Monthly Archives: December 2016

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 Earthjustice News Release

Obama Administration Finalizes Action to Protect U.S. Waterways and Communities from Destruction by Coal Industry

Washington, D.C. —Today, the Department of the Interior’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement released its final Stream Protection Rule, a modest update to the rules intended to protect our Nation’s water resources from damage by destructive coal mining practices, including mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia. Action to strengthen these protections is long overdue, and more work still remains to be done. Over the last thirty years, a combination of weak rules and poor enforcement has allowed mountaintop removal operations to destroy an estimated 2,000 miles of streams in Appalachia, and pollute even more. This destructive practice has also been linked to such harmful health problems as birth defects and cancer, putting countless communities at unnecessary risk.

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Center for Biological Diversity News Release

California Wolf Plan Sets Road Map for Conserving Small Population

Two Breeding Pairs for Two Straight Years Could Trigger Reduced Protections 

SAN FRANCISCO— The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has released its final plan to guide conservation and management of a small population of gray wolves well into the future. One of the strengths of the plan, which was released late Tuesday, is its emphasis on nonlethal methods to deter conflicts with livestock. But it would also seek to reduce wolves’ federal protection status from “endangered” to “threatened” when the population reaches a threshold of only two breeding pairs for two consecutive years — far fewer than what independent scientists say is needed for a secure population.

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The future is not good for oil, no matter which way you look at it. — Motherboard


Solar — it’s not just a clean power source producing zero emissions and almost no local water impact, it’s also now one of the best choices on the basis of how much energy you get back for your investment. And with climate change impacts rising, solar’s further potential to take some of the edge off the harm that’s coming down the pipe makes speeding its adoption a clear no-brainer.

In 2016, according a trends analysis based on this report by the Royal Society of London, the energy return on energy investment (EROEI) for oil appears to have fallen below a ratio of 15 to 1 globally. In places like the United States, where extraction efforts increasingly rely on unconventional techniques like fracking, that EROEI has fallen to 10 or 11…

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The San Diego Union reported

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto established a new marine biosphere reserve on Monday covering a broad area that includes the Coronado Islands near the U.S. border and Todos Santos Island, site of a famed surfing spot off the coast of Ensenada.

Read story at  Mexico protects islands off Baja California’s Pacific Coast – The San Diego Union-Tribune

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Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video from Argentina says about itself:

The comeback of the Magellanic penguins

24 May 2016

During these months this Peninsula is home to birds that have adapted to green life better than anyone: the penguins.

From BirdLife:

Protecting the penguins of Patagonia

By Esteban Frere, 12 Dec 2016

“It is with some consternation that seabird biologists return to colonies they haven’t visited for many years. The hand of man has seen many colonies around the world dwindle or even vanish.” Fortunately, for some species a little conservation goes a long way.

Esteban Frere, South America Coordinator for BirdLife’s Marine Programme, started his career as a biologist by studying the Magellanic PenguinSpheniscus magellanicus. He recently returned to Patagonia to help survey some of the colonies there.

Magellanic penguins are probably not the penguins most people think of when they hear the word ‘penguin’. They may…

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Wolves of Douglas County News

“Stories of Wolves” by Filmmaker Elke Duerr is about the recovery efforts for our Mexican Gray Wolves, our most endangered land mammal in all of North America, our evolution of consciousness towards wild animals and our human-wild animal relationship. There only remain less than 100 wolves in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico.

Stories of Wolves trailer by filmmaker Elke Duerr

“The film has many sub-plots because of the dynamicrelationship of the wolves to the various communities who now share the wolves” habitat: the ranchers, the conservationists, the Native American cultures, and the other animals who depend upon the wolves’ presence to maintain a healthy ecological system. Just as much as it is a film about wolves, Mexican Gray wolf it is also about the people of New Mexico, Arizona and the Northern hemisphere and our stand in keeping our wolves with us on this planet. And ultimately…

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Wolves of Douglas County News

I have it from a reliable source that Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) is getting more calls and emails from the folks that want to delist wolves; and they are Senator Baldwin’s constituents too. Wisconsin wolf advocates must call & email the senator now. You can email on her websiteBy clicking HERE.Next Click on the red square share your opinion on legislation

Senator Tammy Baldwin’s D.C. Office is getting more calls from folks in favor of delisting Wisconsin wolves.

Wolf advocates take action for wolves by calling Senator Tammy Baldwin’s Washington, D.C. Office.

I have a meeting with Senator Tammy Baldwin’s aide next week to discuss concerns about the wolf delisting threat in congress.

Here’s to recap; Wisconsin state anti-wolf republican legislators, Senator Tom Tiffany and representative Adam Jarchow are pressing Senator Baldwin to take their side. They asked democratic Senator Baldwin to use her influence with colleagues to…

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