User: irge304 Topic: Biodiversity
Category: Protection :: National Parks
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Tories forced into U-turn on fast-track fracking after accepting Labour plans 27.1.2015 Guardian: Environment
Proposals ban drilling in national parks, areas of outstanding national beauty and areas of drinking water collection Continue reading...
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What’s in a name? 26.1.2015 Durango Herald
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.To those who know and love the Grand Canyon, the names of its historic lodges are synonymous with the national park itself.Bright Angel Lodge, Phantom Ranch and El Tovar all bring to mind a place coveted worldwide for its sweeping views, river rapids and history told though layers of geology.But the...
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In Death Valley, a Jeep, back roads and a whole new perspective 25.1.2015 LA Times: Opinion
It took me several trips here to realize this, but if you know where to look and time it right, Death Valley is one giggle after another.
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Oyster farm cleanup puts Drakes Estero on way to marine wilderness 25.1.2015 LA Times: Top News
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Grand Canyon concessionaire seeks exclusive rights to names of popular park lodges 24.1.2015 Star Tribune: Business
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Company seeks rights to names of famed Grand Canyon lodges 24.1.2015 AP Business
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- To those who know and love the Grand Canyon, the names of its historic lodges are synonymous with the national park itself....
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Raising the White House fence could mean the removal of unsightly restrictions 18.1.2015 Washington Post: Editorials
THERE HAVE been various iterations of the White House fence since 1801 when President Thomas Jefferson saw the need to stop wandering livestock from grazing. But the last major change was fifty years ago when a 19th-century iron fence was replaced with one that was about eight inches taller. Given the heightened security challenges of a changed world — not to mention the seeming ease of intruders to jump the fence — it’s time for a new appraisal and possible redesign of the fence. Read full article ...
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Trains, a starlit beach, free parks entry | Community Corner 17.1.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
Community events for the holiday weekend of Jan. 17-19, 2015, include a Model Railroad Show, Starlight Beach Walk and State/National Parks Free Days.
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Zimbabwe says it is cash-strapped, will export elephants for funds, despite objections 16.1.2015 Star Tribune: World
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Whiskey on the rocks: Yosemite climbers still enjoyed booze 16.1.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Day after day, the two Americans who completed what had been considered the world's most difficult rock climb bloodied their fingertips, endured bruising falls and balanced their bodies on handholds as small as ...
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Get in free to state and national parks for MLK Day (and here's a list of free days for all of 2015) 15.1.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
You can get in free Monday to national parks across the nation, and to Washington State Parks on Sunday and Monday.
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Affordable rural housing under threat 13.1.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Fear that scrapping planning rules to build cheaper homes will make villages off limits to all but the wealthiest

Alan Wright, chairman of Porlock parish council in Exmoor, has seen affordable housing become the key issue for many locals since moving to this part of Somerset 10 years ago. As in much of rural England, house prices are high and incomes low.

With younger people priced out of a booming property market, the area now has the oldest population in the country, he says. Only 7% are in the 21-39 age group, while over half are aged over 60. “This is not a healthy demography,” says the former management consultant. “Younger people can’t afford to live here any more.”

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2 men nearly through 'world's hardest climb' at Yosemite 9.1.2015 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Two men are attempting what has been called the hardest rock climb in the world: a free climb of a half-mile section of exposed granite in California's Yosemite National ...
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South Africa rangers kill two suspected rhino poachers 5.1.2015 Guardian: Environment

Rangers shoot two suspects as a third escapes in famed Kruger National Park, which is a hotspot for rhino poaching crisis

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Iconic Yosemite place names in concessionaire contract dispute 3.1.2015 Seattle Times: Nation & World
A Yosemite National Park spokesman said the trademark dispute may cause the National Park Service to change the names of such iconic sites as Badger Pass, Yosemite Lodge, Ahwahnee Hotel and Curry Village.
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Fracking puts pressure on Moab 1.1.2015 Durango Herald
MOAB, Utah (AP) – A different kind of spire is jutting into the iconic red rock vistas of Moab.It is the scaffolding of drilling rigs, and it heralds a new chapter in Moab’s long history of energy extraction. Moab may have been comfortable with the uranium industry that put it on the map in another century. But having an...
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Political standoffs in D.C. could impede economic growth in '15 1.1.2015 LA Times: Business
The economy boomed through most of last year, a time when the nation's capital was devoid of major budget fights and threats of government shutdown.
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With no D.C. brinkmanship in 2014, economy boomed 1.1.2015 LA Times: Opinion
The economy boomed through most of last year, a time when the nation's capital was devoid of major budget fights and threats of government shutdown.
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New national park highlights Manhattan Project and the atomic bomb 29.12.2014 LA Times: Opinion
Want to take a long road trip halfway across the country to see where the atomic bomb was born? It doesn't sound like the makings for a typical summer getaway, but the newly created Manhattan Project National Historic Park may change all that.
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Moab's red rock country is under pressure from fracking 29.12.2014 Denver Post: News: Local
A different kind of spire is jutting into the iconic red rock vistas of Moab.
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