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  1. Experts are warning that the endangered Florida panther will lose an important hunting and roaming habitat that is crucial for the continued survival of the species if a new major development project in rural Collier county in south-west Florida is approved. “This area was never intended for this amount of development,” said Amber Crooks, environmental policy manager of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. “These parts of Collier county contain a lot of important habitat for the Florida panther and also so many other rare species and has important public lands on each corner. The best available science tells us the panther needs all its available habitat to survive and ultimately recover,” she said. “The top concern is habitat loss, but there’s also the impact of traffic. Every year dozens of panthers are struck and killed by vehicles. What’s going to happen when you add 300,000 people to an area that is already very deadly [for them]?” The project is expected to be approved by the Trump administration as early as April this year. Read more about this story on the Guardian: Endangered Florida panther threatened by development project, experts say | US news | The Guardian WWW.THEGUARDIAN.COM Almost half of proposed area of construction falls within hunting and roaming zone that is essential to animal’s survival Another day, another endangered species at risk from a development project. It's all just so depressing.
  2. The construction of a new U.S. military air base in Henoko Bay in Okinawa, Japan, would involve filling in and paving over hundreds of acres of rich coral and seagrass habitat which is crucial to the survival of the last surviving Okinawa dugong, one of Earth’s most endangered marine mammals. Conservation groups and residents of Okinawa are now fighting back and they have filed an appeal to the court ruling that allows the construction of the military airbase in the Japanese island’s coastal waters. “The Okinawa dugong, sea turtles, coral reefs, humans and the ocean environment need the U.S. justice system to guard our genuine national security by rejecting this ecologically horrendous project,” said Todd Steiner, founder and executive director of Turtle Island Restoration Network said in a press release. Legal Battle Begins in Appeal Challenging US Military's Threat to Rare Okinawa Dugongs | Turtle Island Restoration Network SEATURTLES.ORG SAN FRANCISCO— American conservation groups and residents of Okinawa have filed the opening brief in an appeal of a court ruling allowing construction of a US Marine Corps air base in the Japanese island's coastal... You can follow Turtle Island Restoration Network on Twitter for more updates on this story.
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