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Americans once moved away from forests. Now forests are moving away from Americans. 23.2.2017 Washington Post
Americans once moved away from forests. Now forests are moving away from Americans.
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Scientists discover new frog species small enough to sit on a fingernail 22.2.2017 Washington Post
Scientists discover new frog species small enough to sit on a fingernail
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With this Congress, the Endangered Species Act itself might be endangered 21.2.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Elections have consequences, as the saying goes, and here’s another one arising from conservative Republicans taking complete control of the federal government: The Endangered Species Act, which played a significant role in saving the bald eagle and the California condor from extinction, is now...

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Lead ammunition poisons wildlife but too expensive to change, hunters say 20.2.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Just before leaving office, the Obama administration banned the use of lead ammunition on federal land. Some hunters want President Trump to reverse the ban.
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A Gender-Equal Council Takes Lead of the Andean Network of Indigenous Organizations 20.2.2017 Truthout.com
Gerardo handed the colorful baston de mando to Carlos, following the Andean tradition of passing wood staffs representing authority from old to new representatives. The Coordinadora Andina de Organizaciones Indígenas (Andean Network of Indigenous Organizations), which goes by the acronym CAOI , is little known and the inauguration ceremony of its new council went almost unnoticed. That day, all eyes were turned to another less colorful presidential inauguration in Washington DC. CAOI's new council members were elected at the organization's Fourth Congress last November and started a three-years mandate this January 20, 2017. CAOI was created in 2006 as an umbrella organization that represents the indigenous organizations across the Andean highlands. It comprises the largest indigenous organizations from Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru: the Confederation of Kichwa Peoples of Ecuador (ECUARUNARI), the Organization of Indigenous Nationalities of Colombia (ONIC), Bolivia's National Council of Ayllus and ...
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What's Changed--and What Hasn't -- Since Both Presidential Candidates Said We Need Paid Leave 17.2.2017 Inc
For the first time, both major-party Presidential candidates talked about the need for mandatory paid leave for employees. Now what?
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"Debate Me": parody of internet manliness gurus/dorks 11.2.2017 Boing Boing

Something Awful has a guest column from one of the manosphere types netizens cannot fail to be familiar with in 2017.

DEBATE ME.

That's right. I've been powering up these logical brain lasers for hours now just to tear through your fallacies like so much tissue paper. Let me set the stage: my house, seven hours, a webcam, and you and me, duking it out with truth-fists. A jury of my choosing, made up of my peers. The loser gives $10,000 to whatever charity deals with the most tragic of cancers.

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Climate science and climate fiction – where data intersects with art 11.2.2017 Boing Boing
Earth’s climate functions as its life support system. That system is under heavy threat from over seven billion people and the bleeding heat of industry: as jungle and forest are rendered into farmland; greenhouse gases belch and fume, destabilizing the environment, shrinking biodiversity, pushing the limits of the Earth's natural mechanisms. 2016 was the hottest year in the modern temperature record. Climate change is a long-term issue on a massive scale – from shrinking glaciers, changes in rainfall patterns, severe heat waves and other irreversible conditions. The worldwide scientific community has issued warnings for years about the present and future impacts of climate change linked to fossil fuel use.  Earth faces unprecedented challenges caused by human agency, yet here we stand, like a deer in headlights, knowing something big and bad is coming, too dazzled to do anything to stop it. Science fiction has long been the literature that speculates on scientific change while reflecting contemporary ...
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Women's Progress in the Boardroom Took a Hit in 2016 8.2.2017 Inc
A new study finds that the percentage of women on US corporate boards is actually decreasing.
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Trump's Wall Would Also Be Terrible for the Environment 3.2.2017 Truthout - All Articles
During his first week in office,  Donald Trump , as we're all aware, wasted no time in acting on several of the egregious promises he made during his presidential campaign. Among the executive orders he signed was one to build a 1,300-mile-long concrete wall -- and as high as 55 feet -- between the borders of the United States and Mexico. There are many reasons why  this wall is a terrible idea . As Care2 writer Cody Fenwick pointed out back in August of 2015, the wall is an insult to Mexico, an important trading partner with the US There is little evidence that a wall will actually prevent people from entering the United States. Furthermore, it would be very expensive to build – an estimated  $40 billion , according to M.I.T. researchers. Of course, back then Trump promised that Mexico would pay for the construction of this " great, great wall ," but we know now -- and could have guessed then – there's no way that's going to happen. Trump's recent proposal of a 20-percent tariff on Mexican imports would ...
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Kim-Jong Trump 31.1.2017 The Moderate Voice

The following is my reply to the letter sent by Senator Al Franken to his constituency. Dear Senator Al, I wish I could agree with you that “This is not our country.” Unfortunately, it is, or at least a part of it. We know far better now than we did a few months ago that [...]

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Endangered no more? Wolf again poised to go off federal protection 30.1.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Sen. Amy Klobuchar has co-sponsored legislation to remove wolves in Minnesota from the endangered species list. Wolves have been "delisted" three times in the past decade, only to be "relisted" after court challenges. Will this effort stick?
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You can stalk sloths, turtles and monkeys (but in a nice way) on this trip to Panama 27.1.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Climb a volcano, play on a beach, stalk sloths, turtles and monkeys on a weeklong trip to Panama with climate-change scientist Sarah Aciego.

The Big Chill Adventures' trip includes visiting the Kuna and Embara tribes, indigenous people living on the Isthmus, and trekking Sendero de Los Quetzales,...

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These colorful new maps reveal the hidden diversity of life in Peru's Andean and Amazonian forests 27.1.2017 LA Times: Science

Not all forests are created equal.

The massive green swaths of Peru’s Andean and Amazonian forests host a more diverse array of life than previously thought — much of which has been hidden beyond the visible spectrum of light until now.

Stanford University scientists have created colorful new map...

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Primates matter, and this is why! 23.1.2017 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Health News
The apes and monkeys represent one of the most interesting and numerous mammalian orders. With the lemurs, lorises and marmosets to set the tone for diversity, the need is to maintain conservation efforts and increase the chances for survival. Too much human expansion on this small planet is leaving little breathing space for other primates, or even ourselves in many cases. Limits have to be set and greed controlled before we are the only apes left.
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Tyrant in the code 19.1.2017 techCrunch
 Mankind has a complex relationship with the notion of Artificial Intelligence. Tinged with both fear and fascination; the timeline for AI development is punctuated by cultural and historical events that have brought with them new speculation and theories. Mechanical men and artificial beings were a prevalent feature of Greek myth, including the golden robots of Hephaestus and… Read ...
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Endangered bighorn sheep sharing a controversial lush life on the greens at La Quinta's desert golf courses 16.1.2017 LA Times: Commentary
LA QUINTA, Calif. - This is a sunbaked oasis of walled and gated neighborhoods, chic boutique hotels and verdant golf courses at the base of the rugged Santa Rosa Mountains. So officials were caught off guard by a divisive controversy that erupted in 2012 after large numbers of federally endangered...
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Feds weigh petition asking for whale protection zone 14.1.2017 AP Washington
SEATTLE (AP) -- The federal government is considering a petition that calls for a whale protection zone on the west side of Washington's San Juan Island....
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Feds weighing petition calling for whale protection zone 13.1.2017 AP Washington
SEATTLE (AP) -- The federal government is weighing a petition calling for a whale protection zone on the west side of Washington's San Juan Island....
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Utah's New National Monument Marks Big Win for the Protection of Indigenous Cultural Sites 12.1.2017 Truthout - All Articles
On Dec. 28, with only 22 days left in office, President Obama set aside nearly 1.35 million acres in southeastern Utah's San Juan County as the Bears Ears National Monument. The  announcement  capped several years of work by a unique tribal coalition that proposed this first-in-the-nation monument to be comanaged by tribes and the federal government. Obama also designated 300,000 acres at Gold Butte in Nevada, homelands of the Paiute people, ironically, near militant rancher Cliven Bundy's cattle operation. What is the value of land? The national monument -- proposed by the Bears Ears Inter-tribal Coalition, which includes the Navajo Nation, the Pueblo of Zuni, the Ute Mountain Ute, Ute tribe, and Hopi tribe -- will preserve an area rich in biodiversity and human history amid one of the country's most iconic landscapes. It, and the political battle that continues to stem from it, also raises a greater question for a nation at odds with itself: What is the value of land? This is at the heart of land ...
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