The ocelot is an endangered, wild cat native to North America.Leonardo Prest Mercon Ro/Getty Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. Forty-five years ago, on December 28th, 1973, President Richard Nixon, a Republican, signed a piece of monumental environmental legislation, the Endangered Species Act, into law. At the time, Nixon issued a statement in support of protecting wildlife that most sitting Republicans wouldn’t dare make today: “Nothing is more priceless and more worthy of preservation than the rich array of animal life with which our country has been blessed,” it said. “It is a many-faceted treasure, of value to scholars, scientists, and nature lovers alike, and it forms a vital part of the heritage we all share as Americans.” The act now protects more than 1,500 species and remains one of the most powerful environmental laws on the books. Since its passage, several species, including the brown pelican, … [Read more...] about 45 Years After Nixon Signed It Into Law, the War on the Endangered Species Act Continues
What polluted the cuyahoga river
CLEVELAND, Ohio – The water quality improvements the Cuyahoga River has undergone since its iconic fire almost 50 years ago are well-documented. Now, another chapter has been added to the environmental success story: the release of a new documentary film on the YouTube channel.The 12-minute video, "Celebrating the Comeback of the Burning River, 1969-2019," traces the years since the fire instigated the launch of the federal Clean Water Act by environmentalists, and the river's inspiring transformation since then.The film is illustrated by archival footage and interviews with some of the key participants in the river's rebirth, such as river advocates Elaine Marsh and Jane Goodman, and the Ohio EPA's Bob Wysenski and Bill Zawiski. The movie was produced by the Ohio EPA.For those too young to remember the black-and-white images from local television newsreels, the film presents horrific scenes of fiery plumes of smoke on the river, fire boats pumping water on a burning railroad … [Read more...] about Cuyahoga River’s recovery since 1969 fire documented in new Ohio EPA film on YouTube
opinion USA TODAY Network-Florida Editorial Boards Published 6:00 AM EDT Oct 19, 2018 Turning the Toxic Tide is a series of editorials published collectively by the six editorial boards of USA TODAY Network-Florida, with the goal of providing an environmental road map for the state's next governor, legislators and congressional delegation. This is the first in the series. As they have for decades, the real estate brochures and tourism campaigns continue to tout Florida as a sun-kissed Shangri-la, blessed with clear blue waters and pristine beaches that look like paradise. Those of us who live here know paradise is in trouble. Even as North Florida struggles to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Michael, a more persistent, insidious problem has been brewing for decades. Florida has become the land of sunshine and environmental crisis. Gorgeous vistas are fouled by the smell of blue-green algae, sandy beaches defiled by dead fish washed ashore, … [Read more...] about Florida must turn the the toxic tide
“Only within the moment of time represented by the present century has one species -man- acquired significant power to alter the nature of his world.” Rachel Carson author of Silent Spring “These temple destroyers, devotees of ravaging commercialism, seem to have a perfect contempt for Nature, and, instead of lifting their eyes to the God of the mountains, lift them to the Almighty Dollar.” John Muir In 1969 the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland caught fire. There was so much oil and flammable chemicals floating on the river that it could burn. I saw this river when I worked on the US Steel ore boats in the early 1970s and went up the Cuyahoga to unload. The only resemblance to a river was the fact that it was a flowing liquid. The slimy tan muck stirred up black and oily in the wake of the tug boats. Nothing appeared alive in this open chemical sewer. Another similar experience was when we unloaded in South Chicago and had to use hot water to hose down the deck. In … [Read more...] about Why Care about the Environment?
Robert Barnes and Steven Mufson, The Washington Post Published 11:43 am PDT, Sunday, August 12, 2018 Photo: Washington Post Photo By Bill O'Leary Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh visits Republican senators at the Capitol on July 11. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh visits Republican senators at the Capitol on July 11. Photo: Washington Post Photo By Bill O'Leary Brett Kavanaugh and 'the end of the regulatory state as we know it' 1 / 1 Back to Gallery WASHINGTON - The White House did not mince words when it introduced Judge Brett Kavanaugh to business and industry leaders on the occasion of his nomination to the Supreme Court this summer. "Judge Kavanaugh has overruled federal agency action 75 times," the administration said in a one-page unsigned memo touting … [Read more...] about Brett Kavanaugh and ‘the end of the regulatory state as we know it’