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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Pesticides in U.S. streams and rivers: Occurrence and Trends During 1992-2011

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

Discusses the frequency with which U.S. rivers and streams exceeded aquatic-life benchmarks due to the presence of pesticides during the target period.  From the U.S. Geological Survey



The State of the Birds Report 2014

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Environment,Natural Resources

The fifth such report with information on bird habitats, preventing extinction, and more.  Claims to be the most comprehensive review of long-term trend data for U.S. birds ever conducted.  From the Smithsonian Institution and other project partners


Presidential Memorandum: Creating a Federal Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Animals/Wildlife,Environment,Presidency

Sets up a Pollinator Health Task Force to develop a research action plan to focus federal efforts on understanding, preventing, and recovering from pollinator losses and improve pollinator habitats.  From the White House


Elephant Conservation, Illegal Killing, and Ivory Trade

Categories: Africa,Animals/Wildlife,Crime/Justice,Headlines,United Nations

Warns that poaching rates for African elephants continue to far exceed the natural elephant population growth rates, resulting in a further decline in the elephant population.  Identifies African poverty, weak governance, and the demand for ivory in consuming states as the major reasons for the illegal killing.  From the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species


Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v. Japan…)

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Arctic/Antarctic,Australia,Environment,Headlines,Japan,Treaties,United Nations


Decision of the International Court of Justice that Japanese whaling activities in the Antarctic is a commercial whaling venture that is a violation of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling.  Japan claims it is a scientific research program.  From the International Court of Justice


FDA Update on Animal Pharmaceutical Industry Response to Guidance #213

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

Announces that 25 of 26 pharmaceutical companies have agreed to cooperate with voluntary federal restrictions on the use of antibiotics for growth promotion in animals.  Citing threats to human health and antibiotic effectiveness, the government asked 26 companies to voluntarily stop labeling such drugs as acceptable for animal growth promotion.  From the Food and Drug Administration


The Lacey Act: Protecting the Environment by Restricting Trade

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Foreign Trade/Investment,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

Explains how the Lacey Act began as a 1900 measure to prevent hunters from crossing state lines to avoid prosecution for violation of hunting laws and evolved over the years to prohibit import, export, transport, purchase or sale of species when that action would violate domestic or foreign law.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by National Agricultural Law Library


National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking

Categories: Africa,Animals/Wildlife,Crime/Justice,Foreign Trade/Investment,Headlines

Describes guiding principles and strategic priorities behind U.S. efforts to stem illegal trade in wildlife, especially elephants and rhinoceroses.  From the White House


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