Lawsuit to Protect a Rare Orchid

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PRESS RELEASE, Center for Biological Diversity. TUCSON, Arizona, USA — The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit on June 29th against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the agency’s failure to protect Coleman’s coralroot under the Endangered Species Act. Coleman’s coralroot is an extremely rare purple orchid found on national forest land in the footprint of the proposed Rosemont copper mine outside Tucson, Arizona USA. If protected, this orchid would become one of at least 10 endangered species that would be harmed by the proposed mine.

Dominican Republic Building Cross-Mountain Highways But No City Storm Drains and Bridges

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By Staff, Dominican Today | Editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. As the Dominican Republic’s flooded Santiago province erupted in protest against a poorly-built bridge and a scarcity of functional storm drains during the recent rains, the country’s President Leonel Fernandez celebrated the ground breaking for a U.S. $293 M inter-mountains road that is part of grander plan for highway construction throughout the country.

Japanese Activists Succeed in Expelling Half of U.S. Troops from Okinawa

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David McNeill, Irish Times. Protests against the U.S. base in Okinawa by workers, students and environmentalists have brought Tokyo and Washington to agree to withdraw about half the US troops from the island of Okinawa, amid a major realignment of U.S. military forces in the Pacific.

Revisiting Population Growth: The Impact of Ecological Limits

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By Robert Engelman, Yale Environment 360. Demographers predict that the world population will climb to 10 billion later this century. Is this projected population reasonable, given the warming of the planet and the increasing pressures on supplies of food, water and life-sustaining ecosystems including pollinators?

City Dwellers Flock to Raising Chickens | How to Raise Urban Chickens

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By Ben Block, Worldwatch Institute | Andrew Kalinchuk, Green Home Authority | You Tube | Haiti Chery. Grassroots campaigns, often inspired by the expanding movement to buy locally produced food, are leading United States municipalities to allow limited numbers of hens within city limits. You get fresh eggs pretty much on demand and know the chicks are raised in a supportive and loving environment.

Abuse of Antibiotics in Agroindustry Generates Deadly Drug-Resistant Bacteria | Antibióticos en la agroindustria generan bacterias resistentes

By Julio Godoy, IPS | You Tube | Editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Five prematurely born children died in the northern German city of Bremen from infections acquired in a hospital. The infections involved highly antibiotic-resistant bacteria detected in poultry sold in markets, and the hospitals are believed to have acquired these bacteria from patients who had been in contact with the contaminated poultry. (English | Spanish)

A Poem by Michael Leunig: Spring Diary of a Small, Brown Bird

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By Michael Leunig, Spring Diary of a Small, Brown Bird | Introduction by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. The poem below is a favorite of mine and the only one I’ve found so far that describes falling in love entirely from the point of view of an animal. From a collection by Leunig titled: Short Notes from the Long History of Happiness (Penguin Books Australia, Ltd, 1996).

Jamaican Wildlife Threatened By International Biopiracy

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By Zadie Neufville, IPS | Haiti Chery. News of Vienna’s Schoenbrunn Zoo’s newest attraction shocked Jamaican authorities. The unlikely stars: a flock of 45 endangered Jamaican Amazon parrots, hatched from eggs smuggled out of the island in rum-cake boxes.

Globally Threatened Seabird Found Nesting in La Selle Mountains, Haiti: First Ever Chick Photos, VideoLas primeras imágenes captadas de un pichón dan esperanza a un ave marina amenazada del Caribe

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By Staff, Bird Life International | Groupo Jaragua | Editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. The Black-capped Petrel (Pterodroma hasitata) is a Globally Threatened bird species with a population estimated at 1,000 breeding pairs. With support from the Cornel Laboratory of Ornithology, a joint Haitian-Dominican field team discovered several individuals to be nesting in the Massif de la Selle. (English | Spanish)

Sensational Bird Finding in China!

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By Staff Writers, SPX via Terra Daily. Stockholm, Sweden — The extraordinarily elusive bird, Blackthroat Luscinia obscura, was recently found to be breeding in the Qinling mountains, Shaanxi province, north central China. Fourteen Luscinia obscura were sighted: a number almost equal to all the individuals of this species ever observed since they were first discovered in the late 19th century.

EU Projects Environmentally, Socially Unsound | Ajustar y vigilar mejor los proyectos de la UE

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By Bari Bates, IPS. Dozens of European Union-funded projects across several European countries are ‘environmentally or socially unsound’, according to an interactive map created by a joint effort between CEE Bankwatch Network and Friends of the Earth Europe. Evidently, the EU has now turned on European protected habitats. In Haiti, for example, the EU has funded the Caracol Industrial Park.

Can Vulnerable Species Outrun Climate Change?

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By Emma Marris, Yale Environment 360. Recent studies shed light on whether species such as amphibians can move swiftly enough to new territories as their old habitats warm. The challenges are formidable, especially if human-caused warming continues at such a rapid rate.

Cranes Overstay Their Welcome as Weather Grows WarmerLas grullas ya no pasan

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By Julio Godoy, IPS | Tierramérica. Common cranes normally migrated in September from their spring and summer habitat in Europe to spend the autumn and winter in northern Africa. But climate change is altering their natural migratory patterns, sparking conflicts between farmers and environmentalists. (English | Spanish)