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Veterinary Feed Directive

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Animals/Wildlife,Headlines,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations

https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/06/03/2015-13393/veterinary-feed-directive

Controversial final rule which brings use of antibiotics in animals under veterinary supervision.  The rule is a response to the rise of disease-resistant microbes due to overuse of antibiotics.  From the Food and Drug Administration

 

The State of Nature in the European Union: Report on the Status of and Trends for Habitat Types and Species Covered by the Birds and Habitats Directive for the 2007-2012 Period ….

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Environment,European Union,Natural Resources

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:52015DC0219&from=EN

Provides the most comprehensive picture to date on the state of nature in the European Union.  Birds are faring better than other species. From the European Commission

 

Preliminary Methodology to Assess the National and Regional Impact of U.S. Wind Energy Development on Birds and Bats

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Energy,Environment,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2015/5066/pdf/sir2015-5066.pdf

Describes the components of the methodology, the underlying assumptions, and its usefulness in identifying species that may require additional protection.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

Adrenal Gland and Lung Lesions in Gulf of Mexico Common Bottlenose Dolphins … Found Dead Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0126538

Finds that exposure to elevated levels of petroleum compounds in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico following the BP oil spill was the probable cause of a high death rate among dolphins since 2010.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Public Library of Science.

 

Safeguarding Biological Diversity

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Environment,European Union,Natural Resources

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/IDAN/2015/554175/EPRS_IDA%282015%29554175_EN.pdf

Provides an overview of the state of biological diversity in the European Union and globally, including the causes of biodiversity decline and the rationale for protecting it.  Also covers EU achievements and failures in the area of biodiversity.   From the European Parliament Think Tank

 

Evaluating and Ranking Threats to the Long-Term Persistence of Polar Bears

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Arctic/Antarctic,Environment

http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2014/1254/pdf/ofr2014-1254.pdf

Uses new models to forecast the future status of polar bears worldwide and new information on actual and predicted polar sea ice loss to evaluate the threats and plan management actions to mitigate the threats in four ecoregions.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

Arctic Report Card: Update for 2014

www.arctic.noaa.gov/report14/ArcticReportCard_full_report.pdf

 

Warns that the Arctic region is warming at twice the rate of anywhere else on Earth.  Covers the air temperature, snow cover, sea ice, Greenland Ice Sheet, the status of polar bears and more.  See also links for previous Arctic report cards.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Federal Lands and Natural Resources: Overview and Selected Issues for the 113th Congress

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Climate Change,Energy,Geology/Mining,Govt Finance,Natural Resources,Recreation/Travel

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43429.pdf

Discusses issues involved in questions of federal land acquisition and management.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

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