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UK environmental protections ‘being flouted’

UK environmental protections ‘being flouted’

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Getty ImagesEnvironmental campaigners have accused the government of hypocrisy by setting out environmental protection principles while simultaneously flouting them.UK ministers have just published long-awaited principles that will inform government decision-making.They say they intend to put the environment at the heart of their policy.But the document exempts the Treasury and the Ministry of Defence from being bound by the principles.And environmentalists complain that the principles are meaningless anyway, because the government presses on with activities that will harm the planet – such as the planned Cumbria coalmine and the £27bn road-building programme. The principles have been laid out in a consultation document linked to the Environment Bill. Following Brexit, these principles wil...
Environmentalists warn Trump ‘weakening’ endangered species protections

Environmentalists warn Trump ‘weakening’ endangered species protections

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The US federal government has announced an overhaul of the way it enforces the Endangered Species Act, a law credited with preventing countless extinctions.Trump officials say the new plan will reduce regulations, but environmental groups warn it will "crash a bulldozer" through the landmark 1973 legislation.The plan removes automatic protections for threatened species and allows economic factors to be considered.Critics say the new rules will speed extinction for vulnerable wildlife.Ten state attorneys general have announced plans to sue over the new regulation.The Endangered Species Act, which Republican President Richard Nixon signed into law in 1973, protects more than 1,600 plant and animals species today, and is credited wi...
Bigger, slow-breeding species need extra protections, conservationists claim

Bigger, slow-breeding species need extra protections, conservationists claim

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May 17 (UPI) -- To better protect larger, slow-breeding species, conservationists, biologists and other decision makers rethink the "endangered species" definition, the authors of a new study suggest. Researchers warn that slow-breeding giants, like elephants and rhinos, might not reveal themselves as "endangered" until it is too late. A slow decline among a population of slow-breeders can, in some cases, be more worrisome than a more precipitous decline among fast-breeders. To account for this, scientists suggest conservationists pay less attention to the size and distribution of a population, or the speed of its decline, and focus instead on the relationship between mortality and fertility rates. "Critical thresholds in so-called vital rates -- such as mortality and fertility rates amo...