Friday, May 25, 2018

Scientists at the San Diego Zoo find some hope for saving the nearly-extinct northern white rhino

Only two northern white rhinos remain on Earth — two females, Najin and Fatu. But scientists have hatched a scheme to save the subspecies, and recently published a new study revealing preserved cells could hold enough genetic diversity to seed a viable population. Related:

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Hurricane Harvey has increased homelessness in Houston

Last August, Hurricane Harvey set records as the costliest hurricane in history as well as the wettest tropical cyclone ever in the United States. More than 30,000 people were displaced by the storm, many of whom are still struggling to recover in the storm's aftermath. A new report from The Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County documents the notable increase in homelessness since the devastating storm. The results of the Coalition's Point-In-Time Homeless Count and Survey, which occured...

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Biotech company Nanollose could offer plant-free alternatives for the textile industry

The clothing industry isn't generally known for its sustainability, although many brands are starting to turn to more environmentally materials such as bamboo, organic cotton, or recycled plastic. Australia-based Nanollose is going a step further by developing plant-free cellulose from "industrial organic and agricultural waste products" that can then be turned into a sustainable rayon fiber. Related: Process Fiber + Nanollose Via New Atlas Images via

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Conservationists sound alarm over US House bill that weakens Endangered Species Act

Activists and scientists are concerned over the inclusion of a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act that could threaten the survival of the endangered Greater Sage-Grouse and Lesser Prairie-Chicken. The provision would prevent the Lesser Prairie-Chicken from receiving protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for at least ten years, despite evidence of population decline that suggests that the Prairie-Chicken needs to be legally protected. It would also weaken safeguards put...

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Flint representative's staff barred from attending EPA chemical summit

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been trying to keep certain people out of a toxic chemical summit, according to reports. Reporters were barred from entry on Tuesday, and on Wednesday, representative Dan Kildee, a Democrat of Michigan who represents Flint, said on Twitter his staff wasn't allowed to attend the EPA's summit.

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Energy company ditches plan to install a possible tar sands oil facility in New York

Environmentalists celebrated a victory in New York state after an energy company tossed out a five-year-old plan to possibly build a facility able to handle Canadian tar sands oil, local publication Times Union reported. Erin Doran, senior attorney at Riverkeeper, an environmental organization devoted to protecting the Hudson River, said in a statement, "The proposal threatened the health of neighboring communities and would have placed the Hudson River at a greater risk for a disastrous oil spill." Related: Doran...

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Images from NASA reveal the enduring damage in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

  Related: 2018 hurricane season may be worse than last year   Via Earther Images via NASA

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