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The best use of California's dead trees: Leave them in the mountains 22.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary

To the editor: Science refutes virtually every claim in Jacques Leslie’s ode to logging. Dead trees, which Leslie would have removed from the Sierra Nevada and used for energy, don’t make wildfires worse; in fact, they can slow hot fires moving through the forest canopy. High-severity fire isn’t...

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How Trump's Supreme Court Pick Quietly Wipes Out Environmental Cases 20.3.2017 Mother Jones
Faced with the Trump administration's assault on regulations, environmental advocates are planning to turn to the courts to limit some of the damage. Green groups are already crafting lawsuits to block any efforts to roll back rules on power plant emissions, vehicle pollution, coal mining, and pipeline permits. Environmentalists have been studying the record of Trump's Supreme Court nominee, 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch, whose Senate confirmation hearings begin Monday. They are trying to understand how he might handle cases on Obama-era climate initiatives, air pollution, and water quality, which may one day end up at the Supreme Court. Chief among their concerns are whether he will even allow them to have their day in court at all. "He’s not one of those judges who wants to swing the courthouse doors [open] to environmental suits," says Michael Gerrard, Columbia University Director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. "It would lower their probability for success for those few ...
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The Tempo of Evolution is revealed on Hawaii 20.3.2017 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Environment News
If we take a group of islands that suffer from regular volcanic creation and then erosion back into the sea, can we gather invaluable information about how life evolves generally to fill available habitats in other biomes---- ? The answer seems to be YES we can.
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Indonesia deports 2 French journalists from Papua province 19.3.2017 Washington Post: World
Indonesia has deported two French journalists for committing visa violations while shooting a documentary film in Indonesia’s easternmost province of Papua, an official said Sunday.
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Alaska's national refuges are not private game reserves 18.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary

The 16 national wildlife refuges in Alaska span the state from the remote Arctic on the northern edge to the volcanic Aleutian islands southwest of Anchorage. Across the refuges’ nearly 77 million acres, animal diversity abounds — ice worms and seabirds, black bears and grizzly bears, wolves, moose,...

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Chevron, Aera Energy Sue to Block Monterey County, California's Voter-Approved Ban on Fracking 13.3.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Last November, voters of Monterey County, California, passed a fracking ban known as Measure Z with 56 percent of the vote, despite being outspent 30-to-1 by the industry-backed group, Monterey County Citizens for Energy Independence .  Passing Measure Z makes Monterey the sixth California county to ban fracking, but the first to face a serious legal challenge.  In December, Chevron and Aera Energy , the two biggest companies drilling in Central California's San Ardo fields, both filed lawsuits against Monterey County to block implementation of Measure Z, alleging that it restricts how they can use their property. The companies were joined by the San Ardo Elementary School District and several individuals who own mineral rights in the oil fields. How Will Measure Z Measure Up in Court? Proponents of Measure Z said that re-injecting toxic wastewater, part of the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") process, contaminates local aquifers that are protected under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. The measure ...
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Meet Silicon Valley's Secretive Alt-Right Followers 10.3.2017 Mother Jones
Readers of The Right Stuff long knew that founder "Mike Enoch" had two main interests: technology and white supremacy. Posts on the neo-Nazi site have included discussion of "a new blogging platform built on node.js," while other less techie content has alluded to the "chimpout" in Ferguson, putting Jews in ovens, and Trump's "top-tier troll" of Jews on Holocaust Remembrance Day . In January, Enoch was outed as Mike Peinovich, a Manhattan-based software engineer. His unmasking highlighted a lingering question about the racist far-right movement that rose to prominence with Donald Trump's election: What support might the so-called alt-right have among techies? Ever since I began investigating the extremist groups lining up behind Trump last spring, several of their leaders have made big claims to me about an alt-right following in Silicon Valley and across the broader tech industry. "The average alt-right-ist is probably a 28-year old tech-savvy guy working in IT," white nationalist Richard Spencer ...
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How Tory Burch Embraced Her Ambition -- and Is Asking Other Women to Embrace Theirs 8.3.2017 Inc
After avoiding the word earlier in her career, the fashion mogul explains her change of mind.
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Oil and Gas Lobby Fights California Regulators to Keep Injecting Drilling Wastewater Into Protected Aquifers 7.3.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Three active oil wells (in foreground), Elk Hills Oil Field, off of Elk Hills Road south of Buttonwillow, California. (Credit: Antandrus ) Last month the California Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR), missed its own  deadline for shutting down  475 oil industry injection wells determined to be dumping toxic fluids into protected California groundwater aquifers. The division said it would continue to allow more than 1,600 other wells to continue injections into federally protected aquifers because it believes they stand a chance of being exempted from the Safe Drinking Water Act protections. Yet the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), a regional oil and gas lobbying group, is still suing the agency to prevent any wells from closing. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prohibits contamination related to oil field waste injection disposal, which commonly contains cancer-causing benzene and other pollutants. In 2015, DOGGR, which oversees more than 50,000 wells in the ...
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Zinke's nixing of lead ammo ban may seem trivial, but lead poisoning kills 10 million animals a year 4.3.2017 Daily Kos
Six weeks ago, just a day before Donald Trump was sworn into office, the Obama administration ordered a five-year phase-out of the use of lead ammunition and fishing tackle on wildlife reserves and public lands where hunting and fishing are allowed. It was a prohibition long sought by environmental advocates and opposed by hunting and fishing groups, although not by all their members. On Thursday, the day after he was sworn into office as the 52nd secretary of the Department of Interior, Ryan Zinke overturned that phase-out as his first bit of business—an omen of things to come.  Studies estimate that ingested lead from shotgun pellets and bullet fragments hunters leave behind in the environment kill from 10 million to 20 million animals each year. Jonathan Evans, environmental health legal director at the Center for Biological Diversity, one of the environmental organizations strongly behind the ammo phase-out, said: “Switching to nontoxic ammunition should be a no-brainer to save the lives of thousands ...
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Letter: Stop the perverse slaughter of wildlife 4.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
The U.S. Congress (H.J. Resolution 69) has voted to strip away protections for wolves, bears and other predators in national wildlife refuges in Alaska. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, argues the rule “illegally seized authority away from the state of Alaska.” This rule was crafted by professional wildlife managers to stop the most appalling practices imagined in wildlife “management.” Young promotes killing wolf pups and hibernating bears in their dens, shooting grizzly bears from aircraft, and trapp...
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Rise of the robot bees: Tiny drones turned into artificial pollinators 3.3.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Honeybees are a critical part of agriculture, pollinating many of our favorite crops. But bee deaths are on the rise. In Japan, scientists are testing whether insect-sized drones can help do the job.
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How plants can provide clues about the spread of ancient civilizations 3.3.2017 LA Times: Science

Indiana Jones may have found a few more lost temples if he’d known a thing or two about plants. By mapping the distribution of tree species with known archaeological sites in the Amazon basin, scientists have discovered that humans shaped the makeup of the Amazon forests over thousands of years.

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Humans have caused an explosion of never-before-seen minerals all over the Earth 2.3.2017 Washington Post
Humans have caused an explosion of never-before-seen minerals all over the Earth
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Letter: Is Bishop obtuse or stupid? 25.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Did I read that right? Speaking of the Endangered Species Act, Rep. Rob Bishop said, “It has never been used for the rehabilitation of species. It’s been used to control the land.” Is Bishop being willfully obtuse or is it a case of staggering stupidity? The Endangered Species Act is both popular and successful. Since its passage in 1978, this bill has aimed to protect 2,270 species that are endangered or threatened. According to the Center for Biological Diversity, more than 200 species would h...
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Surfer ‘paradise’ in Puerto Rico at stake in hotel fight 23.2.2017 Washington Post: World
The sun had just risen along Puerto Rico’s northwest coast when Paul Schmidt hopped off his surfboard and emerged from the water at Wilderness Beach, ending another session at a remote area that draws surfers from around the world looking for the next big wave.
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Americans once moved away from forests. Now forests are moving away from Americans. 23.2.2017 Washington Post
Americans once moved away from forests. Now forests are moving away from Americans.
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Scientists discover new frog species small enough to sit on a fingernail 22.2.2017 Washington Post
Scientists discover new frog species small enough to sit on a fingernail
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With this Congress, the Endangered Species Act itself might be endangered 21.2.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Elections have consequences, as the saying goes, and here’s another one arising from conservative Republicans taking complete control of the federal government: The Endangered Species Act, which played a significant role in saving the bald eagle and the California condor from extinction, is now...

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Lead ammunition poisons wildlife but too expensive to change, hunters say 20.2.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Just before leaving office, the Obama administration banned the use of lead ammunition on federal land. Some hunters want President Trump to reverse the ban.
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