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Earl Gregg Swem Library

USGS Role and Response to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Health/Medical,Homeland Security,Science/Technology

Describes the threat posed by avian influenza, the manner in which it spreads, and the response of the U.S. government to the threat. From the U.S. Geological Survey


Laws Related to Hunting Lions in Zimbabwe

Categories: Africa,Animals/Wildlife,Crime/Justice

Following the controversial killing of a lion named Cecil by an American hunter, this report covers what the law says about hunting lions in Zimbabwe, responsibility for managing wildlife, restrictions on hunting methods and weapons, the penalties for illegal hunting, and sources of more information about wildlife laws in African countries.  From the Law Library of Congress


Veterinary Feed Directive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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