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Spotlight on green news & views: NY Council votes for environmental justice; Al Gore optimistic 18.6.2017 Daily Kos
This is the 505th edition of the Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) usually appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Here is the June 10 Green Spotlight. More than 27,210 environmentally oriented stories have been rescued to appear in this series since 2006. Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. OUTSTANDING GREEN STORIES Storm chasing ColoTim writes— Chasing Down The Wild Wind (Photo Diary) : “Kossack Leftcandid has been a stormchaser for years.  A couple years ago, I had been talking with him about the fact that I had been born and raised in Kansas and while I had seen funnel clouds, I always missed seeing tornadoes that came into the area.  We went chasing tornadoes in 2015 by driving up to Nebraska, chasing this storm system. [...] We wound up missing a tornado by just a few seconds — we drove around a hill and during that time the tornado touched down and retreated towards the ...
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A Riverside County mountain lion sired 11 kittens, but that won't fix weak gene pool 16.6.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Seven male cougars have crossed Interstate 15 near Temecula over the last 15 years, and one sired 11 kittens. Wildlife biologists are heartened by this because it demonstrates that a single male can enhance genetic diversity among inbred cougar populations.

The fact that only one managed to reproduce,...

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US expands review of cyanide predator traps after boy hurt 16.6.2017 AP National
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- U.S. officials are launching an expanded review of predator-killing cyanide traps and additional guidelines for workers deploying the devices after one sickened a young boy in Idaho and killed his dog....
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State officials clear a roadblock to the controversial Newhall Ranch development 16.6.2017 LA Times: Commentary

A decades-long fight by real estate and construction industry interests to build a 58,000-resident housing development along the last wild river in Southern California overcame a hurdle this week when state wildlife officials approved the project’s revised plans to protect a rare fish and reduce...

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Want to Get "Back to the Land"? You're Not Alone 14.6.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Over the past century, generations of young people have turned their backs on city life to embrace small-scale farming and back-to-the-land ideals. The exact circumstances for each generation's return have varied: the Great Depression in the 1930s, the Vietnam War in the '60s and '70s, and, more recently, the loss of ecosystems and biodiversity to industrial agriculture and climate change. Each generation has had one common desire: to live a more honest, ethical life of self-sufficiency and oneness with nature. Young farmers today face serious structural obstacles: access to affordable land, a steep (and often self-financed) learning curve, debilitating student loans, and lack of access to health care. But three back-to-the-land farmers managed to succeed in a fickle vocation that seems to demand equal parts skill, determination, and luck. What choices did they make, and are their experiences instructive for struggling young farmers today? Jean-Martin Fortier: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants In the ...
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Trump administration cancels proposed limits on marine mammals and sea turtles trapped in fishing nets 13.6.2017 LA Times: Commentary

The Trump administration announced Monday that it has canceled proposed limits on the number of endangered whales, dolphins and sea turtles that can be killed or injured by sword-fishing nets on the West Coast.

Although the restriction, proposed in 2015, was supported by both the fishing industry...

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US cancels new protection for endangered West Coast whales 13.6.2017 AP Washington
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The Trump administration on Monday threw out a new rule intended to limit the numbers of endangered whales and sea turtles getting caught in fishing nets off the West Coast, even though the fishing industry had proposed the measure....
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LAX pylons light up like a rainbow for LA Pride weekend 10.6.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Visitors to Los Angeles International Airport this weekend will find the towering, lighted pylons at the entrance bathed in the colors of the rainbow in recognition of LGBT pride events.

“Los Angeles World Airports is proud to join City Hall and the city of Los Angeles in support of diversity and...

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States Challenge Scott Pruitt's Decision to Keep Pesticide Linked to Brain Damage in Food Supply 8.6.2017 Truthout.com
(Photo: Rob Franksdad ; Edited: LW / TO) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt is facing a challenge from seven states over his decision to ditch an EPA proposal that would have kept a pesticide linked to brain damage in children out of the food supply. On Tuesday, a coalition of Democratic state attorneys general filed an administrative challenge to Pruitt's March 27 order denying a decade-old petition to ban chlorpyrifos, a controversial bug killer used to control pests on food crops such as apples, strawberries and oranges, as well as at facilities such as golf courses. The order quashed an agency proposal rolled out under the Obama administration to ban chlorpyrifos on food products due to health risks. Pruitt issued the order at the last minute to meet a court-ordered deadline requiring the EPA to make a final decision on the ban after years of review.   Environmental groups have long fought to restrict the use of chlorpyrifos and other controversial pesticides and filed ...
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Hawaii passes law to align its environmental goals with Paris climate accord 7.6.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Hawaii has passed a law to document sea level rise and set strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The bill signed by Gov. David Ige aligns the state's goals with the Paris climate accord.

President Trump withdrew the U.S. from that agreement last week. Ige said that Hawaii is the first...

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Madagascar's lemurs lurch toward extinction, but there could be a way to save them 7.6.2017 L.A. Times - World News

The road to Maromizaha Forest in Madagascar winds through hills dotted with charred stumps resembling broken teeth.

Trucks roar past a woman named Madeleine, who sits by the road chipping away at granite slabs, making gravel.

The hills above were once covered in trees, teeming with shrieking lemurs....

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Spotlight on green news & views: Dozens of posts on Trump's premature evacuation from Paris pact 4.6.2017 Daily Kos
This is the 503nd edition of the Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) usually appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Here  is the May 31 Green Spotlight. More than 27,100 environmentally oriented stories have been rescued to appear in this series since 2006. Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. OUTSTANDING GREEN STORIES Pakalolo writes— Climate change wars are coming and a deranged Trump building his many walls will not stop it : “ ‘I’m very strongly of the opinion that walls are never a solution. You cannot build walls to stop people when they want to go to safety.’ Major General Munir Muniruzzaman, chairman of the  Global Military Advisory Council On Climate Change  (GMACCC).Our Earth is a miraculous and beautiful place where conditions are perfect for life to thrive. These conditions reflect how our climate system interconnects with everyone and everything. Man made greenhouse ...
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Rules allow faster action after wolf attacks in Washington 3.6.2017 AP Washington
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The state of Washington has issued new rules that allow the Department of Fish and Wildlife to move more quickly when a wolf pack begins preying on livestock....
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Trump's budget renews debate on Arctic refuge oil drilling 27.5.2017 AP Politics
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- President Donald Trump's plan to help balance the federal budget features a new attempt to open the coastal plain of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to petroleum drilling....
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Minneapolis jumps on the goat train for fighting invasive species 27.5.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: News
For 10 days, 80 female goats and their kids will graze in an enclosed six-acre site near Cedar Lake East Beach.
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Butterflies at Chatfield Farms hopes to enchant visitors with the state’s native pollinators 26.5.2017 Denver Post: Lifestyles
The butterfly house, a partnership between the Butterfly Pavilion and Denver Botanic Gardens, intends to draw people inside its warm habitat with the sell of beautiful insects surrounded by flowers. But once inside, the organizations hope Coloradans will become more attached to their native pollinators, which have seen populations plummet, and leave wanting to help.
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Will address environment issues in ‘scientific manner’: Harsh Vardhan 23.5.2017 Chicago Tribune: Nation
NEW DELHI: Best efforts would be made to address all environmental issues, including “contentious” ones, in a “meticulous and scientific” manner, Union minister Harsh Vardhan said today after taking charge as environment minister following the death of Anil Madhav Dave last week. Noting that air and water pollution were a “matter of concern” for the ...
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In 2016, scientists discovered 18,000 new species. Now meet the Top 10 22.5.2017 LA Times: Science
ESF announced its annual Top 10 list of new species for 2017.
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Myanmar shines with intact forest, but will this biodiversity be conserved? 19.5.2017 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Environment News
How can we conserve the beauty of the largest remaining rainforest in Asia? This tract of land, divided by the dry interior, stretches across the Thai border at one end and connects with Indian reserves at the other. Answers to the everlasting problems of conservation must include governance, proper transparency and perhaps most important, grassroots participation at many levels.
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How to lure the bees, butterflies and other pollinators to your Colorado garden 19.5.2017 Denver Post: Lifestyles
Pollinator habitats aren’t built in a day. But you can make some real headway in a gardening season and continue to add to your vision as the years go on.
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