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User: newstrust Topic: NewsTrust Environment
Category: Biodiversity :: Protection :: National Parks
Last updated: Dec 26 2018 17:10 IST RSS 2.0
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National parks are giving veterans, Gold Star families free lifetime passes 11.11.2020 Denver Post: Local
"With the utmost respect and gratitude, we are granting veterans and Gold Star families free access to the iconic and treasured lands they fought to protect starting this Veterans Day and every single day thereafter."
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Trump cabinet official’s press secretary stuns internet by slamming ‘rotten stench’ of Obama administration 28.10.2020 Raw Story
Many on social media were stunned Tuesday evening after reading a tweet from the verified account Department of the Interior’s press secretary. It started when Interior Secretary David Bernhardt posted a tweet promoting President Donald Trump, which some say called overly political and others suggested appeared to violate the Hatch Act. The @realDonaldTrump Administration has […]
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Trump’s Interior Department throws tantrum after being called out for ‘propaganda video’ 28.10.2020 Raw Story
President Donald Trump’s Department of the Interior angrily lashed out on Tuesday after being criticized for spreading a “propaganda video” one week before the election. It started when controversial Interior Secretary David Bernhardt posted a campaign-style video on Twitter, arguing Trump is a conservationist. The @realDonaldTrump Administration has accomplished historic feats for conservation, securing the […]
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Colorado U.S. Senate candidate Q&A 7.10.2020 Denver Post: News: Local
The Colorado U.S. Senate race features Republican Cory Gardner, Democrat John Hickenlooper, Libertarian Raymon Anthony Doane, Approval Voting Party's Daniel Doyle and Unity Party's Stephan "Seku" Evans
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Typhoon Haishen hits South Korea after battering Japan’s southern islands 7.9.2020 Raw Story
South Korea hunkered down as Typhoon Haishen arrived on the shores of its southern peninsula on Monday, after the powerful storm battered Japan’s southern islands but appeared to pass through without major damage or casualties. The storm, carrying top sustained winds of up to 126 km (78 miles) per hour, was headed north from a southern city of Ulsan, […]
Trump Is Trying to Greenwash His Appalling Environmental Record Before the Election 5.9.2020 Mother Jones
This article was originally published in HuffPost and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. During a May 2018 roundtable with more than two dozen outdoor sporting and conservation organizations, after more than a year of leading the Trump administration’s fossil fuel-centric “energy dominance” push, then-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke promised to make a “grand […]
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American environmentalism’s racist roots have shaped global thinking about conservation 3.9.2020 Raw Story
The United States is having a long-overdue national reckoning with racism. From criminal justice to pro sports to pop culture, Americans increasingly are recognizing how racist ideas have influenced virtually every sphere of life in this country. This includes the environmental movement. Recently the Sierra Club – one of the oldest and largest U.S. conservation […]
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As wildfire smoke hangs over Colorado, state’s air quality board inches toward plan to reduce haze 21.8.2020 Denver Post: Local
A 90-degree haze of wildfire smoke and other pollutants hung over Colorado's mountain valleys and cities Thursday, increasingly beyond the control of state government officials, who inched forward in their efforts to make improvements to future air quality.
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Letters to the Editor: Bottom-line governing is killing the Postal Service and other institutions 19.8.2020 LA Times: Opinion

President Trump thinks only about profit, so to him there's little reason to have a Postal Service or government safety net.

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Singapore crushes massive ivory haul on eve of World Elephant Day 11.8.2020 Raw Story
Singapore began destroying nine tonnes of seized ivory Tuesday, the largest such action globally in recent years, including contraband tusks that came from more than 300 African elephants. The destruction by an industrial rock crusher was held on the eve of World Elephant Day, and aims to prevent the items from re-entering the market and […]
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Litter, graffiti and vandalism are increasing at state parks, national forests across Colorado 7.8.2020 Denver Post: Local
As more people head outdoors, trash piles have begun to grow.
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‘Idiot’ Trump mocked after struggling to pronounce Yosemite: ‘And he questions Biden’s cognitive abilities?’ 4.8.2020 Raw Story
President Trump was on the receiving end of internet mockery after it became apparent that he doesn’t know how to pronounce the word “Yosemite.” During a speech on Tuesday at the White House following the signing of the “Great American Outdoors Act,” Trump twice pronounced Yosemite as “yo-Semite.” .@realDonaldTrump pronounces Yosemite as "Yo-Semites." pic.twitter.com/g4jY4l1HkI — […]
Is a Big Win for Conservation a Blow to Climate Action? 27.7.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in High Country News and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. On July 22, Congress passed the biggest public-lands spending bill in half a century. The bipartisan bill, called the Great American Outdoors Act, puts nearly $10 billion toward repairing public-lands infrastructure, such as outdated buildings and dysfunctional […]
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Editorial: National parks and public lands needed a win. Congress finally gave them one 24.7.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Congress approves $9 billion over five years to fix up national parks and another $900 million a year for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

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Congress passes Cory Gardner’s public lands bill 23.7.2020 Denver Post: Local
The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a major public lands bill introduced by Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican from Yuma.
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Having a hard time finding a campsite in Colorado this summer? You’re not alone. 15.7.2020 Denver Post: Entertainment
Locals have flocked campgrounds in Colorado.
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Botswana reports mysterious deaths of hundreds of elephants 2.7.2020 Raw Story
Hundreds of elephants have died mysteriously in Botswana’s famed Okavango Delta, the head of the wildlife department said Thursday, ruling out poaching as the tusks were found intact. The landlocked southern African country has the world’s largest elephant population, estimated to be around 130,000. “We have had a report of 356 dead elephants in the […]
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Experts condemn Trump’s ‘insane’ July 3rd Mt. Rushmore fireworks show 25.6.2020 Raw Story
President Donald Trump is forcing through his plan to headline a fireworks show at Mount Rushmore despite concerns from experts who know the national park and its 80-year old monument very well. Those concerns include the coronavirus pandemic, threat of setting off wildfires, water contamination from fireworks chemicals, and limited access to and from the […]
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Trump Threatens Prison for Those Trying to Remove Slaveholder Monuments 23.6.2020 Truthout.com
Trump’s reverence for Jackson may be a nod of support toward his white supremacist base, one historian ...
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Trump accused of caring more about statues than latest outbreak of COVID-19 killing Americans 23.6.2020 Raw Story
President Donald Trump announced to the press out of the blue that there is a law protecting Civil War statues called the Monuments Act. The Monuments Act, however, is about the use of public lands owned by the federal government for the preservation of historic, prehistoric, and scientific interests, like National Parks. It has nothing […]
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