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Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up - Defenders of Wildlife Blog

Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up - Defenders of Wildlife Blog | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Helicopter gunning kills 23 wolves in Idaho; Urge Secretary Jewell to abandon gray wolf delisting proposal -- Call your representative by March 14; Washington wildlife agency urged to end support for abolishing federal wolf protections; The latest on Governor Otter’s wolf control board.
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Human Beliefs and The Ecocentric Alliance

Human Beliefs and The Ecocentric Alliance | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The Future of Human Understanding of Nature If we come through global warming, overpopulation, and overuse of the Earth, our experience will have reforged our view of the world. I think we will have a clearer understanding of the limits of nature. This post discusses one probable shift in our post-anthropocene view of the world.…
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These ‘Missing Charts’ Reveal That Fossil Fuel Use Is Still Increasing

These ‘Missing Charts’ Reveal That Fossil Fuel Use Is Still Increasing | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
To address the twin threats of climate change and ocean acidification, nearly every nation has promised to reduce fossil fuel burning. But so far, humanity keeps burning ever more. Last year we did it again, burning an all-time record amount. Let's give Jerry Brown the last word: If we want hospitable climate and oceans, the…
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Fossil Fuel Use is Rising Like There is NO Tomorrow–July 27, 2017

Fossil Fuel Use is Rising Like There is NO Tomorrow–July 27, 2017 | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
If you think that 25+ years of global climate change policy meetings (IPCCs & COPs), and today's much discussed growth in clean energy and efficiency are reducing global fossil fuel usage and thus greenhouse gas emissions then you are mistaken.
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I don’t know how many times we have to discover that things are worse than we thought, but here we are again. If you have any interest in global warming, you should watch this post's video by climate scientist Paul Beckwith.
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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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75,000 Trees Donated So Far to ‘Trump Forest’ to Offset President’s Climate Destruction

75,000 Trees Donated So Far to ‘Trump Forest’ to Offset President’s Climate Destruction | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
GR: The name is acceptable since there will be no single place to name thus giving future visitors the wrong impression that Trump  contributed. "Environmental activists have created a worldwide reforestation project called "Trump Forest" to help offset the potential environmental destruction caused by President Trump's anti-climate agenda. "We wanted something tangible that people could…
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Here’s Who’s Getting Paid to Destroy the Endangered Species Act (ESA)

Here’s Who’s Getting Paid to Destroy the Endangered Species Act (ESA) | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
"Battles to protect wildlife are intensifying in the face of attacks from these and other lawmakers. However, they may be in for a bigger fight than they realize. A recent poll showed that 90 percent of voters across all demographics were supportive of the ESA."
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It is clear that our elected leaders do not represent us; they represent whoever will give them the most money.
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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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