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  Beluga Caviar Banned in USSeptember 30, 2005 00:00 In a positive move, the US Fish and Wildlife Service is banning imports of beluga caviar. The beluga sturgeon is highly threatened with extinction due to overfishing and Baltic nations have not presented a plan to allow the species to recover.
 
  House Passes ESA Reform BillSeptember 30, 2005 00:00 The US House passed the Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act (TESRA). TESRA purports to rectify the need to protect endangered species while protecting landowner's rights. In fact it guts the ESA by requiring that the government pay landowners to protect species. Fortunately, the bill must still pass the Senate.
  Bush Pollutes the EPASeptember 30, 2005 00:00 Bush's political appointments and policies are polluting the EPA with industry special interestes and scientific hacks who apply opinion to their judgement of scientific research. What a surprise.
 
  Human-caused or Not, Republicans don't Get Global WarmingSeptember 30, 2005 00:00 Whether or not global warming is human-activity-induced, Republicans just don't seem to get the vast changes will alter our economy, culture, and perhaps even civilization. This article is another example of Conservatives who would rather argue semantics than take action.
 
  HELP PETS DISPLACED BY KATRINA!!September 30, 2005 00:00 You can help pets displaced by hurrican Katrina, by donating to the Humane Society. Help those who can't help themselves. There are thousands of loved pets who can't be rescued with their people. Organizations like the Humane Society of the United States are doing what they can to rescue our friends and companions.
  Arctic Sea Ice Melting BadlySeptember 29, 2005 00:00 Because of global warming, Arctic sea ice is no longer regenerated during the winter months. Arctic Sea Ice could disappear within the next Century, irrevocably changing the Arctic environment.
  23 Republicans Oppose Timing and Text of Pombo BillSeptember 28, 2005 00:00 23 Republican members of Congress have sent a letter to House majority leader Tom DeLay, complaining about the timing and text of Rep. Pombo's revision to the Endangered Species Act.
  Trick Will be to Live with Endangered SpeciesSeptember 27, 2005 00:00 As the environmental movement rescues a variety of large carnivore species, the trick will be to learn how to live with them through cultural and educational changes.
 
  Pombo's Bill would Pay Corporations to Obey the LawSeptember 26, 2005 00:00 Although many groups seem to agree that the Endangered Species Act needs reform, Rep. Pombo's (R-CA) revison seeks to force the government to pay corporations to obey the law. An interesting take on the corporate welfare side of our Republican representatives.
 
  Californians Protest Pombos Attacks on ESASeptember 26, 2005 00:00 Californians, including a former Representative who helped sponsor the Endangered Species Act, are speaking out against Rep. Pombo's rewrite of the Act. HR 3824 is likely to go before the House this week and to be approved.
  Montana to Pump Toxic Lake Till the End of TimeSeptember 23, 2005 00:00 The state of Montanan will pump and filter toxic water from the largest Superfund site in the country till the end of time to prevent it from rising to levels where it would contaminate the town of Butte's groundwater. Hoorah for industry.
  Evisceration of Endangered Species Act Passes House CommitteeSeptember 23, 2005 00:00 Rep. Richard Pombo's (R-CA) revised version of the Endangered Species Act passed a House Committee, chaired by Pombo. The Bill needs to go in front of the whole Congress, then the Senate would have to pass a similar bill before the changes would go into effect.
  Groups Seeks Stop to Mountaintop MiningSeptember 22, 2005 00:00 A group is suing the Army Corps of Engineers, seeking to halt the permitting of mountaintop mining projects that destroy mountains to get at coal seams. Debris from the mining projects is allowed to fill and block streams, which may be important headwater sources for biologically diverse habitats.
  Bush Worst Environmental President in HistorySeptember 21, 2005 00:00 Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., has labeled George Bush as the worst environmental president in history. Bush is accused of attempting to open up wildlife preserves for economic exploitation, allowing energy companies to profiteer off of natural disasters, and reducing environmental hazard protections.
 
  Pombo Changes Will Gut Endangered Species ActSeptember 21, 2005 00:00 Proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act that may go before the whole House as early as next week will cripple the Act by eliminating the ability of the federal government to designate and protect critical habitat for endangered species.
  California Reps Attack Endangered Species ActSeptember 19, 2005 00:00 California Reps. Richard Pombo (R) and Dennis Cardoza (D) are pushing for a massive reform of the Endangered Species Act that would drop the ability of the federal governmet to designate and preserve critical species habitat areas.
  Humane Society Katrina Rescue SlideshowSeptember 18, 2005 00:00 Check out the Humane Society katrina slideshow, it will make you feel good that you contributed to such a worth cause:

  CA Rep. Pombo Pushes For Florida DrillingSeptember 15, 2005 00:00 In the name of Hurricane Katrina, CA Rep. Richard Pombo (R) is pushing for offshore drilling off the Florida coast... and Florida politicians are giving in.
  Senate Maintains Mercury Emissions RulesSeptember 14, 2005 00:00 Despite bipartisan objections, the Senate narrowly upheld Bush administration changes to the way that the EPA polices mercury pollution. Members of the Senate had attempted to put a hold on the implementation of a market-based pollution control mechanism that involved trade in pollution credits.

  FEMA to Stop Issuing Insurance in Endangered Species HabitatSeptember 14, 2005 00:00 In a landmark decision, a judge has ordered that FEMA stop issuing flood insurance for new development in the Florida Keys within endangered species habitat. The judge ruled that FEMA has not complied with the Endangered Species Act and cannot restart issuing insurance untill it does so. Amen.

  Pombo's Bill Under Fire From the RightSeptember 13, 2005 00:00 Even groups on the Right disdain Rep. Richard Pombo's (R-CA) proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act. The groups say that both property right and endangered species must be protected and that his reforms may do neither.

  U.S. Should Protect Endangered SpeciesSeptember 11, 2005 00:00 Although the government should work more in partnership with individuals, landowners, and businesses, the country needs to set the expectation that endangered species should be protected.
  As Congress Returns, Endangered Species Act is in PerilSeptember 06, 2005 00:00 As Congress returns from summer break, the Endangered Species Act is going to be targeted for reform or elimination by extreme elements on the Right. Fortunately there are enought moderates and Republicans who are conservationists to probably save the landmark legislation.
  Thousands of Pets are Starving to Death in NOSeptember 05, 2005 00:00 Thousands of household pets, abandoned in the path of hurricane Katrina, are starving to death in New Orleans and other evacuated cities in the south east. Some residents who have refused to leave are breaking into homes to release stranded animals.
  Katrina Heats Up Environmental DebateSeptember 02, 2005 00:00 Commentators and politicians are pointing out that environmental policies such as the Bush administration's laisez faire policy on global warming are, in part, responsible for devastating storms like Katrina. The Gulf's record high water temperature contributed to the storm's severity.
  Animals in New Orleans' Zoo Alive but Running Out of FoodSeptember 01, 2005 00:00 Apparently the New Orleans zoo happens to be on a relative high point. A message board post suggests that the animals are in their cages, but running out of food. Other articles also suggest that the authorities are forcing people to abandon their pets in order to be rescued. Sad.
 
  Nutcase Thinks ESA Should Be RepealedSeptember 01, 2005 00:00 Clearly all well thought out arguments against the endangered species act end with prayer. This gentleman offers no constructive compromise or alternative to the perservation of our natural resources, yet simple advocates repeal of the endangered species act.