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Public lands defenders alarmed at number of O&G leases being offered near NPs

You know that a proposed oil and gas lease is really, truly an awful idea when even Governor Gary Herbert, Utah’s normally pro-fossil fuel development leader, is against it.

Scientists wonder if Irma damage will set back Everglades restoration efforts

For two decades Steve Davis has made it his life’s work to save the Florida Everglades.

Enviros concerned about Zinke's recommendation to allow logging in Katahdin Woods & Waters NMon

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s recommendation to allow “active timber management” within Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is raising new questions about logging on the 87,500-acre swath of federal lands in Maine’s North Woods.

Editorial: Brazilian president's decision to open PA to gold mining is a fool's errand

CONCORD, Calif. — Brazil’s interim president, Michel Temer, is willing to sacrifice millions of acres of rain forest in pursuit of a 16th-century boondoggle: fortunes of gold in the Amazon.

Indonesia: Ignoring ban, oil palm plantation companies still clearing land in protected Leuser ecosystem

Oil palm plantation companies are still eating away at the Leuser Ecosystem, one of Indonesia’s last best rainforests, despite a provincial ban on forest clearance to make way for the lucrative estates.

State of Utah's prescription for Bears Ears NMon? Cut it by 90%

If maps Utah has submitted to the Interior Department are a guide, Bears Ears National Monument will be drastically cut in size.  

Australia: Bat species endemic to Christmas Island NP officially declared extinct

The news came eight years too late.

This week the IUCN announced that the Christmas Island pipistrelle bat (Pipistrellus murrayi) had officially been declared extinct.

Conservationists react with anger, dismay at leaked Zinke NMon memo

Various conservation groups were expressing outrage over a draft report outlining Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's recommendations to President Trump on ten national monuments he thinks should be modified, either through boundary changes or to allow resource extraction.

Caribbean NPs in line to be hit by another hurricane

With work continuing to get Virgin Islands National Park back on its feet after Hurricane Irma, another hurricane appeared to be bearing down on the Caribbean.

BREAKING: Zinke recommendations to Trump—downsize at least 4 NMons, loosen restrictions in as many as 10

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended that President Trump modify 10 national monuments created by his immediate predecessors, including shrinking the boundaries of at least four western sites, according to a copy of the report obtained by The Washington Post.

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