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Utah Symphony to perform at Utah’s ‘Mighty 5’ national parks 16.4.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
The Utah Symphony will perform at or near all five of Utah’s national parks during a weeklong tour in August. The event, dubbed the “Mighty 5 Tour,” is part of the orchestra’s 75th-anniversary celebration and a lead-up to the 2016 centennial celebration of the National Park Service. Music director Thierry Fischer will conduct the free performances, and popular Utah soprano Celena Shafer will be the soloist. Fischer said he chose shorter selections, such as Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture,” the...
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Utah Symphony announces performances in Utah’s ‘Mighty 5’ national parks 16.4.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
The Utah Symphony will perform at or near all five of Utah’s national parks during a weeklong tour in August. The concerts are part of the orchestra’s 75th-anniversary celebration and a lead-up to the 2016 centennial celebration of the National Park Service. Music director Thierry Fischer will conduct the performances, which were announced during a Tuesday news conference at Momentum Climbing Gym. Concerts will be free, and popular Utah soprano Celena Shafer will be the soloist. There will als...
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Where the Wild Things Are 14.4.2014 American Prospect
Picture a perfect Southwestern day: The air as clear as gin, the bright blue sky marked only by a few stray clouds. In this spot, the waters of the Colorado River are placid, cool green, with none of the muddy brown foam found in the rapids that, over millennia, have carved out the Grand Canyon. Redwall limestone cliffs stretch high above. They’re streaked with desert varnish—the stain left by manganese seeps—and lightly colored with the aquamarine of lichen. Eons of the planet’s history are visible from here, whole epochs rendered in the span of a few thousand vertical feet. It’s an awesome sight.  Then I move my mouse over the river surface and click on a small circle of white in the water. The scene swirls in fast-forward, and I continue my trip downriver. I’ve never rafted the Colorado River through the bottom of the Grand Canyon. My “experience” through that wonder of the world came courtesy of Google Treks, the information company’s effort to extend its popular Street View program to some of the ...
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Family rescued from southeast Utah canyon after 3 days 13.4.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
A Payson father and his sons were rescued Saturday after getting stuck at a Garfield County canyon. Jason Knight, 35, and his 11 and 8-year-old sons entered Sandthrax Canyon — about midway between Canyonlands and Capitol Reef national parks — on Wednesday. That day, the father became trapped 350 feet down between the tight canyon walls, and told the boys to stay where they were — on a ledge at the top of the canyon — to prevent further incident, according to a Wayne County news release. The boy...
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Green diary rescue: Heartland says climate change good for you, agroecology, stand-off in Nevada 13.4.2014 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Every week Daily Kos diarists write dozens of environmentally related posts. Many don't get the readership they deserve. Helping improve the odds is the motivation behind the Green Diary Rescue. In the past seven years, there have been 270 of these spotlighting more than 16,670 eco-diaries. Below are categorized links and excerpts to 71 more that appeared in the past seven days. That makes for lots of good reading during the spare moments of your weekend. [Disclaimer: Inclusion of a diary in the rescue does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it.] Climate Change: Preponderance of the Great —by boatsie: "In a nutshell, the IPCC noted that in a civilization already impacted by melting glaciers and rising sea levels, droughts and intense heat waves,and huge migrations of both animals and humans, throughout this century 'climate-change impacts are projected to slow down economic growth, make poverty reduction more difficult, further erode food security, and prolong existing and ...
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Orangs threatened again in Sumatra 11.4.2014 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Health News
The Sumatran problem where people and industry are always given priority over natural ecosystems is reaching a climax, as the last vestiges of tropical forest go under thee axe. apart from the smoke pollution hanging over the burning, the animal species involved are among the rarest large animals anywhere. It's incredible that local interests can still prevent national government and international organisations from trying to conserve these precious areas still left.
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Environment Department to shed 25% of its staff after $100m budget cut 8.4.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

Government could open Uluru, Kakadu and Antarctica for development in hunt for revenue, environmental groups say

The federal Department of Environment will shed a quarter of its staff and look to generate alternative funding models from some of Australias premier natural spaces in an attempt to save $100m.

Environmental groups say the plans could mean areas including Uluru, Kakadu and the nations Antarctic territory being opened up for development.

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Green diary rescue: Climate and the fifth assessment, despite ruling, Japan not done whaling 6.4.2014 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Every week Daily Kos diarists write dozens of environmentally related posts. Many don't get the readership they deserve. Helping improve the odds is the motivation behind the Green Diary Rescue. In the past seven years, there have been 269 of these spotlighting more than 16,603 eco-diaries. Below are categorized links and excerpts to 67 more that appeared in the past seven days. That makes for lots of good reading during the spare moments of your weekend. [Disclaimer: Inclusion of a diary in the rescue does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it.] Daily Bucket-A Walk Along the Mangroves —by Lenny Flank: "Photos from my recent walk along a mangrove shore in St Pete FL. [...]Fiddler Crabs. They live a short distance away from the high-tide line, in burrows that reach the water table to allow them to wet their gills when needed." Meditations on planting a garden. —by Grey Fedora: "I am one generation removed from the farm. My grandparents were farmers, but my parents joined the 20th ...
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Editor column: We report from Washington what matters in Utah 5.4.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
To truly cover Utah, you need a reporter in Washington. Consider: • More than 70 percent of Utah land is controlled by the federal government — national parks, monuments, forests, and 30 million acres of BLM land. • The state’s congressional delegation includes one of the most tenured, and therefore most powerful, senators (Orrin Hatch). Our junior senator is a charter member of the tea party and architect of last fall’s federal government shutdown (Mike Lee). • Utah’s economy is dependent on d...
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Letter: Bishop’s bill to gut Antiquities Act shows GOP bias 31.3.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Rob Bishop is pushing legislation that would make it virtually impossible for a president to use the Antiquities Act to preserve any of our country’s national landmarks (“House passes Bishop’s bill on creating monuments,” Tribune, March 26). This is a Republican measure, and everyone knows that the GOP is the party of “No.” Individuals like Rob Bishop and Ken Ivory would like nothing more than to have all of our national parks dotted with oil wells, gas wells, strip mines and housing developmen...
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Green diary rescue: Ecocitizen World Map Project, GOP thumbs nose at Teddy Roosevelt 30.3.2014 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Every week Daily Kos diarists write dozens of environmentally related posts. Many don't get the readership they deserve. Helping improve the odds is the motivation behind the Green Diary Rescue. In the past seven years, there have been 268 of these spotlighting more than 16,534 eco-diaries. Below are categorized links and excerpts to 69 more that appeared in the past seven days. That makes for lots of good reading during the spare moments of your weekend. [ Disclaimer: Inclusion of a diary in the rescue does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it.] Columbia lily You can find more rescued green diaries below the sustainable squiggle. ...
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'Green News Report' - March 27, 2014 28.3.2014 BradBlog
  IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Was logging a factor in deadly Washington landslide?; New BP oil spill in Lake Michigan; Rooftop solar endangers the electric grid? 'Bullsh*t', says former Energy Secretary; Next UN climate report warns climate change will affect 'every aspect of human life' and 'cost trillions'; PLUS: Irreversible climate ...
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Director: Americans disconnected from national parks 28.3.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Efforts by Utah Rep. Rob Bishop to undermine the 1960 Antiquities Act and by the Utah Legislature to take control of federal lands in the state are “symptoms” of a larger national issue, says Jonathan Jarvis, director of the National Park Service. “What I sense with the flattening of visitation, the budget issues and the Legislative attacks is that they are symptoms of the waning relevancy of the [National Park Service] to the American people,” said Jarvis, in Salt Lake City to be the keynote sp...
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House Republicans prove hatred of America with 'No More Parks' bill 27.3.2014 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Back in 1906, Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act, which gives the president the power to designate significant cultural, historical or ecological sites—which are already public land—as monuments. Since then, 16 presidents (evenly divided by part) have protected sites like the Grand Canyon, Acadia, Muir Woods and Olympic national parks through the monument designation. These places eventually became national parks through congressional action, but were preserved thanks to the Antiquities Act. They didn't do this just because they hate protected public land. They also did it because they hate the fact that President Obama has the power—which every president before him since Teddy Roosevelt has had—to designate protected land without giving them the opportunity to derail his efforts. Of course, why they say they're doing it is because the president can act unilaterally, without public input, and because of the terrible economic impact these protected lands have. Both of which are bullshit. ...
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Texas Congressman Wants National Parks Opened To Drilling 27.3.2014 Think Progres

"Guys on the West Coast ... west of the Mississippi, they know they've got oil and gas under the land that they can't touch because it's on a national park or some sort of federal land,” said Rep. Pete Olson.

The post Texas Congressman Wants National Parks Opened To Drilling appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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BASE Jumping Looks Incredible. You Should Never Do It. 26.3.2014 Esquire
BASE Jumping Looks Incredible. You Should Never Do It.
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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: In Africa, All Conservation Is Local 26.3.2014 NY Times: Editorials
Contributing Op-Ed Writer: In Africa, All Conservation Is Local
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Saving the Mojave from the solar threat 26.3.2014 LA Times: Commentary
The desert is a surprisingly delicate ecosystem, and large-scale renewable energy projects such as the one proposed at Soda Mountain don't belong there.

After nearly 38 years working for the National Park Service, I hung up my "flat hat" this month and retired as superintendent of Joshua Tree National Park. That means I can now speak out against pending proposals with the potential to harm our country's most spectacular national parks in the California desert.
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Paul Rolly: Rep. Rob Bishop knows how to block a bill 24.3.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
A report from the Center for American Progress singled out Rep. Rob Bishop as a key representative in a scheme to block bipartisan bills protecting pristine lands. The report alleges partisan gamesmanship has bottled up dozens of bills crafted by local stakeholders and sponsored by home-state representatives, citing the Utah Republican as one of the worst offenders. Former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and former Rep. Steve LaTourette, R-Ohio, say the bills that would give protected wilderness...
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Green diary rescue: Overfishing, protesting friggin' fracking, pondering civilization's collapse 23.3.2014 Daily Kos
Every week Daily Kos diarists write dozens of environmentally related posts. Many don't get the readership they deserve. Helping improve the odds is the motivation behind the Green Diary Rescue. In the past seven years, there have been 267 of these spotlighting more than 16,450 eco-diaries. Below are categorized links and excerpts to 84 more that appeared in the past seven days. That makes for lots of good reading during the spare moments of your weekend. [ Disclaimer: Inclusion of a diary in the rescue does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it.] Key West boats have been taking tourists fishing for decades and taking photos of the catch. Here's how they did in 1957. And in 2007. You can find more rescued green diaries below the sustainable squiggle. ...
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