User: irge304 Topic: Biodiversity
Category: Endangered Species
Last updated: Feb 14 2016 24:34 IST RSS 2.0
 
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150K penguins die due to iceberg 14.2.2016 CNN: Top Stories
About 150,000 penguins have died since being stranded by a vast iceberg that became lodged off the coast of Antarctica six years ago, according to the journal Antarctic Science.
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Zebra stripes: Nature's bar codes 13.2.2016 CNN: Top Stories
In the rolling green hills of Kenya's Rift Valley, the search is on for one of the rarest of all zebras, the elusive Grevy's zebra.
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Channel Islands foxes are doing so well officials want to take them off the endangered species list 13.2.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Marking the end of a remarkably successful recovery effort, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday proposed taking three subspecies of fox native to California’s Channel Islands off the endangered species list.

Removing the San Miguel, Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz Island foxes from the list...

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Obama moves to protect 1.8 million acres of California desert 12.2.2016 Durango Herald
LOS ANGELES – President Barack Obama is granting national monument status to nearly 1.8 million acres of scenic Southern California desert, a move the White House says will maintain in perpetuity the region’s fragile ecosystem and natural resources, as well as provide recreational opportunities for hikers, campers, hunters and...
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Feds plan major announcement about California island foxes 12.2.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — Native foxes on islands off the California coast were once on the brink of extinction. But after decades of effort to save them, the island fox is now thriving, officials say. Federal wildlife officials may even be ready to remove the bushy-tailed, housecat-sized animal from the endangered species list. The U.S. […]
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Obama moves to protect 1.8 million acres of Calif. desert 12.2.2016 AP Politics
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- President Barack Obama is granting national monument status to nearly 1.8 million acres of scenic Southern California desert, a move the White House says will maintain in perpetuity the region's fragile ecosystem and natural resources, as well as provide recreational opportunities for hikers, campers, hunters and others....
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Obama moves to protect 1.8 million acres of Calif. desert 12.2.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Barack Obama is granting national monument status to nearly 1.8 million acres of scenic Southern California desert, a move the White House says will maintain in perpetuity the region’s fragile ecosystem and natural resources, as well as provide recreational opportunities for hikers, campers, hunters and others. Obama, in California this […]
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Obama grants monument status to vast swath of Calif. desert 12.2.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Barack Obama is granting national monument status to nearly 1.8 million acres of scenic Southern California desert, a move the White House says will maintain in perpetuity the region’s fragile ecosystem and natural resources, as well as provide recreational opportunities for hikers, campers, hunters and others. Obama, in California this […]
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Officials in Hawaii create nursery for fast-growing coral 12.2.2016 Seattle Times: Local

HONOLULU (AP) — Most of Hawaii’s species of coral is unlike other coral around the world in that it grows very slowly, making restoration projects for endangered reefs in the state difficult. But officials in Hawaii have come up with a plan to grow large chunks of coral in a fraction of the time it […]
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Feds reviewing endangered-species status for orcas 12.2.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

The southern resident orca population, which frequents the Salish Sea, was listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act in 2005. The population is now at 85 whales, far below the recovery goal.
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Is climate change helping Zika spread? 11.2.2016 Hindu: News
As climate change reaches almost every corner of the Earth’s ecology, different diseases could be unleashed.
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Zika virus counterattack: Brazil's big plan to combat threat not easing fears 11.2.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Health officials welcome ‘mega-operation’ with 220,000 soldiers but stay cautious as education and eliminating breeding sites not enough to eradicate mosquito that carries the virus

Amid rumours and panic over the Zika virus, the Brazilian government is preparing to launch a “mega-operation” to eliminate potential mosquito breeding sites and to educate the public about its role in combating the spread of disease.

Related: Should we wipe mosquitoes off the face of the Earth?

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Barnaby Joyce, the man who threatened Johnny Depp's dogs, voted deputy PM 11.2.2016 Guardian: Environment

It will be fascinating to watch the relationship between prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and the man who will run the country in his absence, writes Lenore Taylor

When Barnaby Joyce made international headlines by telling Johnny Depp his Yorkshire terriers would have to “bugger off” back to America or be put down it was no accidental 15 minutes of global fame.

Related: Which Australian politician said this about food and retail?

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Climate change may have helped spread Zika virus according to WHO scientists 11.2.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Warmer and wetter conditions facilitate transmission of mosquito-borne diseases, which may have added to spread, says lead climate change scientist

The outbreak of Zika virus in Central and South America is of immediate concern to pregnant women in the region, but for some experts the situation is a glimpse of the sort of public health threats that will unfold due to climate change.

“Zika is the kind of thing we’ve been ranting about for 20 years,” said Daniel Brooks, a biologist at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “We should’ve anticipated it. Whenever the planet has faced a major climate change event, man-made or not, species have moved around and their pathogens have come into contact with species with no resistance.”

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Feinstein water policy bill could signal a compromise in sight 11.2.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Sen. Dianne Feinstein filed a 184-page water policy bill Wednesday, calling it one of the most difficult bills she's worked on in 23 years representing California.

“This is the hardest thing I've done, because you look for the sweet spot, the balance, and it’s very difficult because it’s very polarized,”...

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Utah sues federal government over plan to protect greater sage-grouse 10.2.2016 Guardian: Environment

Federal plan stops short of listing bird that once numbered in the millions as an endangered species but western state fears mining and agriculture will suffer

The greater sage-grouse, a bird best known for its flamboyant mating ritual, has become embroiled in a tussle over states’ rights, with Utah suing the federal government over its protection of the threatened species.

Utah’s lawsuit claims that a federal plan to protect the sage-grouse has “overthrown” the state’s own work to safeguard the species and will prevent the state from using vast tracts of land for mining or agriculture. The greater sage-grouse is a ground-dwelling bird that has been described as resembling an “avant-garde turkey”.

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Florida man charged with throwing alligator into Wendy's 10.2.2016 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Florida authorities have arrested a man accused of throwing a live alligator through a restaurant's drive-thru window. Investigators identified Joshua James, of Jupiter, Florida, as the man who tossed the 3 1/2-foot reptile into a Wendy's last fall, according to a Florida Fish and Wildlife ...
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Zika mosquitoes often live near people, making them hard to fight 9.2.2016 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Mosquito-control workers are asking automotive retailers to get rid of old tires in the Florida Panhandle, lining up laboratories to test the insects for the Zika virus in New Orleans, and preparing to hunt down and destroy mosquito breeding sites in neighborhoods of infected people in ...
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Could lemurs soon be extinct? 9.2.2016 CNN: Top Stories
90% of the Madagascar's lemurs "are on the verge of extinction," says one of the country's leading scientists.
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Trouble in paradise: Lord Howe Island divided over plan to exterminate rats 9.2.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page
Rodents are threatening the unique natural environment of Australia’s sparsely populated Lord Howe Island. But a plan to eradicate the pests by dropping 42 tonnes of poisoned cereal is splitting the close-knit community in half Described by the UN as “an area of spectacular and scenic landscapes”, Lord Howe Island is nothing if not dramatic. Formed from an inferno of underwater volcanoes more than six million years ago, the 10km long crescent-shaped island sits in a bath of turquoise water, exactly where the warm East Australian Current meets the icy waters of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current. Those ancient lava flows left a rugged landscape with steep cliffs, which drop off into an ocean which supports the world’s most southerly coral reef. Between those cliffs and the reef lies a calm blue lagoon that laps against a yellow-sand ...
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