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Scientists issue plan for rewilding the American West

CORVALLIS, Ore. August 9, 2022 – Oregon State University scientists are proposing management changes on western federal lands that they say would result in more wolves and beavers and would re-establish ecological processes. In a paper published today in BioScience, “Rewilding the American West,” co-lead author William Ripple and 19 other authors suggest using portions of […]

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USDA Proposes to Reinstate Organic Animal Welfare Standards Gutted by Trump Administration, Marking Big Win for Organic Advocates and Consumers

WASHINGTON, August 6, 2022 – Today the USDA officially committed to reinstate the 2017 Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) rule, affirming that the USDA Organic label includes animal welfare protections—a major win for organic advocates, farmers, and consumers. Today’s pre-publication proposed rule reverses Trump administration moves that gutted the OLPP in 2018. “This is […]

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New Antarctic study shows levels of ‘forever chemicals’ reaching the remote continent have been increasing

New evidence from Antarctica shows that toxic ‘fluorinated forever chemicals’ have increased markedly in the remote environment in recent decades and scientists believe CFC-replacements could be among likely sources. Known as forever chemicals because they do not break down naturally in the environment, chemicals such as perfluorocarboxylic acids (PFCAs) have a wide array of uses […]

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Ghost Gear Devastation of Fish, Whales, Turtles & Other Vulnerable Animals Highlighted During 3rd Annual Respect for Fish Day

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (July 25, 2022) — More than 250 organizations are joining In Defense of Animals on August 1 to celebrate the third annual Respect for Fish Day. The awareness day highlights the issues fish face and spreads compassion for them. This year’s focus is the harmful impact of fishing and ghost gear on fish and other wild […]

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Gwich’in Nation reaffirms resolution calling for permanent protections for sacred lands in the Arctic Refuge

Old Crow, Yukon, Canada – Delegates of the Gwich’in Nation from Alaska and Canada met in Old Crow on July 19, the first full day of the 2022 Gwich’in Gathering, to unanimously reaffirm a resolution calling for protections for the birthplace and nursery grounds of the Porcupine caribou herd. The resolution calls for the United […]

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Lake Mead Keeps Dropping

Continuing a 22-year downward trend, water levels in Lake Mead stand at their lowest since April 1937, when the reservoir was still being filled for the first time. As of July 18, 2022, Lake Mead was filled to just 27 percent of capacity. The largest reservoir in the United States supplies water to millions of people across seven […]

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Report: 20 Major Oil & Gas Plants Proposed in Flood Zones, Despite Risks from Sea-level Rise Caused by Climate Change

Washington, D.C.  July 21, 2022— Greenhouse gases are driving profound changes to the Earth’s climate, contributing to record-breaking heat waves and droughts,  millions of acres of wildfires, and widespread flooding from sea-level rise, among many other problems. In the face of this crisis, some industry advocates have tried to position natural gas as a “bridge fuel” […]

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Vegetarian diets may be better for the planet – but the Mediterranean diet is the one omnivores will actually adopt

shutterstock. Nicole Allenden, University of New England; Amy Lykins, University of New England, and Annette Cowie What we eat and how we produce food matters. Food systems are responsible for more than a quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. We cannot fully tackle the climate crisis without reducing the greenhouse footprint of our food. […]

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Earth had its sixth-warmest June on record

Globally, June 2022 was the sixth-warmest June in the 143-year NOAA record. The year-to-date (January-June) global surface temperature was also the sixth warmest on record. According to NCEI’s Global Annual Temperature Outlook, there is a greater than 99% chance that 2022 will rank among the 10-warmest years on record but only an 11% chance that […]

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A case for retreat in the age of fire

After the 2018 wildfire in Paradise, Calif., many fire-damaged homes were razed. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Emily E. Schlickman, University of California, Davis; Brett Milligan, University of California, Davis, and Stephen M. Wheeler, University of California, Davis Wildfires in the American West are getting larger, more frequent and more severe. Although efforts are underway to create […]

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NOAA Fisheries to Review Critical Habitat for Rare Large Whale Species in Alaska

NOAA Fisheries is initiating a review of designated critical habitat for endangered North Pacific right whales, of which there are only an estimated 30 animals remaining. The review is in response to a petition we received on March 10, 2022 from the Center for Biological Diversity and Save the North Pacific Right Whale. The petition requested […]

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Wildfires May Have Sparked Ecosystem Collapse During Earth’s Worst Mass Extinction

June 30, 2022 – Researchers at University College Cork (UCC) and the Swedish Museum of Natural History examined the end-Permian mass extinction (252 million years ago) that eliminated almost every species on Earth, with entire ecosystems collapsing. The researchers discovered a sharp spike in wildfire activity from this most devastating of mass extinctions. Promoted by rapid […]

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Climate change is shrinking and fragmenting salmon habitat in the Northwest

Salmon famously travel hundreds of miles upstream to reach their home waters to spawn, but climate change is shrinking their destination. A new study offers high-resolution details on how Chinook salmon habitats are being lost on Bear Valley Creek, a headwater stream of the Salmon River in central Idaho. The study, published today in the AGU journal Geophysical Research […]

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Merkley, Interior Department Announce $1 Million and Dedicated Pollinator Center to Address Monarch Butterfly Decline

WASHINGTON, DC, June 23, 2022 – Today, Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley and Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced a $1 million investment to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s (NFWF) Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Conservation Fund, and the establishment of a Pollinator Conservation Center at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). Both projects […]

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Systematic warming pool discovered in the Pacific due to human activities

In a study just released in the journal Nature Communications Earth and Environment, Dr. Armineh Barkhordarian confirms that this systematic warming pool is not the result of natural climatic variations – but of human influences instead. “This warming pool will continue to increase the water temperature in the future, increasing both the frequency and intensity of […]

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World’s largest freshwater fish found, released in the Cambodian Mekong River

Stung Treng, Cambodia – What has long been one of the great wildlife mysteries – the identity of the world’s largest freshwater fish – appears to have been solved last week as fishers in northern Cambodia, working with an international team of scientists, discovered a 661-pound (300 kilos) giant freshwater stingray near a remote island […]

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Resource: The 100 most polluting power plants in the U.S.

PHILADELPHIA — Ahead of the Supreme Court’s decision on West Virginia vs Environmental Protection Agency, a case that will determine the EPA’s authority to regulate climate pollution, Environment America Research & Policy Center and U.S. PIRG Education Fund are releasing a new factsheet ranking America’s dirtiest power plants. Though increased renewable energy generation has led to decreased emissions from the […]

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Study Shows How Artificial Light Affects Seasonal Rhythms of Plants in U.S. Cities

AMES, Iowa, June 13, 2022 – A new study led by Iowa State University researchers shows how artificial light has affected the natural seasonal processes of plants in urban regions of the United States. The study, published in the peer-reviewed academic journal PNAS Nexus, demonstrates how urbanization affects the natural world, resulting in noticeable changes for […]