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Endangered Gulf Sea Turtles in Trouble Four Years After BP Oil Spill - by Joanna Nasar
Four years after the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle recovery has flatlined.
Posted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 9:50AM
Small Allocations for Wildlife Refuges in 2014 Drought Plan Signal a Brutal Year for Birds - by Audubon California
Sacramento, CA - While certainly every water stakeholder in California will feel pain under a new drought operations plan released on April 9 by the California Department of Water Resources, Central Valley refuges and the millions of migratory birds they support will be particularly hard hit. Representatives of Audubon California today called for a greater commitment to supporting these critical habitat areas.
Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:31PM
Federal Agencies Capitulate to Armed Militia: Allow Rancher to Run Trespass Cattle - by Center for Biological Diversity
LAS VEGAS— The Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and other federal agencies on April 12 capitulated to threats of violence from armed militia members and ceased their legally and morally required duty to remove trespass cattle from public lands. Even worse, they returned 400 head of cattle confiscated over the past week so they can be illegally turned out on public land again without permit, payment or management.
Posted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 12:55PM
Report Reveals the “Monterey Shale” as Major New Source of Climate Disruption - by Michael Thornton, Sierra Club California
Report Reveals the “Monterey Shale” as Major New Source of Climate Disruption. Highlights Need to Keep Dirty Fuels in the Ground. Shows Additional Reasons for Halting "Fracking" and Extreme Oil Extraction in California and Beyond.
Posted: Sat Apr 12, 2014 10:56AM
Audubon California displeased by Coastal Commission’s ruling on Monterey Shores Eco-resort - by Audubon California
San Francisco - California's birds and wildlife suffered a huge setback on April 11. The California Coastal Commission approved the development of a large hotel and condominium complex sited on beach and dune habitat on Monterey Bay in Sand City. The developer calls this 360-unit complex, with parking for almost 1,000 cars, the "Monterey Shores Eco-resort."
Posted: Sat Apr 12, 2014 10:32AM
Treasure Island Visit: First Impressions - by Michael Steinberg
An initial look around the toxic and radioactive mess that is San Francisco's Treasure Island.
Posted: Sun Apr 6, 2014 8:56PM
US Imposes Diplomatic Sanctions for Icelandic Whaling, Falls Short of Trade Sanctions - by Animal Welfare Institute
WASHINGTON, D.C.– On March 31, President Obama announced that the United States will not impose targeted trade sanctions to address Iceland’s commercial whaling, although the President has revised and repackaged a series of diplomatic measures that US officials will be obligated to implement.
Posted: Sun Apr 6, 2014 1:00PM
Groups Help Acquire 79 Acres of Key Open Space, Wildlife Habitat in North Livermore - by Center for Biological Diversity
LIVERMORE, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity and the Alameda Creek Alliance have contributed to the public acquisition of open space in North Livermore that’s home to rare wildlife and alkaline soil plant species. The East Bay Regional Park District this week approved the purchase of a 79-acre private parcel known as “Eddie’s Flat” adjacent to the western edge of Brushy Peak Regional Preserve. This expands an important wildlife corridor, protects populations of several rar...
Posted: Fri Apr 4, 2014 6:23PM
International Climate Report: Cutting Meat Consumption Key to Reducing Emissions - by Center for Biological Diversity
TUCSON, Ariz.— The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s latest report today highlights the increasing threat from rising global meat and dairy consumption to limiting global warming, especially as the world population continues to grow.
Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 6:37PM
Top UN Court Orders Japan to End Antarctic Whaling - by Humane Society International
Humane Society International and The Humane Society of the United States issued the following statement on the ruling of the International Court of Justice that Japan’s whaling program is a breach of the global whaling moratorium and lacks scientific legitimacy in regard to the quotas set and the numbers taken.
Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 4:55PM
Keystone XL: State Department tells the environment to drop dead - by systemic disorder
The U.S. State Department appears to be cooking the books in its studies of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Could this be a sign that the Obama administration is preparing to approve a project that potentially could be the tipping point for uncontrollable global warming?
Posted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 6:49AM
Air Pollution is Killing Millions around the World, says World Health Organization - by Natural Resources Defense Council
WASHINGTON (March 25, 2014) – An estimated seven million people around the world in 2012 died prematurely as a result of air pollution– making dirty air the largest single environmental health risk we face, the World Health Organization reported today. The mortality rate more than doubles the organization’s previous estimate.
Posted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 12:22AM
Army Corps Reverses Misguided Policy Requiring Clearing Trees From Levees - by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on March 24 announced a reversal of its policy requiring removal of all trees and shrubs from levees to obtain federal money for disaster assistance. A new interim policy allowing levee vegetation applies nationwide and the Corps has promised a rulemaking to make it permanent. The vegetation removal policy was challenged by conservation groups and opposed by many local flood districts, since vegetation on many levees provides important ha...
Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 7:49PM
Animal Advocates Sue U.S. Forest Service over California Horses - by Animal Legal Defense Fund
SAN FRANCISCO — On March 24, a coalition of animal and environmental groups filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to stop the U.S. Forest Service from eliminating thousands of acres of protected territory and rounding up as much as 80% of the wild horses in the Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Territory in northeast California’s Modoc National Forest. Roundups mean herding horses into corrals using helicopters and separating them from their families—and freq...
Posted: Mon Mar 24, 2014 11:40PM
Idaho Lawmakers Pass Bill to Kill Hundreds of Wolves - by Center for Biological Diversity
BOISE, Idaho— The Idaho Legislature on March 20 passed House Bill 470, a bill to create a new lethal “Wolf Depredation Control Board” to administer a fund for widespread killing of wolves in the state. The bill, expected to be signed into law by Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, sets aside $400,000 in state funds to kill roughly 500 wolves, leaving just 150 in the entire state.
Posted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 6:53PM
Injunction Sought to Halt Unnecessary Caltrans Highway-widening in Smith River Canyon - by Center for Biological Diversity
CRESCENT CITY, Calif.— Conservation groups filed for a preliminary injunction in federal court on March 20 to halt construction of a Caltrans highway-widening project that would harm threatened coho salmon runs and undermine public safety along the wild and scenic Smith River Canyon in California’s remote Del Norte County. The project is aimed at widening narrow sections of highways 197 and 199 to provide access for oversized trucks. The conservation groups had challenged Caltrans’ appr...
Posted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 6:49PM
California Bans Retail Sale of Super-toxic Rat Poisons - by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO— California has approved a statewide ban on direct-to-consumer sale of some of the most dangerous rat poisons but loopholes still leave many wildlife species at risk. The ban approved Tuesday, which will go into effect July 1, prohibits the sale of certain products by d-CON, the only second-generation anticoagulant rodenticide sold directly to the general public. Harm to wildlife from rodenticides is widespread: Poisonings have been documented in at least 25 wild species in Calif...
Posted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 2:24PM
African American Worker Blew the Whistle on Treasure Island Radioactive Contamination - by Michael Steinberg
An African American contract worker who first discovered high amounts of radioactive contamination on Treasure Island was subsequently fired, and blew the whistle by reporting this contamination to public officials.
Posted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 10:24PM
Nurses Demand State Dept. Certify that Keystone XL Will Not Have Adverse Health Effects - by National Nurses United
The nation’s largest U.S. organization of nurses today called on Secretary of State John Kerry and the Obama Administration to issue a finding that the Keystone XL “will not adversely impact the health and safety of the American people” prior to any final decision on the controversial project.
Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 2:18PM
North Coast Fracking, Mendocino and Humboldt County - by Tomas DiFiore
The presence or absence of 'known' producible areal extents of hydrocarbons shifts, bounded by the historical and chronological use of available of technology, and the shifts in area operations due to asset maturity, unstable political climate, citizen actions, Legislative actions, and investments as detailed in a company's forward looking (SEC) profile and production portfolio.
Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 2:32AM