User: irge304 Topic: Biodiversity
Category: Protection :: Conservation Efforts
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California’s largest lake is slipping away amid an epic drought 29.5.2015 Washington Post
ALONG THE SALTON SEA, CALIF. —The bone-dry lake bed burned crystalline and white in the midday sun. Ecologist Bruce Wilcox hopped out of his truck and bent down to scoop up a handful of the gleaming, crusty soil.Read full article ...
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BLM sage grouse plans set new precedent for conservation 29.5.2015 Steamboat Pilot
An unprecedented conservation effort to protect the greater sage grouse across 11 Western states took a big step Thursday with the release of 14 Final Environmental Impact Statements from the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service. The EIS’s have been more than three years in the making, involving collaboration from local, state and federal agencies. The statements outline regulatory guidelines for land use across more than 100 million acres of federal lands in the West that serve as habitat to the greater sage grouse. “It is the heart of a conservation effort that I think will redefine how we look at and oversee our landscapes collectively for generations to come,” U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said of Wyoming, home to nearly 40 percent of the nation’s sage grouse population, in a press conference Thursday at a historic Wyoming ranch. “There were 98 different plans rolled up that went into this process… We are actually releasing a range-wide strategy that covers 10 of the 11 ...
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Rules aim to protect imperiled bird's habitat in 10 states 29.5.2015 AP National
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- Interior Secretary Sally Jewell revealed plans Thursday to preserve habitat in 10 Western states for an imperiled ground-dwelling bird, the federal government's biggest land-planning effort to date for conservation of a single species....
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Sec. Jewell unveils feds' grouse plans aimed at preventing listing 28.5.2015 Denver Post: News: Local
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Thursday morning unveiled plans for protecting greater sage grouse on 66 million acres of federally managed public lands in Colorado and nine other ...
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David Attenborough calls on ordinary people to help save Africa's elephants 28.5.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

People need to support the conservation charities working to stop the killing of Africa’s last elephants and rhinos by joining them, says naturalist

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'No wilder place on Earth': explorers tackle the full Okavango Delta 28.5.2015 Guardian: Environment

A new expedition seeks to conserve the source of the Okavango Delta in the war-torn, little-known highlands of Angola

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Little penguins from Australia settle into New York home – video 27.5.2015 Guardian: Environment
A group of little penguins, also known as blue penguins, make their first public appearance at New York's Bronx Zoo, after being transferred from Sydney. There are conservation programs for the endangered species in their natural Australian habitat but this group were brought to New York as part of a breeding program. They reach about 13 inches (33 cm) in height and weigh an average of two to three pounds (900 grams to 1.5kg) Continue reading...
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Fielding: Another name proposed 27.5.2015 Steamboat Pilot
In response to Ken Collins’ support of gay marriage, I offer the following observations. There is something beyond the old conventional religious positions that comes into consideration in defining marriage. There is the natural order, a fundament that is cherished by many who eschew anything having to do with Biblical tenets. It is clear to any observer that the family, consisting of a mother and father together with their children, is the basic unit of human existence. The human race as it has evolved will not be continued if that order is not maintained. Marriage was enshrined and sanctified in recognition of that natural principal, for the protection of the family, to require a permanent commitment in order to procreate (or even to engage in sanctioned sexual relations). It is also clear to any observer that human sexuality was intended (by evolution, nature, God, Gaia or whatever you wish to call the creative force) to have its function as a reproductive and bonding mechanism. Sexuality in nearly ...
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Thorny frog and dementor wasp among new species discovered in Mekong 27.5.2015 Guardian: Science

139 new species were identified in South East Asian region in 2014, including four moths named after Thai princesses and a new mammal

A “dementor” wasp named after the Harry Potter creatures, a stick insect more than half a metre long, and a colour-changing thorny frog are among new species discovered in South East Asia’s Greater Mekong region.

The discoveries also include a bent-toed gecko which is the 10,000th reptile to be recorded on Earth, a feathered coral whose nearest relatives are found in Africa and four moths named after Thai princesses.

Related: Flying squirrel and eyeless spider discovered in Greater Mekong

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All Animals Have Rights: A Researcher’s Perspective 26.5.2015 Wired Top Stories
Because animals do not have a voice with which to express their rights and confront those who would deny them, then research must elucidate their needs and speak on their ...
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Are Only Humans Rightly Free? The Case for Animal Rights 26.5.2015 Wired Top Stories
Ahead of a possibly history ruling tomorrow, a lawyer, a philosopher and a research scientist passionately explain why animals deserve the right to bodily ...
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Fewer students study botany, more plant collections closing 25.5.2015 AP National
MOUNT IDA, Ark. (AP) -- The teeming plant world could become a virtual mystery in the coming decades as college students increasingly shy away from studying botany and universities across the U.S. shutter their long-standing herbaria....
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ISIS horror grows: Children massacred 25.5.2015 CNN: Top Stories
Just when it seems the horror can grow no deeper, ISIS shows that man's capacity for cruelty knows no bounds.
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Kenya relocates 14 black rhinos for boosting population 25.5.2015 New Kerala: World News
Read Full story of ' Kenya relocates 14 black rhinos for boosting population ' at newkerala.com.
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Specieswatch: Tadpole shrimp 25.5.2015 Guardian: Environment
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Can we save the rhino from poachers with a 3D printer? 24.5.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Bioengineering startup Pembient aims to reduce demand for black-market rhino products by 3D-printing artificial horn – but wildlife groups remain sceptical In a meeting room in an industrial area of San Francisco, Matthew Markus unpacks the contents of a small carved wooden box that depicts a rhinoceros with an impressive horn. Inside it are vials containing powder and small, hard-looking chunks. There are also what looks like miniature horns. “I term it conservation 2.0,” says Markus. Markus is the co-founder of Pembient , a startup that aims to thwart the illegal wildlife trade by recreating animal products in the lab. It is starting with rhino horn but has plans for more complex materials such as elephant tusk. The hope is to produce rhino horn so biologically similar to wild horn – but at about one tenth of black market costs – that buyers and illegal traders will switch, thereby curtailing relentlessly increasing poaching levels. The mysterious box contains Pembient’s collection of prototypes. “We ...
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Lawyer moves rights of chimps into the courtroom 24.5.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
This week, attorney Steven Wise will argue that two of his clients — chimps Leo and Hercules, being used for research at Stony Brook University in Long Island — have fundamental rights that protect them from being held captive.
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Removal of dams on Des Plaines River aims to return waterway to the wild 23.5.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
A series of dams has divided the Des Plaines River for more than a century, blocking its natural flow as it meanders its way from Wisconsin through northeastern ...
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International Day: Ban says biodiversity is essential to sustainable development 23.5.2015 New Kerala: World News
Read Full story of 'International Day: Ban says biodiversity is essential to sustainable development' at newkerala.com.
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Turtle on edge of extinction after sudden attack by mystery disease 23.5.2015 Guardian: Science

Scientists cannot explain why the Bellinger river snapping turtle has been all but wiped out by a mysterious disease with a 100% mortality rate

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