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Saguaro cacti have a relatively long lifespan—often exceeding 150-175 years with their first arm sprouting around age 75-100—and can reach 40 feet in height. Thanks to conservation efforts, the once endangered plant native to the Sonoran desert of Arizona and parts of eastern California has gone from endangered to thriving.

Harming or vandalizing a saguaro in any manner is a class four felony and punishable with a possible 3 year, 9 month maximum sentence.

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US President Donald Trump makes remarks as Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Vice President Mike Pence listen at the Department of the Interior in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mike Theiler-Pool/Getty Images)

In the 1500s, an estimated 30 to 60 million North American bison —or buffalo— roamed the Great Plains of North America. But over hunting brought their numbers down to just 325 wild bison left in the United States by 1884.

But thanks to conservation efforts, the United States official national mammal recovered to 20,000-25,000 wild bison on public lands and at least 250,000 bison in private herds by the end of the 1990s. Much of the work was done thanks to laws like the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

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SANTA YNEZ, CA - MARCH 30: A hilltop solar panel array is viewed at sunrise along Happy Canyon Road on March 30, 2018, near Santa Ynez, California. Because of its close proximity to Southern California and Los Angeles population centers, combined with a Mediterranean climate, the coastal regions of Santa Barbara have become a popular weekend getaway destination for millions of tourists each year. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)

Starting January 1, 2020, all new homes built in California will be outfitted with solar panels. The new rule will apply to all homes, apartment buildings, and condos three stories or under.

The California Energy Commission voted unanimously for the housing mandate, which also includes new insulation and air filter requirements for newly built homes. More than 80,000 new homes are built every year in California. The requirements are expected to add $9,500 to the cost of a home, or $40 a month on a 30-year-mortgage. However, the energy savings to the homeowner will save $80 a month, making the measure not just energy smart but money smart.

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It’s hard to understand how a PhD in comparative religion makes one an expert in science or science policy, but that hasn’t stopped President Donald Trump from nominating Kathleen Hartnett White to lead the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ).

But if you’re Donald Trump, the appointment — subject to Senate approval — makes perfect sense. The CEQ advises the White House on environmental policy, and the current policy of this administration could be described as slash and burn — at least when it comes to green regulations.

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Despite his most infamous campaign promise, President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico is proving a political failure for the president and a potential disaster for the environment.

Because of Trump’s dedication to rolling back environmental regulations, the proposed border wall could be catastrophic for the local environment. The wall would require the massive production of cement, which is a large contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.

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