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FARA Fiasco: Congress Swings at Manafort, Hits Environmentalists 20.9.2018 American Prospect
democracy_rules.jpg Now that the full story of Paul Manafort’s foreign lobbying abuses has come out, one might expect lawmakers on Capitol Hill to finally follow through on their pledge to fix the nation’s broken lobbying disclosure laws. The  dirty tricks  made public as part of Manafort’s recent plea deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller capture foreign lobbying at its worst. Manafort hid millions in foreign payments from the IRS in offshore accounts, and  reveled in  his bare-knuckled campaign to “plant some stink” on former Ukranian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, as he put it. Manafort pled guilty to violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), which requires lobbyists representing foreign interests to register and report their activities. But instead of doubling down on regulating agents like Manafort, Republicans on Capitol Hill have  largely abandoned  their push for new foreign lobbying legislation, and are instead using FARA to go after—environmental groups. Never mind that ...
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FARA Fiaso: Congress Swings at Manafort, Hits Environmentalists 20.9.2018 American Prospect
democracy_rules.jpg Now that the full story of Paul Manafort’s foreign lobbying abuses has come out, one might expect lawmakers on Capitol Hill to finally follow through on their pledge to fix the nation’s broken lobbying disclosure laws. The  dirty tricks  made public as part of Manafort’s recent plea deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller capture foreign lobbying at its worst. Manafort hid millions in foreign payments from the IRS in offshore accounts, and  reveled in  his bare-knuckled campaign to “plant some stink” on former Ukranian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, as he put it. Manafort pled guilty to violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), which requires lobbyists representing foreign interests to register and report their activities. But instead of doubling down on regulating agents like Manafort, Republicans on Capitol Hill have  largely abandoned  their push for new foreign lobbying legislation, and are instead using FARA to go after—environmental groups. Never mind that ...
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Facebook animal trade exposed in Thailand 10.9.2018 BBC: Technology
A wildlife trafficking watchdog says it has found hundreds of examples of animal trading.
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A Democratic Reformer Tries to Hang On in New England 8.9.2018 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo moves left, but it’s not enough to spare her a primary challenge.
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Longtime defender of Minnesota's wildlife ending career 29.8.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
After 44 years as a defender of Minnesota's most beloved and threatened wildlife, Carrol Henderson still has a full set of projects on his plate.
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Berry growers using lasers to stave off thieving birds 12.8.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Laser beams that sweep erratically across crops have shown promise in protecting harvests from loss caused by birds. But researchers are still studying whether the beams may harm the animals' retinas.
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Wolves Attack Wisconsin With Washington's Help 28.7.2018 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
Why do Republicans want to update the Endangered Species Act? Here’s a predatory case study.
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Endangered Species Scare 27.7.2018 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
A 1970s law gets a modest implementation review. Panic ensues.
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Khangchendzonga is the 11th Biosphere Reserve to be added to UNESCO’s World Network 26.7.2018 Voice of Sikkim
Khangchendzonga is the 11th Biosphere Reserve to be added to UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves New Delhi, 25 July 2018 (UNDO) :  Today, the 30th Session of the Man and Biosphere International Coordinating Council currently taking place in Palembang, South Sumatra Province, Indonesia, has added the Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve to UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves. Commending […]
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Trump aims to end automatic protections for some species 20.7.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The Trump administration on Thursday proposed ending automatic protections for threatened animal and plant species and limiting habitat safeguards that are meant to shield recovering species from harm.
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Scientists hope lab-grown embryos can save rhino species from extinction 4.7.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Only two northern white rhinos remain, and they're both female. But researchers said Wednesday that they successfully have created embryos using sperm collected from the males before they died out.
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During This Week From Hell, Enjoy Some Good News About Pandas 28.6.2018 Mother Jones
Believe it or not, there’s a battle happening among conservationists over the Giant Panda. Though an undoubtably iconic species for environmentalists—and the highly recognizable symbol of the World Wildlife Fund for half a century—some argue that all the dollars funneling into panda conservation are, simply put, not worth it. With fewer than 2,000 pandas left in the […]
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This Mine Threatens America’s Largest Wild Salmon Run 27.6.2018 Mother Jones
July 4 marks the peak of the largest, most valuable wild salmon run left in America. The sockeye salmon migration into Bristol Bay, Alaska, can exceed 40 million fish. As they charge into the Kvichak and Nushagak rivers and fan out across myriad tributaries, the sockeye and four other species of Pacific salmon are pursued […]
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Belize’s reef, an underwater wonder, may be out of risk 26.6.2018 Hindu: Fitness
Govt. action may spur UNESCO to drop it from danger list.
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A Big Drilling Company Was Ready to Set up a Mine in This Arizona Town. Then an Endangered Owl Showed Up. 23.6.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by High Country News and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Last October, two field researchers were surveying waterways in southern Arizona’s Patagonia Mountains, when one of them glanced into a tree and said, “Uh-oh.” They saw a Mexican spotted owl, a federally threatened species, near the property where Arizona Mining […]
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Vanishing Rio Grande puts pressure on San Luis Valley farmers during extreme drought 22.6.2018 Headlines: All Headlines
Seldom has the Rio Grande River, the nation's fourth longest and the one that nourishes the most drought-prone terrain, flowed so low.
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World’s oldest Sumatran orangutan dies 19.6.2018 Hindu: Home
Puan, aged 62, described as the “grand old lady” of Perth Zoo, was euthanised on Monday due to age-related complications.
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Forced Migrants Make New Homes in Sanctuary Cities—With Nests, Burrows, and Dens 11.6.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by CityLab and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  Her name was Lola. No, not “L-O-L-A, Lola,” from the Kinks’ song, but a Mexican Redhead. Well, actually, not that either, it turned out. “We don’t really say that anymore,” the avian veterinarian said as he helped Lola out of her […]
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Student birders at Cinchona Government High School in Valparai 5.6.2018 Hindu: News
Along with English, teacher K. Selvaganesh has instilled a love for birds and trees in his students at the Cinchona Government High School in Valparai
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Lions, Rhinos, and Elephants Are Coming Back in Droves to This Part of Africa 31.5.2018 Mother Jones
The rhinos were gone from Chad. The elephants were poached from part of Malawi. The lions, too. But now, these animals are starting to return—thanks to a group of philanthropists and environmentalists working to repopulate Africa’s parks and wildlands. African Parks transports animals to some of the world’s most remote areas in order to restore […]
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