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Fact Attack: Endangered Species No. 108 - Grévy's Zebra

Fact Attack: Endangered Species No. 108 - Grévy's Zebra | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
"The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity... and some scarce see nature at all. But t...
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We’ll Soon Be Using More Than Earth Can Provide: How Myopic Humanity Committed Suicide  

We’ll Soon Be Using More Than Earth Can Provide: How Myopic Humanity Committed Suicide   | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
This year we will begin overdrawing our resource bank account on August 2.
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Each year, the Global Footprint Network calculates the date at which we humans have used as much biomass as the Earth/Sun system produces in a year. In other words, it’s the date after which we live by overdrawing our resource bank account. This year its August 2.
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Earth to Pruitt: Paris is still on!

Earth to Pruitt: Paris is still on! | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
EPA chief continues to alienate important allies By Bob Berwyn The U.S. government continues to show how out of tune it is with the rest of the world’s leading economic nations with a press release from the EPA claiming that it has “reset” the conversation about climate change to reflect the Trump administration priorities and…
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Americans are finding their own way to limit the Republican/Corporate greed flowing through our ignorant flimflammer in chief.
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Intense storms may diminish protective ozone in Central US

Intense storms may diminish protective ozone in Central US | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Lost ozone will be hard to replace. Anderson said to protect the ozone layer, climate-warming gases would need to be curbed. “As of now, it’s irreversible. With more and more methane and carbon dioxide pumped into the atmosphere, there will be increases in temperatures on the surface water of the Gulf and the storms will…
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This is something we will have to watch. As the planet warms, evaporation increases. If the moisture reaches the upper levels of our atmosphere, it can lead to ozone depletion. In the ongoing study described below, the researchers found that storms are reaching higher than previously thought. A study of the degree to which this may be damaging the protective ozone layer is underway.
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Average Annual Wildfire Number and Size Increasing in the Great Plains

Average Annual Wildfire Number and Size Increasing in the Great Plains | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The average number of large wildfires increased from about 33 per year from1985-1994 to about 117 per year from 2005-2014,
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Large fires occur during periods of high temperature and drought. The fire increase across the North American Great Plains is typical of many other regions undergoing fire regime changes as the Earth warms. Fueled by increasing temperature, drought, and invasive species, the fires will continue increasing. A study appearing in Geophysical Research Papers (GRP) documented dramatic changes since 1985. The study abstract follows the images.
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Warmth will worsen wet and dry extremes – Climate News NetworkClimate News Network

Warmth will worsen wet and dry extremes – Climate News NetworkClimate News Network | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The drylands of the western US, inner Asia and the Middle East will become even drier. The climate region known as Amazonia will shift northwards, so that Venezuela will become wetter, while eastern Brazil and the Bolivian Altiplano will become more arid.
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This warning is worth repeating. It needs to reach the ears of the climate-change deniers whose willful ignorance is endangering all of us and all the creatures sharing this ride with us. Storms, floods, and droughts will get worse.
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Can “Regenerative Farming” Save Us From Global Catastrophe

Can “Regenerative Farming” Save Us From Global Catastrophe | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
According to food activist Vandana Shiva, "Regenerative agriculture provides answers to the soil crisis, the food crisis, the health crisis, the climate crisis and the crisis of democracy." I would add that in addition to fixing our farming methods, we need to reverse population growth, allocate half the Earth for nature, stop generating greenhouse gases,…
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Here's an optimistic article that explains how to save the future of farming and control climate change. However, it requires that we act in the next five to ten years. The article calls for an overhaul of current farming practices and a return to the old ways before artificial fertilizers, pesticides, and corporate factory farms. 
The need to return to sustainable methods is not in doubt. According to the United Nations, topsoil erosion caused by current farming and land-use methods will bring an end to most farming by 2070. However, switching back to the old ways would be difficult now that corporations control our governments. And even if it was possible, everyone needs to raise their eyes to the future where the human population reaches eleven billion and no amount of regeneration can save our natural ecosystems, wildlife, or civilization. 
What can we do? In addition to fixing our farming methods, we need to reverse population growth, allocate half the Earth for nature, eradicate invasive species, stop generating greenhouse gases, clean up our polluted environment, recycle, stop eating meat, and get at least one hour of exercise every day. But no hurry, we have five to ten years to get 'er done.
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Second Biggest Jump in Annual CO2 Levels Reported as Trump Leaves Paris Climate Agreement

Second Biggest Jump in Annual CO2 Levels Reported as Trump Leaves Paris Climate Agreement | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
"All the indicators are going in the wrong direction, and warning bells are ringing so loud as to be deafening," said Kevin Trenberth, a senior scientist in the climate analysis section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. "Without the Paris agreement, the acceleration will likely continue and we will exceed 2 degrees Celsius above…
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CO2 emissions really increased last year. As pointed out in this article, CO2 stays in the atmosphere for many years. The CO2 we are emitting is adding to what is already up there. For our safety, emissions need to fall rapidly, not increase or remain constant. According to Steve Montzka, a NOAA scientist, we have to cut our emissions by 80 percent to get the concentration to stop rising and level off.
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Wild Amazon Faces Destruction as Brazil’s Farmers and Loggers Target National Park

Wild Amazon Faces Destruction as Brazil’s Farmers and Loggers Target National Park | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
"Almost every week, there is a new roll back of forest protections. Last Tuesday, the Senate approved a bill that slashed protected areas in the Amazon by 597,000 hectares (about four times the area of Greater London). The previous week, the lower house of Congress paved the way for the legalisation of land that had…
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A few years back, Brazil finally realized that cutting down the Amazon rainforest was causing drought, something that Alexander Von Humboldt had described two centuries ago. The country made an effort to preserve its forest. Then we saw oil prices fall, rampant corruption exposed, and the wealthy had to shift their hungry eyes. The oligarchs replaced conservation sentiments with the old standby, harvest and sell natural resources. In Brazil's case, this has often been irreversible logging or simply clearing for pasture of the ancient rainforest. The loss of indigenous and migratory wildlife is a sad example of how human greed is destroying the natural world.
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A Warming Planet Jolts the Iconic Creatures of the Galápagos

A Warming Planet Jolts the Iconic Creatures of the Galápagos | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
"Failure to take pressure off the Galápagos’ flora and fauna could kill the booby that laid the golden egg: Of the seven animal species that tourists rank most important to their visit—tortoises, sea turtles, marine and land iguanas, penguins, blue-footed boobies, and sea lions—all are expected to decline because of climate change, according to a…
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This beautifully illustrated story gives details on a number of species being harmed by climate change. All animals must struggle to survive. Now, with human-caused global warming, their struggle is becoming more difficult. Deaths are increasing, and extinction has appeared on the horizon.
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685,000+ Send Comments in Support of Bears Ears National Monument

685,000+ Send Comments in Support of Bears Ears National Monument | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
"Trump and Zinke need to listen to the American people for once instead of corporate polluters. The people have made it crystal clear that they stand with Bears Ears and in solidarity with the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition," said Kieran Suckling, the Center for Biological Diversity's executive director.
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For-profit enterprises control many public land management decisions in the U. S. and elsewhere. For Bears Ears National Monument, the USDI, the agency responsible for more public lands than any other, must now decide whether it will represent citizen wishes or corporate interests. Bears Ears is a public lands test of a citizen petition to control a public land management decision. Fingers crossed. However, this is a contest that has a critical outcome. Thus, we should take the "all of the above" approach and participate in other activist efforts announced on Facebook and other media to place public pressure on Zinke.
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India’s Air Pollution Rivals China’s as World’s Deadliest

India’s Air Pollution Rivals China’s as World’s Deadliest | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Although deaths caused by air pollution grew to 4.2 million in 2015 from 3.5 million in 1990, the rate of increase of about 20 percent was slower than the rate of the population rise during that time. That’s because of improved health care in many parts of the world, as well as public policy initiatives…
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The smoke from burning coal, oil, diesel, and gasoline causes many health problems and deaths worldwide. According to the New York Times, the problem is so bad in India, that the country is going to make electric vehicles mandatory by 2030. The country is also switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. The article doesn't mention the great loss of wildlife that is also occurring because of human burning of fossil fuels. The danger to humans and every other species from declining biodiversity and ecosystem disruption is immense. Follow this link to get an idea of the broader context for the problem with air pollution and health.
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The Human Ecological Predicament: Wages of Self-Delusion | MAHB

The Human Ecological Predicament: Wages of Self-Delusion | MAHB | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
"The problem is that what is politically feasible is often ecologically irrelevant. Effective sustainability policy must be consistent with available scientific evidence; ‘alternative facts’ are mere self-delusion. Failure to implement a global sustainability plan that addresses excess consumption and over-population while ensuring greater social equity may well be fatal to the human prospect. Indeed, adherence…
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Here’s a thoughtful article about the absolute necessity to reject the global “growth at all costs” philosophy that dominates our businesses, governments, and churches. Because we have failed choose our actions objectively, we are approaching major “tipping points” where choices will slip away. We might still avoid the crash by learning to use basic reasoning. Our children (and adults) should learn to recognize the many forms of faulty reasoning, the fallacies, that obscure truth. We must all learn the value of skepticism and we must learn to ask how (will we get Mexico to pay for the wall) and why (do we need a wall), and we must learn to insist on verifiable facts offered as proof.
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Anthropogenic noise pollution is threatening wild spaces

Anthropogenic noise pollution is threatening wild spaces | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Rachel Buxton, lead author of the study, said: "The noise levels we found can be harmful to visitor experiences in these areas, and can be harmful to human health, and to wildlife. However, we were also encouraged to see that many large wilderness areas have sound levels that are close to natural levels. Protecting these…
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Earth's wildlife decline is caused by construction, invasive species, climate change, and many other human impacts. For instance, scientists have shown that the sounds coming from our industry, airplanes, cars, and even our voices are harmful. The story below reports the results of a new study of the effects of sound on wildlife.
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DAPL Approval by Corps of Engineers Illegal, Judge Finds

DAPL Approval by Corps of Engineers Illegal, Judge Finds | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
“This decision marks an important turning point. Until now, the rights of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe have been disregarded by the builders of the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Trump Administration—prompting a well-deserved global outcry,” said Earthjustice attorney Jan Hasselman in a statement. “The federal courts have stepped in where our political systems have…
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Government control over environmental decisions leaves nature open to political depredation by greedy politicians and their corporate handlers. Policy backed by science instead of politics backed by greed should regulate all forms of land use including construction, farming, fishing, forestry, grazing, and mining. Though the power of money over reason often controls the courts in the largest cases, small regional cases such as those concerned with a single pipeline are sometimes handled rationally. Since the DAPL pipeline has already leaked, there is a fair chance the court will decide to halt transmission.
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Pesticides impair honey bee flying abilities

Pesticides impair honey bee flying abilities | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Long-term exposure to the pesticide over one to two days reduced the ability of bees to fly.
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More evidence on pesticide impact on bees. Pesticides are toxic to many more animals than bees. The economic importance of bees, however, has served us all by focusing attention on the dangers of pesticides. Perhaps Monsanto's next genetic breakthrough (after herbicide resistant GMOs) will be self-pollinating crops. Thus, pesticide use expands, wildlife declines, and Earth becomes more of a biological wasteland of mile-long rows of corn and beans tended by GPS guided artificial intelligences. Where is the farmer? He's in the shadows shielded from the intense radiation pouring through the ozone free atmosphere.
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Santa Barbara Joins Clean Energy Revolution, Commits to 100% Renewables

Santa Barbara Joins Clean Energy Revolution, Commits to 100% Renewables | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Coming on the heels of Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, Santa Barbara's commitment to 100 percent clean, renewable energy showcases how cities can lead the transition away from fossil fuels.
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Though I've often criticized local governments for their excessive support for development, American cities and counties are proving that in some instances, local action can be better for citizens and nature conservation than state or federal action.
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Brazil following US in rolling back climate protections

Brazil following US in rolling back climate protections | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Last month, [Brazil's] Congress passed two measures that convert around 1.4 million acres of protected land, the vast majority of it in the Amazon, into areas open to logging, mining and agricultural use.
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It is not good to see Trump's Paris retreat mentioned in stories of other countries rolling back their climate commitments. It is especially disappointing to see Brazil making so many backward moves. Politics, greed, and corruption are once again attacking the Amazon. Anteaters, Capybaras, Parrots, and all the rest are losing their homes. 
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Trump Administration One Step Closer to Approving Seismic Airgun Blasting

Trump Administration One Step Closer to Approving Seismic Airgun Blasting | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
According to the government's own estimates, seismic airgun blasting in the Atlantic could injure as many as 138,000 marine mammals like dolphins and whales, while disturbing the vital activities of millions more.
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Seismic prospecting harms marine creatures. The danger is so severe that no reasonable person would permit the practice. However, the corporate assault on nature is taking full advantage of Trump’s presidency. Apparently, Trump offers no resistance to any economic scheme that would harm wild creatures. He appears to be at the egotistical center of the homocentric mind. There one has little concern for other people and probably none for nonhuman creatures. Trump has never had a pet, and is only considering a bringing a dog into the Whitehouse for the sake of appearances. Of course, Obama was willing to permit seismic testing. Public intervention stopped him. Let’s hope that the public outcry that stopped Obama will be successful with Trump. Sign the petition here.
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India, Once a Coal Goliath, Is Fast Turning Green – The New York Times

India, Once a Coal Goliath, Is Fast Turning Green – The New York Times | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
India canceled 13.7 gigawatts of proposed coal-fired power plants last month alone, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis said. The government has admitted that an additional 8.6 gigawatts of coal-fired generation capacity built at a cost of $9 billion is potentially no longer financially viable because of competition from renewable sources, the institute…
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Here's some good news. In a surprising development, India has begun moving from coal to solar energy. The country's air-pollution problems are part of the reason. The rapid decline in the price of solar power is also a factor.
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Great Barrier Reef Dead at 25 Million

Great Barrier Reef Dead at 25 Million | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Leading environmentalist writer Rowan Jacobsen declared the incredible structure dead, and wrote: “The Great Barrier Reef of Australia passed away in 2016 after a long illness.“It was 25 million years old.”
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Only portions of the reef are dead now; however the rest is dying. With the level of CO2 we've pumped into the atmosphere, global warming including lethal ocean warming will continue. Another of those monuments to human ignorance that an alien visitor might wonder at--unless ocean acidification melts the reef before they get here.
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What Happens If the U. S. Exits the Paris Climate Accord?

What Happens If the U. S. Exits the Paris Climate Accord? | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
"The world without U.S. efforts would have a far more difficult time avoiding a dangerous threshold: keeping the planet from warming more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels. "The world has already warmed by just over half that amount - with about one-fifth of the past heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions coming…
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The probability of devastating climate change is growing. Some believe that we are nearing the point beyond which there is no return. Recent analyses show that our options for reversing climate change are fading. There is a real danger that if the U. S. withdraws from the Paris climate treaty other nations will follow our lead. Climatologists agree that if the Paris Accord breaks down, global disaster may be inescapable.
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Company behind the Rover Pipeline lied about the size of spill in Ohio wetland

Company behind the Rover Pipeline lied about the size of spill in Ohio wetland | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
In mid-April, there was a devastating spill of two million gallons of drilling fluid from the Rover pipeline in an Ohio wetland. The construction of the Ro
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Pipelines are growing unpopular--their frequent leaks devastate local environments, and the products they deliver damage global environments.
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Planting trees will not slow global warming

Planting trees will not slow global warming | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
“If we continue burning coal and oil the way we do today and regret our inaction later, the amounts of greenhouse gas we would need to take out of the atmosphere in order to stabilise the climate would be too huge to manage,” --Lena Boysen
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There’s lots of loose talk going around about “geoengineering” our way out of the climate-change disaster. I say it’s loose talk because there’s been no serious testing of efficacy and long-term consequences. Actually, scientists have analyzed most of the ideas such as blasting sunlight-blocking particles into the atmosphere, converting CO2 to useful materials, and so forth and found that such techniques fall short of what’s needed. The article below describes another debunking, this time the idea that we could clear the air by planting CO2-absorbing forests.
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Responding to the Conservative War on Nature

Responding to the Conservative War on Nature | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
In the battle to save nature, we are facing civilization-wide beliefs. For peaceful solutions to work, more people must participate.
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iolent acts, no matter the goal, are never an effective long-term solution. They produce anger and violent reaction. No matter how slow and difficult they seem, charity, logic, and peaceful demonstration are the sure paths to lasting solutions. If peaceful acts appear ineffective, it is simply because THEY ARE TOO FEW AND TOO SMALL. In the battle to save nature, we are facing civilization-wide beliefs. For peaceful solutions to work, more people must participate. So make a sign about the issue that concerns you most and take part in all your local rallies, marches, sit-ins, and die-ins.
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Zinke Releases National Monument Hit List

Zinke Releases National Monument Hit List | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Americans everywhere should be outraged by this assault on our public lands. Once stripped of protections, there’s no telling what the oil and gas industry will do to them.
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The anti-nature Trump administration guided by our corrupt congress, has launched yet another attempt to enrich the fossil-fuel industry. This attempt is aimed at the nation's national monuments. And for what? We do not need the fuels. Industry administrators are simply too lazy to switch their focus to renewable energy. So, now we have to cite both sloth and greed as the human forces behind the "death-to-nature" actions of the Trumpeters.
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