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2009-06-19 09:25:00

A partial estimate of Pacific walruses puts their minimum population at a mere 15,164, but researchers admit that the count probably missed some of the animals. The estimate, made public Thursday, only includes animals in half of the walrus habitats in the Bering and Chukchi seas and does not include those who were swimming. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducted the count in reaction to a court deadline insisting that the agency outline the marine mammal stocks most hurt by commercial...

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2009-06-12 11:25:00

The federal government is set to make a substantial expansion of the critical habitat for endangered Hawaiian monk seals to include beaches and waters of the main Hawaiian Islands on Friday. Environmentalists are saying that the addition is a necessity for ending the crisis of the monk seals. The monk seal is known to the native Hawaiians as "dog that runs through rough waters", however its name is derived from its round head covered with short hairs resembling a medieval friar. The monk...

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2009-06-06 08:30:00

An environmental advocacy group says it plans to file a lawsuit against the federal government in an attempt to force legislators to put in place additional protective measures for Arctic seals. In a notice of intent sent to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration this week, the Center for Biological Diversity say it intends to sue the agency for missing a federally mandated deadline for a decision regarding whether ringed, bearded and spotted seals will be added to the endangered...

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2008-12-31 13:18:14

The state of California has sued to stop the federal government from going ahead with mining, logging and other environmentally sensitive projects without consulting scientists. The state claims that the outgoing Bush administration is trying to gut the Endangered Species Act. The Interior and Commerce Departments recently changed rules to enable federal agencies to decide for themselves whether their actions put wildlife at risk, scrapping a previous requirement that they conduct reviews...

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2008-12-05 06:40:00

A conservation group hopes to force the federal government to add the Pacific walrus to the threatened species list by taking them to court.On Wednesday, the Center for Biological Diversity brought a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne for not acting on a petition seeking to protect the Pacific walrus.According to the group, the Pacific walrus is threatened by global warming which melts Arctic sea ice.  The group has also filed...

2008-10-03 06:00:11

By Chris Metinko A state appeals court has upheld an earlier ruling that rejected a lawsuit brought by an environmental group against wind-turbine operators in the Altamont Pass for the killing of raptors and other birds. In a Sept. 18 decision, the Court of Appeal in San Francisco dismissed the lawsuit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity, saying while members of the public may sue under the "public trust doctrine" to protect wildlife, they may sue only government agencies and...

2008-10-02 21:00:11

By Chris Metinko A state appeals court has upheld an earlier ruling that rejected a lawsuit brought by an environmental group against wind-turbine operators in the Altamont Pass for the killing of raptors and other birds. In a Sept. 18 decision, the Court of Appeal in San Francisco dismissed the lawsuit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity, saying while members of the public may sue under the "public trust doctrine" to protect wildlife, they may sue only government agencies and...

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2008-09-30 14:00:00

U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman in Washington made the decision to overturn the Bush administration's decision to remove gray wolves in the Great Lakes region from the endangered species list. Environmental groups had claimed that the government misread the law last year when it called for the removal of protections for some 4,000 gray wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asked a judge in Montana to return gray wolves in the Northern...

2008-09-11 09:00:20

A coalition of conservation organizations committed to promoting sustainable forestry in the United States filed a lawsuit today against the Bush Administration. The organizations are the Forest Stewardship Council-US, Conservation Northwest, and the Center for Biological Diversity. The suit alleges that the Administration violated federal appropriations law when, in September of 2006, without any public process or Congressional approval, the Administration steered $350 million from Canadian...

2008-08-31 12:00:26

By Kari Lydersen The Washington Post CHICAGO -- The American Petroleum Institute and four other business groups filed suit this past week against Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director H. Dale Hall, joining Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's administration in trying to reverse the listing of the polar bear as a threatened species. On Aug. 4, the state of Alaska filed a lawsuit opposing the polar bear's listing, arguing that their populations as a whole are...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'