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French Elections: Alt-Right, Total and Gold Mines, the Story Behind the Candidates' Environmental Policies 21.4.2017 Truthout - All Articles
The birthplace of the Paris Climate Agreements, the first round of France's presidential election on starts on Sunday, April 23. Throughout the campaign debates on the environment have often been sidelined, with the three leading candidates showing no sign of real climate leadership. The backdrop to the election campaign has been full of "fake news", Brexit and Donald Trump. It has also been mired in scandals over corruption claims and  growing concerns of Russian interference . Many in France are still deciding who to vote for in one of the most unpredictable elections yet. If no candidate wins a majority on April 23, a second election round featuring the top two candidates will take place on May 7. Far-right Marine Le Pen's rise through the polls shows the populist pulse of Brexit and Trump's election continues to resonate on the continent. But Le Pen's efforts to give the Front National (FN) a new, greener image is tainted by the party's ongoing magnet effect with alt-right groups which reject ...
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If There's Going to Be a Wall, Let It Be This Collaboration Between American and Mexican Designers 21.4.2017 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Fusion and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. When President Trump appealed to the public to submit proposals for his "big, beautiful" border wall, you can be pretty sure that the plan presented by the Mexican American Design and Engineering Collective (MADE) was not what he had in mind. In response to the president's mad quest to build a wall along the US-Mexico border, the group of 14 designers, engineers, builders, and architects from the US and Mexico proposed something entirely different—a high-tech "ecotopia" called Otra Nation. "Otra Nation will be the world's first shared co-nation open to citizens of both countries and co-maintained by Mexico and the United States of America," the group says in their proposal . "Besides sharing the same geographical conditions, the continuous exchange of information, knowledge, artistic expression and migration between sides will produce fertile ground to bring forth a hybrid sense of ...
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Dow Chemical Gives Trump Inaugural $1M, Wants Deregulation... On Nazi Gas? 21.4.2017 Crooks Liars
Seriously, Trump White House? You can't make this stuff up. Dow Chemical and two other chemical companies have asked the EPA to discard a study showing some pesticides damage endangered species. Brett Hartl, government affairs director for the Center for Biological Diversity, is in the Resistance against Dow. AP via the Huron (MI) Daily Tribune: "You can't just take an endangered fish out of the wild, take it to the lab and then expose it to enough pesticides until it dies to get that sort of data," Hartl said. "It's wrong morally, and it's illegal." Organophosphorus gas was originally developed as a chemical weapon by Nazi Germany.... Oh my god don't anyone tell Sean Spicer! Dow has been selling Chlorpyrifos for spraying on citrus fruits, apples, cherries and other crops since the 1960s. It is among the most widely used agricultural pesticides in the United States, with Dow selling about 5 million pounds domestically each year. As a result, traces of the chemical are commonly found in sources of ...
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Pesticide maker Dow Chemical tries to kill risk study 21.4.2017 SFGate: Business & Technology
WASHINGTON — Dow Chemical is pushing a Trump administration that’s open to scrapping regulations to ignore the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species. Lawyers representing Dow, whose CEO is a close adviser to President Trump, and two other manufacturers of organophosphates sent letters last week to the heads of three of Trump’s Cabinet agencies. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced last month that he would reverse an Obama-era effort to bar the use of Dow’s chlorpyrifos pesticide on food after recent peer-reviewed studies found that even tiny levels of exposure could hinder the development of children’s brains. For four years, federal scientists have compiled an official record, running more than 10,000 pages, indicating that the three pesticides under review — chlorpyrifos, diazinon and malathion — pose a risk to nearly every endangered species they studied. Regulators at the three ...
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Dow Chemical is pushing Trump administration to ignore studies of toxic pesticide 20.4.2017 LA Times: Business

Dow Chemical is pushing the Trump administration to scrap the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species.

Lawyers representing Dow — whose chief executive also heads a White House manufacturing...

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Dow Chemical tries to kill pesticide-risk study 20.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • Dow Chemical is pushing a Trump administration open to scrapping regulations to ignore the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species. Lawyers representing Dow, whose CEO is a close adviser to Trump, and two other manufacturers of organophosphates sent letters last week to the heads of three of Trump’s Cabinet agencies. The companies asked them “to set aside” the results of gove... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Pesticide maker tries to kill risk study 20.4.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Dow Chemical is pushing the Trump administration to scrap the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species.
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AP Exclusive: Pesticide maker tries to kill risk study 20.4.2017 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dow Chemical is pushing the Trump administration to scrap the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species....
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Marines, looking to expand Twentynine Palms training grounds, airlift 1,100 desert tortoises 19.4.2017 LA Times: Commentary

More than 1,000 desert tortoises are taking a trip with the Marine Corps this month.

The military is using helicopters to relocate the tortoises to another part of the Mojave to make way for an expansion of its desert training grounds.

During the two-week-long process, the hubcap-sized tortoises...

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MSNBC Hypes Argument That Trump Border Wall's a 'Terrible Obstacle' for Birds and Bats! 16.4.2017 NewsBusters
Matt Vespa at Townhall reports that MSNBC found a new way to argue Trump's wall-building on the Mexican border is wrong. MSNBC host Craig Melvin brought on biologist and Animal Planet host Jeff Corwin, who worried out loud that constructing a wall coult hurt not only the Mexican gray wolf, but birds and even bats: “if this border wall happens, it would be an unprecedented environmental catastrophe,” Corwin ...
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Brazil's response to a huge yellow fever outbreak: Kill the monkeys 15.4.2017 Washington Post
Brazil's response to a huge yellow fever outbreak: Kill the monkeys
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Spotlight on green news & views: Gearing up for April 29 climate march; unprotecting wildlife 13.4.2017 Daily Kos
This is the 495th 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 April 5 Green Spotlight. More than 26,835 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 cwillis writes— 100th anniversary of the radium paint industry, in photos : “In April 1917, the United States entered World War I, and a massive industrial demand immediately arose for a product that had existed only as a scientific curiosity: paint that glowed in the dark.  Powered by the radioactive decay of radium, this toxic paint has a special prominence in the history of workplace safety regulation and workers’ compensation law in the United States.  The radium paint episode lies at the nexus of competing American traditions of corporate greed and progressive ...
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Environmental group, Democratic congressman sue Trump regime over eco-damage border wall could cause 12.4.2017 Daily Kos
A couple of days ago, Eliza Barclay and Sarah Frostenson at Vox took a look at the ecological damage that might be caused if Pr*sident Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico gets built. On Wednesday the Center for Biological Diversity and Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva, co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, sued the Trump regime and called on federal agencies to undertake a comprehensive probe into the proposed wall’s negative environmental impacts. In a press release, the CBD stated: “Trump’s border wall will divide and destroy the incredible communities and wild landscapes along the border,” said Kierán Suckling, the Center’s executive director. “Endangered species like jaguars and ocelots don’t observe international boundaries and should not be sacrificed for unnecessary border militarization. Their survival and recovery depends on being able to move long distances across the landscape and repopulate places on both sides of the border where they’ve lived for thousands of years.” In 2006, ...
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USDA halts use of cyanide traps in Idaho after one harms a child and kills his dog 12.4.2017 Washington Post
Opponents hope the action will lead to a permanent, nationwide ban on the devices that long have been used to kill predators that threaten livestock.
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Art and nature intersect in Utah Symposium for Science and Literature 8.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
All animals affect the world around them. Humans are the only ones who are aware of this. “We know what we are doing at a global scale when we farm one third of the planet and pave another 5 percent of it,” said biologist John Marzluff. “We know what we are doing when we consume fossil fuels. We understand — though certainly many do not believe — that our actions are changing the planet’s climate and biological diversity.” With that knowledge, said poet Cole Swensen, comes responsibility. “With ...
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Groups sue to stop US use of cyanide predator killing traps 5.4.2017 AP Business
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Environmental and animal-welfare groups have filed a lawsuit claiming the U.S. government is violating the Endangered Species Act by allowing the use of two predator-killing poisons....
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US Air Force to cut lighting at Hawaii station to help birds 3.4.2017 World – The Indian Express
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Grizzly bear habitat to expand in West, scientists say 3.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Jackson, Wyo. • Grizzly bears continue to expand their range amid an ongoing effort to turn over management of the bears from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to the states of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, a federal official said. “We’ve seen an 11 percent change in increasing range in just a couple of years,” Frank van Manen, head scientist of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team, said last week at a meeting in Jackson. Since coming under the protection of the Endangered Species Act, grizzli... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Scientists predict expansion of US grizzly bear habitat 3.4.2017 AP National
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) -- Grizzly bears continue to expand their range amid an ongoing effort to turn over management of the bears from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to the states of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, a federal official said....
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Discovery of Florida panther kittens near Everglades buoys hope for the endangered cats 2.4.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Florida panther kittens have been discovered in a part of the state where they had not been seen before, a sign that the endangered cat is expanding its range.

Trail cameras have captured photographs of a female panther with two kittens in Charlotte County north of the Caloosahatchee River, showing...

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