Record-breaking python killed in Florida Everglades hunt
ORLANDO, Fla. — One of the latest pythons to be caught in the Everglades is a record-breaker.A pair of trappers caught the 18-foot, 9-inch invasive Burmese python on a hunt working for the South Florida Water Management District.Ryan Ausburn and Kevin Pavlidis caught the 104-pound female on Oct. 2 as part of the district’s Python Elimination Program, which has seen the capture of nearly 4,000 of the snakes since 2017. The snake was found about 35 miles west of Miami, and its length surpasses the previous record of 18 feet, 8 inches, from 2013.Officials have said capturing females is paramount ...
Amy Kennedy is leading Jeff Van Drew in a closely watched South Jersey congressional race, poll says
Democrat Amy Kennedy is holding a narrow lead in her campaign to unseat New Jersey Republican Congressman Jeff Van Drew, according to a new poll, a sign of the party-switching congressman’s vulnerability in a competitive South Jersey district.The Monmouth University survey released Monday found that Kennedy, a former teacher who lives in Brigantine and is married to former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, leads Van Drew among registered voters, 49% to 44%. That advantage falls within the survey’s margin of error. Van Drew, a longtime conservative Democrat who was elected to Congress in 2018, became ...
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Republicans warn Pa. shale gas industry of economic 'disaster' if Democrats win
Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry faces an existential threat if Joe Biden and Democrats sweep into office in the Nov. 3 election, Trump administration officials and supporters told a Marcellus Shale Coalition conference on Tuesday.U.S. Energy Secretary Daniel Brouillette and U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., speaking at a conference sponsored by the industry trade group, warned of job losses, energy shortages, price increases and an erosion of national security if climate activists succeed in banning fracking and in curtailing development of fossil fuel resources and infrastructure, such as pipe...
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As rats swarm California cities, Gov. Newsom bans popular poison to protect wildlife
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill Tuesday that seeks to protect mountain lions and other wildlife from being poisoned by a popular form of pesticide.The move raises questions about how the state will manage its growing urban rat population, which some experts say is surging due to the spread of homeless camps across California.Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1788, which bans, with few exceptions, the use of what are known as “second generation anticoagulant rodenticides” until state pesticide regulators develop plans to ensure they’re not harmful to wildlife.Just abou...
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'It's almost a joke': In rural California, governor's gas-powered car ban is a stretch
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It’s a long drive to just about anywhere Gary Wright needs to go. A rancher in the far northeastern corner of California, he sometimes has to drive nearly 100 miles, one-way, to get to where his cattle graze. It’s 36 miles to Klamath Falls, Oregon, for a significant errand run.There are only a few gas stations along the routes through the forests and high deserts in Modoc County — let alone electric vehicle charging stations. There are none near the rangeland where Wright’s cattle graze.So he was baffled when Gov. Gavin Newsom announced last week that California would requ...
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California may need more fire to fix its wildfire problem
WASHINGTON — California is supposed to burn.Before settlers populated the region in the 1800s, about 5 to 12% of the land that now makes up the Golden State caught fire each year — more than has burned so far in 2020, the most destructive year in modern history. Some of the historic fires were caused by lightning and others were set by Native Americans as a land-management tool, but they mostly burned with low intensity and touched much of the state with great regularity.But after more than a century of aggressive fire suppression, California’s vegetation has grown much denser than the fire-ad...
Margaret Atwood talks about 'The Testaments,' 'The Handmaid's Tale,' politics and more
“My larger fear: that all my efforts will prove futile, and Gilead will last for a thousand years. Most of the time, that is what it feels like here, far away from the war, in the still heart of the tornado. So peaceful, the streets; so tranquil, so orderly; yet underneath the deceptively placid surfaces, a tremor, like that near a high-voltage power line. We’re stretched thin, all of us; we vibrate, we quiver, we’re always on the alert. Reign of terror, they used to say, but terror does not exactly reign. Instead it paralyzes. Hence the unnatural quiet.”— “The Testaments”In 1985, Canadian aut...
The Seattle Times
Ruffed Grouse Society project would improve Minnesota's degrading hunter walking trails
MINNEAPOLIS — Nonmotorized hunter walking trails would receive overdue upgrades as part of a new initiative proposed by the Ruffed Grouse Society.The $300,000 program — part of a much larger package of outdoors projects recommended for funding this year with state lottery proceeds — is designed to address what the conservation group has described as a “generally degraded system.”Fixing up 120 existing trailheads with signage, gates, parking and other infrastructure improvements would better -serve upland hunters, birders and hikers, according to the proposal. Grouse season opens Sept. 19 this ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Commentary: A fracking threat we can't afford
It comes as no surprise that the Trump administration has fast-tracked a dangerous, untested system of transporting highly explosive fracked gas by trucks and trains through local communities from Pennsylvania down the Delaware River to then be shipped overseas. What is shocking is the level of secrecy that the proposed fracking export facility in Gibbstown, New Jersey, has been cloaked in by the governors of New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware. They have gone along with the plan without answering important questions about dangers the facility poses to public health and potential i...
New York Daily News
'Superman's Not Coming': Erin Brockovich's new book is about saving our drinking water
Erin Brockovich would be the first to acknowledge that her new book, “Superman’s Not Coming: Our National Water Crisis and What We the People Can Do About It” (Pantheon, $28.95), isn’t light reading. And not just because the chemistry involved goes well beyond H2O.“You have to like read a chapter and digest it, because it’s overwhelming on top of everything else that is going on in this country,” said the environmental activist and legal consultant in a recent phone interview from her California home. “But we have to address it. … There is no Superman. Nobody’s coming to save us, but we can sa...
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