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The Fires of Climate Change are Burning the Himalayas

The Fires of Climate Change are Burning the Himalayas | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
It's the highest mountain range in the world. Featuring peaks that scrape the sky, dwindling glaciers, and lush forests, these gentle giants are essential to the prosperity and stability of one of Asia's greatest lands. For rainwater and glacial melt flowing out of the Himalayas feeds the rivers that are the very life-blood of India…
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World heading for catastrophe over natural disasters, risk expert warns

World heading for catastrophe over natural disasters, risk expert warns | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
With cascading crises – where one event triggers another – set to rise, international disaster risk reduction efforts are woefully underfunded
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Sometime soon, experts predict global population starts to fall, but not from wise family planning, rather it is from hunger, thirst, and conflict. Population is mentioned by the UN advisor quoted in this article, but the need for family planning is not.
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Environment: Can dams be operated without killing rivers?

Environment: Can dams be operated without killing rivers? | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
New study eyes impacts to aquatic insects Staff Report Using a vast sample of data collected in a citizen science project, researchers say they've been able to discern how hydropeaking affects aquatic insects that form the base of river food chains. The information could help resource managers develop alternative hydropower practices that aren't as harmful…
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Ranching compromises Yellowstone Economic Values

Ranching compromises Yellowstone Economic Values | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Recently it was reported in the Livingston Enterprise that visitors to Yellowstone National Park contributed $493.6 million in spending in communities near the park. That spending supported 7,737 j…
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Deputy Director's Corner | Negative Population Growth

Deputy Director's Corner | Negative Population Growth | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

Deputy Director’s Corner. Recently, I came across an article on the CNN Money website detailing yet another immigration scam working to increase U.S. population growth. It turns out, there’s a fairly major racket for fake student visas. According to the article: “brokers recruited …

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Arctic Sea Ice is Falling off a Cliff and it May Not Survive The Summer

Arctic Sea Ice is Falling off a Cliff and it May Not Survive The Summer | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Near zero sea ice by the end of melt season. The dreaded Blue Ocean Event. Something that appears more and more likely to happen during 2016 with each passing day.

These are the kinds of climate-wrecking phase changes in the Arctic people have been worrying about since sea ice extent, area, and volume achieved gut-wrenching plunges during 2007 and 2012. Plunges that were far faster than sea ice melt rates predicted by model runs and by the then scientific consensus on how the Arctic Ocean ice would respond to human-forced warming this Century. For back during the first decade of the the 21st Century the mainstream scientific view was that Arctic sea ice would be about in the range that it is today by around 2070 or 2080. And that we wouldn’t be contemplating the possibility of zero or near zero sea ice until the end of this Century.
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Insect outbreaks reduce wildfire severity: Pine beetle, budworm outbreaks dampen forest fire impacts

Insect outbreaks reduce wildfire severity: Pine beetle, budworm outbreaks dampen forest fire impacts | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Outbreaks by the mountain pine beetle and western spruce budworm can actually reduce wildfire severity, surprising new research shows. The findings contrast sharply with popular attitudes -- and some US forest policies.
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This article describes reduced fire severity as the "silver lining" of forest-killing insect outbreaks. That’s like praising the discovery that after bedbugs suck your blood you have less blood to lose if you injure yourself falling out of bed (;-).
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Urban population growth and demand for food could spark global unrest, study shows

Urban population growth and demand for food could spark global unrest, study shows | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
A population explosion in urban center around the world is expected to fuel an unprecedented demand for food that - if not met -- could trigger economic
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Joe Bish of the Population Media Center commented on the LA Times article:
"The following article was published by the L.A. Times late last week, and reports out on a new report titled "Growing Food for Growing Cities: Transforming Food Systems in an Urbanizing World." This lengthy study was issued by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and weighs in at around 100 pages. The report continually cites population growth as a major factor in pressuring food supply chains. For example: "Explosive population growth, both rural and urban, will require 50 to 60 percent increases in global food production by 2050 in order to meet projected demand," says the introduction. Overall, the word population is mentioned 67 times. Unsurprisingly, but nonetheless regrettably, the report fails to offer a shred of advice to policy makers regarding family planning information and services or universal, unrestricted access to modern contraception. The report's priority recommendation is for the US government to "Pass legislation committing the United States to a long-term global food and nutrition security strategy." This would have been a perfect spot to share and emphasize best-practice interventions on family planning. The key question about the failure to do so may be whether it was a failure of the report's author -- or the failure of population advocates and communicators to effectively and widely engage professional experts outside our silo?"
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The Buzz on Native Bees | Science Features

The Buzz on Native Bees | Science Features | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Bevy of Bees

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Bees are nearly ubiquitous, occurring on every continent except Antarctica. Wherever there are insect-pollinated flowering plants — forest, farms, cities and wildlands — there are bees. And just because you don’t see plants blooming, does not mean that there are no bees around. There are nearly 20,000 known bee species in the world, and 4,000 of them are native to the United States. From the tiny and solitary Perdita minima, known as the world’s smallest bee, to the large carpenter bee, to the brilliant blue of the mason bee; native bees come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. And all these bees have jobs, as pollinators

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Obama administration warns of ‘climate refugees’ due to rapid Arctic warming

Obama administration warns of ‘climate refugees’ due to rapid Arctic warming | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
US Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has painted a stark picture of communities displaced by rising Arctic temperatures that are ‘washing away’ towns

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Overfishing puts $42bn tuna industry at risk of collapse

Overfishing puts $42bn tuna industry at risk of collapse | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Experts make first estimate of the value of tuna fisheries and warn Pacific Islanders have most to lose from declining stocks
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“Please Get Us Out” — Alberta Wildfire Threatens Tar Sands City of Fort McMurray, 61,000 Forced to Evacuate

“Please Get Us Out” — Alberta Wildfire Threatens Tar Sands City of Fort McMurray, 61,000 Forced to Evacuate | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Emergency situation now developing in Fort McMurray, Alberta where a massive wildfire in this near-Arctic zone is  engulfing the city. This is a very dangerous developing situation. More updates to follow. (Super 8 Motel burns as massive, unseasonal wildfire enters the downtown area of Fort McMurray.) **** Yesterday, a massive wildfire began to encroach upon…
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Baby rhino gives Sudan new lease on life

Baby rhino gives Sudan new lease on life | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The baby southern white rhino was abandoned by mom and found by the Ol Pejeta team when he was only 2 weeks old. Very sick and barely alive, he has made an amazing recovery with the help of caretakers. Named Ringo, after rhino advocate Ringo Starr, he has been introduced to Sudan, the last male…
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Denver authorizes gray water program

Denver authorizes gray water program | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
City takes big step toward more sustainable water use Staff Report Denver, Colorado took a big step toward meeting an ambitious 20 percent water conservation target by passing an ordinance authorizing the use of gray water for residential, commercial and industrial purposes. The city hopes to cut per capita use of potable water by 20…
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Death at Yellowstone: Feds probe shooting of ‘Scarface,’ the park’s most famed grizzly

Death at Yellowstone: Feds probe shooting of ‘Scarface,’ the park’s most famed grizzly | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The Washington Post Karin Brulliard   There are more than 750 grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park, but none as famed as a brawny, cocoa-colored male dubbed No. 211. He was best known by his nickname, which was inspired by his fight-maimed face and damaged right ear: Scarface. He roamed far, wide and…
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Global water shortages to deliver 'severe hit' to economies, World Bank warns

Global water shortages to deliver 'severe hit' to economies, World Bank warns | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The Middle East, north Africa, central Asia and south Asia due to suffer biggest economic hit from water scarcity as climate change takes hold, report finds
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The math the planet relies on isn’t adding up right now

The math the planet relies on isn’t adding up right now | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
As over 150 nations assemble to sign the Paris climate agreement in New York on Friday, reams of new analysis are pouring out from the planet’s vital number-crunchers, who look at the fundamental relationship between how much carbon we put in the air and how much the planet’s temperature increases as a result.

And it’s adding up to a somber verdict: We seem closer to must-avoid climate thresholds than we thought — and crossing them may have bigger consequences than we recognize.

The Paris climate agreement pledges countries to keep the planet’s warming “well below” 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees F) above pre-industrial levels, and to strive to keep warming as low as 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees F) above those levels. But here are four things you need to know about these targets, based upon four separate new and insightful analyses:

1.5 degrees C isn’t looking so far off lately. An analysis by Climate Central shows that the planet has been right around 1.5 degrees C all year this year, if you take temperatures from 1881-1910 to be the pre-industrial baseline. “The average global temperature change for the first three months of 2016 was 1.48°C, essentially equaling the 1.5°C warming threshold agreed to by COP 21 negotiators in Paris last December,” the group wrote. February of 2016, Climate Central calculates, was actually slightly warmer than 1.5 degrees C over pre-industrial levels.
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Leuser Ecosystem Area being destroyed by deforestation as Sumatran orangutans become endagered

Leuser Ecosystem Area being destroyed by deforestation as Sumatran orangutans become endagered | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The orangutans living in the Leuser Ecosystem Area, in Sumatra, Indonesia, are losing their habitat due, in large part, to the palm oil plantations which bring in huge profits to companies.
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Discover how UNEP is setting the global environmental agenda in its annual report #UNEP2015

Discover how UNEP is setting the global environmental agenda in its annual report #UNEP2015 | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
United Nations Environment Programme
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The loftiest goals, the finest presentation, for the glossiest oxymoron: "sustainable development". We must keep in mind that population control is the key issue. Population control is not mentioned in the UNEP Annual Report, and in fact, most of the sustainable development goals will increase population. It is an artful deception to praise development for its contributions to humans and nature. Development, the increasing overpopulation and overuse of the Earth, must make a U-turn now if we are to save the majority of wild plants and animals--nature. Moreover, without nature, our artificial lives will become tedious and tenuous.
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Is climate change causing the oceans to run out of oxygen?

Is climate change causing the oceans to run out of oxygen? | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Scientists at the National Centre for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, have warned that by 2040, oxygen levels in many of the world's oceans will have noticeably dropped.
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Urban Bee Legends

Urban Bee Legends | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
From doing our many talks throughout the state to a variety of audiences we have decided that we need to dispel some myths people have about bees. These are the most common misconceptions that we have heard and we hope to bring to light the real truths.

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The Woolly Wolf Is Spotted in Nepal for the First Time

The Woolly Wolf Is Spotted in Nepal for the First Time | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
With its smaller stature, long muzzle, and white fur coloration around the throat, chest, and belly, the Himalayan wolf looks different from than the gray wolves of Europe and North America.

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Funds Ignoring Climate Risks Rose Last Year Despite BOE Warning

Funds Ignoring Climate Risks Rose Last Year Despite BOE Warning | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The number big investors ignoring climate change risk increased last year despite a stark warning from Bank of England Governor Mark Carney’s about the potential for “huge” losses from a sudden shift in regulation designed to curb global warming and fossil fuels.
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