User: irge304 Topic: Biodiversity
Category: Endangered Species
Last updated: Oct 17 2017 03:59 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Man smuggled 93 'good luck' songbirds from Vietnam in his luggage — all but eight died, authorities say 17.10.2017 LA Times: Commentary

A Fountain Valley man was sentenced today to six months in home detention, followed by a year behind bars, for smuggling nearly 100 tiny “good luck” songbirds — most of which died in transit — in his luggage on a flight from Vietnam.

Kurtis Law brought 93 of the colorful birds — worth an estimated...

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La Plata sheriff’s deputy found dead in burned house, CBI called to investigate 16.10.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
Firefighters found a dead sheriff’s deputy in a burned house in southwestern Colorado, and La Plata County authorities have called the Colorado Bureau of Investigation to help determine what happened.
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Interior readies a behind-the-scenes land swap to build a road through an Alaska wilderness refuge 16.10.2017 Washington Post
The deal to benefit a remote town would violate the decades-old founding principle of federal wilderness: that areas are to remain off-limits to vehicles. Opponents warn the development could disrupt the habitat for a variety of animals and set a precedent that could endanger other refuges.
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Too fat to fight: Colorado nonprofit says military threatened by childhood obesity 16.10.2017 Denver Post: Local
The military has long bemoaned America's tubby youth, and the Council for a Strong America says Colorado is part of the problem, with more than 27 percent of the state's children categorized as overweight.
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Was the fall of Rome a biological phenomenon? 15.10.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Bill Gates is worried. The tech entrepreneur and philanthropist has been using his megaphone to warn us of the catastrophic risk posed by infectious diseases. In the Western world, where mortality from lethal germs has mostly receded into the background, the burden of infectious disease can seem...

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Slow trees and climate change: Why bristlecone pine will still outlive you 13.10.2017 LA Times: Commentary

In a time of relentless change, it’s soothing to contemplate deeply rooted, long-lived trees. But now our climate of uncertainty affects even Great Basin bristlecone pine, Pinus longaeva, the species with the world’s oldest known individuals. How should we respond? With alarm, indifference or something...

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Warming to Blame for Western Wildfires? 10.10.2017 FactCheck
Q: Did climate change cause the wildfires out West? A: Scientists say a hot and dry summer — conditions more likely in a warmer world — caused widespread wildfires in ...
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Last Three Northern White Rhinos to Occupy New York City 9.10.2017 New Kerala: World News
NEW YORK: Australian artists and conservationists, Gillie and Marc, will launch Goodbye Rhinos at Astor Place in New York City with the installation of their, "The Last Three," sculpture in January 2018.
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The Energy 202: Here's how Trump's sage grouse fix could backfire 6.10.2017 Washington Post
The Energy 202: Here's how Trump's sage grouse fix could backfire
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Experts to start capturing rare vaquita porpoises in Mexico 6.10.2017 Washington Post: World
U.S. Navy-trained dolphins and their handlers arrived in Mexico Thursday to participate in a last-ditch effort to catch, enclose and protect the last few dozen surviving vaquita porpoises to save them from extinction.
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Interior Department rejects 25 endangered species petitions, including several linked to climate change 5.10.2017 Washington Post
Interior Department rejects 25 endangered species petitions, including several linked to climate change
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Ballona Institute: Environmental Leaders Blast State Plans for Los Angeles Coast's Ballona Wetlands 5.10.2017 New Kerala: World News
LOS ANGELES: In response to this week's release of detailed plans for a state of California industrial alteration of the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve, a 600+ acre coastal oasis in Los Angeles, environmental leaders have blasted the plans for being harmful to wildlife, misusing public funds and contrary to goals to minimize flood/sea-level rise risk, and storm surges expected due to climate change.
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Federal government: No threatened species listing for walrus 4.10.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The Trump administration says it will not list the Pacific walrus as a threatened species based on diminished Arctic Ocean sea ice, concluding that the marine mammals have adapted to the loss. The decision could be challenged in court by environmental groups.
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Federal government: No threatened species listing for walrus 4.10.2017 AP Top News
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- The Trump administration announced Wednesday it will not list the Pacific walrus as a threatened species based on diminished Arctic Ocean sea ice, concluding that the marine mammals have adapted to the loss....
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World Animal Day 2017: 7 unusual pets you might be interested in 4.10.2017 Life-style – The Indian Express
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Instagram urged to act on sloth selfies 3.10.2017 BBC: Technology
The photo-based social network needs to do more to prevent cruel selfies, an animal charity says.
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This Bill Moyers Interview Will Give You Hope That Maybe We’re Not Actually Doomed 1.10.2017 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by BillMoyers.com. Robert Jay Lifton was born 91 years ago. Living through the catastrophes of the 20th century—world war, tyrannical regimes, genocide, the nuclear bomb, terrorism—he grappled with their terrible impact on human beings. His work as a psychiatrist, historian and public intellectual forged his reputation as one of the world’s foremost […]
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Photos and video: Denver Zoo welcomes pair of male red panda cubs 30.9.2017 Denver Post: Local
Second litter of red panda cubs born to breeding pair Faith and Hamlet.
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US considers ending protections for northwest Montana bears 29.9.2017 AP Washington
HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- On the heels of lifting protections for Yellowstone-area grizzly bears the U.S. government plans to consider the same action for bruins in northwestern Montana, home to the largest group of grizzlies in the Lower 48....
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Good news: Scientists have discovered a new species of giant rat 28.9.2017 Washington Post
"Vika” was rumored to live in the trees and be up to a foot-and-a-half long, with teeth so sharp it could punch through a coconut.
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