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Saving salamanders: Searching for signs of a deadly fungus 27.5.2016 AP National
SUNDERLAND, Vt. (AP) -- Holding a sandwich bag containing a squirming, Eastern red-spotted newt, Evan Grant inspects its shiny skin for signs of a killer....
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This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Energy Bill Now Full Of Horrible Environmental Provisions 27.5.2016 Think Progres

"This is the legislative equivalent of the middle finger."

The post This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Energy Bill Now Full Of Horrible Environmental Provisions appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Seven Myths About GMOs Debunked 26.5.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Myth 1: GMOs are an "invention" of corporations, and therefore can be patented and owned. Living organisms, including seeds, thus become the "intellectual property" of the GMO industry. Using these property rights, corporations can forcibly prevent farmers from saving and sharing seeds. Farmers harvest crops in Chennai, India. Corporations that produce GMOs are not interested in a free market; they are interested in creating a monopoly over GMOs. (Photo: Vinoth Chandar ; Edited: LW / TO) A global battle is being fought over the future of the world's food. Hear from the women on the front lines in Seed Sovereignty, Food Security: Women in the Vanguard of the Fight Against GMOs and Corporate Agriculture. These seed keepers, food producers, scientists, activists and scholars are committed to building a food system that is better aligned with ecological processes, human health and justice for all. Order this amazing book by donating to Truthout today! The following is excerpted from Vandana Shiva's foreword ...
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The GBR in black or white: coral bleaching or coal dust? 24.5.2016 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Health News
The fight between industrial need, with Australia’s great 2 exports of coal and iron ore, and possibly the biggest natural wonder we have on Earth has been frantic. The culmination of the argument could come soon as stress grows on all parties concerned.
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Prairie gardening: Tips and tricks 24.5.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Only 2 percent of Minnesota's original prairies remain, but gardeners can create spaces for native plants and species in their own backyards.
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Meet some amazing animals and plants that are new to science 23.5.2016 LA Times: Science
Life on Earth can be found in the most surprising places, from the deep sea to pitch-black caves to just off the main road of a Gabonese National Park. Each year, about 18,000 species are discovered and described by scientists in thousands of academic publications, where regular folks may never...
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New fossil find points to rapid evolution of marine reptiles after mass extinction 23.5.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Fossilised skeleton of a toothless animal that lived 247 million years ago opens a window to a time of remarkable diversity on Earth after the ‘Great Dying’ event

The discovery of a toothless animal with a short snout and a long tail that roamed the seas around 247 million years ago, suggests early marine reptiles evolved more rapidly than previously thought after the the most devastating mass extinction event the planet has ever experienced, scientists have revealed.

Dubbed Sclerocormus parviceps, a name that nods to its rigid body and small skull, the ichthyosauriform was unearthed by fossil hunters in China.

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Fate of primeval forest in balance as Poland plans logging 21.5.2016 AP Business
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- It is the last remaining relic of an ancient forest that stretched for millennia across the lowlands of Europe and Russia, a shadowy, mossy woodland where bison and lynx roam beneath towering oak trees up to 600 years old....
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UN: Growing environmental threat from animal-to-man diseases 21.5.2016 Washington Post: World
A new U.N. report identifies some of the most worrying environmental threats facing the world today.
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Felony Charges Handed Down For Company That Spilled 140,000 Gallons Of Oil Onto California Beach 18.5.2016 Think Progres

One Plains All American Pipeline employee could face up to three years in jail.

The post Felony Charges Handed Down For Company That Spilled 140,000 Gallons Of Oil Onto California Beach appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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This Is How You Move a 390-Pound Gorilla Across the Country 18.5.2016 Wired Top Stories
This Is How You Move a 390-Pound Gorilla Across the Country
Goma is a Western lowlands gorilla, born in captivity and moved halfway across the country as part of a decades-long effort to keep the species genetically healthy. The post This Is How You Move a 390-Pound Gorilla Across the Country appeared first on WIRED.
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'Finding Nemo' wasn't so entertaining for real clownfish. Now conservationists worry about 'Finding Dory'. 18.5.2016 Washington Post
'Finding Nemo' wasn't so entertaining for real clownfish. Now conservationists worry about 'Finding Dory'.
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Only 60 vaquita porpoises are left in Gulf of California, and gill-net fishing is to blame, experts say 17.5.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The population of the vaquita, a small porpoise endemic to Mexico’s upper Gulf of California, has plummeted to about 60 survivors, according to a new study by an international team of scientists that urges stronger measures to protect the species.

Without sustained efforts, scientists warn that...

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Crying wolf: Apex predator makes its way back into Colorado 15.5.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Though the gray wolf is indigenous to Colorado, a wild pack hasn’t been seen here for nearly a century. The last were killed in the first half of the last century as part of a nationwide campaign — in many cases, encouraged by federal and state bounties — to eradicate the wolf from the American landscape. Since the mid-1990s, however, active efforts to restore the wolf to areas both north and south of Colorado have brought about a resurgence of the animal. Stable packs now make their homes in Yellowstone National Park, as well as parts of Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, New Mexico and Arizona. To date, there has been no reintroduction effort in Colorado, nor will there be in the immediate future. On Jan. 23, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission voted against the reintroduction of wolves into the state. Even so, lone wolves are beginning to make their way south and across the Wyoming border on their own — a development that raises several questions. • Could wandering wolves establish stable packs in ...
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Nevada sheriff: Endangered fish found dead after trespasser skinny dips in Death Valley hot spring 15.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
PAHRUMP, Nev. • Three Nevada men have been questioned by investigators about vandalism in an environmentally fragile area of Death Valley National Park that may have killed one of the rarest fishes on earth, officials said Friday. No arrests have been made in the April 30 intrusion while authorities continue to investigate what could be a federal crime, Nye County Sheriff’s Sgt. David Boruchowitz said. He said evidence includes DNA and video recordings. The men from Pahrump, Indian Springs and N...
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Experts: Mexico’s Vaquita porpoise headed toward extinction 14.5.2016 Washington Post: World
Scientists are warning that the population of Mexico’s endangered vaquita marina, the world’s smallest porpoise, has fallen to alarmingly low levels and is heading toward extinction soon if drastic measures aren’t taken.
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Is the EPA Being Pressured? Environmental Concerns About Syngenta Chemical Removed From EPA Site 13.5.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Farm equipment sprays crops. (Photo: Chafer Machinery ; Edited: LW / TO) The Environmental Protection Agency released a very troubling preliminary risk assessment that the routine use of the chemical atrazine is likely harming animals and our ecosystems. Atrazine is manufactured and distributed by  Syngenta , a foreign global chemical company, that markets the product in the US to limit plants that may compete with commodity crops or would be considered weeds on golf courses. The EPA memo that was released was hand-signed by six scientists in the US government's Environmental Risk Branch of the Environmental Fate and Effects Division. The 500+ page study was co-authored by Dr. Frank T. Farrugia, Colleen M. Rossmeisl, Dr. James A. Hetrick, and Melanie Biscoe, and was subject to peer review by twelve other scientists. Its top-line findings are "based on the results from hundreds of toxicity studies on the effects of atrazine on plants and animals, over 20 years of surface water monitoring data, and higher ...
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One out of five plants to leave the planet 13.5.2016 Daily Kos
And no, not on little green rocket ships. The plants aren’t going anywhere ... they’re just going. When we think about extinction, we usually think about animals. Something furry. Something cute. Something with big brown eyes whose plight touches us... as we drive past in our SUVs. But it’s not just polar bears and rhinos in the crosshairs of the big human-generated extinction event.  Our greenery is also getting less diverse . The planet's vegetation—from grasslands to deserts to tropical rainforests—is being hit hard by human activity. And deforestation, pollution, agriculture, and climate change are all playing a role. Climate change hits plants hard with changes in growing season, conditions, and rainfall. It also brings diseases and parasites, such as allowing insects to spread into high altitudes. And plants have one big disadvantage when it comes to dealing with rapid climate change: they can’t run away. Relocation may be difficult for an elk, but it’s impossible for an elm ...
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Oil Company Gets The Go-Ahead To Explore For Oil In Wildlife-Rich Preserve 12.5.2016 Think Progres

Florida's Big Cypress National Preserve is home to a vast array of plant and animal life.

The post Oil Company Gets The Go-Ahead To Explore For Oil In Wildlife-Rich Preserve appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Starfish-like creatures reveal surprise about biodiversity in the deep ocean 12.5.2016 LA Times: Science

Most of us are vaguely familiar with the brittle star -- the slender, five-armed cousin of the starfish. But perhaps you were not aware of how amazingly ubiquitous they are throughout all the oceans and seas on the planet. 

This diverse group of animals can be found across the globe, from the poles...

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