November 30, 2020

A [US] federal judge just granted grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone a huge favor ahead of hunting season

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By Laura Zuckerman, Reuters From Business Insider A federal judge on Monday ordered Endangered Species Act protections restored to grizzlies in and around Yellowstone National Park. The move effectively puts on ice plans for the first licensed trophy hunts of the bears in the region in more than 40 years. The outcome caps one of […]

Zinke: One-third of Interior Employees Not Loyal to Trump

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From Newsmax WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Monday that nearly one-third of employees at his department are not loyal to him and President Donald Trump, adding that he is working to change the department’s regulatory culture to be more business friendly. Zinke, a former Navy SEAL, said he knew when he took over […]

US Forests

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The state of US forests: 6 questions answered By Thomas J. Straka, The Conversation From Business Insider Editor’s note: The first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970, catalyzed a wave of laws to protect the environment and natural resources. Here Thomas Straka, a professor of forest economics and management and former industrial forester, answers questions […]

Corals grown in labs help restore critically endangered reefs

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By Samantha Mathewson From Nature World News For the first time, researchers have successfully raised laboratory-bred colonies of a Caribbean coral species to sexual maturity. The hope, they say, is to restore and repopulate threatened reefs. This revolutionary initiative was led by researchers from SECORE International – a leading conservation organization for the protection and restoration […]

Rare Caribbean lizards on the verge of extinction

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From Jamaica Observer ST PETERSBURG (CMC) – The US Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday announced that seven species of Caribbean skinks or lizards may qualify for Endangered Species Act protection. The rare lizards from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are on the knife’s edge of extinction due to introduced predators and habitat destruction. […]

USA rejects petition to list Queen Conch as endangered species

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The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) has congratulated member states after a US government review of the status of the Queen Conch keeps the region’s conch fishery alive. The review follows a petition to have the Queen Conch listed as threatened or endangered. On Monday, November 3, 2014, the National Maine Fisheries Services (NMFS), Department […]

As planet warms, 20 coral species added to endangered species list

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By Becky Oskin, LiveScience Senior Writer From The Christian Science Monitor The US government listed 20 new corals as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, bringing the total number of threatened coral species to 22. A tenfold increase in the number of protected coral species was announced this week, with 20 new corals added to […]

Nine Caribbean skinks petitioned for inclusion on endangered species list

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By Jonathan Losos From Anole Annals A while back, we reported on a monograph Hedges and Conn that described an enormous number of new skink species (35) from the Caribbean. Now efforts are being made to prevent some of these species from going extinct. The Center for Biological Diversity has just filed a petition with […]