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Will address environment issues in ‘scientific manner’: Harsh Vardhan 23.5.2017 Chicago Tribune: Nation
NEW DELHI: Best efforts would be made to address all environmental issues, including “contentious” ones, in a “meticulous and scientific” manner, Union minister Harsh Vardhan said today after taking charge as environment minister following the death of Anil Madhav Dave last week. Noting that air and water pollution were a “matter of concern” for the ...
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In 2016, scientists discovered 18,000 new species. Now meet the Top 10 22.5.2017 LA Times: Science
ESF announced its annual Top 10 list of new species for 2017.
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Myanmar shines with intact forest, but will this biodiversity be conserved? 19.5.2017 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Environment News
How can we conserve the beauty of the largest remaining rainforest in Asia? This tract of land, divided by the dry interior, stretches across the Thai border at one end and connects with Indian reserves at the other. Answers to the everlasting problems of conservation must include governance, proper transparency and perhaps most important, grassroots participation at many levels.
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How to lure the bees, butterflies and other pollinators to your Colorado garden 19.5.2017 Denver Post: Lifestyles
Pollinator habitats aren’t built in a day. But you can make some real headway in a gardening season and continue to add to your vision as the years go on.
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Coral Reefs Generate Half of Earth's Oxygen -- and They Could All Die Off by 2050 15.5.2017 Truthout.com
Bleached coral off the coast of northeastern Australia is the result of warming ocean temperatures. Save a dramatic weather event to lower the water temperatures within the next few weeks, most of this coral will die. (Photo: Megan Proctor) The second mass bleaching event in the last two years on the Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral ecosystem on Earth, is a sign of the new normal for global coral. The days of vibrant flourishing coral reefs -- homes to the most diverse ecosystems on the planet -- are over. Bleached coral off the coast of northeastern Australia is the result of warming ocean temperatures. Save a dramatic weather event to lower the water temperatures within the next few weeks, most of this coral will die. (Photo: Megan Proctor) When he was six years old, Dean Miller already knew he wanted to be a marine biologist. At that time, growing up in Australia, the world of marine biology seemed both spectacular and limitless, he says. "I wanted to study the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, ...
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Tillerson says US won't be rushed on climate change policies 12.5.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
BC-US--Arctic Council, 4th Ld-Writethru,637 Tillerson says US won’t be rushed on climate change policies AP Photo RPMT120, RPMT102, RPMT116, RPMT112, RPMT107, RPMT113, RPMT115, RPMT119, RPMT122, RPMT123, RPMT114, RPMT106, RPMT108, RPMT109, RPMT105, RPMT117 Eds: Updates throughout. AP Photos. AP Video. By MARK THIESSEN Associated Press FAIRBANKS, Alaska • Arctic nations have renewed calls for the world to address climate warming, but U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the United States wi...
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Tillerson says US won't be rushed on climate change policies 12.5.2017 AP National
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- Arctic nations have renewed calls for the world to address climate warming, but U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the United States will not rush to make a decision on its policies....
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Dinosaur named for 'Ghostbusters' creature found in Montana 75 million years after its death 10.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary
A remarkably complete, 75-million year old dinosaur skeleton from Montana is recognized as a new genus and species of armored ankylosaurian dinosaur. It's named after Zuul from "Ghostbusters."
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Denver Zoo’s nursery gets another addition: Meet endangered Malayan tapir calf Umi 9.5.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
Denver Zoo's endangered Malayan tapir (TAY-purr) pair Rinny and Benny welcomed their third calf -- and first girl -- early Saturday. Umi, whose name means life in Malayan, will stay behind the scenes at the zoo's Toyota Elephant passage habitat until she's able to swim and both mom and baby are comfortable enough to venture outdoors, said Sean Anderson-Vie, zoo public relations manager.
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Eric K. Ganshert: Colorado does need wolves 4.5.2017 Steamboat Pilot
Contrary to Mr. Bowers’ beliefs (stated in a letter to the editor in the May 4 issue of Steamboat Today), Colorado needs wolves. I encourage him to learn of the historic ranges of the Western Grey Wolf species. "Predatory Bureaucracy: The Extermination of Wolves and the Transformation of the West" by Michael Robinson is a good starting point. Additionally, interested parties should learn about “anthropogenic trophic downgrading” and the downstream impacts, known as “trophic cascades.” These impacts resonate from waterway health to the overall biodiversity of ecosystems and have been documented by dozens of studies published in peer-reviewed journals. William J. Ripple and Robert L. Beschta are PhD ecologists who have produced thorough literature on the subject. If Mr. Bowers’ concerns are for that of the hunting/livestock industry, I challenge him to produce data that proves wolves make a significant impact. According to the USDA’s 2011 cattle death report, predator kills of cattle amounted to a ...
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Controversial Colorado Parks & Wildlife plan to remove mountain lions, bears west of Rifle begins 2.5.2017 Steamboat Pilot
Despite a lawsuit attempting to stand in the way, a controversial Colorado Parks and Wildlife predator control plan targeting mountain lions and black bears in the Piceance Basin of Northwest Colorado began Monday. According to the Glenwood Springs Post Independent , Mike Porras, CPW’s northwest region public information officer, said the Piceance Basin portion of this program will run through June, seeking to remove five to 10 mountain lions and 10 to 20 bears. The agency’s plan, however, could call for more predators to be killed — up to 15 lions and 25 bears. WildEarth Guardians and the Center for Biological Diversity are suing CPW in an attempt to halt the program. “CPW’s plans are not grounded in sound science, violate Colorado’s Constitution and are neither supported by the vast majority of Coloradoans nor in the public interest,” said Stuart Wilcox, WildEarth Guardians’ staff attorney. “The Parks and Wildlife Commission’s disdain for the public’s will and the opinions of dozens of our country’s ...
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Giraffes Are Quietly Disappearing, but the US Can Help Stop Their Silent Extinction 2.5.2017 Truthout.com
Despite their stature as the tallest land animal on earth, and status as one of the most iconic and beloved species in the world, giraffes have been quietly disappearing from the landscape at an alarming rate. Now, however, there's hope the US will act to ensure their survival by  protecting them  as an endangered species. Since the mid-1980s, the population of giraffes has declined by a startling  40 percent , leaving only an estimated 97,560 individuals in the wild. There are now fewer giraffes left in existence than elephants. In December, concerns about the threat of extinction  prompted  the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to change their status from a species of Least Concern -- skipping right over Near Threatened -- to  Vulnerable  on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Unfortunately, they continue to face mounting pressure from a growing human population, human-wildlife conflicts, disease, habitat loss and fragmentation, predators, civil unrest, drought, climate ...
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Trump/GOP's 100th Day Dash and 'No Planet B': 'BradCast' 4/27/2017 28.4.2017 BradBlog
On today's BradCast, Trump and the GOP trip over themselves in their mad to his 100th day as President, while Americans plan to hit the streets yet again in protest, this time in a Saturday demonstration on behalf of Planet Earth. [Audio link to show follows below.] Amidst the Trump Administration's ...
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Climate Change drives early laying/hatching, but not only Temperature! 27.4.2017 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Health News
The tree swallow has magnificent migrations, like many of its ilk. The Alaskan warming however is more drastic than the rest of the continent, like Arctic regions elsewhere, so how does that influence the swallow’s “phenology?”
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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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