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  • Enviro activists: Prosecute accidental harm to endangered species

    05/20/2018 7:45:26 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 5/20/2018 | Bob Unruh
    Two convicts are in a prison common room, and one asks the other, “Watcha in for?” “Driving over a frog.” Such a seemingly innocent activity, along with building a house or hiking up a trail, could result in jail time if a lawsuit by the environmental group WildEarth Guardians succeeds, according to an opposition brief filed with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. WildEarth contends someone doesn’t have to be aware of the Endangered Species Act or intend to violate it to be convicted, fined and jailed under the law. In the brief, the Pacific Legal Foundation attorney Jonathan...
  • Idaho Wildlife Officials Approve Limited Grizzly Bear Hunt

    05/10/2018 8:52:51 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 16 replies
    US News ^ | 05/10/18
    The Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Thursday approved a limited hunting season for grizzly bears in eastern Idaho just a year after the animals were removed from the Endangered Species List. Under the plan, the Department of Fish and Game will hold a random drawing to award one Idaho hunter a grizzly tag for a hunting season running from Sept. 1 to Nov. 15. If successful, the hunter won't be allowed to reapply for future tags. Baiting or hound-hunting will not be allowed. Grizzlies in the Yellowstone National Park region were on the Endangered Species Act list until 2017,...
  • Astronomers access huge amounts of data on the stars in our galaxy from Gaia space telescope

    04/25/2018 3:44:06 PM PDT · by BBell · 10 replies
    Aa Astronomers are celebrating a massive data release that offers them the richest ever map of the Milky Way. The information comes from ESA's GAIA space telescope, which has surveyed almost two billion stars in our galaxy. They now have very precise data on billions of stars around our galaxy that will make for decades of analysis. It gives them the possibility to research the history of our galaxy and postulate what might happen in the future, too.Astronomer François Mignard was one of the founding fathers of the GAIA mission. So why does this data release make such a difference...
  • Zimmerman/Batchelor Podcast; "SpaceX Supremacy" & "ESA/Roscosmos Rehearsal for Mars 2020."

    04/05/2018 10:45:03 AM PDT · by Voption · 3 replies
    Behind the Black ^ | April 3, 2018 | Bob Zimmerman/John Batchelor
    Podcast in 2 Parts: "SpaceX Supremacy," & "ESA/Roscosmos Rehearsal for Mars Landing 2020."
  • In Potential Blow To Conservation Efforts, U.S. Court Rules Restoration Moves Harmed Farmers

    03/20/2018 5:21:55 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Science ^ | Tuesday, March 20, 2018 | Robert F. Service
    A federal judge ruled last week that a federal agency's actions to improve habitats for endangered species along the Missouri River exacerbated floods, causing damage to local farmers whose land was temporarily inundated. Although this was only the first part of a multiphase case, if the ruling is upheld it could undermine future river restoration efforts nationwide and stymie enforcement of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by forcing the government to pay damages to any landowner affected by environmental restoration activities. Historically, the Missouri River, known as "the Big Muddy," followed a meandering, braided path and flooded annually, says Robert...
  • Airbus wants to bring down a defunct space station with a giant harpoon

    03/18/2018 11:16:43 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    digitaltrends.com ^ | March 18, 2018 - 10:11AM | Mark Austin
    One of the most intriguing efforts is spearheaded by Airbus, and its target is the biggest hunk of junk in orbit — Envisat, the largest Earth observation satellite ever launched, weighing more than eight tons. The company wants to corral the floating behemoth with a giant space harpoon, and then drag it down into the atmosphere, where it will burn up on reentry. According to the BBC, the harpoon is currently being developed in England, and a small prototype will be tested during next month’s RemoveDebris mission. “If we can design a harpoon that can cope with Envisat, then it...
  • Donor Star Breathes Life Into Zombie Companion

    03/15/2018 2:01:52 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | March 5, 2018 | European Space Agency
    Stars the mass of our Sun, and up to eight times more massive, evolve into red giants towards the end of their lives. Their outer layers puff up and expand millions of kilometres, their dusty, gassy shells blown away from the central star in relatively slow winds up to few hundreds of km/s. Even larger stars, up to 25–30 times more massive than the Sun, race through their fuel and explode in a supernova, sometimes leaving behind a spinning stellar corpse with a strong magnetic field, known as a neutron star. This tiny core packs the mass of nearly one...
  • Zinke to relax Obama-era rules on sage grouse

    08/07/2017 11:32:16 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 7, 2017 | Ben Wolfgang
    Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Monday announced the federal government will relax Obama-era rules designed to protect the imperiled sage grouse, saying the administration will offer states flexibility in how they choose to protect the bird and also will loosen restrictions on energy development in sage grouse habitat. In a statement issued in response to a lengthy report from Interior’s sage grouse review team, Mr. Zinke said the recommendations will go into effect immediately.
  • Throwback Tulsa: Controversial Creek Turnpike opened 25 years ago

    06/12/2017 7:13:10 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Tulsa World ^ | March 5, 2017 | Debbie Jackson
    Least terns. A federal lawsuit. Greenpeace. Vandals. Industrious beavers. Angry homeowners. Bureaucratic delays. These were among the obstacles and setbacks that had to be overcome before the Creek Turnpike was built. At one point, the chairman of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority declared it a “total disaster” and exclaimed: “The Creek Turnpike in Tulsa, God only knows when that’ll be completed,” John Kilpatrick said, as reported by the Tulsa World’s Wayne Greene on Oct. 19, 1990. “If we had it to do all over again, we wouldn’t do that project,” the exasperated Kilpatrick said after federal bureaucrats held up construction of...
  • Greater sage grouse kills Oregon wind-energy project

    04/20/2017 2:11:21 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 20, 2017 | Valerie Richardson
    After years of creating headaches for the oil-and-gas industry, the greater sage grouse is now standing in the way of renewable energy. The U.S. District Court in Portland on Wednesday killed a major wind-energy project slated for southeast Oregon over concerns about its impact on a local sage grouse population in a victory for environmental groups, which had fought the proposal for years. The 104-megawatt project, which would have spread up to 70 wind turbines and a transmission line across 10,500 acres in rural Harney County, was decried by environmentalists as an “industrial scale wind development” that would have disrupted...
  • The “Clean Water Rule” Is About Federal Authority, Not Water

    04/08/2017 8:18:21 AM PDT · by rktman · 34 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 4/7/2017 | Megan Ingram
    The rule defines eight categories of waters of the U.S. Six categories include traditional navigable waters, interstate waters, territorial seas (these three are called “jurisdictional waters”), impoundments of jurisdictional waters, “tributaries,” and “adjacent” waters. These are jurisdictional by rule in all cases, requiring no additional analysis in order to be regulated. To be adjacent, the rule uses the rubric of “neighboring,” which can be met by waters in the 100-year floodplain—meaning land which might be wet one out of every 100 days is a water of the U.S. and can be federally controlled. Texas coastal prairie wetlands are another type...
  • Feds, Wildlife Groups Use Bogus Endangered Species Science to Block Border Fence

    04/06/2017 11:00:40 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 44 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | April 6, 2017
    Wildlife conservation groups are collaborating with a federal government agency to halt construction of the southern border wall by fudging science to claim that unimpeded trans-border corridors are essential to an “endangered species” with 99% of its population in Mexico. Under the plan, large areas of Arizona and New Mexico would be prohibited from erecting a border wall so that jaguars—which don’t even occupy the area—can roam back and forth between the two countries. More than ¾ million acres in Arizona and New Mexico would be designated as critical habitat for jaguars under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), which...
  • Four Obama regulations Trump can undo right away ( EPA and )

    12/21/2016 1:08:49 PM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/20/16 | BONNER COHEN
    President-elect Trump's pledge to "drain the swamp" in Washington struck a chord with millions of Americans ... Clean Power Plan: After failing to pass cap-and-trade legislation through Congress, Obama had his political appointees at the EPA slap coal-fired power plants with greenhouse-gas-emission limits they knew the industry couldn't meet ... In doing so, EPA usurped the states' role in regulating electricity markets within their boundaries, and even commandeered the states to enforce its new policy. ... Paris Climate Change Agreement .. entails a substantial transfer of wealth from American taxpayers into the waiting hands of Third World potentates ... Waters...
  • Western counties join in opposition to BLM’s land-use plan [ Colorado ]

    12/07/2016 9:02:09 AM PST · by george76 · 6 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | December 6, 2016 | Gary Harmon
    County officials in western Colorado have regularly lambasted Planning 2.0 and this week, Garfield County joined in with five other counties in the western United States considering suing to halt the rule, which they have criticized as a central-planning measure. The BLM this month announced that the rule was final and on Monday, Garfield County agreed to spend as much as $40,000 with the Texas-based property-rights organization, the American Stewards of Liberty, to halt it. While Garfield County is taking an active role, Mesa County officials are looking to Congress and a Republican administration under President-elect Donald Trump to deal...
  • Europe Lost Contact with Mars Lander 1 Minute Before Touchdown

    10/20/2016 8:10:01 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 34 replies
    space.com ^ | 10/20/2016 | megan gannon
    Schiaparelli was scheduled to touch down on the Red Planet Wednesday at 10:48 a.m. EDT (1448 GMT). But the spacecraft's handlers could not confirm a successful landing, and were left waiting on a signal. Meanwhile, Schiaparelli's mother ship, the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO), successfully entered orbit around Mars. Schiaparelli had been programmed to follow a demanding 6-minute landing sequence that would see the capsule come to a halt from about 13,000 mph (21,000 km/h). The first phases of this sequence went according to plan, Andrea Accomazzo, head of ESA's solar and planetary missions, said at the news conference from ESA's...
  • Feds Thinking About Killing 31,000 Mining Jobs To Protect A Chicken

    10/08/2016 5:26:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies
    The Daily Caller News ^ | 10/08/2016 | Andrew Follett
    A new report has government officials considering setting 10 million acres of across six states in the American west off limits to mining and development to protect the chicken-like Greater Sage Grouse, which is not an endangered species. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report found that much of the Sage Grouse’s habitat sits on top of extremely valuable deposits of minerals including gold, copper, lithium, silver, uranium and many others. The USGS report means that the government’s most restrictive grouse protection plan could kill even more than 31,000 jobs and lead to more than $5.6 billion in reduced annual economic...
  • Great Lakes and Wyoming wolves at risk of delisting from Endangered Species Act

    09/27/2016 4:46:28 AM PDT · by SJackson · 20 replies
    Capital Times ^ | Sep 25, 2016 | PATRICIA RANDOLPH
    “This is not a biological issue. It is a political issue…we want wolves gone.” ~ Statements made at the Sen. Tom Tiffany/Rep. Adam Jarchow Sept. 15 Great Lakes Wolf Summit The actions and legislation of this U.S. Congress make me realize that hunters think that wilderness is a federally financed shooting range with roads leading across it from all directions, dogs fighting bears and wolves, forests emptied using steel-jaw traps, and living animals lined up for target practice. Until the 90 percent of us who do not kill wildlife realize that “hunting” has morphed from a way to gather food...
  • Yellow-billed cuckoos seen two times in Delta County ( Colorado - UN Agenda 21 )

    09/26/2016 8:20:01 AM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | September 25, 2016 | Gary Harmon
    There were two sightings of Western yellow-billed cuckoos this year, both in Delta County, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said. The secretive birds are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering designating parts of western Colorado as critical habitat for the migratory bird, including lands along the Colorado River through Mesa County. Sightings — which frequently involve people hearing the cuckoo’s distinctive “klak-klak” sound — have been recorded in Mesa and Delta counties in previous years. ... “We have changed the initial map due to comments from the proposed...
  • BLM releases draft Gunnison sage-grouse plan ( Colorado, Utah ..)

    08/12/2016 8:46:04 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | August 11, 2016 | Dennis Webb
    The BLM released its draft environmental impact statement Thursday. It is proposing amending up to 11 resource management plans in the two states. In 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determined the Gunnison sage-grouse requires listing as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. ... about 5,000 breeding Gunnison sage-grouse live in the two states. Some 4,000 live in the Gunnison Basin, and the others in six satellite populations in Colorado and a seventh in Utah. ... Fish and Wildlife pointed to the low numbers of birds in the other populations and their range of habitat threats as...
  • Regulators Vow Revenge Against States for Opposing Federal Land Grab

    07/24/2016 3:54:51 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    Freedomworks ^ | July 20, 2016 | Kenny Stein
    On Tuesday, the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) formally announced the removal of the lesser prairie chicken from the endangered species protection list. They did not take this step voluntarily; FWS lost a court case last year which ordered the agency to remove the bird from the list. However, even as they complied with the court’s order, the FWS issued a threat that the agency’s land grab under the guise of conservation was not over. In the words of Director Dan Ashe, “Responding to this court ruling by removing the bird from the Federal List does not mean we are...