Category: Environmental

USA: Suit Takes On Trump’s Gutting of the Endangered Species Act.

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Suit Takes On Trump’s Gutting of the Endangered Species Act

The fight is on.

The Center for Biological Diversity and allies sued the Trump administration Wednesday for its unprecedented attack on the Endangered Species Act.

President Trump’s lethal new rules will have a profound effect on the future of endangered species, making it harder to protect their critical habitat and denying protection to animals and plants newly listed as “threatened.” The rules will increase hunting, trapping and killing. They’ll accelerate logging, drilling and mining of key habitat.

We’ll do everything in our power to overturn these scorched-earth rules. The future of bears, wolves, sea turtles and hundreds of other species depends on it. Read more at USA TODAY and consider donating to our Endangered Species Act Protection Fund.

Are You Ready to Mobilize for the Wild?

If we’re going to defeat President Trump’s attack on the Endangered Species Act, we need to show massive grassroots support for the creatures it saves. That’s where you come in.

Join the Center’s Executive Director Kierán Suckling and our top organizing staff this Tuesday, Aug. 27, on a national call to learn what’s at stake and how we can stop the Trump bulldozer in its tracks. This is a do-or-die moment for the Endangered Species Act. Call in to our “Mobilize for the Wild” meeting, and we’ll plug you into this important campaign.

RSVP for the Aug. 27 call.

 

Courtroom Roundup: Taking on Trump

In addition to suing Trump over his vicious assault on the Endangered Species Act itself, this week the Center filed several suits against his administration to defend wildlife: orcas, corals and bees.

We sued the National Marine Fisheries Service for ignoring a legal petition to protect critically endangered Southern Resident killer whales from ship traffic that interferes with their feeding in the heart of their Salish Sea foraging habitat. The suit follows news that three more of these starving orcas are presumed dead, leaving their number at 73.

We also sued the Fisheries Service for failing to protect 12 coral species around Florida and islands in the Pacific Ocean. These corals received Endangered Species Act protection in 2014, but not the critical habitat protection they need to recover, which the law requires. About 30 percent of the world’s corals have been lost, and scientists say the rest could be gone by the end of the century. We can’t wait any longer to save them.

Last but not least, we sued Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency over its approval of the bee-killing pesticide sulfoxaflor for use on 200 million acres of crops. The EPA made this approval despite the fact that its own scientists concluded sulfoxaflor is “very highly toxic” to bees.

This brings our Trump lawsuit count to 158

 

WAV Comment – What else do you expect from this family of nature abusing Psycho’s ?

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USA: The U.S. Government Has Just Gutted the Endangered Species Act – Two States Plan to Sue.

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The U.S. Government Has Just Gutted the Endangered Species Act – Two States Plan to Sue

The U.S. Government Has Just Gutted the Endangered Species Act – Two States Plan to Sue

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On August 12, the Trump administration announced significant and potentially devastating changes to the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Leading up to the changes, the US Fish and Wildlife Service invited public feedback, but went ahead in spite of receiving more than 800,000 public comments and letters signed by a variety of U.S. representatives and senators. Ten states and more than 30 tribal nations also publicly opposed the changes.

Within hours of the announcement, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra both announced plans to sue.

“By gutting key components of the Endangered Species Act, one of our country’s most successful environmental laws, the Trump Administration is putting our most imperiled species and our vibrant local tourism and recreation industries at risk,” Healey said in a statement. “We will be taking the Administration to court to defend federal law and protect our rare animals, plants, and the environment.”

Many other conservationists, organizations, and political and public figures are expected to join the fight against the changes.

“This decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) eliminates many essential conservation tools that have protected imperiled species and their habitats for decades,” said Cathy Liss, president of the Animal Welfare Institute. “With this drastic revision of core components of the ESA, the current administration is favoring industry at the expense of vulnerable wildlife.”

What are the changes?

  • Historically, threatened species have received the same levels of protection as endangered species. If the changes go ahead next month as expected, these protections will be significantly weakened.
  • Previously, economic factors couldn’t be disclosed or considered as part of the decision to protect a species. With the forthcoming changes, the cost of preserving a species becomes part of the equation.
  • Under the existing ESA, land that vulnerable species historically occupied or might require in the future is protected. Now, these areas may be opened up to development, or industries such as mining.
  • Climate change will become less relevant. Previously, animals such as the polar bear have been protected due to predictions regarding the loss of sea ice thanks to global warming. Now, officials call this kind of scientific modeling “unpredictable.”

“They’re trying to make it difficult, if not impossible, to protect unoccupied habitat,” said Rebecca Riley, legal director for nature programs at the Natural Resources Defense Council. “We know climate change is going to force animals to move to new habitats.”

About the Endangered Species Act

The ESA was instigated in 1973 and is responsible for preventing the extinction of 99 percent of the 1650 species it has protected.

The bald eagle, California condor, humpback whale, grizzly bear, and American alligator are still around today thanks to this act.

In May this year, the United Nations released a report on world biodiversity, stating that one million plant and animal species are on the brink of extinction. Their survival is our survival; the earth is at breaking point, and these changes to the ESA are nothing short of criminal.

We applaud the organizations and individuals who are determined to fight for our environment and we will do everything in our power to support them.

Posted by Carly Day | August 14, 2019

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Brazil: There is war in Amazonas

 

When Notre Dame burned, the world’s media reported on every moment and many billionaires rushed to rebuild it, even foreign governments offered their financial aid.
At the moment, the Amazon, the lung of our planet, is burning.

 

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It’s been burning for 3 weeks and the world is watching and silent. Right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro is against protected areas, as he made clear when he arrived at the G20 summit in Japan.
And despite criticism of right-wing extremist President Jair Bolsonaro, the EU and Mercosur member states, including Brazil, have come to an agreement after more than two decades. This creates the largest free trade area in the world.

At the same time, President Jair Bolsonaro sent heavily armed men to the Amazon to plunder the rainforest. In one week alone, 9,507 fires were detected in Brazil.

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IT IS RISING WAR ‘in Brazil’s Amazon region. Rainforests are considered the green lung of the earth. More than half of the world’s remaining tropical forest is in Brazil. Just last year, according to the government, the Brazilian rainforest shrank by about 7,900 square kilometers, an area of ​​more than one million football fields.

Rainforests around the world absorb about 30 percent of man-made greenhouse gases, or about 11 billion tons of CO2 per year. Critics and indigenous peoples who stand in the way of right-wing extremist President Jair Bolsonaro are being murdered.

“Your profit destroys our lives,” say the people who lose everything, but do not give up and fight against their governments, like the many people who lost their lives in Brazil in 2019. They are tortured and murdered because they are fighting for their land. These murders are not receiving any attention in Germany, because it is often German companies that benefit from these projects.

Brazil is the largest economic location outside of Germany, with around 1300 German companies based mainly in Greater São Paulo. Brazil is also Germany’s largest trading partner in Latin America.

Record number of forest fires in the Amazon rainforest

Brazil’s Amazon rainforest recorded a record number of fires this year, according to new data from the country’s Space Research Agency.
The National Institute for Space Research (IPNE) has so far uncovered 72,843 fires so far this year, and since Thursday there have been 9,507 fires in Brazil.

The new data show an increase of 83% over the same period in 2018, the highest since records began in 2013.

In light of the progressing deforestation in Brazil, several states recently announced that they would stop subsidizing the protection of the Amazon forest. For example, Norway, the largest forest conservation fund in Brazil so far, said it was freezing around US $ 33 million for the so-called Amazon Fund.

Bolsonaro denied other countries the right to interfere. “The Amazon is ours, not you,” said the president.

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My comment: Amazonas is the world’s largest tropical rainforest with an area of ​​approximately 5.8 million square kilometers. About 75 percent of the area is attributable to Brazil. The region is home to a rich and diverse flora and fauna. In addition, it is crucial for the global climate.

Only a few people are aware that for the destruction of the forests of South America is due the European factory farming.
There huge soy plantations destroy the native fauna and flora. Soya, which is needed to feed chickens, cattle and pigs in Europe, is now growing to over 11 million hectares in South America – and demand is growing rapidly.
In 2014, more than 312 million tonnes of soybeans were harvested worldwide. Of that, the most part lands on the plate indirectly as a meat menu.

It is processed to animal feed and serves the growing meat production in the animal factories.

My best regards to all, Venus

 

Happy World Orangutan Day !

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World Orangutan Day

Did you know that over 100,000 Bornean orangutans were lost between 1999 and 2015 mainly due to deforestation and poaching? And now these orangutans are  critically endangered.

To help prevent further habitat loss, WWF Malaysia led a project in Sarawak to provide a sustainable habitat for orangutans as well as create a stable income for the local communities living alongside these great apes.

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The Gaharu Tree

At the centre of this project is the Gaharu tree –  a native plant to Sarawak that traditionally provided valuable wood to the local people. It was then discovered that the tree leaves could be made into a tea which can be farmed and sold.

Great news for both the local people and the orangutans, as the tree no longer needs to be cut down and can continue to grow with only its leaves being trimmed for the tea.

Because of this, the Menyang Taih people planted 8,000 Gaharu trees on empty and degraded land which prevented further deforestation – and with the help of WWF volunteers a further 3,000 trees were planted.

Encouraging tree planting means that the orangutan habitat can be protected and hopefully orangutan populations will grow and thrive in Sarawak.

Find out more:

https://www.wwf.org.uk/updates/planting-future-orangutans-and-people?pc=GLN005002&utm_source=Supporters&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=FindOutMore&utm_campaign=GLN005002_FriendsActive_FY20_WorldOrangDay&_ccCt=tpKGLIbyPykBIbEfbsB7P8C3NEnb7vdHSY%7eiozMGgtAbBZsl5qbf5mrvZlcNWqqu

 

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Adopt an Orangutan

Projects like this create a sustainable economy and a stable ecosystem for both orangutans and people. But more still needs to be done.

Borneo is projected to lose 22 million hectares of forest between 2010 and 2030. We’re running out of time.

Adopt an orangutan today so we can continue to help local communities manage protected areas and to fund our other essential work with orangutans.

Adopt an Orangutan:

https://support.wwf.org.uk/adopt-an-orang-utan?pc=GLN005002&utm_source=Supporters&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=AdoptOrangutan&utm_campaign=GLN005002_FriendsActive_FY20_WorldOrangDay&_ccCt=il9iQ3C9z8hBIbEfbsB7P8C3NEnb7vdHSY%7eiozMGgtAbBZsl5qbf5mrvZlcNWqqu

 

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Top 10 Orangutan Facts

Want to find out more about orangutans? Our top 10 facts page will tell you everything you need to know!

View the top 10 facts here:

https://www.wwf.org.uk/updates/top-10-facts-about-orangutans?_ccCt=99WzneLiJRnBIbEfbsB7P8C3NEnb7vdHSY~iozMGgtAbBZsl5qbf5mrvZlcNWqqu&pc=GLN005002

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France: the gardeners go to the roof

 

The world’s largest roof farm will open soon in Paris. 14,000 square meters vegetable garden on a roof! Agriculture is different too!

 

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Large roof farms are not new.
The advantage: no long transport routes and old, forgotten vegetables, which can be stored only for a limited time, find their way back to the table.
Urban gardens and community gardens are a worldwide phenomenon. More and more people are coming together to shape their environment together and grow organic food.

After French Minister of Agriculture Didier Guillaume announced that France will stop using glyphosate and also encourage organic fruit and vegetables, Paris will open the world’s largest rooftop farm with around 14,000 square meters.

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So far, the largest 7,000-square-meter rooftop farm and giant greenhouse is on a factory building in Chicago’s South Side. Here grow up to 10 million pieces of leafy vegetables per year. “Urban farming” is the name of the trend that began in New York.
Although smaller farms have been built on rooftops in other locations in Paris, this project is the largest in the world.

Agriculture Minister Didier Guillaume recommends organic and biodynamic agriculture and urges producers to return to the farming practices used by their grandparents, which have been forgotten. With success, because in France, 3,000 producers of fruit and vegetables have joined in one year, avoiding pesticides using nets, different agronomic techniques and crop rotation.

The plants are grown in the air like on a traditional farm, but in vertical watchtowers similar to those used in indoor farms like Plenty, a robotic farm in Silicon Valley. On the sides of the towers sprout plants that allow to grow more food in a small space. The system is aeroponic, ie no soil is used, and the plants are fed with a nutrient-filled mist that meets biologic standards and uses little water.

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When asked how one wants to feed people in a large metropolis, without the food having a long journey behind it, New York had an answer: “Urban Farming”, while city dwellers simply plant their own vegetables. In the metropolis, however, there is hardly any room for it – that is why the gardeners usually go to the roof.

New York’s Brooklyn Grange is a seasonal, commercial rooftop farm that sells its crop through neighborhood supermarkets and weekly markets.
Founded in 2010, Brooklyn Grange was the world’s largest single-roof urban farm project, covering more than 6,000 square meters. Replaced in 2016 with a new 7,000-square-meter rooftop farm and a giant greenhouse on a factory building in Chicago’s South Side.
Here grow up to 10 million pieces of leafy vegetables per year.

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Vertical agriculture – fields and pastures should no longer extend to the horizon, but into the air: floor above floor, in the middle of the city. The hope is a revolution in agriculture and an answer to the question of how we feed humanity. More than seven billion people inhabit the earth today, and in the year 2050 it will be over nine billion, according to United Nations estimates. 70 percent of them will live in cities.

Can we produce enough food for everyone on the planet? A question many scientists around the world ask themselves. In Singapore, “Skygreen” provides an example of how this is possible, not just technically, but also economically.
Increasing food safety through this food production, also due to the impact of global climate change, is 10 times more productive per square meter than conventional agriculture, according to the Skygreen video.

The Singapore Vertical-Farms that herald an Agricultural Revolution –
Take a look, it’s worth it.

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My comment: I would like to try the salad from the Roof Gardens, but if we want to talk seriously about global hunger and solving this problem, it certainly is not a suitable solution for world food.

The cause of misery on this planet, hunger, massacre, climatic catastrophe, destruction of the forest and the oceans is primarily due to the uncontrolled, inexorable proliferation of human species.
And more and more children are being made, who in future will have a large share of blame for the climate catastrophe and the rise of animal misery.
Because also the man of the future needs his food, his wood, his plastic, his house, his car … the more people the more climate and animal misery, that’s how easy it is.

To put a child into the world today has less to do with love than with cruelty.
Therefore, such projects do not really help. What really can help us is rethinking about overpopulation around the world.

 

My best regards to all, Venus

USA: Latest News from the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Latest News from the Center for Biological Diversity

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Unprecedented: Trump Guts the Endangered Species Act

We’ve never seen an attack like this on the Endangered Species Act.

On Monday the Trump administration finalized sweeping changes to the Act that weaken habitat protections, block climate change from being addressed as a threat to vanishing wildlife, and create new barriers to preventing extinctions. Trump’s rules have one goal: to make it easy for industry to plunder our lands and waters for private profit — endangered species be damned.

The Endangered Species Act is the world’s strongest law for saving species from extinction. It’s the reason we still share this planet with bald eagles and whooping cranes and gray wolves.

You can be sure the Center for Biological Diversity will stop this cowardly, vicious move with all the strength we’ve got. We’re counting on you to stand with us in the historic fight ahead.

Please consider supporting our court battle with a donation to our Endangered Species Act Protection Fund.

 

Suit Launched to Save Green Sea Turtle Habitat

Green sea turtles cross oceans to nest on beaches that soon could be inundated as the seas rise. The gentle animals are also being hurt and killed by plastic pollution. So on Tuesday the Center and allies launched a lawsuit to force the Trump administration to protect their habitat.

“The recovery of most green sea turtle populations is a beacon of hope in our changing oceans, but we’ve got to protect the places they live,” said Jaclyn Lopez, our Florida director.

Get more from Maui Now.

 

Court Approves Ban on Cyanide Bombs in Wyoming Forests

 

Days after Trump’s EPA gave a thumbs-up to the ongoing use of sodium cyanide in M-44s (or “cyanide bombs”), forest creatures across 10 million acres in Wyoming caught a break from the lethal devices.

A judge has approved an agreement, secured by the Center and allies, to ban M-44s across the state’s national forests. It also requires the federal program “Wildlife Services” — which uses cyanide bombs — to analyze the impacts of its killing of coyotes, bobcats and other Wyoming wildlife. And new trapping restrictions will help protect grizzlies and other animals. Read more.

 

Take Action: Save Joshua Tree From Sprawl

 

One of our best-loved national parks, Southern California’s Joshua Tree, is threatened by plans to build a city next door.

The sprawl development would bring more than 25,000 people to an isolated spot that’s now home to vulnerable animals like desert tortoises, bighorn sheep and kit foxes. It would drain aquifers, punch a hole in a wildlife corridor, and destroy a key stopover place for migratory birds.

The Riverside County Planning Commission is poised to make its final decision on approving the development. Take one minute now to urge it to say no and protect the area’s wild character.

 

We Just Sued Trump Over His Dirty Power Plan

 

On Wednesday we and our partners sued Trump’s EPA to overturn its Dirty Power Plan and reinstate the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. The agency failed to meet its legal obligations under the Clean Air Act when it repealed and replaced this set of policies.

“The Dirty Power Plan’s only purpose is to make fossil fuel CEOs richer, no matter how deadly and dangerous that is for the rest of us,” said Center senior attorney Clare Lakewood.

Read more in our press release.