User: irge304 Topic: Biodiversity
Category: Protection :: Conservation Efforts
Last updated: Jul 22 2019 04:10 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Once nearly extinct, California condor comeback reaches 1,000 chicks 22.7.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
In the 1980s, there were less than two dozen California condors left. Today, more than 500 exist in the world, thanks to the efforts of conservationists.
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Can birds help connect North Korea to the world? 19.7.2019 L.A. Times - World News

Amid missile tests and nuclear threats in recent years, longtime South Korea-based birder Nial Moores, who has made frequent trips to North Korea to study birds, explains the important role they play.

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Painted lady butterfly influx needs people to count them 19.7.2019 BBC: Science
Experts say the UK looks to be experiencing the arrival of millions of painted lady butterflies.
Red List: Extinction threat to overlooked species 18.7.2019 BBC News - Science & Environment
Fish, snails and fungi join a list of threatened species, as conservationists say small, slimy species have been overlooked.
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Rare New Zealand parakeet has best breeding season in decades 18.7.2019 BBC: World
There are at most only 300 kakariki karaka parakeets in the world, but this year they had 150 chicks.
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Battle to save Colorado high-country toads goes microbial with ground-breaking Purple Rain treatment 13.7.2019 Denver Post: News: Local
These boreal toad tadpoles, however, have a chance. They darted out of tubs in which Colorado scientists had bathed them in a lab-grown anti-fungal bacteria called Purple Rain that, when coating amphibians, protects them.
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PHOTOS: Highly endangered high alpine Boreal Toads reintroduced in Colorado 13.7.2019 Denver Post: News: Local
Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the CU-McKenzie Lab Research Team joined forces to reintroduce over 5,500 highly endangered high alpine Boreal Toads into ponds near Brown's Creek Falls almost 3 miles up Brown's Creek drainage near Mount Antero.
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Chevron spills 800,000 gallons of oil and water in Kern County canyon 13.7.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

California authorities said Friday that crews are beginning to clean up a massive oil spill that dumped nearly 800,000 gallons of oil and water into a Kern County canyon, making it larger — if less devastating — than the state’s last two major oil spills.

The seep, which has been flowing off and...

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Truck Heists, Dog Poisonings, and Murder: Inside the Brutal World of the Truffle Trade 13.7.2019 Mother Jones
Why does it cost so much to have a chef shave the bulbous fungus we call a truffle over some pasta? Most truffle species, unlike their mushroom brethren, develop underground, giving them protection and time to produce “small, potato-like structures,” scientists say, with “fruit-bodies” packed with aroma and flavor. These growing conditions lead to a […]
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A black market in wildlife trafficking thrives on Facebook and Instagram 12.7.2019 LA Times: Business

Ali Ahamed’s black satchel was overflowing with turtles, their tiny heads poking out. Just a few feet away, on the hotel room floor, roughly 20 larger turtles with dark brown shells were removed from black suitcases and flipped onto their backs to keep them from crawling under the couch.

Ahamed...

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Man Kills Polar Bear in Front Yard, Allegedly Leaves Carcass to Rot for Months 12.7.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
The animal was shot and killed because it was trying to eat "improperly stored whale meat," prosecutors alleged.
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Largest Expanse of Private Land in California Now Open to Wilderness Travelers 11.7.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
California's iconic Tejon Ranch is opening the gates to its 270,000 acres for the first time to the public.
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California moves to block Trump from rolling back its environmental protections 11.7.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

There’s a new twist in the California-Trump brawl in the state Legislature. It’s aimed at overriding the president’s power to weaken environmental protections.

Put simply, any federal protections President Trump tried to gut would immediately become state regulations in their original, strong form.

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Two Solitary Great White Sharks Interacting With One Another Captured in Incredible Drone Footage 9.7.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
The video was captured by a team of researchers from the non-profit Atlantic White Shark Conservancy.
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Jawless Lamprey Fish Attract Females by Releasing Smelly Aphrodisiac Pheromone in Semen 9.7.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
Lampreys engage in a special kind of mating called lekking.
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California could end off-roading at Oceano Dunes as beach access battle heats up 9.7.2019 LA Times: Commentary

For generations, off-road vehicle riders have flocked to this windy stretch of the Central Coast to camp on the shore, build bonfires in the sand, and gun their engines in the only state park in California that allows motor vehicles on the beach and dunes.

And for nearly as long, the surfside playground...

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Florida Man Captures 16-Foot Python and Nearly 50 Hatching Eggs Beneath Home 9.7.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
Researchers estimate there are nearly 30,000 pythons in the Florida Everglades, and most grow to be 8 to 10 feet long.
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Predator Free 2050: New Zealand ramps up plan to purge all pests 9.7.2019 BBC: World
New Zealand digs in with its controversial plan to protect native species by wiping out all predators.
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The U.S. wants to dump 1.5 tons of rat poison on the Farallon Islands. Biologists say it’s for the best 7.7.2019 LA Times: Commentary

For most humans, life on these jagged islands off the coast of San Francisco would be a nightmare: Waves lash the shore with treacherous force, the stench of guano fills the air, and the screech of seagulls is so loud that resident scientists wear earplugs to bed.

But wildlife thrive on “the Devil’s...

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California needs housing, but not in mountain lion country 6.7.2019 LA Times: Commentary

The mountain lions of Southern California — facing dangerous freeway traffic, lethal poisons in their prey and the continued encroachment of humans into their habitat — are threatened with extinction. The question now is how much we care and what we’re willing to do, spend or sacrifice to protect...

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