Environmental Protection

Endangered Species

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.

Rabbitsfoot Mussel Joins List of Endangered Candidates

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released its annual list of candidates for the Endangered Species Act.

Cambodian Wildlife Park also Protects Carbon

The project is a model for demonstrating how reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation can be implemented.

Slowing Turbine Blades Lowers Bat Mortality, Study Says

University of Calgary scientists say bats are more likely to fly in low wind speeds, at which time the turbines can be slowed without a loss in energy generation.

Pesticide Label Changes Prompted by Salmon Protection

EPA said it will ask pesticide manufacturers to voluntarily include new information on product labels, including buffer zones, limits on application and fish mortality reporting requirements.

CBD, Greenpeace Sue NOAA to Protect Ribbon Seal

Groups cite flawed Bush-era decision for denying Endangered Species Act protection to ribbon seals.


Bridges for Human and Aquatic Species

MACTEC Engineering and Consulting assembled a design team for the U.S. Forest Service to evaluate the risks and determine mitigating measures to enable safe passage for human traffic and aquatic species in nine National Forests.

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