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Hunters Watch Out: PETA's Drones Are Flying

Hunters Watch Out: PETA's Drones Are Flying | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Look, up in the sky! It's a bird … it's
a plane … it's a PETA Air
Angel!
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Tiger Day starts an Avaaz petition to close Chinese tiger farms

Tiger Day starts an Avaaz petition to close Chinese tiger farms | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
No tiger cub deserves to be born into a life of suffering and eventually be killed for its fur, and other parts used for "chinese magic" or bogus potions.

"China is allowing the sale of captive-bred tiger skins and body parts. They are denying a UN agreement which calls for such trade to be banned. The conditions in these farms are horrible!Images appeared on in our mailbox showing deceased tigers from these camps. Our staff was shocked but decided to publish them. Warning, these images are not for the weak-hearted.

"Something needs to be done! There are just 3200 wild tigers living in the wild and over 5000 held captive in these tiger farms! These creatures deserve a worthy life and we want to give it to them. If we move as one, we can make a change! "


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During the past century we lost 97% of all wild tigers. Habitat loss and hunting eliminated 97,000 of the 100,000 tigers we had a century ago.  At this rate, all tigers living in the wild will be extinct in 10 years! Celebrate International Tiger Day and encourage others to join in.

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Cheetahs Are Being Wiped Out, and Selfies Are to Blame

Cheetahs Are Being Wiped Out, and Selfies Are to Blame | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
 THIS IS A HUGE PART AS TO WHY WE ARE LOSING ARE CHEETAHS FOR REASONS LIKE THIS!!!!!!! THIS IS A DISGRACE!!! AND FOR WHAT?! JUST TO HAVE THESE DEAR LITTLE SOULS DIE................ >>>>...
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Protect Ocean Animals from Plastic Pollution

Protect Ocean Animals from Plastic Pollution | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Target: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Goal: Save seals, birds and other animals from more than one trillion pieces of plastic released by melting ice *This petition is in collaboration with Care2, thereby allowing all signatures to appear...
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Hundreds of animals disappear as humans multiply

Hundreds of animals disappear as humans multiply | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation 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.

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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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Say NO to Risky Arctic Drilling - Ocean Conservancy

Say NO to Risky Arctic Drilling - Ocean Conservancy | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation 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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Invasive Plants Are Destroying North American Desert Ecosystems

Invasive Plants Are Destroying North American Desert Ecosystems | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

Introduction to Invasive Plants in Deserts


One or a few species of invasive plants can replace native plant communities across entire landscapes. Biodiversity and stability of vegetation, soils, and wildlife decline dramatically. Once the replacement is complete, it is difficult to restore the original species. In some instances, the replacement is so widespread there are not enough resources available to achieve restoration. The loss is permanent.


Invasive non-native species are a central management concern for all wild land managers because they “threaten biodiversity and other ecological functions and values” (Warner et al. 2003). This statement represents a consensus by the scientists and land managers concerned with natural ecosystems (e.g., Mau-Crimmins et al. 2005). Native vegetation is more diverse, resilient, and persistent than invasive plant vegetation; it provides food and cover for wildlife, absorbs precipitation, increases water storage, protects soil, reduces flooding and sedimentation, and helps maintain air and water quality. According to the Sonoran Institute: “Invasive species are the second most significant threat to biological diversity after direct habitat loss”.

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GR:  Invasive species, like storm troopers leading the surging ruin of global warming, are demolishing Earth’s ecosystems.

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With No Relief in Sight, Extreme to Exceptional Drought Now Covers Over 80 Percent of California

With No Relief in Sight, Extreme to Exceptional Drought Now Covers Over 80 Percent of California | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
It's no longer a question of 100% drought coverage for the stricken state of California. That barrier was crossed months ago. Today, it's how severe that drought coverage has become. And in a state...
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Climate Model Shows Australia’s Rainfall Decline Due To Human-Caused Climate Change

Climate Model Shows Australia’s Rainfall Decline Due To Human-Caused Climate Change | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Simulating natural and human-caused climate drivers, scientists showed that the decline in rainfall is primarily a response to human-caused increases in greenhouse gases as well as a thinning of th...
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Mother and calf rhino killed at black rhino sanctuary, Ol Pejeta

Mother and calf rhino killed at black rhino sanctuary, Ol Pejeta | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Today, the largest black rhino sancutary in East Africa, Ol Pejeta, reported that a black rhino calf and her mother have been killed. At 7.00pm on Thursday 1

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Sea Surface Temperatures Push Globe To Hottest June Yet

Sea Surface Temperatures Push Globe To Hottest June Yet | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
(Graphic of 135 year temperature record by NOAA. Image source: NCDC.) According to reports from NOAA, human-caused warming continued unabated into June of 2014 as land and ocean surface temperature...
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GR:  To whom will deniers of human-caused global warming apologize?  Perhaps they will simply fail to notice the change.

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Patricia Randolph's Madravenspeak: Doomsday climate scenario no longer far-fetched

Patricia Randolph's Madravenspeak: Doomsday climate scenario no longer far-fetched | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
MADRAVENSPEAK “Consider this. What if all life on earth could go extinct because of man-made climate change?” — “Last Hours” documentary There is little, these days, that brings state power in line...
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The "Urgent Care prescription" at the end is worth reading and discussing.

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Global Warming

Global Warming | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Northern Canada is On Fire, And It's Making Global Warming Worse For the past few weeks, dry and warm weather have fueled large forest fires across Canada's remote Northwest Territories. The extent of those fires is well above average for the year to-date, and is in line with climate trends of more fires burning in the northern reaches of the globe.

Of the 186 wildfires in the Northwest Territories to-date this year, 156 of them are currently burning. That includes the Birch Creek Fire complex, which stretches over 250,000 acres.

The amount of acres burned in the Northwest Territories is six times greater than the 25-year average to-date according to data from the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Center.

Boreal forests like those in the Northwest Ter..
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Increasing fire occurrence means that a site is more likely to be burned a second time before the vegetation can recover.  This quickly leads to a reduction in diversity and stability.

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Feds move to restrict neonic pesticides — well, one fed at least

Feds move to restrict neonic pesticides — well, one fed at least | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

So far the EPA has refused to ban use of neonicotinoid insecticides — despite mounting evidence that they kill bees and other wildlife, despite a ban in the European Union, despite a lawsuit filed by activists and beekeepers. 


But if the EPA is somehow still unclear on the dangers posed by neonics, it need only talk to the official who oversees federal wildlife refuges in the Pacific Northwest and Pacific Ocean..

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Pressure mounts for EPA to ban neonicotinoid insecticides.

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International Tiger Day Poster

International Tiger Day Poster | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
The official International Tiger Day Poster for 2013.
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GR:  During the past century, we lost 97% of all wild tigers. Habitat loss and hunting eliminated 97,000 of the 100,000 tigers we had a century ago.  At this rate, all tigers living in the wild will be extinct in 10 years! Celebrate International Tiger Day and encourage others to join in.

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A Mountain Lion Kitten is Killed in Nebraska ~ Rest in Peace Young Soul xox

A Mountain Lion Kitten is Killed in Nebraska ~ Rest in Peace Young Soul xox | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

Via - Mountain Lion Foundation A Mountain Lion Kitten is Killed in Nebraska www.mountainlion.org Fearing for the safety of his two children, a Father shot and killed a 5-month old, 30 pound, female mountain lion kitten.

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Global Biodiversity Losses May Need to be Stopped with More Drastic Measures - Science World Report

Global Biodiversity Losses May Need to be Stopped with More Drastic Measures - Science World Report | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Science World Report Global Biodiversity Losses May Need to be Stopped with More Drastic Measures Science World Report The researchers examined the growing role that "conservation translocation," which is the movement and release of plants and...
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Scientists roll up your sleeves.   University of Florida:  Require physical strength in those new hires.  Biodiversity needs some real help.

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The NOAA Ocean Acidification Program | Environm...

The NOAA Ocean Acidification Program | Environm... | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation 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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DiCaprio Raises $25 Million to Protect Environment | Ecorazzi

DiCaprio Raises $25 Million to Protect Environment | Ecorazzi | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Leonardo DiCaprio has friends in high places, which comes in handy when he’s trying to raise money to save the planet. The award winning actor raised $25 million on Wednesday to protect the environ...
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Again, leadership comes from outside government.  Thank you Leonardo.

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High profile supporters might Will make people think more. Good job Leo.

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Why We Need to Save Wildlife to Save Ourselves

Why We Need to Save Wildlife to Save Ourselves | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Midway through the new special issue of Science, about the global loss of wildlife, my heart caught on this idea: We now live with a steady, imperceptible loss “in people’s expectations of what the...
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The essence of Aldo Leopold's "Land Ethic" is that human acceptance of the equality of other creatures is essential for the survival of all.

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Compelling argument for respect for the natural environment.

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How fussy pandas maintain a balanced bamboo diet

How fussy pandas maintain a balanced bamboo diet | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Pandas are famously fussy eaters, but new research suggests there is method to their madness, with the animals switching between different species and parts of bamboo plants to maintain a balanced diet and reproduce.
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Vets, hunters among 11 in court for rhino poaching

Vets, hunters among 11 in court for rhino poaching | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Eleven people, including veterinarians and professional hunters, appeared briefly in the High Court in Pretoria today on various charges relating to rhino poaching, illegal hunting and racketeering.

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The Brink of Mass Extinction

The Brink of Mass Extinction | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

March through June 2014 were the hottest on record globally. While a single extreme weather event is not proof of anthropogenic climate disruption, the increasing intensity and frequency of these events are.

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Excellent review of news on effects and responses to anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD).  Covers Earth, water, air, fire, and denial. 

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South African park considers rhino evacuation

South African park considers rhino evacuation | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's Kruger National Park is considering a plan to move some rhinos out of the flagship wildlife reserve in an attempt to protect them from poachers.
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This is not a serious plan.  Poachers can reach any park. 


Poachers represent international invasions into South Africa.  National safety and defense are at stake.  According to the Defense Ministry, the South African National Defense Force (SANDF) is currently in serious decline.  Perhaps a few "advisers" and a few million dollars in aid to the right government agencies would benefit SANDF and encourage a military response. 

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EO Wilson Biodiversity Foundation Releases Innovative iBooks ...

EO Wilson Biodiversity Foundation Releases Innovative iBooks ... | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
DURHAM, NC – June 30, 2014 – The E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation today announced the official release of E.O. Wilson's Life on Earth, a free iBooks textbook series designed to excite and instruct high school biology ...
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Having had the great pleasure of meeting with the godfather of biodiversity, Harvard Professor Ed O Wilson, and finding him as cogent in the flesh as his writing is great, it is wonderful news that these books will be made available free to the public.

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President Obama: Keep fighting poaching! - Wildlife Conservation Society

President Obama: Keep fighting poaching! - Wildlife Conservation Society | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

President Obama just made an unprecedented move in the fight against illegal wildlife trafficking. In a visit to Tanzania, the President launched a poaching crackdown, dedicating the United States to fighting back against poachers and criminal wildlife traffickers. His new $10 million initiative is devoted to protecting Africa's iconic species from the threat of the bloody trade in illegal ivory.

We can't think of a better ally in the fight to save elephants, rhinos, and other species driven to the brink of extinction by the illegal wildlife trade.

Let Obama know that we stand with him – and with elephants. Send your letter of support today!

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Please sign the petition.

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