Hunters issued permits to import lion trophies to United States

July 27, 2018 by  
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A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request has revealed that the U.S. government has issued over three dozen permits allowing trophy parts hunted from lions to be brought back into the United States from Africa. Despite the permits’ issue, lions remain on the Endangered Species Act (ESA) due to their threatened survival status in the wild. Friends of Animals obtained the documents and released them through The Huffington Post , which reported the animal rights violation on Thursday. The memorandum , released by the United States Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service on March 1, 2018, removes trophy import bans dating as far back as 1995. “If African wildlife is to survive the next few decades in their homelands, these elephants, lions and other animals—coveted by hunters for their strength and beauty—must be worth more alive than dead. That means safeguarding habitat along with photographic safaris and ecotourism must outpace blood-drenched trophy hunting expeditions,” declared Priscilla Feral, President of Friends of Animals, in a press release. Related: The Trump Administration decides to allow the import of elephant trophies after all New rules by the Fish and Wildlife Service require the filing of a FOIA request to see the details of government-issued permits that are determined on an individual basis – information that used to be publicly available . In this case, the majority of the permit recipients are Republican donors or are part of Safari Club International, a hunting advocacy group. While big game hunters argue that their activities help conservation efforts and local economies, animal rights supporters say that killing big game animals only further endangers their already at-risk populations. + Friends of Animals Via EcoWatch and The New York Times

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Not the Puffins! Another 4 bird species facing extinction

November 2, 2015 by  
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According to the newest information, four species of birds have been added to the “red list” of threatened species in the UK. The newest species facing extinction include the Atlantic puffin, European turtle dove, Slavonian grebe, and pochards, doubling the number of endangered birds in the threatened category. Vulnerability to pollution, scarcity of food, and hunting have all contribute to their decline. Read the rest of Not the Puffins! Another 4 bird species facing extinction

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Australian authorities kill nearly 700 koalas to save them from starving to death

March 11, 2015 by  
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Mercy killing is a difficult concept to stomach, especially when the animals are as adorable as koalas. Unfortunately, nearly 700 koalas were killed by authorities in Australia after they were found to be in extremely poor health due to starvation. Rampant overpopulation has plagued the koala population for years, and the government is facing accusations of poor management of the threatened species. Read the rest of Australian authorities kill nearly 700 koalas to save them from starving to death Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: australia , australia killing koalas , australian koalas , koala overpopulation , koala population , koala resources , koalas , koalas starving

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Postman builds incredible palace from thousands of pebbles in Southeast France

March 11, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of Postman builds incredible palace from thousands of pebbles in Southeast France Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: baroque , concrete , Drôme , Facteur Cheval , Ferdinand Cheval , folly , france , French postman builds palace out of pebbles , gallery , handmade buildings , Hauterives , naive art , Outsider Architecture , Outsider Art , Palais Ideal , Postman Cheval , stone buildings , the Ideal Palace

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TransCanada Stops Pipeline Terminal Construction After Belugas Declared Endangered

December 3, 2014 by  
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Finally some good news on the pipeline beat. Phys.org reports that Canadian energy infrastructure company TransCanada recently decided to suspend construction of a major pipeline terminal on the St. Lawrence River in Eastern Canada after Canadian authorities deemed a nearby population of beluga whales “endangered.” The belugas live near Cacouna, Quebec, the planned location of the terminal, and were given the status of “threatened” when the last formal study of their population was done 10 years ago. Read the rest of TransCanada Stops Pipeline Terminal Construction After Belugas Declared Endangered Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: beluga , endangered , fossil , fuels , oil , pipeline , suspended , terminal , threatened , transcanada , whales

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Solar-Powered Tags Give Threatened Shark Species a Fighting Chance

January 3, 2014 by  
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Great White photo / Shutterstock Studying sharks’ movements and how they behave in their natural environment is an integral part of keeping them safe from overfishing. To aid these efforts, scientists have developed a special solar-powered tag that can be used to monitor a shark’s trajectory for up to two years. Compared with older tags that ran on batteries and occasionally died before being able to transmit their valuable information, the new solar-powered variety may give sharks a fighting chance. Read the rest of Solar-Powered Tags Give Threatened Shark Species a Fighting Chance Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Antonio Fins , battery-powered animal tags , Desert Star Systems , Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation , shark conservation , shark finning , shark migration studies , shark overfishing , solar powered tags save sharks , solar-powered shark tag        

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Is the Massive Rise in Oklahoma Earthquakes Due to Fracking?

January 3, 2014 by  
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Fracking photo / Shutterstock In a state where residents regularly brace themselves for tornados, Oklahomans now have another disturbing hazard to watch out for: earthquakes . In recent years, there’s been a steady and worrying uptick in quake activity with almost 3,000 quakes in 2013—the state’s most seismically active year ever. As rattled Oklahomans eye the ground warily, researchers and environmentalists say that fracking and other oil and gas extraction techniques are likely to blame for the recent quakes. In October, the U.S. Geological Survey reported that fracking and its wastewater disposal methods could be linked to the over tenfold increase in Oklahoma’s earthquake activity since 2009. The controversial drilling practice involves injecting massive amounts of wastewater deep into the ground, which increases pressure along fault lines and makes them more susceptible to rupture. Research also warns that fracking may have been the reason behind a magnitude 5.7 quake in November 2011–the largest earthquake ever recorded in the state–that damaged 14 homes and injured two people. Though many of the quakes are mostly minor and register around magnitude 3.0, the yearly average for earthquakes has been rising to about 40 per year since 2008. Seismic swarms have also rippled across parts of the country in similar toxic wastewater disposal sites, where nearby faults become overloaded by fracking’s high-pressure injections. Although research has shown a high correlation between earthquakes and fracking’s wastewater wells, scientists and regulators still lack the necessary proof to back new laws to protect residents. In the meantime, worried Oklahomans are starting to turn to earthquake insurance. Via NPR Images via Wikimedia        

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Power Barge Could Provide Affordable Wave Power

November 18, 2011 by  
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Wave power is an intriguing but difficult proposition. It offers a fairly steady source of power that is more regular than many other renewable power systems, but the marine environment is particularly harsh and difficult to work in. A number of wave power projects have struggled in the past few years, which shows how difficult this approach can be. A mobile wave power generating system proposed by Fraunhofer Center for Manufacturing Innovation would install wave generators along with banks of storage batteries onto ships or barges for portable wave power generation. The ship would go to sea and deploy its generators, and then return back to port and connect its batteries to the grid when it was fully charged. These ships would need to be outfitted with millions of dollars worth of storage batteries, and would have storage measured in megawatt-hours. One advantage an integrated power system incorporating this kind of vessel would have is that it could also serve as a grid-tied power storage system. If other renewable sources were producing additional power, there might be times when it would make more sense to keep the barges tied up at the dock and providing their storage capacity instead of sailing out to generate additional power. The basic premise for this has been around for a few years. Existing ships might be able to be repurposed for use as power stations, rather than requiring that new vessels be built. Additionally, while permanently installed wave power systems need to be robust enough to withstand the strongest storms, the mobility of the ship-based system would allow it to be moved back to safety in a harbor when severe weather threatened, which would allow for lighter weight construction. The cost of electricity generated in this way has been estimated to be as low as 15 cents per kilowatt-hour, as compared with 30 to 65 cents per kilowatt-hour with other wave power systems. There would also be considerably fewer regulatory hurdles that would have to be overcome since the generators would be vessels, rather than permanently installed structures. via: ecomagination

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11 Most Threatened Sea Turtle Species Identified

October 3, 2011 by  
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Hawksbill turtles identified in: “Turtles in Trouble: 11 Most Threatened Sea Turtle Populations” © Jeff Yonover A new study was recently released and published in PLoS ONE that illustrates the current status of sea turtle populations around the globe and identifies the species most at risk. It is the first comprehensive status assessment, and with it we can better understand where conservation efforts will be most effective. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Creatherm: Finally, A Rational System For Installing Radiant Floors

October 3, 2011 by  
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Images credit Creatherm Radiant heating is lovely and comfortable, but the best installations are in concrete, and that gets time consuming and expensive as installers put down insulation, then wire mesh, then tie the tubing to the mesh and hope that everything stays down and flat when you pour the concrete. Now Philip Proefrock at Jetson Green shows the answer: Creatherm radiant floor panels. It is designed with knurled kno… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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