Guest cheer-leading by David Middleton Everglades open for oil drilling after court ruling A Tallahassee appeals court reversed a decision by the state’s Department of Environmental Protection Tuesday, ultimately granting Kanter Real Estate the authority to drill. By Samantha J. Gross Feb. 5 TALLAHASSEE — After nearly four years of legal battles, a Miami family […]

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The New York Times As a threat to wildlife, an amphibian fungus has become “the most deadly pathogen known to science.” 41 scientists published the first worldwide analysis of a fungal outbreak that’s been wiping out frogs for decades. The devastation turns out to be far worse than anyone had previously realized. Read story at The […]

via The Plague Killing Frogs Everywhere Is Far Worse Than Scientists Thought  — Natural History Wanderings

By Damian Carrington as published on The Guardian The huge loss is a tragedy in itself but also threatens the survival of civilization, say the world’s leading scientists Humanity has wiped out 60% of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles since 1970, leading the world’s foremost experts to warn that the annihilation of wildlife is now an […]

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The LA Times reports California regulators voted Tuesday to strengthen state safeguards for thousands of wetlands and streams that are about to lose federal protections in a Trump administration rollback of the Clean Water Act. Nearly 90% of California’s historic wetlands have been filled in or plowed under, and the state has said it is vital to […]

via California adopts new wetlands rules to protect them from Trump rollbacks — Natural History Wanderings

The ruling temporarily halts drilling on 300,000 acres of leases in Wyoming. How Trump is hindering the fight to stop climate change Scientists say global warming nears an irreversible level, President Trump has been promoting business growth instead of climate change. (Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post) By Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis A federal judge […]

via Federal judge casts doubt on Trump’s drilling plans across the U.S. because they ignore climate change … The Washington Post — The Rōbert [Cholo] Report (pron: Rō’bear Re’por)

As temperatures slowly climbed above freezing, I ventured out yesterday to view scenes of the wintry landscape left by that Polar Vortex storm everyone was talking about last week. I was hoping that a thaw would be in full force, but everything still looked cold and encrusted in ice. The first place I went to […]

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