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Spotlight on green news & views: Oil spills; the melting poles; Jeb Bush's climate change arrogance 24.5.2015 Daily Kos
See OceanDiver'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 22,610 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. In just five weeks, $2M climate denier lawsuit implodes —by Keith Pickering: "You may or may not have heard of Dr. Edward Wegman, a statistics professor at George Mason University, who got in very hot water a few years ago on well-founded charges of plagiarism. Wegman is most famously known for the "Wegman Report", which was commissioned in 2006 by Congressional Republicans to look into Michael Mann's famous "hockey stick" ...
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What the Oil Spill Off Santa Barbara Is Going to Kill 23.5.2015 Wired Top Stories
The Santa Barbara oil spill is going to kill a lot of animals. A ...
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Ocean's microbiome has incredible diversity - and human likeness 21.5.2015 New Scientist: Being Human
Genes mapped from thousands of newly discovered plankton species show striking similarities between human and ocean ...
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Anthropocene Boosters and the Attack on Wilderness Conservation 20.5.2015 Truthout - All Articles
A growing debate has serious consequences for our collective relationship to Nature. Beginning perhaps twenty years ago, a number of academics in disciplines such as history, anthropology, and geography, began to question whether there was any tangible wilderness or wild lands left on Earth. These academics, and others, have argued that humans have so completely modified the Earth, we should give up on the notion that there is any place wild and instead recognize that we have already domesticated, in one fashion or another, the entire planet for human benefit. These individuals and groups are identified under an umbrella of different labels, including "Neo Greens" Pragmatic Environmentalists" "New Conservationists" "Green Postmodernism" and Neo-environmentalists" but the most inclusive label to date is "Anthropocene Boosters" so that is the term I will use in this essay. The basic premise of their argument is that humans have lived everywhere except Antarctica and that it is absurd to suggest that Nature ...
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Researchers sample Superior's waters to study lake's rapid changes 20.5.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Superior is five degrees warmer than it was 30 years ago. The amount of surface ice is down a whopping 80 percent. There's less food for fish.
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White House issues plan to save bees, other crop pollinators 20.5.2015 LA Times: Business
The federal government will boost research and preserve 7 million acres of habitat for bees, monarch butterflies and other insects as part of a wide-ranging strategy to bolster the population of pollinators that are vital to the nation's food crops.
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DNA test on slain wolf-like canine may prompt probe of Colorado hunter 19.5.2015 Denver Post: Local
A licensed coyote hunter who killed a 90-pound canine near Kremmling may face prosecution, authorities said Monday, if tests prove it was a federally protected gray ...
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Europe is rapidly losing its biodiversity and wildlife habitats 18.5.2015 New Scientists HIV
Birds, insects and fish are struggling under pressure from urban sprawl, habitat loss and pollution, warns a major EU ...
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Absurd Creature of the Week: Can We Just Save This Adorable Parrot for Christ’s Sake? 15.5.2015 Wired Top Stories
The kakapo is a parrot, but it doesn’t fly. It can live 100 years. Its sex life is best described as…involved. And there’s only 126 left in the ...
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Knee-high rainforest: push for Unesco protection in Western Australia's Kwongan country – video 14.5.2015 Guardian: Environment
A group of scientists in Western Australia are leading the bid for a Unesco world heritage area to be created in the south-west of the state. Biologists say Kwongan country, typified by sandy soils, tough plants and high levels of biodiversity, is unique and must be preserved from land-clearing. But the stakes are high for conservationists, farmers and traditional owners alike.

World heritage listing wins Labor support Continue reading...
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Enviro groups protest BLM plans for increased fracking in Colorado 14.5.2015 Denver Post: News: Local
Environment groups are protesting federal plans that would allow increased oil and gas production through hydraulic fracturing on public lands in western ...
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Sri Lanka first nation to promise full protection of mangroves 12.5.2015 New Scientist: Opinion
A $3.4 million project will give local women loans and training in exchange for replanting and conserving mangrove ...
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Shell hopes to begin Arctic oil drilling project this summer 12.5.2015 LA Times: Nation
The Obama administration on Monday announced conditional approval for Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc. to resume its long and troubled efforts to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean, prompting a backlash from environmental groups that warned of the risks of operating in the extreme conditions off Alaska.
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100 British conservation groups oppose review of EU wildlife laws 12.5.2015 Guardian: Environment

Changes to EU birds and habitat directives ‘single biggest threat’ to biodiversity and species, say groups as they launch their campaign to block the move

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If science could 'Clone a Mammoth,' could it save an elephant? 10.5.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: News
De-extinction technology could soon bring back lost species -- or preserve endangered ones. In her new book, evolutionary biologist Beth Shapiro explores the scientific and ethical challenges.
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Is the Government Harassing and Censoring Scientists for Studying Ties Between Pesticides and Bee Deaths? 10.5.2015 Truthout.com
(Image: Bee and flower via Shutterstock) Following reports that scientists at the United States Department of Agriculture are being harrassed and their research on bee-killing pesticides is being censored or suppressed, a broad coalition of farmers, environmentalists, fisheries and food-safety organizations urged an investigation in a May 5 letter sent to Phyllis K. Fong, USDA Inspector General. "The possibility that the USDA is prioritizing the interests of the chemical industry over those of the American public is unacceptable," states the letter, which was signed by more than 25 citizens' groups concerned that a forthcoming report by the White House Task Force on Pollinator Health, which is co-chaired by the USDA, will be compromised. The signatories include the American Bird Conservancy, Avaaz, Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Food Safety, Farmworkers Association of Florida, Food and Water Watch, Friends of the Earth, Green America, Organic Consumers Association and Sierra Club. "It is ...
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Environmental Groups Sue To Stop California Oil Companies From Injecting Waste Into Aquifers 8.5.2015 Think Progres

The oil industry has been injecting wastewater into clean, protected aquifers in drought-stricken California.

The post Environmental Groups Sue To Stop California Oil Companies From Injecting Waste Into Aquifers appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Groups sue to stop oil company injections into ground water 7.5.2015 SFGate: Business & Technology
Two environmental groups sued California regulators on Thursday to stop oil companies from injecting waste water into potentially usable aquifers beneath the state’s drought-ravaged Central Valley. The suit, filed by the Sierra Club and the Center for Biological Diversity, claims the California agency that oversees oil fields is breaking the law by letting companies pump waste water from their drilling operations into aquifers that the regulators were supposed to protect. The state’s Divison of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) has moved to end the practice but has given oil companies until 2017 to shut down many of the injection wells. “California has a drought, and we need to protect all the potential sources of drinking water we have, and DOGGR is allowing the continued pollution of aquifers,” said Will Rostov, a staff attorney for Earthjustice, which filed the suit on behalf of the environmental groups. The suit follows revelations that the division for years allowed oil companies to ...
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10 Things You Need to Know About Deforestation 7.5.2015 Inc
10 Things You Need to Know About Deforestation
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Scientists make surprising discovery about pop music's evolutionary history 6.5.2015 LA Times: Science
Forget the Beach Boys, Michael Jackson and Madonna. The most important cultural shift in American pop music began with the explosion of rap in the early 1990s.
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