Two Central Texas Salamanders Receive Endangered Species Act Protections
August 20, 2013 10:04 AM - Center for Biological Diversity

AUSTIN, Texas— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on August 19 protected two Texas salamanders under the Endangered Species Act and designated 4,451 acres as critical habitat for the rare amphibians. The decision to protect the Jollyville Plateau salamander and Austin blind salamander was spurred by a landmark settlement with the Center for Biological Diversity in 2011 that is expediting federal protection decisions for 757 imperiled species across the country.

NWRI RELEASES TWO REPORTS ON ASSESSING RECYCLED WATER CRITERIA FOR STATE OF CALIFORNIA
August 19, 2013 05:42 PM - NATIONAL WATER RESEARCH INSTITUTE

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. – The National Water Research Institute (NWRI) has released two reports that evaluate different aspects of recycled water criteria for the State of California.  One report provides conclusions as to whether recycled water used to irrigate food crops in California is sufficiently protective of public health, while the second report evaluates the suitability of a potential analytical technique to assess water quality during the recycled water treatment process.

TWO NEW HARPY EAGLE NESTS FOUND IN MAYA MOUNTAINS OF BELIZE
Discovery still represents most-northerly known breeding pair in the Americas
August 19, 2013 08:12 AM - BFREE/ Ya'axche Conservation Trust

TOLEDO DISTRICT, Belize – Scientists and local community members recently discovered two new Harpy Eagle nests in the Maya Mountains of southern Belize.  The new nests in Belize are approximately 15km from one another; the first, located in Columbia River Forest Reserve, was discovered by a resident of a nearby village in July 2012.

Two Florida Butterflies Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protection, 17,546 Acres of Protected Habitat
August 15, 2013 11:50 AM - Center for Biological Diversity

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Following an agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity to speed decisions on protection of 757 imperiled species across the country, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed August 14 to protect two butterflies in south Florida under the Endangered Species Act, along with 17,546 acres of critical habitat. The Florida leafwing is a beautiful butterfly that looks like a dead leaf when at rest. Bartram’s scrub-hairstreak is a medium-sized gray butterfly with delicate dashes of white and rust. Both butterflies have lost a significant amount of their habitat due to development, also now facing the serious and compounding threats of climate change.

Forest Service Again Jeopardizing Major Forest Restoration Project in Arizona
August 13, 2013 11:30 AM - Center for Biological Diversity

SILVER CITY, N.M.— The U.S. Forest Service is again jeopardizing a major forest-restoration project that would thin 300,000 acres of northern Arizona’s national forests.

Fungus Causing Deaths of Millions of Bats Now Found in Minnesota
August 12, 2013 12:14 AM - Center for Biological Diversity

ST. PAUL, Minn.— Minnesota wildlife officials announced today that the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome — a deadly disease that has killed millions of bats in North America — has been found on bats in two state parks. The announcement comes less than two weeks after Arkansas wildlife officials reported that the same fungus had been found by scientists in two locations in that state.

Mario Molina receives Presidential Medal of Freedom for helping save ozone layer
August 9, 2013 03:47 PM - Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development

Washington, DC - President Obama announced yesterday that Dr. Mario Molina has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, along with former President Bill Clinton, and 14 others.  The Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian honor in the US, given to acknowledge those who have made especially meritorious contributions to the country’s security or national interests, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant endeavors.

Concord, Mass., Joins Growing Call for National Climate Action
August 9, 2013 03:43 PM - Center for Biological Diversity

CONCORD, Mass.— Concord, Mass., has become the 67th U.S. community to call on President Barack Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency to make full use of the Clean Air Act to cut the greenhouse gas pollution that’s drastically changing the climate and increasing extreme weather risk.

By passing a resolution this week, the Concord Board of Selectmen has joined Cambridge and four other Massachusetts cities, as well as Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles, as part of the Center for Biological Diversity’s national Clean Air Cities campaign.

1,700 Square Miles of Habitat Proposed for Protection for Rare Rockfish in Puget Sound
August 7, 2013 03:20 PM - Center for Biological Diversity

SAN FRANCISCO— The National Marine Fisheries Service proposed Tuesday to protect 1,700 square miles of habitat in Puget Sound for endangered rockfish. Often brightly colored and capable of living more than 100 years, rockfish have seen their populations badly depleted by decades of overfishing. The government analysis preceding this proposal is the first study to identify important rockfish habitat in Puget Sound.

U.S. Navy Ships Participate in Marine Mammal Studies
August 7, 2013 03:16 PM - Defense Media Activity-Navy

Independent researchers working in coordination with the Navy ships USS Dewey (DDG 105) and USS Cape St. George (CG 71) conducted ground-breaking marine mammal behavioral response studies (BRSs) on the Navy’s Southern California Offshore Range in July.

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