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USDA! Stop Cruelty to Animals in Aquariums, Zoos & Circuses.

USDA! Stop Cruelty to Animals in Aquariums, Zoos & Circuses. | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
To: Tom Vilsack, Secretary USDA
Rep. Frank Lucas, Chair House Ag. Committee Senator Debi Stabenow, Chair Senate Ag. Committee Rep. Darell Issa, Chair Oversight Gov’t Affairs Senator Tom Carper, Chair Oversight Gov’t Affairs

Large mammals do not belong in cramped tanks, confined zoos, or chained in circus rail cars. This should be End of Story. But as the exposés, Blackfish and An Apology to Elephants revea ...
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Nature Conservation News and information for animals, plants, and nature.  See more at http://garryrogers.com.
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Bat-killing fungus spreads to Texas – Summit County Citizens Voice

Bat-killing fungus spreads to Texas – Summit County Citizens Voice | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
This is sad news for our flying furry friends. The lethal fungus is spreading west across North America. It hasn’t been found in Arizona yet, but we have some of the susceptible species.
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This is sad news for our flying furry friends. The lethal fungus is spreading west across North America. It hasn’t been found in Arizona yet, but we have some of the susceptible species.
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Arctic Entering Its Hottest Period in 2.5 Million Years as Last Remnants of Laurentide Melt Away

Arctic Entering Its Hottest Period in 2.5 Million Years as Last Remnants of Laurentide Melt Away | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
"This is the disappearance of a feature from the last glacial age, which would have probably survived without anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions." -- Adrien Gilbert ***** There are many ways to tell the Earth's temperature. One is by measuring how warm the atmosphere is near the surface. Another is to track the heat content of…
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‘Utopia’, the film, can be viewed for the first time online

‘Utopia’, the film, can be viewed for the first time online | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Bronwyn Lucas Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA, 20 Mar 17,  'Utopia', the film, can be viewed for the first time on this site http://johnpilger.com/articles/-utopia-the-film-can-be-viewed-for-the-first-time-on-this-site If you've ever wondered whether the federal government might be trustworthy, whether our first nation peoples have been treated fairly and whether they have the right to have…
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Farm Policy in Age of Climate Change Creating Another Dust Bowl, Critics Say | InsideClimate News

Farm Policy in Age of Climate Change Creating Another Dust Bowl, Critics Say | InsideClimate News | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
". . . federal policy should reward conservation practices — such as planting cover crops that rebuild soil structure or planting trees that buffer against erosion. Similar practices were put in place after the disaster of the 1930s, eventually making the land productive again. The report said few farmers in the southern plains are employing…
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We have to give up the common belief that those closest to the land give high priority to the land’s health.
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Access to nature reduces depression and obesity, finds European study

Access to nature reduces depression and obesity, finds European study | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
". . . High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our T&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email ftsales.support@ft.com to buy additional rights. https://www.ft.com/content/f7e67236-8b14-11e6-8cb7-e7ada1d123b1 ". . . cities are pioneering new approaches based on “biophilia”. The term…
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Researchers have shown that people are healthier and happier when they have regular contact with nature (plants and animals). Controlled experiments show that even a photograph of natural vegetation reduces our blood pressure. Roger Ulrich, a colleague from long ago, described his research finding that views of vegetation reduced the need for pain medication and speeded recovery of surgery patients. This suggests that life in intensive urban settings, or life in a completely artificial habitat such as a space ship, would reduce overall health and lifespan. This link takes you to a discussion of the inclusion of nature in architectural design.
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Trump Repeal of Climate Rules Means U.S. Paris Target Now Out of Reach

Trump Repeal of Climate Rules Means U.S. Paris Target Now Out of Reach | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
"There were people at the [EPA] hard at work on 2.0 [of climate policy], and they were going to ratchet it up, and it was going to be justified by Paris. It all would have worked, except for that whole election thing," Bookbinder said. "Now, it's all over...We're at square zero."
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Ignoring recent weather extremes, thinning sea ice, disappearing wildlife, and more, our leaders are rushing to help their masters take a little more profit before the Earth becomes uninhabitable. Do they think their children will get to go along to the mountain retreats or to Mars when temperature extremes, floods, and fires have made life unendurable across much of the planet?
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March Climate Madness — Wildfires, Scorching Summer Heat Strike Central and Southwestern U.S. By Winter’s End | robertscribbler

March Climate Madness — Wildfires, Scorching Summer Heat Strike Central and Southwestern U.S. By Winter’s End | robertscribbler | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
"Record warm global temperatures, (spurred by human greenhouse gas emissions primarily coming from fossil fuel burning) which are aiding in the systemic, longer term, loss of ice and snow cover while increasing the rate at which drought sets in and spiking the top potential range of temperatures during heatwaves, appears to be combining with a…
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Record heat and winter fires. More on the way.
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It was a hot summer’s day in the English Lakes and we were sitting on the grass, my daughter, my rescue dog Hols and me, soaking up the serenity and the sun. At my daughter’s instigation I took a pad from my bag, then a pen which I placed in my left hand (I’m right-handed) and…
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A creative writer's feelings about animals.
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Turtle Update

Turtle Update | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Our turtle population is doing well. I photographed the Sonora Mud Turtle at top left in 2014 and the others today (March 18, 2017). Four of them were basking on one log, but I couldn't get the shot--perhaps tomorrow.
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Meet Sherri Goodman, who in two words made the military care about climate change

Meet Sherri Goodman, who in two words made the military care about climate change | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Through unflinching case-study analysis, distinguished admirals, generals and military veterans take us beyond the headlines of the conflict in Syria, the social unrest of the Arab Spring, the rise of radicalized groups like ISIS, and the European refugee crisis – and lay bare how climate change interacts with societal tensions, sparking conflict.
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The U. S. military takes the "threat multiplier" effect of climate change very seriously. Here's why.
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Carnivores in the Crosshairs (H.J. Res. 69)

Carnivores in the Crosshairs (H.J. Res. 69) | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Our nation’s public lands are the envy of the world, and every American has an ownership stake and right to enjoy them. They are our lands; they provide vital habitat for wildlife, conserve watersheds, offer innumerable recreational opportunities, and generate billions of dollars in annual sustainable economic activity. H.J. Res 69 is offensive to these…
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This type of management (eliminate predators to please human hunters) is more than just a crime against nature; it’s a foolish plan that has failed many times before. Predator and prey populations go through natural cycles. When people interfere, we can’t predict what will happen. It would be better to hand all the hunters a camera and challenge them to get some unique photos.
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Energy carbon emissions in 2016 flat for third year: IEA

Energy carbon emissions in 2016 flat for third year: IEA | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
A greener energy mix helped keep energy-related carbon dioxide emissions flat in 2016 yet more needs to be done to avert a harmful rise in global temperatures, International Energy Agency (IEA) data showed on Friday.
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Now let's hope the fall begins in 2017.
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Sydney Seafood Store Convicted of Animal Cruelty for Inhumane Treatment of Lobsters

Sydney Seafood Store Convicted of Animal Cruelty for Inhumane Treatment of Lobsters | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
"The historical justification for excluding non-vertebrates from animal cruelty laws is predicated in part on the belief that they are unable to feel pain, a belief which has begun to crumble under the weight of mounting scientific evidence to the contrary. As research has begun to show that lobsters and crabs experience pain and suffer…
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I find it delightful that law protects these sentient creatures from cruelty. Let this idea spread and it will transform our society into a much happier, stable, sustainable civilization.
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How Broadcast Networks Covered Climate Change In 2016

How Broadcast Networks Covered Climate Change In 2016 | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Apart from PBS, the networks also failed to devote significant coverage to climate-related policies, but they still found the time to uncritically air climate denial -- the majority of which came from now-President Donald Trump and his team.
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So focused on our navels last year, we had no time for the building climate disaster. The Media Matters story below included fine graphics with full commentary. Here's a sketch and some of the graphs. Once again, Bernie Sanders showed his broad perspective on critical issues. He brought up climate change four times as much as hosts did on ABC, CBS, and NBC Sunday shows. Mainstream media failed, but there was certainly good coverage of climate change across the Internet. I reported on it on this blog more than 200 times. Here's an example (https://garryrogers.com/category/climate-change/).
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How Americans Think About Climate Change, in Six Maps

How Americans Think About Climate Change, in Six Maps | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Americans overwhelmingly believe that global warming is happening, and that carbon emissions should be scaled back. But fewer are sure that it will harm them personally.
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Sixty-nine percent of Americans believe we need strict limits on carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.
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Search for a star: where is Sirocco, rare parrot and comedy genius? | Helen Pilcher

Search for a star: where is Sirocco, rare parrot and comedy genius? | Helen Pilcher | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
This kākāpō’s life is like that of a rock’n’roll legend, including a sex scandal with a BBC presenter. But on his 20th birthday, he’s nowhere to be seen
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India Already Facing Water Shortages Ahead of Dry Season

India Already Facing Water Shortages Ahead of Dry Season | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Spring in India can be a rough time for farmers in a warming world. The vast, flat lands that compose much of India depend on waters flowing down from snow melting in the Himalayas. And a reliable influx of moisture in the form of the Southeast Asian Monsoon is a much-needed backstop to the heat…
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Climate change is happening now – here’s eight things we can do to adapt

Climate change is happening now – here’s eight things we can do to adapt | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
"Donald Trump has rejected global leadership on the issue, so now it’s down to us as individuals to plan, and push through new policies change where we can."
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The first four of these suggestions are for you to take to prepare for the challenges of climate change. You should recommend the last four suggestions to your government. (More on meeting the climate emergency.)
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U.S. spring extremes: coldest and warmest first days of spring

U.S. spring extremes: coldest and warmest first days of spring | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
In honor of spring’s extremes, we’re publishing these maps that show the warmest and coldest first days of spring in the historical record for thousands of U.S. locations (i.e. the highest and lowest daytime high temperature ever recorded at a given station on March 20)
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These maps published yesterday by the U. S. Climate division of NOAA illustrate climate change in action.
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Unlocking The Cage

“We’ve known from the beginning that ours will be a long-term fight continuous with and similar to other struggles for recognition of personhood and fundamental rights,” Wise said. That they’ve even made it this far, he says, is “a turn away from speciesist thinking.”
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Legal personhood for chimps is the subject of a New York Supreme Court trial underway now. The film described below provides background on the issue. Like Aldo Leopold, I believe that our acceptance of animal equality is as important as controlling human population and global warming if ever we hope to form a sustainable culture on this planet. Respecting chimpanzee rights is a step in the right direction. The Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) is preparing other cases. I believe Elephant freedom will be next.
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Will Today be the Day Chimpanzees become Legal Persons?

Will Today be the Day Chimpanzees become Legal Persons? | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Cover image: Getty Today is a big day. Today lawyer Steven Wise of the NonHuman Rights Project will be presenting oral arguments in the New York Supreme Court in Manhattan on behalf of two chimpanzees, Tommy and Kiko. In the fight to win legal person status for a nonhuman animal and what that would mean…
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I do not know how long the trial will run, but will watch for and report the results. The linked story provides some history and background for the issue.
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Climate Change Facts & Figures

Climate Change Facts & Figures | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Starting a new climate-change information series.
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My new climate-change data series.
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Signals of Climate Change Visible as Record Fires Give Way to Massive Floods in Peru

Signals of Climate Change Visible as Record Fires Give Way to Massive Floods in Peru | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
"The climate extremes Peru has experienced — flipping from flash drought and wildfires to flash flood in just 5-6 months is exactly the kind wrenched weather we can expect more and more from climate change. For as the Earth warms, the amount of moisture evaporated from lands, oceans, lakes and rivers increases. As a result,…
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Peru is suffering through a series of global warming weather extremes. Expect more of this worldwide.
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Exxon Rejects New York’s Accusations in Climate Case

Exxon Rejects New York’s Accusations in Climate Case | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Exxon Mobil called accusations that it withheld documents relating to climate change from the New York attorney general an attempt to discredit it, but disclosed a newly discovered technical issue that could mean it will soon release more of its former chairman’s emails.
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Exxon has more of Tillerson's alias emails to release.
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