User: irge304 Topic: Biodiversity
Category: Protection :: National Parks
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Critics: Decision to bring back firing squad as backup execution method tarnishes Utah's image 25.3.2015 Star Tribune: Politics
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Parks and Wreck: The Feds Need $11.5 Billion to Fix Our Public Lands 25.3.2015 Mother Jones
In 2014, the 300 million visitors to US national parks may have noticed the potholes in the roads, the magnificent vistas obscured by dense brush, dirty visitors' centers in need of basic repairs, trails that were not maintained, and overgrown campgrounds. Why? Blame Congress, which has routinely purchased new federal lands over the last 20 years while neglecting to fund the maintenance of existing national parks. National parks and historic sites need almost $12 billion in upkeep—or about four times the National Parks Service's annual budget. Meanwhile, congressional Republicans proposed a budget that would slash spending by $5.5 trillion in 10 years. So why the backlog? The NPS claims that stingy funding from Congress has forced park employees to make tough decisions about which repairs to perform and which to put off. But Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and many conservationists place most of the blame on the government, which has bought up new land instead of spending money maintaining the sites it ...
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Orchid named after Singapore's founding PM 24.3.2015 New Kerala: World News
Read Full story of 'Orchid named after Singapore's founding PM' at newkerala.com.
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NPS: Parks need $11.5 billion in deferred maintenance 24.3.2015 Denver Post: Business
Colorado's 12 National Park Service properties need more than $205 million in maintenance and upgrades that has been delayed over the ...
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Grizzly bears can make North Cascades a piece of wild America 23.3.2015 Seattle Times: Opinion
Bringing grizzly bears back to the North Cascades is a way to restore the natural ecosystem and not something to fear.
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Let the computer plan your perfect road trip 21.3.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
A Ph.D. candidate at Michigan State University has an algorithm that will plot the best route to take to see any number of sites. But it won't plan your bathroom breaks.
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The U.S. national park age crisis 19.3.2015 CNN: Top Stories
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David Leyonhjelm wants native wildlife kept as pets to prevent extinction 18.3.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Liberal Democrat senator says: ‘Just as dogs and cats are in no danger of dying out, the same will be true if native animals are privately owned’

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The GOP’s fiscal phonies 18.3.2015 Washington Post: Editorials
HERE’S THE United States’ fiscal predicament in a nutshell: Under current law, the publicly held debt of the federal government will increase by 4.5 percent of gross domestic product over the next decade, to a historically anomalous 78.7 percent of GDP. Thereafter, the debt will grow steadily, exceeding 100 percent of GDP in 2039, due chiefly to medical and retirement programs for an aging population, plus interest payments. The Congressional Budget Office, which produced these forecasts, says that this scenario would have “significant negative consequences for both the economy and the federal budget.” It’s a future in which entitlements and interest gradually squeeze out core functions of the national government such as defense, law enforcement, national parks and basic research. Read full article ...
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Democratic Republic of Congo wants to explore for oil in Virunga national park 16.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

DRC government to consult Unesco to ‘explore judiciously’ in Africa’s most biodiverse park and a world heritage site

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s prime minister has said that his government wants to find a way to explore for oil in the Virunga national park, a Unesco world heritage site , and will engage in negotiations with the UN body to “explore judiciously”.

Virunga, Africa’s oldest and most biodiverse park, has been on the list of ‘world heritage in danger’ since 1994, as two decades of armed conflict and intense poaching by militias has taken its toll on the park’s ecosystem.

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West Sussex shale exploration plans axed 12.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

Celtique Energie drops shale drilling plans comes after infrastructure bill set new restrictions on oil and gas exploration in conservation areas, reports BusinessGreen

Energy company Celtique Energie has dropped plans to test for shale oil in two sites in West Sussex, after the government announced a last-minute change to the law that would ban drilling in national parks.

The South Downs National Park Authority and West Sussex County Council unanimously rejected plans for exploratory shale oil and gas wells at Fernhurst and Wisborough Green last year.

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Arizona park rebounds after years of border crime 12.3.2015 AP National
ORGAN PIPE CACTUS NATIONAL MONUMENT, Ariz. (AP) -- For over a decade, armed drug traffickers were so prevalent in this vast desert monument that visitors were barred from entering more than half of it....
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Canada: Take a 'floating book club' cruise to Newfoundland and Labrador 2.3.2015 LA Times: Top News
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World's most popular parks, preserves 26.2.2015 CNN: Top Stories
Want to visit the most popular national parks and nature preserves around the world?
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World's most popular parks and nature preserves 26.2.2015 CNN: Top Stories
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Skagit Valley chaplain’s memoir; stories of a Southern childhood 24.2.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
New books by Seattle-area authors: a Skagit Valley chaplain’s memoir, extraordinary female conservationists and a Mercer Island author’s trio of novels for children, based on his Southern childhood.
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Attendance up at 3 national parks in Washington 20.2.2015 AP Washington
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) -- Attendance is up at three national parks in Washington state....
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Balkan dam boom threatens Europe's last wild waterways - The Guardian 20.2.2015 dam - Google News
Balkan dam boom threatens Europe's last wild waterways The Guardian Western financial institutions have ploughed hundreds of millions of dollars into building dams in the region, arguing that hydropower is a green energy source that offers poor countries a way out of energy insecurity. The Guardian has learned that ...
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Frozen Niagara Falls draws tourists 19.2.2015 CNN: Top Stories
What? Not enough snow, ice and cold for you? You say you STILL need some "Frozen" references in your life?
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Fourth-graders and families to get free access to national parks 19.2.2015 Chicago Tribune: Popular
President Barack Obama, during a visit to Chicago Thursday, will announce that all fourth graders and their families will get free admission to national parks and other federal lands for a full ...
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