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Nature Conservation News and information for animals, plants, and nature.  See more at http://garryrogers.com.
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Report offers cold, hard truth about global warming – Summit County Citizens Voice

Report offers cold, hard truth about global warming – Summit County Citizens Voice | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
GR:  Floods, droughts, extinctions, and human intraspecific conflicts will all increase as the CO2 now in the atmosphere traps heat and slowly warms the land and sea.  Failing to control the causes increases the liklihood of a great collapse that takes away our civilization as well as much more that is unique and beautiful. By…
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Philosophical Friday: The Population Bioethicist Strikes Back at Critics

Philosophical Friday: The Population Bioethicist Strikes Back at Critics | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
I get no research funds or any other incentive for making this case. I'm arguing these points because I'm genuinely worried about the future of our planet, and the people who will inherit it, and I believe difficult yet civil discussion is the crucial first step to making that future one we won't be condemned…
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World's wilderness reduced by a tenth since 1990s - BBC News

World's wilderness reduced by a tenth since 1990s - BBC News | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The world's wilderness is vanishing at an "alarming" rate, say conservationists.
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For the third time in ten years, a judge orders the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to consider critical habitat for lynx in Colorado

For the third time in ten years, a judge orders the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to consider critical habitat for lynx in Colorado | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
A federal judge in Montana has once again ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service violated the Endangered Species Act when it excluded Colorado from a critical habitat designation for threatened lynx. In the end, the rare cat may yet get some protected sanctuaries in the Colorado high county.

In a Sept. 7 ruling, Chief District Judge Dana L. Christensen said the agency’s decision is arbitrary and capricious, and “offends the ESA.” The court ordered the USFWS to develop a new critical habitat designation that complies with the law. The order also covers parts of Montana and Idaho.

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Wildlife Service kills

Wildlife Service kills | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
This interactive map shows counts of bears, bobcats, mountain lions, and wolves killed by the U. S. government's Wildlife Service.
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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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South Australia’s nuclear dump plan – fool’s gold? – senior Liberal MP « Antinuclear

South Australia’s nuclear dump plan – fool’s gold? – senior Liberal MP « Antinuclear | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

GR:  There are so many problems with nuclear power.  Efforts should be directed toward nonpolluting renewable energy sources.

"SA nuclear dump dreams just fool’s gold: senior Lib, The Australian, Sept. 29, 2016, by Michael Owen GR:  There are so many problems with nuclear power.  Efforts should be directed toward nonpolluting renewable energy sources. "SA nuclear dump dreams just fool’s gold: senior Lib, The Australian, Sept. 29, 2016, by Michael Owen http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/sa-nuclear-dump-dreams-just-fools-gold-senior-lib/news-story/a595649777c14703159a462c5d9cb34fA senior Liberal has broken ranks in what had been a bipart­isan approach to inquire into the potential for South…

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New Report: ‘Blowtorch’-Like Ocean Warming Advances Killer Seas, Shifts El Nino, Heats Hydrates

New Report: ‘Blowtorch’-Like Ocean Warming Advances Killer Seas, Shifts El Nino, Heats Hydrates | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
GR:  The author of this natural-hazard warning (actually, it's not natural, it's a human-made hazard), says the hazard is something that should keep us up at night.  What worries keep us up at night?  Money is a biggie, and so are our interpersonal relationships and our jobs.  In some regions, shortages of food and water,…
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Seal population plunges to historic low on east coast

Seal population plunges to historic low on east coast. New survey reveals 90% drop in the Firth of Tay and Eden Estuary in recent years.

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Time to Drive Factory Farmed Food off the Market

Time to Drive Factory Farmed Food off the Market | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
A growing number of food activists believe it’s time to move beyond limited or single-issue campaigning and lobbying and take on the entire degenerative food and farming system, starting with the malevolent profit-driver and lynchpin of industrial agriculture, GMOs and fast food: factory farming.


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Eben Lenderking's curator insight, September 12, 1:34 AM

Would love to see it, but what a challenge.

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Planet at the Crossroads

Planet at the Crossroads | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The ecosystems that underpin our economies, well-being and survival are collapsing. Species are becoming extinct at unprecedented rates. Our climate is in crisis. And it’s all happening on our watch.
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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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