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Interview of the Week: Gary Strieker, Executive Producer, This American Land

Interview of the Week: Gary Strieker, Executive Producer, This American Land

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Park Service Closes Shenandoah National Park But Some DC Monuments Remain Open

Park Service Closes Shenandoah National Park But Some DC Monuments Remain Open

The National Park Service continues to close parks on a piecemeal basis, this week Shenandoah National Park closed, but even after an appeal from D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) to close them before the weekend crowds descend, the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials in Washington, D.C. remain open.

Why This Matters:  Delegate Holmes Norton is right when she argues that “Federal agencies must do their part to flatten the curve,” but the Park Service is certainly not leading by example. 

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Public Opinion in Asian Nations Overwhelmingly Favors Closing Unregulated “Wet Markets”

Public Opinion in Asian Nations Overwhelmingly Favors Closing Unregulated “Wet Markets”

The World Wildlife Fund – U.S. (WWF- US) commissioned a public opinion survey in Hong Kong SAR, Japan, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam in early March and they found that 93% of respondents in the four countries with active illegal wildlife markets support efforts by their governments and health ministries to close all illegal and unregulated markets selling wild animals – Japan was the lone exception.  

Why This Matters:  As Dr. Fauci says if we do not have enough evidence of the global toll unsustainable practices like this are having on our world, then what will it take?  

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The Blue Ridge Parkway:  Built by the CCC and Now Protected By the Land & Water Conservation Fund

The Blue Ridge Parkway: Built by the CCC and Now Protected By the Land & Water Conservation Fund

The Blue Ridge Parkway — first conceived in 1933 to connect Skyline Drive to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park — is a feast for the eyes, designed by landscape architects specifically to showcase a variety of vistas and views.  But preserving them requires conserving parcels along the boundaries of the Park, which, as This […]

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Interview of the Week: Dr. Enric Sala, National Geographic Explorer in Residence

Interview of the Week: Dr. Enric Sala, National Geographic Explorer in Residence

Dr. Sala leads the National Geographic Society’s program to conserve the last wild places in the ocean.  ODP:  The Coronavirus pandemic has harmed people around the globe.  How will this global crisis help more people to see the importance of conserving nature for our own health and well-being? ES: The global pandemic is a tragedy […]

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Creating “Safe Passages” To Conserve Migration Routes in Wyoming As the Climate Changes

Creating “Safe Passages” To Conserve Migration Routes in Wyoming As the Climate Changes

The Washington Post did a beautiful piece on the importance of preserving wildlife corridors in the face of climate change and other man-made threats. Interstate 80 is a vital transportation link that connects the east and west coasts, but it also blocks the historic migration routes through the Rocky Mountains for mule deer, elk, and pronghorn — some of the most iconic species of wildlife in the American West.

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After Slashing Its Budget, President Trump Now Wants Congress To Permanently Fund Parks

After Slashing Its Budget, President Trump Now Wants Congress To Permanently Fund Parks

Although he has repeatedly called for cutting its funding by as much as 97 percent year after year including in his most recent budget proposal, on Tuesday President Trump called on Congress to pass a law to permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund. 

Why This Matters:  President Trump is no friend of land conservation — it is tragic that he has vastly increased oil and gas drilling on public lands and even in formerly protected areas, but based on this one tweet will now argue that he supports parks.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

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One Cool Tweet: #BringNatureBack

Listen. Nature is falling silent. EU must make major changes to our food, farming, and consumption and #BringNatureBack now! sound up🎶 >>https://t.co/3jDwxof9xb#NatureNow @EU_Commission @vonderleyen @TimmermansEU pic.twitter.com/D0tsr6tC3J — Friends of the Earth (@foeeurope) February 27, 2020 It is World Wildlife Day tomorrow.  We could not think of a better way to get you into the spirit […]

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Interview of the Week: Elizabeth Mrema: On A Global Agreement for 30×30 for Nature

Interview of the Week: Elizabeth Mrema: On A Global Agreement for 30×30 for Nature

Elizabeth Mrema is the Acting Executive Secretary of the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity and will lead the year-long negotiation by the parties to the Convention on whether and how to set a goal of conserving 30% of the planet for nature by 2030.  ODP:  This is just the first in a series of negotiations […]

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Western Voters, Nevadans In Particular, See Climate and Pollution As Top Issues In Election

Western Voters, Nevadans In Particular, See Climate and Pollution As Top Issues In Election

A new poll released Thursday by Colorado College just before the Nevada Democratic caucuses shows that for residents of both parties in Western states care deeply about a wide range of conservation issues from battling climate change and pollution, to protecting federal lands and parks and endangered species, and ensuring clean and plentiful water. 

Why This Matters:  If history is a guide, climate change will drive Latinos to vote in the caucuses and in the general election in Nevada this year.

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Happy World Whale Day — Saving the Whales:  Progress, Threats, and New Hope

Happy World Whale Day — Saving the Whales:  Progress, Threats, and New Hope

By Patrick Ramage, Director – Marine Conservation, International Fund for Animal Welfare This World Whale Day, as whale-huggers and marine conservationists from Maui to Monterey, Monaco to Mombasa measure recent progress, there is much to celebrate. As we assess prospects for actually “saving the whales” in the 21st century, there is also much cause for […]

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New Report Shows U.S. Is The Biggest Loser As Nature Declines

New Report Shows U.S. Is The Biggest Loser As Nature Declines

A new World Wildlife Fund report entitled “Global Futures” released yesterday calculated the economic cost of nature’s decline across 140 countries ranging from India to Brazil, and it shows that if the world carries on with “business as usual” or BAU, the United States would take the biggest hit against its annual GDP in absolute terms, with […]

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