•   
  •   
  •   

US US fights new deadline for rare plant protections in Nevada

01:55  04 may  2021
01:55  04 may  2021 Source:   msn.com

Ukraine opens new nuclear waste site at Chernobyl

  Ukraine opens new nuclear waste site at Chernobyl KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president on Monday unveiled a new nuclear waste repository at Chernobyl, the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster that unfolded exactly 35 years ago. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited Chernobyl together with Rafael Mariano Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, and vowed to “transform the exclusion zone, as Chernobyl is referred to, into a revival zone.” “Ukraine is not alone, it has wide support (from its) partners,” Zelenskyy said. “Today the new repository has been put into operation and it is very important that today a license to maintain the new repository will be obtained.

(AP) — A federal judge has given the Fish and Wildlife Service just 30 more days to make an overdue decision on whether to formally propose endangered species protection for a rare desert wildflower at the center of a fight over a proposed lithium mine in Nevada . Conservationists say the rare order issued Wednesday in Las Vegas is a significant victory that underscores the critical condition of the Tiehm’s buckwheat, which they say is on the brink of extinction. “Usually when we bring these ` deadline ’ suits, the Fish and Wildlife Service offers us a date and we agree and there’s a settlement.

New York, New York--(Newsfile Corp. - May 3, 2021) - Bronstein, Gewirtz & Grossman, LLC notifies investors that a class action lawsuit has been filed against Plug Power Inc. ("Plug" or "the Company") (NASDAQ: PLUG) and certain of its officers, on behalf of shareholders who purchased or otherwise acquired Plug securities between November 9, 2020 and March 1, 2021, inclusive (the "Class Period"). "This problem is much closer to us than most think," the new head of US Indo-Pacific Command said in March.

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Biden administration says a U.S. judge exceeded his authority when he gave federal wildlife officials a May 21 deadline to decide whether to formally propose endangered species protections for a rare desert wildflower at the center of a fight over a proposed lithium mine in Nevada.

FILE - In this June 1, 2019, file photo, provided by the Center for Biological Diversity shows Tiehm's buckwheat blooming at Rhyolite Ridge in the Silver Peak Range of Western Nevada. A federal judge has given the Fish and Wildlife Service just 30 more days to make an overdue decision on whether to formally propose endangered species protection for a rare desert wildflower at the center of a fight of a proposed lithium mine in Nevada. Conservationists say the rare order issued Wednesday, April 21, 2021, in Las Vegas underscores the critical condition of the Tiehm's buckwheat they say is on the brink of extinction. (Patrick Donnelly/Center for Biological Diversity via AP, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this June 1, 2019, file photo, provided by the Center for Biological Diversity shows Tiehm's buckwheat blooming at Rhyolite Ridge in the Silver Peak Range of Western Nevada. A federal judge has given the Fish and Wildlife Service just 30 more days to make an overdue decision on whether to formally propose endangered species protection for a rare desert wildflower at the center of a fight of a proposed lithium mine in Nevada. Conservationists say the rare order issued Wednesday, April 21, 2021, in Las Vegas underscores the critical condition of the Tiehm's buckwheat they say is on the brink of extinction. (Patrick Donnelly/Center for Biological Diversity via AP, File)

Lawyers for the Interior Department filed an emergency request in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas last week asking Judge James Mahan to reconsider his order regarding the fate of the only Tiehm’s buckwheat plants known to exist in the world — about 220 miles (354 kilometers) southeast of Reno.

Senate committee wants further protections inserted into Australia's data-sharing scheme

  Senate committee wants further protections inserted into Australia's data-sharing scheme The committee probing the Data Availability and Transparency Bill wants some further assurances that data will be protected before it recommends its passage.Golden padlock on computer laptop keyboard with Data Protection engraved. Concept of Internet security, data privacy, cybercrime prevention.

Judge sets deadline for rare Nevada plant -listing decision. New US Senate panel to tackle Nevada tourism amid pandemic. But federal documents reviewed by The Associated Press show the rare plant at the center of a fight over a proposed lithium mine in Nevada has been on the government’s

The lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York alleges violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. New York, New York--(Newsfile Corp. - May 3, 2021) - Bernstein Liebhard, a nationally acclaimed investor rights law firm, reminds investors of the deadline to file a lead plaintiff motion in a securities class action lawsuit that has been filed on behalf of investors who purchased or acquired the securities of Canoo Inc., ("Canoo" or the "Company") (NASDAQ

The department says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service intends to comply with the order to reach a finding by May 21 on whether the flower should receive protections under the Endangered Species Act.

But it says it will be impossible to decide by then whether to designate critical habitat that conservationists want for the plant in an area where Australian mining company Ioneer Ltd. wants to dig for lithium and boron.

The judge on Friday granted the government’s request to block his order until he can rule on the merits of the arguments. Mahan ordered the Center for Biological Diversity, which sued over the plant, to respond by Tuesday and the government to reply by Thursday. He expects to issue a formal ruling on May 17.

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2020, file photo, a plant ecologist at the University of Nevada, Reno, points to a tiny Tiehm's buckwheat that has sprouted at a campus greenhouse in Reno, Nevada. A federal judge has given the Fish and Wildlife Service just 30 more days to make an overdue decision on whether to formally propose endangered species protection for a rare desert wildflower at the center of a fight of a proposed lithium mine in Nevada. Conservationists say the rare order issued Wednesday, April 21, 2021, in Las Vegas underscores the critical condition of the Tiehm's buckwheat they say is on the brink of extinction. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2020, file photo, a plant ecologist at the University of Nevada, Reno, points to a tiny Tiehm's buckwheat that has sprouted at a campus greenhouse in Reno, Nevada. A federal judge has given the Fish and Wildlife Service just 30 more days to make an overdue decision on whether to formally propose endangered species protection for a rare desert wildflower at the center of a fight of a proposed lithium mine in Nevada. Conservationists say the rare order issued Wednesday, April 21, 2021, in Las Vegas underscores the critical condition of the Tiehm's buckwheat they say is on the brink of extinction. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner, File)

The Fish and Wildlife Service was supposed to decide last October whether to list the plant as endangered. It had said staff and budget constraints would prevent it from deciding until Sept. 30, 2021. Environmentalists first petitioned for the listing in 2019.

Immigrant workers are essential to America's future — and we need a new paradigm for justice

  Immigrant workers are essential to America's future — and we need a new paradigm for justice Beyond a pathway to citizenship: True justice for immigrants will help everyone, and build a better country Jose Ortiz receives a one-shot dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic geared toward agriculture workers organized by the immigrant advocacy group TODEC on April 5, 2021, in Riverside, California.

The Fukushima plant was destroyed by an earthquake, as we know, and then a tsunami spread radioactive particles around, contaminating the environment. Compared to that, a floating nuclear power plant is much less problematic because it can be easily transported to a safe haven nearby, if required – all it takes is a tugboat. In just five to seven years’ time, we might be looking at a market in serious need of diversifying its nuclear power production. And Russia, with its unique potential and resources, must seize the opportunity. Like this story?

Ned Price, the State Department spokesman, also tweeted that “ we are sending a clear message to Moscow” with the new measures. However, Dmitry Polyanskiy, Russia’s deputy permanent representative to the UN, replied saying that “now it is our turn to ‘hold the US to account’ for promoting unsubstantiated allegations and unfriendly moves. That’s how it works in diplomacy.” Vyacheslav Volodin, the speaker of Russia’s State Duma, claimed the measures demonstrated that the “whole arsenal of accusations has been exhausted, and the US is going in a circle.”

Mahan said in his April 21 ruling that “more than enough time has passed” to complete the required yearlong review.

“By its own admission, FWS has violated the ESA by failing to issue a timely 12-month finding as to whether it intends to list Tiehm’s buckwheat as an endangered species,” he wrote. “This court finds no reason to grant additional time for FWS to make its admittedly overdue finding.”

Patrick Donnelly, the Center for Biological Diversity's Nevada director, said the government’s emergency motion is its latest attempt to stall while it tries to reach a conservation agreement with Ioneer. He said wildlife officials are “spending more energy fighting our litigation than they are protecting” the plant.

“They have the gall to claim that their appeal of a ruling they consider unfavorable constitutes an emergency, while Tiehm’s buckwheat is out here hanging by a thread, with Ioneer’s destructive mine looming over it,” he said.

US backs vaccine patent waiver as India sees record Covid deaths

  US backs vaccine patent waiver as India sees record Covid deaths The United States threw its weight behind a waiver on patent protections for Covid-19 vaccines as India Thursday posted record deaths and infections from a catastrophic wave swamping the country. Rich nations have faced accusations of hoarding shots while poor countries struggle to get inoculation programs off the ground, with the virus surging across the developing world in contrast to the easing of restrictions in Europe and the United States. © SANJAY KANOJIA India's third wave has claimed another record 4,000 lives, dashing hopes that the catastrophic recent surge may have been easing following several days of falling case numbers Under intense pre

As the United States ' "war on terror" enters a new phase as President Joe Biden has begun withdrawing all US forces from Afghanistan, al-Qaeda has claimed that its war with America is far from over. In an exclusive interview with CNN conducted through intermediaries, an al-Qaeda official said The terror group said that it is planning a comeback after US forces leave Afghanistan by partnering with the Taliban once again. "Thanks to Afghans for the protection of comrades-in-arms, many such jihadi fronts have been successfully operating in different parts of the Islamic world for a long time

The Nevada GOP has since sent a criminal referral to U . S Attorney General William Barr asking him to take action by remedying the situation. “Our lawyers just sent a criminal referral to AG Barr regarding at least 3,062 instances of voter fraud,” the Nevada GOP tweeted. “ We expect that number to grow substantially.” On the ground fighting for justice in Nevada is American diplomat and cancer survivor Richard Grenell, who also tweeted that Nevada “has allowed non-residents to vote.” “This is frightening,” he further wrote.

Government lawyers said in the emergency motion last week that Mahan’s order requires the Fish and Wildlife Service to effectively skip a step in the listing process — the completion of a 12-month finding — and immediately proceed to another step — proposed rules — without first determining whether it's warranted.

“Not only does this put the cart before the horse, but it also constrains FWS’s discretion to only one substantive outcome at the 12-month finding stage — i.e., listing is warranted,” the motion says.

Government attorneys said that while it is possible the Fish and Wildlife Service may ultimately reach that outcome “based on its review of the best available science," the Endangered Species Act “provides for three possible outcomes" after the yearlong review and gives the agency the power to make that choice “based on its own expert judgment.”

America's electric cars need lithium so badly it may wipe out this species .
Fewer than 40 years after humans discovered Tiehm's buckwheat, a Nevada plant with yellow flowers, they may drive it to extinction in pursuit of electric vehicles, a technology widely hailed as being environmentally friendly. © Courtesy Jim Morefield, NDNH Environmentalists say the benefits of Tiehm's buckwheat could be vast, but its full significance is unknown. What's certain, they say, is that guarding Tiehm's buckwheat is important for preserving biodiversity on Earth. The flower is so newly discovered that it hasn't been studied thoroughly, they say.

usr: 8
This is interesting!