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California Poised to be First State to Ban Lead Ammunition

Bill to phase out toxic bullets and shots that poison condors and other wild animals passes state senate

California may soon become the first state in the US to ban the use of lead ammunition in hunting. The state Senate passed legislation on Monday that would require all licensed hunters in California to use non-lead ammunition starting July 2019. Lead…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – September 11, 2013

Is the US Forest Service Trying to Help a Cash-Strapped Canadian Mining Company?

Agency has been attempting speed up decision-making on proposed Rosemont copper mine in Arizona's Coronado National Forest, say activists

The US Forest Service seems to have been unusually eager to help a Canadian mining company with a dubious track record and financial troubles set up an open pit copper mine in Arizona’s Coronado National Forest. The agency’s efforts, however, might be…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – September 4, 2013

Modified Stands

Will genetically engineered trees help save the climate or will they alter forests forever?

In late May, forest biologists, geneticists, and forestry industry officials from across the world gathered at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel in Asheville, North Carolina to discuss ongoing research in tree genetics. One of the key sessions at the weeklong “Tree Biotechnology 2013 Conference” dealt with the “different aspects of the use of transgenics, including gains in productivity, gene flow, and societal acceptance.” The last point, it turned out, would be the attendees’…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – Autumn 2013

Plastic Pollution Coalition

Businesses Go Beyond Plastic

Between the two of them, Kris and Emma Barber were wearing more than 40 plastic bottles. All right, I confess, I wrote that line because it sounds neat. It’s true, as well. The couple’s identical outfits (soft black t-shirts and khaki pants), as well as Kris Barber’s blue fleece jacket, were all made from fabric produced from recycled plastic bottles. “It’s basically just like polyester,” Kris said as he good-naturedly allowed this…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – Autumn 2013

Only a Moratorium on Fracking Will Help Protect California, say Green Groups

Lone surviving regulatory bill insufficient, Gov Brown should put a halt to all fracking activity immediately, say activists

UPDATE, 2:20 p.m., August 30: SB 4 has made it out of the House appropriations committee and is now eligible for a floor vote in the state assembly. California lawmakers will most likely make a decision today on Senate Bill 4, the…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – August 30, 2013

US Navy Ignores California’s Call to Curb Training Involving Sonar, Underwater Blasts

Several new studies show Naval activities are impacting CA's blue whale and beaked whale populations especially hard

The US Navy recently declared that it has no intention of listening to the California Coastal Commission’s recommendations on mitigating the impact of its sonar and offshore training drills on marine mammals. Photo by Mike" Michael L. Baird/flickr.bairdphotos.comHumpback whales surrounded by birds…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – August 26, 2013

Linda Tucker is Racing to Save White Lions, Only 7 of Which Roam Free in South Africa

Half of the lion trophies coming out of Africa today are shot by American hunters, says conservationist

Linda Tucker has committed her life to protecting white lions. A rare variant of the African lion (panthera leo leo), white lions are found in only one place on Earth — the Greater Timbavati-Kruger National Park region of South Africa. The lions…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – August 23, 2013

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