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A Major Loophole In The Tiger Trade Is Closing, But It's Not Enough To Curb Trafficking

A white tiger at Big Cat Rescue in Florida.


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A white tiger at Big Cat Rescue in Florida.

A major loophole in the regulation of America’s tiger population went into effect Friday, after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service closed the loophole last month. Mixed-breed, or “generic,” captive tigers will be subject to the same oversight as pure-bred tigers, which are protected by legislation.
All tigers will now be subject to the Endangered Species Act and subject to the highest level of national regulation. Generic tigers that are being bought and sold across state lines tigers will need to be registered under the Captive-bred Wildlife Registration program.
The immediate effects of this action will be to curb the sale of tigers across state lines and to deter those who illegally traffic in tigers or tiger parts abroad, according to Kate Dylewsky, a spokesperson for the animal advocacy group Born Free USA. “But it will probably have no effect whatsoever on privat[……]

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Obama's Ban On Plastic Microbeads Failed In One Huge Way

Campaigners want to make sure microbead bans in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia don't repeat the same mistakes made


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Campaigners want to make sure microbead bans in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia don’t repeat the same mistakes made in the U.S.

Stiv Wilson chose his battle three and a half years ago. The problem is, he still doesn’t know who all his opponents are.
An environmental activist fixated on curbing plastic pollution in the oceans he loves to surf and sail, Wilson focused his efforts on eliminating microbeads, the tiny plastic particles most commonly used as exfoliants in facial scrubs, body washes and toothpastes. Polyethylene plastic beads don’t disintegrate or biodegrade, and about 8 trillion beads ― enough to cover more than 300 tennis courts ― end up in waterways across the United States every day.
In December, Wilson claimed victory when President Obama signed a bill outlawing microbeads from rinse-off cosmetics by mid-2017. Targeting those products was easy ― the U.S. Food and Drug Admini[……]

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Pretty Much Everything Donald Trump Said About Energy and Climate Was Wrong, Ignorant, or Gibberish

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The presidential campaign of Donald Trump has largely been a policy-free, fact-free, detail-free event, based on emotion (especially fear), pandering to shallow slogans (“Make America Great”), and the aggressive personal and ad hominem abuse of his Republican and Democratic opponents.
As a result, it is of special interest when 爱上海经典论坛 爱上海同城对对碰Trump tries to address real issues and policies. This has happened only a few times, but it offers a glimpse into how woefully ignorant Trump is and how absolutely unprepared and unqualified he is to assume any kind of public office or hold any position of political power.
We had such a glimpse this week, when Trump rolled out a first look at how he views energy and environmental issues. Giving a rare pre-written and teleprompted speech before a select crowd in North Dakota, Trump addressed environmental issues, the faltering coal industry, the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, international energy markets and[……]

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Why Value Nature? It's Better to be Roughly Right than Really Wrong

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Hunter Lovins explains that when it comes to valuing nature, it’s better to be roughly right than really wro419交友 千花网官网ng.
This article has been submitted as part of the Natural Capital Coalition’s series of blogs on natural capital by Hunter Lovins, President, Natural Capitalism Solutions, Professor of Sustainable Management, Bard MBA and Time Magazine Millennium “Hero of the Planet”.
“NATURAL CAPITAL!” the famous author snarled at me, “It’s NATURE! It’s PEOPLE! not capital. You can’t call them capital; they’re… they’re…spiritual,” he spat at me. “You can’t put a price tag on them. It’s immoral.”
“Financial markets put prices on them every day,” I answered. “Actuarial tables assign a value to human life. Captains of industry see both people and nature as capital.” I quoted Pavan Sukhdev, chair of the landmark report from The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), who pointed out that if you cannot prove that nature has a higher worth, corpor[……]

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Cruel Summer: The War on Wildlife Continues in Appropriations Bills

Summer is finally here, but for those of us who fight to protect our nation’s wildlife and natural heritage, this summer has been anything but restful. Special interests are once again using the appropriations process to advance their agenda, littering bills with anti-environmental riders when they should be passing a clean budget.
The Senate and House versions of the FY 2017 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies appropriations bill, which funds programs and agencies that conserve imperiled species and manage our national wildlife refuges and other public lands, are riddled with provisions that harm our lands and wildlife and threaten the very fabric of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) – our most successful wildlife conservation law.
These riders, which are substantive policy provisions intended to “ride” along with larger pieces of must-pass legislation, essentially “poison” the underlying bill, increasing the chances that the president will v[……]

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These Epic 360-Degree Photos Will Make You Feel Like You're On Vacation

Under typical circumstances, we would never advise using a screen in order to take a break from the daily grind. 
But these surreal 360-degree photos are one VER爱上海同城论坛 千花网官网Y stunning exception. 
The photos below were captured with technology that allows viewers to toggle around the screen for panoramic views that feel similar to looking through virtual reality goggles. From Alaska to Cuba, these postcards from around the planet are a perfect way to take a vacation at your desk while basking in the wonder of our wide, wide world. Take a look!
1. Dive with dolphins in Bimini, Bahamas.
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2. Tour Portage Glacier in Alaska.
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3. Take a walk on Sunset Beach in Oahu, Hawaii.
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4. Hang out by the water in Havana, Cuba.
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5. Stand in the middle of Times Square, New York.
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Empathy Is Needed at the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) – CITES

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We will either compel mass extinction or mass protection for wildlife.
Every few years, the Conference of the Parties meets at the Convention on International Trade in Endanger爱上海同城对对碰 爱上海ed Species to decide the fate of a number of species.
I argue that allowing trade in endangered species leads to the unintended consequence of essentially “giving permission” to poach and potentially wipe that species out to extinction.
We already know from history that allowing trade in an endangered species increases the number of “illegal” kills and poaching. We know that allowing some trade in elephant tusks or rhino horn, even if it was legally acquired, simply perpetuates and hastens the poaching of these already highly poached species.
History also shows us that a complete and total ban on the trade of this “commodity,” for example tusks, will almost entirely cease the poaching crisis. When these items are completely banne[……]

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Unsportsmanlike Trophies

Hunting big game for trophies with a high-powered rifle is an execution, not a sport. If the target of such a hunt is an animal whose population is stressed, as the most prized specimens usually are, the lack of ethics is compounded.
Britain’s Prince William, president of the United for Wildlife organization, supports trophy hunting if the prey are “old, sick, animals”. It is okay to snag a souvenir for the den, he says, if the animals are “infertile and at the end of life”. [Senior citizens might consider the Prince’s language a bit too open-ended.]
But in the wild, hunters of large land animals are not looking for decrepit specimens to display on their mantelpieces. No self-respecting trophy hunter wants a mounted mangy stuffed head as a reflection of his stalking prowess. That yen for quality is shared by “sportsmen” patronizing private ranches that feature canned hunting of captive animals in an exercise of ritual slaughter.[……]

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10 Reasons Why Your Vote Matters — More Than Ever

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Four years ago on November 6, 2012, millions of potential millennial voters were missing in action — or, more accurately, were missing from action. Why? Only 46 percent of 18-35 year-olds eligible to vote actually got themselves to a polling place — the nonvoters could have drastically changed the results of any election. It’s a vicious cycle — too many young would-be voters don’t vote and consequently too few elected offi南京KTV 南京梧桐客栈cials pay attention to their needs.

This election must be different. Here are 10 compelling reasons to mobilize millennial voters — starting with yourself.

Reproductive health and bodily autonomy. You want your personal beliefs to be respected when making decisions about your own body, and your boss’s personal beliefs left out of the equation entirely. You want the option to obtain birth control through your health plan, regardless of who provides your insurance. You don’t want to worry about your health center being for[……]

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Here’s The Oil Industry’s Wish List For President Trump

President-elect Donald Trump smiles as he stands with 22 delegates to the Republican National Convention from North Dakota on


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President-elect Donald Trump smiles as he stands with 22 delegates to the Republican National Convention from North Dakota on May 26, 2016.

Under Donald Trump’s presidency, oil and gas pipelines ― including the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access conduits ― will crisscross the United States. Environmental protections will be scrapped, not one by one, but in a complete regulatory overhaul. The country will re-evaluate, if not toss out, the historic climate accord reached in Paris last year. Fewer government watchdogs will police pollution.
At least that’s how the American Petroleum Institute sees the next four years.
During a call with reporters on Thursday, Jack Gerard, chief executive of the oil and gas industry’s largest trade group, laid out a vision to reverse much of the environmental progress made over the last eight years. After all, Republicans, who will gain control over most of the federal govern[……]

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