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Mexico: Researcher Raises Alert About Environmental Risks in Region With Highest Concentration of Wind Farms in Latin America 17.9.2014 Truthout - All Articles

2014 917 wind 6bThe wind turbines of the Biioxo Wind Farm are located on land that used to be cultivated. (Photo: Santiago Navarro F.)

Southern Mexico's Isthmus of Tehuantepec is the site of the largest concentration of wind farm projects in Latin America. In this interview, biologist Patricia Mora explains what environmental impact studies leave out: the real impacts on regional flora and fauna, and how those negative effects extend beyond Mexico to ecosystems in Central America.

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Presenting the 2014 Rising Voices Amazonia Grantees 16.9.2014 Global Voices
Rising Voices welcomes seven new grantees from the latest microgrant competition for citizen media outreach projects in Amazonian communities.
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Four Ways Industrial Ag Is Destroying the Soil - and Your Health 14.9.2014 Truthout.com
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Indigenous Peoples Seek Presence in Post-2015 Development Agenda 13.9.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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Large number of salmon return to Columbia River 13.9.2014 AP Washington
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Hundreds of thousands of salmon are making their way from the ocean up the Columbia River this month, a windfall for salmon eaters, and for tribal and recreational fishermen in the Pacific Northwest....
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Foodies, Feds and Factory Farms: Why We Need Vegans Now More Than Ever 12.9.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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Louisiana's St. Tammany Parish Comes One Step Closer to Fracking 10.9.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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10 Birds Your Grandkids May Never See, Thanks to Climate Change 10.9.2014 Mother Jones
Long before modern times, human beings caused great extinctions of charismatic animals, including many species of birds. From the gigantic Moas of New Zealand (the Polynesians killed them off in about 100 years after arriving), to the Dodo and Passenger Pigeon, we made nature poorer, throwing away biological diversity and unique products of evolution that can never be replaced. But it looks like all of that may have been a meager preview to the consequences of climate change for the diversity of birds in our modern world. Such is the upshot of a vast new study by the Audubon Society's scientists, which overall finds that by the end of the century, more than half of all North American bird species will be "threatened" by climate change. (The study did not examine the nearly 10,000 other bird species around the world, but there's no reason to think the punchline for them would be very different.) There are currently 588 North American bird species, and the Audubon study projected that out of those, 314 ...
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Agency Awards Grant To Study Wind Turbines’ Impact On Birds And Bats 9.9.2014 Think Progres

By better understanding how birds and bats interact with wind turbines, developers can create wind farms that are safer for winged creatures.

The post Agency Awards Grant To Study Wind Turbines’ Impact On Birds And Bats appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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States can't protect threatened species and world heritage sites, says report 6.9.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

Analysis undermines one-stop-shop devolution of environmental approvals from federal government to states

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Tom Ross: CMC biology professor witnesses aftermath of rare geothermal event 6.9.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Colorado Mountain College biology professor Shawn Sigstedt was thrilled this week to witness the roar of a towering plume of steam issuing from the Steamboat Geyser. But residents of Steamboat Springs needn’t leap up from their desks to rush out and see it. The Steamboat Geyser is in Yellowstone National Park. “It was emotionally overwhelming because there’s so much power, and the steam can go on for hours and days,” Sigstedt said. “It goes up 1,000 feet, and it sounds like a jet engine. It’s very, very powerful.” Sigstedt was visiting Yellowstone in the midst of a year-long sabbatical with encouragement from CMC to work on a book about his concept of “World Park.” It’s an effort to protect ecosystems and biodiversity by looking at Earth as one big park. However, Sigstedt also is a bit of a geyser groupie and a member of the group, Geyser Gazers. Steamboat Geyser is recognized as the biggest in the world, and, unlike nearby Old Faithful, very unpredictable. The geyser, which spouts water as high as 30 ...
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As Aircraft Emissions Skyrocket, EPA Looks Into Regulation For First Time 5.9.2014 Think Progres

The airline industry's carbon emissions may soon be regulated due to efforts from the Obama administration.

The post As Aircraft Emissions Skyrocket, EPA Looks Into Regulation For First Time appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Groups plan suit over Northwest oil-response plan 5.9.2014 AP Washington
SEATTLE (AP) -- Environmental groups say they plan to sue the federal government for failing to ensure that regional oil-response plans don't harm endangered species....
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Tool use and manufacture, but by birds 3.9.2014 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Health News
The mammals and the birds are in competition. How many species will we find that can understand tool-using concepts, and then socially interact with their uses?
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Don’t lose your lid! (the green roof argument) 2.9.2014 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Health News
Life is changing. Now we can have a garden on our roof, but the wildlife and energy-transforming possibilities are really building up. I doubt if you’ll like some of our ideas here, but there may be some way you can imagine a green roof being of benefit and fitting in to your local landscape.
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South Africa's ancient cycad plants under threat from poachers 1.9.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

Experts warn that lucrative trade in endangered varieties of the worlds oldest seed plant could lead to extinction, after 24 rare cycads stolen from Cape Town botanical gardens

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Science Graphic of the Week: Where We Should and Shouldn’t Build Roads in the Future 29.8.2014 Wired Top Stories
Humans are going to pave over 15 million miles of new roads in the next 35 years. This map shows where those roads should and should not ...
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Oregon spotted frog to be protected as threatened 29.8.2014 AP Washington
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon spotted frog is being protected as a threatened species....
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NOAA Lists 20 Coral Species As Threatened Due To Climate Change, Fishing And Pollution 28.8.2014 Think Progres

The decision is a "result of the most extensive rulemaking ever undertaken by NOAA," according to the agency.

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The Planet of the Insects 28.8.2014 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Health News
We gaze at the beauty or stand aghast at the horror of different insects. You have to admire the way in which their tiny but numerous bodies challenge successfully against larger animals as well as to help the Angiosperms to achieve their own mastery of the plant world on land.
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