Court OKs Border Wall Environmental Waiver

Court OKs Border Wall Environmental Waiver

The usually liberal federal appeals court in California sides with President Trump on Monday, ruling that the government has wide latitude to waive environmental laws to build a segment of the border wall in order to put on a speed construction of some border construction projects in southern California.  According to NPR, the court let stand a Department of Homeland Security decision to bypass environmental regulations — including the National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Air Act, and Endangered Species Act — to quickly construct barriers and roads near the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Major Wildlife Trafficking Busts In Hong Kong and Uganda

Major Wildlife Trafficking Busts In Hong Kong and Uganda

CNN reported last Friday that Hong Kong customs agents had taken into custody $8 million dollars worth of smuggled endangered species parts, including the largest single cache of pangolin scales.  This was one of the largest wildlife trafficking busts ever in Hong Kong, a gateway for smugglers to bring illegal good into China.  In a raid, authorities seized 8,300 kilograms (18,300 pounds) of suspected pangolin scales and 2,100 kilograms (4,600 pounds) of suspected ivory tusks from a 40-foot container ship that was supposed to be transporting frozen beef from Nigeria.

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Wyoming’s wild migration

Wyoming’s wild migration

Each year as winter falls on mountainous western states like Wyoming, thousands of deer, elk, moose, bighorn sheep, bison and mountain goats begin their seasonal trek to lower elevations. These migrations are truly something to behold and as Smithsonian Magazine described, herd mammals follow historic routes, passed along by mother to young from year to year until […]

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One Adorable Thing:  Hello Kitties!

One Adorable Thing: Hello Kitties!

There was a “special delivery” for the Metro Richmond Zoo on November 30th, when they welcomed seven baby cheetas! They were born to Vaila and Kalu, two cheetahs who have been residents at the zoo but had not mated with each other before.  Cheetah septuplets are rare — only occurring in 1% of all births.  […]

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In the Midst of Political Turmoil, Can Congo’s Okapi Be Saved?

In the Midst of Political Turmoil, Can Congo’s Okapi Be Saved?

The striped Okapi is a rare hybrid – described as half zebra and half giraffe – found in the wild only in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in one of the most biodiverse areas on Earth. Most people have never seen or heard of this mythical creature, but CNN reports that it is iconic for this small nation — like the giant panda is to China or the kangaroo is to Australia. Its image can be found on cigarette packages, stamps, water bottles, and even on the country’s paper currency. But now it is highly endangered — there are only 10,000 remaining in the wild, a 50% reduction in the last 25 years. 

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A Wolverine-like Tree Frog Is Discovered in the Andes

A Wolverine-like Tree Frog Is Discovered in the Andes

  By Tessa Cafritz and Monica Medina Even as experts warn about the rapid pace of species extinction, there are discoveries that provide hope, wonder, and new insights as well.  Early in January, National Geographic reported that biologists recently discovered a new species of tree frog —Hylosciirtus hillisi — that they named after a famous U.S. evolutionary biologist David […]

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