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The Bayer-Monsanto Merger Is Bad News for the Planet 20.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Two new studies from Europe  have found that the number of farm birds in France has crashed by a third in just 15 years, with some species being almost eradicated. The collapse in the bird population  mirrors the discovery last October  that over three quarters of all flying insects in Germany have vanished in just three decades. Insects are the staple food source of birds, the pollinators of fruits, and the aerators of the soil. The chief suspect in this mass extinction is the aggressive use of neonicotinoid pesticides,  particularly imidacloprid and clothianidin, both made by German-based chemical giant Bayer . These pesticides,  along with toxic glyphosate herbicides (Roundup) , have delivered a one-two punch against Monarch butterflies, honeybees and birds. But rather than banning these toxic chemicals, on March 21st  the EU approved  the $66 billion merger of Bayer and Monsanto, the US agribusiness giant producing Roundup and the genetically modified (GMO) seeds that have reduced seed diversity ...
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Racist fliers spark outrage at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 19.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Soon after Neal MacDougall arrived on the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo campus Tuesday, the professor noticed university police standing outside a restroom near his office. A racial slur against African Americans had been scrawled in red marker on a stall wall.

Later, he discovered a series of racist...

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Where Stars Trek: Bear sightings in the Yosemite National Park 15.4.2018 Eye – The Indian Express
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Turtles Have Led Us to Their Secret Seagrass Meadows 14.4.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Atlas Obscura and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Far from shore, the ocean floor is more than an unbroken swath of sand and mud: It can be blanketed with lush, green carpets of seagrass. These wavy expanses are biodiversity hotspots and have significant ecological benefits, but because so little of […]
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California offshore oil firms hit with nearly 400 violations 12.4.2018 AP Business
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Oil and gas companies drilling in state waters off Southern California violated regulations nearly 400 times in the past three years, according to a report being released Wednesday by an environmental group....
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Leaked Proposal Shows Trump Administration Planning to Kill Crucial Protections for Threatened Animals 12.4.2018 Mother Jones
Trump’s Department of the Interior is seeking to “revise” key, 40-year-old regulations which currently protect more than 300 threatened plant and animal species listed under the 1973 Endangered Species Act, according to a draft document that quietly leaked last week. The document, a memo from the Interior to the White House, outlines a proposed rule […]
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APNewsBreak: California oil firms had nearly 400 violations 11.4.2018 AP Business
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Oil and gas companies drilling in state waters off Southern California violated regulations nearly 400 times in the past three years, according to a report being released Wednesday by an environmental group....
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Nations Won't Reach Paris Climate Goal Without Protecting Wildlife and Nature, Warns Report 2.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
A sweeping new report emphasizes just how intertwined the challenges of climate change and loss of biodiversity truly are. The Paris Climate Agreement and several other United Nations (UN) pacts "all depend on the health and vitality of our natural environment in all its diversity and complexity," said Dr. Anne Larigauderie, executive secretary of the UN-backed organization behind the report. "Acting to protect and promote biodiversity is at least as important to achieving these commitments and to human well-being as is the fight against global climate change." The report comes from the efforts of more than 550 scientists in over 100 nations, corralled by an organization often dubbed "the IPCC for biodiversity." Much like the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assesses the state of research on global warming and its impacts, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) reviews the best-available science on biodiversity and nature's ...
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Ecuador Grants Open-Pit Mining Permits in One of the World's Most Biodiverse Areas 1.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
The Equadorian government has opened huge portions of land to large-scale open-pit mining projects. Last week, Mindo residents were among the thousands who took to the streets all across Ecuador in a march to demand an end to environmentally destructive mining. Protesters march against mining on March 22, 2018, near Mindo, Ecuador. (Photo: Sophie Moon) Mindo is a small village in the lush, tropical cloud forest that descends from the Andes to the coast just outside of Quito, Ecuador. The cloud forest is home to an abundance of wildlife, such as brightly colored lizards, wild cats, spectacled bear, and over 600 species of birds. Mindo was recently named one of the top 10 places to birdwatch in the world by National Geographic , and those who live there are known for their conservationist stances and fights against oil corporations. The area is so rich in biodiversity that it has won the Audubon Christmas bird count competition seven times with the highest number of species. Last week, Mindo residents were ...
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While Workers Get Crumbs, GOP Tax Scam Analysis Details $25 Billion Bonanza for Big Oil 28.3.2018 Truthout - All Articles
"The oil and gas industry benefitted to the tune of billions of dollars from the Trump tax cut bill... And you didn't." That's how the Center for Biological Diversity responded to a new analysis published Tuesday, which shows how the fossil fuel industry has saved $25 billion so far -- "with many more billionaires more to come" -- from the Republican tax plan signed by President Donald Trump in December. Antonia Juhasz at Pacific Standard reviewed 2017 Securities and Exchange Commission filings by 17 American oil and gas companies, "looking at the largest companies in production, refining, and pipelines that also clearly specified the impacts of the Tax Act in their result." Confirming reports that the new tax code has "supercharged the oil industry," she found that "it is the oil and gas industry, including companies that backed the presidency of Trump and whose former executives and current boosters now populate it, that are among the tax bill's largest and most long-lasting financial ...
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The Trump Administration Might Let the World’s Rarest Marine Mammal Go Extinct 26.3.2018 Mother Jones
Last week, environmental groups took the Trump administration to task for failing to protect the vaquita porpoise, the world’s rarest (and perhaps cutest) marine mammal, from likely extinction. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, accuses the Trump team of violating federal laws designed to protect the vaquita and other marine mammals. The species has seen a rapid decline in recent years; researchers estimate there are fewer than […]
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Bunnies, Jerry Garcia and zombies fill the March 30-April 1 calendar 25.3.2018 LA Times: Commentary

It’s bunnies, bunnies, bunnies for Easter weekend, with a sprinkling of dogs, Jerry Garcia and zombies.

Los Angeles

Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia inspired many musicians and artists, 15 of whom are scheduled to perform at Jubilee – a Celebration of Jerry Garcia at the Theatre at Ace Hotel...

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Australian volunteers save 5 of over 150 stranded whales 24.3.2018 Washington Post: World
Volunteers in western Australia have managed to rescue only five of 150 short-finned pilot whales that became stranded on a beach.
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UN reports see a lonelier planet with fewer plants, animals 23.3.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Crucial habitat has been cut apart, alien species have invaded places, chemicals have hurt plants and animals, wetlands and mangroves that clean up pollution are disappearing, and the world's waters are overfished, one scientist says.
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UN reports see a lonelier planet with fewer plants, animals 23.3.2018 AP Top News
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Earth is losing plants, animals and clean water at a dramatic rate, according to four new United Nations scientific reports on biodiversity....
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Most of over 150 stranded whales die on Australian beach 23.3.2018 LA Times: Commentary

More than 150 whales have become stranded in Hamelin Bay in western Australia, and only 15 of them were still alive on Friday, authorities said.

The mammals are believed to be short-finned pilot whales.

The stranded animals were first spotted by a commercial fisherman early on Friday morning.

As...

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How America’s Brutal 15-Year War in Iraq Changed Its Environment Forever 21.3.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by HuffPost and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  Azzam Alwash, the man credited with restoring the Iraqi marshlands believed to be the biblical garden of Eden, is ready to say something controversial: He welcomed the war. Even now―15 years after US forces invaded Iraq, ending nearly a quarter-century of Saddam […]
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The Energy 202: Wyoming considers grizzly hunt after Trump team took bear off endangered list 20.3.2018 Washington Post: Politics
The prospect of a new hunting season for grizzlies has long been a source of controversy.
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Wildlife corridor will connect O.C. coast to Cleveland National Forest 19.3.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Ground was officially broken last week on a $13-million effort to restore a wildlife corridor that will connect the Cleveland National Forest with Orange County wild coastal terrains.

The project, in the making for more than two decades, seeks to encourage biological diversity in the animals that...

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The Energy 202: The White House wants to kill this popular energy program, but Rick Perry calls it 'impressive' 19.3.2018 Washington Post
The Energy 202: The White House wants to kill this popular energy program, but Rick Perry calls it 'impressive'
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