Trump Administration proposes to sell protected land in Arizona for fracking

May 23, 2018 by  
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The Trump Administration has announced a proposal to sell 4,200 acres of public, protected land in northern Arizona for oil and gas development. The area in question crosses the Little Colorado River and is located only three miles from Petrified Forest National Park. It also is close to the habitat for the Little Colorado spinedace, a threatened species of fish. Oil and gas industrial activity, such as fracking , could also threaten the groundwater in the Little Colorado River Basin, potentially affecting drinking water. In September, the Bureau of Land Management is planning to auction the land to the highest bidder, without sufficient environmental and public review. The Center for Biological Diversity is pushing back against the Trump Administration as it advances its pro-industry agenda. “This dangerous plan puts national parks, precious groundwater and wildlife in the crosshairs. We’ll do everything we can to stop it,” said Taylor McKinnon at the Center for Biological Diversity . “Fracking is a dirty, dangerous business that consumes enormous amounts of water and threatens wildlife and public health. Northern Arizonans won’t tolerate public lands being sacrificed as gifts from Trump to the fossil fuel industry.” Related: France completely bans fracking and oil extraction Under guidelines issued in January 2018 by the Trump Administration, the Bureau of Land Management has made several assumptions in its approval process and has delayed any detailed analysis until the drilling permit stage. At that point, the site will already have been sold for oil and gas development. “Fracking or drilling development could be catastrophic for the region’s groundwater,” McKinnon said. “This is Trump’s energy dominance policy at work, where nothing matters except fossil-fuel interests.” The Center for Biological Diversity previously sued the Trump Administration for its expedited oil and gas development policy in Colorado and Ohio, and sued once again in April after the administration enacted a more widespread policy of sidelining the public interest at the Bureau of Land Management. + Center for Biological Diversity Via EcoWatch Images via  Glenn Scofield Williams ,  Chris English  and  Scott Loarie

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Human construction projects could wipe out the world’s last wild tigers

November 24, 2016 by  
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A new report from WWF reveals that tiger habitats in Asia could be devastated by planned infrastructure that would fragment their range and increase confrontations between wild tigers and humans. There are fewer than 4,000 tigers left in the wild, and if these new roads and railways aren’t planned carefully, it could completely wipe out the slow, painful progress conservationists have made to preserve the species in recent years. The report comes during what could be a turning point for the animals – halfway through an effort on the part of 13 nations to double wild tiger population . In 2010, there were only an estimated 3,200 left on the planet. As of this April, there are thought to be 3,890 . If these Southeast Asian nations are going to reach the goal of 6,400 by 2022, the $8 trillion they’ve allocated to infrastructure projects in coming years needs to be sustainable and avoid critical areas where tigers live. Related: Tigers declared extinct in Cambodia Part of the problem is that it’s very hard to track tiger populations , so no one’s completely sure exactly where they live, or how to best avoid their territory. The WWF is advocating a few approaches for mitigating the potential harm to tigers: first, construction should be banned in areas that have been identified as critical tiger habitat; second, the countries involved should take a zero-tolerance approach to poaching ; and third, underpasses and green bridges should be built into any new infrastructure to allow wildlife to cross roads and train tracks safely. This approach would also have benefits for humans living in these areas: for instance, the initiative could help protect local water supplies. While conservation may be the primary question on the mind of the WWF’s researchers, government officials should keep in mind that human beings have to be able to live sustainably on this planet, too. Via IB Times Images via Wikipedia

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Peru is releasing half a million baby turtles to save species from extinction

November 3, 2016 by  
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When it comes to things in this world that make us smile, baby turtles rank quite high on the list, so the news that Peru is releasing 500,000 yellow-spotted Amazon River turtle tots into the wild is really something to celebrate. The National Service of Protected Natural Areas by the State (SERNANP), a government-run conservation group, has been setting the babies free in batches, with the first waddling into the wild in October and more to be freed in mid-November. The Amazon River turtle is a threatened species, and wildlife conservationists hope this massive baby turtle reintroduction project will give the turtles a stronger chance at survival in the long run. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gM-SgOjtzks When full-grown, the yellow-spotted Amazon River turtle (P. unifilis) is one of the largest turtles in South America, and locals call them Taricaya turtles. They can measure up to 18 inches long and weigh as much as 17 lbs and, in ideal conditions, live up to 70 years. Protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) appendix as well as the US Endangered Species Act, populations of the yellow-spotted Amazon River turtle have been in decline for years. Conservationists hope this massive release will change all that. Related: 3,800 critically endangered turtles found stacked in a shipping crate headed for China The baby turtles were conceived in the wild and, in order to give them a better chance at survival, volunteers and employees from SERNANP collected the eggs in August. They were then incubated in man-made habitats for 70 days, the same amount of time they would remain in their underground nests in the wild. Turtle eggs are a target for hungry predators desperate for an easy meal, so nests are often raided leaving few, if any, eggs to reach maturity. So far, around 17,000 turtles have been released. Two more phases will bring the grand total to around 500,000 baby turtles, who will live out the rest of their natural lives in the wild and hopefully reproduce successfully, securing a stronger future for the at-risk species. Via Treehugger Images via Harvey Barrison/Flickr and Wikipedia

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Hunter charged with killing a protected gray wolf in Oregon

November 18, 2015 by  
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The hunter who shot and killed a gray wolf last month in the woods of Oregon may pay a hefty price for the transgression. Gray wolves were considered an endangered species by state officials up until last week, when the decision was made to delist them from Oregon’s Endangered Species Act. Since killing the wolves outside of state-sanctioned “wolf-management plans” is still illegal, the offender could pay up to $6,250 in fines and spend a year in jail. Read the rest of Hunter charged with killing a protected gray wolf in Oregon

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A surprising tapestry of brick clads the House for Solidarity in France

November 18, 2015 by  
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Coho Salmon Threatened With Extinction Due to Severe Drought in California

January 28, 2014 by  
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California’s severe drought is hitting both human and animal communities hard. While it is easy to see the devastation on land through photographs of parched land and withering crops, the plight of the state’s aquatic species is more difficult to detect. Due to shrinking rivers and creeks, Coho salmon could be facing extinction south of San Francisco. Without enough precipitation to swell inland waterways, the fish are stranded in the ocean and unable to travel to their traditional spawning grounds. Read the rest of Coho Salmon Threatened With Extinction Due to Severe Drought in California Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: California , california central valley , california department of fish and wildlife , california drought , ceqa , coho salmon , governor jerry brown , kent lake , lagunitas creek , marin county , monterey county , sacramento delta , salmon run , San Francisco , Santa Cruz , scott creek fishery , spawning grounds , threatened species , watershed health        

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Infographic: How Poaching is Threatening to Wipe Out Lions, Elephants,and Rhinos in Africa

November 7, 2013 by  
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In 2013 the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources conducted a survey on 70,294 species of animals around the world – and they found that over 30% of them fall into a threatened category. SuperScholar just launched a new infographic that shows the results of this alarming study and explores the factors threatening to wipe out three species in particular – rhinos , elephants , and lions . Check out the full infographic after the jump! Read the rest of Infographic: How Poaching is Threatening to Wipe Out Lions, Elephants,and Rhinos in Africa Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Africa , at risk animals , Biodiversity , boneyard , conservation , endangered animals , Environment , infographic , international union for the conservation of nature and natural resources , IUCN , threatened species , vulnerable species        

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Keystone XL to Take Heavy Toll on Endangered Species, Report Finds

September 30, 2013 by  
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There’s no shortage of environmental concerns associated with the proposed Keystone XL pipeline . From projected annual spills of 34,000 gallons of oil to the ticking carbon bomb of 360 to 510 billion tons worth of emissions locked up in the tar sands, there’s a lot to be worried about . Now a new report from the Center for Biological Diversity has documented the threats to the animal kingdom, and finds that at least 12 threatened and endangered species along the pipeline’s route face serious harm—and even possible extinction—if Keystone XL goes ahead. Read the rest of Keystone XL to Take Heavy Toll on Endangered Species, Report Finds Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , carbon emissions , center for biological diversity , endangered species , environmental destruction , Fish and Wildlife Service , ground disturbance , keystone xl , oil , oil spills , pipeline , pipeline spills , power lines , tar sands , threatened species , water pollution , whooping crane        

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