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Wildlife response to climate change is likely underestimated, experts warn

Wildlife response to climate change is likely underestimated, experts warn | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Analyzing thousands of breeding bird surveys sent in by citizen scientists across the western United States and Canada over 35 years, wildlife researchers report that most of the 40 songbird species they studied shifted either northward or toward...
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The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Updates

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Updates | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

Rapid response to any wildlife emergency is vital in determining the ultimate outcome of any mission.  Every week the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust/Kenya Wildlife Service field teams operating within the greater Tsavo Conservation Area are tasked with the huge responsibility of ensuring Tsavo’s elephants and wild species have the protection they need in order to survive the increasing pressures of poaching, human-wildlife conflict and habitat destruction.

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This is an effective operation.  Go to http://sheldrickwildlifetrust.org and share the site.

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Wind Energy Now Cheaper than Coal

Wind Energy Now Cheaper than Coal | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
“Wind power today is cheaper than other forms of energy, not least because of a big commitment and professionalism in the field. This is true both for researchers, companies and politicians.”
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The King's Decree of 7-28-14, "Regarding the United States Navy and the destruction of Hawai'i's marine environment"

The King's Decree of 7-28-14, "Regarding the United States Navy and the destruction of Hawai'i's marine environment" | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

This letter (decree/edict) was written by Ali’i Nui Mō`ī Edmund K. Silva, Jr. Selected highlights are below (bolding is the King's).


"...the U.S. government has no spiritual or ancestral ties to these islands, as myself and my people do, they have raped and pillaged these lands and our oceans with absolutely no regard for the effect such heinous actions will have on our future generations. This abhorrent behavior will no longer be tolerated, as the Kingdom cares deeply for the land, the oceans, and all walks of life, both human and animal, which inhabit this archipelago."

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Negatives of Neonicotinoids

Negatives of Neonicotinoids | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Insecticides eliminate pollinators and they are correlated with bird decline.
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"The history of modern synthetic insecticides is filled with instances of insecticide overuse for short-term gain leading to resistance and loss of sustainable value.”

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Oppose Montana Fur Farm

Oppose Montana Fur Farm | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Raising wild animals to harvest their fur for luxury clothing is an outrageous act of cruelty. Tell the Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Department to deny the request.
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Please give your opinion to the Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks Department.

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Tiger Day starts an Avaaz petition to close Chinese tiger farms

Tiger Day starts an Avaaz petition to close Chinese tiger farms | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
No tiger cub deserves to be born into a life of suffering and eventually be killed for its fur, and other parts used for "chinese magic" or bogus potions.

"China is allowing the sale of captive-bred tiger skins and body parts. They are denying a UN agreement which calls for such trade to be banned. The conditions in these farms are horrible!Images appeared on in our mailbox showing deceased tigers from these camps. Our staff was shocked but decided to publish them. Warning, these images are not for the weak-hearted.

"Something needs to be done! There are just 3200 wild tigers living in the wild and over 5000 held captive in these tiger farms! These creatures deserve a worthy life and we want to give it to them. If we move as one, we can make a change! "


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During the past century we lost 97% of all wild tigers. Habitat loss and hunting eliminated 97,000 of the 100,000 tigers we had a century ago.  At this rate, all tigers living in the wild will be extinct in 10 years! Celebrate International Tiger Day and encourage others to join in.

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Cheetahs Are Being Wiped Out, and Selfies Are to Blame

Cheetahs Are Being Wiped Out, and Selfies Are to Blame | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
 THIS IS A HUGE PART AS TO WHY WE ARE LOSING ARE CHEETAHS FOR REASONS LIKE THIS!!!!!!! THIS IS A DISGRACE!!! AND FOR WHAT?! JUST TO HAVE THESE DEAR LITTLE SOULS DIE................ >>>>...
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Protect Ocean Animals from Plastic Pollution

Protect Ocean Animals from Plastic Pollution | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Target: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Goal: Save seals, birds and other animals from more than one trillion pieces of plastic released by melting ice *This petition is in collaboration with Care2, thereby allowing all signatures to appear...
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Hundreds of animals disappear as humans multiply

Hundreds of animals disappear as humans multiply | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
As the number of humans on Earth has nearly doubled over the past four decades, the number of bugs, slugs, worms and crustaceans has declined by 45 per cent, say researchers.


Meanwhile, the larger loss of wildlife big and small across the planet may be a key driver of growing violence and unrest, said another study in the journal Science as part of a special series on disappearing animals.


Invertebrates are important to the Earth because they pollinate crops, control pests, filter water and add nutrients to the soil.

The decline of invertebrates is similar to that of land-based vertebrates, according to an analysis of scientific literature by an international team including Ben Collen of University College London.

Among animals with backbones that live on land, 322 species have disappeared in the past five centuries, and the remaining species show about a 25 per cent decline in abundance.

"We were shocked to find similar losses in invertebrates as with larger animals, as we previously thought invertebrates to be more resilient," says Collen.

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The numbers are staggering.  Every new bit of research shows it's worse than I thought.  Every bit of good news is so small compared to the bad.  We have to stay engaged--sign the petitions, send the emails, make the calls. 

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Say NO to Risky Arctic Drilling - Ocean Conservancy

Say NO to Risky Arctic Drilling - Ocean Conservancy | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

The U.S. government is starting to prepare a five-year program—spanning the years 2017 to 2022—that could open the Arctic Ocean to oil and gas drilling. Stand with us against new oil and gas leasing and protect the animals and people who depend on a clean, healthy Arctic Ocean.

Tell the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to say no to risky Arctic drilling.

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Fossil fuels pollute our air and water.  Overfishing, ocean acidification, and other human activities are already harming marine life.  Let's stop looking for oil and clean up the mess we've already made.  Please sign the petition.

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Invasive Plants Are Destroying North American Desert Ecosystems

Invasive Plants Are Destroying North American Desert Ecosystems | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

Introduction to Invasive Plants in Deserts


One or a few species of invasive plants can replace native plant communities across entire landscapes. Biodiversity and stability of vegetation, soils, and wildlife decline dramatically. Once the replacement is complete, it is difficult to restore the original species. In some instances, the replacement is so widespread there are not enough resources available to achieve restoration. The loss is permanent.


Invasive non-native species are a central management concern for all wild land managers because they “threaten biodiversity and other ecological functions and values” (Warner et al. 2003). This statement represents a consensus by the scientists and land managers concerned with natural ecosystems (e.g., Mau-Crimmins et al. 2005). Native vegetation is more diverse, resilient, and persistent than invasive plant vegetation; it provides food and cover for wildlife, absorbs precipitation, increases water storage, protects soil, reduces flooding and sedimentation, and helps maintain air and water quality. According to the Sonoran Institute: “Invasive species are the second most significant threat to biological diversity after direct habitat loss”.

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GR:  Invasive species, like storm troopers leading the surging ruin of global warming, are demolishing Earth’s ecosystems.

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With No Relief in Sight, Extreme to Exceptional Drought Now Covers Over 80 Percent of California

With No Relief in Sight, Extreme to Exceptional Drought Now Covers Over 80 Percent of California | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
It's no longer a question of 100% drought coverage for the stricken state of California. That barrier was crossed months ago. Today, it's how severe that drought coverage has become. And in a state...
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Excellent article.

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Climate Model Shows Australia’s Rainfall Decline Due To Human-Caused Climate Change

Climate Model Shows Australia’s Rainfall Decline Due To Human-Caused Climate Change | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Simulating natural and human-caused climate drivers, scientists showed that the decline in rainfall is primarily a response to human-caused increases in greenhouse gases as well as a thinning of th...
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Deer at Coldwater Farm

Deer at Coldwater Farm | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
We have two new fawns!
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Climate Change? Nothing to worry about !!

Climate Change?  Nothing to worry about !! | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
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Protect tigers: Keep them out of American backyards | World Wildlife Fund

Protect tigers: Keep them out of American backyards | World Wildlife Fund | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Remind President Obama that our government's inaction to close loopholes on captive tigers leaves wild tigers--and people--vulnerable.
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GR:  Today is International Tiger Day (http://bit.ly/WZDSsv).  Please sign the WWF petition for regulation of captive tigers in the U.S.  And remember to sign the AVAAZ petition to close Chinese tiger farms (http://bit.ly/1nLlPRY).

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RACOON DOGS: Under the knife

RACOON DOGS: Under the knife | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

China has virtually no animal protection laws and is flooding the market with “budget” fur. Chinese exporters frequently label cat or dog fur as “faux fur” or as fur from a different species to circumvent international law.

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How Monsanto and biotech companies violate the Nuremberg Code with inhumane experiments on humans

How Monsanto and biotech companies violate the Nuremberg Code with inhumane experiments on humans | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

"The basic human rights protections established by the Nuremberg Code, which was adopted immediately after the end of World War II, continue to serve as a global template for how human beings are to be treated by the scientific community. But the modern equivalent of the Holocaust is now taking form under the guise of feeding the world and saving the planet, with Monsanto and others in the biotech industry routinely testing their chemicals and faux foods on the public without informed consent, just like amoral scientists did in the death camps.


"As far as medical experiments go, every individual has the right under the Code to consent, or not, to being used in scientific trials or tests that involve toying around with new or unusual substances. This constitutes the essence of the Code, which expressly prohibits human experimentation unless the person being experimented on first gives his or her permission, with full disclosure of any potential adverse events."

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The Nuremberg Code does not protect nonhuman species, but since other species influence human health, it should.

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International Tiger Day Poster

International Tiger Day Poster | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
The official International Tiger Day Poster for 2013.
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GR:  During the past century, we lost 97% of all wild tigers. Habitat loss and hunting eliminated 97,000 of the 100,000 tigers we had a century ago.  At this rate, all tigers living in the wild will be extinct in 10 years! Celebrate International Tiger Day and encourage others to join in.

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A Mountain Lion Kitten is Killed in Nebraska ~ Rest in Peace Young Soul xox

A Mountain Lion Kitten is Killed in Nebraska ~ Rest in Peace Young Soul xox | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

Via - Mountain Lion Foundation A Mountain Lion Kitten is Killed in Nebraska www.mountainlion.org Fearing for the safety of his two children, a Father shot and killed a 5-month old, 30 pound, female mountain lion kitten.

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Global Biodiversity Losses May Need to be Stopped with More Drastic Measures - Science World Report

Global Biodiversity Losses May Need to be Stopped with More Drastic Measures - Science World Report | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Science World Report Global Biodiversity Losses May Need to be Stopped with More Drastic Measures Science World Report The researchers examined the growing role that "conservation translocation," which is the movement and release of plants and...
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Scientists roll up your sleeves.   University of Florida:  Require physical strength in those new hires.  Biodiversity needs some real help.

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The NOAA Ocean Acidification Program | Environm...

The NOAA Ocean Acidification Program | Environm... | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Too much acid in the ocean is bad news for sea life. Acid eats away at calcium carbonate, the primary ingredient of shells and skeletons that many ocean animals depend on for survival. The shell pictured here is a victim of this process.
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DiCaprio Raises $25 Million to Protect Environment | Ecorazzi

DiCaprio Raises $25 Million to Protect Environment | Ecorazzi | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Leonardo DiCaprio has friends in high places, which comes in handy when he’s trying to raise money to save the planet. The award winning actor raised $25 million on Wednesday to protect the environ...
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Again, leadership comes from outside government.  Thank you Leonardo.

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Julia Connor's curator insight, July 26, 7:22 AM

High profile supporters might Will make people think more. Good job Leo.

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Why We Need to Save Wildlife to Save Ourselves

Why We Need to Save Wildlife to Save Ourselves | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Midway through the new special issue of Science, about the global loss of wildlife, my heart caught on this idea: We now live with a steady, imperceptible loss “in people’s expectations of what the...
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The essence of Aldo Leopold's "Land Ethic" is that human acceptance of the equality of other creatures is essential for the survival of all.

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Eben Lenderking's curator insight, July 25, 6:00 AM

Compelling argument for respect for the natural environment.

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How fussy pandas maintain a balanced bamboo diet

How fussy pandas maintain a balanced bamboo diet | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Pandas are famously fussy eaters, but new research suggests there is method to their madness, with the animals switching between different species and parts of bamboo plants to maintain a balanced diet and reproduce.
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