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  • News review 2008: Reality returns to the White House

    12/27/2008 2:51:24 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 17 replies · 1,284+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 27 December 2008 | Peter Aldhous
    Barack Obama may have an impossible burden of expectation on his shoulders, but one fervent wish of many US scientists should be easy enough to fulfil: simply lead the nation back into the "reality-based community".
  • PHOTO: 900 Oven-Ready Owls, 7,000 Live Lizards Seized in Asia

    11/18/2008 2:29:47 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 14 replies · 510+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | November 18, 2008
    More than 7,000 live monitor lizards, almost 900 owls—plucked and plastic wrapped for easy cooking—and other wild animals were seized in two raids in a single week by Malaysian officials earlier this month. Experts on illegal wildlife trade expressed astonishment at the huge number of rare owls seized. "It's the first time we've ever seen a big shipment like this of owls," said Chris Shepherd, a senior program officer for the wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC. The scale of both hauls indicates that Asian wildlife smuggling is growing more sophisticated, Shepherd said..."
  • Whale carcass won’t be removed

    08/22/2008 2:46:49 PM PDT · by 11x62 · 13 replies · 158+ views
    Kodiak Daily Mirror ^ | August 21, 2008 | ERIK WANDER
    A dead humpback whale that washed ashore at Fort Abercrombie State Park last week may be there to stay. The 30-foot, 2-year-old whale was discovered Aug. 14 and has probably been dead three-and-a-half to four weeks, said district park ranger Kevin Murphy. Murphy said Fort Abercrombie staff have two main concerns about the whale. “The Marine Mammal Protection Act, and more importantly, the Endangered Species Act protects those guys, even after death,” he said. “So collection of soft or hard parts, bone or baleen or blubber is illegal.” Murphy said tampering with an endangered species comes with a hefty $25,000...
  • Obama Opposes Bush Endangered Species Proposal

    08/13/2008 2:55:59 PM PDT · by Apollos21K · 15 replies · 140+ views
    CNS News ^ | 8/13/2008 | Dina Cappiello
    The Associated Press reported Monday details of a proposal by the Interior and Commerce departments that would change how the 1973 law is implemented, allowing federal agencies to decide for themselves - without seeking the opinions of government wildlife experts - whether dams, highways and other projects have the potential to harm endangered species and habitats. Current law requires federal agencies to consult with experts at the Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service if a project poses so much as a remote risk to species or habitats. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne defended the changes in a call...
  • Bush Proposal Bypasses Endangered Species Experts

    08/12/2008 1:40:02 PM PDT · by pissant · 19 replies · 181+ views
    Env. News Service ^ | 8/12/08 | JR Pegg
    WASHINGTON, DC, August 12, 2008 (ENS) - The Bush administration has proposed sweeping changes to the Endangered Species Act, releasing a plan to give federal agencies the authority to decide without expert consultation whether their activities could harm endangered and threatened species. Administration officials contend the proposal will make the law easier to implement, but critics say the plan would undermine federal protection of imperiled plants and animals. Announced Monday by the head of the U.S. Interior Department, the proposed changes would relax the current requirement that federal agencies consult with federal wildlife experts to ensure activities they undertake or...
  • Farmer arrested for killing, eating rare Philippines eagle.

    07/22/2008 4:22:19 PM PDT · by Devilinbaggypants · 18 replies · 166+ views
    AFP ^ | Fri Jul 18, 12:24 PM ET
    DAVAO, Philippines (AFP) - A farmer has been detained by southern Philippines police after he confessed to shooting and eating one of the world's largest and rarest eagles, wildlife officials told AFP on Friday...
  • Judge Returns Gray Wolves to Endangered List

    07/19/2008 7:14:14 PM PDT · by Baladas · 47 replies · 84+ views
    The New York Times ^ | July 19, 2008 | FELICITY BARRINGER
    Gray wolves in the greater Yellowstone area of the northern Rocky Mountains, which would have been fair game for hunters in three states as a result of a federal government decision in March, were again put under the protections of the Endangered Species Act by a judge in Montana on Friday. The action by the judge, Donald W. Molloy of Federal District Court, took the form of a preliminary injunction and could be reversed. But Judge Molloy’s language showed serious reservations about the Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to remove endangered species protections for the wolves. Environmental groups, including Defenders...
  • M. David Stirling: Rodents shouldn't trump humans in disaster recoveries

    05/19/2008 8:19:32 AM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies · 132+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/19/8 | M. David Stirling
    Residents of the Southeastern United States know what to expect from the Atlantic hurricane season, but in 2004 it arrived with particular ferocity. Hurricane Charley hit Florida, causing more than $14 billion in damage. Hurricane Frances prompted a record Florida evacuation. But Hurricane Ivan proved the champ. At peak power Ivan ripped up nearly every house on the island nation of Grenada. After causing 60 deaths and massive destruction across the Caribbean, Ivan reserved a devastating punch for Florida's panhandle, striking with 130 mph winds. That spelled trouble for Paul and Gail Fisher and other residents of Perdido Key, a...
  • Polar Bear Decision Day

    05/14/2008 4:51:15 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 22 replies · 108+ views
    TownhallCom Blog ^ | May 14, 2008 | Hugh Hewitt
    If Secretary of the Interior Kempthorne announces that the polar bear is now officially "threatened," the impacts on the American economy will be extreme and almost certainly not anticipated or understood by the public at large.The Endangered Species Act operates in a very unaccountable fashion, and if the polar bear is listed as a "threatened" species, every federal action --the grant of a permit, the award of a grant-- that leads even indirectly to the emission of greenhouse gases will come under at least the theoretical review of the United States Fish & Wildlife Service pursuant to Section 7 of...
  • Polar bears OK without our help

    05/11/2008 4:40:41 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 30 replies · 654+ views
    The Boston Hearld ^ | May 11, 2008 | Hearld editorial staff
    Thursday is the deadline set by a federal judge in Alaska for the Fish and Wildlife Service to decide whether the polar bear is a threatened or endangered species. All the evidence shows the polar bear doesn’t need his help. Environmental groups petitioned for such a listing and sued when a decision was not forthcoming by the deadline. They claimed that global warming had already diminished polar ice, would continue to do so and doom the estimated 23,000 or so bears to extinction by perhaps 2050. If the bears were listed, the service would be obliged to designate “critical habitat.”...
  • Court orders American Indian to trial for shooting eagle

    05/11/2008 6:20:49 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 35 replies · 125+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 9, 2008 | Ben Neary
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. - An American Indian who shot a bald eagle for use in a tribal religious ceremony must stand trial, a federal appeals court has ruled. A three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on Thursday reversed a 2006 lower court ruling that dismissed a criminal charge against Winslow Friday, a Northern Arapaho Indian who has acknowledged shooting a bald eagle in 2005 during the tribe's Sun Dance. In dismissing the charge, U.S. District Judge William Downes of Wyoming said the federal government has shown "callous indifference" to American Indian religious beliefs. Eagle feathers are...
  • Right whales wronged - The US proposes offshore drilling in endangered whales' summer haunt.

    04/10/2008 11:00:06 PM PDT · by neverdem · 28 replies · 514+ views
    Nature News ^ | 10 April 2008 | Emma Marris
    North Pacific right whales could be the victims of planned gas drilling in the Bering Sea.Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission/NOAA The rising tide of global fossil-fuel prices is set to heighten the conflict between the US oil and gas industry and the interests of migratory whales, after two federal announcements both laid claim to the same piece of the chilly Bering Sea. The contested region, part of Bristol Bay off the Alaskan coast, is one of the regions that has become more appealing for oil and gas drillers in recent years despite its inhospitable location. But conservationists warn that...
  • GAO: DOD lacks evidence for exemptions

    03/07/2008 2:46:59 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 183+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/7/08 | Erica Werner - ap
    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon hasn't made the case for exemptions from three environmental laws or provided examples of how military operations have been impeded by them, a congressional report said Friday. The Government Accountability Office report came after the Navy lost in court over training exercises it was conducting under an exemption to the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Environmentalists contended that the Navy's use of sonar could harm whales off the Southern California coast, and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled March 2 that the Navy had to limit the sonar use. In a written response included in...
  • Environmental Groups Sue Over Listing of Rare Butterfly

    01/09/2008 9:08:45 PM PST · by CedarDave · 17 replies · 152+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | January 09, 2008 | Sue Major Holmes
    Two environmental groups are trying to force the Interior Department to make a preliminary finding on whether a rare southern New Mexico butterfly should be listed under the Endangered Species Act. Santa Fe-based Forest Guardians and Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity sued Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne on Jan. 3 in federal court in Washington, D.C., to force him to make a decision on the Sacramento Mountains checkerspot butterfly — which the federal government previously proposed as an endangered species. The butterfly, with a 2-inch wingspan, is checkered with white and deep orange squares separated by black bands. It exists only...
  • Wolf debate hits close to home for ranchers ( Canadian wolves )

    11/24/2007 6:50:43 PM PST · by george76 · 115 replies · 20,524+ views
    Associated Press...The Billings Gazette ^ | November 24, 2007 | MATTHEW BROWN
    PRAY - For rancher Randy Petrich, the removal of gray wolves from the endangered-species list - a move that would open up the animals to hunting in the Northern Rockies for the first time in decades - couldn't come soon enough. Petrich has seen fresh wolf tracks almost every morning this fall - close enough to threaten his cattle. "I believe that any wolf on any given night, if there happens to be a calf there, they will kill it," ... Just 12 years since the wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park ... federal officials say the sharp rise...
  • Duncan Hunter on Glenn Beck Program (transcript)

    11/02/2007 1:05:24 PM PDT · by dit_xi · 75 replies · 141+ views
    NOVEMBER 02, 2007 GLENN BECK PROGRAM BEGIN TRANSCRIPT GLENN: First we wanted to spend a couple of minutes with Duncan Hunter, presidential candidate for the Republican party. Hello, Duncan. HUNTER: Hey, Glenn Beck, how are you doing? GLENN: Very good, sir. I got the lecture of my life from a friend of mine this weekend. HUNTER: Why is that? GLENN: He said to me, why are you not screaming Duncan Hunter’s name from the highest mountaintop every place you go? HUNTER: Now we’re talking, Glenn GLENN: I know. And he said, I am the biggest fan of Duncan Hunter; he...
  • The Environmentalist Fires

    10/29/2007 8:15:17 AM PDT · by Malone LaVeigh · 7 replies · 60+ views
    American Thinker ^ | October 29, 2007 | John Berlau
    But ironically, much of the reason California is in peril is due not to climate change, but to the very environmental policies championed by Cooper's documentary and our new Nobel laureate, Al Gore. While, in its statement praising Gore, the Nobel Committee said that global warming may "threaten the living conditions of much of mankind," the current wildfires show that the more immediate threat to man comes from the champions of the gnatcatcher, kangaroo rat, and the Delhi Sands Flower-Loving fly. Environmental mandates have made fire safety for humans take a back seat to the well-being of the aforementioned California...
  • Judge OKs Rule That May Endanger Species

    08/31/2007 3:58:41 PM PDT · by SmithL · 22 replies · 514+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 8/31/7 | JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal judge has upheld the government's practice of allowing development to proceed even if it is discovered after a project begins that the work could endanger protected species. The National Association of Home Builders praised the ruling Friday, saying its members might have had to delay some projects if U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan had not agreed with the "no surprises" approach to development. "The vast majority of endangered species exist on private property, and there is no way to protect endangered species unless sufficient incentives are given to private landowners," said Duane Desiderio, the...
  • Feds Must Retract “Mouse Habitat” Rule That Bars Hurricane Victims from Rebuilding &#821

    07/19/2007 9:37:07 AM PDT · by republicpictures · 25 replies · 811+ views
    Pacific Legal Foundation ^ | July 19, 2007 | Pacific Legal/Valerie Fernandez
    KEY, FLORIDA; July 19, 2007: Federal officials must retract and reconsider their designation of thousands of acres in Florida and Alabama as additional “critical habitat” for the Perdido Key beach mouse – or face a lawsuit. So warns a formal letter mailed to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service last night by attorneys with Pacific Legal Foundation’s Atlantic Center. The PLF-Atlantic Center lawyers represent Florida property owners who have been unable to rebuild after their homes were destroyed by 2004’s Hurricane Ivan, because of new government land use restrictions to “protect” mice. The letter sent yesterday constitutes the “60...
  • Gore's Message Loses Bite (Al Gore serves up endangered fish at daughter's party)

    07/19/2007 10:13:01 AM PDT · by Terrence DoGood · 63 replies · 1,781+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | By Rebecca Keeble
    ONLY one week after Live Earth, Al Gore's green credentials slipped while hosting his daughter's wedding in Beverly Hills. Gore and his guests at the weekend ceremony dined on Chilean sea bass - arguably one of the world's most threatened fish species. Also known as Patagonian toothfish, the species is under pressure from illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing activities in the Southern Ocean, jeopardising the sustainability of remaining stocks. The species is currently managed by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Living Marine Resources, the body which introduced a catch and trade documentation scheme as an attempt to tackle...