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State ignores science in bear and panther plans

By Jaclyn Lopez
With as few as 3,000 bears and 180 panthers vying with nearly 20 million humans for a share of Florida’s ever-shrinking land mass it would defy reason to blame the bears and panthers for any increase in conflicts.

It would be equally unreasonable to suggest hunting is the best way to reduce those conflicts: [...]

Bear In Swimming Pool Hasn’t Quite Mastered Surfing

Carl at single vision has brought his wild menagerie to Cinema Verde – what a treat! It’s impossible to believe that Florida Fish and Wildlife will allow bear hunting….

Facebook’s facial recognition means privacy loss in social media age – Fortune

Facebook is unlikely to change course in the absence of laws that require it to do so.
via Facebook’s facial recognition means privacy loss in social media age – Fortune.

Surgeon General Calls Climate Change A ‘Serious, Immediate And Global Threat To Human Health’

“We are not here today to debate whether or not climate change is real. We are not here to debate whether or not human activity is contributing to that. These questions have been settled by science,” said Murthy. “We are here today as public health leaders, as policymakers, and as citizens of the planet to [...]

Climate Change May Undermine Half-Century Of Health Advances, Study Warns

New study highlights the direct effects that heat waves, droughts and flooding will have on human health over the next century:
via Climate Change May Undermine Half-Century Of Health Advances, Study Warns.

Corporate Responsibility Means Facing Fossil Fuel Reality

Bill McKibben says: “For a very long time the environment movement focused on personal responsibility, but climate change is a structural, systemic problem rooted in the power of the fossil-fuel industry, which has been able to avoid paying for the damage it causes the planet.”
via Why solar panels won’t solve climate change.

OSHA labels Dupont a ‘severe safety violator’

Ken Ward reports in the West Virginia Gazette:
Federal officials this week labeled DuPont Co. a “severe violator” of worker safety rules, after uncovering more safety problems in an investigation launched following a massive toxic gas leak that killed four workers at the company’s La Porte, Texas, plant last November.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration [...]

Polar bears may starve

A polar bear keeps close to her young along the Beaufort Sea coast in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska in a March 6, 2007 file photo.
Reuters/Susanne Miller/USFWS/Handout

Reuters reports:
Polar bears are the kings of the ice surface covering the top of the globe, but the ongoing loss of the Arctic sea ice on which they hunt [...]

Warming Arctic leads to fishing ban

The NYTimes reports on an agreement to ban all commercial fishing in the Arctic Ocean:
WASHINGTON — The United States and four other nations that border the Arctic Ocean pledged on Thursday to prohibit commercial fishing in the international waters of the Arctic until more scientific research could be done on how warming seas and melting [...]

Reuse materials to reduce waste

Environmental News Service reports:
SAN FRANCISCO, California, July 12, 2015 (ENS) – The newly formed National Materials Marketplace brings together more than 20 major companies with operations in the United States to avoid waste by making use of undervalued materials.
Led by the Corporate Eco Forum, the US Business Council for Sustainable Development and the World Business [...]

Climate change threatens stability

Reuters reports: Governments should treat climate change as seriously as threats to national security or public health, partly by focusing more on the worst scenarios of rising temperatures, an international report said on Monday.
Crop failures, extreme heat waves or high rates of sea level rise could be so harmful that governments should examine even small [...]

F&W official reflects on her career

NPR’s Morning Edition reported on an African American woman who found a successful career in wildlife:
Mamie Parker, a former assistant director of fisheries and habitat conservation at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, was the first African-American to head a regional office for that agency. But when she started out in the field, she says, [...]

CVS pushes back against smoking

The NY Times reports on CVS Health taking a stand against the US Chamber of Commerce fight to undermine anti-smoking laws. Read the full report here.
The CVS Health Corporation said on Tuesday that it would resign from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce after revelations that the chamber and its foreign affiliates were undertaking a global [...]

Pope leads — Will the GOP follow?

The Associated Press reports, as carried in the Chicago Tribune and many other newspapers. Read the entire story here.
Roman Catholic leaders in the early voting state of Iowa implored candidates for president Thursday to take up Pope Francis’ call for “profound political courage” by focusing their campaigns as much on improving the environment and income [...]

Cooks feel drought’s limits

The NYTimes reports:
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — Andrea Nguyen, who writes cookbooks for a living, knows that making pho in a pressure cooker is not the solution to California’s drought. Still, developing a reasonable version of the Vietnamese noodle soup that can be made in less than an hour, with half the water, matters to her [...]