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Ocean News: Mercury Levels Rising in Surface Waters, Penguin Species Threatened by Habitat Degradation, and More

Ocean News: Mercury Levels Rising in Surface Waters, Penguin Species Threatened by Habitat Degradation, and More | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

"According to a new study, mercury levels in many of the world oceans’ surface waters have tripled due to human activity. Because mercury drains into the ocean from mines, coal-fired plants, and sewage, mercury levels are higher in surface waters compared to the deep ocean. The Guardian.

"A recent study found that all penguin species are threatened by habitat degradation. The scientists found that food scarcity, bycatch, oil pollution, and climate change were the biggest threats to penguins, and that management plans reflect these issues. Phys.org

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Almost any nature research discovers deadly human impacts.

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DiCaprio Raises $25 Million to Protect Environment | Ecorazzi

DiCaprio Raises $25 Million to Protect Environment | Ecorazzi | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Leonardo DiCaprio has friends in high places, which comes in handy when he’s trying to raise money to save the planet. The award winning actor raised $25 million on Wednesday to protect the environ...
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Again, leadership comes from outside government.  Thank you Leonardo.

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Julia Connor's curator insight, July 26, 4:22 AM

High profile supporters might Will make people think more. Good job Leo.

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Climate change: historians will look back and ask 'why didn't they act?'

Climate change: historians will look back and ask 'why didn't they act?' | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Harvard historian Naomi Oreskes talks about her new book, which imagines that current inertia in the face of climate change will puzzle academics for centuries to come
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Academics will be working on the explanation for centuries, but I doubt that the basic human weaknesses that lead to such a catastrophe will be a mystery to them. 


The same title could be applied to other subjects:  Extinction:  'why didn't they act?

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Canada Silences Scientists, Targets Environmentalists in Tar Sands Push

Canada Silences Scientists, Targets Environmentalists in Tar Sands Push | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | 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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Canadians Can’t Drink Their Water After 1.3 Billion Gallons of Mining Waste Flows into Rivers

Hundreds of people in British Columbia can’t use their water after more than a billion gallons of mining waste spilled into rivers and creeks in the province’s Cariboo region.
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Such a great waste of the land.  Ecological succession, the natural process of recovery after a landslide or flood can take hundreds of years.  However, the mined landscape looks almost as harsh as a lava flow.  Humans could be long gone by the time nature reclaims the land.  Oh Canada, what have you done?

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We're in a War Over Climate Change…

We're in a War Over Climate Change… | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
By Paul B. Farrell, MarketWatch SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (MarketWatch) -- America's "WWIII, the Global Warming War" was launched by the Bush Pentagon in 2004 with this warning: "Climate could change...
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It is a war of words that the energy lobby is winning.  Some might say that they already won. Of course, they will have to share the consequences with the rest of us.

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A. R. Wallace: The Other Guy to Discover Natural Selection

This paper-puppet animation celebrates the life of Alfred Russel Wallace, who is co-credited with Charles Darwin for the theory of natural selection.  Read the story here: http://nyti.ms/1fhBbGw


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, December 4, 2013 10:32 AM

Some of the greatest discoveries in biology began as spatial discoveries.  Alfred Russel Wallace made some amazing advances in biogeography and discovered the appropriately named Wallace Line


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Kelsey McCartney's curator insight, December 10, 2013 6:40 PM

A sweet animation of the wonderful Alfred Russel Wallace, the oft unaknowledged simualtaneous discoverer of evolutionary mechanisms.