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Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret--a Review of a Terrific Video

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret--a Review of a Terrific Video | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it

"The movie goes far beyond the obvious impacts of livestock production such as overgrazing of rangelands, and talks about everything from water pollution (from manure) to energy use in the production of meat to the mistreatment of meat producing animals by humans. Overall it makes a very cogent and articulate argument against meat/dairy consumption.

"They even take on Alan Savory, advocate of more livestock production as a means of reducing global warming, pointing out that methane production from domestic animals is one of the largest contributors to warming climate, and vastly exceeds any ability of grazed grassland ecosystems to absorb more carbon.

"The video is full of facts illustrated with great graphs like how many more gallons of water or the amount of land required in the production of a hamburger vs. a veggie burger that will make it easy to understand why livestock are one of the greatest threats to global biodiversity and ecosystems.


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GR:  The Earth could get along just fine without us.  If anyone can think of an ecosystem function that requires our presence, I would like to hear about it.  Circumstantial and fossil evidence indicates that even when human numbers were small, the fires, animal drives, and plant preferences had harmful effects.  Ecosystem resilience absorbed early human impacts, but now with more than seven billion of us, the impacts are simply overwhelming earth ecosystems. Livestock?  Earth could tolerate a few domestic beasts, but not the billions we have now.  Watch the video.

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Tanzania to Employ 500 Wildlife Conservators

Tanzania to Employ 500 Wildlife Conservators | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Tanzania will employ about 500 new wildlife conservation staff in the upcoming fiscal year to reduce the staff shortage at the country's wildlife authority, Tanzania's Daily News reported Monday (June 23rd).
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Now add some sport hunters and you have firepower and funds.

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Canada Silences Scientists, Targets Environmentalists in Tar Sands Push

Canada Silences Scientists, Targets Environmentalists in Tar Sands Push | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it

Five years ago this month, the firm TransCanada submitted a permit request to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would bring tar sands oil from Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast. The project has sparked one of the nation’s most contentious environmental battles in decades. The Obama administration initially appeared ready to approve Keystone XL, but an unprecedented wave of activism from environmentalists and residents of the states along its path has forced several delays. Among those pressuring Obama for Keystone XL’s approval is the Canadian government, which recently offered a greater pledge of reduced carbon emissions if the pipeline is built. 


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Greed takes Canada.

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Forget the war for biodiversity, it’s just war.

Forget the war for biodiversity, it’s just war. | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it

A contributed essay from Professor Rosaleen Duffy, Professor of Political Ecology of Development, SOAS, University of London.

Conservationists are facing some difficult and critically important choices over how to conserve elephants and rhinos in the wake of a rapid rise in poaching. But there appears to be a rush towards more militarised responses, which intersect with the strategic aims of the US-led ‘War on Terror’. Elephants and rhinos themselves may be fast becoming the latest weapon in this war. This is not ‘back to the barriers’, which implies a defensive position - it is an ‘offensive’ position extending well beyond protected areas. It could easily lead to an escalation of violence that will undermine decades of work with local communities, and it runs counter to the Conservation Initiative on Human Rights.

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Good discussion of the use of force to protect wildlife.

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In China, victory for wildlife conservation as citizens persuaded to give up shark fin soup

In China, victory for wildlife conservation as citizens persuaded to give up shark fin soup | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Campaign leads to plunge in demand for shark fin soup; conservationists hope to also wean Chinese off ivory.
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Stick with jade.

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