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Rare Blanding's turtle could go on federal endangered list 5.7.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The sand dunes, marshes and backwaters of the upper Mississippi River hold one of the largest remaining populations of the Blanding's turtle, which the DNR already classifies as threatened.
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Corrupted Idealism: Bolivia's Compromise Between Development and the Environment 5.7.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Bolivian President Evo Morales in Cochambamba, Bolivia, April 22, 2010. (Photo: The City Project ) June 8 marked a decisive policy shift for Bolivian President Evo Morales' government: lawmakers passed legislation allowing for increased hydrocarbon exploration in the country's few remaining "protected areas," most notably the Madidi National Park. [1] Transnational and foreign petroleum concessions already overlap 75 percent of Madidi National Park, prompting fears over increased environmental degradation in the country. [2] The controversial implications of such a law have precipitated a debate over whether President Morales has prioritized economic growth over a previous emphasis on environmental and indigenous preservation. The unprecedented growth and stability under the administration of Morales and his party, Movement for Socialism (MAS), give legitimacy and support for such environmentally dangerous legislation. Most noteworthy, extreme poverty has shrunk from 35 percent of the population to just ...
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Spotlight on green news & views: More on the Pope's encyclical and more on carbon-cutting pledges 2.7.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
See Wood Gas'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 Spotlight can be seen here . More than 23,050 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. "World's First Climate Liability Suit" Succeeds - Could Be "a Game Changer" —by sfinx: "In what is being called a landmark ruling that that could have worldwide effects, a Dutch court has ordered the government of the Netherlands to reduce the country's emissions by 25% within 5 years to protect its citizens from harm. [...] The question is whether courts and legal systems in other countries will enable such suits to succeed: 'It's a sea change ...
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Ecuador's Sarayaku People Are Preserving Their Identity Through Video 30.6.2015 Global Voices
Sarayaku youth in Ecuador are using new technologies to preserve their cultural identity and ancestral legends.
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All Deforestation Is Bad, But Science Says This Kind Of Deforestation Is Better 29.6.2015 Think Progres

Researchers at Stanford wanted to figure out if some kinds of deforestation are worse than others -- turns out, not all deforestation is created equal.

The post All Deforestation Is Bad, But Science Says This Kind Of Deforestation Is Better appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Where the sage grouse roam: The future of conservation and development on the Western landscape 28.6.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Though the imminent threat of an endangered species listing is off the table, this September, a decision from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will mark the culmination of years — even decades — of conservation work that is changing the face of the West. At the root of it all is a puffy, quixotic bird known as the greater sage grouse, an ancient ground bird that takes up residence exclusively in the sagebrush. The bird has caused much consternation throughout Washington, D.C. and 11 western home states, including Colorado. Ranchers and energy and mining industry representatives have come to the table with scientists and local, state and federal government officials to figure out how to protect the bird and its disappearing habitat. The motivation behind the unprecedented collaboration across agencies, states and cultural boundaries (aside from pure conservation interests) is to keep the bird from landing on the endangered species list. A listing would put control of the bird’s fate — and the 165 ...
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The Surprising Environmental Reason Weed Should Be Legal 26.6.2015 Think Progres

California's green rush is causing big problems -- and the state can't do much about it.

The post The Surprising Environmental Reason Weed Should Be Legal appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Oslo creates world's first 'highway' to protect endangered bees 25.6.2015 Guardian: Environment

Norway’s capital is creating a route filled with flowers and ‘green roofs’ to protect endangered pollinators essential to food production

From flower-emblazoned cemeteries to rooftop gardens and balconies, Norway’s capital Oslo is creating a “bee highway” to protect endangered pollinators essential to food production.

“We are constantly reshaping our environment to meet our needs, forgetting that other species also live in it,” Agnes Lyche Melvaer, head of the Bybi, an environmental group supporting urban bees, which is leading the project.

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Antarctic biodiversity faces increased threats despite isolation, study finds 25.6.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

The continent and its waters are home to more than 8,000 species with up to 90% endemic, but human activities are taking a toll on its ecosystems

The Antarctic and Southern oceans are teeming with life, yet protection measures are weak as the continent faces increased threats from fishing, tourism and science programs, according to a report by scientists reviewing recent studies.

The lead author of the report published in the journal Nature, Professor Steven Chown of Monash University, characterised the biodiversity outlook for Antarctica and the Southern Ocean as being “no better than that for the rest of the globe”, despite its relative isolation.

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Scientists see climate change in action in California wildflower fields 25.6.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Drier, sunnier winters are stressing California's wildflowers.
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This Pacific Island Is Now Powered By Solar Panels And A Sideways-Hourglass Wind Turbine 24.6.2015 Think Progres

Palmyra Atoll is part of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, the largest marine reserve in the world.

The post This Pacific Island Is Now Powered By Solar Panels And A Sideways-Hourglass Wind Turbine appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Should People Give Up Nutella for the Sake of Our Trees? 24.6.2015 Truthout.com
Palm oil is used in a mind-boggling range of everyday products including shampoo, toothpaste, and Nutella. In total, 50 million tons of palm oil is produced annually. As a result, tens  of millions of acres of forest have been cut down to make way for large-scale palm oil plantations, lending to deforestation, habitat degradation, climate change, animal cruelty, and indigenous rights abuses. There are more sustainable oils out there that offer more nutrition.  But what is the likelihood of giving up an iconic product like Nutella for the sake of Mamma Earth? Food Fight: France vs. Italy Italy and France are going at it again, this time it's a food fight over Nutella, arguably the world's most popular 'chocolate' hazelnut breakfast spread. About 365,000 tons of Nutella is made each year (about the same as the weight of The Empire State Building). Earlier last week, Ecology Minister Ségolène Royal stated on the French television network Canal+ France that, "We have to replant a lot of trees because there ...
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Grizzly bears captured for study as feds consider delisting 24.6.2015 AP Washington
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Twenty-four grizzly bears have been captured so far this year in and around Yellowstone National Park as wildlife managers start another season of research toward a potential lifting of federal protections....
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Highly invasive New Guinea flatworm spotted in U.S. 24.6.2015 Boing Boing

One the world's worst invasive species is the New Guinea flatworm, a double-pointed 2-inch-long worm that causes serious damage to bio diversity.

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Why Researchers Are Sounding The Alarm About Climate Change’s Health Impacts 23.6.2015 Think Progres

A new landmark report lays out why people around the world should be worried about climate change's effects on their health.

The post Why Researchers Are Sounding The Alarm About Climate Change’s Health Impacts appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Earth is on brink of a sixth mass extinction, scientists say, and it’s humans’ fault 22.6.2015 Washington Post
A vast chunk of space rock crashes into the Yucatan Peninsula, darkening the sky with debris and condemning three-quarters of Earth’s species to extinction. A convergence of continents disrupts the circulation of the oceans, rendering them stagnant and toxic to everything that lives there. Vast volcanic plateaus erupt, filling the air with poisonous gas. Glaciers subsume the land and lock up the oceans in acres of ice.Read full article ...
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Scientists: Sixth great extinction is underway 22.6.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: News
A study by a group of scientists says the sixth great extinction on earth is already underway.
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How California's drought could spur an ecological rebirth 21.6.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

As water-hungry turf turns brown in the state’s fourth year of severe drought, many homeowners find the time ripe to revegetate with native plants such as cacti, buckwheat and sage scrub: ‘It’s helping sustain biodiversity’

Jennifer and Lawrence Kesteloot like to begin the day with breakfast in their San Francisco backyard garden. For the last several months, they’ve had guests: iridescent green-and-red Anna’s hummingbirds, drawn by wildflowers planted to replace what had been dead brown turf grass and concrete.

The Kesteloots hadn’t considered hummingbirds when imagining their garden. Mostly they were concerned about not using much water amidst the deprivations and uncertainties of California’s drought.

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Spotlight on green news & views: A few go a-pope-lectic over encyclical; sixth extinction underway 21.6.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
See the post by News Corpse below. 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 22,940 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. The Daily Bucket - eagle feather —by OceanDiver: "June 12, 2015. Rialto Beach, PNW. Even on a lovely sunny summer's day there aren't many folks who walk very far from the parking lot of this popular Olympic National Park beach. It starts steep and cobbly but soon transitions into clean hard-packed sand, perfect for beach-walking even at a moderately high tide. We had to dodge waves occasionally sprinting around big ...
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It’s Not Just Climate — Pope Francis Is Also Warning About The Health Of Our Oceans 20.6.2015 Think Progres

Pope Francis is making headlines for recognizing the threat of climate change. But his encyclical also called attention to the world's oceans.

The post It’s Not Just Climate — Pope Francis Is Also Warning About The Health Of Our Oceans appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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