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Yellowstone grizzly bears removed from endangered species list

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Yellowstone grizzly bears removed from endangered species list

- We Matched (CNN) — The Yellowstone grizzly bear population has recovered enough to be delisted from the endangered species list, the US Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday. Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke called the recovery “one of America’s great conservation successes.” “As a kid who grew up in Montana, I can tell you that this is a long time coming,” he said in a statement

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Man found alive after 4 days missing in Montana wilderness

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Man found alive after 4 days missing in Montana wilderness

- (AP) - Authorities say a U.S. Forest Service official has found a Pennsylvania man who had been missing in Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness since Monday. Rocky Mountain District Ranger Mike Munoz says 21-year-old Eric Hellmuth was found alive on Friday. The Choteau Acantha first reported the discovery of Hellmuth. The newspaper reports Hellmuth is tired and dehydrated, but in good condition

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Environmental group opposing I-73 construction

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Environmental group opposing I-73 construction

- MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Many people were happy to hear Tuesday’s news that a construction permit for Interstate 73 was granted. The Coastal Conservation League, a local environmental group, is not celebrating. “The road is simply not needed, and not only that, but we just can’t financially afford it right now as a state,” said Lisa Jones-Turansky, the chief conservation officer for the CCL

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Op-ed: It’s just false to say environmental rules kill jobs

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Op-ed: It’s just false to say environmental rules kill jobs

- Amid fierce debate, the federal Environmental Protection Agency strengthened national ozone pollution standards in 2015. The move was billed by industry as one of the most expensive environmental regulations ever proposed, while public health and environmental advocacy groups argued that the new standard of 70 parts per billion wasn't protective enough of human health. EPA science advisors had advocated for a standard between 60 and 70 parts per billion, preferring the lower end of that spectrum

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Two rockfish species make a comeback as conservation limits pay off

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Two rockfish species make a comeback as conservation limits pay off

- For fishermen and seafood lovers, there is good news about two species of rockfish. Stocks of bocaccio and the darkblotched rockfish have been rebuilt after years of conservation restrictions to protect populations knocked down by a combination of poor ocean conditions and overfishing. The actions included major closures of some fishing areas and reductions in the numbers of these fish that could be caught — even accidentally — by commercial fleets

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Yellowstone Grizzly Bears to Lose Endangered Species Protection

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Yellowstone Grizzly Bears to Lose Endangered Species Protection

- By Laura Zuckerman. SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park will be stripped of Endangered Species Act safeguards this summer, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced on Thursday in a move conservation groups vowed to challenge in court. Dropping federal protection of Yellowstone's grizzlies, formally proposed in March 2016 under the Obama administration, was based on the agency's findings that the bears' numbers have rebounded sufficiently in recent decades

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Yellowstone's grizzly bears lose endangered species protection after 42 years

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Yellowstone's grizzly bears lose endangered species protection after 42 years

- Protections that have been in place for more than 40 years for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone National Park area will be lifted this summer after U.S. government officials ruled Thursday that the population is no longer threatened. Time. After 42 years on the Endangered Species List, the grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park have increased in number to 700 and will no longer be listed as a protected species, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Thursday

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After 42 years, Yellowstone grizzly will be taken off endangered species list

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After 42 years, Yellowstone grizzly will be taken off endangered species list

- For the first time in more than four decades, the Yellowstone grizzly bear is set to lose its federal protections under the Endangered Species Act. Citing a rebound in the bear's population, the U.S. Department of Interior announced its intention Thursday to end these protections and return oversight of the animal's status to the state level. The agency says the rule to remove the grizzly from the endangered species list will be published "in coming days" and "will take effect 30 days after publication

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Yellowstone grizzly bears removed from endangered species list

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Yellowstone grizzly bears removed from endangered species list

- (WTNH) — The Yellowstone Grizzly Bear has officially been taken off the endangered species list after spending 42 years on that list. Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke with the Fish and Wildlife Service is calling this decision “one of America’s great conservation successes”. The bears received endangered species protection in 1975, when their population was about 136. Today, there are estimated to be 700, more than enough to meet the criteria to be removed from the endangered list, the government said

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Five Questions for Bill McKibben on Why the Climate March Matters

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Five Questions for Bill McKibben on Why the Climate March Matters

- Bill McKibben, environmental activist and founder of , will be in Washington, D.C. this Saturday helping to lead the People’s Climate March to protest the policies of President Donald Trump. caught up with McKibben before the event, which will feature scores of marches around the U.S. 1. There have been climate marches before, including a major one in New York City three years ago

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Trump announces U.S. exit from Paris climate accord + video

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Trump announces U.S. exit from Paris climate accord + video

- WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced Thursday afternoon that he is withdrawing the United States from the landmark Paris climate agreement, a move that honors a campaign promise but risks rupturing global alliances and disappointing both environmentalists and corporate titans. By Philip Rucker and Chris Mooney | The Washington Post WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced Thursday afternoon that he is withdrawing the United States from the landmark Paris climate agreement, a move that honors a campaign promise but risks rupturing global alliances and disappointing both environmentalists and corporate titans

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Three New England states join R.I. in pledge to combat climate change

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Three New England states join R.I. in pledge to combat climate change

- BOSTON (AP) — The governors of four New England states — including two Republicans — are joining a bipartisan coalition of states committed to meeting the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. The move comes a day after Republican President Donald Trump announced he is withdrawing the United States from the agreement, a pact involving nearly 200 nations aimed at slowing the warming of the planet

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U.S. officials to lift Yellowstone grizzly bear protections

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U.S. officials to lift Yellowstone grizzly bear protections

- By MATT VOLZ / The Associated Press HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Protections that have been in place for more than 40 years for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone National Park area will be lifted this summer after U.S. government officials ruled Thursday that the population is no longer threatened. Grizzlies in all continental U.S. states except Alaska have been protected under the Endangered Species Act since 1975, when just 136 bears roamed in and around Yellowstone

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Yellowstone grizzly bears to lose Endangered Species protection

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Yellowstone grizzly bears to lose Endangered Species protection

- SALMON, Idaho - Grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park will be stripped of Endangered Species Act safeguards this summer, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced on Thursday, June 22, in a move conservation groups vowed to challenge in court.

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Yellowstone grizzly bears removed from endangered species list

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Yellowstone grizzly bears removed from endangered species list

- (CNN)The Yellowstone grizzly bear population has recovered enough to be delisted from the endangered species list, the US Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday. Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke called the recovery "one of America's great conservation successes." "As a kid who grew up in Montana, I can tell you that this is a long time coming," he said in a statement

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Yellowstone's grizzly bears lose endangered species protection after 42 years

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Yellowstone's grizzly bears lose endangered species protection after 42 years

- After 42 years on the Endangered Species List, the grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park have increased in number to 700 and will no longer be listed as a protected species, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Thursday. The imminent ruling by the Fish and Wildlife Service would still ban hunting grizzly bears inside Yellowstone but would allow limited hunting in the three states outside its boundaries

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Spain fights forest fire in famed nature reserve; 1,000 flee
MADRID (AP) — A forest fire in southern Spain has forced the evacuation of 1,000 people and is threatening a national park famous for its biodiversity, authorities said Sunday. The flames have advanced westward and have entered Donana National Park, one of Spain's most important nature reserves. Its over 50,000 hectares (123,550 acres) of wetlands and woods are an important stop for migratory birds from Africa and Europe and home to a variety of animals, including the highly endangered Iberian lynx and the Iberian imperial eagle   Read More ...
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Spain fights forest fire in famed nature reserve; 1,000 flee
MADRID (AP) — A forest fire in southern Spain has forced the evacuation of 1,000 people and is threatening a national park famous for its biodiversity, authorities said Sunday. The flames have advanced westward and have entered Donana National Park, one of Spain's most important nature reserves. Its over 50,000 hectares (123,550 acres) of wetlands and woods are an important stop for migratory birds from Africa and Europe and home to a variety of animals, including the highly endangered Iberian lynx and the Iberian imperial eagle   Read More ...
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Spain fights forest fire near nature reserve; 1,000 evacuate
MADRID (AP) — A forest fire in southern Spain has forced the evacuation of 1,000 people and is threatening a national park famous for its biodiversity, authorities said Sunday. The flames have advanced westward and have entered Donana National Park, one of Spain's most important nature reserves and home to the highly endangered Iberian lynx. "The fire has entered in the limits of the reserve, and that is where we are focusing our efforts," Jose Gregorio Fiscal Lopez from the regional Andalusian authority in charge of the environment, told Spanish national television   Read More ...
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Spain fights forest fire near nature reserve; 1,000 evacuate
MADRID (AP) — A forest fire in southern Spain has forced the evacuation of 1,000 people and is threatening a national park famous for its biodiversity, authorities said Sunday. The flames have advanced westward and have entered Donana National Park, one of Spain's most important nature reserves and home to the highly endangered Iberian lynx. "The fire has entered in the limits of the reserve, and that is where we are focusing our efforts," Jose Gregorio Fiscal Lopez from the regional Andalusian authority in charge of the environment, told Spanish national television   Read More ...
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Crews fight forest fire near Spain's Donana nature reserve
MADRID (AP) — Spanish authorities say a forest fire has forced the evacuation of camp sites and houses near a national park famous for its biodiversity. The emergency services for the Andalusia region say 68 firefighters and 11 air units have mobilized to combat the fire that broke out late Saturday near the village of Moguer on Spain's southern coast. The fire is just west of Donana National Park, one of Spain's most important nature reserves and home to the highly endangered Iberian lynx   Read More ...
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Yellowstone grizzly bears removed from endangered species list
Yellowstone grizzly bears removed from endangered species list We Matched (CNN) — The Yellowstone grizzly bear population has recovered enough to be delisted from the endangered species list, the US Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday. Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke called the recovery “one of America’s great conservation successes.” “As a kid who grew up in Montana, I can tell you that this is a long time coming,” he said in a statement   Read More ...
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Crews fight forest fire near Spain's Donana nature reserve
MADRID (AP) — Spanish authorities say a forest fire has forced the evacuation of camp sites and houses near a national park famous for its biodiversity. The emergency services for the Andalusia region say 68 firefighters and 11 air units have mobilized to combat the fire that broke out late Saturday near the village of Moguer on Spain's southern coast. The fire is just west of Donana National Park, one of Spain's most important nature reserves and home to the highly endangered Iberian lynx   Read More ...
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Crews fight forest fire near Spain's Donana nature reserve
MADRID – Spanish authorities say a forest fire has forced the evacuation of camp sites and houses near a national park famous for its biodiversity. The emergency services for the Andalusia region say 68 firefighters and 11 air units have mobilized to combat the fire that broke out late Saturday near the village of Moguer on Spain's southern coast. The fire is just west of Donana National Park, one of Spain's most important nature reserves and home to the highly endangered Iberian lynx   Read More ...
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Conservation measures lead to increase in rockfish species
SEATTLE (AP) - Federal officials say conservation measures have led to an increase in the population of two species of rockfish and a possible easing of fishing restrictions. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tells The Seattle Times (http://bit.ly/2p7zusN) in a story on Saturday that bocaccio and darkblotched rockfish are rebounding. The bocaccio that can grow up to 3 feet (1 meter) and the smaller darkblotched rockfish were declared overfished in 1999 and 2000 respectively   Read More ...
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Man found alive after 4 days missing in Montana wilderness
Man found alive after 4 days missing in Montana wilderness (AP) - Authorities say a U.S. Forest Service official has found a Pennsylvania man who had been missing in Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness since Monday. Rocky Mountain District Ranger Mike Munoz says 21-year-old Eric Hellmuth was found alive on Friday. The Choteau Acantha first reported the discovery of Hellmuth. The newspaper reports Hellmuth is tired and dehydrated, but in good condition   Read More ...
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Scientists make water bottles the old-fashioned way to see if they were toxic to early Californians
Scientists make water bottles the old-fashioned way to see if they were toxic to early Californians If the ubiquity of pollutants in modern life has you yearning for the simpler ways of California’s early residents, an unusual scientific experiment may prompt you to reconsider. After constructing water vessels using the methods of prehistoric people who lived on the Channel Islands, researchers found that their 5,000-year-old manufacturing process polluted the air with chemicals that the Environmental Protection Agency classifies as dangerous   Read More ...
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Conservationists and tribes denounce U.S. plan to remove Yellowstone grizzly bears from endangered species list
Conservationists and tribes denounce U.S. plan to remove Yellowstone grizzly bears from endangered species list The grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park has been protected by the federal government for more than four decades. That will begin to change next week. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke this week said the agency intends to remove grizzlies living in the Yellowstone area from Endangered Species Act protection. The change will be entered into the federal registry next week and can take effect 30 days from that point   Read More ...
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Environmental groups plan to greet Ryan Zinke with billboards, ads when he returns to Montana
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Environmental group opposing I-73 construction
Environmental group opposing I-73 construction MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Many people were happy to hear Tuesday’s news that a construction permit for Interstate 73 was granted. The Coastal Conservation League, a local environmental group, is not celebrating. “The road is simply not needed, and not only that, but we just can’t financially afford it right now as a state,” said Lisa Jones-Turansky, the chief conservation officer for the CCL   Read More ...
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Op-ed: It’s just false to say environmental rules kill jobs
Op-ed: It’s just false to say environmental rules kill jobs Amid fierce debate, the federal Environmental Protection Agency strengthened national ozone pollution standards in 2015. The move was billed by industry as one of the most expensive environmental regulations ever proposed, while public health and environmental advocacy groups argued that the new standard of 70 parts per billion wasn't protective enough of human health. EPA science advisors had advocated for a standard between 60 and 70 parts per billion, preferring the lower end of that spectrum   Read More ...
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Ohio EPA sues for cleanup costs for tainted water supply
ENON, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Environmental Protection agency has sued the estate of a manufacturing plant's property owner to recoup costs for overseeing the cleanup of a central Ohio village's water supply when it was contaminated more than 20 years ago. The Springfield News-Sun reports (http://bit.ly/2tGzIa2 ) the EPA is seeking $600,000 from the estate of James Miller, who bought the Enon property in 2012 and died last year   Read More ...
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LSU researchers help explore ancient cypress forest
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU's researchers are part of a new documentary, "The Underwater Forest," which details the discovery and exploration of an ancient cypress forest found 60 feet underwater in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Alabama. LSU Department of Geography & Anthropology Associate Professor Kristine DeLong is one of the featured scientists in the film by Ben Raines   Read More ...
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Two rockfish species make a comeback as conservation limits pay off
Two rockfish species make a comeback as conservation limits pay off For fishermen and seafood lovers, there is good news about two species of rockfish. Stocks of bocaccio and the darkblotched rockfish have been rebuilt after years of conservation restrictions to protect populations knocked down by a combination of poor ocean conditions and overfishing. The actions included major closures of some fishing areas and reductions in the numbers of these fish that could be caught — even accidentally — by commercial fleets   Read More ...
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FERC issues final environmental report on MVP pipeline
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Funding for controversial visitor center in Arcadia not in state budget
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Trash Tutorial: Recycle plastic bags at R.I. stores, not in your bin or cart
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Man found alive after 4 days missing in Montana wilderness
CHOTEAU, Mont. (AP) — Authorities say a U.S. Forest Service official has found a Pennsylvania man who had been missing in Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness since Monday. Rocky Mountain District Ranger Mike Munoz says 21-year-old Eric Hellmuth was found alive on Friday. The Choteau Acantha first reported the discovery of Hellmuth. The newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/2rLHLRI ) Hellmuth is tired and dehydrated, but in good condition   Read More ...
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Mountain Valley review finds limited environmental impacts
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal regulators say a proposed pipeline that would carry fracked natural gas for 300 miles across West Virginia and Virginia would have "significant" impacts on forests. But they say other adverse effects would be limited. The final environmental impact statement of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is largely favorable for developers of the $3.5 billion Mountain Valley Pipeline, despite strenuous opposition from environmental groups and many landowners along its path   Read More ...
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Yellowstone Grizzly Bears to Lose Endangered Species Protection
Yellowstone Grizzly Bears to Lose Endangered Species Protection By Laura Zuckerman. SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park will be stripped of Endangered Species Act safeguards this summer, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced on Thursday in a move conservation groups vowed to challenge in court. Dropping federal protection of Yellowstone's grizzlies, formally proposed in March 2016 under the Obama administration, was based on the agency's findings that the bears' numbers have rebounded sufficiently in recent decades   Read More ...
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Sagano Bamboo Forest -- one of world's most beautiful groves
In Japan's Sagano Bamboo Forest, on the outskirts of Kyoto, towering green stalks of the famously versatile plant sway in the wind, creaking eerily they collide and twist, leaves rustling. The sun filters through the densely packed grove, projecting thin slashes of light onto the dozens of camera-clutching tourists shuffling down the wide trail that cuts through the middle of the forest as they awkwardly angle their shots, attempting to crop human forms out of their frames   Read More ...
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Yellowstone grizzly bears removed from endangered species list
Yellowstone grizzly bears removed from endangered species list Don’t call it a comeback. The Yellowstone grizzly bear population has recovered enough to be delisted from the endangered species list, according to a statement released by the US Fish and Wildlife service. Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke called the recovery “one of America’s great conservation successes.” “As a kid who grew up in Montana, I can tell you that this is a long time coming,” he said   Read More ...
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Trump EPA dismisses the people in charge of scientific integrity
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Yellowstone's grizzly bears lose endangered species protection after 42 years
Yellowstone's grizzly bears lose endangered species protection after 42 years Protections that have been in place for more than 40 years for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone National Park area will be lifted this summer after U.S. government officials ruled Thursday that the population is no longer threatened. Time. After 42 years on the Endangered Species List, the grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park have increased in number to 700 and will no longer be listed as a protected species, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Thursday   Read More ...
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Norway cuts forest protection payments to Brazil to $35 million
Norway cuts forest protection payments to Brazil to $35 million OSLO Norway told visiting Brazilian President Michel Temer on Friday that it would slash its payments to help safeguard the Amazon rainforest in 2017 by more than half to about $35 million because of a rise in forest destruction. Rich from producing oil and gas, Norway has invested more than $1.1 billion in an Amazon Fund since 2008 to help Brazil protect the forests, which are under threat from logging and their conversion to farmland   Read More ...
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Mountain Valley review finds limited environmental impacts
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — An environmental assessment of the proposed Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline finds the project would have "significant" impacts on forests in Virginia and West Virginia but "limited" other adverse effects. The analysis was published Friday by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which oversees interstate natural gas pipelines. Its release marks a milestone in the approval process for the approximately 300-mile pipeline   Read More ...
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After 42 years, Yellowstone grizzly will be taken off endangered species list
After 42 years, Yellowstone grizzly will be taken off endangered species list For the first time in more than four decades, the Yellowstone grizzly bear is set to lose its federal protections under the Endangered Species Act. Citing a rebound in the bear's population, the U.S. Department of Interior announced its intention Thursday to end these protections and return oversight of the animal's status to the state level. The agency says the rule to remove the grizzly from the endangered species list will be published "in coming days" and "will take effect 30 days after publication   Read More ...
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Yellowstone grizzly bears removed from endangered species list
Yellowstone grizzly bears removed from endangered species list (WTNH) — The Yellowstone Grizzly Bear has officially been taken off the endangered species list after spending 42 years on that list. Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke with the Fish and Wildlife Service is calling this decision “one of America’s great conservation successes”. The bears received endangered species protection in 1975, when their population was about 136. Today, there are estimated to be 700, more than enough to meet the criteria to be removed from the endangered list, the government said   Read More ...
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Heavy Salting of North American Roads Sharply Increasing Salinity in Lakes
The quest for ice-free roads in winter is having a major impact on North American lakes: Some 44 percent of freshwater lakes in the U.S. Midwest and Northeast are becoming saltier, threatening drinking water, fisheries, recreation, irrigation, and critical aquatic habitats, scientists reported this week. The new study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, attributed the “long-term salinization” of these lakes to the increasing use of road salt after snow and ice storms   Read More ...
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U.S. Forecasters Predict Another El Niño for 2017
There is a strong chance for another El Niño in the second half of 2017, bringing with it altered weather patterns across the globe that could include drought in parts of Africa, Asia, and South America, and wet conditions in the southern U.S., forecasts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other organizations warned last week.Read more on E360   Read More ...
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Carbon Storage in Temperate Forests Could Drop Sharply as the World Warms
Researchers from several U.S. universities said that the mean amount of carbon stored by trees in the Sierra Nevada is expected to fall by an amount equal to 73 percent of the total above-ground stock of carbon currently stored in all California vegetation. Writing in the journal Scientific Reports, the scientists said that the reason for the steep decline in carbon storage is two-fold   Read More ...
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As Corals Die, the Sea Floor is Eroding — Leaving Coastal Communities Exposed
The sea floor around five U.S. coral reef ecosystems is eroding far more rapidly than scientists thought, putting at risk coastal communities that rely on reefs for protection against storm surges and flooding. The research, published this week in the journal Biogeosciences, found that the sea floor has dropped in elevation by as much as 2.5 feet in some coral reef systems in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Caribbean over the past century   Read More ...
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Five Questions for Bill McKibben on Why the Climate March Matters
Five Questions for Bill McKibben on Why the Climate March Matters Bill McKibben, environmental activist and founder of , will be in Washington, D.C. this Saturday helping to lead the People’s Climate March to protest the policies of President Donald Trump. caught up with McKibben before the event, which will feature scores of marches around the U.S. 1. There have been climate marches before, including a major one in New York City three years ago   Read More ...
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Domino Effect: The Myriad Impacts of Warming on an East Coast Estuary
Domino Effect: The Myriad Impacts of Warming on an East Coast Estuary Delaware Bay provides a case study in how warming oceans, more severe storms, and sea-level rise are impacting estuaries around the world. The effects — from loss of wetlands to steep declines in shorebird populations — cascade throughout the ecosystem. The 140,000 acres of tidal wetlands in Delaware Bay sustain hundreds of aquatic and terrestrial species, including the second-largest population of shorebirds in North America   Read More ...
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Waving Banner of Economic Nationalism, Trump Withdraws U.S. from Paris Climate Accord
Saying that the Paris climate agreement is an onerous infringement on U.S sovereignty and “puts our country at a very, very big economic disadvantage,” President Donald Trump withdrew today from the accord. Under the Paris agreement, reached in 2015 by 195 nations, the U.S. is required to exit the accord over four years, but Trump said that, effective immediately, the U   Read More ...
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World Coal Consumption Experienced a Record Drop in 2016
After increasing by an average of 1.9 percent yearly from 2005 to 2015, global coal consumption fell by 1.7 percent last year, according to the BP review. In the U.S., coal consumption dropped by nearly 10 percent, falling to levels not seen since the 1970s. In China, which accounted for about half of the coal burned worldwide, coal consumption fell by 1   Read More ...
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