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Jefferson Davis statue removed as New Orleans continues campaign against Confederate monuments

Jefferson Davis served as the first and only President of the Confederate States of America, though his legacy as rebel leader does not exactly shine in the historical record. The Civil War Trust notes that “Davis’ popularity and effectiveness were not enhanced by the growing numbers of Confederate

Hong Kong: Some licensed ivory dealers encouraging buyers to avoid required permits

Several licensed ivory dealers in Hong Kong are offering strategies for buyers to take ivory out of the city illegally, according to a new report by wildlife trade and monitoring group TRAFFIC.

"Their fate is sealed": Destroyed by global warming, glaciers will disappear from Glacier NP within a few decades, scientists say

Montana's Glacier National Park is quickly losing an important part of its natural beauty: Its glaciers.

U.S. Geological Survey data released Wednesday shows the park's 37 glaciers, along with two others on federal Forest Service land, have shrunk an average of about 40% since 1966.

Fight over Bears Ears NMon lays bare racial tensions between local Natives and whites

The debate over the best use of these vast canyonlands is not just about states’ rights or who should control public land. Nor is it only about environmental protection or the preservation of Native American culture.

Indonesia: Environment/forestry ministry presses for 2-year extension of moratorium on forest & peatland clearing

Indonesia's environment and forestry ministry wants to extend a moratorium on issuing new licenses to use primary forest and peatland in the Southeast Asian country by two years, an official said on Wednesday.

Analysis: Trump NMon review may not succeed, but it breathes air into anti-public lands movement

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke tangled with protesters, weaved through media hives and trotted on horseback across a Utah moonscape this week in pursuit of President Trump’s executive order targeting national monuments.

It’s a directive that may prove legally tenuous but is nonetheless creating rich political theater for the White House.

Grand Canyon NP's North Rim herd of bison should be reduced to 200, EA recommends

A bison herd on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park that has grown to as many as 600 individuals should be culled to fewer than 200, the National Park Service states in an environmental assessment that looks at management strategies for the herd. Without a working plan to control the herd's population, it could grow to 1,500 animals within 10 years, the EA said.

Christian group sues USNPS over denial of research permit to creationist geologist

All Andrew Snelling wants to do is collect some rocks from Grand Canyon in order to help prove Arizona's most-famous landmark was created in a few days by God.

National Park Service officials won't let him, denying his 2013 research application following scathing criticisms of his beliefs by several scientists.

Zinke: Sacred sites in Bears Ears need protecting, but NMon may not be best way to do it

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said sacred tribal lands he toured Monday in America's newest and most hotly contested monument should be preserved but he questioned whether the monument designation was the right way to do it.

Trump administration OKs addition of 4 shark species to endangered list

The Trump administration is adding new shark species to the Endangered Species List.

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) said Tuesday it will add daggernose sharks, striped smooth-hound sharks, spiny angel sharks and Argentine angel sharks to the list.

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