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Trump rollback could leave nation’s waterways vulnerable to pollution 24.1.2020 Denver Post: Local
The Trump rule narrows the 2015 definition of what’s a protected body of water and effectively removes safeguards for some waterways that had been put into place with the 1972 Clean Water Act
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Letters to the Editor: Bulldozing parts of Ballona is no way to restore the wetlands 19.1.2020 LA Times: Opinion

If much of the focus of the state's restoration project is creating recreational opportunities, are we really "restoring" the Ballona Wetlands?

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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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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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Moorhead seeks to thwart turkey takeover 10.1.2020 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Moorhead officials are developing a plan to manage a growing population of urban turkeys. A public meeting this week drew about 70 people — many with tales of turkey conflict.
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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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Indonesian arrested selling Sumatran tiger skin 6.1.2020 Raw Story
An Indonesian caught trying to sell the skin of a critically endangered Sumatran tiger has been arrested, police said Monday, highlighting the problem of animal trafficking in the Southeast Asian country. Authorities in Aceh, at the northern tip of Sumatra island, arrested the man last week after he offered to sell the skin to an […]
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Before you hit ‘share’ on that cute animal photo, consider the harm it can cause 6.1.2020 Raw Story
Limbani the chimpanzee has about 650,000 Instagram followers. In recent months the account has featured viral photos and videos of the captive young ape playing the guitar, bouncing on a trampoline and wearing a giant banana costume. Fans are also offered real-life encounters with the chimp at a Miami facility, paying US$700 for a ten-minute […]
A New Trump Rule Would Fast-Track Oil Pipelines Without Consideration of Climate Change 4.1.2020 Mother Jones
The Trump administration will soon make it easier for projects like oil pipelines and highways to get federal approval regardless of their environmental risks and effects on climate change, according to the New York Times. The administration is expected to gut the 50-year-old National Environmental Policy Act by making more projects exempt from the environmental reviews […]
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Letters to the Editor: Does fouling the water and air 'make America great again'? 2.1.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Smog obscured mountain views and sickened people for decades in Los Angeles. Trump's rollback of environmental rules will bring those days back.

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Letters to the Editor: Save the Ballona wetlands by stopping the state's 'restoration' plan 25.12.2019 LA Times: Opinion

The state's restoration plan for the Ballona wetlands would increase the human footprint there. It must be rejected.

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Donald Trump Jr now under federal investigation for killing endangered sheep during Mongolian trophy hunt: report 18.12.2019 Raw Story
President Donald Trump, Jr. is facing an investigation by his father’s administration over a trophy hunting trip in Mongolia of endangered sheep. “The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it will review allegations that Donald Trump Jr., may have illegally killed a rare sheep during a recent trip to Mongolia and imported parts of the […]
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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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A new study shows an animal’s lifespan is written in the DNA. For humans, it’s 38 years 14.12.2019 Raw Story
Humans have a “natural” lifespan of around 38 years, according to a new method we have developed for estimating the lifespans of different species by analysing their DNA. Extrapolating from genetic studies of species with known lifespans, we found that the extinct woolly mammoth probably lived around 60 years and bowhead whales can expect to […]
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Opinion: Birds are vanishing from North America. There's a way to bring them back 12.12.2019 LA Times: Commentary

As humans destroy and fracture habitat, birds leave or perish. But habitat can be restored, and with it, the population of birds.

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Donald Trump Jr. got special permission from the Mongolian government to kill endangered sheep — on your tax dollars 11.12.2019 Raw Story
The rocky highlands of Central Asia, in a remote region of Western Mongolia, are home to a plummeting population of the largest sheep in the world, the argali. The endangered species is beloved for its giant curving horns, which can run over 6 feet in length. On a hunting trip this August, Donald Trump Jr. […]
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Push to reintroduce wolves in Colorado gains momentum with delivery of 211,000 signatures for ballot initiative 10.12.2019 Headlines: All Headlines
After months of collecting signatures, proponents of a ballot initiative to reintroduce wolves in Colorado on Tuesday presented state officials with what they believe are more than enough signatures to put their measure to voters next year.
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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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Big money is building a new kind of national park to protect Montana's prairie 9.12.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
In Montana, a former Silicon Valley entrepreneur wants to create a massive, privately funded public park. Some ranchers oppose the American Prairie Reserve and say they can better conserve the land.
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