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Australia’s Bushfires Expose an Extinction Crisis Decades in the Making 15.1.2020 Truthout.com
The extinction crisis is acutely felt in Australia, where more than 1,800 species are federally listed as ...
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An Australia in flames tries to cope with an 'animal apocalypse'; California could be next 14.1.2020 LA Times: Environment

Wildfires in Australia are overrunning vast ecosystems and their wildlife. Nearly half of Kangaroo Island has burned.

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Boulder County’s populations of native bird species decline in the face of development 12.1.2020 Denver Post: Local
The Northern Hemisphere lost 3 billion birds, or 29% of the overall population, in the last 50 years. While the warming climate has played a demonstrative role in this decline – and will continue to do so with ever-increasing power – ornithologists in Boulder County have pointed to urban sprawl as a more immediate threat to the survival of the area’s native bird populations, without which local ecosystems cannot properly function, adding to the affects of climate change.
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A season in hell: Australia bushfires push at least 20 threatened species closer to extinction 8.1.2020 Raw Story
Images of desperate, singed koalas in blackened landscapes have come to symbolise the damage to nature this bushfire season. Such imagery has catalysed global concern, but the toll on biodiversity is much more pervasive. Until the fires stop burning, we won’t know the full extent of the environmental damage. But these fires have significantly increased […]
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Indigenous peoples key to saving threatened forests 8.1.2020 Raw Story
More than a third of the world’s vanishing pristine forests are managed by indigenous peoples under threat from development and deforestation, scientists said Tuesday, calling for greater protection. As deadly bushfires ravage Australia’s east coast, a new assessment of how wild forests are maintained showed that indigenous people have tenure over 36 percent of Earth’s […]
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‘Because insects are key to our own survival’: 73 scientists unveil global roadmap to battle bugpocalypse 7.1.2020 Raw Story
Highlighting the “strong scientific consensus that the decline of insects, other arthropods, and biodiversity as a whole, is a very real and serious threat that society must urgently address,” 73 international scientists on Monday published a roadmap to battle the world’s “bugpocalypse.” “Most importantly, we hope that end-users and land managers now can use this […]
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Trump accused of ‘disgraceful abdication’ of duty to protect earth for proposal to neuter landmark environmental law 7.1.2020 Raw Story
The reported plan targets the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which has been called the Magna Carta of environmental legislation, and could hasten approval of pipelines like the Keystone XL. The Trump administration was again accused of moving to attack the environment and wildlife in response to reports that the White House is moving to […]
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To Survive Climate Catastrophe, Look to Queer and Disabled Folks 4.1.2020 Truthout.com
To Survive Climate Catastrophe, Look to Queer and Disabled Folks
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Letters to the Editor: Building solar power plants that trample desert habitat isn't progress 4.1.2020 LA Times: Opinion

The future of sustainable energy is rooftop solar and microgrids, not utility-scale renewable energy projects in the desert.

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Archaeological discoveries are happening faster than ever before, helping refine the human story 30.12.2019 Raw Story
In 1924, a 3-year-old child’s skull found in South Africa forever changed how people think about human origins. The Taung Child, our first encounter with an ancient group of proto-humans or hominins called australopithecines, was a turning point in the study of human evolution. This discovery shifted the focus of human origins research from Europe […]
Why We Can’t Just #PlantATree 27.12.2019 Truthout.com
Tree planting must follow the vital work of protecting existing trees and reducing emissions through direct action.
Tree planting must follow the vital work of protecting existing trees and reducing emissions through direct action.
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Okinawans Keep Up Fight Against US Military Base in Biodiverse Oura Bay 22.12.2019 Truthout.com
Environmental advocates say a US military construction project puts rare corals and the unique marine ecosystem at ...
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Climate Crisis Threatens a Third of Plant Species, Endangering Food Supply 20.12.2019 Truthout.com
A pair of dry feet in sandals stand on the dusty earth of a drought-blighted farm
More than a third of the world’s plants are so rare they face extinction.
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One ranch, 26 wolves killed: Fight over endangered predators divides ranchers and conservationists 18.12.2019 LA Times: Environment

Wolf advocates accuse Diamond M Ranch of exposing its cows to attacks as they graze. The rancher denies goading wolves, but opposes the species' recovery.

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Orangutans Pay a Steep Price for the World’s Palm Oil 16.12.2019 Truthout.com
Orang-hutan means “people of the forest” in Bahasa Indonesia and Melayu. Why are these majestic primates being hunted and abused?
In just 20 years, palm oil producers have destroyed more than 80 percent of orangutan habitat.
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Climate Curious: How much does population growth contribute to climate change? 12.12.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
As part of our ongoing series, we explore how population growth contributes to climate change, and how some are trying to address it.
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U.S. wildlife officials agree to grizzly bear review after lawsuit 10.12.2019 Denver Post: Local
U.S. wildlife officials will review whether more protections are needed for grizzly bears in the Lower 48 states after animal advocates sued the government in a bid to restore the animals to more areas, according to court documents filed Monday.
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Nature's 'Brita filter' is dying and nobody knows why 7.12.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
A mysterious die-off of freshwater mussels has scientists scrambling to find a cause. Freshwater mussels clean water and provide habitat to countless other species.
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US tweaks restrictions on ‘cyanide bomb’ anti-predator devices 6.12.2019 Raw Story
The US announced slightly stricter rules Thursday on the use of devices called “cyanide bombs,” which are meant to protect livestock from wild predators, after the government reinstated their use in August. The devices, known as M-44s, are implanted in the ground, resembling lawn sprinklers. They use a spring-loaded ejector to release sodium cyanide when […]
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Minnesota put on notice over incidental trapping of lynx 5.12.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The Center for Biological Diversity says it's ready to sue, saying the state has failed to comply with a 2008 court order that's meant to protect lynx from being caught by trappers seeking other species.
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