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Nature Conservation News and information for animals, plants, and nature.  See more at http://garryrogers.com.
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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, 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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Reserves and parks not enough to protect nature – David Attenborough

Reserves and parks not enough to protect nature – David Attenborough | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

Urgent:  "Broadcaster calls for radical new approach to conservation, urging people to use all spaces from gardens to roadside verges to help wildlife.

"Speaking at the RSPB’s Conference for Nature in London, Attenborough said it was now understood that British wildlife was in grave peril of disappearing. “50% of the hedgehog population has gone in 25 years, 90% of the wildlife meadows have disappeared in 100 years; 60% of all wildlife is diminishing and in danger, with 10% doomed to disappear in the next decades. Nowhere in Britain is unsullied, is unaffected by human action. We now have a huge population living cheek by jowl with nature”.

Garry Rogers's insight:

GR:  As the human population and impact grows, wildlife is declining worldwide just as in the U.K. The National Wildlife Federation Backyard Wildlife Habitat program covers basic ideas.  Start there.  Then, look for opportunities to recommend other sites.  As Attenborough says, many other places that we modify and use can be habitat.


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Climate Change and Violence in the Philippines

Climate Change and Violence in the Philippines | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
From Syria to Kidapawan: time to look at climate change as a peace issue

On April 1, the Philippines was shocked by violence in Kidapawan City, the capital of Cotabato Province, where police opened fire on farmers protesting and asking for rice, killing three and injuring 116.

Eighty-seven were listed as missing in the incident, which erupted over frustrated farmers experiencing an intense drought brought on by the El Nino climate phenomenon who felt the government was doing nothing for them. The Philippines is an island nation frequently battered y weather, often typhoons. Now it is drought.
Garry Rogers's insight:
GR:  According to the MIT computer model commissioned by the Club of Rome (Limits to Growth, 1974), the collapse of human civilization begins around 2020 (https://garryrogers.com/2014/09/03/limits-to-growth/).  The collapse results from our growing population's use of the planet's limited resources, and the environmental pollution accompanying use of those resources.  The severity of climate-change impacts may have moved up the beginning of the collapse.  To this year. 
However, the collapse will be gradual.  Many people will not feel the shocks of our failing civilization for another 10-20 years.
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Hundreds of animals disappear as humans multiply

Hundreds of animals disappear as humans multiply | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
As the number of humans on Earth has nearly doubled over the past four decades, the number of bugs, slugs, worms and crustaceans has declined by 45 per cent, say researchers.


Meanwhile, the larger loss of wildlife big and small across the planet may be a key driver of growing violence and unrest, said another study in the journal Science as part of a special series on disappearing animals.


Invertebrates are important to the Earth because they pollinate crops, control pests, filter water and add nutrients to the soil.

The decline of invertebrates is similar to that of land-based vertebrates, according to an analysis of scientific literature by an international team including Ben Collen of University College London.

Among animals with backbones that live on land, 322 species have disappeared in the past five centuries, and the remaining species show about a 25 per cent decline in abundance.

"We were shocked to find similar losses in invertebrates as with larger animals, as we previously thought invertebrates to be more resilient," says Collen.

Garry Rogers's insight:

The numbers are staggering.  Every new bit of research shows it's worse than I thought.  Every bit of good news is so small compared to the bad.  We have to stay engaged--sign the petitions, send the emails, make the calls. 

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