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Cities causing genetic changes in plants, animals

Cities causing genetic changes in plants, animals | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Plants and animals have a long history of acclimatizing to city living - think of raccoons and their expert pillaging of compost bins. But now biologists are beginning to see signs that something m...
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'Rapunzel' the seal makes waves with visit to local vet

'Rapunzel' the seal makes waves with visit to local vet | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

A stranded seal, known as 'Rapunzel',  became an unexpected patient in a Longford vet's practice on Tuesday last, August 9. The seal was found washed up and badly in need of first aid on Strandhill beach, Co Sligo.  


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Industrial Revolution Kick-Started Climate Change Much Earlier Than Previously Thought

Industrial Revolution Kick-Started Climate Change Much Earlier Than Previously Thought | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Determining when global warming began and how quickly the planet has warmed since then, is essential for understanding how much we have altered the climate in different parts of the world

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Why hundreds of Native Americans have gathered in North Dakota to block an oil pipeline

Why hundreds of Native Americans have gathered in North Dakota to block an oil pipeline | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
By the end of the year, there will be a new 1,172-mile oil pipeline snaking its way across the Midwest.
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Thai resort pioneers mangrove preservation | Green Hotelier

Thai resort pioneers mangrove preservation | Green Hotelier | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Thai wellness resort Chiva-Som has launched a pioneering project to preserve mangroves.
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Ecological Special Forces

Ecological Special Forces | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Our few, hard-won victories are temporary. Protections can be (and are) revoked. Ground can be lost. Despite all we have done, life on this planet is slipping away.
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Our planet is on the verge of total ecological collapse. Nothing is getting better. Governments and corporations continue business as usual while every day, carbon dioxide levels rise, forests are cut down, and 200 species are driven extinct. Forty percent of all human deaths can be attributed to pollution.
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Hothouse 2090: Category 6 Hurricane A Grey Swansong For Tampa | robertscribbler

Hothouse 2090: Category 6 Hurricane A Grey Swansong For Tampa | robertscribbler | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Here's what you get when a climate expert adds a little drama to scientific projections of what we can expect: Sea-level rise, massive storms, heat, and failing civilization.
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Orangutan Put In Tiny Cage As A Baby Grows Too Big To Get Out The Door

Orangutan Put In Tiny Cage As A Baby Grows Too Big To Get Out The Door | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Krismon the orangutan waited an incredible 19 years for his rescue.

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10 Facts About Arctic Sea Ice | Polar Bears International

10 Facts About Arctic Sea Ice | Polar Bears International | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Why should we care about sea ice? Here are 10 facts about this remarkable part of the Arctic ecosystem:

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African countries fight to protect elephants

African countries fight to protect elephants | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Statistics revealed that at least 100,000 elephants were killed for their ivory tusks, and most of these killings occurred in the African Elephant Coalition countries.

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A Quick Deconstruction of The Guardian’s Latest Population Article

A Quick Deconstruction of The Guardian’s Latest Population Article | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Joe Bish, Population Media Center.--"Yesterday, The Guardian published the following well-written, but considerably off-the-mark essay. Apparently this is what happens when you assign an existentially crucial topic to an on-staff software engineer and a "community coordinator" with lot's of experience in editing social media posts. Specifically, you get a well-intentioned article, produced by intelligent and…
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Review of GarryRogers.com

Review of GarryRogers.com | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Blog Review I began my blog in hopes of improving the lives of wild animals.  I wanted to promote wildlife appreciation and expose detrimental human behavior.  The past four years, I posted 2,483 articles about wildlife and its habitat.  I wrote some the posts, but most of them were reblogged from other sources.  The blog…
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The Guardian Editorial: Population Pressures & International Development

The Guardian Editorial: Population Pressures & International Development | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
GR.-- There are solutions to the human population problem.  In this article, Joe Bish introduces one that the Guardian is promoting. Joe Bish, Population Media Center.-- "Breaking down the barriers that stop women and girls having the right to choose should be at the heart of every development project." "The editorial board of The Guardian…
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CO2’s Vertigo-Inducing Rate of Rise — In First 5 Months of 2016 Hothouse Gas Concentration Rocketed 3.7 Parts Per Million Above 2015

CO2’s Vertigo-Inducing Rate of Rise — In First 5 Months of 2016 Hothouse Gas Concentration Rocketed 3.7 Parts Per Million Above 2015 | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
GR.-- A recurring warning from climatologists is the possibility that melting permafrost will generate a positive feedback loop in global warming.  Such an event would move the "Climate Emergency" into an extreme phase from which we could not recover without massive damage to Earth's ecosystems and the current human civilizations.  Prudence demands that we never…
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Washington Wildlife Officials Kill Half Of Profanity Peak Wolf Pack

Washington Wildlife Officials Kill Half Of Profanity Peak Wolf Pack | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said it has killed six wolves in the Profanity Peak Pack. Members of that pack are blamed for at least 12 cattle kills in the northeastern part of the state.

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Study tracks amphetamine pollution in Baltimore streams

Study tracks amphetamine pollution in Baltimore streams | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
As if toxic waste from chemical manufacturing and other industrial processes weren’t enough, scientists say some streams are also being fouled by remnants of amphetamines — in some cases at high enough levels to alter the base of aquatic food chain.

A new study, published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, traced the presence of illicit drugs at six  stream sites around Baltimore, focusing on the Gwynns Falls watershed, which is part of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study Long-Term Ecological Research program. Two rural streams were also sampled in the Oregon Ridge watershed, the closest forested region.

“Around the world, treated and untreated wastewater entering surface waters contains pharmaceuticals and illicit drugs that originate from human consumption and excretion, manufacturing processes, or improper disposal,” said  lead author Sylvia S. Lee conducted the work as a postdoctoral researcher at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. “We were interested in revealing how amphetamine exposure influences the small plants and animals that play a large role in regulating the health of streams,” said Lee, now with the EPA.

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20 Big Questions about the Future of Humanity

20 Big Questions about the Future of Humanity | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
We asked leading scientists to predict the future. Here’s what they had to say
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GR:  Some of the answers are so focused that they ignore major influences and are thus unreliable.  For instance, the answer to "can we feed the planet without destroying it?" says nothing about the continuing growth of the human population.
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Brazil: Amazon fires threaten to wipe out uncontacted Indians

Brazil: Amazon fires threaten to wipe out uncontacted Indians | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Fires in Arariboia indigenous territory once again threaten uncontacted tribe, Brazilian government fails to act
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Use a Camera

Use a Camera | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Wildlife presents a similar challenge for hunters and photographers, but because of range limitations, photography compares best with archery. So, teach gun safety and use the gun on cans, bottles, and targets, but use the camera on wild animals.
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Increase in human-made natural disasters could lead to a war

Increase in human-made natural disasters could lead to a war | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The research, from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany, suggests that climate-related natural disasters could drive problems between different ethnic groups.
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Penguin population could drop 60 percent by end of the century

Penguin population could drop 60 percent by end of the century | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Climate has influenced the distribution patterns of Adélie penguins across Antarctica for millions of years.

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Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen is on a mission to save the world’s sharks, and he’s found some lurking in unexpected places

Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen is on a mission to save the world’s sharks, and he’s found some lurking in unexpected places | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
And that's good news! But there are still far fewer sharks than there should be in much of the ocean.

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Stressed Indus River threatens Pakistan’s water supplies

Stressed Indus River threatens Pakistan’s water supplies | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The Indus River, which supports the lives of 300 million people, is supplying Pakistan with less water than it did 50 years ago, particularly in the spring and summer, researchers have found. The news comes as demand for water is projected to rise sharply.

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Brexit – the Animals’ View – Animalista Untamed

Brexit – the Animals’ View – Animalista Untamed | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
GR.-- As Radford points out in the article, animals are last on the list of concerns of those wanting to leave the EU.  They are always last.  The British voters want to break the oligarch's control over their fortunes, but brexit will increase it.  Neither Britain or the EU is effective with nature conservation, but…
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No Soil & Water Before 100% Renewable Energy | Loki’s Revenge

No Soil & Water Before 100% Renewable Energy | Loki’s Revenge | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Gr.-- Hard to check some of the assumptions, but sound or not, the conclusions might be right.  Definitely worst-case arguments, and those are the ones we must plan for--are they not? Loki's Revenge.-- "The funny thing is that meat and fire saved our ancestors from extinction and now meat and fire will cause mass extinction…
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CO2’s Vertigo-Inducing Rate of Rise — In First 5 Months of 2016 Hothouse Gas Concentration Rocketed 3.7 Parts Per Million Above 2015

CO2’s Vertigo-Inducing Rate of Rise — In First 5 Months of 2016 Hothouse Gas Concentration Rocketed 3.7 Parts Per Million Above 2015 | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
GR.-- A recurring warning from climatologists is the possibility that melting permafrost will generate a positive feedback loop in global warming.  Such an event would move the "Climate Emergency" into an extreme phase from which we could not recover without massive damage to Earth's ecosystems and the current human civilizations.  Prudence demands that we never…
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