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Apocalypse of Castor - What has man done to the environment?

Apocalypse of Castor - What has man done to the environment? | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
THE APOCALYPSE OF CASTOR   It may be true that more of Earth is dry and barren now than in the years gone by. These ancient documents I'm sorting through for history worth passing on to you re...
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Hunting Wolves Hurts Tourism

Hunting Wolves Hurts Tourism | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Wolf watching generates millions of dollars, but a new study finds that tourist sightings of the predators plummet when hunting is permitted.

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How safe is nuclear power? A statistical study suggests less than expected

How safe is nuclear power? A statistical study suggests less than expected | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
(2016). How safe is nuclear power? A statistical study suggests less than expected. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Vol. 72, Young People and Existential Threat, pp. 112-115. doi: 10.1080/00963402.2016.1145910

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Millions of dead fish on Vietnam's shores raise industrial pollution fears

Millions of dead fish on Vietnam's shores raise industrial pollution fears | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The dead started washing up in April: miles and miles of fish, countless clams, the occasional whale. Government researchers eventually concluded that "toxic

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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, May 4, 10:00 AM
Economic growth and environment health should not be on opposite sides of the teeter-totter.

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Ethiopia's farmers fight devastating drought with land restoration

Ethiopia's farmers fight devastating drought with land restoration | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Ethiopia has confirmed its commitment to restore its degraded lands to improve food security and biodiversity. Now, it’s looking to the private sector for support
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With 100 million people and a high population growth rate, Ethopia needs to concentrate on family planning to prepare for future droughts.
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1-800-FAM(ily)-PLAN(ning), INC.

1-800-FAM(ily)-PLAN(ning), INC. | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
It is time to privatize family planning. There is no reason our government should be involved in family planning issues. Family planning is the right and decision of women, their partners, other family members, the family doctor and in some cases, clergy, if desired. As a for-profit business, the primary outcome would be providing underserved women with free family planning products and services. Additionally let’s all remember that the most controversial service, abortion, is legal. We have to stop fighting for it as though it is not legal, as this only serves to somehow diminish its validity. A for-profit company would only solidify the legitimacy of the current legal status of abortion.
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Leopards have lost 75% of their historical habitat

Leopards have lost 75% of their historical habitat | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The area of the world roamed by leopards has declined by three quarters over the last two and a half centuries, according to the most comprehensive effort yet to map the big cat.

Researchers said they were shocked by the shrinking of the spotted hunter’s range, and that the decline had been far worse for several of the nine subspecies of leopards and in some parts of the world.

“We found the leopard had lost 75% of its historical habitat, we were blown away by that, it was much more than we feared,” said Andrew Jacobson, a conservationist at the Zoological Society of London and lead author of a new study on their range published in the journal PeerJ.
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Wildlife Babies!

Wildlife Babies! | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Ah, spring! There’s lots to love about the season, from longer days and warm rains to fragrant flowers. But if you’re a wildlife lover—and we know you are—one of the best things about spring is that newly born wild animals have begun making their first forays into the world.

Some of us may venture out in the hope of seeing adults and their offspring in our national parks, national wildlife refuges and other wild places. But for most of us, just knowing that the cycle of life renews itself on the landscape every spring is reason for delight.

Here’s how some of our favorite wildlife spring into life every year.
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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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Sir David Attenborough opposes returning wolves to the wild‏

Sir David Attenborough opposes returning wolves to the wild‏ | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
SIR David Attenborough has warned about the dangers of reintroducing species to countries where they once lived naturally – challenging moves…

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Colorado just can’t get a grip on its smog problem

Colorado just can’t get a grip on its smog problem | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
State  fails to meet EPA standard set to protect public health; ozone problems to worsen with global warming

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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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Oyster producers monitoring ocean acidification

Oyster producers monitoring ocean acidification | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Scientists warn of the growing threat of ocean acidification to marine ecology, industry and food security.
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BP Drops $1 Billion Seafood Industry Spill Payments Fight

BP Drops $1 Billion Seafood Industry Spill Payments Fight | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
After fighting for more than two years to avoid paying almost $1 billion in oil spill damages to Gulf Coast shrimpers, oystermen and seafood processors it claimed didn’t exist, BP Plc has thrown in the towel.

“We have withdrawn our claims seeking an injunction against payments by the Seafood Program so the program can be concluded,” Geoff Morrell, a BP spokesman, said in an e-mail Tuesday. The company will keep pursuing fraud claims against lawyer Mikal Watts and his firm, Morrell said. Watts was indicted for allegedly making false claims in connection with the BP spill.
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Deadly heat wave is shattering all-time records in Southeast Asia and India

Deadly heat wave is shattering all-time records in Southeast Asia and India | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
A deadly, record-shattering heat wave continues to grip India, Thailand, Cambodia and other countries in southern Asia.
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Alberta Burning

Alberta Burning | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Fort McMurray fire officials are prepared for another challenging day Wednesday as firefighters try to save the oilsands city from a massive wildfire that has destroyed homes and businesses, and forced the largest wildfire evacuation in Alberta’s history.

Tens of thousands of people have fled north and south.

Fueled by soaring temperatures that hit 32 C and tinder-dry forest, the fire broached the city limits and by 6:20 p.m. a mandatory evacuation order was issued for the entire city.
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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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