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Judge dismisses New York City’s climate change lawsuit against oil and gas companies

The Extinction Chronicles

Judge dismisses New York City’s climate change lawsuit against oil and gas companies
https://mic.com/articles/190358/judge-dismisses-new-york-citys-climate-change-lawsuit-against-oil-and-gas-companies#.4aAvv0TFK

New York City’s efforts on climate change were dealt a blow in court Thursday, as a U.S. District Court judge dismissed a lawsuit the city brought against five oil and gas companies.

The city filed suit against BP, Shell, Chevron, ConocoPhillips and Exxon Mobil over the role the companies play in exacerbating climate change. According to the ruling, the companies are collectively responsible for over 11% of all carbon and methane pollution that has accumulated in the atmosphere since the Industrial Revolution.

They have also allegedly known for decades about the dire effects their businesses have on the environment; the ruling notes that the companies have known since the 1950s “that their fossil fuel products pose risks of severe impacts on the global climate” — yet despite knowing these risks, the companies “extensively promoted fossil fuels for pervasive use, while denying or downplaying these…

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Poachers fined for illegal hunting

Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting Blog

By Arzu Abdullayeva

Azerbaijan’s nature habitants, rich in biological multiplicity, especially in terms of wild animals and birds, can be objects for hunting. However, hunting on the territory of the country is allowed only within a hunting sector and only during the hunting season, which is opened by the decision of the Ecology and Natural Resources Ministry.

The hunting season 2018-2019 was declared open on May 26 and will last until March 16, 2019.

Despite the fact that hunting is prohibited in some areas of the country as well as the Caspian Sea islands, green zones, protected areas including National Parks and reserves, there are some who still violate these rules.

In   July, the Ministry has revealed two people engaged in illegal hunting.  A rifle and six cartridges were seized with penalty submitted in the amount of 1,000 manats ($590) in the Gizilagach State Nature Reserve…

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Thousands of Chickens Perished Instantly: One Poultry Farm’s Fight Against Scorching Heat

(image: Yonhap)

(image: Yonhap)

EUMSEONG, Jul. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — When a heat wave warning was issued for all of North Chungcheong Province on Tuesday afternoon, poultry farm owners in the region were naturally on high alert.

At one poultry farm measuring 800 square meters in size situated in Maengdong-myeon in the province’s Eunseong-gun, over 17,000 chickens were seen suffering as the mercury rose.

Many chickens had collapsed, having succumbed to the heat.

The temperature circa 1:35 p.m. on Tuesday was 31.7 degrees Celsius. Seven gigantic fans were in operation, but were not enough to help cool the chickens down.

By 2 p.m., the thermometer shot up to 35 degrees. Ban, the 43-year-old owner of the poultry farm, said that the summer heat was “just as dangerous as bird flu” for the chickens.

Not paying proper attention to the chickens, even for just a moment, could result in thousands of chickens perishing instantly in the heat, said Ban.

In fact, over 20,000 chickens died on Ban’s very farm in 2016 when temperatures shot up in July.

Following the deaths of the chickens, Ban installed thermal insulation materials in all of the barns, which now helps protect the chickens from the strong summer sun.

But other poultry farms that are not equipped with heat resistant insulation try to keep cool by continuously spraying cold water on rooftops via water hoses.

In addition, farm workers monitor the internal temperature by the hour before checking large ventilation fans installed at the poultry farms to see if they are working properly.

If temperatures within the pens surpass 36 degrees Celsius, moisture mist sprays must be turned on to ensure that the chickens do not dehydrate.

Ban’s farm consumes around 40,700 liters of water every day in the summer months.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, 753,191 chickens had perished from the sweltering summer heat as of July 17.

Lina Jang (linajang@koreabizwire.com)

http://koreabizwire.com/thousands-of-chickens-perished-instantly-one-poultry-farms-fight-against-scorching-heat/121641

Reckless Groundhog Hunter Nearly Shoots Joggers

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https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/pennsylvania/articles/2018-07-20/police-reckless-groundhog-hunter-nearly-shoots-joggers

Police in Pennsylvania say a man attempting to eradicate groundhogs from his leased land nearly shot two passing joggers with a stray bullet.

July 20, 2018

EPHRATA, Pa. (AP) — Police in Pennsylvania say a man attempting to eradicate groundhogs from his leased land nearly shot two passing joggers with a stray bullet.

The two women say they were out for a run July 11 in the Ephrata area when they heard shots from a nearby field. WHP-TV reports the women then felt a bullet fly past their heads and saw it hit a tree branch.

The joggers then confronted a man who told them he was shooting at groundhogs in the field.

Police say the 21-year-old man was using a .22 Magnum rifle to kill groundhogs on land his family leased for farming. He was arrested Friday after an investigation.

He’s charged with reckless endangerment. Attorney information for…

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Solidarity bring bill to ban fur farming

Irish Council Against Blood Sports ICABS

Ireland, Ireland

 

JUL 19, 2018 — https://www.change.org/p/1753085/u/23032726?utm_medium=email&utm_source=petition_update&utm_campaign=382004&sfmc_tk=r%2ff4W2iW7iRcZhCc4lpkbASvtXo40j1uSOXag2FRLd3grPSaJZ5UkLMB8X1vy9O3&j=382004&sfmc_sub=140542604&l=32_HTML&u=64667104&mid=7259882&jb=12

Those animals shouldn’t have to endure one more day of the hell on earth that is fur farming” – read John Fitzgerald’s Letter to the Editor in today’s Irish Examiner…

Solidarity bring bill to ban fur farming
Irish Examiner, 19 July 2018

Fair play to the Solidarity party for preparing a bill to ban the cruel practice of fur farming in Ireland. The bill will be introduced in the Dáil after the summer recess.

More than 200,000 mink are killed on Irish fur farms every year and their treatment cannot reasonably be likened to that of conventional farm livestock. These are wild animals, inherently unsuited to captivity, let alone to being confined in small spaces for their short lives. The cages that hold them are each about the size of two shoe boxes.

Though semi-aquatic by nature they are denied a watery environment on the farms. Their captors feed them on bits of liquidised fish organs, which they have to “earn” by licking at these through the tops of their cages.

Mink are solitary creatures in the wild whereas on the farms they are forced to mingle and co-exist with other mink. They react against these cruel and deviant conditions by indulging in repeated self-harm and cannibalism, while also suffering from extreme levels of stress as they struggle in vain to escape.

At the age of six months, they are taken from their cages for slaughter. Up to 40 mink at a time are squeezed into the killing box, and gassed to death by carbon monoxide. The skin is then ripped from their bodies. Some mink are still alive and unconscious when removed from the box and have to be “dispatched” before skinning. This is definitely not a humane farming practice. It came close to being banned in 2010 but the legislation didn’t go through owing to the collapse of the Fianna Fáil/Green Party coalition.

We earnestly appeal to the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, to respond to the Solidarity bill by putting an immediate end to this practice.

Those animals shouldn’t have to endure one more day of the hell on earth that is fur farming.

John Fitzgerald
(Campaign for the Abolition of Cruel Sports)
Callan, Co Kilkenny

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ICABS ACTION ALERT

Please contact your TDs and urge them to support the upcoming Solidarity bill to ban fur farming. Contact details for TDs can be found at https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/members/tds/?term=/ie/oireachtas/house/dail/32 Also contact the political parties to urge them to back the bill – find contact details at http://www.banbloodsports.com/parties.htm

Join us in urging Minister Michael Creed and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to put in place a long overdue ban on fur farming.

Email “Ban fur farming NOW” to Leo.Varadkar@oir.iemichael.creed@oir.ietaoiseach@taoiseach.gov.ieAnimalHealthAndWelfareAct@agriculture.gov.ie

Tel: +353 (0)1 6194000 (Leo Varadkar)
Tel: 01-607 2000 or LoCall 1890-200510 (Michael Creed)
Tweet: @campaignforleo @creedcnw Ban fur farming NOW
Comment on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/campaignforleo/
https://www.facebook.com/michaelcreedtd

VIDEOS

ICABS footage – Victims of Ireland’s cruel far farming
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=artr7qwCLLk&index=2&list=PL43C1F00F38986C68

NARA footage showing caged mink in a fur farm in Donegal
https://www.facebook.com/NARAcampaignsIRELAND/videos/1694193503937318/

Mink pulled from cages and thrown into gassing box
https://youtu.be/m52k4aPXahU?t=3m6s

Trump aims to end automatic protections for some species

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DENVER (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday proposed ending automatic protections for threatened animals and plants and limiting habitat safeguards meant to shield recovering species from harm.

Administration officials said the new rules would advance conservation by simplifying and improving how the landmark Endangered Species Act is used.

“These rules will be very protective,” said U.S. Interior Department Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt, adding that the changes would reduce the “conflict and uncertainty” associated with many protected species.

The proposals drew immediate condemnation from Democrats and some wildlife advocates.

Critics said the moves would speed extinctions in the name of furthering its anti-environment agenda. Species currently under consideration for protections are considered especially at risk, including the North American wolverine and the monarch butterfly, they said.

“It essentially turns every listing of a species into a negotiation,” said Noah Greenwald with the Center for Biological Diversity. “They could decide that…

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In reversal, Pentagon now says it backs GOP measure on birds

Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting Blog

https://apnews.com/a5361b42eca34c0388b5483700be7372/In-reversal,-Pentagon-now-says-it-backs-GOP-measure-on-birds

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an abrupt reversal, the Pentagon said Thursday it supports a Republican proposal in a defense policy bill that would bar the Fish and Wildlife Service from using the Endangered Species Act to protect two chicken-like birds in the western half of the U.S.

In an email to Congress, a top Pentagon official said the proposal could help avoid any “negative readiness impacts on military facilities” that might result from listing the sage grouse and lesser-prairie chicken as endangered.

The statement by Pete Giambastiani, a legislative affairs aide, directly repudiates comments Wednesday by Pentagon officials calling the GOP proposal unnecessary. The House-approved language would block endangered-species listing for the two birds for 10 years.

The birds have become flashpoints in an ongoing battle over whether they warrant federal protection that hinders mining and other development from Kansas to California.

In a one-paragraph position paper made public…

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Hawaiian monk seal pup rescued from Molokai

https://apnews.com/e46cc6a32b7e4b26844e3156ec61ed24/Hawaiian-monk-seal-pup-rescued-from-Molokai

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaiian monk seal pup found malnourished on Molokai is now in the care of the Marine Mammal Center’s hospital on the Big Island.

The pup named Sole is in stable condition at the Ke Kai Ola facility in Kailua-Kona after it was rescued last week.

The male pup born in late June was prematurely weaned from its mother earlier this month, the center said. The short nursing time caused the pup to have low body weight and minimal reserves, creating concern for wildlife officials.

“After several consultations with the patient-residents and the Kalaupapa community, the decision was made to rescue the animal,” said Eric Brown, Marine Ecologist at Kalaupapa National Historic Park.

Center veterinarians, supported by the U.S. Coast Guard, the National Park Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, rescued the pup and flew it from Molokai to the Big Island animal hospital.

“With only a few hundred monk seals living in the main Hawaiian Islands, the survival of each individual is critical to the recovery of the population,” said Claire Simeone, the center’s hospital director. “Conservation takes a village. We are so grateful to our partners for their support in achieving our mission, and ensuring this pup made it safely to Ke Kai Ola.”

The pup is now feeding on a blended fish mash, and it will transition to eating whole fish as it grows stronger, Simeone said. The center plans to keep minimal human contact with the seal, so it can have the best chance of survival in the wild.

The center has rehabilitated 23 monk seals and returned them back to the wild since the facility opened in 2014.

Rare condor found dead in southeast Wyoming

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POWELL, Wyo. (AP) — An endangered California condor has been found dead in southeast Wyoming.

The Powell Tribune reports that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is currently in the process of transporting the bird to a facility in Oregon for necropsy.

One of less than 300 California condors in existence in the wild, the female juvenile bird was raised in captivity in northern Arizona and released this past March.

Flying more than 500 miles from its release site, the condor was spotted recently on Medicine Bow Peak in the Snowy Range. The sighting captured the imagination of birders in Wyoming in the first sighting of the species in the state since 1998.

However, the condor was then found dead this week by a field biologist with the Peregrine Fund.

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https://apnews.com/6b4d6404a3eb402489849e63128ef619/Rare-condor-found-dead-in-southeast-Wyoming

Information from: Powell (Wyo.) Tribune, http://www.powelltribune.com

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3 wolves killed by Wildlife Services in central Idaho after sheep ‘attacks’

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https://apnews.com/e0aae7c11ae54deeb4b7567e19e50f9a

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Three wolves have been killed by federal authorities in central Idaho near Stanley, an action blasted by an environmental group.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services on Wednesday said it killed the wolves over several days earlier this month at the request of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game after confirming wolves killed six sheep.

The three wolves killed are in addition to the 46 wolves Wildlife Services said it has killed in Idaho this year through June 30, following 61 confirmed wolf kills of livestock. Those livestock kills included nine adult cows, 29 calves and 23 sheep, the federal agency said.

Western Watersheds Project decried the killing of the three wolves this month in the Sawtooth National Forest’s Recreation Area, which it argues only allows livestock grazing if it doesn’t “substantially impair” wildlife conservation.

“Wildlife Services, Idaho Fish and Game, and the…

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