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Woolly mammoth genome could shed light on extinctions 24.4.2015 LA Times: Science
In what may be a first for a long-extinct non-human animal -- and certainly for an extinct creature of such stature -- scientists have assembled the complete genome of the woolly mammoth, gaining insight into why the last surviving population of the great beasts, marooned on an Arctic island off...
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Earth Day 2015: Regenerating the Soil and Reversing Global Warming 23.4.2015 Truthout.com
"The elimination of fossil fuels for all but the most limited and essential purposes is necessary but not sufficient to allow our descendants a fair chance for a healthy and prosperous future. Enhancing carbon biosequestration in terrestrial ecosystems is also essential."  - Wayne A. White, Biosequestration and Ecological Diversity p.118 (CRC Press 2013) The standard gloom and doom discourse surrounding global warming and climate change has infected the body politic with a severe case of depression and disempowerment. So starting April 22, embracing what the United Nations has designated as the "Year of the Soil," let's look at our planetary crisis from an entirely different, and more hopeful perspective. The good news is that the global grassroots, farmers and consumers united, can reverse our suicidal "business as usual" food, farming, energy, and land use practices. Harnessing the awesome power of Regenerative Organic Agriculture and reforestation, we can literally suck down enough excess (50-100 ppm ...
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Spotlight on green news & views: Some views, not all positive, on Earth Day 2015, BP spill turns 5 23.4.2015 Daily Kos
A duck-tailed dabbler, a mallard drake (Anas platyrhynchos), hunts for lunch. See Polly Syllabic's post . Many environmentally related posts appearing at Daily Kos each week don't attract the attention they deserve. To help get more eyeballs, Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) normally appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The most recent Wednesday Spotlight can be seen here . More than 22,335 environmentally oriented diaries have been rescued for inclusion in this weekly collection since 2006. Inclusion of a diary in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. Politico: "Oh Dear, Should Obama Politicize The Everglades?" —by Dartagnan: "Sometimes an article is so indicative of the sorry-assed state of American journalism that you have to step outside and catch your breath. Such is the case with Michael Grunwald's latest article in Politico, in which he agonizes over whether the great 'bipartisan success story' ...
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Oceans are world's seventh largest economy worth $24tn, says WWF report 23.4.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Vast economic worth of world’s oceans includes fishing, tourism and shipping but is declining due to pollution, climate change and overfishing

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Tribal peoples have a crucial role to play in global conservation 23.4.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
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Popular pesticide hurts wild bees in major field study 22.4.2015 AP Top News
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A common type of pesticide is dramatically harming wild bees, according to a new in-the-field study that outside experts say may help shift the way the U.S. government looks at a controversial class of chemicals....
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Great Barrier Reef at risk as overfishing disrupts food chain, study finds 22.4.2015 Guardian: Environment

Removing species such as coral trout and snapper weakens the Great Barrier Reef’s ecosystem and resilience, a new James Cook University study finds

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Conservationists turn tiny New Zealand island into bold wildlife experiment 22.4.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
A unique partnership is building an island sanctuary for endangered species on Rotoroa Rotoroa Island, off the coast of New Zealand is tiny, at just 82 hectares (200 acres), but don’t let its diminutiveness fool you: big things are happening here. Over the last few years, the island has become the site of a quiet, but grand, conservation experiment. What would happen if you rewilded an island with a whole suite of endangered species, some of which were never found there to begin with? And what would happen if you didn’t fence the island off and keep pesky humans out, but let people – school groups even – tramp through the grounds? Across most of our planet, truly wild, unmanaged places are a thing of the past. We are not restoring an ecosystem on Rotoroa Island; we are creating a managed ...
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Sage grouse won’t get federal protection in Nevada, California 22.4.2015 Washington Post
In a decision that could reverberate across the West, the Obama administration announced Tuesday that it will not designate a small population of greater sage grouse in Nevada and California as endangered.Read full article >>
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WorldViews: A mining company set out to tame a small plot of Brazil’s wilderness. It struggles with the forces of nature and of the market 22.4.2015 Washington Post: World
CARAJAS NATIONAL FOREST, PARA, Brazil — The Zoo-Botanical Park maintained by the mammoth Brazilian minerals company called Vale sits in the midst of the Carajas Forest Amazon reserve. Here, in cages, were some of the same animals that roam freely in the nearly 1,600 square miles of forest surrounding the zoo. A jaguar in a compound, in a land of jaguars. A harpy eagle, where harpy eagles soar.Read full article ...
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How modern life depletes our gut microbes 21.4.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
Western diets and modern-day hygiene have wiped a few dozen species of bacteria right out of our digestive tracts.
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Vivid Map Pinpoints Every Street Tree in NYC 21.4.2015 Wired Top Stories
Manhattan’s trees tend to get overshadowed the city's by skyscrapers. But they play an essential role in New York's ...
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Federal agency proposes removing most of world's humpback whales from endangered species list 21.4.2015 Star Tribune: Business
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Agency proposes lifting protections for most humpback whales 21.4.2015 AP Washington
HONOLULU (AP) -- The humpback whale became the unofficial symbol for the conservation movement in the last century....
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Nepal: A Trailblazer in Biodiversity Conservation 20.4.2015 Truthout.com
Nepal's Chitwan National Park has become one of Asia's success stories in wildlife conservation. (Photo: Naresh Newar/IPS) Chitwan, Nepal - At dusk, when the early evening sun casts its rays over the lush landscape, the Chitwan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site about 200 km south of Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, is a place of the utmost tranquility. As a flock of the  endangered  lesser adjutant stork flies over the historic Narayani River, a left bank tributary of the Ganges in India, this correspondent's 65-year-old forest guide Jiyana Mahato asks for complete silence: this is the time of day when wild animals gather near the water. Not far away, a swamp deer takes its bath at the river's edge. "The sight of humans drives them away," explains Mahato, a member of the Tharu indigenous ethnic group who play a key role in supporting the government's wildlife conservation efforts here. "We need to return now," he tells IPS. The evening is not a safe time for humans to be wandering around these ...
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Steamboat briefs: Earth Day edition of Wild Films is Tuesday at library 19.4.2015 Steamboat Pilot
In honor of Earth Day, Bud Werner Memorial Library will present a free screening of “Wildlife Defenders,” an award-winning film by Rakiz Tuffile, which was featured at the 2014 International Wildlife Film Festival, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Library Hall. The movie will take viewers to the front lines of the war against the multi-billion dollar illegal wildlife trade, which is fast becoming a major contributor to the world’s biodiversity loss. This investigative documentary goes behind the scenes with the Wildlife Crime Unit of Malaysia’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife as they confront the global epidemic in wildlife trafficking, following wildlife warriors into action as they battle to snare the devious gangs who supply the billion dollar animal trade. The run time is about an hour, and the screening is free. Visitsteamboatlibrary.org/events for more information. Pet Kare Clinic to host April Stools Day event The Pet Kare Clinic is hosting April Stools Day, a spring clean-up day, from noon to 3 ...
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Where to Find the Cutest, Most Amazing Animals on the Web 18.4.2015 Wired Top Stories
We've curated a list of some of our favorite animals scientists, writers, and photo feeds that you should follow for a daily serving of cute, with a side of ...
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Is super-diverse Amazon microbiome something to strive for? 17.4.2015 New Scientist: Opinion
The Yanomami people in the Venezuelan rainforest have the most diverse population of gut microbes ever seen, far more varied than Western guts. Does it ...
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Development threatens to dry up Mexico City’s floating market gardens 17.4.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
Rampant development could dry up the capital’s chinampas, and endanger many plant and animal species Continue reading...
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Study: For stable grasslands, maintain plant diversity 17.4.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: News
A study published in the journal Science combined the effects of human influences and biodiversity to help researchers learn about what makes for a stable ecosystem over time.
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