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A Cave in China Is Filled with Exotic Plants that Shouldn’t Be There—But Researchers May Have Figured Out Why 19.2.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Atlas Obscura and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  From Plato to Polyphemus, caves have long been literary symbols of the mysterious and the unknown. And in the real world, they often live up to that reputation: underground rivers, weirdly preserved skeletons, rare bacteria that make them shine like gold. Now, […]
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How Did an All-Female Species Survive Sans Sexual Reproduction for Millennia? 19.2.2018 The Wire

By all means, the Amazon molly should have gone extinct by now. Except it has not.

The post How Did an All-Female Species Survive Sans Sexual Reproduction for Millennia? appeared first on The Wire.

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Critics blast EPA for lowering Syngenta pesticide fine 16.2.2018 AP Business
HONOLULU (AP) -- Critics are blasting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for dramatically lowering a fine on agribusiness company Syngenta for violations of pesticide regulations....
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The Energy 202: Pruitt says flying first-class is safer. But some airline safety experts aren't so sure. 15.2.2018 Washington Post: Politics
The rationale is a bit confusing for some.
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Federal Judge Has Doubts About Trump’s Border Wall 11.2.2018 Outside the Beltway
The Judge presiding over a case dealing with Trump's proposed border wall expressed doubts about the project. The President will no doubt be irked by the identity of that Judge.
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The road to building a border wall will be long and difficult, and go through the courts 11.2.2018 LA Times: Commentary

It’s not long — just two pages — but a notice recently issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is a reminder of the challenges, legal and otherwise, facing President Trump’s promised border wall.

The corps issued a notice to contractors Friday saying it might soon accept bids to construct a...

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Oregon increases protections for 'enigma of the Pacific' 10.2.2018 AP National
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon environmental officials on Friday increased protections for the marbled murrelet, a rare diving seabird known as the "enigma of the Pacific" because it lives and hunts in the ocean but nests far inland in the high canopy of mossy, old-growth forests....
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Federal judge whom Trump accused of bias questions border wall plans 10.2.2018 Washington Post: World
He challenged Homeland Security lawyers to explain the rush to build without standard environmental studies. During the 2016 campaign, Trump attacked Gonzalo P. Curiel’s impartiality, citing his Mexican heritage, during a lawsuit against Trump University.
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Trump faces legal challenge on border wall with Mexico 9.2.2018 AP Politics
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- An Indiana-born federal judge, whose Mexican heritage Donald Trump used to paint him as biased against him in a 2016 court case because of his immigration stance, will hear arguments in a lawsuit that could block construction of a border wall with Mexico....
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Turning to beet juice and beer to address road salt danger 30.1.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Many state and local agencies are seeking ways to reduce salt use as its environmental impacts are becoming more apparent.
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Salt, the solution to winter's dangers, threatens US waters 29.1.2018 AP Top News
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- When roads turn into ice rinks, consider trying beet juice, molasses, and even beer or cheese waste to make them safer. So say experts who fear road salt is starting to take a toll on the nation's waterways, putting everything from fish and frogs to microscopic zooplankton at risk....
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Cliven Bundy Is a Free Man. His Cows Are Still a Nuisance. 26.1.2018 Mother Jones
Cliven Bundy is a free man. His cattle are still wreaking havoc across the Mojave Desert. Earlier this month, a federal judge dismissed all charges against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and two of his sons for allegedly organizing an armed standoff against the Bureau of Land Management in 2014. That’s when federal agents attempted to […]
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Native plants in more yards could go a long way toward supporting local wildlife 21.1.2018 LA Times: Commentary

To the editor: Urban wildlife populations are maintained not only by open space and wildlife corridors, but also by native plant habitat in our yards. (“Los Angeles needs open space for wildlife and for our sanity,” editorial, Jan. 16)

Native landscaping is one of the “less dramatic and less costly...

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How Monsoons Shaped the Evolution of the Biodiversity of Fan-Throated Lizards 21.1.2018 The Wire

Scientists have searched almost all the likely habitats of fan-throated lizards and concluded that there are at least 15 different species in India.

The post How Monsoons Shaped the Evolution of the Biodiversity of Fan-Throated Lizards appeared first on The Wire.

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The Trump Administration's Attacks on Public Lands and Waters Will Cause Irreparable Harm 18.1.2018 Truthout.com
The designation of a national monument protects the land from drilling, fracking, mining, logging -- protection not afforded to the majority of public land, says Randi Spivak of the Center for Biological Diversity. Spivak discusses why the largest delisting of protected federal lands in US history will harm species, waters and exacerbate climate change. Who are the powerful funders behind Truthout? Our readers! Help us publish more stories like this one by making a tax-deductible donation. In December, Trump  announced  that he would shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in Utah by 85 percent and 46 percent respectively. The announcement came after Trump had ordered Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke in April to review 27 national monuments created since 1996 that were 100,000 acres or larger, and Zinke subsequently recommended that these and other monuments be reduced. Trump's move represents the  largest  delisting of protected federal lands in US history, removing 2 ...
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Strange weather triggered bacteria that killed 200,000 endangered antelope 18.1.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Over a three-week span in 2015, more than 200,000 saiga antelope suddenly died in Kazakhstan. The animals would be grazing normally, then dead in three hours. A new study points to heat and humidity.
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Study: Decline of salmon also impacts salmon genetics 12.1.2018 AP Washington
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- As Chinook salmon populations declined across the Pacific Northwest, scientists suspected the fish lost a great deal of genetic diversity, too....
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The Daily 202: Trump has no nominees for 245 important jobs, including an ambassador to South Korea 12.1.2018 Washington Post: Politics
The president lags his predecessors in filling posts that make government work.
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Trump Expands Offshore Drilling in Assault on Biodiversity and Coastal and Indigenous Communities 11.1.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Bipartisan opposition is growing to President Trump's proposal to greatly expand offshore oil and gas drilling. The reversal of the Obama-era restrictions would open more than a billion acres of water in the Arctic, Pacific, Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico to offshore oil and gas drilling. Initially the Interior Department moved to allow offshore oil and gas drilling in nearly all of the United States' coastal waters, but then announced it has dropped plans to open up the waters off the coast of Florida, following fierce opposition by Florida's Republican Governor Rick Scott. Scott is an ally of President Trump, and the state is also home to Trump's winter resort at Mar-a-Lago. Now governors and lawmakers from Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New York, New Jersey, California, Oregon, Washington and other states are asking why only Florida is being exempted. We speak to Subhankar Banerjee, professor of art and ecology at the University of New Mexico. Banerjee is the ...
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A Federal Court Could Save Yellowstone's Grizzlies From the Trump Administration 10.1.2018 Truthout - All Articles
The Northern Cheyenne Tribe and a coalition of environmental groups are asking a federal court in Montana to throw out the Trump administration's decision to remove grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park from the endangered species list. They want the grizzlies protected from trophy hunters while federal wildlife officials complete a review of their decision to delist the bears. A grizzly bear and cubs play in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, on June 3, 2017. (Photo: Wolverine 9 5 ) The following article could only be published thanks to support from our readers. To fund more stories like it, make a donation to Truthout by clicking here! The Northern Cheyenne Tribe and a coalition of environmental groups are asking a federal court in Montana to throw out the Trump administration's decision to remove grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park from the endangered species list -- a move that has paved the way for trophy hunts of the iconic animals. Delisting the Yellowstone ...
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