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  • Trump rolls back wetlands protections. What it means for California farmers, developers

    12/11/2018 1:10:48 PM PST · by Mariner · 23 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | December 11th, 2018 | BY DALE KASLER AND KATE IRBY
    It all started when California farmer John Duarte plowed a wheat field in Tehama County, about two hours north of Sacramento, and wound up paying a $1.1 million fine to the federal government for his efforts. On Tuesday, Duarte, who was embraced by conservatives nationwide as a victim of government over-reach, got vindication of sorts. In a victory for farmers and land developers throughout the West, the Trump administration announced a broad rollback of rules designed to protect wetlands and other small bodies of water. The decision means regulations put in place in 2015 by the Obama administration will fall...
  • Supreme Court reins in the feds' land grab for endangered species

    11/27/2018 9:42:00 AM PST · by jazusamo · 73 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 27, 2018 | Alex Swoyer
    The federal government can’t designate land as a habitat for an endangered species on the mere prospect that the species might eventually move there, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, delivering a victory to property owners. In a unanimous ruling the justices rejected the federal government’s attempt to designate roughly 1,500 acres in Louisiana as critical space for the dusky gopher frog.
  • NASA accepts delivery of European powerhouse for moonship

    11/16/2018 3:11:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 16, 2018 | Marcia Dunn
    NASA has accepted delivery of a key European part needed to power the world’s next-generation moonship. U.S. and European leaders gathered at Kennedy Space Center on Friday to mark the occasion. The newly arrived powerhouse, or service module, will propel NASA’s Orion capsule to the moon during a test flight without passengers planned for 2020. A mega rocket under development by NASA, known as SLS for Space Launch System, will launch the combo. […] Orion and the attached service module are meant to fly near the moon, but not land. Future missions will carry astronauts, with the goal of building...
  • House votes to remove protections for gray wolves

    11/16/2018 12:27:23 PM PST · by jazusamo · 46 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 16, 2018 | Timothy Cama
    The House passed a bill Friday that would remove federal protections for the gray wolf, allowing ranchers, hunters and others to kill the animals. The Manage Our Wolves Act passed 196-180, mainly with Republican support. It would direct the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to end Endangered Species Act protections for the species and prohibit lawsuits challenging the removal. The GOP and many western states have long argued that four decades of federal protections have been too successful in bringing the wolf back from the brink of extinction, and the species now poses a significant threat to livestock, pets and...
  • BepiColombo spacecraft starts seven-year journey to Mercury

    10/20/2018 5:14:40 AM PDT · by csvset · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | 20 OCT 2018 | M. Sheahan & K. Takenaka
    TOKYO (Reuters) - A European-Japanese spacecraft set off on a treacherous seven-year journey to Mercury to probe the solar system’s smallest and least-explored planet. The BepiColombo mission, only the third ever to visit Mercury, blasted off from Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana aboard an Ariane 5 rocket at 10:45 p.m. local time on Friday (0145 GMT on Saturday), according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). “Launching BepiColombo is a huge milestone for ESA (the European Space Agency) and JAXA, and there will be many great successes to come,” ESA Director General Jan Woerner said in a statement. “Beyond completing...
  • Stunning Photos From Lost Spacecraft Show The Surface Of A Comet

    10/05/2018 10:51:31 AM PDT · by dragnet2 · 60 replies
    https://kfiam640.iheart.com/content/2018-10-02-stunning-photos-from-lost-spacecraft-show-the-surface ^ | 10/2/2018 | https://kfiam640.iheart.com/content/2018-10-02-stunning-photos-from-lost-spacecraft-show-the-surface
    The Rosetta spacecraft may have crashed in 2016, but it still has secrets to share. The European Space Agency (ESA) recently released breathtaking images that the craft took in 2014 as it orbited just 16 miles above the surface of Comet 67P. The image was put together by amateur astronomer Jacint Roger Perez using three separate photos taken by Rosetta during the flyby. Comet 67P is approximately 2.7 by 2.5 miles at its longest and widest dimensions, and is made up of 26 unique regions, each named after an Egyptian deity. The photo captures four regions of the comet....
  • Vega launch delayed 24 hours

    08/21/2018 6:48:34 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    spaceflight now ^ | August 20, 2018 | Stephen Clark
    The liftoff of a European satellite to measure global wind fields has been delayed 24 hours to Wednesday in hopes of a better weather forecast at the Vega rocket’s launch base in French Guiana, officials announced Monday. The European Space Agency’s Aeolus satellite is ready for launch aboard a solid-fueled Vega rocket, the smallest booster in Arianespace’s fleet, to begin a three-year science mission to monitor wind speeds in Earth’s atmosphere. Officials from Arianespace, ESA and CNES — the French space agency — convened Monday for a launch readiness review. Managers confirmed the readiness of the four-stage Vega launcher and...
  • Washington state wildlife officials resisted sending copter, sheriff to save woman treed by wolves

    07/22/2018 7:35:02 AM PDT · by george76 · 71 replies
    Capital Press ^ | July 18, 2018 | Don Jenkins
    Recordings and summaries of emergency calls show Washington wildlife officials at first objected to an air rescue of a woman treed by wolves, or help from the Okanogan County sheriff. Washington wildlife managers initially opposed sending a helicopter or a search-and-rescue team to save a woman treed by wolves in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, according to recordings and summaries of emergency calls. ... Notes from a call between DNR dispatcher Jill Jones and a wildlife officer summarized WDFW’s position, and her position, shortly before the helicopter launched. “No helicopter. Federally listed species. 3 WDFW personnel saying so,” according to DNR’s...
  • 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...