User: irge304 Topic: Biodiversity
Category: Protection :: National Parks
Last updated: May 26 2015 20:35 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Admission to go up at national parks on Hawaii's Big Island and Maui 26.5.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Entrance fees at two of Hawaii’s national parks will increase Monday, although the admission price remains modest compared with other attractions.
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Australia to import micro wasp to wage war against plague of crazy ants 26.5.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Scientists hope the Malaysian wasp will severely dent populations of crazy ants, which have been blamed for killing red crabs on Christmas Island

A diminutive Malaysian wasp is set to be imported to Australia in order to wage war against a plague of destructive crazy ants on Christmas Island.

The tiny wasp, which is just 2mm long, doesn’t sting or build nests but, it is hoped, will severely dent crazy ant populations.

Related: Australian cane toads meet their match

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Kenya relocates 14 black rhinos for boosting population 25.5.2015 New Kerala: World News
Read Full story of ' Kenya relocates 14 black rhinos for boosting population ' at newkerala.com.
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A cleaner coal 24.5.2015 Steamboat Pilot
A piece of Routt County’s coal industry is undergoing a major addition. Parts were trucked into the Hayden Station power plant, and it took more than a month to assemble a massive crane, the top of which is higher than the largest smoke stack. A state environmental official says new emissions controls at Colorado’s power plants will both reduce haze and improve public health. Michael Silverstein, with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, helped negotiate the plan with the state’s power plants aimed at reducing regional haze. “It was designed to be measurable by the human eye,” Silverstein said. Silverstein said Hayden Station was a “very key facility” during negotiations of the regional haze plan because of its proximity to national parks and wilderness areas. Craig Station, which generates 1,303 megawatts of electricity, was also part of the plan. Silverstein said the emissions controls will reduce both nitrogen oxide and sulphur dioxide, the two pollutants that contribute the most ...
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Popular Yellowstone and Grand Teton trails closed for now 24.5.2015 Seattle Times: Nation & World
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Two of the most heavily used day-hiking routes in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks in northwest Wyoming are closed for the time being because of weather damage and maintenance. In Yellowstone, the iconic Brink of the Lower Falls trail is closed in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone because of […]
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Rescuers ready for the call if trouble hits on Mount Rainier 23.5.2015 Seattle Times: Local
SEATTLE (AP) — As the climbing season gets underway on Mount Rainier, a specialized rescue team has been training to be ready when things go wrong on the 14,411-foot peak. Last year, nearly 11,000 people tried to scale Washington state’s highest mountain, mostly between May and September. Less than 60 percent of them complete the […]
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'SMART' software identifies poaching hotspots 23.5.2015 New Kerala: World News
Read Full story of ' 'SMART' software identifies poaching hotspots ' at newkerala.com.
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Did rules, not risk, cause Dean Potter's Base jumping death? 22.5.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Base jumping is illegal in US national parks, a policy that many say is forcing athletes to make literal leaps in the dark On the 35th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ first successful flight, artist Oscar Cesare wrote in the New York Times of the obstacles they faced, not just in developing the technology but in overcoming public opposition: “Nearly everybody then was skeptical about flying . There had been a few dreamers in the world – men who did the first real research in aerodynamics – but most people thought those who experimented with gliders and talked of power-driven planes were as crazy as Dedalus.” Hundreds died in the race for human aviation. Accidents by Samuel Langley, another aviation pioneer, in 1903 prompted a “storm of derision and abuse ” that incited Congress to pull its support for his unreasonably dangerous and seemingly pointless experiments – shortly before the Wright brothers finally achieved human flight. @JonathanHaynes "an investigation into what caused the accident is ...
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Lion attacks mean no more going it alone in Zimbabwe park 20.5.2015 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Zimbabwe: National Parks and Wildlife Authority announced that tourists visiting Mana Pools National Park no longer will be allowed to walk freely in the park. Visitors will be required to hire an armed ranger to accompany them for $25, and anyone caught without a ranger will be fined. ...
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Wingsuit fliers in Yosemite were trying to fly through notch in rock 19.5.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two wingsuit fliers who leaped from a cliff in Yosemite National Park were trying to zoom through a notch in a ridgeline and were airborne for about 15 seconds when they slammed into a rocky outcropping and were killed, a friend said Monday. Dean Potter, 43, and Graham Hunt, 29, were […]
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Wingsuit flier thought he could manage the risk, avoid death 19.5.2015 Seattle Times: Nation & World
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Extreme athlete Dean Potter faced the risk of flying off the vertical rock walls he was famous for scaling with little more than a parachute on his back and thin fabric wings. Just two weeks ago, the man who talked of transforming “dying into flying,” had posted a photo of himself […]
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Public opposition to fracking rises in face of Tory push for shale gas 19.5.2015 Guardian: Environment

Conservatives pledge to drive through fracking projects, including under national parks – despite public opposition rising from 29% to 43% in the last 18 months, according to a YouGov poll

Public opposition to fracking in the UK has continued to rise, according to polling released as the new Conservative energy secretary said she would “deliver shale” now the impediment of the Liberal Democrats had been removed.

In her first interview since being appointed, Amber Rudd told the Sunday Times the government would push ahead with its promises to expedite the extraction of shale gas and change the law to allow frackers to drill beneath national parks.

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Mount Rainier entrance fees increase on Friday 19.5.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
The fee for car access goes from $15 to $20, and camping also will cost more. However, annual or lifetime passes can cut the cost significantly.
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Dean Potter is latest fatality in Yosemite rock-climbing community 19.5.2015 LA Times: Opinion
The death this weekend of rock climbers Dean Potter and Graham Hunt in Yosemite National Park underscore the dangers of the sport.
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Two BASE Jumpers Die On Wingsuit Flight In Yosemite 18.5.2015 NPR News
The world of climbing lost a daring innovator Saturday, when Dean Potter died during a wingsuit flight. He was killed along with Graham Hunt as they attempted to soar above Yosemite Valley.
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Extreme athlete Dean Potter dies in Yosemite BASE jumping accident 18.5.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Extreme athlete  Dean Potter and another man were found dead Sunday in Yosemite National Park after what appeared to be a BASE jumping accident, park officials said.
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Exchange student gored by bison in Yellowstone Park 18.5.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
A 16-year-old girl has been gored by a bison in Yellowstone National Park while posing for a picture near the ...
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Steamboat briefs: Wildlife film at library features Thailand 13.5.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Bud Werner Memorial Library will present a free screening of “Wild Thailand,” an award-winning film by Kanit Prukprakarn and Peter Ringgaard that was featured at the 2014 International Wildlife Film Festival, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Library Hall. The film takes viewers to Thailand, a land of incredible beauty with more than 50 protected national parks accounting for nearly 10 percent of the country’s surface with an array of wildlife that is forgotten and rarely seen. Filmed during the course of five years, the film follows the courtship and mating rituals of the Great-horn-bills; elephants digging strange holes in search of life-giving salt; sambar deer fighting for dominance; pheasant-tailed polyandrous birds mating and giving birth to chicks; macaques playing and fighting in the rain forest; black bears dancing, digging and scratching; and a vampire castle filled with waterfall climbing cave-fish. Visit www.steamboatlibrary.org/events for more information. Businesses asked to complete, return ...
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There's no place for graffiti in America's national parks 6.5.2015 LA Times: Commentary
City dwellers can argue over whether graffiti is vandalism or art or some strange hybrid of the two. But when it appears in national parks, there should be no question: It's desecration.
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Culture, science blend at Hawaii Volcanoes park fest on Big Island 5.5.2015 LA Times: Opinion
A cultural festival and a serious scientific study will blend in May at the Big Island's Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
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