User: irge304 Topic: Biodiversity
Category: Endangered Species
Last updated: Apr 02 2015 14:49 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Western governors tout sage grouse conservation efforts 2.4.2015 AP National
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A group of Western-state governors has released a report on voluntary efforts in 11 states to conserve the habitat of sage grouse as part of an effort to avoid a federal listing of the bird under the federal Endangered Species Act....
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UK's most endangered butterfly makes a comeback 2.4.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

The critically endangered high brown fritillary had its best summer in a decade in 2014, with numbers rising 180% in a year thanks to conservation efforts


The most endangered butterfly in Britain enjoyed its best summer for a decade last year after highly focused conservation efforts on its 30 remaining sites.

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Hickenlooper, West push volunteer effort on sage grouse 2.4.2015 Denver Post: News: Local
Western governors touted Wednesday state-led voluntary efforts in Colorado and 10 other states to save the greater sage ...
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New protections for northern long-eared bats on the radar 2.4.2015 Star Tribune: Latest
To slow the spread of white-nose syndrome, federal agency wants to restrict logging near breeding areas.
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Feds add new protections for long-eared bats 2.4.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Federal regulators Wednesday classified the bats as threatened amid concerns over white-nose syndrome, a disease deadly to the creatures. Minnesota research played a role in protecting the bats.
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US gives threatened status to northern long-eared bat 2.4.2015 AP National
DETROIT (AP) -- The federal government said Wednesday that it is listing the northern long-eared bat as threatened, giving new protections to a species that has been nearly wiped out in some areas by the spread of a fungal disease....
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Opinion: 'Bold plan' for climate change 2.4.2015 CNN: Top Stories
In baseball, there's a traditional comeback after a tough season: "Wait 'til next year!" For climate change "next year" is now. This year is the time and the United Nations' international climate negotiations in Paris in December are the place to secure strong global agreement to curb heat-trapping emissions. A successful climate pact will send a signal around the world that a shift to a low-carbon economy is underway.
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Jonathan Franzen: climate campaigns killing the birds? 1.4.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
The author’s suggestion in a New Yorker essay this week that bird populations would thrive if we gave up the fight on climate change is ‘nonsense’ say conservationists In Jonathan Franzen’s 2010 novel Freedom , lauded for its biting critique of the US environmental movement, a conservationist enters a Faustian pact with a coal miner. He cuts a deal in which a community of 200 families are to be relocated and a mountain denuded in return for the creation of a sanctuary for warblers. In this week’s New Yorker, Franzen flirts with his own protagonist’s folly by proposing to protect birds by giving up on the fight to slow down climate change . A suggestion that has angered and confused bird conservationists across the world. “The Earth as we now know it resembles a patient whose terminal cancer we can choose to treat either with disfiguring aggression or with palliation and sympathy. We can dam every river and blight every landscape with biofuel agriculture, solar farms, and wind turbines, to buy some extra ...
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Won't somebody think of the swift parrots? | First Dog on the Moon 1.4.2015 Guardian: Comment is Free
Tasmania’s swift parrot population faces imminent collapse. Luckily there is a selfie-taking threatened species commissioner in the ...
St. Cloud State prof charged with smuggling ivory, rhino horns 1.4.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Yiwei Zheng worked with two co-conspirators living in China to sell the "highly valued and sought after commodity" between 2006 and 2011, a federal indictment said.
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St. Cloud State professor arrested for allegedly smuggling ivory 1.4.2015 Star Tribune: Latest
Federal agents say the philosophy professor traded in illegal elephant ivory and other restricted wildlife part from 2006 through at least 2011.
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Mexican police officer accused of gunning down crocodile — a protected species 31.3.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

A YouTube video clip shows a blue-uniformed man standing beside a water-treatment pond, waiting for the crocodile to appear

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The Most Beautiful Animal You’ll Never See 31.3.2015 Mother Jones
This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. Maybe baby steps will help, but the world needs a lot more than either the United States or China is offering to combat the illegal traffic in wildlife, a nearly $20-billion-a-year business that adds up to a global war against nature. As the headlines tell us, the trade has pushed various rhinoceros species to the point of extinction and motivated poachers to kill more than 100,000 elephants since 2010. Last month China announced that it would ban ivory imports for a year, while it "evaluates" the effectiveness of the ban in reducing internal demand for ivory carvings on the current slaughter of approximately 100 African elephants per day. The promise, however, rings hollow following a report in November (hotly denied by China) that Chinese diplomats used President Xi Jinping's presidential plane to smuggle thousands of pounds of poached elephant tusks out of Tanzania. Meanwhile, the Obama administration has launched its own well-meaning but ...
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Federal regulators consider listing porbeagle sharks under Endangered Species Act 31.3.2015 Star Tribune: Politics
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Queensland's proposed Carmichael coal mine faces legal bid over climate change 31.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

Environmental groups say the $16.5bn mine will pose ‘unacceptable risks’ to the climate, the Great Barrier Reef and the region’s economy

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Welcome to Australia's newest islands, thrust from the sea by a raging cyclone Nathan 30.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

In his latest dispatch on extraordinary marine environments under threat, Guardian Australia’s ocean correspondent goes diving in the ‘officially amazing’ Coral Sea – and discovers a string of brand new (if very small) islands

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RSPB backs pheasant shoots and says they’re good for the countryside 29.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Wildlife benefits from management of copses and hedgerows, argues conservation director

The UK’s managed shoot industry, which sees millions of pheasants raised and shot every year, has received support from an unexpected quarter.

In a blog published on the website of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, its conservation director Martin Harper has praised the role of managed shoots in protecting wildlife.

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Mexico deadline to ban circus animals looms but doubt shrouds creatures' fate 28.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Circus owners claim the ban will put non-human performers in danger as zoos and sanctuaries look unprepared to provide homes

With animal acts about to be banned from all circuses in Mexico, the fate of the non-human performers has become mired in acrimony and doubts over whether the legislation will actually lead to an improvement in animal protections.

Rather than bring relief to the elephants, lions, tigers and other animals they currentlytransport around the country in cages, circus owners claim the ban in fact puts the animals in danger.

Related: Bolivia bans all circus animals

Related: Circuses to be banned from using wild animals

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Rockfish returns — to soup bowls 27.3.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Now that we've saved the fish, can we save the fishermen?
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Texas man who won hunting auction to be allowed to import black rhino trophy 27.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service says importing carcass will benefit conservation
  • Corey Knowlton bid $350,000 to shoot endangered species in Namibia

Related: Dallas Safari Club follows controversial rhino hunt with bids to shoot elephant

The US government will allow a Texas man to import the trophy of an endangered black rhinoceros if he kills one in Africa as part of a conservation fundraiser.

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