23 Species Declared Extinct in the United States

23 Species Declared Extinct in the United States

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Twenty-three species in the United States will be declared extinct by the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) today. The extinctions include 11 birds, eight freshwater mussels, two fish, a bat, and a plant. These species will join a list of more than 150 others already declared extinct in the […]

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Wildlife Crossings As Part Of The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

Wildlife Crossings As Part Of The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

by Kate Wall, IFAW Senior Legislative Manager In Washington, D.C., the Senate has passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a piece of bipartisan legislation aimed at improving the nation’s transportation and utility infrastructure. Among the nearly 2,000 pages of text is something quite new for a federal infrastructure package: $350 million to build wildlife […]

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Congress Urges Biden to Declare Extinction Crisis a National Emergency

Congress Urges Biden to Declare Extinction Crisis a National Emergency

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer On Friday, nine Representatives introduced a bill that would direct the President to declare the global extinction crisis a national emergency. The Extinction Crisis Emergency Act would designate resources and agencies to evaluate and protect threatened species across the country and crack down on international endangered animal trade. Advocates say that […]

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BP Begins Drilling Development Near World’s Largest Cold-Water Coral Reef

BP Begins Drilling Development Near World’s Largest Cold-Water Coral Reef

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Oil company BP has embarked on a gas-drilling project off the coast of Senegal and Mauritania in West Africa. The company is calling the project the first step in a series of projects in the region. The project borders the world’s largest cold-water coral reef, and the company, which pledged to reach net-zero […]

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Humans Must Learn to Coexist With Nature

Humans Must Learn to Coexist With Nature

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 […]

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The Solid Connection Between Biodiversity and Climate Change

The Solid Connection Between Biodiversity and Climate Change

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 […]

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