User: irge304 Topic: Biodiversity
Category: Protection :: Conservation Efforts
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Three new species of primates discovered 3.5.2016 New Kerala: Technology
New York, May 3 : Scientists have discovered three new species of mouse lemurs - the smallest primates in the world - in Madagascar.
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After 145 years, Ringling Bros. Circus elephants perform for the last time 2.5.2016 Washington Post
After 145 years, Ringling Bros. Circus elephants perform for the last time
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Overfishing puts $42bn tuna industry at risk of collapse 2.5.2016 Guardian: Environment
Experts make first estimate of the value of tuna fisheries and warn Pacific Islanders have most to lose from declining stocks Overfishing is jeopardising a global tuna industry worth more than $42bn (£29bn), according to the first assessment of its kind. A report produced by the Pew Charitable Trusts has highlighted the significant revenues that fishermen, processors and retailers are generating from severely depleted species of tuna. Taken together, the seven most commercially important tuna species – skipjack, albacore, bigeye, yellowfin, atlantic bluefin, Pacific bluefin and southern bluefin – generated $12bn (£8bn) for fishermen in 2014, while the full value, including the total amount paid by the final consumer at supermarkets and restaurants around the world, was estimated to be $42bn ...
Return of the bison: new American national symbol tells story of strife 30.4.2016 Guardian: Environment

Nearly wiped out in a bid to demolish Native American resistance, the bison’s history paints a picture of strife and redemption that mirrors the US’s own

The bald eagle may appeal to America’s sense of self – soaring, majestic, hard to tame – but as a national symbol, the more humble bison paints a truer picture of the strife and redemption that has marked US history.

The bison is to become the first national mammal of the US, elevating it to the giddy heights of symbolism currently occupied by the bald eagle. Little more than 100 years since it was virtually exterminated in America in a manic bid to demolish Native American resistance, the bison now has establishment status.

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The Bison Is Poised To Become The U.S. National Mammal 30.4.2016 NPR News
Legislation adopting the bison as the U.S. national mammal passed the House and Senate this week. Now it's waiting for President Obama's signature.
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Congress votes to designate bison as national mammal 30.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • The bison could soon become the national mammal of the United States. Legislation approved by Congress would elevate the bison to a stature approaching that of the bald eagle, long the national emblem. There has not been an official mammal of the United States. The Senate gave final approval to the bill Thursday, two days after the House approved it. It now goes to the president’s desk. Lawmakers called the bison — North America’s largest land animal — the embodiment of American str...
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Chimp is freed from 'solitary confinement,' meets Jane Goodall, retires in Florida 29.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Back in the 1990s, Joe the chimpanzee was a California TV and film actor owned by a well-known Hollywood animal trainer. The chimp’s best-known work was a 1997 movie called “Buddy,” in which Rene Russo played a socialite who lives in a mansion with various primates and other creatures she treats as her children. By 1999, Joe was 11 years old, and his career path had taken a new turn. He’d been handed over to the small Mobile Zoo in Wilmer, Ala., where for 16 years he was a star attraction who li...
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Tusks of 8,000 elephants to burn 29.4.2016 CNN: Top Stories
It's an overpowering display of the sheer size of Africa's poaching crisis.
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Chimp is freed from 'solitary confinement,' meets Jane Goodall, retires in Florida 29.4.2016 Washington Post
Chimp is freed from 'solitary confinement,' meets Jane Goodall, retires in Florida
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Congress votes to designate bison as national mammal 29.4.2016 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The bison could soon become the national mammal of the United States....
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Smugglers of harp seal oil and honeybee royal jelly sentenced 29.4.2016 LA Times: Commentary

A Walnut couple was sentenced to home detention this week and their import and distribution companies were fined after they pleaded guilty to smuggling harp seal oil and honeybee royal jelly into the U.S. from China, according to federal prosecutors. 

Lynn Leung, 61, the former president and co-owner...

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Richard Hedley obituary 28.4.2016 Guardian: Environment
My dad, Richard Hedley, who has died aged 80, said he was lucky to have lived in two of God’s great counties. His childhood county of Northumberland inspired his love of the outdoors, but Hampshire, his home for nearly 60 years, was where he left a lasting legacy through his work in conserving a rare species of orchid. Born in Whitley Bay, to Francis, a clergyman, and Sybil, a teacher, Richard and his brother, Nicholas, enjoyed a childhood peppered with hill-walking and fishing, and which included evacuation during the second world war to the village of Hepple. These semi-rural early years, completed with education at the progressive Kingsmoor boarding school, in Glossop, Derbyshire, led Richard to study botany and biological sciences at King’s College, Durham (now Newcastle University), before training as a teacher. He met Jean, his wife of 57 years, when he was 18 and they married in ...
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Endangered dholes spotted in China reserve 28.4.2016 New Kerala: World News
Beijing, April 28 : At least nine dholes, or Asiatic wild dogs, were caught on camera in a nature reserve in China's Gansu province, the nature reserve officials said on Thursday.
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Cecil's legacy: could the death of one lion start a conservation movement? 28.4.2016 Guardian: Environment
Inspired by Cecil the lion, a small group of activists have begun an uphill struggle to convince UNESCO to do for wildlife what it already does for places. Meet: the World Heritage Species. On July 2nd of last year, Cecil the Lion – a 13-year-old, black-maned, pride-leader – was killed by trophy hunter Walter Palmer in Zimbabwe. The surprising thing about Cecil is not how he died – around 600 lions die every year at the hands of trophy hunters – but at the reaction to this particular killing. As details of Cecil’s grisly – and possibly illegal – death leaked out, the news blew up on social media and in the press, surprising conservationists who see this kind of thing with depressing regularity. Cecil the Lion became more famous in death than he ever was in life. Yet while many expressed outrage and condemnation, Daniela Relja – an educator and advocate from Barrie, Canada – was not content to leave it at that. She turned her anger and sadness over the killing of Cecil into an initiative to make lions the ...
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Bison to become first national mammal, joining bald eagle as American symbol 27.4.2016 Guardian: Environment

The bison will join the bald eagle, the national emblem since 1782, as America’s symbolic animal, in an effort to prevent it from going extinct

The bison, an animal once hunted to the brink of extinction in America, is set to become the first national mammal of the US, putting it on a par with the bald eagle as a symbol of the nation.

Congress has passed legislation, the National Bison Legacy Act, which names the hoofed beast as a “historical symbol of the United States” and establishes it as the nation’s landmark mammal.

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Approval of Adani's Queensland coalmine faces another legal challenge 27.4.2016 Guardian: Environment

Conservationists claim the state government failed to ensure the planned Carmichael mine was ecologically sustainable

Adani’s plan for Australia’s largest coalmine faces yet another snag, with a conservation group mounting what is now the eighth legal challenge to the contentious project.

The group, Land Services of Coast and Country, filed an appeal for a judicial review of the Queensland government’s environmental approval of the Carmichael mine in the supreme court on Wednesday.

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Montserrat's last two mountain chicken frogs to be reunited to save species 27.4.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Conservationists pin hopes of the species’ survival on breeding the Caribbean island’s last known male and female in the wild

In what could be a fairytale ending, conservationists are hoping to reunite the last two remaining wild mountain chicken frogs living on Montserrat and help their species breed on the Caribbean island for the first time since 2009.

A project led by the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust will next month take the last remaining female and “translocate” her into the territory of the last remaining male as part of a 20-year recovery plan for the species, one of the world’s largest and rarest frogs that exists on just two Caribbean islands, Montserrat and Dominica.

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Democrats dispute claim that shielding birds hurts military 27.4.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are taking aim at a Republican plan to block the Obama administration from protecting the greater sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act. Congressmen Adam Smith of Washington and Raul Grijalva (Gree-HAHL-va) of Arizona released letters Tuesday from Pentagon officials that they say prove shielding the bird won’t impair military […]
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Study confirms existence of ancient Himalayan wolf in Nepal 26.4.2016 New Kerala: World News
Kathmandu, April 26 : Although the current distribution of the critically endangered Himalayan wolf has mostly been a matter of assumption, rather than evident truth, an international research team has now confirmed its existence in Nepal's largest protected area - the Annapurna Conservation Area.
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Federal agency defends decision not to protect Montana fish 26.4.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A judge should uphold a 2014 decision that a fish found in southwestern Montana streams doesn’t need special protection under the federal Endangered Species Act, government fisheries officials said. U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon is expected to make a decision sometime after June in a lawsuit over the U.S. Fish and […]
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