Environmental Protection

Endangered Species


Maine Requires Seaplanes to Carry Water Protection Sticker

State expands the net for water crafts to help protect its lakes and ponds from invasive species.

USDA and Interior Agree to Protect Sage-Grouse Habitat

Habitat producers can sign up through April 23 to participate in the first round of rankings for the protection initiative, which will be funneled through the Environmental Quality and Wildlife Habitat incentive programs.

Zebra Mussel, Round Goby Transfer PCBs into Great Lakes' Walleyes

Invasive species responsible in contaminating the popular sport fish, according to a study by the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment.

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Contaminated Insect Diet May be Linked to Carnivorous Plant Health

UK study says toxic metals may contribute to decline of meat-eating plants such as the endangered white-topped pitcher plant.

Army Finds Way to Recover Golden-cheeked Warbler

Using market-based conservation, the Fort Hood Recovery Credit System pays private landowners for recovery actions because its base is home to the largest known population of the endangered birds.

NRC: Science Justifies Most Fish Protection Action in Bay Delta

However, the justification is not as clear for the basis for specific environmental triggers that indicate when water diversions should be reduced.

F&WS Seeks Comment on Invasive Snakes Control Plan

Under the Lacey Act, pythons and anacondas could be designated as "injurious" and their importation would be prohibited.

USDA Initiative to Improve Sage-Grouse Conservation

The agency will use up to $16 million to reduce threats to the birds, including disease and invasive species and habitat improvement. 



Study Finds Governments Using Markets to Save Species

Ecosystem Marketplace says properly structured mitigation programs result in creating natural habitat that is larger than the area affected by development and potentially better integrated into the regional ecosystem.

Advocates Seek Stronger Stormwater Controls in Washington

Earthjustice files lawsuit to protect salmon and close loopholes.

Cornell Researchers Identify Virulent Fish Virus in Lake Superior

Viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus poses threats to fisheries and aquaculture.

UAB Expert: Increasing Acidity Proves CO2 Is Harming Marine Life

Jim McClintock says the increased acidity of the seawater itself can literally begin to eat away at the outer surfaces of shells of existing clams, snails, and other calcified organisms, which could cause species to die outright or become vulnerable to new predators."

Ecologists Create a More Precise Way to Measure Human Impacts

University of Maryland and Baylor University ecologists may have discovered a lower ecological "tipping point" at which species are threatened.

EDF Urges Academy to Build on Existing Bay Delta Decisions

The National Academy of Sciences should limit itself to the science of the conservation plan and the environmental needs of the Bay Delta, according to the Environmental Defense Fund.

Jane Goodall Institute to Expand Conservation with USAID Grant

The $5.5 million will enable the institute and its partners to continue work in western Tanzania for endangered species, including chimpanzees.

Baylor Study Links Phosphorus Level to Water, Plant Declines

Using the Baylor Experimental Aquatic Research stream facility, researchers found that concentrations above 20 parts per billion resulted in more algae growth and lower dissolved oxygen.

Development Threatens U.S. Conservation Areas

Data from a University of Wisconsin-Madison study found that 940,000 housing units were built between 1940 and 2000 in private land inside the boundaries of national forests.

NatureServe Creates Climate Vulnerability Index for Plants, Animals

The science-based tool lets a user quickly assess the relative vulnerability of species to the effects of predicted climate change in a specific geographic area.

Group Sues EPA for Omitting Polar Bear from Pesticide Impact Review

According to the Center for Biological Diversity, pesticides have been linked to immune and endocrine problems as well as cub mortality in polar bears.

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