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Natural history news and information for animals, plants, and habitats.  See more at http://garryrogers.com.
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Following 'Rim Fire,' what should be done with the trees left behind? | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour

Following 'Rim Fire,' what should be done with the trees left behind? | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
A year after a California wildfire known as the “Rim Fire” burnt through over 250,000 acres of Sierra Nevada forests, environmentalists and loggers are debating what to do with the blackened woodland it left behind. The timber industry believes that chopping … Continue reading →
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Logging healthy forests destroys soil microorganisms and reduces forest diversity.  Logging burned forests is even more destructive.  Access roads and equipment movements promote erosion, introduce weeds, damage surviving undergrowth, and crush the new tree seedlings that would replace the original forest.  Logging these fragile environments reduces watershed values and slows recovery.  Only an agency such as the U. S. Forest Service that is controlled by the profit-motivated logging industry would approve logging a burned forest.   

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I Didn't Care About Climate Change Until I Visited Greenland — Now I'm Freaking Out About It

I Didn't Care About Climate Change Until I Visited Greenland — Now I'm Freaking Out About It | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
I was speechless.  At the end of the Greenland journey, we all wanted to commit to doing something. No one person alone can convince governments to price carbon, or industries to move towards cleaner practices and reduce carbon pollution. The question is: can we do something that has a measurable positive impact? In my case, as an oceanographer and explorer, I will try to help protect as much as the sea as possible from fishing and pollution, so that ocean life can be more resilient against the effects of global warming. I leave it up to you to think about what you are willing to do.
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Human impacts are so massive and pervasive that "reasonable" compromises have no effect.  This story is about greenhouse gasses and global warming.  Other stories about plastic in the oceans, pesticides on the land, and our bulging population’s growing need for building, burning, cutting, fishing, grazing, hunting, and plowing are also untouched by "reasonable" compromises.  We need to redefine our compromises to identify effective vs. acceptable solutions.  It is nonsense to let special interests such as the oil/coal industry define reasonable solutions.  After all, corporations can’t vote.

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World's Oceans Face "Irreparable Damage" - YouTube

Rashid Sumaila: Global Ocean Commission gives world leaders a five-year window for intervention before overfishing and climate change negatively impact the world's food supply, clean air, and climate stability...
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Giving world leaders a five-year window to save the oceans is like giving a falling rock five seconds to stop falling.  It appears that our world leaders serve as minions of world commerce.  Saving the oceans would take an immediate threat to profits or the appearance of sapience.  Both are unlikely. 

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