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Is this all humans are? Diminutive monsters of death and destruction?

Is this all humans are? Diminutive monsters of death and destruction? | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
George Monbiot: New research suggests that there was never a state of grace. We have always been the nemesis of the planet's wildlife
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I could find a solution to human limitations described here only by creating a fictional earth populated by intelligent animals whose intelligence had evolved past sentience to sapience millions of years ago. 

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In Beijing, investors talk Russian Arctic railway

In Beijing, investors talk Russian Arctic railway | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Chinese money gives new life to the Belkomur project.

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EU forces Britain into whalemeat trade, says minister

EU forces Britain into whalemeat trade, says minister | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Whale hunters are sending their catches to Japan via British ports by taking advantage of a European Union rule on the free movement of goods, according to the fisheries minister. Meat fro

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Young killer whale calf spotted off Caithness coast - BBC News

Young killer whale calf spotted off Caithness coast - BBC News | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
A group of killer whales arrive in Scottish waters from Iceland to raise a young calf and to hunt.

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10 Extraordinary Places Saved by the Endangered Species Act

10 Extraordinary Places Saved by the Endangered Species Act | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
In celebration of the country’s 11th annual Endangered Species Day, the Center for Biological Diversity released a report Thursday highlighting 10 of the most unique and beautiful wild places saved by the presence of endangered species.

From Pacific Ocean kelp forests to Florida’s Key Deer National Wildlife Refuge, millions of acres of the nation’s most precious and irreplaceable landscapes and seascapes have been conserved and restored as part of the cooperative management of our public lands to recover imperiled species.

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New West Coast mission investigates ocean acidification threat | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

New West Coast mission investigates ocean acidification threat | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

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Scientists getting organized to help readers sort fact from fiction in climate change media coverage

Scientists getting organized to help readers sort fact from fiction in climate change media coverage | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Guest post by Emmanuel Vincent While 2016 is on track to easily surpass 2015 as the warmest year on record, some headlines, in otherwise prestigious news outlets, are still claiming that “2015 Was Not Even Close To Hottest Year On Record” (Forbes, Jan 2016) or that the “Planet is not overheating...” (The Times of London, Feb 2016). Media misrepresentation confuses the public and prevents our policy makers from developing a well-informed perspective, and making evidence-base
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UN calls for overhaul of national laws to tackle wildlife crime | The Guardian

UN calls for overhaul of national laws to tackle wildlife crime | The Guardian | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
All Earth's creatures need protection from humans.  Sad that the ones that serve as the top regulators of ecosystem function are also the most visible and therefore subject to our purposeful abuse. "Countries urged to outlaw possession of wildlife and timber illegally harvested or traded elsewhere. . . ."  Source: UN calls for overhaul of…
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Leading US union SEIU makes fighting climate change a campaign priority

Leading US union SEIU makes fighting climate change a campaign priority | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Two million-strong union add environmental justice to priority list saying climate change disproportionately affects its low-income members
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Squids and octopuses thrive as 'weeds of the sea' warm to hotter oceans

Squids and octopuses thrive as 'weeds of the sea' warm to hotter oceans | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
“Cephalopods are often called ‘weeds of the sea’,” she said, because their “rapid growth, short lifespans and flexible development” let them adapt to environmental changes more quickly than other marine animals.
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Arctic could warm by 17C if all known fossil fuels are burned, study finds - Carbon Brief

Arctic could warm by 17C if all known fossil fuels are burned, study finds - Carbon Brief | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Until now, simple models have suggested that temperatures rise in proportion with carbon emissions up to about 2tn tonnes but that after that point, warming slows down.

Today’s study suggests that is not the case. It finds the relationship holds up to the full 5tn tonnes, leading to the conclusion that the “unregulated exploitation of the world’s fossil fuel resource could ultimately result in considerably more profound climate changes than previously suggested.”
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Portland school board bans climate change-denying materials

Portland school board bans climate change-denying materials | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Environmental groups say science is clear, so textbooks should be, too, Local News, Portland local News, Breaking News alerts for Portland city.
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Last stand for Europe's remaining ancient forest as loggers prepare to move in

Last stand for Europe's remaining ancient forest as loggers prepare to move in | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

"Europe’s last primeval forest is facing what campaigners call its last stand as loggers prepare to start clear-cutting trees, following the dismissal of dozens of scientists and conservation experts opposed to the plan.

"Poland’s new far right government says logging is needed because more than 10% of spruce trees in the Unesco world heritage site of Białowieża are suffering from a bark beetle outbreak. But nearly half the logging will be of other species, according to its only published inventory.

"Oak trees as high as 150 feet that have grown for 450 years could be reduced to stumps under the planned threefold increase in tree fells. Białowieża hosts Europe’s largest bison population and wolves and lynx still roam freely across its sun-mottled interior. Its foliage stretches for nearly 1,000 square miles across the border between Poland and Belarus."

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Forest management agencies of governments around the world can emulate the U. S. Forest Service in its unrelenting effort to make all big trees available to commercial loggers.  Any and all excuses have been used to justify cutting down the trees.
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Chile's Record Toxic Tides May Have Roots in Dirty Fish Farming

Chile's Record Toxic Tides May Have Roots in Dirty Fish Farming | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
A red tide crisis has stirred fishermen to unrest and may be at least partially linked to controversial aquaculture practices.
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Young killer whale calf spotted off Caithness coast - BBC News

Young killer whale calf spotted off Caithness coast - BBC News | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
A group of killer whales arrive in Scottish waters from Iceland to raise a young calf and to hunt.

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Porcupine Ray

Porcupine Ray | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
A layer of sharp thorns on its back gives this ray a considerable edge over any predators looking for a bite.

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10 Extraordinary Places Saved by the Endangered Species Act

10 Extraordinary Places Saved by the Endangered Species Act | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
In celebration of the country’s 11th annual Endangered Species Day, the Center for Biological Diversity released a report Thursday highlighting 10 of the most unique and beautiful wild places saved by the presence of endangered species.

From Pacific Ocean kelp forests to Florida’s Key Deer National Wildlife Refuge, millions of acres of the nation’s most precious and irreplaceable landscapes and seascapes have been conserved and restored as part of the cooperative management of our public lands to recover imperiled species.

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#Peru declares mercury #poison emergency due to gold #mining #health #pollution

#Peru declares mercury #poison emergency due to gold #mining #health #pollution | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Peru declared an environmental emergency on Monday in 11 Amazon jungle districts where mercury pollution blamed on unregulated gold mining is poisoning people and fish.

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Total rules out Arctic oil drilling, citing 2C goal | Climate Home - climate change news

Total rules out Arctic oil drilling, citing 2C goal | Climate Home - climate change news | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
French oil major to cut back on expensive tar sands development and avoid the Arctic, raising the bar for industry action on climate change
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New Study Maps the Way for California Wolves, Highlights Key Strategies for Coexistence – Defenders of Wildlife Blog

New Study Maps the Way for California Wolves, Highlights Key Strategies for Coexistence – Defenders of Wildlife Blog | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Now that wolves have returned to California after a nearly 90-year absence, where are they most likely to live? Will their new territories overlap significantly with grazing lands and create conflicts with livestock? What kind of proactive strategies are most feasible for northern California ranchers to implement on their operations to keep both livestock and…
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Revealed: the dangerous wild animals kept on UK private property

Revealed: the dangerous wild animals kept on UK private property | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Councils have issued licences for thousands of animals, research shows, including lions, wolves and crocodiles
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The Other Wolverine Who Rivaled X-Men for Fame – Defenders of Wildlife Blog

The Other Wolverine Who Rivaled X-Men for Fame – Defenders of Wildlife Blog | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The pointless killing of this special individual from a rare species indicates just how total is our threat to nature.
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The pointless killing of this special individual from a rare species indicates just how total is our threat to nature.
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The US spent $1.4 billion in Africa telling people not to have sex and it didn’t work

The US spent $1.4 billion in Africa telling people not to have sex and it didn’t work | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The United States has spent $1.4 billion over the last decade on promoting abstinence in Africa as a way to slow the spread of HIV. It hasn't helped, according to a study published this week in Health Affairs, and may be causing more harm than good. Researchers Nathan C. Lo, Anita Lowe, and Eran Bendavid from th
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We are Already Facing Consequences of Rapid Climate Change

We are Already Facing Consequences of Rapid Climate Change | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
An unfortunate and dangerous commonality persists among conversations concerning human-driven climate change. Often, the consequences of climate change are spoken of as something that will take place in the future, something that is decades from now. Naively, many even talk as if it is something that is still preventable if only we could convince people to take on a “green” lifestyle, industry to clean up its act, and policy makers to face overwhelming evidence. While those are worthy pursuits, that naiveté is dangerous.
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Rate of Environmental Damage Increasing Across the Planet but There Is Still Time to Reverse Worst Impacts if Governments Act Now, UNEP Assessment Says - UNEP

Rate of Environmental Damage Increasing Across the Planet but There Is Still Time to Reverse Worst Impacts if Governments Act Now, UNEP Assessment Says - UNEP | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Nairobi, 19 May 2016 - The environmental change sweeping the world is occurring at a faster pace than previously thought, making it imperative that governments act now to reverse the damage being done to the planet, says the most authoritative study that UNEP has ever published on the state of the global environment.

Under the title Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6): Regional Assessments, six separate reports provide highly detailed examinations of the environmental issues affecting each of the world's six regions: the Pan-European region, North America, Asia and the Pacific, West Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Africa.
Released ahead of the United Nations Environment Assembly, the regional assessments find that the world shares a host of common environmental threats that are rapidly intensifying in many parts of the world.
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GR:  This detailed summary lays out the problems.  It continues the falacy that nature is a resource that can be preserved merly through better management.  Moreover, it does not offer solutions for reducing our population, the driver of the other problems.
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