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Ecosystem Services: Think of bees that pollinate more than 90 commercial crops in the U.S….

Originally posted on Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin:
…That’s the beauty, or bounty, that the Endangered Species Act provides. The ESA ensures these beneficial ecosystems just don’t unravel. You see the Endangered Species Act doesn’t just protect the individual species, it also protects the lands, or habitats, the endangered species need to survive. For sure protecting these habitats can make…

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The Media’s Failure to Connect the Dots on Climate Change

Originally posted on The Secular Jurist:
Why are some major news outlets still covering extreme weather like it’s an act of God? By Emily Atkin July 25, 2018 A record-breaking heat wave killed 65 people in Japan this week, just weeks after record flooding there killed more than 200. Record-breaking heat is also wreaking havoc in California, where the wildfire season is already worse than usual. In Greece, fast-moving fires have killed at least 80 people, and Sweden is struggling to contain more than 50 fires amid its worst drought in 74 years. Both countries have experienced all-time record-breaking temperatures this summer, as has most of the rest of the world. Is this climate change, or merely Mother Nature? The science is clear: Heat-trapping greenhouse gases have artificially increased the average temperature across the globe, making extreme heat events more likely. This has also increased the risk of frequent and more devastating wildfires, as prolonged heat dries soil and turns vegetation into tinder. And yet, despite these facts, there’s no climate connection to be found in much news coverage of extreme weather events across the globe—even in historically climate-conscious outlets like NPR and The New York Times. These omissions, critics say, can affect how Americans view global warming and its impact on their lives. Continue reading:  The Media’s Failure to Connect the Dots on Climate Change

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Indigenous pipeline protesters take over B.C. park, displace campers

Originally posted on RED POWER MEDIA:
An Indigenous group calling itself the Tiny House Warriors has moved into the North Thompson River Provincial Park near Clearwater, B.C., in an effort to block the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Group spokeswoman Kanahus Manuel says they are reclaiming an ancestral village their people were forced from many years ago, while at the same…

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Wilderness, Massive Infrastructure Projects & Changing Global Norms

Originally posted on La Paz Group:
Construction of the second phase of the Chinese-financed Standard Gauge Railway in Kenya crosses through Nairobi National Park, as pictured here in June. YASUYOSHI CHIBA/ AFP/ GETTY IMAGES Thanks to William Laurance for this informative opinion essay that gives a bit of hope for wilderness preservation: Is the Global Era of Massive Infrastructure Projects Coming…

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BLM to start “emergency” removal of wild horses in Pancake HMA, while privately owned livestock slurp up the resources

Originally posted on Straight from the Horse's Heart:
THERE WOULD LIKELY BE WATER FOR WILD HORSES ON THIS HMA IF PRIVATELY OWNED LIVESTOCK WEREN’T USING IT UP.  In the BLM Press release below, the BLM states “With a current population of approximately 2,160 wild horses, valuable resources have been depleted, affecting the health of those animals.”  So, before reading…

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