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Indonesia: Orangutan sanctuary, funded by palm-oil producer with checkered record of deforestation, divides enviros

SALAT ISLAND, Indonesia — In the lush rain forests of central Borneo, a group of young orangutans, endangered refugees from human development, swung from branch to branch.

Editorial: The Bakken boom has already changed Theodore Roosevelt NP; now, proposed refinery would make things worse

In 1910, Theodore Roosevelt stated, "Of all the questions which can come before this nation…there is none which compares in importance with the great central task of leaving this land even a better land for our descendants than it is for us." More than a century later, as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, this comment rings true, though shrouded in irony.

Mistrial declared in case of lesser figures involved with standoff at Bundy Ranch; 2 others convicted of some charges

A federal judge declared a mistrial Monday for four men accused of participating in the 2014 armed standoff at Cliven Bundy’s ranch in Nevada.

Mistrial declared in case of lesser figures involved with standoff at Bundy Ranch; 2 others convicted of some charges

A federal judge declared a mistrial Monday in the first Bunkerville standoff case, which targeted six men accused of conspiring with rancher Cliven Bundy to derail a court-ordered cattle seizure in 2014.

The mistrial — an anticlimactic end to a highly anticipated trial — was declared hours after the jury convicted two men of some of the 10 counts in the superseding indictment.

In latest chapter of divisive struggle, New Orleans begins removing 4 Confederate monuments

New Orleans on Monday began removing four monuments dedicated to the era of the Confederacy and its aftermath, capping a prolonged battle about the future of the memorials, which critics deemed symbols of racism and intolerance and which supporters viewed as historically important.

UK: Parliamentary committee report criticizes government on MPAs, saying it has "moved the goalposts" to make designations harder

The UK government must do more to manage protected areas in its seas to ensure they are not just “paper parks”, members of the parliament have said.

Despite a Tory party 2015 manifesto pledge to complete a network of marine conservation zones to protect coastal and underwater habitats, only 50 of 127 originally recommended sites around England have been designated.

Analysis: Warming already profoundly affecting Wrangell–St. Elias/Kluane WH site

Last week, a scientific study from the world’s largest sub-polar ice field, centered in southwestern Yukon, reported a finding so bizarre that it made international news: A massive glacier — three miles wide and covering 10,000 square miles — was retreating so rapidly that its meltwater had carved a new path that cut off the long-term flow into one river and channeled most of the flow into anot

Report: Trump to issue executive order saying Antiquities Act has been "overused"; will review all NMon proclamations over last 21 years

Washington • President Donald Trump this week will order a review of national monument designations — including southern Utah's Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante — as part of a wide look at a century-old law that allows presidents to set aside federal lands without congressional approval.

DR Congo: Elephant poachers kill 2 rangers in gunfight in Garamba NP

Elephant poachers have killed two wildlife rangers in a shootout in Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), reports African Parks, a not-for-profit conservation group that manages ten protected areas across Africa in partnership with governments and local communities.

USBLM withdraws parcels near Rocky Mountain NP from O&G lease auction

For 41 years, Ken Fosha and his family have operated a dude ranch near Rocky Mountain National Park, in a little valley in the headwaters of the Colorado River. Fosha voted for President Donald Trump and, in general, likes what he hears about the new administration’s determination to expand oil and gas leasing.

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