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We don’t need to save endangered species. Extinction is part of evolution. 22.11.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
The only creatures we should go out of our way to protect are Homo sapiens.
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Trump delays new policy on importing elephant parts 18.11.2017 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump said Friday he's delaying a new policy allowing the body parts of African elephants shot for sport to be imported until he can review "all conservation facts."...
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Billions or bust: New genetic clues to the extinction of the passenger pigeon 17.11.2017 Washington Post
Billions or bust: New genetic clues to the extinction of the passenger pigeon
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The world’s strongest conservation law is under attack. It needs to be fixed instead. 17.11.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Today, you’re either for or against the Endangered Species Act. There’s a better way.
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Over 15,000 Scientists Just Issued a "Second Notice" to Humanity. Can We Listen Now? 14.11.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Yikes. Over 15,000 scientists hailing from more than 180 countries just issued a dire  warning  to humanity: "Time is running out" to stop business as usual, as threats from rising greenhouse gases to biodiversity loss are pushing the biosphere to the brink. The new warning was published Monday in the international journal  BioScience , and marks an update to the "World Scientists' Warning to Humanity" issued by nearly 1,700 leading scientists 25 years ago. The 1992 plea, which said Earth was on track to be "irretrievably mutilated" baring "fundamental change," however, was largely unheeded. "Some people might be tempted to dismiss this evidence and think we are just being alarmist," said William Ripple, distinguished professor in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, and lead author of the new warning. "Scientists are in the business of analyzing data and looking at the long-term consequences. Those who signed this second warning aren't just raising a false alarm. They are acknowledging ...
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Thousands of scientists issue bleak 'second notice' to humanity 14.11.2017 Washington Post
In 1992, scientists published a dire “warning to humanity” about a host of impending ecological disasters. A quarter-century later, most of them have gotten worse: “Soon it will be too late to shift course away from our failing trajectory,” the authors of the new statement write.
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Drilling, Drilling, Everywhere: Will the Trump Administration Take Down the Arctic Refuge? 9.11.2017 Truthout - All Articles
(Photo: Robynm ; Edited: LW / TO)   The stories at Truthout equip ordinary people with the facts and resources to create extraordinary change. Support this vital work by making a tax-deductible donation now. What happens in the Arctic doesn't just stay up north. It affects the world, as that region is the  integrator  of our planet's climate systems, atmospheric and oceanic. At the moment, the northernmost places on Earth are  warming  at more than twice the global average, a phenomenon whose impact is already being felt planetwide. Welcome to the world of  climate breakdown  -- and to the world of Donald Trump. The set of climate feedbacks contributing to further warming in the Arctic are about to be aided and abetted by President Trump, his Interior Department, and a Republican-controlled Congress. The impact of their decisions will be experienced around the world. While the United States is still recovering from the deaths, suffering, and devastation caused by extreme hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and ...
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Dinosaurs would have survived if asteroid hit Earth elsewhere, scientists claim 9.11.2017 Washington Post
A research team argues that only a few locations on Earth could create soot clouds that killed the dinosaurs.
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Randa, the L.A. Zoo's 48-year-old Indian rhinoceros, is euthanized 7.11.2017 LA Times: Commentary

A 48-year-old Indian rhinoceros that had survived skin cancer has been euthanized at the Los Angeles Zoo.

A zoo statement says the female rhinoceros named Randa was euthanized Monday due to declining health marked by loss of appetite, difficulty moving and indications of kidney failure.

The zoo...

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If you enjoy sleeping at night instead of the day, thank the dinosaurs for going extinct 7.11.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Mammals were largely creatures of the night until the dinosaurs were killed off by an asteroid some 66 million years ago, a new study finds.

The findings, described in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, illuminate a pivotal transition in the history of Earth’s living things.

Scientists have...

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Mexico says endangered vaquita porpoise died in captivity 6.11.2017 Washington Post: World
Researchers were thrilled to have captured one of the few remaining vaquita porpoises, but announced Sunday that the adult female died after a few hours in captivity in a floating pen, raising questions about the last-ditch effort to enclose the world’s smallest porpoises to save them from extinction.
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A powerful lawmaker wants to ‘invalidate’ the Endangered Species Act. He’s getting close. 6.11.2017 Washington Post
For decades, Rep. Rob Bishop has wanted to undo the law. Under Trump, victory is within the Utah Republican’s grasp.
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These orangutans are the newest species of great ape, and there are fewer than 800 left 4.11.2017 LA Times: Science
Hello Pongo tapanuliensis, and welcome to the family! As of this week, these orangutans are being recognized as a distinct species of great ape. That brings to eight the number of great ape species alive today.
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Frizzy-haired, smaller-headed orangutan may be new great ape 2.11.2017 AP Top News
A remote population of frizzy-haired orangutans on the Indonesian island of Sumatra seems to be a new species of primate, scientists say....
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Humans didn't outsmart the Neanderthals. We just outlasted them. 1.11.2017 Washington Post
A new study suggests that our cousins' demise was a result of population dynamics and bad timing.
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Slow flow of human immigration may have doomed Neanderthals 31.10.2017 AP National
NEW YORK (AP) -- What killed off the Neanderthals? It's a big debate, and now a study says that no matter what the answer, they were doomed anyway....
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Scientists Warn of "Ecological Armageddon" Amid Waves of Heat and Climate Refugees 30.10.2017 Truthout - All Articles
A dirt berm is maintained along the coast of Utqiaġvik, the northernmost city in Alaska, in an effort to slow seawater intrusion from increasingly severe Arctic storms. (Photo: Dahr Jamail) Scientists are sounding the alarm of an "ecological Armageddon" as insect populations across Germany collapse, wildfires scorch California and Portugal, record heat waves swelter the US late into fall, and 14 million people become climate refugees annually -- including Indigenous residents of Alaska's northern coast. While most of the world is finally acknowledging the dangers of anthropogenic climate disruption, the White House remains willfully clueless. A dirt berm is maintained along the coast of Utqiaġvik, the northernmost city in Alaska, in an effort to slow seawater intrusion from increasingly severe Arctic storms. (Photo: Dahr Jamail) As the summer Arctic sea ice melts and continues to recede further, the fragile coastline resting atop thawing permafrost is made more vulnerable to the warming waters of the ...
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Trump's devotion to coal mining puts Utah dinosaur discoveries in danger, scientists say 27.10.2017 LA Times: Nation
Scientists fear that a Trump administration plan to shrink Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah will spoil one of the planet's top dinosaur fossil sites. Areas removed from the monument would be open to coal mining, oil drilling and mineral extraction.
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Trump's push for coal mining will endanger dinosaur discoveries in Utah, scientists fear 27.10.2017 LA Times: Commentary
Scientists fear that a Trump administration plan to shrink Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah will spoil one of the planet's top dinosaur fossil sites. Areas removed from the monument would be open to coal mining, oil drilling and mineral extraction.
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The Myth of the Managed Wildfire: How US Forest Service Policies Perpetuate Deadly Wildfires 26.10.2017 Truthout.com
The idea that wildfires can be controlled is a dangerous and costly myth, promoted in large part by the timber industry, which views wildfires as a waste of economic resources, not the forest's way of rejuvenating itself. Ecologically speaking, fighting wildfires makes about as much sense as fighting hurricanes, yet we spend nearly $3 billion annually on the effort. Tanker helicopters fight a wildfire on October 16, 2017, in Oakville, California. At least 40 people were killed with many are still missing, and at least 5,700 buildings have been destroyed since wildfires broke out a week ago. (Photo: Elijah Nouvelage / Getty Images) Research is clear  that the wildfires the US experienced this year are more widespread and increasingly intense as our climate heats up. Consistent with the US government's head-in-the-sand approach to the climate crisis generally, our national wildfire "management" policy flies in the face of science and reason. If we don't learn to adapt to climate change's growing coastal ...
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