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Kenya Wildlife Service struggles to stop poaching

Kenya Wildlife Service struggles to stop poaching | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's wildlife authority said Tuesday it needs help to curb the escalation of killings of the country's endangered elephants and rhinos for ivory tusks and horns. Poachers h...
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Half the Earth

Half the Earth | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Apart from the painful inequity of one species offering to give half the world to all the millions of others, I have to question that half will even be enough.  E. O. Wilson is supporting the idea that the current mass extinction can be stopped by reserving half the Earth for wildlife.
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A beautiful idea, but how on earth could it be done?  And which half?

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Why coal is (still) worse than fracking and cow burps

Why coal is (still) worse than fracking and cow burps | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Geoscientist Raymond Pierrehumbert argues that carbon dioxide is always worse than shorter-lived pollutants like methane.
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Interesting article that delivers real information.

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Does Antarctic sea ice growth negate climate change? Scientists say no

Does Antarctic sea ice growth negate climate change? Scientists say no | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
In the blue half-light of the Antarctic autumn, a thin film spreads across the continent's coastal waters. It's an embryonic form of sea ice: a mush of microscopic crystals that floats on the dense, salty water of the Southern Ocean.
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GR:  The title is as silly as asking if Putin sending foreign aid to Ukraine negates invasion.  Repeating the opinions of climate-change skeptics is as silly as repeating the invasion opinions of Russian troops in Ukraine.  A better title might be "The Mysteries of Climate Change."

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Coal industry dealt another setback as Oregon blocks export plan – will feds help?

Coal industry dealt another setback as Oregon blocks export plan – will feds help? | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
The coal industry has been dealt another blow after a state agency in Oregon denied a key permit for a controversial terminal, marking the latest salvo in an escalating fight between coal exporters and fossil-fuel loathing environmentalists on the West Coast.
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They will be back.

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Let's Start Caring About Seagrass Like We Care About The Rainforest

Let's Start Caring About Seagrass Like We Care About The Rainforest | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Seagrass is disappearing at the same rate as the rainforest and coral reefs. The loss equals serious environmental and economic effects.
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Seagrass and kelp form critical habitats within marine ecosystems.  Both grow in shallow water, and both are important recyclers of nutrients.  Compared to terrestrial vegetation, we know little about these vegetation types.  Biogeographers have mapped general distributions, but they have not made detailed maps of species associations.

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Abused Elephants Forced to Perform in Canada Need Your Help!

Abused Elephants Forced to Perform in Canada Need Your Help! | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Please ask Karnak Shriners to require that Tarzan Zerbini Circus stage its performances without elephants!
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Protect Arctic Wildlife from Oil Drilling

Protect Arctic Wildlife from Oil Drilling | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Target:  Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s Secretary Jewell Goal: Save polar bears, whales, and other Arctic animals from dangerous oil drilling in their habitat  *This petition is in collaboration with Care2, thereby allowing all signatures to...
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The Price of an Elephant

The Price of an Elephant | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
It’s a beautiful day, you are excited to be window shopping, finding gifts for your family and that perfect item for yourself. You’re perusing the aisles when suddenly you see it. Your heart lurches into...
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Here's a suggestion that will let everyone who cares help protect elephants.

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Why the NRDC’s Montana “Wolf Stamp” Must Be Stopped

Why the NRDC’s Montana “Wolf Stamp” Must Be Stopped | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

By Brooks Fahy, Executive Director, Predator Defense

"Recently one of our county’s most highly respected environmental organizations, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), proposed that wildlife advocates improve the plight of wolves in Montana by purchasing a special wolf “conservation” stamp for $20. The money raised would allegedly be used to resolve wolf conflicts nonlethally, as well as for public education, habitat improvement and procurement, and law enforcement.

"Sounds great, right?

"WRONG.

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As much as we want to trust and work with our public agencies, we have to do so with caution.  Shifting political breezes often force well-intentioned agency employees to change their commitments.  We must seek strong, binding agreements before beginning any cooperative ventures.

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Science And Journalism Groups Accuse EPA Of Stopping Science Advisers From Talking To Press

Science And Journalism Groups Accuse EPA Of Stopping Science Advisers From Talking To Press | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
The groups criticized the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Tuesday for limiting its independent scientific advisers from speaking directly to the press.
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Fracking's impact on wildlife remains unknown, study finds

Fracking's impact on wildlife remains unknown, study finds | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

"A decade into North America’s fracking boom, the impact on wildlife and the environment remains largely unknown, according to a new study.

“We’re conducting a giant experiment without even collecting the important data on the water, air, land or wildlife impacts,” said Sara Souther, an ecologist at the University of Wisconsin, one of the co-authors of the peer-reviewed research examining the environmental impacts of shale gas development in the US and Canada.

Although the technique of hydraulic fracturing shale has been used for at least 20 years, there is “surprisingly little research” on impacts, found the study, published in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment."

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When the U. S. Bureau of Land Management, U. S. Forest Service, and most State land management agencies permit fracking, they are required to assess effects.  However, these agencies tend to ignore or make only feeble attempts to measure the consequences of one of their decisions.  This is why the millions of acres of public land in the U. S. are in such poor condition.


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Human Cost of Animal Testing

Human Cost of Animal Testing | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
The most perverse aspect of the animal testing debate: it’s actually dangerous and fatal for humans, the very species the researchers claim to be doing all of this madness for.
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James Cameron: Only Veganism Can Save Us Now - MFA Blog

James Cameron: Only Veganism Can Save Us Now - MFA Blog | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
James and Suzy Amis Cameron, the provocative power couple behind the first all-vegan school and countless successful films, are now reported by CNN to be promoting a plant-based diet as the cure for our environmental ills.

The two tout the...

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A great example of leadership from outside government.

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California water infrastructure on verge of historic collapse

California water infrastructure on verge of historic collapse | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
(NaturalNews) Water is increasingly hard to come by in drought-stricken California, where many farmers are struggling to get enough water just to pay the bills. But the situation in the Golden State is far worse than many people realize, according to new reports, as underground aquifers that take decades to recharge are being sucked dry, and water infrastructure that has long sustained the agricultural growing regions of the state continue their collapse.
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Throughout the western U.S., groundwater levels are declining, increasing pumping costs, and making agriculture more costly.

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Dolphin butchering time again in Japan – sparks protest in Phillippines

Dolphin butchering time again in Japan – sparks protest in Phillippines | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Dolphin butchering time again in Japan - sparks protest in Phillippines Filipino activists protest in Manila, Philippines at the Japanese embassy against the controversial six-month dolphin hunting...
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EPA staff recommends significantly lower ozone standard

EPA staff recommends significantly lower ozone standard | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency staff said Friday that the nation should tighten smog rules significantly, a step that would improve air quality in California but force costly new requirements on government and industry.
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Extinctions and permanent reductions in habitat quality are the costs we face.  In a global state of emergency, it is prudent to call on government and industry to contribute.  Enforceable requirements are only necessary if they refuse.

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Irreversible damage from climate change seen in leaked UN paper

Irreversible damage from climate change seen in leaked UN paper | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
LONDON — Humans risk causing irreversible and widespread damage to the planet unless there's faster action to limit the fossil fuel emissions that cause climate change, according to a leaked draft United Nations report.
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GR:  Climate scientists such as James Hansen (http://wp.me/p26kDO-7c2) and biologists such as E.O. Wilson (http://wp.me/p26kDO-7ZO) believe we are in the midst of an emergency.  More than climate change, we are reducing habitat through construction, farming, and grazing; we are aiding the takeover by invasive species (http://wp.me/p26kDO-4we), we are eliminating fresh water supplies for wildlife, and we are polluting the land, air, and water.  Where is the emergency response?

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Pasture Raised Eggs: the Humane, Sustainable Fiction

Pasture Raised Eggs: the Humane, Sustainable Fiction | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
We took a closer look at the claims and rhetoric of a model "humane," pasture raised egg farm.
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Here's an excellent review of the issues and problems with hen eggs.  Interesting to consider that chickens evolved in tropical forests, and are not at home in pens or pastures, and certainly not hen houses.

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Another Reason to Save Sea Otters: They’re Helping Fight Climate Change

Another Reason to Save Sea Otters: They’re Helping Fight Climate Change | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
The imperiled marine mammals preserve kelp forests, which absorb carbon from the atmosphere.
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The decline of Sea Otters reminds us that large animals play a large role in Earth ecosystems.  Unfortunately, the new human regime has hit them hardest.  Losing the ecosystem regulators probably accelerates the extinction of smaller species.

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Scientists study 'talking' turtles in Brazilian Amazon

Scientists study 'talking' turtles in Brazilian Amazon | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Turtles are well known for their longevity and protective shells, but it turns out these reptiles use sound to stick together and care for young, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society and other organizations.
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An Epic Move for Rhinos

An Epic Move for Rhinos | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
After much speculation as to whether or not it would happen, the South African government has made it official. They have approved moving 500 rhino out of Kruger National Park. Of the rhino to be m...
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Be sure to read Rhino Girl's closing remarks.  The possibility of corrupt intentions is very high.

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Tell Congress to protect tiger habitat | World Wildlife Fund

Tell Congress to protect tiger habitat | World Wildlife Fund | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

Forests are being destroyed and degraded at alarming rates—equivalent to 36 football fields every minute.

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This is one of those cases where winning doesn't get you very much.  What must we do?  We have to keep pushing our tired bureaucracy to get the job done!

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Rising From the Deep

Rising From the Deep | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Sharks Play An Important Role in Our Ecosystem
Everyone loves a movie with a good villain. Unfortunately, when a type of wildlife is cast in that role, it can lead to real-world challenges.
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Conservation groups to sue over wolverine decision

Conservation groups to sue over wolverine decision | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
A coalition of 13 conservation groups has filed notice that it will sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its decision to withdraw proposed protections for the wolverine.
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Having to sue for protection for a species that is down to a few hundred individuals should not be necessary.  Perhaps we need some new faces in the FWS.

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Tell USDA and President Obama to Stop Dow Chemical’s "Agent Orange" Crops

Tell USDA and President Obama to Stop Dow Chemical’s "Agent Orange" Crops | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
“Agent Orange” crops are genetically engineered by Dow Chemical to promote the use of 2,4-D, one of the herbicides in the toxic mixture Vietnam veteran's know as Agent Orange.
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