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Brushing aside decades of legal precedent and growing alarm over dwindling bird populations, the Trump administration today moved to make official a policy dramatically limiting the federal government’s authority to hold industry accountable for killing birds under one of the nation’s oldest conservation laws. The century-old Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) makes it illegal to
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Black Skimmer. Photo: Melissa James/Audubon Photography Awards WASHINGTON (January 29, 2020) — The “Moving Forward Framework” released today by the House of Representatives contains important measures for increasing investments in infrastructure that would reduce carbon pollution from transportation and energy systems, and build up natural infrastructure to combat the effects of flooding, sea level rise,
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Killing contests are cruel events that encourage children to kill innocent animals and teach them that animals’ lives are theirs to take. People who kill animals for fun or prizes do not respect animals. In South Dakota, the Nest Predator Bounty Program pays children 10 dollars for every tail of a raccoon, striped skunk, opossum,
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A final effort to find Miss Waldron’s red colobus is under way in the forests of southeastern Côte d’Ivoire. Should it fail, this monkey will next year become the first primate to be formally declared extinct in over 100 years. Hope of avoiding this tragic landmark is faint. The last recorded sighting of Miss Waldron’s
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Public funding for environment bodies in Scotland has plummeted by 40% in a decade, placing already declining wildlife at risk, according to analysis of government budgets. Scottish Environment Link, a coalition of more than 35 wildlife, environment and countryside charities, including the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, WWF and the Scottish Wildlife Trust,
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Phainopepla. Photo: Elaine Padovani/Great Backyard Bird Count UPDATE (1/23/2020): Today, the Trump Administration announced finalization of rollbacks to the Clean Water Rule. The newly published Navigable Waters Protection Rule removes Clean Water Act protections for many rivers, streams, and wetlands, which could allow them to be altered, degraded or filled without first seeking a federal permit.
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The pangolin’s future looks gloomy, according to the latest update by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which assesses the conservation status of species. Of the eight known species of the pangolin, one of the world’s most trafficked mammals, two African species, the while-bellied (Phataginus tricuspis) and the giant ground pangolin (Smutsia gigantea),
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Since September, hundreds of bushfires have blazed through Australia, leaving behind at least 24 million acres of charred land and skies polluted with smoke. Fueled by extreme drought conditions and record temperatures, many fires continue to rage across the country. So far, they’ve killed 30 people, and more than one billion animals are now feared dead. On
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