The Baltic wolf population is scientifically estimated at 3,600 individuals, of which 600 live in Latvia. There was a premium for wolf shootings until 1999, and wolf hunting was fully open until 2003. That means there were no requirements in terms of a shooting plan. Over 200 wolves were killed annually in the 1990s, and […]

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Defenders of Nature News Release The Trump administration announced that it will finalize new regulations that roll back protections against extreme methods of killing predators and other wildlife in Alaska national preserves. National preserves are managed by the National Park Service (NPS) like national parks, except hunting and fishing are permitted. NPS’s new regulations for […]

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In many areas, Australia’s temperate zones and coastal ecosystems have been extensively altered, many wetlands have been degraded. Climate change, and introduced plants and animals (invasives), are the agents of the radical changes that are tearing through Australia’s environment. The result? Dramatic declines in the distribution and abundance of many species, with natural resources such […]

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National Parks Conservation Association Press Release Federal agencies tasked with protecting America’s national parks, public lands, and waterways did the opposite today by advancing the proposed 210-mile Ambler industrial mining road. The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) has consistently fought the proposed road and associated mining district, which threatens Alaska Native communities and the remarkable […]

via Trump Administration Sacrifices Parklands, Wildlife and Alaska Native Ways of Life for Mining Road  — Natural History Wanderings

Endangered Species Laws Endangered!

Like most of our federal laws and regulations intended to protect the environment, the Endangered Species Act is under fire because the political party now in power is opposed to government regulations that impose any perceived limitations on economic activity. There are a number of laws grinding their way through the legislative process that would […]

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This video says about itself: 2 November 2017 Researchers at the University of Zurich have discovered a new species of orangutan. The new species, Pongo tapanuliensis (Tapanuli orangutan), live in remote areas of rainforest in Batang Toru, on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. From ScienceDaily: Newly discovered orangutan species is ‘among the most threatened great […]

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Article and photos from hienalouca.com Palm oil is responsible for the destruction of vast swathes of forestry and is being used in products from a wide range of companies. Food giant Mondelez, which provides palm oil for Cadbury chocolate bars, Ritz crackers and Oreo biscuits, has been named as the worst offender by a Greenpeace report. The damning report found that supplying palm oil to the snacking behemoth has come at the expense of 173,000 acres (70,000 hectares) of rainforest since 2016. Extreme deforestation has pushed local wildlife into tiny corners of their habitat and has forced many species, including the critically endangered orangutans, towards the ‘brink of extinction’, Greenpeace claims. According to the report, twelve brands are using palm oil from 20 suppliers that are all all

via News Pictures – Palm oil from 12 companies driving orangutans to ‘brink of extinction’ — News Exc Celebrity

The New York Times reports The Trump Administration Is Reversing Nearly 100 Environmental Rules. Here’s the Full List. 64 completed 34 in progress 98 total rollbacks After three years in office, the Trump administration has dismantled most of the major climate and environmental policies the president promised to undo. Calling the rules unnecessary and burdensome to […]

via Trump Administration Reversing Nearly 100 Environmental RulesHere’s the Full List. – The New York Times — Natural History Wanderings