User: irge304 Topic: Biodiversity
Category: Protection :: National Parks
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Robert Redford to narrate film promoting national parks 1.8.2015 LA Times: Business
The public-private partnership that is promoting tourism to the U.S. is tapping another entertainment icon to help lure international visitors.
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Zimbabwe: American lion killer’s extradition being sought 31.7.2015 Seattle Times: Nation & World
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe intends to seek the extradition of an American dentist who killed a lion that was lured out of a national park and shot with a bow and a gun, and the process has already begun, a Cabinet minister said Friday. In the Zimbabwean government’s first official comment on the killing […]
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Zimbabwe to seek extradition of dentist who killed Cecil the lion 31.7.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Zimbabwe intends to seek the extradition of an American dentist who killed a lion that was lured out of a national park and shot with a bow and a gun, and the process has already begun, a Cabinet minister said ...
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The most polluted US national parks 30.7.2015 Guardian: Environment
Air pollution in many national parks, from Yosemite to Joshua Tree and Kings Canyon, means a hike in the ‘fresh air’ is not as healthy as it seems, reports Mother Jones It’s late summer, and Americans are flocking to the country’s national parks for some recreation and fresh air. But a study released this week by the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) found that air in some of the country’s most popular parks is not so fresh – and it’s potentially hazardous. The report rated the country’s 48 parks in three categories: levels of ozone (a pollutant that can irritate or damage lungs), haziness, and the impacts of climate change on the park. Here are the 12 worst contenders (full list available here ...
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Trophy hunting just part of the story behind declining lion numbers in Africa 29.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

Lion hunting quotas in Zimbabwe, where Cecil was killed, are unsustainable but across Africa hunting helps prevent habitat loss that is a main driver in the animals’ decline, say conservationists

Lion numbers are in steep decline across Africa, but trophy hunting is only partly responsible for the long-term losses, say conservationists.

According to UK-based charity Lion Aid, trophy hunters in Zimbabwe killed around 800 lions in the 10 years to 2009, out of a population in the country of up to 1,680.

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Essential California: Did you care what your neighbor thought about your lawn? 29.7.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Good morning. It is Wednesday, July 29. Dodger Stadium now has a kosher food stand, which will offer three kinds of kosher hot dogs. The stand will close on Friday nights and Saturdays as Jews celebrate Shabbat. Here's what else is happening in the Golden State: Subscribe to the newsletter TOP...
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American dentist says he regrets killing Cecil the lion, but believed hunt was legal 29.7.2015 Washington Post
A Minnesota dentist accused of hunting and killing Cecil, a famous lion in Zimbabwe, said Tuesday that he “had no idea the lion I took was a known, local favorite” and that he may have been misled by hunting guides.Read full article ...
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US man accused of killing Zimbabwe's popular Cecil the Lion - Hindustan Times 29.7.2015 Google News India
US man accused of killing Zimbabwe's popular Cecil the Lion Hindustan Times Wildlife officials on Tuesday accused an American hunter of killing Cecil, one of the oldest and most famous lions in Zimbabwe, without a permit, after paying $50,000 to two people who lured the beast to its death. The lion was lured out of Hwange ...
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The Great Sand Dunes among 36 National Parks with unhealthy levels of air pollution 29.7.2015 Denver Post: News: Local
Air pollution in national parks, including four in Colorado, has reached unhealthy levels obscuring the most stunning landscapes, according to an analysis unveiled Tuesday by a conservation ...
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US dentist accused of killing Cecil the lion 'upset' as hunter becomes hunted 28.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

As Zimbabwe police say he faces poaching charges, Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer faces furious criticism on social media

Who shot Cecil? First it was thought that a mystery Spaniard had the blood of one of Africa’s most famous lions on his hands. Then came a fresh twist. The Cecil slayer, Zimbabwean conservations said on Tuesday, was in fact a dentist from Minnesota.

American Walter Palmer was said to be “quite upset” as the hunter became hunted. Zimbabwean police warned that he faced poaching charges, while there was a furious backlash on social media, with Facebook users variously calling for him to be publicly shamed, have his teeth pulled out without anaesthetic or be hunted and killed.

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Zimbabwe: American being sought for lion poaching 28.7.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Zimbabwean police said Tuesday they are searching for an American who allegedly shot a well-known, protected lion with a crossbow in a killing that has outraged conservationists and ...
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Zimbabwe: American being sought for lion poaching 28.7.2015 Seattle Times: Opinion
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwean police said Tuesday they are searching for an American who allegedly shot a well-known, protected lion with a crossbow in a killing that has outraged conservationists and others. The American allegedly paid $50,000 to kill the lion named Cecil, Zimbabwean conservationists said. Authorities on Tuesday said two Zimbabwean men will […]
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An 'F' in air quality: California national parks top the list for worst pollution 28.7.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Millions of vacationers escape to national parks each summer to take in the fresh air and scenic vistas.
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Dinosaur National Monument celebrates 100 years 25.7.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Come October, Dinosaur National Monument will celebrate its 100th birthday, and park staff as well as surrounding communities are coming together to highlight all of the features and attractions that make the monument an international tourist hotspot. President Woodrow Wilson declared the area a national park on Oct. 4, 1915 after paleontologist Earl Douglass discovered a large amount of fossils in a quarry in northeastern Utah. Douglass was exploring the area for fossils to send back to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. After thousands of fossils were excavated and sent to the museum for study, Wilson set aside 80 acres to be considered National Park land. In 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt expanded the park to 210,000 acres in order to protect stretches of the Green River and the Yampa River. The monument spans across Colorado and Utah in the southeast portion of the Uinta Mountains, a subrange of the Rocky Mountains. The fossils date to the Jurassic period — the period most highly ...
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Thirsting for help with controlling litter 25.7.2015 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Outrageously, the bottled water industry has successfully lobbied Congress and, through a budget amendment, is forcing the National Park Service to sell water in disposable bottles. There are many benefits of not selling water in disposable bottles in national parks, including reducing trash at parks, carbon emissions and the litter that despoils our parks, landscape and waterways. Read full article ...
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Baby rhinos orphaned by poachers find a home in South Africa 24.7.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
The cry of the orphaned baby rhino, left alone when its mother has been slaughtered by poachers, is a heart-tugging sound somewhere between a dolphin's song and a kitten's ...
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Baby rhinos orphaned by poachers find a home in South Africa 24.7.2015 LA Times: Commentary
The cry of the orphaned baby rhino, left alone when its mother has been slaughtered by poachers, is a heart-tugging sound somewhere between a dolphin's song and a kitten's mew.
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Wildfires scorch thousands of acres, trigger evacuations in Montana, California 23.7.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The fire at Glacier National Park forced the evacuation of a park inn and campground. In California, a fire in Napa was threatening 150 structures.
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Wildfires In Montana, California Scorch Thousands Of Acres, Trigger Evacuations 23.7.2015 NPR News
The fire at Glacier National Park forced the evacuation of a park inn and campground. In California, a fire in Napa was threatening 150 structures.
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And the West is History 21.7.2015 Durango Herald
100 years ago: “Painters – men and women – who can sling a paint brush, either on a barn or on a noble brow and eye lashes, are wanted by Goodman & Company, who will pay 4 and 5 bones each for such as they select. They have a lot of work and no painters. That is, no real scenic landscape artists.”75 years...
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