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Biologists warn of ‘extinction denial’ as latest anti-science conspiracy 14.9.2020 The Moderate Voice

Biodiversity scientists are being urged to “fight the creeping rise of extinction denial” that has spread from fringe blogs to influential media outlets and even into a U.S. Congressional hearing. The call to arms came in a paper published in Nature Ecology & Evolution last month by Alexander Lees, senior lecturer in conservation biology at […]

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World wildlife plummets more than two-thirds in 50 years: index 10.9.2020 Raw Story
Global animal, bird and fish populations have plummeted more than two-thirds in less than 50 years due to rampant over-consumption, experts said Thursday in a stark warning to save nature in order to save ourselves. Human activity has severely degraded three quarters of all land and 40 percent of Earth’s oceans, and our quickening destruction […]
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Booming Front Range cities take first steps to build $500 million dam, reservoir near Holy Cross Wilderness 6.9.2020 Denver Post: News: Local
Aurora and Colorado Springs are planning to flood these wetland fens and replace natural storage with a man-made system: a $500 million dam and a reservoir that may require changing wilderness boundaries.
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The Relative Abundance of Bumblebees In North America Is Estimated to Have Crashed by 97 Percent 5.9.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in Canada’s National Observer and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. Jack Bates’ blueberries rely on “non-union” bees. The Delta, British Columbia, farmer is not alone. Blueberries, raspberries, and tree fruits are some of BC’s most important crops, worth about $370 million combined—and they all depend on bees, […]
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Editorial: Climate change will devastate California's Joshua trees. The state needs to protect them 20.8.2020 LA Times: Opinion

The longer California waits to protects its iconic Joshua trees, the harder it will be to help avoid extinction

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Donald Trump, Kanye West, and a Weird Western Bird Are All Somehow Involved in a Major Conservation Battle 17.8.2020 Mother Jones
The greater sage-grouse has a very hard life. Aside from facing predators like foxes, bobcats, and coyotes, the ground-dwelling western bird is also threatened by oil and gas development, miners, ranchers, hunters, climate change, invasive grasses, and, now, Kanye West. This spring the rapper and presidential hopeful, who purchased a sprawling ranch in Cody, Wyoming, […]
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A Wildlife Refuge Under Siege at the Border 16.8.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in High Country News and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. During the fall of 2019, the Department of Homeland Security began pumping large amounts of water from a southern Arizona aquifer to mix concrete for the Trump administration’s border wall. The aquifer is an essential water source […]
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Trump Seeks to Trash Endangered Species Act by Redefining “Habitat” 15.8.2020 Truthout.com
Trump Seeks to Trash Endangered Species Act by Redefining “Habitat”
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Humans off the hook? Climate change killed woolly rhinos, says study 13.8.2020 Raw Story
A woolly brown rhinoceros that weighed two tons once roamed northeastern Siberia before mysteriously disappearing around 14,000 years ago. Was its demise caused by humans, or the warming climate of the time? A new study by a Swedish and Russian team of scientists who examined DNA fragments from the remains of 14 of these prehistoric […]
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Argentine marshland threatened by worst fires in decades 7.8.2020 Raw Story
Ravaged by drought, the Parana Delta in Argentina, one of the largest and most biodiverse in the world, has been burning like never before since the beginning of the year. During the first seven months of 2020, more than 11,000 fires were detected in the 14,000 square kilometer (5,400 square mile) region, according to the […]
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Herbivores face higher extinction risk than predators: study 6.8.2020 Raw Story
Herbivores face a higher risk of extinction than predators, whether they are mammals, birds or reptiles, according to an extensive study of 24,500 species both living and extinct that was published Wednesday. The paper, which appeared in Science Advances, suggests herbivores have suffered a higher extinction rate over the past 50,000 years compared to other […]
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Biden Has a Weak Link on Energy and Ethics— an Ex-Obama Official With Deep Fossil Fuel Ties 2.8.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in HuffPost and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. Ken Salazar, the Obama administration’s first-term interior secretary, took a job at an industry law and lobbying firm just months after leaving office. There, he refashioned himself as an oil champion and avoided disclosing the companies that paid […]
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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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Study predicts polar bears will die off within 80 years 27.7.2020 Raw Story
Polar bears could face extinction by the end of the century as a result of shrinking sea ice in the Arctic caused by climate change, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change. This article first appeared in Salon. Though the study did not predict all polar bears would go extinct entirely […]
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Some Insects Are Very Social. They Also May Offer Hints for Controlling Disease. 25.7.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in Undark and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. Given that she infects ant colonies with deadly pathogens and then studies how they respond, one might say that Nathalie Stroeymeyt, a senior lecturer in the school of biological sciences at the University of Bristol in the UK, […]
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Origin story: America’s crocodiles came out of Africa 24.7.2020 Raw Story
The several species of crocodiles plying rivers and brackish byways in the Americas — from Florida to Peru — all came from Africa, according to a study published Thursday. They may have descended, researchers speculate, from a single pregnant specimen that bobbed along Atlantic Ocean currents to the New World at least five million years […]
Humans were in America 30,000 years ago — far earlier than thought 22.7.2020 Raw Story
Tools excavated from a cave in central Mexico are strong evidence that humans were living in North America at least 30,000 years ago, some 15,000 years earlier than previously thought, scientists said Wednesday. Artefacts, including 1,900 stone tools, showed human occupation of the high-altitude Chiquihuite Cave over a roughly 20,000 year period, they reported in […]
A Bird Named for a Confederate General Sparks Calls for Change 18.7.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in Undark and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. Across the United States, people are pushing for the removal of Confederate officers’ names from buildings, schools, and army bases, as protests against racial injustice continue in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police […]
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Mexico City was once the realm of the mammoth 12.7.2020 L.A. Times - World News

The giant pachyderms once roamed the Valley of Mexico.

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Editorial: California condors pass another milestone on the road to recovery 12.7.2020 LA Times: Opinion

It took federal support, belief in a bigger cause and trust in science to bring back this critically endangered species.

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