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Endangered Species Act.

A Congressional Assault on Earth

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 04.20.2015 | Green
Jamie Rappaport Clark

How are members of Congress celebrating Earth Day this year? Planting trees? Recycling? Passing legislation that will further protect our air, land, water and wildlife for generations? Guess again.

Nature's Trust (Part 2)

Peter Neill | Posted 04.13.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

What would the American landscape look like if we had no legislation at all? Would it be habitable today? And why would we not take every possible step to defend against it happening again? Is there law on which such defense may depend?

The ESA: Taking Noah's Ark Into a Brave New World

Cristina Eisenberg | Posted 04.07.2015 | Green
Cristina Eisenberg

In the past 42 years we've put over 2,000 species of animals and plants on the ESA ark; only 30 have succumbed to extinction. However, some experts protest defining ESA success in terms of species still on the list rather than by the number of species that have recovered.

Is It Time To Take Green Sea Turtles Off Threatened Species List?

AP | AUDREY McAVOY | Posted 03.20.2015 | Green

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii's green sea turtles should continue to be classified as threatened because its population is small and nearly all of them nest ...

Oregon Minnow Is First Fish Taken Off Endangered List

AP | By JEFF BARNARD | Posted 04.19.2015 | Green

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A tiny minnow that lives only in backwaters in Oregon's Willamette Valley is the first fish to be formally removed from End...

Fueling Extinction: Obama Budget Is Killer for Endangered Species

Noah Greenwald | Posted 04.11.2015 | Green
Noah Greenwald

Obama has proposed a budget that would provide fewer dollars for protecting endangered species than the US spends on one Lockheed Martin F-35C fighter jet. Americans must let their representatives know that our single-greatest priority in the 21st century is the fight to save the biological diversity on which all life depends.

Finding Balance in the Wolf Wars

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 03.29.2015 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Today the HSUS and 21 other organizations petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to downlist wolves from "endangered" to "threatened" across most of their range in the lower 48 states. We took this action to maintain critical federal protections for the fragmented populations numbering just 5,000 or so wolves in the coterminous United States.

Kate Sheppard

Sage-Grouse Species Get Thrown Under The Omnibus

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON – The $1 trillion omnibus spending agreement released by congressional lawmakers on Tuesday night ultimately managed to avoid including a...

We Deserve Leaders Who Support Conserving Colorado's Natural Heritage

Caitlin Balch-Burnett | Posted 01.18.2015 | Denver
Caitlin Balch-Burnett

As you've likely heard, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the Service) listed the imperiled Gunnison sage-grouse as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) last week, a move needed to prevent the bird's extinction.

New Protections For Threatened Bird Could Bring Drilling Restrictions

AP | By DAN ELLIOTT | Posted 01.12.2015 | Green

DENVER (AP) — Federal officials granted protection to the Gunnison sage grouse on Wednesday, a move that could bring restrictions on oil and gas dri...

Christina Wilkie

The 2014 Elections Will Cost $3.7 Billion. Here Are 9 Better Ways To Spend That Money

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The 2014 midterm elections have been described as among the nastiest and most negative in modern memory. They're also the most expensive...

Fish And Wildlife Service Proposes Listing African Lion As Threatened

Reuters | Posted 12.27.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON, Oct 27 (Reuters) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday proposed listing the African lion as threatened after a study showed the...

Small Bird At Center Of Sandy Recovery Controversy

AP | By FRANK ELTMAN | Posted 12.08.2014 | Green

BAY SHORE, N.Y. (AP) — A court fight over a protected bird called the piping plover is holding up a $207 million plan to replenish the sand along a ...

A Victory to Be Celebrated During the Long and Drawn Out War on Wolves

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 12.02.2014 | Green
Jamie Rappaport Clark

Wyoming's wolf management plan was found to be inadequate. Now Wyoming must go back and revise its management plan and the Service must provide an opportunity for additional public comment.

The Future of Conservation and the Tragedy of Triage

Michael Paul Nelson | Posted 11.23.2014 | Green
Michael Paul Nelson

Because the ESA is a flagship of conservation legislation, one can expect this new meaning to influence the direction of conservation far beyond the formal purview of the ESA.

Why Monarch Butterflies Need Endangered Species Act Protection

Carol Polsgrove | Posted 11.22.2014 | Green
Carol Polsgrove

As monarch butterflies make their long journey from the U.S. to Mexico this fall, let's pause to consider the 90 percent drop in their numbers over the past twenty years.

The Passenger Pigeon, A Requiem

Carl Safina | Posted 11.02.2014 | Green
Carl Safina

As I think of what we are doing to elephants, coral reefs, Bluefin tuna, the great apes and the great cats, today on this sad centennial I wonder whether humanity ever really learned the lesson of the passenger pigeon.

The Passenger Pigeon's Everlasting Mark: America's Most Infamous Extinction

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 10.25.2014 | Green
Jamie Rappaport Clark

We rarely know the exact date and time an entire species goes extinct, but in the case of the passenger pigeon, we do. Martha, the very last of her species, took her final breath at the Cincinnati Zoo on September 1st 1914, marking the end of a species that was once the most abundant in North America. This was America's first infamous extinction.

Two Republicans Advance In Washington Primary For House Seat

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics

Two GOP candidates advanced in a primary held on Tuesday to fill the seat being vacated by Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.). Former National Football Le...

The Overlooked Anniversary: 40 Years Ago Congress and the President Called for a Steady State Economy

Brian Czech | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
Brian Czech

Pursuant to an act of the 93rd Congress, President Richard M. Nixon signed into law the establishment of a steady state economy. That law was called the Endangered Species Act.

The House's Continued Assault on Endangered Species

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 09.28.2014 | Green
Jamie Rappaport Clark

Our political leaders are drifting radically off course, abandoning values we've embraced for generations. Don't let the voices of the powerful few outweigh the interests of the majority of us who know the importance of conserving biological diversity in our country.

Federal Scientists Ordered to Drop Proposal to Protect Wolverines

Noah Greenwald | Posted 09.16.2014 | Green
Noah Greenwald

Just as we did with bald eagles, peregrine falcons, sea turtles and grizzlies, we have a legal and moral duty to protect wolverines, remarkable survivors able to sniff out carrion buried beneath several feet of snow.

Barack Obama And The Rationale For Ecosystem Service Markets

Forest Trends | Posted 08.27.2014 | Green
Forest Trends

Tweet Share If there's one thing US President Barack Obama understands, it's the danger of sticker shock. "People don't like gas prices going up," h...

This State Senator Is Done Protecting Whales And Sea Turtles

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 06.03.2014 | Green

While whales were once a dwindling species, tens of thousands of the protected mammals now live and migrate through the coastal waters of the United S...

Andrew Perez

Republicans Gear Up For The Great Grouse War Of 2014

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrew Perez | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans are working to block federal protection of several species of grouse, arguing that listing the birds as endang...