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Koch-Backed Group Calls For No More National Parks 3.7.2015 Think Progres

Just in time for the Fourth of July.

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Obama to Girl Scouts: ‘What are you guys doing in my yard?’ 1.7.2015 Washington Post: Politics
President Obama posed a simple question to the roughly 50 Girl Scouts camped out on the South Lawn Tuesday night: "What are you guys doing in my yard?"Michelle Obama -- who serves as honorary national president of the Girls Scouts -- engineered the event, which was co-sponsored by the Interior Department and billed as the first-ever White House Campout. The White House grounds are part of the national park system.Read full article ...
Climate Change Could Cause More Than $40 Billion In Damage To National Parks 27.6.2015 Think Progres

"This report underscores the economic importance of cutting carbon pollution and making public lands more resilient to its dangerous impacts,” Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said.

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Department Of The Interior Recognizes LGBT History With New Chicago Landmark 25.6.2015 Think Progres

The historic contributions of LGBT people are gaining increased recognition from the National Park Service.

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Bolivia Greenlights Controversial Highway, Oil and Gas Extraction in National Parks 24.6.2015 Global Voices
Bolivian President Evo Morales escalates the stakes in the debate over extractivism as an anti-poverty strategy.
Invest in America the beautiful 24.6.2015 Washington Post: Editorials
What’s the price point of purple mountain majesty? Thanks to increased entry fees at 130 national parks this summer, some double or even triple their former levels, the cost of America the beautiful is on the rise. The National Park Service is hardly to blame for the hikes that have begun to make hiking pricey. It is the job of Congress to fund the Park Service at a level needed to keep our parks pristine and affordable.Read full article ...
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Grizzly bears captured for study as feds consider delisting 24.6.2015 AP Washington
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Twenty-four grizzly bears have been captured so far this year in and around Yellowstone National Park as wildlife managers start another season of research toward a potential lifting of federal protections....
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Nepal Is Using a Satellite Collar to Track a Snow Leopard Named Omi Khangri 23.6.2015 Global Voices Online » South Asia
Conservationists believe that the information gathered from the collar will be crucial to conserving the endangered big cats, which roam Nepal's Himalayas.
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Tracking people to improve our parks 20.6.2015 Durango Herald
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Scientists are putting tracking devices on a new species – people – as they try to learn more about how their movements affect ecosystems in national parks.Park visitors carrying global positioning devices have provided Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado data to improve shuttle service to a...
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National park in North Dakota gets new superintendent 18.6.2015 AP Washington
MEDORA, N.D. (AP) -- A 21-year veteran of the National Park Service has been named superintendent of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota....
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Georgia zoo flooding: what to do if you encounter a tiger 18.6.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

With a tiger reportedly still roaming free in Tbilisi after severe floods damaged the zoo, here’s some advice on how best to survive a confrontation

A white tiger that escaped from a zoo in Tbilisi after heavy flooding mauled a man to death on Wednesday, and on Thursday authorities in the Georgian capital said they were still looking for another tiger and a hyena.

Heavily armed government officers were on constant patrol on Thursday morning, as jumpy residents called in at the slightest noise or strange movement outside. But what should they do if they find themselves confronted with a tiger?

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Inside the Power Plant Fueling the US Drought 17.6.2015 Truthout.com
(Photo: Michael Friberg / ProPublica) A couple of miles outside the town of Page, three 775-foot-tall caramel-colored smokestacks tower like sentries on the edge of northern Arizona’s sprawling red sandstone wilderness. At their base, the Navajo Generating Station, the West’s largest power-generating facility, thrums ceaselessly, like a beating heart. Football-field-length conveyors constantly feed it piles of coal, hauled 78 miles by train from where huge shovels and mining equipment scraped it out of the ground shortly before. Then, like a medieval mortar and pestle machine, wheels crush the stone against a large bowl into a smooth powder that is sprayed into tremendous furnaces — some of the largest ever built. Those furnaces are stoked to 2,000 degrees, heating tubes of steam to produce enough pressure to drive an 80-ton rod of steel to spin faster than the speed of sound, converting the heat of the fires into electricity. The power generated enables a modern wonder. It drives a set of pumps 325 ...
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Will China’s National Parks System Be Enough To Protect Its Remaining Pristine Regions? 15.6.2015 Think Progres

China's next big attraction: An expansive national parks system.

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These Stunning Photos Show the Urban Sky Like You've Never Seen It Before 13.6.2015 Mother Jones
Light pollution makes it nearly impossible for Los Angeles residents to see the stars. So a few years ago, two timelapse artists set out to show people what they've been missing. As part of a book and video project called Skyglow , Harun Mehmedinovic and Gavin Heffernan photographed the night sky over places like the Grand Canyon and superimposed those images over the smoggy city lights of LA. The results are stunning, at times appearing more like paintings than photographs. Mehmedinovic , who grew up in Bosnia, and LA-based Heffernan , originally from Canada, also captured some of the darkest places in the country, mostly national parks in the southwest. They used long exposures to let more light flood in, allowing them to show "galaxies you can't normally see," Heffernan says. In some cases they camped out overnight, keeping their cameras rolling for hours at a time to get enough shots for timelapse videos that depict star trails, the apparent movement of stars in the sky due to the earth's natural ...
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A new National Park in Los Alamos, N.M.? 8.6.2015 Durango Herald
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – Federal employees and Los Alamos officials have started meeting to discuss an ambitious plan: to create a new national park scattered across three different states and dedicated to the history of the atomic bomb.Last week, employees from the National Park Service and Department of Energy met with leaders in Los...
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Tanzania elephant population declined by 60% in five years, census reveals 2.6.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Government data shows industrial scale of poaching for ivory as number of elephants in Tanzania drops from 109,051 in 2009 to 43,330 in 2014

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Trail Ridge Road opens in Rocky Mountain National Park with nightly closures 30.5.2015 Headlines: All Headlines
Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park opened Friday after a delay caused by this month's wet weather patterns, which hampered crews' ability to clear the high-altitude roadway of
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BASE jumpers pushed to remote, no-rules sites 28.5.2015 AP Top News
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- BASE jumpers, by nature, just want to be free....
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Admission to go up at national parks on Hawaii's Big Island and Maui 26.5.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Entrance fees at two of Hawaii’s national parks will increase Monday, although the admission price remains modest compared with other attractions.
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A cleaner coal 24.5.2015 Steamboat Pilot
A piece of Routt County’s coal industry is undergoing a major addition. Parts were trucked into the Hayden Station power plant, and it took more than a month to assemble a massive crane, the top of which is higher than the largest smoke stack. A state environmental official says new emissions controls at Colorado’s power plants will both reduce haze and improve public health. Michael Silverstein, with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, helped negotiate the plan with the state’s power plants aimed at reducing regional haze. “It was designed to be measurable by the human eye,” Silverstein said. Silverstein said Hayden Station was a “very key facility” during negotiations of the regional haze plan because of its proximity to national parks and wilderness areas. Craig Station, which generates 1,303 megawatts of electricity, was also part of the plan. Silverstein said the emissions controls will reduce both nitrogen oxide and sulphur dioxide, the two pollutants that contribute the most ...
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