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

June 5, 2020

DEADLINE: Sue Palminteri WildTech Reporting Fellowship's part-time, six-month fellowship primarily involves writing stories that cover conservation technology-related research. Develop your writing skills and have your news stories published on affiliated news site $5,000 honorarium from a special fund created in the memory of Sue Palminteri. Deadline: Jun 5, 2020.


"Endangered Bats Are Evolving To Fight Off An Exotic Fungal Disease"

"Little brown bats, an endangered species, have declined by more than 90% due to white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that causes bats to wake up from hibernation, and consequently drains their essential fat reserves. A new study uses genetics to determine that little brown bats with certain genetic traits are more likely to survive the disease."

Source: Mongabay, 05/18/2020

"USDA Limits Review Requirements Of Some Biotech Farm Products"

"The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Thursday a rule that will simplify or waive agency reviews of certain biotech farm products, including plants and seeds that have been genetically modified or engineered."

Source: Reuters, 05/15/2020

"Democrats Target Diseases Spread By Wildlife In $3T Coronavirus Bill"

"The new coronavirus rescue package from House Democrats would dedicate funding to track diseases that spread to humans through wildlife, an effort to prevent any future pandemics similar to COVID-19."

Source: The Hill, 05/15/2020

"US Denies Full Protection For Pacific Fisher, Relative Of The Weasel"

"The Trump administration on Thursday denied Endangered Species Act protection to a weasel-like woodland mammal called the Pacific fisher across most of its West Coast range, except for a dwindling population in California’s southern Sierras."

Source: Reuters, 05/15/2020

"Conservationists Sue Trump Administration Over Border Wall"

"A coalition of conservation groups is suing the Trump administration over its signature border wall, arguing that the transfer of military funds for the wall’s construction is unconstitutional and claiming that the administration did not have the right to waive certain environmental requirements."

Source: The Hill, 05/13/2020


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