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  • China Builds Schools in Tanzania as Sino-Africa Ties Deepen

    02/06/2016 9:16:36 PM PST · by piasa · 16 replies
    Xinhua ^ | February 4, 2016
    ARUSHA, Tanzania, Feb.3 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese influence in Tanzanian soil is increasingly becoming big and bold. This can be seen after the Asian nation built two ultra-modern primary schools in Tanzania. The schools have been built in Tanzania's University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) and University of Dodoma (UDOM) campuses. China built the two schools under the Sino-Africa Friendship Primary Schools Project worth 3.23 million U.S. dollars. The schools are fully furnished with all modern teaching and learning facilities, and students enrolled in those schools will have chance of learning Chinese language and culture from Standard One to Standard...
  • Beverly Hills Fined for Not Conserving Enough Water in Drought

    10/31/2015 7:32:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    Newsmax ^ | October 30, 2015 | Thomson/Reuters
    Upscale Beverly Hills is among four California cities whose water utilities have been fined for not forcing residents to conserve enough water during California's unrelenting four-year drought, officials said on Friday. The wealthy Los Angeles area municipality was fined $61,000 on Thursday, making it the only community not located in a desert to be assessed penalties, the California State Water Resources Board said. "Some urban water suppliers simply have not met the requirements laid before them," said Cris Carrigan, director of the water board's Office of Enforcement. "For these four suppliers, it's been too little too late."
  • HELP SAVE FOREST ELEPHANTS OF GABON FROM MASS SLAUGHTER AND EXTINCTION

    Part 1 : Introduction : Forest Elephants are found exclusively in Central Africa. Gabon is situated in Central Africa. The situation is very "grave" for forest elephants and their safety in many National Parks in Gabon but specially in Minkebe National Park and in Wonga Wongue Presidential Reserve. Gabon's Minkebe National Park has lost numerous Forest Elephants consistently to "Ivory Poaching" since 2004. It is distressing to know that 11,000 Forest Elephants or more were slaughtered for their ivory in the last 10 years. Recent Surveys of areas within the park revealed that two-thirds of its Forest Elephants have vanished...
  • Goa - Unknown Home for Tigers

    Goa which is situated on the West Coast of India is well known for its famous beaches such as Calangute, Vagator, Colva, and Arambol. However, it is relatively unknown as a "Refuge" for Tigers. Camera Traps installed by the Wildlife Conservation Society in April 2013 in Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary in Goa captured 4 Tigers on film. These findings, on film give some hope that the State Government of Goa in its wisdom will now declare this sanctuary located in the ecologically rich "Western Ghats" or Western Indian Mountains a "Tiger Reserve". It is necessary to declare 500 square kilometres of...
  • Los Angeles dumps 20K ‘shade balls’ into reservoir to stop evaporation

    08/12/2015 2:27:10 PM PDT · by Minutemen · 61 replies
    rt.com ^ | 11 Aug, 2015 21:58
    Desperate to preserve its water supply amid a four-year drought, Los Angeles is turning a reservoir into a ball pit. It may not seem like the most scientific approach, but officials say the “shade balls” will protect valuable H2O in the City of Angels. Bringing new meaning to the term “throwing shade,” authorities claim the black, plastic balls will preserve the Van Normal reservoir’s water supply in several ways. (excerpt)see all at link:https://www.rt.com/usa/312219-shade-balls-california-drought/
  • If You Love Lions, Let People Hunt Them, The New York Times Says

    08/12/2015 4:05:09 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 8/11/2015 | John Merline
    Every once in a while, common sense finds its way onto the pages of The New York Times. That was the case on Monday, when it published a piece on Cecil the lion and trophy hunting of large animals.
  • African Countries Say US Airline’s Trophy Ban Will Cause “The End of Conservation”

    08/11/2015 9:06:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 38 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 8 August, 2015 | Nick Leghorn
    Hunting in Africa is big business. The African countries depend on hunters, willing to pay extravagant tag fees to the government and spend many thousands of dollars in the local economy, to fund their conservation efforts that preserve and protect these beautiful animals from poachers and extinction. Earlier this week Delta, United, and American Airlines all announced that they will no longer allow the shipment of hunting trophies on their flights. While the reaction from Americans was one of support, the African governments who actually understand the situation are saying that this PR stunt might be single-handedly responsible for eliminating...
  • Named and shamed: Californians blast each other for water-wasting on social media

    08/02/2015 4:57:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | August 1, 2015 | Myriah Towner
    Californians are taking to drought shaming sites to tattle on each other for wasting water. Residents are using the sites to out each other for reasons including neighbors with leaky sprinklers to waiters who serve water without asking as the state's historic drought continues. The tattling has also reached social media where residents are using the hashtags 'droughtshaming' and 'watershaming' to reveal any water-wasting activities. An app called DroughtShame was even developed to 'capture geotagged photo proof of disregard for California's water restrictions'.
  • What the Guy Who Paid $50,000 to Kill Cecil Can Learn from Guy Who Paid $350,000 to Kill Black Rhino

    08/01/2015 10:07:38 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    Reason ^ | July 31, 2015 | Katherine Mangu-Ward
    Full title: Here's What the Guy Who Paid $50,000 to Kill Cecil the Lion Can Learn from the Guy Who Paid $350,000 to Kill a Black Rhino Done right, paid hunts for endangered animals can be a huge boon for conservation ... the problem isn't that Palmer paid a lot of money to hunt a lion, it's that he didn't pay enough money, he paid it to the wrong people, and he killed the wrong lion ... American Corey Knowlton paid $350,000 for a permit to hunt a black rhino in Namibia under the auspices of the Dallas Safari Club...
  • Agenda 21 advocates replace farmers in droves

    07/18/2015 1:21:47 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/18/15 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Conservation Easements in Ohio and in Montana 17 Years Ago United Nations agencies working against the economic needs and wishes of U.S. citizens compiled a blueprint for achieving Sustainable Development called U.N. Agenda 21. This 40-chapter document (about 300 pages) addresses every facet of human life and how Sustainable Development should be implemented through local, state, and federal government. With its grant-making power (‘visioning grants’ and ‘challenge grants’) and conservation easements, the federal government promoted the Sustainable Development idea and policies to the state and local levels with the creation of an army of new community of Sustainable Development NGOs...
  • Poway mayor explains why city had to dump 550,000 gallons of water (Too much water conservation)

    07/05/2015 7:04:25 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 53 replies
    10news.com ^ | July 3 2015 | Matt Mendes
    The mayor of Poway is defending the city's decision to dump more than 500,000 gallons of what appeared to be perfectly good drinking water. "I think it's a shame," said resident Helen Shelden. "I think the city should've prepared better for it." "It was a perfect storm of conservation and heat," said Poway Mayor Steve Vaus. Vaus said Poway residents conserved so much water -- by 45 percent in May -- that the water just sat in the Blue Crystal Reservoir. Heat eventually got to it and there was a chemical imbalance of Chloramine. Because of state regulations, Vaus told...
  • AFRICAN ELEPHANTS ARE FACING A GRAVE CRISIS

    Introduction : It is extremely distressing to know what is happening in Africa these days specially since 2012 namely the mindless slaughter on an unprecedented scale of African Forest Elephants and Savannah Elephants from Kenya in East Africa to Gabon in Central Africa and from Gabon in Central Africa to Mozambique in South-East Africa. Most African Countries seem to be quite indifferent about the plight of Elephants in their respective countries. Facts regarding the mass slaughter of Elephants : In countries like Kenya and Tanzania, African Savannah Elephants are slaughtered for their ivory by poachers on foot and from the...
  • Saving Tigers is essential and important

    Introduction : Wild Tigers are the "Flagship Species" of Indian Forests. The Balance of Nature is in their hands. There is an amazing predator-prey relationship in Tiger - rich Forests all across India. They control the burgeoning population of Herbivores in the Forest. Without Tigers, Herbivores would overrun the Forest completely. For Example in Tadoba Tiger Reserve in Eastern Maharashtra, the favourite prey of Tigers are "Wild Boars" or "Wild Pigs". This was documented very well in a book called "Tiger Fire" by Valmik Thapar. In Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, the favourite prey of Tigers are Sambhar Deer,...
  • Land Control: Feds Announce Sweeping Plan to Conserve Sage Grouse Habitat

    06/11/2015 12:07:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | June 10, 2015 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), part of the Interior Department, will decide by September 30 whether to list the greater sage-grouse as an endangered or threatened species under the 1973 Endangered Species Act (ESA).The stakes are huge: Greater sage-grouse (or prairie chicken) habitat covers 165 million acres across 11 western states, but that is only half of what it used to be, the federal government says. At one time, the greater sage-grouse population likely numbered in the millions, but it is now estimated to be in the 200,000 to 500,000 range.The enormous sage grouse habitat also is home to...
  • Jerry Brown: ‘I Didn’t Take a Shower This Morning’

    06/08/2015 12:25:04 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 32 replies
    Brietbart ^ | June 8, 2015 | Joel B. Pollak
    California Gov. Jerry Brown is attempting to implement the state’s first-ever mandatory water cutbacks, among voluntary measures, and he is leading by example: “I didn’t take a shower this morning,” he told reporters in San Jose last week. Brown also said that he has cut back on drinking water, though he continues to enjoy coffee.
  • Fewer students study botany, more plant collections closing

    05/25/2015 9:39:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 25, 2015 12:36 PM EDT | Claudia Lauer
    The teeming plant world could become a virtual mystery in the coming decades as college students increasingly shy away from studying botany and universities across the U.S. shutter their long-standing herbaria. Since 1988, the number of research universities offering botany degrees has dropped by half, according to National Science Foundation research funding statistics. And the National Center for Education Statistics reports that fewer than 400 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral botany degrees were awarded in 2012. Educators say that’s because students are being pushed into more modern, technology-related majors. Current botanists fear that will lead to a dearth of people able...
  • California drought: What would Israel do?

    05/22/2015 1:08:58 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 41 replies
    Jweekly ^ | May 14, 2015 | By Dan Pine
    From a distance, the reservoir appears topped by a flotilla of rubber duckies. On closer inspection, the water’s surface is packed with thousands of free-floating, 13-inch plastic balls, clustered to form an undulating cover. Developed by the Israeli startup Neotop (formerly known as Top-It-Up), the mass of balls serves as a floating cooling tower, reducing surface temperatures, algae and evaporation up to 95 percent. It’s one of many potential water-saving solutions to come out of Israel’s high-tech dream factory. This could make a difference in California. With the state’s reservoirs at historic lows — the two biggest, Shasta Lake and...
  • A Catholic Perspective on Climate Change

    05/17/2015 7:11:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5/17/2015 | Bruce Colbert
    Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, said, “This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years since the Industrial Revolution.” For the U.N., it does not matter that the report by the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change shows that human activity is not causing climate change. Climate change is actually about changing capitalism.
  • Ag Secretary Vilsack to announce national conservation work

    05/04/2015 9:31:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 4, 2015 11:32 AM EDT
    U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is traveling to Colorado to announce funding for conservation projects in all 50 states. […] The Department of Agriculture says the projects concern water quality, soil health, wildlife habitat and agricultural viability. …
  • Residents Take Drastic Measures To Conserve Water Amid State’s Ongoing Drought

    04/03/2015 4:42:44 PM PDT · by Baynative · 48 replies
    KCALnews ^ | 4/2/15 | news
    From drought-resistant landscaping to hiring scuba divers to repair pools, Southern Californians are going to great lengths to conserve water amid the state’s ongoing drought. ~snip~ Amid those conditions, Eduardo Garcia of West Hills says he’s had to let almost all of the trees on his 1-acre property die due to a monthly water bill in excess of $200. “And I left only for the house and all the trees [are] dying now because it’s expensive,” he said. But he’s not alone. West Hills resident Virgina Burke fears a nearby development of 145 homes may hurt the environment and take...
  • Transferring red-snapper control to states is adored and despised

    03/18/2015 3:12:00 PM PDT · by Vob · 15 replies
    NOLA.com I Times Picayune ^ | March 18, 2015 at 3:16 | Todd Masson
    "Coordinated management among the states is the only solution to an unaccountable federal system of fisheries management. Faced with an untenable situation, the states have risen to the challenge and collectively identified a clear path to a more balanced fishery."
  • Supreme Court lets stand delta smelt protection, dealing blow to farmers

    01/12/2015 10:42:48 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    The Fresno Bee ^ | 1-12-15 | Michael Boyle
    What they’re saying • “The law prohibits us from making such fine utilitarian calculations to balance the smelt’s interests against the interests of the citizens of California. — Federal Judge Jay Bybee • “These regulations have harmed farmers and farmworkers in the Central Valley ... by diverting vast quantities of water away from human use and out to the Pacific Ocean, all to try to improve the habitat of ... a 3-inch fish on the Endangered Species Act list. — James S. Burling, director of litigation for the Pacific Legal Foundation The Supreme Court on Monday steered clear of a...
  • Strange, fanged deer persists in Afghanistan

    10/31/2014 12:18:51 PM PDT · by Redcitizen · 32 replies
    phys.org ^ | 10-31-2014 | Author not shown
    More than 60 years after its last confirmed sighting, a strange deer with vampire-like fangs still persists in the rugged forested slopes of northeast Afghanistan according to a research team led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), which confirmed the species presence during recent surveys.
  • New groundwater laws to have ripple effect on agriculture (w/video)

    09/18/2014 5:48:49 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Santa Rosa Press Democrat ^ | September 16, 2014 | Angela Hart
    Gov. Jerry Brown signed historic groundwater legislation Tuesday, imposing new rules in the Golden State that could limit how much water commercial and residential users are allowed to pump from underground aquifers — a move decades in the works, spurred this year by California’s drought. The new laws, which take effect in January, will require local government officials to ensure use of groundwater basins is sustainable, protecting underground reserves and averting other environmental damage. The regulations could have a ripple effect on thousands of farmers and ranchers across the North Coast.
  • Moose Sex Project aims to promote animal husbandry

    08/22/2014 6:46:37 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 22 replies
    Halifax Chronicle-Herald ^ | August 22, 2014 | Francis Campbell
    A Nova Scotia mainland moose checks out the surroundings. An additional 198 hectares of land is being added to protected holdings in the region connecting New Brunswick to Nova Scotia with the goal of making it easier for the mammals to migrate and find mates. (CONTRIBUTED) AMHERST — The mighty moose. Large, gangly, antlered, awkward-looking twig eater. Amorous and sexy, not so much. But the so-called Moose Sex Project and the land conservancy that makes it possible were at the forefront of a land protection announcement at the YMCA in Amherst on Thursday. “In terms of capturing people’s imaginations...
  • Ramping up is hard to do when logging in northern Arizona

    08/03/2014 3:06:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    Arizona Daily Sun ^ | August 1, 2014 | Eric Betz
    How do you turn hundreds of thousands of acres of smallish trees into a profitable product? If you’re the Campbell Group, contractors for the Four Forests Restoration Initiative, you do it the old-fashioned way: Convert timber into lumber. Company officials say they will forgo more costly biofuel efforts for now as they prepare to thin 300,000 acres of northern Arizona forests. But the company faces a challenge even larger than the small trees. The logging industry has all but vanished from this region of the country. To thin that many acres, they’ll need drastically more loggers, trucks and mills. At...
  • Drought Shaming Pitting Neighbors Against Neighbors On Social Media

    07/14/2014 5:32:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    CBS Sacramento ^ | July 11, 2014 | Anjali Hemphill
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Neighbors are tattling on neighbors for wasting water and some are taking their drought shaming to social media. If you’ve ever had the feeling you’re being watched while you water your lawn, there’s a good chance you are during this historic drought. In Sacramento, water wasters can face fines, and the enforcer may be someone who lives right next door. Terrance Davis with the city department of utilities says he’s seeing a trend of drought shaming. “Our water use complaint calls have gone up exponentially from the last 2 years,” he said. Karen Halbo lives in River...
  • California Flooded With People Tattling on 'Water Wasters'

    07/06/2014 7:16:53 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 64 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | July 5, 2014 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    California's drought is creating a deluge of tattletales, after government officials encouraged residents to snitch on their neighbors for wasting water. The state declared a drought emergency five months ago, but residents have only cut their water usage by about 5 percent, reports The New York Times, cutting back much less than the 20 percent Gov. Jerry Brown asked for in January. And since people aren't heeding the warnings from the state, cities in the state are asking residents to report their neighbors for wasting water, and are finding that people are all too willing to tell on each other....
  • Fish, Wildlife Projects Snubbed for Administration’s Green Energy Priorities?

    05/27/2014 10:56:44 AM PDT · by girlangler · 9 replies
    Outdoor Wire ^ | May 23, 2014 | Etta Pettijohn
    >It appears the federal agency entrusted with protecting fish and wildlife in the U.S. has a new mission - to promote and further wind and solar energy projects on public lands, despite the cost to fish and wildlife programs.< >The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is one of several agencies under the umbrella of the Department of the Interior (DOI). In recent years DOI has evolved into a vehicle to further the Obama administration’s push for “clean” energy, using the more than 500 million acres the Department manages to further this goal.< >Many Outdoor Wire readers remember the FWS’s...
  • USDA seeks partnerships to protect soil, water

    05/27/2014 5:56:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 27, 2014 8:47 AM EDT | John Flesher
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is teaming with businesses, nonprofits and others on a five-year, $2.4 billion program that will fund locally designed soil and water conservation projects nationwide, Secretary Tom Vilsack said. Authorized by the new farm law enacted earlier this year, the Regional Conservation Partnership Program is intended to involve the private sector more directly in planning and funding environmental protection initiatives tied to agriculture. Officials provided details of the program to The Associated Press ahead of an announcement scheduled for Tuesday. …
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Killing One Type Of Owl To Save Another In Northern California

    05/22/2014 9:53:27 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | May 21, 2014
    Killing one species to save another sounds like a drastic solution, but that’s exactly what the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is doing in California to protect the Spotted Owl from a predator that happens to be its distant cousin, the Barred Owl. On the Hoopa Indian Reservation near the Oregon border, it’s owl country, but not the kind Mark Higley wants to see. The tribe’s resident biologist is tracking an invasive species from the east called the barred owl. “Up to the ridge line we have been getting barred owl responses,” he said. At first the birds were a...
  • Off the Grid: Ready to Pull the Plug on City Power?

    04/16/2014 12:39:56 AM PDT · by Hetty_Fauxvert · 4 replies
    Houzz.com ^ | 4/14/2014 | Jen Dalley
    "Most men appear never to have considered what a house is, and are actually though needlessly poor all their lives because they think that they must have such a one as their neighbors have. … Shall we always study to obtain more, and not sometimes be content with less?” ― Henry David Thoreau Living with less, as Thoreau described in Walden, is something many of us seek. We need a reprieve from our gadget-filled lives, so we travel deep into the wilderness, where utility services are sparse and renewable resources are necessary. But what if we want to extend our...
  • Killing swans is a bad idea

    02/21/2014 12:39:27 PM PST · by Innovative · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | Feb 21, 2014 | Carl Safina
    "Take a good look at them," I said, "because the state plans to exterminate them." I kind of agree with the department's main reason for exterminating New York state's resident mute swans (by the way, that's the species' name, because they're usually silent). Non-native species often pose problems. I just have two problems with the plan. One, I don't think mute swans are really too much of a threat to anything or anyone in New York state. They live mainly on Long Island and the lower Hudson, with a few on the Great Lakes. They number just around 2,200 birds,...
  • New York declares war on wild mute swans

    01/31/2014 10:19:17 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 25 replies
    IN Britain, wild swans may be prized for their beauty and protected by the Queen, but the US state of New York has declared war on them, branding them a violent menace. Draft proposals to kill or resettle the state's 2200 wild mute swans by 2025 may be supported by some conservationists but have sparked uproar among animal rights activists. Mute swans were brought to North America by European settlers to adorn their estates in the late 1800s but the authorities no longer consider them a beauty worthy of roaming free. The New York state department of environmental conservation says...
  • O’TOOLE and SCHIFF: Do single-family homes threaten the planet?

    11/20/2013 5:51:06 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 58 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 11-19-13 | Randal O'Toole and Damien Schiff
    A plan to squeeze most residents of the San Francisco Bay Area into multifamily housing offers a test case of whether land-use bureaucracies nationwide, encouraged by the Obama administration, should be allowed to transform American lifestyles under the pretext of combating climate change. Currently, 56 percent of households in the nine-county Bay Area live in single-family homes. That number would drop to 48 percent by 2030, under a high-density development blueprint called Plan Bay Area, recently enacted by the Association of Bay Area Governments and the region’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Plan Bay Area has already drawn several legal challenges, and...
  • Venison Sale Restrictions Should Be Loosened, Some Say (interesting article)

    10/19/2013 1:43:44 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal Online ^ | 10/18/2013 | Jim Sterra
    Link only (not sure about WSJ posting rules)
  • Lolo requests face-to-face about NOAA proposal (American Samoa)

    04/16/2013 8:40:43 PM PDT · by coconutt2000 · 3 replies
    Samoa News ^ | 4/16/2013 | Fili Sagapolutele
    Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has raised objections with the federal government over a proposal that would list as threatened and endangered certain coral species found in the waters of American Samoa. He has also called for a face-to-face meeting with federal officials involved in this proposed action prior to making any final decision. According to the federal portal [www.regulations.gov], Apr. 6 was the last day to accept comments on the proposal. The governor's objections and his call for a meeting were outlined in a letter late last month to Rebecca Blank, the acting secretary for the U.S. Department of Commerce,...
  • The other dark side of conservation: The New Patriotism

    03/04/2013 7:25:45 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 7 replies
    In his book "The conservation of natural resources in the United States", Charles Van Hise writes the following: (Page 337, section: "Conservation and Patriotism") The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, during the natural resources of the country were being taken possession of, were naturally times of intense individualism. Each man took freely of the resources, did with them as pleased, and regarded interference from any source as unwarranted. But the private possession of our resources placed a new situation before us and demands of the people the twentieth century different ideals from those that obtained in the past. If you happen...
  • Former EPA Administrator Russell Train dies

    09/18/2012 8:36:53 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    AP ^ | September 17, 2012 | Will Lester
    Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Russell Train, a leading American conservationist who helped craft some of the nation's enduring environmental laws, died Monday at age 92.
  • What radical climate change zealots don't want you to know...

    09/02/2012 6:53:28 PM PDT · by westcoastwillieg · 17 replies
    9/2/12 | Joe Lynch
    What radical climate change zealots don't want you to know...After man learns to control earthquakes, volcanoes and other natural disasters can he even begin to think about controlling our climate. Climate change has been going on ever since the earth was formed and will continue until the sun cools or planet earth is destroyed. Forces outside of our control (e.g. the sun, solar wind, etc.) are the drivers and, at this time, there is nothing anyone can do about it. In lieu of instrumentation, ice cores provide one of the best methods for determining past climatic conditions. Even if the...
  • Conservation does not stop with the natural resources - Theodore Roosevelt

    07/21/2012 4:12:57 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 11 replies
    There is every reason to believe that human beings are as amenable to cultivation as other animals and plants. Oh. Well I guess that must be true. That comes from a government document. In the accompanying papers for the Report of the National Conservation Commission, on page 677. This is probably something I don't need to cite a source for: Everybody knows who "Mr. Conservation" is, among the list of 43 presidents. Theodore Roosevelt. He described the RNCC report this way in the primary report document: (Page 1) With the statements and conclusions of this report I heartily concur, and...
  • More Austinites drilling private wells to water lawns [unshared misery alert]

    06/03/2012 5:42:05 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 70 replies
    The Austin-American Statesman ^ | June 2, 2012 | Dave Harmon
    ..........Austin isn't considering any ordinances to regulate drilling for water, said Daryl Slusher, an assistant director at the Austin Water Utility, but "we're definitely watching it. We are definitely concerned about the impact of folks doing this." Slusher's main concern is the effect residential drilling will have on attitudes toward water. Once people have shelled out tens of thousands of dollars for a well, he said, they don't have much incentive to conserve water. In fact, the more water they pump from the aquifer, the faster they can recoup their investment. "When neighbors see people watering any time they want...
  • Obama: Conservation boosts the economy (as Moochelle plans her next vacation?)

    03/04/2012 5:16:20 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/02/12 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    Obama: Conservation boosts the economyBy JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 3/2/12 6:37 PM EST The argument that environmental conservation stands in the way of economic growth is “a false choice,” President Barack Obama told conservation leaders Friday. On the contrary, Obama said in remarks at the Interior Department, conservation provides a boost. “We’re not just preserving our land and water for the next generation, we’re also making more land available for hunting and fishing, and we’re bolstering an outdoor economy that supports more than nine million jobs and brings in more than $1 trillion a year,” he said. Obama took action earlier...
  • Idaho governor offers to 'replace' Oregon wolf with 150 more

    02/15/2012 7:58:27 PM PST · by girlangler · 21 replies
    The Outdoor Pressroom ^ | 2/14/12 | Valerie Richardson
    In an obvious tongue-in-cheek propostion, Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter has sent Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber an offer to "replace" the collared wolf from Oregon that was shot by a hunter in Idaho. "I am offering to send you 150 wolves from Idaho," Otter wrote. "Idaho has more than a sufficient number, in fact many more than the federal government originally required we have, and can spare a few." Washington Times.
  • VIDEO: Want To Save Endangered Species? Hunt Them!

    02/15/2012 7:16:07 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    CBS ^ | 2/15/2012 | 60 Minutes
    The scimitar horned oryx . . . the addax . . . the dama gazelle - three elegant desert antelope that you'd hope to see on a journey through Africa, except that their numbers are dwindling there. Which is why Lara Logan went to Texas -- yes, Texas. There, on large grassland ranches, some exotic species that are endangered in the wild have been brought back in large numbers. But there's a catch: a percentage of the herd is hunted every year by hunters who pay big money for a big catch. The ranchers say this limited "culling" gives them...
  • Africa's Western Black Rhino Declared Extinct

    11/10/2011 5:08:13 PM PST · by americanophile · 18 replies
    VOA ^ | 11/10/11 | Lisa Schlein
    The International Union for the Conservation of Nature is officially declaring the western black rhino of Africa extinct. In its latest assessment of the situation, the IUCN says two other sub-species of rhinoceros also are close to extinction. Despite the action of conservation programs, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature warns many sub-species of rhinos may soon be a thing of the past. The deputy director of IUCN’s Global Species program, Jean-Christophe Vie, tells VOA poaching is the main threat to the survival of the rhinoceros. “People just shooting them to take their horn. So, that is it,"...
  • DOE IG: 100+ stimulus-related criminal probes

    11/02/2011 9:15:54 AM PDT · by Third Person · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | November 3, 2011 | Darius Dixon
    The Energy Department's inspector general has launched more than 100 criminal investigations related to 2009 economic stimulus spending. In written testimony prepared for delivery to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today, Inspector General Gregory Friedman said the investigations have involved "various schemes, including the submission of false information, claims for unallowable or unauthorized expenses, and other improper uses of Recovery Act funds." So far, the investigations have led to five criminal prosecutions and brought in "over $2.3 million in monetary recoveries," Friedman said. "This includes a series of cases involving fictitious claims for travel per diem resulting in...
  • England right to ask if conservation measures have gone totally bats..? (shortened title)

    10/31/2011 3:06:16 PM PDT · by sodpoodle · 2 replies
    North Norfolk News, UK ^ | Oct 31, 2011 | Chris Bishop
    Millions are being spent on the latest conservation wheeze – bat bridges, which enable the creatures to safely negotiate new roads like the last dualled section of the A11. The Patons were told they could possibly leave two thirds of the roof for the bats, and convert the remaining third for themselves. "Everywhere else in the English justice system there are checks and balances, there’s always a right of appeal, but this is a complete closed shop." Charlotte Paton Manchester Airport has had to build three large barns to accommodate thousands of Pipistrelle, Brown Long-eared and Brandt’s bats made homeless...
  • Hot Air exclusive: Perry raises $17.1 million in Q3

    10/05/2011 5:51:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 113 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 5, 2011 | Ed Morrissey
    A source on the Rick Perry campaign tells Hot Air that the Texas governor conducted some Texas-size fundraising in the third quarter. Coming in just a little over halfway through, Perry raised $17.1 million. That number would put Perry somewhere between $4-6 million ahead of Mitt Romney’s rumored total for Q3, according to this report last week from the Boston Globe. It’s also likely to far outpace Herman Cain’s fundraising or that of the other Republicans currently in the race. The pace is even more impressive. Perry had 49 days in which to raise funds, rather than the full 92...
  • Parker Poised to be First Female Elite Series Pro

    09/21/2011 2:08:54 PM PDT · by girlangler · 32 replies · 1+ views
    The Fishing Wire ^ | 09/12/2011 | Melissa J. Dixon
    Janet Parker has a clear shot at becoming the first woman to compete in the Bassmaster Elite Series. From Little Elm, Texas, Parker said if she qualifies she won't hesitate to commit for the 2012 Elite Series season. "I am on top of the world," she said. "I can't tell you how excited I am to have this chance." Parker took a big step toward the Elite Series on Sept. 10 with a 10th-place finish on the Arkansas River in the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open division. The high finish jumped her from sixth to second place in the...