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The molecular clock of the common buzzard

The molecular clock of the common buzzard | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Be it hibernation or the routes of migratory birds: all animal behaviour that is subject to annual rhythms is controlled by a molecular clock.
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Balancing hydropower and biodiversity in the Amazon, Congo, and Mekong

Balancing hydropower and biodiversity in the Amazon, Congo, and Mekong | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
GR:  Why don't conservationists give up their pleas for river ecosystems.  After a century of effort, they should have learned that investors will do nothing that might jeopardize profits. From Science Policy Forum:  "The world's most biodiverse river basins—the Amazon, Congo, and Mekong—are experiencing an unprecedented boom in hydropower dam construction. These projects address important…
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Hunters have Bagged 10 000 Lions in Africa Since 2003 Given that in Africa wild lions are in catastrophic decline–the latest International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) figures suggest that fewer than 20 000 remain – it may...

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Ground to Space: Antelope Island, Utah : Earth Matters : Blogs

Ground to Space: Antelope Island, Utah : Earth Matters : Blogs | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

climate change, global climate change, global warming, natural hazards, Earth, environment, remote sensing, atmosphere, land processes, oceans, volcanoes, land cover, Earth science data, NASA, environmental processes, Blue Marble, global maps...

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Native Hawaiian Silverswords Threatened by Shifting Climate Patterns | National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center

Native Hawaiian Silverswords Threatened by Shifting Climate Patterns | National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

RT @Defenders: Native Hawaiian Silverswords Threatened by Shifting #ClimateChange https://t.co/j4g8TojRRB #Hawaii

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Help save RHINO from extinction
Stop poaching RHINO HORN for MEDICINE

Help save RHINO from extinction<br/>Stop poaching RHINO HORN for MEDICINE | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

Rhino poaching has escalated in recent years and is being driven by the demand for rhino horn in asian countries, particularly Vietnam.

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Fish farming gobbles up phosphorus

Fish farming gobbles up phosphorus | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

PHOSPHORUS: The projected growth in aquaculture production in Norway could drastically increase phosphorus losses and emissions to water bodies and also make the country more dependent on imported raw materials.But what if that phosphorus...

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How Investors Can Prepare for Climate Change

How Investors Can Prepare for Climate Change | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

The scientific consensus is in: climate change is occurring and getting worse. Climate change encompasses global warming, increased presence of.

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Take Climate Action

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Ensuring the protection of the world’s forests is a huge challenge. Unilever believes the products we all enjoy should be made in a way that does not harm our forests.

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Churchill Photos of the Week | Churchill Polar Bears

Churchill Photos of the Week  | Churchill Polar Bears | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Although the heart of winter has really just begun in Churchill, we are starting to dream of summer and the Arctic secrets revealed during the warmer months.

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Wildlife: Wintry weather to take toll on Colorado mule deer

Wildlife: Wintry weather to take toll on Colorado mule deer | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Harsh winter conditions in northwestern Colorado may take a toll on already struggling mule deer herds, state biologists said last week, explaining that they’ve started a limited feeding program to try and keep ungulates from invading cattle grazing areas.
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GR:  This was NOT overheard in a U. S. Forest Service Office:  "Deer might die, but please don't feed them. They must not develop any dependency on us.  Moreover, you can rest assured that we will not let them eat a single weed that a cow might want.  The deer might die, but that's nature.  They're used to harsh winters, and we must protect the valuable cows."

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Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory To Host We Are The Insects Exhibit

Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory To Host We Are The Insects Exhibit | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

Exhibition to Include Public Workshops on Role and Benefit Provided by these Biodiversity Champions News from Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission Posted February 8th, 2016 on Niagara At Large Niagara Falls, Ontario - The Niagara Parks Commission...

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New Commission proposal puts EU on path from hero to zero to address global mercury crisis

New Commission proposal puts EU on path from hero to zero to address global mercury crisis | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The European Commission has quietly launched its new mercury package on 2nd February 2016 [1], moving the EU a step closer towards ratifying the Minamata Convention, a UN treaty to stamp out mercury [2]. While the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) welcomes the new package, its content fails to meet even the lowest of expectations.

“We are deeply disappointed with this bare-bones proposal from the Commission,” said Elena Lymberidi-Settimo, Zero Mercury Campaign Project Manager. “Under the guise of Better Regulation, it is putting the EU on an embarrassing path from hero to zero in addressing the global mercury threat. The proposal effectively ignores a public consultation, progressive industry voices, and even the scientific findings of its own impact assessment.”
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Moorland Forum - Understanding Predation Report Launch

Moorland Forum - Understanding Predation Report Launch | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

Framing a new dialogue for biodiversity: science and local knowledge https://t.co/wWXE28S37p #BTO #GWCT #RSPB #NGO https://t.co/3Mk3cRlpT4...

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GR:  This work begins with an inventory of a select group of species.  And this is where research on the factors contributing to species numbers must begin (http://wp.me/p26kDO-xC).  Predation is mentioned, but many other factors could be involved.  Human impacts through habitat use and removal, climate change, toxic chemicals, livestock, and recreation are just a few of the possible explanations for wildlife population changes..

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Global warming: Shareholders must vote for climate-change mitigation

Global warming: Shareholders must vote for climate-change mitigation | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

Investors who are standing idly by as emissions erode the value of their stock could find themselves in court, warn Howard Covington and colleagues.

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Supreme Court Blocks Obama’s Effort to Combat Global Warming by Regulating Coal Emissions

Supreme Court Blocks Obama’s Effort to Combat Global Warming by Regulating Coal Emissions | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

In a major setback for President Obama’s climate change agenda, the Supreme Court on Tuesday temporarily blocked the administration’s effort to combat global warming by regulating emissions from co…...

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Even our courts are owned by oil.

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Guess which country is least concerned about climate change?

Guess which country is least concerned about climate change? | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

Climate change and global warming are part of the everyday lexicon, despite the causes and extent of the ‘change’ being disputed. Across different countries concern varies.

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Applaud Researchers Working Toward Replacing Animal Testing

Applaud Researchers Working Toward Replacing Animal Testing | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

Researchers have been working towards more humane methods of toxicity testing, moving away from using animal organs. Applaud their efforts and encourage them to continue their research and perfect the process.

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End Sale of Marsupials at State Fair

End Sale of Marsupials at State Fair | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

A company seeks to sell innocent sugar gliders, which are small, nocturnal marsupials, at a state fair. These animals belong in the wild and not in people's homes. Sign this petition to end the sale of sugar gliders at Florida's state fair.

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Of parrots, paint and public awareness | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 10.02.2016

Of parrots, paint and public awareness | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 10.02.2016 | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

Reputed to be home to the greatest range of biodiversity of any country in the world, Costa Rica is a natural paradise. Artist Manuel E Gonzalez aims to transport these riches onto canvas.

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EARTHWORKS

EARTHWORKS | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine threatens the clear waters and biodiverse forests of Northern Minnesota.

Government regulators have failed to adequately address the impacts this mine poses to our water, land, wildlife or air, leaving Minnesota at risk.

Now, the federal government wants to give our National Forest land to Polymet in a federal land exchange, turning beautiful forest into an ugly open pit mine.


Superior National Forest, MN.

PolyMet's proposed mine is bad for wildlife, bad for habitat, and bad for Minnesota.

TAKE ACTION: Tell MN-DNR to protect our natural treasures from mining!

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There is a petition you can sign too (http://www.care2.com/news/member/862450128/3953230).

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Japan and the whale - BBC News

Japan and the whale - BBC News | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
It is probably the one issue that brings more international condemnation on Japan than any other. The BBC's Rupert Wingfield- Hayes asks why Japan keeps on whaling?

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Forest Service at 'Tipping Point' Because of Wildfires

Forest Service at 'Tipping Point' Because of Wildfires | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

The agency says it needs more funding in the wake of climate change

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New figures uncover the hidden truth behind 'green' Rural Development funding

New figures uncover the hidden truth behind 'green' Rural Development funding | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

"Analysis (1) carried out by the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and BirdLife Europe has revealed a one billion euro (2) fall in the actual amount of funding for Rural Development (3) measures meant to benefit the environment on farmland. This comes despite a pledge from the EU that the whole Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is greener than ever.

"As well as showing a reduction compared with the previous funding period, the findings also highlight that the environmental quality of some measures is very poor and in several of the analysed cases is not properly targeted.

"Rural Development Policy is widely seen as the most positive side of the CAP as it has the best potential to deliver environmental benefits on farmland by offering Member States the possibility to target their programmes to specific environmental needs. However, the analysis shows that this potential has been mostly disregarded."

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New On-line Classes and Models

New On-line Classes and Models | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

My free online class on Coursera.org entitled Global Warming I: The Science and Modeling of Climate Change has already served 45,000 people (started, not finished) in the four times that it's run.

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El Niño wreaks havoc in Colombia

El Niño wreaks havoc in Colombia | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

Droughts and forest fires are severely damaging Colombia's crops, economy and way of life.

Experts are blaming the recent high temperatures and lack of rainfall on El Niño, a repeated climatic phenomenon which sees a rise in...

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