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Ryan Zinke to Look into Unpopular Montana Land Exchange Proposal

The 5,000-acre proposal by Texas oil barons was twice rejected under Obama

The US interior secretary, Ryan Zinke, has promised to look into a Montana land exchange proposal from Texas oil and gas billionaires Dan and Farris Wilks that was twice rejected under the Obama administration, the Guardian can reveal. Photo by Bob Wick/Bureau…
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by: The Guardian – March 16, 2018

California Aims for World’s Highest Farm Animal Welfare Law

New law would ban the sale of all eggs, pork, or veal from a caged animal, putting the state ahead of the EU – if campaigners can get enough signatures

They call Chris Winn the signatures guy. A delivery driver by day, he spends his free time drumming up support for animal rights. “When I did the shark fin ban I got 4,000 signatures,” says Winn, 53. “Usually I’m the top guy…
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by: The Guardian – March 7, 2018

‘Mega-Colonies’ of Penguins Discovered in Antarctica

Finding shows remote area is a vital refuge for wildlife and should be protected, scientists say

Huge “mega-colonies” of penguins have been discovered near the Antarctic peninsula, hosting more than 1.5 million birds. Researchers say it shows the area is a vital refuge from climate change and human activities and should be protected by a vast new marine…
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by: The Guardian – March 2, 2018

Courts Call Out Trump’s Blitzkrieg on Environmental Rules

A cascade of courtroom standoffs are beginning to slow EPA rollbacks thanks to the administration’s ‘disregard for the law’

In its first year in office, the Trump administration introduced a solitary new environmental rule aimed at protecting the public from pollution. It was aimed not at sooty power plants or emissions-intensive trucks, but dentists. Photo by Thomas HawkThe EPA’s pro-fossil fuel…
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by: The Guardian – February 20, 2018

Dramatic Decline in Borneo’s Orangutan Population as 150,000 lost in 16 years

Fresh efforts needed to protect critically endangered animals from hunters and habitat loss as population more than halves

Hunting and killing have driven a dramatic decline in the orangutan population on Borneo where nearly 150,000 animals have been lost from the island’s forests in 16 years, conservationists warn. Photo by Gemma i Jere, Flickr Female orangutans are sometimes killed for…
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by: The Guardian – February 16, 2018

Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Aims to Speed Up and Even Sweep Away Environmental Reviews

Proposal would threaten endangered species and fragile habitats

The Trump administration is attempting to speed up or even sweep away various environmental reviews in its plan to fix America’s crumbling infrastructure and construct a wall along the border with Mexico. Photo by Oregon Department of Transportation The Trump Administration's plan…
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by: The Guardian – February 13, 2018

Ozone Layer Thinning Over Non-Polar Regions, Scientists Warn

Though the hole over Antarctica has been closing, protective ozone isn't recovering over populated areas

The ozone layer that protects people from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation is not recovering over most highly populated regions, scientists warned on Tuesday. Photo by NASA’s Earth ObservatoryThe Earth’s atmosphere, as observed from the international Space Station in 2011. New research indicates…
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by: The Guardian – February 6, 2018

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