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NASA GISS Shows March 2014 Was Third Hottest on Record as Arctic Heatwave Spurs Siberian Fire Season to Early Start

NASA GISS Shows March 2014 Was Third Hottest on Record as Arctic Heatwave Spurs Siberian Fire Season to Early Start | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
  (NASA GISS Global Land-Ocean Temperature Anomaly vs the, already hotter than normal, 1951 to 1980 mean. Image source: NASA.) According to NASA's Global Land-Ocean Temperature Index, overall ...
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Balancing hydropower and biodiversity in the Amazon, Congo, and Mekong

Balancing hydropower and biodiversity in the Amazon, Congo, and Mekong | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
GR:  Why don't conservationists give up their pleas for river ecosystems.  After a century of effort, they should have learned that investors will do nothing that might jeopardize profits. From Science Policy Forum:  "The world's most biodiverse river basins—the Amazon, Congo, and Mekong—are experiencing an unprecedented boom in hydropower dam construction. These projects address important…
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Native Hawaiian Silverswords Threatened by Shifting Climate Patterns | National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center

Native Hawaiian Silverswords Threatened by Shifting Climate Patterns | National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

RT @Defenders: Native Hawaiian Silverswords Threatened by Shifting #ClimateChange https://t.co/j4g8TojRRB #Hawaii

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Help save RHINO from extinction
Stop poaching RHINO HORN for MEDICINE

Help save RHINO from extinction<br/>Stop poaching RHINO HORN for MEDICINE | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

Rhino poaching has escalated in recent years and is being driven by the demand for rhino horn in asian countries, particularly Vietnam.

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Fish farming gobbles up phosphorus

Fish farming gobbles up phosphorus | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

PHOSPHORUS: The projected growth in aquaculture production in Norway could drastically increase phosphorus losses and emissions to water bodies and also make the country more dependent on imported raw materials.But what if that phosphorus...

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How Investors Can Prepare for Climate Change

How Investors Can Prepare for Climate Change | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

The scientific consensus is in: climate change is occurring and getting worse. Climate change encompasses global warming, increased presence of.

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Take Climate Action

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Ensuring the protection of the world’s forests is a huge challenge. Unilever believes the products we all enjoy should be made in a way that does not harm our forests.

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Churchill Photos of the Week | Churchill Polar Bears

Churchill Photos of the Week  | Churchill Polar Bears | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Although the heart of winter has really just begun in Churchill, we are starting to dream of summer and the Arctic secrets revealed during the warmer months.

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Wildlife: Wintry weather to take toll on Colorado mule deer

Wildlife: Wintry weather to take toll on Colorado mule deer | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Harsh winter conditions in northwestern Colorado may take a toll on already struggling mule deer herds, state biologists said last week, explaining that they’ve started a limited feeding program to try and keep ungulates from invading cattle grazing areas.
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GR:  This was NOT overheard in a U. S. Forest Service Office:  "Deer might die, but please don't feed them. They must not develop any dependency on us.  Moreover, you can rest assured that we will not let them eat a single weed that a cow might want.  The deer might die, but that's nature.  They're used to harsh winters, and we must protect the valuable cows."

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Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory To Host We Are The Insects Exhibit

Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory To Host We Are The Insects Exhibit | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

Exhibition to Include Public Workshops on Role and Benefit Provided by these Biodiversity Champions News from Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission Posted February 8th, 2016 on Niagara At Large Niagara Falls, Ontario - The Niagara Parks Commission...

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New Commission proposal puts EU on path from hero to zero to address global mercury crisis

New Commission proposal puts EU on path from hero to zero to address global mercury crisis | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The European Commission has quietly launched its new mercury package on 2nd February 2016 [1], moving the EU a step closer towards ratifying the Minamata Convention, a UN treaty to stamp out mercury [2]. While the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) welcomes the new package, its content fails to meet even the lowest of expectations.

“We are deeply disappointed with this bare-bones proposal from the Commission,” said Elena Lymberidi-Settimo, Zero Mercury Campaign Project Manager. “Under the guise of Better Regulation, it is putting the EU on an embarrassing path from hero to zero in addressing the global mercury threat. The proposal effectively ignores a public consultation, progressive industry voices, and even the scientific findings of its own impact assessment.”
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Moorland Forum - Understanding Predation Report Launch

Moorland Forum - Understanding Predation Report Launch | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

Framing a new dialogue for biodiversity: science and local knowledge https://t.co/wWXE28S37p #BTO #GWCT #RSPB #NGO https://t.co/3Mk3cRlpT4...

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GR:  This work begins with an inventory of a select group of species.  And this is where research on the factors contributing to species numbers must begin (http://wp.me/p26kDO-xC).  Predation is mentioned, but many other factors could be involved.  Human impacts through habitat use and removal, climate change, toxic chemicals, livestock, and recreation are just a few of the possible explanations for wildlife population changes..

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A global evaluation of forest interior area dynamics using tree cover data from 2000 to 2012 | SRS Publication

A global evaluation of forest interior area dynamics using tree cover data from 2000 to 2012 | SRS Publication | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Conclusion Forest area loss alone from 2000 to 2012 underestimates ecological risks from forest fragmentation. In addition to the direct loss of forest, there was a widespread shift of the remaining global forest to a more fragmented condition.
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Climate Change Is Leaving Native Plants Behind : DNews

Climate Change Is Leaving Native Plants Behind : DNews | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

“Plants and animals aren’t moving together in sync,” University of Connecticut ornithologist Morgan Tingley, who has studied the shifting ranges of native birds in parts of California, said after reading the new paper.

“This leads us to suspect that ecological communities are breaking down and disassembling,” Tingley said. “It’s a worrying possibility, and one that we don’t yet know the consequences of.”

"The native plants were also found to be moving more slowly into higher altitudes than their invasive counterparts, one in four of which were found to be spreading uphill."

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Guess which country is least concerned about climate change?

Guess which country is least concerned about climate change? | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

Climate change and global warming are part of the everyday lexicon, despite the causes and extent of the ‘change’ being disputed. Across different countries concern varies.

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Applaud Researchers Working Toward Replacing Animal Testing

Applaud Researchers Working Toward Replacing Animal Testing | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

Researchers have been working towards more humane methods of toxicity testing, moving away from using animal organs. Applaud their efforts and encourage them to continue their research and perfect the process.

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End Sale of Marsupials at State Fair

End Sale of Marsupials at State Fair | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

A company seeks to sell innocent sugar gliders, which are small, nocturnal marsupials, at a state fair. These animals belong in the wild and not in people's homes. Sign this petition to end the sale of sugar gliders at Florida's state fair.

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Of parrots, paint and public awareness | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 10.02.2016

Of parrots, paint and public awareness | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 10.02.2016 | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

Reputed to be home to the greatest range of biodiversity of any country in the world, Costa Rica is a natural paradise. Artist Manuel E Gonzalez aims to transport these riches onto canvas.

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EARTHWORKS

EARTHWORKS | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine threatens the clear waters and biodiverse forests of Northern Minnesota.

Government regulators have failed to adequately address the impacts this mine poses to our water, land, wildlife or air, leaving Minnesota at risk.

Now, the federal government wants to give our National Forest land to Polymet in a federal land exchange, turning beautiful forest into an ugly open pit mine.


Superior National Forest, MN.

PolyMet's proposed mine is bad for wildlife, bad for habitat, and bad for Minnesota.

TAKE ACTION: Tell MN-DNR to protect our natural treasures from mining!

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There is a petition you can sign too (http://www.care2.com/news/member/862450128/3953230).

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Japan and the whale - BBC News

Japan and the whale - BBC News | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
It is probably the one issue that brings more international condemnation on Japan than any other. The BBC's Rupert Wingfield- Hayes asks why Japan keeps on whaling?

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Forest Service at 'Tipping Point' Because of Wildfires

Forest Service at 'Tipping Point' Because of Wildfires | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

The agency says it needs more funding in the wake of climate change

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New figures uncover the hidden truth behind 'green' Rural Development funding

New figures uncover the hidden truth behind 'green' Rural Development funding | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

"Analysis (1) carried out by the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and BirdLife Europe has revealed a one billion euro (2) fall in the actual amount of funding for Rural Development (3) measures meant to benefit the environment on farmland. This comes despite a pledge from the EU that the whole Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is greener than ever.

"As well as showing a reduction compared with the previous funding period, the findings also highlight that the environmental quality of some measures is very poor and in several of the analysed cases is not properly targeted.

"Rural Development Policy is widely seen as the most positive side of the CAP as it has the best potential to deliver environmental benefits on farmland by offering Member States the possibility to target their programmes to specific environmental needs. However, the analysis shows that this potential has been mostly disregarded."

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New On-line Classes and Models

New On-line Classes and Models | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

My free online class on Coursera.org entitled Global Warming I: The Science and Modeling of Climate Change has already served 45,000 people (started, not finished) in the four times that it's run.

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El Niño wreaks havoc in Colombia

El Niño wreaks havoc in Colombia | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

Droughts and forest fires are severely damaging Colombia's crops, economy and way of life.

Experts are blaming the recent high temperatures and lack of rainfall on El Niño, a repeated climatic phenomenon which sees a rise in...

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Great Lakes nearly devoid of ice as El Nino-influenced warmth dominates early winter

Great Lakes nearly devoid of ice as El Nino-influenced warmth dominates early winter | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
As of Feb. 2, 2016, the total ice coverage on the Great Lakes was less than 6 percent, just a fraction of what it was at the start of February in 2014 and 2015, according to the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL).
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Sea-level rise 'could last twice as long as human history'

Sea-level rise 'could last twice as long as human history' | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

“The long-term view sends the chilling message of what the real risks and consequences are of the fossil fuel era,” said Prof Thomas Stocker, at the University of Bern, Switzerland and also part of the research team. “It will commit us to massive adaptation efforts so that for many, dislocation and migration becomes the only option.”

"The report, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, notes most research looks at the impacts of global warming by 2100 and so misses one of the biggest consequences for civilisation - the long-term melting of polar ice caps and sea-level rise.

"This is because the great ice sheets take thousand of years to react fully to higher temperatures. The researchers say this long-term view raises moral questions about the kind of environment being passed down to future generations.

"The research shows that even with climate change limited to 2C by tough emissions cuts, sea level would rise by 25 metres over the next 2,000 years or so and remain there for at least 10,000 years - twice as long as human history. If today’s burning of coal, oil and gas is not curbed, the sea would rise by 50m, completely changing the map of the world."

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GR:  This report focuses on sea level.  It reaffirms previous realizations by climate scientists that even after we stop adding CO2 to the atmosphere and limit global temperature rise to 2C, sea level will keep rising for thousands of years.  That's not all, extreme storms, droughts, fires, and disease outbreaks, and the extinction of wildlife and ecosystems will also continue.  As frightening as this is, many have acknowledged that 2C is an optimistic value.  Human nature (avarice) and the inertia of our grow-or-die civilization will take us past 2C.  There is no doubt now that we have condemned our descendants to a stark future of uncertain survival. Thus we belatedly learn that the American Dream was a Pandora's Box nightmare the pursuit of which has doomed human civilization to regret lasting for a thousand generations or more.

We may see civilization collapse before the seas rise by 150 feet.  A growing number of scientists foresee that our growing population and shrinking resources will soon join climate change as major destructors of our current economic, social, and cultural systems, our civilization (http://wp.me/p26kDO-j2l).

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T:  Even if global temperature rise is limited to 2C, the oceans will rise 75 feet

FB:  Like a kettle on the stove, current CO2 levels guarantee that global warming, sea-level rise, and wildlife extinctions will continue for thousands of years.

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