There is something so reprehensible about Canned hunting that people worldwide, from all walks of life, came together on March 15, 2014 to protest against it. ...
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In the second excerpt taken from the Introduction to This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein, the author calls the climate crisis a civilisational wake-up call to alter our economy, our lifestyles, now – before they get changed for us
Unless you are a climate-change skeptic (and I hope there aren't any left), you should read this. We are running out of time to prevent the worst effects of global warming. Some experts believe that we have only two more years to make the necessary changes. After that, nature will force us to change. In this article, Klein reviews the explanations for our failure to act on the warnings that scientists have been giving us, and argues that our free-market system is to blame.
Do we have only TWO YEARS to change our society? For years, I have been focusing on invasive species as the greatest danger to Earth ecosystems. The acceleration of global warming has overshadowed by the invasives. We may have only 24 months to make some big changes.
From this point forward, I will emphasize news that relates to fossil fuel emissions, climate change, and global warming. There are good news sources on the Internet. I've collected some of them into a Newsletter (http://garryrogers.com/climate-news) that will give you a place to start. I invite all of you to join efforts to deal with global warming on the Internet and in the streets. See you there.
Has global warming made it harder for environmentalists to care about conservation?
GR: Pretty good argument that there is no hope for preserving nature on Earth so we should get over it and do the few small temporary things that are possible.
Highly productive agriculture and the protection of biodiversity are hard to reconcile? A joint project involving BASF, farmers and agronomic experts reveals how modern farming can help to protect ecosystems.
GR: This story is misleading. Yes, farmers could do a better of protecting natural margins of their fields. They could also quit spreading artificial fertilizer and pesticides and pick up their hoes. Of course, they will argue they can't do that and produce enough food for all the hungry people. The number of hungry people is growing. And this means that farms must grow and natural areas and wildlife must fade away.
|Rescooped by Garry Rogers from Unit 3 Biodiversity under threat - Arctic - June 2015|
The 2000-2003 drought in the American southwest triggered a widespread die-off of forests around the region.
GR: Die offs are occurring at lower sites too. Substantial thinning is occurring in the pinion-juniper woodland and the interior chaparral.
Accounting for wildfire is essential in achieving an accurate and realistic calculation of the carbon payback period associated with converting forest biomass into energy, according to a new study.
GR: It seems to me that there are some hidden assumptions that make the results questionable. Perhaps the biggest IF is whether or not thinning to reduce fire danger is occurring. Thinning is often a prelude to tree harvest. IF it is, then the payback period would be increased by thinning.
Not clear that the elephant likes this guy. We might just be seeing trained responses. Kidnapped as a child, trained (probably beaten) by her new family, exhibited for years, and then abandoned with strangers, the only goosebumps should be those of sympathy for the elephant.
The seals are mainly killed for their pelts but hunters also sell their blubber, which is used to make ‘seal oil’ and sold as a health supplement, and the penises, which are a popular ingredient in aphrodisiacs in some Asian markets
From the article:
"Canada’s Fisheries Minister has yet again ignored sound science in favour of her political agenda," Ms Aldworth said.
"The Canadian government acknowledges that climate change is causing mass mortalities for these ice-dependent seals, yet is still endorsing the largest mass slaughter of marine mammals on the planet.
"Instead of setting irresponsible and unsustainable seal quotas, our government should take immediate steps to end the commercial seal slaughter through a federal sealing industry buyout."
u mTest your global warming knowledge with our climate science quiz.
This is informative. You may be surprised by some of the answers.
An animal rights group says one of Ontario's top chicken producers is engaging in inhumane practices.
Mercy for Animals say they have hidden camera footage of slaughtering practices at Maple Lodge Farms, despite a court order to treat their poultry with more care.
The Earth has lost half the population of all its wildlife since 1970. What has caused the decline, and what can we do to address the consequences? The animal population on the globe has more than halved in the past 40 years, according to a new report by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Their Living
We’re nearly halfway through the legislative session and the Florida House and Senate are releasing their respective budget plans. Many important budget issues are still in flux.
Hard to hear with ears stuffed full of money.