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Natural history news and information for animals, plants, and habitats.  See more at http://garryrogers.com.
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Irreversible damage from climate change seen in leaked UN paper

Irreversible damage from climate change seen in leaked UN paper | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
LONDON — Humans risk causing irreversible and widespread damage to the planet unless there's faster action to limit the fossil fuel emissions that cause climate change, according to a leaked draft United Nations report.
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GR:  Climate scientists such as James Hansen (http://wp.me/p26kDO-7c2) and biologists such as E.O. Wilson (http://wp.me/p26kDO-7ZO) believe we are in the midst of an emergency.  More than climate change, we are reducing habitat through construction, farming, and grazing; we are aiding the takeover by invasive species (http://wp.me/p26kDO-4we), we are eliminating fresh water supplies for wildlife, and we are polluting the land, air, and water.  Where is the emergency response?

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Exquisite oil paintings reflect on climate change consequences

Exquisite oil paintings reflect on climate change consequences | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
In this thought-provoking collection of paintings, Canadian artist Eric Vanasse poses important questions about the fate of our planet and the humans and animals that call it home. (Wow, what a strong message & reality check!
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The arts clarify tough issues with elegance and brevity.

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Great biodiversity cartoonists

Great biodiversity cartoonists | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it

Anyone who reads CB.com knows that I like to inject a bit of humour into my (often gloomy) messages. Sniggering, chortling, groaning and outright guffawing are useful ways to deal with the depressing topics conservation scientists examine every day. This is why I started the ‘Cartoon of the Week’ series, and now I have a compendiumof quite a few biodiversity-related cartoons. Cartoons can also serve as wonderfully effective political tools if they manage to encapsulate the preposterousness of bad policies, navel-gazing politicians or Earth-buggering corporate tycoons. A good cartoon can be far more effective at transmitting a deep and complex message to a wide audience than most scientific articles.

Who are these gifted artists that bring together wit, humour and hard environmental truths into something that practically every scientist  wants to include in conference presentations? I am inspired by some of these people, as I’m sure are many of you, so I decided to put together a little list of some of today’s better biodiversity cartoonists.

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GR:  You will love these cartoons.

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End Ecocide in Europe | A European Citizen Initiative to give the Earth Rights

End Ecocide in Europe | A European Citizen Initiative to give the Earth Rights | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it

The pollution and destruction of our environment, as well as the depletion of natural resources are progressing fast and without restraint. Extensive damage or destruction of ecosystems is called ecocide.

All life on earth, our peaceful co-existence and our own well-being depends on intact ecosystems. Nature provides the necessary resources and our natural environment. We should value and protect this generous gift.

That’s why we request that crimes against nature be recognised as crime. We request direct liability for decision-makers in politics and business, as well as companies responsible for ecocide.

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Here's a direct approach to industry environmental impact.  Make it ALL a crime!  Sign the petition.

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How Monsanto and biotech companies violate the Nuremberg Code with inhumane experiments on humans

How Monsanto and biotech companies violate the Nuremberg Code with inhumane experiments on humans | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it

"The basic human rights protections established by the Nuremberg Code, which was adopted immediately after the end of World War II, continue to serve as a global template for how human beings are to be treated by the scientific community. But the modern equivalent of the Holocaust is now taking form under the guise of feeding the world and saving the planet, with Monsanto and others in the biotech industry routinely testing their chemicals and faux foods on the public without informed consent, just like amoral scientists did in the death camps.


"As far as medical experiments go, every individual has the right under the Code to consent, or not, to being used in scientific trials or tests that involve toying around with new or unusual substances. This constitutes the essence of the Code, which expressly prohibits human experimentation unless the person being experimented on first gives his or her permission, with full disclosure of any potential adverse events."

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The Nuremberg Code does not protect nonhuman species, but since other species influence human health, it should.

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Fish are Sentient and Emotional Beings and Clearly Feel Pain

Fish are Sentient and Emotional Beings and Clearly Feel Pain | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Fish deserve better treatment based on data on their emotional lives
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Evidence shows that living creatures have varying degrees of sentience and intelligence. They play, they fear, they learn, and they try to survive.  All are responding to their surroundings by adjusting their form and behavior over successive generations.  As they evolve, they change their environments and create the Earth biosphere on which we depend.  Given time, it seems likely that other species will develop intelligence that matches or exceeds our own. Thus, for practical and ethical reasons, we should protect the creatures that furnish our home and share our existence.

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