Natural Resources

"Feds Weigh Protections For Tiny Snail Near Massive Lithium Mine"

"The Fish and Wildlife Service has launched an in-depth study of whether a teensy-tiny snail that inhabits springs in a small slice of lithium-rich Nevada desert should enjoy federal protections under the Endangered Species Act."

Source: E&E News, 02/09/2024

Seafood Firm Wants To Farm Octopus. Activists Say They're Too Smart For That

"Octopuses are capable of sophisticated tasks, from solving puzzles to decorating their dens to remembering people's faces. So when a company in Spain announced that it wanted to commercially farm octopuses to harvest them for seafood, the plan sparked an uproar."

Source: NPR, 02/08/2024

"Another Major Legal Battle Is Brewing Over The Killing Of Gray Wolves"

"A coalition of environmental and animal protection groups said Wednesday that it will sue to overturn the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to remove Northern Rocky gray wolves from the Endangered Species Act."

Source: HuffPost, 02/08/2024

Court Bans Three Weedkillers And Finds EPA Broke Law In Approval Process

"Dealing a blow to three of the world’s biggest agrochemical companies, a US court this week banned three weedkillers widely used in American agriculture, finding that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) broke the law in allowing them to be on the market."

Source: Guardian, 02/08/2024

"Rocky Mountain Gray Wolves Won’t Get Endangered Species Protections"

"Gray wolves that inhabit the Northern Rocky Mountains will not receive protections under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced Friday."

Source: The Hill, 02/06/2024

Cannabis Grower To Pay $750,000 For Violating State Water, Wildlife Regs

"State officials said a Humboldt County cannabis operation took water from streams and damaged wetlands for years without authorization. The owner called the fine extreme and unfair but agreed to pay and restore wetlands."

Source: CalMatters, 02/05/2024

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