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Couple donates $165 million to preserve 24,000 acres at Point Conception

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Fri, 12/22/2017 (All day)

A conservation group on Thursday purchased a sprawling stretch of Santa Barbara County coastline — a prized acquisition made possible by a $165-million gift from a couple who had long sought to protect the pristine ranchland from development.

The nonprofit Nature Conservancy acquired the Cojo-Jalama Ranches, which comprise roughly 24,000 acres and eight miles of coastline south of Vandenberg Air Force Base, from a New England investment firm, said Michael Bell, director of the conservancy’s California ocean program.

Valued for its sacred sites by the Chumash and operated for more than 100 years as a cattle ranch, the twin parcels straddling Point Conception are a time capsule of oak woodlands, coastal prairies and beaches whose breaks are revered by surfers.

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'Am I going to get out of here alive?' In one of Africa's most dangerous corners, a fight to the death for the elephants

Published: 
Fri, 12/22/2017 (All day)

Kambale Mate huddled beneath a tangle of grass, looking up at bright stars in a moonless sky, a tumble of chaotic events cascading through his mind.

Where were the other wildlife rangers, Jean de Dieu Matongo and Joel Meriko Ari? Were they alive?

He had been a ranger for only five months at Garamba National Park, the last remaining preserve for disappearing populations of elephants and giraffes in this part of Africa. Yet here he was with two comrades, hiding like small, petrified mammals in the grass. If any of them moved, a large band of poachers nearby could find and kill them.

Read entire article at: LATimes.com

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Heartbreaking Video Shows Starving Polar Bear On Warming Canadian Island

Published: 
Fri, 12/08/2017 (All day)

A gut-wrenching video taken on Canada’s Baffin Island shows an adult polar bear that looks like little more than a bag of bones covered by slack fur. The bear is pulling his body across an iceless emptiness, desperately seeking food.

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The Environmental Scandal in Scott Pruitt’s Backyard

Published: 
Wed, 12/06/2017 (All day)

ar Creek, Oklahoma, is breathtaking in a terrible way: At one time the world’s deepest source of lead and zinc, the three-town region is now a cratered landscape so poisonous that no one, aside from 10 holdouts, can live there. 

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Key California environmental law not a barrier to development, new state report says

Published: 
Thu, 12/07/2017 (All day)

The state’s primary environmental law governing development doesn’t block development from actually happening, according to a state study released Thursday.