Navy Sonar Settlement Brings Historic Win for Whales

September 14, 2015, earthjustice.org | “The blue whale is one of the largest animals ever known to have lived on Earth, but despite its heft, this magnificently oversized marine mammal can’t withstand the biological blows caused by Navy sonar training and testing.”

Yes!!!
The blue whale is one of the largest animals ever known to have lived on Earth, but despite its heft, this magnificently oversized marine mammal can’t withstand the biological blows caused by Navy sonar training and testing. Today, the blue whale…
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California to List World’s Most Commonly Used Herbicide as Carcinogen

September 4, 2015, www.biologicaldiversity.org | “California’s Environmental Protection Agency has announced that it will list glyphosate — a widely used herbicide dangerous to people and linked to the dramatic decline of monarch butterflies — as a chemical known to cause cancer. Earlier this year the World Health Organization found that glyphosate, commonly known as Roundup, was a probable human carcinogen based on extensive research.”

California to list ‪#‎RoundUp‬, world’s most common ‪#‎herbicide‬, as a ‪#‎carcinogen‬! …finally …
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California’s Environmental Protection Agency has announced that it will list…
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End Mining Within 100 Feet of Streams

August 28, 2015, action.biologicaldiversity.org | “For decades legal loopholes have allowed coal companies to mine directly through streams, harming imperiled species like the Colorado pikeminnow and eastern hellbender salamander, and poisoning downstream waterways for people.  But at least the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement has proposed a new Stream Buffer Zone Rule that would restrict all mining within 100 feet of streams.”

A court victory in 2014 against exceptions made by George Bush in 2008 requires that a new strict rule be adopted.
For decades legal loopholes have allowed coal companies to mine directly through streams, harming…
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Judge denies attempt to block water release for Klamath salmon

August 27, 2015, www.bendbulletin.com | “A federal judge has denied a request by agricultural water providers in California’s Central Valley to block emergency water releases to protect Klamath River salmon from the drought.  U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill in Fresno, California, on Wednesday rejected a request for a temporary restraining order sought by Westlands Water District and San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority.”

Robert Brothers shared a link to GoodNews FortheEarth‘s Timeline.

GRANTS PASS — A federal judge has denied a request by agricultural water providers in California’s Central Valley to block emergency water releases to protect Klamath River salmon from the drought. U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill in Fresno, California, on Wednesday rejected a request for a t…
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Brazil’s special forces wage uphill fight against Amazon destroyers

July 10, 2015, www.latimes.com | “Carrying guns and wearing jungle fatigues, the three men don’t look like scientists as they push their way through the thick foliage of the Amazon.  They’re trying to reach a clearing they’ve seen on satellite images. When they finally get there, they discover that the largest trees have been uprooted by a tractor. The ground has been seeded with grass to create a pasture for cattle.”

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Carrying guns and wearing jungle fatigues, the three men don’t look like scientists as they push their way through the thick foliage of the Amazon.
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Scientists raise population estimate for world’s most endangered sloth

July 1, 2015, news.mongabay.com | “There may be more pygmy sloths than believed, according to a new paper in the Journal of Mammalogy. Scientists originally estimated a population of less than 500 pygmy sloths (Bradypus pygmaeus) on Escudo de Veraguas Island off the coast of Panama, the only place in the world where these diminutive sloths survive. But the discovery that these sloths inhabit the interior of the island—and not just the mangroves ringing the edges—means there could be as many as 3,200 sloths on the small island.”

“It’s a miscount, but possibly a positive miscount.
There may be more pygmy sloths than believed, according to a new paper in the Journal of Mammalogy. Scientists originally estimated a population of less than…
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Court Rules Grazing Harms Endangered Species in Arizona’s Fossil Creek

June 29, 2015, www.biologicaldiversity.org | “A federal court has ruled that cattle grazing in the Fossil Creek watershed of central Arizona harms critical habitat of threatened frogs, in violation of the Endangered Species Act. The ruling resulted from a lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity in 2010. ‘Fossil Creek is one of the Southwest’s most biologically precious river reaches,’ said Jay Lininger, a senior scientist with the Center. ‘The ruling is a victory for this beautiful creek, native wildlife and public investments made to recover them.'”

Good news for endangered species and precious Arizona rivers. Cattle grazing in stream corridors illegally harms critical habitat of threatened amphibians. It doesn’t stop grazing or watershed degradation, but opens a door to advocacy under the “adverse modification” standard of the Endangered Species Act. Little by little, such battles are won.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— A federal court has ruled that cattle grazing in the Fossil Creek watershed of central…
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Germany To Turn 62 Military Bases Into Nature Sanctuaries For Birds, Beetles And Bats

June 19, 2015, www.huffingtonpost.com | “The German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation announced on Thursday that it will turn 62 military bases into tranquil nature reserves.  ‘We are seizing a historic opportunity with this conversion — many areas that were once no-go zones are no longer needed for military purposes,’ Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks said, according to Agence France-Presse.”

“Thank you, Heather Louise Parker, for letting us know about this.
Next time, you can post things directly our Timeline at GoodNews FortheEarth
The German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation announced on Thursday that it will turn 62 military bases into tranquil nature reserves. “We are seizing a historic…
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France Bans Sale of Monsanto Herbicide Roundup in Nurseries

June 14, 2015, www.ndtv.com | “French Ecology Minister Segolene Royal announced today a ban on the sale of popular weedkiller Roundup from garden centres, which the UN has warned may be carcinogenic. The active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, was in March classified as “probably carcinogenic to humans” by the UN’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).”

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French Ecology Minister Segolene Royal announced today a ban on the sale of popular weedkiller Roundup from garden centres, which the UN has warned may…
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Logging Industry Lawsuit Demanding Aggressive Cutting Thrown Out By Federal Court

A BLM-managed forest in Oregon.June 12, 2015, earthjustice.org | “A logging industry lawsuit that sought to force the Bureau of Land Management to increase logging on public lands in southwest Oregon was thrown out today by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. The ruling vacates a 2013 decision that would have forced the Bureau of Land Management to sell timber even when those sales would have harmed salmon and had detrimental impacts on water quality and recreation.”

Maryska Azzena shared a photo to GoodNews FortheEarth‘s Timeline.
Yay!
VICTORY: Today, a logging industry lawsuit that sought to force the Bureau of Land Management to increase logging on public lands in southwest Oregon was defeated. http://ejus.tc/1MwrKmb
If successful, this lawsuit would have allowed logging companies to cut down more 100 year-old forests, decreasing protections for clean water and wildlife on southwest Oregon public lands. The ancient forests of Oregon and all the people that live there can breathe a sigh of relief.
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