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The Ophiuchi Hotline – John Varley

The Ophiuchi Hotline – John Varley | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
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Austria's Treasured National Resource, Its Glaciers, Are Melting Fast

Austria's Treasured National Resource, Its Glaciers, Are Melting Fast | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
VIENNA—Nearly all of Austria's 900 glaciers retreated last year amid record-setting heat, according to Austrian scientists.
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Chacha, Rachel, Teeoni: On Silly Headlines & Untold Stories : The Nonhuman Rights Project

Chacha, Rachel, Teeoni: On Silly Headlines & Untold Stories : The Nonhuman Rights Project | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
That Chacha’s “great escape” at once provoked horror and amusement, empathy and irreverence, speaks to what we at the NhRP consider an increasingly pervasive discomfort in our society with the imprisonment of self-aware, autonomous nonhuman animals, which some humans (and human institutions) remain unwilling to fully acknowledge or express.
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How The Presidential Candidates Stack Up When It Comes To Animal Issues

How The Presidential Candidates Stack Up When It Comes To Animal Issues | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
I started by visiting each candidate’s website and reading through their issues page. Unfortunately, only one candidate mentioned animal issues: Bernie Sanders. Senator Sanders dedicated an entire page to his stance on animal welfare.
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Australia: ethics and the nuclear industry – theme for April 2016

Australia: ethics and the nuclear industry – theme for April 2016 | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
There is nothing ethical about the nuclear industry. It was begun in a 1940s scheme to kill millions of people - first with a plan to do this by radiation, then changed to do it by explosive annihilation of cities. Sadly, some nuclear physicists thought they could turn all this to good - with producing…
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The Race to End Fossil Fuel Based Vehicle Emissions is On — Tesla Model 3 to hit 500,000 Preorders, Dutch Motions to Ban Petrol, and Shell’s Shilling for Biofuels

The Race to End Fossil Fuel Based Vehicle Emissions is On — Tesla Model 3 to hit 500,000 Preorders, Dutch Motions to Ban Petrol, and Shell’s Shilling for Biofuels | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
This week Shell and Volkswagon banded together in a big EU lobbying push. Their goal -- to promote biofuels as a 'bridge fuel' to EVs in what some say has become a rather obvious bid to delay the entry of electric vehicles in large numbers to fleets across Europe. An effort that some analysts are…
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USFWS says it won’t set critical habitat for threatened bat

USFWS says it won’t set critical habitat for threatened bat | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Conservation groups say agency sold out to special interests Staff Report Federal biologists say they won't designate critical habitat for a species of bat threatened by white-nose syndrome. The decision was immediately protested by conservation advocates, who claim the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service caved to industry pressure in making the decision. In a press…
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NYU’s sustainable landscaping efforts on view for all

NYU’s sustainable landscaping efforts on view for all | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Despite the nontraditional campus, NYU still has landscaping and its gardens -- including 700 green spaces throughout the city -- can be enjoyed by all New Yorkers.
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Two of the world's top three insecticides harm bumblebees – study

Two of the world's top three insecticides harm bumblebees – study | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Different types of neonicotinoid pesticide have varying effects on colonies with one showing no bee decline, say scientists
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NCAR: Global Temperature Increase Depletes Oxygen in Most Ocean Zones by the 2030s

NCAR: Global Temperature Increase Depletes Oxygen in Most Ocean Zones by the 2030s | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
A reduction in the amount of oxygen dissolved in the oceans due to climate change is already discernible in some parts of the world and should be evident across large regions of the oceans between 2030 and 2040. -- The National Center for Atmospheric Research in a press release on April 27th. ***** Loss of…
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At Chernobyl And Fukushima, Radioactivity Has Seriously Harmed Wildlife

At Chernobyl And Fukushima, Radioactivity Has Seriously Harmed Wildlife | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The largest nuclear disaster in history occurred 30 years ago at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in what was then the Soviet Union.
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Huge drop in krill population impacting Antarctic penguin colonies 

Huge drop in krill population impacting Antarctic penguin colonies  | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Penguins, seals and whales in the Southern Ocean are being threatened by a declining krill population caused by climate change and melting Antarctic sea ice.

The inch-long crustaceans are considered the 'basis' of the Antarctic food chain and use sea ice to protect themselves and feed from the algae that grows from it. 


Animals on the western Antarctic peninsula are being monitored by several organisations including US conservation group Oceanities.

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Activists seek humane treatment for livestock stranded in desert by outlaw rancher Cliven Bundy

Activists seek humane treatment for livestock stranded in desert by outlaw rancher Cliven Bundy | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Activists launch online petition launched to spur action Staff Report Feral cattle that may be descended from livestock owned by outlaw rancher Cliven Bundy is roaming the Nevada desert, and activists say the cows deserve humane treatment. To that end, they've launched an online petition to focus national attention on the fate of the cattle.…
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About This Section Archives - Nonhuman Rights Project

Each of the 50 states has different laws and regulations concerning how the common law can be used and how it’s been interpreted by judges over the years.

Here at the Nonhuman Rights Project, our team of attorneys, legal experts and volunteer law students have been working their way through each of the states to see how our key arguments might fare.

At the same time, the science team has been researching the situation of nonhuman animals – especially chimpanzees, elephants and cetaceans (whales and dolphins) – being held in captivity, to help in the selection of our first plaintiffs.

In this section of the website, we give a brief report on the legal situation in each state, along with a few examples of animals we might select as plaintiffs.
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This page has an interactive map that gives you information about each U. S. state's laws and regulations for animals.
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Return of the bison: new American national symbol tells story of strife

Return of the bison: new American national symbol tells story of strife | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Nearly wiped out in a bid to demolish Native American resistance, the bison’s history paints a picture of strife and redemption that mirrors the US’s own
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Burn baby burn

Burn baby burn | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
I spoke to Chinese visitors who were astounded to see these mountains of ivory. After explaining where the tusks come from and the burn they agreed to pose with a tusk. It's raw form is not beautiful or shiny; it is smelly, dirty and has hack marks on it. I explained why. At first she had no words.…
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Wildlife Weekly Wrap-Up - Defenders of Wildlife Blog

Wildlife Weekly Wrap-Up - Defenders of Wildlife Blog | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Local Citizens Monitor Elusive Wildlife; Bison as America’s National Mammal; NDAA Once Again Loaded Down With Anti-Wildlife Riders; Wildlife Trafficking Bill Passes Colorado House; Mexican Gray Wolf Milestone
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#ClimateKids Win Again! 

#ClimateKids Win Again!  | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
In a surprise ruling from the bench, King County Superior Court Judge Hollis Hill ordered the Washington Department of Ecology to promulgate an emissions reduction rule by the end of 2016 and, in consultation with the youth petitioners, to make recommendations to the state legislature on science-based greenhouse gas reductions during the 2017 legislative session.

Noting the extraordinary circumstances of the climate crisis, the judge said, “this is an urgent situation…these kids can’t wait,” and referenced catastrophic impacts of climate destabilization. Building on their earlier win in November where this court ruled that the youth have constitutional rights to their public trust resources and a safe climate, this decision takes another substantial step by setting specific dates in the near future for science-based action in the state of Washington.
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This second ruling in favor of the youths is great news.  However, the situation is indeed urgent. The state legislature needs to respond now rather than wait until next year to consider the issue.
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Antarctica's March of the Penguins | IOL

Antarctica's March of the Penguins | IOL | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Celebrated twice a year, scientists hope that #WorldPenguinDay aims to promote the conservation of all penguin species.

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Scientists now know the psychology behind your worries about the environment

Scientists now know the psychology behind your worries about the environment | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
More and more, attempts to explain why people behave the way they do in politics have turned away from the actual substance of issues and toward the traits of individuals themselves. Thus, this election season, there has been considerable focus on why Donald Trump appeals to voters, with psychologists noting that traits like “authoritarianism” — a preference for clear, unambiguous and decisive answers — help to explain the phenomenon.

So what about other political identities — like, say, being a major tree-hugger? Clearly, such people aren’t authoritarians, but then, what are they?

Past research has highlighted that those who care about the environment tend to be “Open to Experience” — wanting to try out new things and new experiences — and also to have high levels of empathy, or sensitivity to the suffering of others (including not just humans, but plants and animals). New research, though, suggests there’s a more intellectual side to being green as well. In particular, it finds that those with a tendency to engage in what is called “systems thinking” — embracing complex, multifaceted causal explanations for phenomena and recognizing the unpredictability of how nature works — also tend to value the environment more and to be more concerned about climate change.
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Swaziland unveils plan to legalise rhino horn to pay for anti-poaching efforts

Swaziland unveils plan to legalise rhino horn to pay for anti-poaching efforts | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Leaked document shows proceeds from the sale of 330kg stockpile would be used to protect country’s 73 white rhinos from poaching
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Climate Change Depleting Ocean Oxygen

Climate Change Depleting Ocean Oxygen | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPq9YAg9mfc New study profiles decreasing oxygen levels in oceans. Above, scientists tell us about what's happened in Earth's deep past  when the process went to extremes. Washington Post: The oceans are getting warmer — they are, after all, where 90 percent of global warming actually ends up. And when they warm up they expand, because that’s…
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Penguin Populations Are Changing Dramatically

Penguin Populations Are Changing Dramatically | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Rapid warming on the Antarctic Peninsula is killing some species but helping others
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Activists Step Up Long-Running Campaign to Hold Oil Industry Accountable for Climate Damages

Activists Step Up Long-Running Campaign to Hold Oil Industry Accountable for Climate Damages | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
A four-year, coordinated strategy by environmental organizations to hold ExxonMobil and other fossil fuel corporations legally accountable for climate change denial has come to fruition, as state attorneys general have teamed up to launch...
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More evidence that melting Arctic ice drives widespread changes in northern hemisphere weather patterns

More evidence that melting Arctic ice drives widespread changes in northern hemisphere weather patterns | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Just a few weeks after scientists reported record early melting on parts of the Greenland Ice Sheet, a new study helps explain some of the recent dramatic climate shifts in the high latitudes of the northern hemisphere.

Stationary high pressure systems over Greenland have become more frequent since the 1980s, said University of Sheffield geographer Prof. Edward Hanna, adding that the pattern is also linked with extreme weather over northwest Europe, including unusually wet conditions in the UK in the summers of 2007 and 2012.

The study, published in the International Journal of Climatology, looked at large-scale weather patterns over Greenland going back to 1851 using a measure called the Greenland Blocking Index, which marks the how strong the high pressure systems are, how long they last and how often they occur.
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