Clark, says “no one benefits from uncertainty caused by delays in planning decisions” ( Act quickly on fracking or we will, ministers tell councils , 13 August). Quite right. Will he now have a word with his colleagues in Defra who have so far spent 23 months considering an inspector’s report on whether to extend the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales national parks? It is perhaps understandable that hard-pressed local authority planning departments struggle with fracking applications. They are hugely controversial and raise serious issues of public safety, water contamination, traffic movement and much else. It is much less clear why the government has sat on its hands on the Lakes-Dales extension, which is supported by local people and has clear economic and social benefits. Shaun Spiers Chief executive, Campaign to Protect Rural England • The Canadian government’s reckless determination to promote tar sands oil ( Canada’s tar sands landscape from the air – in pictures , ...
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