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.
Volunteers from across the globe help create new great ape reserves
in South West Cameroon
July 29, 2013 08:49 AM - African Conservation Foundation
Volunteers from all over the world are working hand in hand with Cameroonian conservationists to save Cross River gorillas and chimpanzees from extinction. In total six new protected areas will be established to protect vital habitat.
Damage from Methane Release by Arctic Permafrost Could Cost $60 Trillion
World's poorest would bear 80% of costs
July 26, 2013 11:40 AM - Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development
Washington DC – Warming caused by methane released by thawing Arctic permafrost could cost the world more than $60 trillion in damages, according to a new study published yesterday in Nature, nearly equal to the 2012 global GDP of $70 trillion. The study estimates that the release of methane trapped in East Siberian Arctic Shelf over a decade could push global temperatures over the 2°C guardrail, beyond which impact could be come unmanageable, 15 years earlier that the current 2050 date, or as soon as 2035.
Vice President Biden Keeps HFCs at Top of US Geo-Political Agenda During India Visit
July 25, 2013 12:52 PM - Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development
Montreal Protocol HFC amendment presents biggest near-term mitigation opportunity Avoids 0.5°C of warming by end of century