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Fact Attack: Endangered Species No. 111 - Dorcas Gazelle

Fact Attack: Endangered Species No. 111 - Dorcas Gazelle | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
  "We cannot have peace among men whose hearts delight in killing any living creature. By every act that glorifies or even tolerates such moronic delight in killing we set back the progress of...
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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's Great White Sharks Need Our Help, Not Our Fear

California's Great White Sharks Need Our Help, Not Our Fear | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

About the Petition

The number of adult great whites swimming off our Pacific Coast is alarmingly low, and they are losing their pups to deadly gillnets. If something doesn't change, they could disappear forever.

We shouldn't be scared of sharks, we should be scared for them.

Great whites help keep the ocean food web healthy and stable as they hunt their prey. Our oceans need sharks. We're petitioning the state of California to protect great whites as an endangered species. Please help us protect these iconic sharks — before it's too late.

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Please sign the petition.

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FUKUSHIMA UPDATE | First InFORM Samples Collected to Track Fukushima Radionuclides

FUKUSHIMA UPDATE | First InFORM Samples Collected to Track Fukushima Radionuclides | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

"In addition to the citizen scientist sampling network that is under construction the other pillar of the InFORM project is the collection of samples in the open North Pacific and Arctic Oceans.  The first samples for radionuclide analyses were collected by University of Victoria undergraduate student Kathryn Purdon on the first leg of the icebreaker CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier’s annual operations in Canada’s far North. Continue...."

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Here is a good source of information from outside the government/industry system. 

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Thomas Piketty, climate change and discounting our future

Thomas Piketty, climate change and discounting our future | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

"French economist Thomas Piketty and his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century are a global publishing phenomenon. But while Piketty’s writing on wealth inequality has been widely debated, far fewer people know that he has some useful things to say about climate change and public capital."

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This is a sad example of the type of professional economist debates that have given economics such a poor reputation.  The debate here is not about the immediate emergency need to stop the irreversible extinction of Earth's species; it is about when the monetary costs of climate change will be paid.

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Celebrate World Elephant Day With 5 Great Organizations Working to Save Them | Care2 Causes

Celebrate World Elephant Day With 5 Great Organizations Working to Save Them | Care2 Causes | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
August 12 is World Elephant Day, which means it’s a great time to recognize the many ways elephants are important. After all, elephants are known as a “keystone species,” meaning that plants, other...
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Here are some elephant conservation organizations you can visit to show support.

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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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You Might Be a Wildlife Rehabilitator If...

You Might Be a Wildlife Rehabilitator If... | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

you do a quick u-turn when you notice flashing car lights and police officers in the middle of a busy road wondering what to do with a large snapping turtle stranded in the middle of four lanes.


you know how to handle a snapping turtle, and you happen to have a carrier for it in your car.  (See http://mefurr.wordpress.com/2014/05/13/a-snap-decision/.)


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This is a role that most humans should play.  We have the brains, and wildlife need us.  Thank you Melanie.

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Last 250-300 Wolverines in Lower-48 Denied Protection | Defenders of Wildlife

Last 250-300 Wolverines in Lower-48 Denied Protection | Defenders of Wildlife | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

"WASHINGTON – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today denied protections for the rare wolverine under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), potentially jeopardizing the species’ long-term survival in the lower-48 states. Although the Service proposed to list wolverines as “threatened” in 2013 citing a primary threat of reduced habitat and range from climate change, the agency today said wolverines do not warrant a listing due to uncertainty about the effects of climate change on the animals, a claim disputed by conservation groups."

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When a species' numbers get this low, there can be no denying that it is endangered.  Without protection, trapping and habitat disruption by human activity will extinguish this fine example of nature's art.  Has the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service no feelings for wildlife?


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Online Guidebook To Ecosystem Services Concepts for Federal Resource Managers and Planners

Online Guidebook To Ecosystem Services Concepts for Federal Resource Managers and Planners | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

The FRMES project will culminate with publication of an online guidebook describing what ecosystem services are and why their identification and valuation can be useful to federal resource managers and planners. The guidebook provides a framework and methodology for ensuring consistent and credible application of the ecosystem services concept to planning and management efforts. It includes descriptions of how federal agencies are exploring or applying an ecosystem services framework. Laying the groundwork for the guidebook are two papers that explain how the Federal Land Management and Policy Act of 1976 and the National Environmental Policy Act enable or limit agencies’ incorporation of ecosystem services approaches into federal planning and management processes.

The FRMES Guidebook will be unveiled at the A Community on Ecosystem Services Conference in Washington, D.C., December 8–12, 2014. Several events at the conference will focus on this guidebook including:

  • A pre-conference workshop delving into some of the methods for integrating ecosystem services into planning processes
  • A special session reviewing how agencies are integrating ecosystem services into planning and management activities
  • A special session discussing the data and modeling infrastructure needed to successfully conduct ecosystem services assessments nationwide
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Concerned scientists have been working hard to bring nature conservation into mainstream land use management.  The work has been focused on defining the value of nature to humans.  How many dollars is a watershed worth, and so on.  This year and next, the project will issue several publications that may help in the battles to save the species that make ecosystems work.

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Support for fracking has declined to 24 per cent, energy department finds - Telegraph

Support for fracking has declined to 24 per cent, energy department finds - Telegraph | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Less than a quarter of the public now supports shale gas extraction, energy department research suggests, contradicting findings from an industry-backed poll
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Cameron's support for fracking is typical of governments everywhere that are controlled by energy companies willing to sacrifice the environment for economic benefits.  Cameron is going to find it more and more difficult to support fracking as negative public attitudes increase.


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