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Population growth is threat to other species, poll respondents say

LA Times: Nearly two-thirds of American voters believe that human population growth is driving other animal species to extinction and that if the situation gets worse, society has a "moral responsibility to address the problem," according to new national public opinion poll. A slightly lower percentage of those polled -- 59% -- believes that population growth is an important environmental issue and 54% believe that stabilizing the population will help protect the environment. The survey was conducted...

Huge Expansion of U.S. Protection for N. Calif. Waters Proposed

LA Times: Federal officials Thursday proposed a massive expansion to federal protection of waters off Northern California from offshore oil drilling, seabed mining and ocean dumping. The proposal would more than double the size of the national marine sanctuaries around the Cordell Bank and the Farallon Islands. When combined with the massive Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the newly expanded system would protect more than a third of California's offshore waters from oil drilling, from Cambria in...