From The High Country News (Helen Santoro): The key mission of the Refuge System — to protect and restore wildlife habitat — may be falling by the wayside. The Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge is nestled between the boggy wetlands and glistening ponds of Montana’s Bitterroot Valley. Inside, near a cluttered display of taxidermy birds […]

via Wildlife refuges suffer under budget cuts and staff shortages — @HighCountryNews — Coyote Gulch

Here’s the release from the US Fish and Wildlife Service (Vanessa Kauffman): The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, chaired by U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, approved $28 million in funding for various wetland conservation projects. Marking its 30th anniversary since enactment, the 2019 North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grants will be used to […]

via Secretary Bernhardt Announces Over $100 Million in Public-Private Funding for Wetland Conservation Projects — @USFWS — Coyote Gulch

Warsaw, Poland – According to experts, Poland risks a serious water crisis in the coming years as hundreds of rivers are drying up little by little in the country. With climate change, more frequent droughts and only brief and often violent rainstorms, the situation is reaching a critical threshold. “I can’t remember water levels being […]

via Poland could face ‘serious water crisis’ in coming years as rivers dry up — Kafkadesk

Human Wrongs Watch Snow and ice melt: short-term hazards, long-term water stress . . 31 October 2019 (World Meteorological Organization)* — A High Mountain Summit has issued a Call for Action in the face of rapid melting of the Earth’s frozen peaks and the consequences for food, water and human security, as well as for […]

via High Mountain Summit Calls for Action to Face the Rapid Melting of Earth’s Frozen Peaks and the Consequences for Food, Water, Human Security, Ecosystems, and Economies — HUMAN WRONGS WATCH

View article in its entirety at DeSmog.— Author: Justin Mikulka On October 23, New York Attorney General Letitia James, joined by attorneys general from Maryland, New Jersey, and California, sent a letter of support to the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) over a Washington state law that would limit the volatility of oil transported by train through the state.That oil originates in […]

via Four States, Led by New York, Challenge Trump Admin Over Oil Train Safety Rule — People B4 Profits