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The zoo beneath our feet: We’re only beginning to understand soil’s hidden world 9.8.2017 Washington Post
The zoo beneath our feet: We’re only beginning to understand soil’s hidden world
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Trump team relaxes land-use rules for saving sage grouse, opening more of the West for fossil fuels development 8.8.2017 Denver Post: Business
Trump administration officials on Monday advanced an overhaul of land-use rules aimed at opening more of the West to fossil-fuels development, shifting the nation's strategy for saving imperiled sage grouse away from protecting habitat.
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War on Science: Here Are Some of the Banned Words at Trump’s Ag Department 7.8.2017 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by the Guardian and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  Staff at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) have been told to avoid using the term climate change in their work, with the officials instructed to reference “weather extremes” instead. A series of emails obtained by the Guardian between staff at […]
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Deforestation and Climate Disruption Are Degrading the Amazon, Endangering Our Survival 7.8.2017 Truthout.com
The Amazon Rainforest, the most biologically diverse place on Earth, is threatened by deforestation and anthropogenic climate disruption. (Photo: CIAT ; Edited: LW / TO) As human beings, our survival depends upon respecting the complexity of the Earth's ecosystems and protecting them, say the experts in Brazil tasked with protecting the Amazon rainforest from the effects of human-caused climate disruption. The Amazon is one of the most important and biodiverse ecosystems, and it is being deforested at an astonishing rate. The Amazon Rainforest, the most biologically diverse place on Earth, is threatened by deforestation and anthropogenic climate disruption. (Photo: CIAT ; Edited: LW / TO) Sao Paolo and Brasilia, Brazil -- Warwick Manfrinato, the director of Brazil's Department of Protected Areas, has a deep understanding of biological interdependence, as well as its importance. "If we are of utter service to nature, then we provide the benefits to all other living things on the planet," Manfrinato told ...
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Wolves and Grizzlies Win a Round in Court 4.8.2017 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by HuffPost and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  A federal appeals court chose on Tuesday to keep in place Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region — a decision that could also have implications for Yellowstone grizzly bears and other wildlife. The U.S. Court of […]
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San Diego prepares to fight back against Trump’s environmentally catastrophic border wall 3.8.2017 Think Progres
President Donald Trump’s signature campaign promise — to build a sprawling, impenetrable wall along the U.S.-Mexico border — might be months away from groundbreaking and billions short in funding, but some border communities are already grappling with the environmental destruction that the wall’s eventual construction could portend. “They are using our city as ground-zero for […]
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The Energy 202: Trump to waive environmental rules to construct border wall 2.8.2017 Washington Post
The Energy 202: Trump to waive environmental rules to construct border wall
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Gray wolves just won another battle to stay on the endangered species list 2.8.2017 Washington Post
Gray wolves just won another battle to stay on the endangered species list
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Court keeps Great Lakes wolves on endangered species list 2.8.2017 AP National
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- A federal appeals court Tuesday retained federal protection for gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region, ruling that the government made crucial errors when it dropped them from the endangered species list five years ago....
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Homeland Security to waive environmental rules on border wall projects 1.8.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
The agency says it will bypass rules requiring environmental studies before building on public land, hoping partly to ease the construction of prototypes for Trump's proposed border wall in San Diego.
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Our vertebrate relatives have evolved plenty of 31.7.2017 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Health News
Xmas comes very early for us this year, with a tremendous guide to all our ancestors and their evolution into modern forms. You will need a subscription to Nature to read the details but we have the lowdown on the nitty-gritty of fishies and birdies too!
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The last British lynx was killed 1,300 years ago. Now the wild cat may be poised for a comeback. 23.7.2017 Washington Post: World
Conservationists see the return as a potent symbol, but they’ll have to overcome resistance from sheep farmers.
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Farmworkers Protest EPA’s Pesticide Ruling 22.7.2017 ConsortiumNews.com
As part of President Trump’s campaign against President Obama’s environmental regulations, Trump’s EPA has rejected a proposed rule banning a brain-damaging pesticide, reports Dennis J Bernstein. By Dennis J Bernstein The decision by President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency to rebuff…Read more →
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Stream insects live well in Yorkshire 21.7.2017 Earth Times
How important are our streams and rivers to us in this age of pollution and interference with natural systems? The effect of conifer plantations is generally negative, but the positive effects on some f these streams could point to ways to improve many such forestry projects, as well as the original moorland.
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Trump administration cancels hundreds of existing or planned regulations 21.7.2017 Washington Post
In its push to ease restrictions on the private sector, the White House scrapped rules tightening protections for workers and the environment. But it also proposed new regulations that offer employers more leeway with how they run their businesses.
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Collisions, not floods, in Kaziranga 20.7.2017 Opinion – The Indian Express
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Long-debated Newhall Ranch project gets key approvals from county 19.7.2017 LA Times: Commentary

After decades of controversy, the Newhall Ranch development in the Santa Clarita Valley cleared its last major hurdle Tuesday when county officials certified a revised environmental analysis and approved two of the project’s five planned subdivisions.

In two separate 4-0 votes, the Los Angeles...

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As Pruitt Guts Water Rules, EPA Will Allow Fracking Waste Dumping in the Gulf of Mexico 18.7.2017 Truthout.com
A fracking site is situated on the outskirts of town at dawn in the Permian Basin oil field on January 21, 2016, in the oil town of Midland, Texas. The EPA, under Scott Pruitt's leadership, wants to allow fracking waste in the Gulf of Mexico without understanding its impact on marine and human life. (Photo: Spencer Platt / Getty Images) As the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress move to gut Obama-era clean water protections, a draft permit that would allow offshore oil and gas platforms to dump fracking chemicals and drilling wastewater into the Gulf of Mexico reveals how challenging it can be to hold polluters to federal water standards. A fracking site is situated on the outskirts of town at dawn in the Permian Basin oil field on January 21, 2016, in the oil town of Midland, Texas. The EPA, under Scott Pruitt's leadership, wants to allow fracking waste in the Gulf of Mexico without understanding its impact on marine and human life. (Photo: Spencer Platt / Getty Images) With everything ...
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Idaho Fish and Game proposes allowing hunters to bait wolves 18.7.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Ketchum, Idaho • The Idaho Fish and Game Commission is considering several changes to hunting rules, including allowing the use of bait to hunt wolves. The department is proposing the rule change in response to requests from hunters who want to use bait for hunting wolves outside of the black bear seasons. Under current rules, wolves can be killed by hunters when they are attracted to bait set out for black bears, where hunting seasons are open for both black bear and wolf. But big game rules do... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Interior secretary ponders fate of Nat'l Monument in Oregon 18.7.2017 AP Washington
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- After touring the &quot;unique&quot; Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in Oregon and speaking to ranchers, loggers and environmentalists, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke must next make a recommendation on whether it should be abolished or resized....
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