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Canada: CPAWS sues federal government over tardy reporting on habitat status of endangered woodland caribou

A national charity created to safeguard Canada's lands and water is taking the federal Environment Minister to court for allegedly failing in her responsibility to monitor the protection of the endangered boreal woodland caribou.

NYT editorial series: "The Planet Can't Stand This Presidency"

The NY Times Magazine for April 21 has a series of short editorials, headlined by Bill McKibben, under the title "The Planet Can't Stand This Presidency."  McKibben argues that Trump's policies on climate change are taking us backward at a crucial time.  Beneath his lead editorial are a number of short reports on what could be lost if Trump is successful.  They include several co

Notable mid-modern community/office building at Petrified Forest NP slated for rehabilitation

Amid talk of massive national infrastructure and transportation spending, it’s nice to see a small yet significant piece of midcentury roadside history get proper attention from preservationists.

Russia: 3 new PAs focusing on Arctic biodiversity announced for Nenets Autonomous Area

In 2017, three new specially protected nature areas of regional importance will be established in the Nenets Autonomous Area. They are the Pakhanchesky and Khaipudyrsky nature sanctuaries and the Severny Timan Nature Park, the website of the Year of the Environment in Russia reported.

The protected areas will facilitate the conservation of unique Arctic biodiversity.

Feature: Campaign to make London a NP part of larger "biophilic city" movement

What is a park? For most of us, a park is a place apart—a reserve of nature in a world increasingly dominated by human activities and arranged to fulfill human needs and desires. But a park is also for people— a place of refuge for the human soul, which tends to wither when long separated from green and growing things.

Malaysia: Yielding to outcry, government cancels plans for bridge near Kinabatangan Conservation Area; Attenborough letter cited

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah has scrapped a controversial plan to build a second bridge across the Kinabatangan River.

The Sabah government's decision to scrap the RM223mil Sukau bridge project was announced in London by Sabah Forest Department chief conservator Datuk Sam Mannan.

Cameroon: Saved but stranded—20 chimps stuck in primate sanctuary facility because no suitable PAs available to release them into

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON — Two male chimps, Avi and Max, take turns inside an electric-fenced compound where eight Central chimpanzees are housed at the Mefou Primate Sanctuary not far from Cameroon’s capital.

Beaches open at Indiana Dunes NL again after chemical spill determined to be no longer dangerous

Given evidence that a dangerous chemical spilled by a nearby steel plant last week poses no danger, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore reopened three beaches Monday afternoon.

Indonesia: Tiger smugglers get off with light sentence

JAMBI, Indonesia — A pair of wildlife traffickers were sentenced to eight months imprisonment here after authorities caught them with a bevy of illegal animal parts, including several Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) skins.

The rare big cat is listed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN, with only a few hundred left in the wild.

Editorial: More than a shoestring budget is required for US NPs

President Theodore Roosevelt once said, “The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased and not impaired in value.”

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