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Updated species extinction list signals ‘urgent action needed to save life on earth’ 10.7.2020 Raw Story
More than one in four of the 120,372 plant and animal species assessed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature are at risk of extinction. The U.S.-based Center for Biological Diversity warned Thursday of the “urgent action needed to save life on Earth” in response to a new global assessment revealing that nearly […]
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Want jobs and clean energy? This overlooked technology could deliver both 1.7.2020 LA Times: Environment

"You could have all the renewable energy in the world. But if you don't have the transmission lines, you have nothing," then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said in 2010.

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Trump accelerates border wall construction ahead of election, despite pandemic 30.6.2020 LA Times: Health

In Arizona and Texas, border wall construction has sped up over the objections of residents and environmentalists

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‘Far-right ideology’ of Trump’s newest nominee why Senate must reject him: advocacy organizations 29.6.2020 Raw Story
Environmental advocacy groups are decrying President Donald Trump’s pick to head the Bureau of Land Management and urging the Senate to reject the nomination. “William Pendley is uniquely unqualified for this position,” Accountable.US spokesperson Chris Saeger said in a statement. “He has spent his career fighting for a far-right ideology that puts the wishes of extractive industries […]
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‘Incredibly reckless’: Trump moves to expand fossil fuel drilling in Alaska’s western Arctic region 26.6.2020 Raw Story
“At a time when oil prices are cratering, prioritizing expanding oil and gas drilling anywhere—let alone the Arctic—is ridiculous.” The Trump administration was lambasted Thursday for a proposal to open up most of Alaska’s Western Arctic reserve for fossil fuel drilling—a move conservation groups say would be a “disaster” for the climate and wildlife as […]
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How deforestation helps deadly viruses jump from animals to humans 26.6.2020 The Moderate Voice

Pangolins have been found with covonaviruses that are genetically similar to the one afflicting humans today. Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images Amy Y. Vittor, University of Florida; Gabriel Zorello Laporta, Faculdade de Medicina do ABC, and Maria Anice Mureb Sallum, Universidade de São Paulo The coronavirus pandemic, suspected of originating in bats and pangolins, has brought the […]

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How deforestation helps deadly viruses jump from animals to humans 25.6.2020 Raw Story
The coronavirus pandemic, suspected of originating in bats and pangolins, has brought the risk of viruses that jump from wildlife to humans into stark focus. These leaps often happens at the edges of the world’s tropical forests, where deforestation is increasingly bringing people into contact with animals’ natural habitats. Yellow fever, malaria, Venezuelan equine encephalitis, […]
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Arara people of Brazilian Amazon ‘very worried’ as vulnerable tribe faces highest known COVID-19 infection rate in region 19.6.2020 Raw Story
“President Bolsonaro is now overseeing the destruction both of a once-thriving people, and the rainforests they managed and looked after for millennia. Brazilian and international solidarity to resist this genocide is desperately needed.” As criticism of far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s response to the coronavirus pandemic continues to stack up, global Indigenous rights advocates and the […]
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Federal court urged to hold ‘rogue’ Trump EPA in contempt for blatant defiance of ban on toxic weed killer 12.6.2020 Raw Story
“EPA needs a lesson in separation of powers and we’re asking the court to give it to them.” A coalition of farming and conservation groups is calling on a federal appeals court to hold EPA chief Andrew Wheeler in contempt for defying an order to immediately suspend use of dicamba, a poisonous weed-killer that is […]
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Genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in Florida and Texas beginning this summer – silver bullet or jumping the gun? 3.6.2020 Raw Story
This summer, for the first time, genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the U.S. On May 1, 2020, the company Oxitec received an experimental use permit from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to release millions of GM mosquitoes (labeled by Oxitec as OX5034) every week over the next two years in Florida and Texas. […]
With nation focused on pandemic, Trump Interior Dept. to greenlight killing of bear cubs and wolf pups in their dens 28.5.2020 Raw Story
“Killing has no place in our National Wildlife Refuges.” President Donald Trump’s National Park Service plans to finalize rules this week that will allow hunters in Alaska to kill bear cubs and wolf pups while they are in their dens, reversing Obama-era regulations meant to prevent destabilization of the state’s biodiversity. The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) accused the […]
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We must redouble our efforts to save wild tigers 26.5.2020 The Moderate Voice

By John Goodrich In the past few weeks since the Netflix series “Tiger King” first aired, I have done nonstop interviews about the shameful commercial breeding of tigers in the United States in the name of “conservation.” As someone who’s devoted my entire career to saving this magnificent species in the wild, I find this […]

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America’s indifference to death is nothing new — but it’s made this crisis much worse 16.5.2020 Raw Story
American culture has always demonstrated a callous indifference to death. At our nation’s inception, its triumphant rhetoric of equality and democratic revolution excluded any acknowledgment of slavery, or the genocide conducted against its Native population. Over the past two centuries, America’s history of uninterrupted war, conquest and exploitation bred into the public too much comfort with the […]
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This Pandemic Has Reignited a Passionate Debate Over Bats and Disease 11.5.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in Undark and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. In the past few months, Arinjay Banerjee has gotten an unexpected taste of Internet fame. Since December, when news of COVID-19 began to shudder across the world, Banerjee—who studies the immune systems of bats at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada—has […]
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Wildfires Can Reduce Biodiversity. Can Biodiversity Be Used to Reduce Wildfires? 26.4.2020 Truthout.com
A biodiversity experiment in Australia showed animal species can help reduce flammable leaf litter by 24 ...
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‘Silent Spring is already here’: Global study shows nearly 25 percent drop in insect numbers the past 30 years 24.4.2020 Raw Story
“We keep getting clear signs that the way we live and the actions we take are having severe consequences.” he largest ever assessment of long-term insect abundance found that there has been a nearly 25% decrease of land-dwelling bugs like ants, butterflies, and grasshoppers over the past 30 years—a revelation that inspired fresh demands for […]
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‘Pure baloney’: Zoologist debunks Trump’s COVID-19 origin theory — explains how animal-human transmission works 17.4.2020 Raw Story
With the largest one-day death toll in the U.S. yet — 2,400 in just 24 hours — President Trump is trying to deflect attention from his handling of the pandemic by waging a war on public health experts and science, threatening to cut World Health Organization funding and fueling a theory that the coronavirus came […]
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Editorial: Let's finally protect mountain lions from freeways, rat poison, and angry property owners 16.4.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Mountain lions in southern California are endangered by rat poison and development. Time to protect them.

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Opinion: California's plan to save Joshua trees is good for more than just U2 fans 14.4.2020 LA Times: Opinion

California officials moved a step closer Monday to protecting western Joshua trees as they face possible extinction from climate change.

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Nature Is Bouncing Back During the Coronavirus Crisis—but for How Long? 11.4.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in the Guardian and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. The environmental changes wrought by the coronavirus were first visible from space. Then, as the disease and the lockdown spread, they could be sensed in the sky above our heads, the air in our lungs and even the […]
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