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Advocates seek gray wolf status change to pre-empt Congress 28.1.2015 AP Washington
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Wildlife advocates have petitioned federal officials to reclassify gray wolves as a threatened species, hoping to retain at least some protections that lawmakers in Congress want to repeal....
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On the News With Thom Hartmann: We May Have Reached a Climate Tipping Point, and More 27.1.2015 Truthout.com
In today's On the News segment: Human activity has compromised about half of the natural processes that maintain the stability of our planet; BP is being pressured by their investors; the Senate voted 98-to-1 that "climate change is real and is not a hoax"; and more. TRANSCRIPT: Thom Hartmann here - on the best of the rest of....science & green news..... You need to know this. We may have reached the tipping point. According to new research published in the journal Science, human activity has compromised about half of the natural processes that maintain the stability of our planet. In other words, the systems that make our planet habitable have been thrown dangerously out of balance. This alarming report came from an international team of 18 researchers who documented big changes in four of the nine processes that regulate our planet. The researchers found significant disruptions in biodiversity, climate, and forestation. And, they documented serious changes in the nitrogen-phosphorus cycle, which is ...
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Life on Europe 25.1.2015 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Environment News
Deeply involved in the past, this insight into how the archipelago of Europe survived the terrible disaster of the K-Pg boundary is essential reading- if you are a North American dinosaur, that is!
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The ‘Sacrifice Zone': Life As A Fisherman Along Louisiana’s Vanishing Coastline 23.1.2015 Think Progres

The fossil fuel and fishing industries have tenuously coexisted in Louisiana for generations. Now, a growing sector of the fishing community is speaking out, accusing the oil and gas companies of threatening their very existence.

The post The ‘Sacrifice Zone': Life As A Fisherman Along Louisiana’s Vanishing Coastline appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Scientists Just Found a Way to Make GMOs Much Safer 23.1.2015 Mother Jones
It's the worst nightmare of activists opposed to genetically modified crops: An errant GMO seed blows out of a wheat or corn field and breeds with a species in the wild or on a neighboring farm. The modified gene proliferates and spreads through the population, and pretty soon the line between engineered crops and their "natural" counterparts begins to disappear, with unpredictable consequences for ecosystems. This happened in 2010 in North Dakota, when scientists discovered that genes from genetically engineered canola —grown commercially for its oil across the state—were appearing in nearly every sample of canola taken in the wild. In that case, the "escape" of GMO canola turned out to be no big deal. But it raised eyebrows with plant scientists about how quickly modified genes can spread. Some warned that plants engineered to be especially hardy—for example, the drought- and heat-tolerant plants that agribusiness giants like Monsanto are pushing as a remedy to climate change—could drive out native ...
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Environmental Groups Are Teaming Up To Make The EPA Regulate Airplane Emissions 23.1.2015 Think Progres

The groups argue that without regulation, airplanes will eventually become one of the largest contributors to climate change in the United States.

The post Environmental Groups Are Teaming Up To Make The EPA Regulate Airplane Emissions appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Chimpanzee losses and successes. 22.1.2015 Earth Times
How DO we save our nearest relative? The wild chimpanzee is far different from the tea-swilling and ultra-cute babies we are used to in various disguises. The existence of these populations in Africa echoes our own origins, but differently! To allow the fabulous gorilla, the technology-using orang-utan or these bonobos and chimpanzee from our native Africa would be like allowing sand to slip through our despairing fingers. Stop the trapping and the logging. Immediate gain will not lead to any long-term advantage. We have lost most of the earth, so these precious animals and plants are just a dwindling reminder of the antics of ourselves and our ridiculous past.
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California’s Big Trees Disappearing In Face Of Climate And Water Challenges 21.1.2015 Think Progres

This study is another sign of the “shrubbification” of western forests.

The post California’s Big Trees Disappearing In Face Of Climate And Water Challenges appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Caterpillars from China’s Rain Forest 21.1.2015 Wired Top Stories
Caterpillars from China’s Rain Forest
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Gunnison sage grouse battle heats up with two lawsuits filed Tuesday 21.1.2015 Denver Post: Local
A legal storm over Obama administration efforts to save Gunnison sage grouse intensified Tuesday as environment groups — and Colorado's former chief grouse scientist — demanded stricter ...
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Nebraskans File New Lawsuits That Could Stop The Keystone XL Pipeline 20.1.2015 Think Progres

Nebraska landowners have launched two separate lawsuits that, if successful, could serve to delay or even stop the construction of the controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

The post Nebraskans File New Lawsuits That Could Stop The Keystone XL Pipeline appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Open thread for night owls: How neoliberalism has nearly broken the planet in 60 years 17.1.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Jon Queally writes at CommonDreams That Was Easy: In Just 60 Years, Neoliberal Capitalism Has Nearly Broken Planet Earth . An excerpt: Humanity's rapacious growth and accelerated energy needs over the last generation—particularly fed by an economic system that demands increasing levels of consumption and inputs of natural resources—are fast driving planetary systems towards their breaking point, according to a new pair of related studies. Prepared by researchers at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, the first study looks specifically at how "four of nine planetary boundaries have now been crossed as a result of human activity." Published in the journal Nature on Thursday, the 18 researchers involved with compiling evidence for the report—titled 'Planetary Boundaries 2.0'—found that when it comes to climate change, species extinction and biodiversity loss, deforestation and other land-system changes, and altered biogeochemical cycles (such as changes to how key organic compounds like phosphorus and nitrogen ...
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Conservation groups sue over changes to endangered Mexican gray wolf reintroduction program 17.1.2015 Star Tribune: Nation
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Denver Zoo welcomes Sumatran orangutan to its primate exhibit 17.1.2015 Headlines: All Headlines
The Denver Zoo is adding a 12-year-old Sumatran orangutan — Bernas — to its "primate panorama," officials said on Friday.
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How the Great Food War Will Be Won 14.1.2015 Truthout.com
Heirloom carrots and leeks at a farmers market. (Photo: Cyclotourist ) By conventional wisdom it is excellent news. Researchers from Iowa have shown that organic farming methods can yield almost as highly as pesticide-intensive methods. Other researchers, from Berkeley, California, have reached a similar conclusion . Indeed, both findings met with a very enthusiastic reception. The enthusiasm is appropriate, but only if one misses a deep and fundamental point: that even to participate in such a conversation is to fall into a carefully laid trap. The strategic centrepiece of Monsanto's PR, and also that of just about every major commercial participant in the industrialised food system, is to focus on the promotion of one single overarching idea. The big idea that industrial producers in the food system want you to believe is that only they can produce enough for the future population ( Peekhaus 2010 ). Thus non-industrial systems of farming, such as all those which use agroecological methods, or SRI , or ...
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A victory at Eagle Mountain Mine 12.1.2015 Daily Kos
Hairy Desert Sunflowers at Joshua Tree National Park Joshua Tree National Park was named a national monument in 1936, created to preserve this special place where two deserts meet. Originally, the proposed name was Desert Plants National Park, to honor the wide diversity of plants from the Mojave and the Colorado deserts found here. This land has been occupied by humans for thousands of years, and thanks to its protected status, the artifacts of the earliest settlers are protected as national treasures instead of winding up on the fireplace mantle of a private home. To a hurried traveler, the desert may look like a wasteland devoid of life forms, yet it is actually brimming with life. There are  herds of bighorn sheep that can be spotted on the rocky hillsides of desert canyons, and bobcats and mountain lions that are usually detected by the tracks they leave behind. Joshua Tree is home to the threatened desert tortoise and has six different species of rattlesnakes. Joshua Tree lies astride a major bird ...
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Spotlight on green news & views: Keystone XL still up to Obama, Americans love public lands 11.1.2015 Daily Kos
See Bev Bell's diary here . 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 20,540 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. Michael Klare: Perpetuating the Reign of Carbon —by TomDispatch: "Around the world, carbon-based fuels are under attack. Increasingly  grim economic pressures, growing popular resistance, and the efforts of government regulators have all shocked the energy industry. Oil prices are falling, colleges and universities are divesting from their carbon stocks, voters are instituting curbs on hydro-fracking, and delegates at the U.N. ...
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Integrated Farming: The Only Way to Survive a Rising Sea 10.1.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Sundarbans, India - When the gentle clucking grows louder, 50-year-old Sukomal Mandal calls out to his wife, who is busy grinding ingredients for a fish curry. She gets up to thrust leafy green stalks through the netting of a coop and two-dozen shiny hens rush forward for lunch. In the Sundarbans, where the sea is slowly swallowing up the land, Mandal's half-hectare farm is an oasis of prosperity. The elderly couple resides in the Biswanathpur village located in what has now been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site: a massive tidal mangrove forest covering some 10,000 km in the vast Bay of Bengal delta, stretching between India and Bangladesh. In this scenic biodiversity hotspot, there is no longer any doubt about the impact of sea-level rise prompted by global warming – studies show that the region lost some 5.5 square km per year between 2001 and 2009, compared to four square km annually over the previous four decades. As a result, the population here is facing a myriad of crises, a lack of ...
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An Interview With Social Movement Leader and Parliamentarian Estela Hernandez 9.1.2015 Truthout.com
La Coordinadora of the Lower Lempa and the Bay of Jiquilisco in El Salvador is a grassroots, community-led organization of 27,000 families in more than 100 communities. It is transforming economic and political power and the health of the environment, across the department of Usulután. Pillars of La Coordinadora are participatory democracy, empowerment of women and youth, and – still in the works - education and health care for all. The communities are generating income through a green economy based on ecological agriculture and fishing. La Coordinadora is working to build food sovereignty , protect ecosystems, and preserve the largest remaining mangrove forest in the area. Estela Hernandez is a leader of La Coordinadora and its affiliated non-profit organization, the Mangrove Association. She is also an elected member of the national legislature. There, Hernandez sits on the Environment and Climate Change Commission, the body that drafts environmental legislation. Beverly Bell: Tell us about how La ...
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Shark self-conservation 9.1.2015 Earth Times
The conservation of are animals has many and varied techniques, some of which could be exclusive to one species. The maintenance of living sperm within the female body after mating is a device that is useful to ensure diversity. In this case, it could prove useful when the last living male shark is killed and a mated female still exists.
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