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Late last week, the Trump Administration announced its decision to open up for oil and gas drilling nine millions of acres of critical habitat for the Sage Grouse, a bird whose endangered status hinged on whether the habitat would be saved. According to The New York Times, the plan to eliminate protections on the Sage Grouse habitat was engineered by the Acting Secretary of Interior, David Berhnardt, a former oil and gas industry lobbyist, who has now been nominated to fill the top job permanently.
Why This Matters: As Juliet Elperin of The Post said, in a tweet, the “sage grouse lives nowhere else besides America, and it could disappear altogether. As the Trump Administration makes it easier to drill in the bird’s habitat, can environmentalists save it?” The battle will now surely shift to the courts as these groups will have to sue to force the Trump Administration to list the sage grouse as endangered, but even then the leasing might already have taken place — it may be too late. The Obama Administration’s “compromise” was controversial at the time, and now puts the bird’s existence in jeopardy — hindsight is, of course, 20/20.
By Nilanga Jayasinghe, Manager of the Wildlife Conservation team at World Wildlife Fund Imagine living in a modern, densely populated city. On any given morning, you might expect to look out your window and see a stream of cars and pedestrians on their daily commute, bustling shops and restaurants selling their wares, or perhaps local […]
Guest Post by Azzedine Downes, President & CEO, International Fund for Animal Welfare IFAW has long been a leader in recognizing the inherent link between biodiversity and climate change, the existential threat both issues pose to life on our planet, and the critical need to address both these threats together. This week, the results of […]
President Biden: "Watch out for the cicadas. I just got one – it got me." pic.twitter.com/jfrik4bgpB — The Hill (@thehill) June 9, 2021 If you live in Washington, D.C. the cicadas are hard to ignore. But this week their mating-frenzied existence reached new levels of intrusion in day-to-day DC. On Tuesday evening, as AP’s Jonathan […]
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