Things related to the web of life; ecology; wildlife; endangered species

"Mass Extinctions Are Accelerating, Scientists Report"

"We are in the midst of a mass extinction, many scientists have warned — this one driven not by a catastrophic natural event, but by humans. The unnatural loss of biodiversity is accelerating, and if it continues, the planet will lose vast ecosystems and the necessities they provide, including fresh water, pollination, and pest and disease control."

Source: NYTimes, 06/03/2020

"U.S. and Chinese Scientists Trace Evolution of Coronaviruses in Bats"

"An international team of scientists, including a prominent researcher at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, has analyzed all known coronaviruses in Chinese bats and used genetic analysis to trace the likely origin of the novel coronavirus to horseshoe bats."

Source: NYTimes, 06/02/2020

"Drugs Standards Group Nixes Plan To Kick Pharma's Crab Blood Habit"

"Horseshoe crabs’ icy-blue blood will remain the drug industry’s standard for safety tests after a powerful U.S. group ditched a plan to give equal status to a synthetic substitute pushed by Swiss biotech Lonza and animal welfare groups."

Source: Reuters, 06/01/2020

"Judge Strikes Down U.S. Energy Leasing Rules In Sage Grouse Habitat"

"A U.S. judge has dealt another blow to the Trump administration's efforts to increase domestic oil and gas output from public lands, saying officials failed to protect habitat for a declining bird species when it issued energy leases on hundreds of square miles."

Source: AP, 05/27/2020

"Court Nixes Groups’ Endangered Species Suits, OKs State Case"

"Environmental and animal advocacy groups haven’t shown they have legal standing to challenge the Trump administration’s revised Endangered Species Act regulations, but a lawsuit from a coalition of states can move forward, a federal court ruled Monday."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 05/19/2020


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