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Should we resurrect the American chestnut tree with genetic engineering? 25.6.2019 LA Times: Science
Genetic engineering could help save chestnuts and other trees threatened by pests, disease and climate change. But how much we should intervene in nature?
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Oregon GOP’s latest tantrum offers a ‘snapshot’ of growing anti-government extremism by Republican lawmakers 25.6.2019 Raw Story
All of Oregon’s Republican state senators walked out of the Capitol last week and fled to Idaho to end debate on a climate change bill, but that’s just the latest extreme measure they’ve taken as the GOP loses power there. Minority parties have walked out before in several states to deny a quorum — Oregon […]
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Should L.A. mountain lions get protection under California’s Endangered Species Act? 25.6.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

As the mountain lions of Southern California approach what some experts call an “extinction vortex,” environmentalists are demanding that state officials grant the big cats protective status — a move that could potentially ban development on thousands of acres of prime real estate.

Mountain lions...

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Border Patrol Agents Find Woman and Three Children Dead Near U.S.-Mexico Border 24.6.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
Border Patrol agents found the bodies of two infants, a toddler and a 20-year-old woman, according to local law enforcement in Hidalgo County.
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AMLO in Office: From Megaprojects to Militarization 23.6.2019
While hiding behind a mask of progressiveness, Mexican president AMLO is championing a neoliberal regime.
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Europe’s Once-Mighty Climate Warriors Are Staging a Comeback After Other Leaders Have Failed 23.6.2019 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Yale Environment 360 and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Traditionally, the European Union—the federation of 28 nations with 512 million inhabitants—has prided itself on being the global front runner in progressive policies on the environment and climate change. It has championed binding CO2 reduction targets in international negotiations, led the […]
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Oregon Militiamen Vow To Defend The Scofflaw Republican Senators From Arrest By Oregon Troopers 23.6.2019 Crooks Liars
One of the disturbing undercurrents of the 2016 armed standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, led by “Patriot” movement figure Ammon Bundy , was the extent to which it revealed how deeply this far-right extremism had spread into the mainstream—including elected officials such as sheriffs, deputies , and state legislators. That same undercurrent is now running through the Oregon Legislature, thanks to the growing extremism of the Republican Party in the state, which has broken into the news because nine Oregon state senators have fled to neighboring states in order to deny the Democrat-dominated body the quorum needed to vote on a key climate-change ...
Anti-government militias vow to protect lawmaker who threatened to shoot police 21.6.2019 The Atlantic - Matthew Ygblesias
Anti-government militias have vowed to protect an Oregon GOP lawmaker who threatened to shoot state police trying to bring him back to the capitol to pass legislation this week. On Thursday, Republican state senators walked out of session at the Oregon state capitol over disagreements on a cap and trade climate bill. Later that day, […]
Fake Meat: Big Food’s Attempt to Further Industrialize What We Eat 21.6.2019
We need to decolonize our food cultures and our minds of food imperialism, writes Vandana Shiva. By Vandana Shiva Independent Science News Food is not a commodity, it is not “stuff” put together mechanically and artificially in labs and factories.…Read more →
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Colorado wildlife officials: Leave baby deer alone 20.6.2019 Denver Post: Local
Colorado wildlife officials are pleading for people to leave baby deer alone after seeing multiple fawns orphaned.
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Trump Administration Finalizes Energy Rule That Could Cause 1,400 Premature Deaths 20.6.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
"Donald Trump's undying loyalty to coal CEOs is literally killing Americans. Today's action provides yet another egregious giveaway to corporate polluters and fossil fuels," said 2020 candidate Jay Inslee.
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Wildlife officers searching for bear seen wandering Broomfield’s Anthem Highlands neighborhood 17.6.2019 Denver Post: Local
Colorado wildlife officers were searching for a black bear that had been reported strolling through the Anthem Highlands neighborhood in Broomfield on Monday morning.
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California to give struggling cannabis businesses more time on provisional permits 14.6.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

In another sign that California’s legal cannabis market is in deep trouble, state officials plan to extend the period that growers and sellers can operate with provisional licenses by five years, giving them a delay in complying with stricter rules for regular permits.

But the proposal faces opposition...

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As New Pipeline Battle Looms, Texas Moves Toward Criminalizing Pipeline Protest 11.6.2019
Kinder Morgan’s Permian Highway Pipeline is a highway to the next extinction event literally fueled by the last one.
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Trump picks immigration hardliner to lead USCIS 10.6.2019 The Atlantic - Matthew Ygblesias
Former Virginia Attorney General and immigration hardliner Ken Cuccinelli will be the new head of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the agency confirmed Monday. “I am honored to be given the opportunity to lead U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at this critical time and serve alongside this agency’s dedicated workforce,” Cuccinelli said in […]
New appreciation for a Minnesota fish long considered junk 10.6.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Some fish get no respect -- like carp, sheepshead and freshwater drum. Anglers call them junk fish. But one junk fish is proving to deserve respect -- and possibly the protection afforded to prized game fish.
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Buildings Are Hazardous to Migratory Birds, But There Are Solutions 9.6.2019
As many as 1 billion birds die in the U.S. each year from building collisions.
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Colorado won’t blow up massive boulder that destroyed highway. Here’s why. 4.6.2019 Headlines: All Headlines
Move over Castle Rock, there's a new "geographical masterpiece" for Colorado commuters and tourists to marvel. Meet Memorial Rock.
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Federal Judge Blocks House Lawsuit Over Border Wall Funding 4.6.2019 Outside the Beltway
A Federal Judge in Washington, D.C. dismissed a lawsuit against Trump "national emergency" to fund the border wall, but his ruling did not reach the merits of the lawsuit's claim.
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Wolves, deer and a new state bee: How the environment fared at the Legislature 3.6.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
There was a lot of give-and-take at the last minute between the DFL-controlled House and Republican-controlled Senate. Some provisions -- like establishing grants to get kids outdoors -- made it through, while others -- like lifting the state's ban on new nuclear power plants -- were abandoned.
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