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Nature Conservation News and information for animals, plants, and nature.  See more at http://garryrogers.com.
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Refugio Oil Spill History: Timeline Part 1

Refugio Oil Spill History: Timeline Part 1 | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The one-year anniversary of the Refugio Oil Spill has brought with it a raft of renewed interest in this oil spill and the consequences as we now see them.  We’ve done a good deal of media over the…

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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, May 20, 2016 4:56 AM
This is the first in a series of blog posts about the Refugio Oil Spill that released 148,000 gallons on oil onto the Santa Barbara Coast on May 19, 2015.
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Millions of dead fish on Vietnam's shores raise industrial pollution fears

Millions of dead fish on Vietnam's shores raise industrial pollution fears | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The dead started washing up in April: miles and miles of fish, countless clams, the occasional whale. Government researchers eventually concluded that "toxic

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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, May 4, 2016 10:00 AM
Economic growth and environment health should not be on opposite sides of the teeter-totter.

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Vandana Shiva — Biodiversity or GMOs?

Within Vandana Shiva's dedication to defending the natural world is a profound celebration of life. When we allow systems to sustain balance and wholeness, life truly can thrive. Here are...
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GR:  This story is about "golden rice" and other GMO crops.  The GMOs contain fewer nutrients, they promote monocultures, and they promote artificial fertilizer and pesticide use.  As explained in this article, GMOs cause disease and biodiversity decline.  Proponents are well-funded and profit motivated.  Opponents lack funding and are made to appear fanatical.  What should we do?  We must ban GMO crops. Please support all forms of opposition to GMOs.

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Save Marine Wildlife from Deadly Nitrogen Runoff

Save Marine Wildlife from Deadly Nitrogen Runoff | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Target: Shawn Johnson, Director of Veterinary Science at the Marine Mammal Center Goal: Save marine wildlife from biotoxins caused by nitrogen runoff on California coasts On the coast of California, fisheries are closing and wildlife animals are at...
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GR:  Nitrogen contamination of water occurs near farms. Added to pesticides, nitrogen from fertilizers makes the runoff from farms one of the top contributors to the great human-caused extinction of wildlife.

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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 | GarryRogers Biosphere 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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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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Say NO to Risky Arctic Drilling - Ocean Conservancy

Say NO to Risky Arctic Drilling - Ocean Conservancy | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

The U.S. government is starting to prepare a five-year program—spanning the years 2017 to 2022—that could open the Arctic Ocean to oil and gas drilling. Stand with us against new oil and gas leasing and protect the animals and people who depend on a clean, healthy Arctic Ocean.

Tell the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to say no to risky Arctic drilling.

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Fossil fuels pollute our air and water.  Overfishing, ocean acidification, and other human activities are already harming marine life.  Let's stop looking for oil and clean up the mess we've already made.  Please sign the petition.

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Wave of dead sea creatures hits Chile's beaches

Wave of dead sea creatures hits Chile's beaches | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Heaps of dead whales, salmon and sardines blamed on the El Nino freak weather phenomenon have clogged Chile's Pacific beaches in recent months.

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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, May 4, 2016 1:44 PM
This might be becoming a thing.  While mass standings have gone on forever, we only recently have connected marine mammal and jellyfish blooms/dieoffs with declining ocean health.  Is this an El Nino thing or the harbinger of more to come?
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Ten Years of the NOAA Marine Debris Program: 2006

Ten Years of the NOAA Marine Debris Program: 2006 | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Back in 2006, the Marine Debris Research, Prevention, and Reduction Act was passed (renamed “The Marine Debris Act” in 2012), authorizing the NOAA Marine Debris Program as the federal lead to address the growing marine debris problem. This year marks the ten year anniversary of the program and we will be celebrating throughout the year!…

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Care About Global Climate Change? Then Fight Local Air Pollution

Care About Global Climate Change? Then Fight Local Air Pollution | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The dirty fuels that cause particulate pollution are the same dirty fuels that cause global warming.

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Yes.  This is a fight we've been loosing for 40 years.  It's time to try harder.  Perhaps our President would help?

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Ismail marboul's curator insight, October 8, 2016 11:05 AM

my insight is that countries should take in to consideration the effects of air pollution around the world and what they can do to prevent them as the cause of climate change can also link to the increase in air pollution in the world.a huge cause of this is human activities.They have been highlighted as the major causes of air pollution, especially in the cities. To support a larger population, there's a need for energy production, transportation, and industries, resulting in the emission of harmful chemicals into the atmosphere. A list of the human causes of air pollution includes vehicles, domestic smoke and heating, aircraft pollution, outdoor fires, and incineration of waste. To reduce the problems of air pollution, people should be more aware of their actions in these areas.

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Red tide bloom moves in on Florida

Red tide bloom moves in on Florida | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

"A monstrous red tide bloom, the largest seen in Florida since 2006 is advancing on the state's beaches. It has already killed thousands of fish in the Gulf of Mexico, and officials are now concerned about health risks if it washes ashore."


According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, "Satellite images from the Optical Oceanography Laboratory at the University of South Florida show a patchy bloom up to 60 miles wide and 90 miles long, at least 20 miles offshore between Dixie and northern Pinellas counties in northwest and southwest Florida. This bloom has caused an ongoing fish kill.  FWC’s Fish Kill Hotline has received reports of thousands of dead and moribund benthic reef fish including various snapper and grouper species, hogfish, grunts, crabs, flounder, bull sharks, lionfish, baitfish, eel, sea snakes, tomtates, lizardfish, filefish, octopus, and triggerfish. Water discoloration and respiratory irritation have been reported offshore in the bloom patch. Forecasts by the Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides show little movement of the surface bloom and slow east/southeast movement of bottom waters, which should keep the bloom offshore within the next few days.

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Algae has now fully covered the smallest of my three ponds.  Previous blooms killed all the fish, this one will have to be content with the smaller organisms.  The excess nitrates come from the farm just upstream of my place.

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Fracking's Unlikely Opponents: German Breweries

Fracking's Unlikely Opponents: German Breweries | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Brewers say that contaminated groundwater would ruin a centuries-old tradition and industry.

"When the Bavarian Purity Law was first declared in 1487, not a single European had stepped on the land above the Marcellus Shale in the Eastern United States. The First Nations of Canada weren’t fighting natural gas pipelines, because as far as natural resources go, the Alberta tar sands were centuries away from being in the picture—as was the internal combustion engine.

"Yet the law, the Reinheitsgebot, which strictly dictates the ingredients that can be used in making beer, is giving the powerful German brewing industry historic ammunition against the creeping potential for new natural gas exploration.

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In the United States, people have begun recycling their urine.  How can the beer makers complain about using filthy water; the issue has been discussed ever since indoor toilets were invented.

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The NOAA Ocean Acidification Program | Environm...

The NOAA Ocean Acidification Program | Environm... | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Too much acid in the ocean is bad news for sea life. Acid eats away at calcium carbonate, the primary ingredient of shells and skeletons that many ocean animals depend on for survival. The shell pictured here is a victim of this process.
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