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"Extreme Huntress" and hunting's flimsy facade

"Extreme Huntress" and hunting's flimsy facade | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

Kathleen Stachowski   Other Nations.  "How extreme does one have to be to earn the title of "Extreme Huntress"? Don't let the diminutive -ess suffix trick you into thinking this title is a shoddy substitute for the real (male) deal. These women will get up off their childbirth bed to score a trophy–and tote two-week-old Junior along for the thrill of the kill."

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GR:  If we do not find ways to curb the killer defect in humans, one day we will be placing Mountain Lions on the endangered species list and then on another day they will all be gone.

Visit the Animal Blawg for this story, and note the fine list of animal rights resources on the sidebar.

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V. C. Bestor's curator insight, June 22, 2014 8:30 PM

These women belly up to the lowest-set bar.

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'Frightening' findings foretell ills for ecosystems

'Frightening' findings foretell ills for ecosystems | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

"When it comes to determining the causes negatively affecting the biodiversity of our ecosystems, a new interdisciplinary study at Western is putting numbers behind the devastation. And it's not good.

The study's lead author, recent PhD graduate Beth Hundey (Geography), showed, for the first time, that 70 per cent of nitrates in high mountain lakes in Utah are from human-caused sources – with fertilizers having, by far, the most impact at 60 per cent, along with another 10 per cent caused by fossil fuels. The research suggests these findings could apply to other mountain ranges in western North America."


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GR:  Putting fine points on specific human impacts is truly important, but we also need to search for ways to pierce the polluters' political armor. We need to act, and we need to do it now.

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NUCLEAR POWER and RADIOACTIVE WASTES - theme for February 16

NUCLEAR POWER and RADIOACTIVE WASTES  - theme for February 16 | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The world faces a dangerous and ever more pressing problem – nuclear wastes.

The logical steps to deal with nuclear wastes are:

1. Stop making the stuff. Close down the commercial and military nuclear reactors that produce plutonium and other long-lived radioactive materials

2. Choose the “least worst” option to dispose of the existing nuclear wastes – (a) Interim storage of radioactive wastes into above ground containers (b) Deep burial underground permanent repositories.
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Copper Mountain eyes alpine coaster amusement ride

Copper Mountain eyes alpine coaster amusement ride | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

More snowmaking, bike trails to be studied by Forest Service Staff Report Citing a lack of recreational opportunities at Copper Mountain, the U.S.

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GR:  Wiping out natural vegetation for recreation and for the benefit of a commercial resort at a time when half all Earth's animals have disappeared is wrong.  Close the trails and concentrate on protecting wildlife and its habitat.

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Officials say foxes on California islands back from near-extinction

Officials say foxes on California islands back from near-extinction | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

LOS ANGELES — Federal wildlife officials recommended Friday that three fox subspecies native to California's Channel Islands be removed from the endangered species, saying their ...

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It’s scary; drought disaster as Somalis lose 80% of their animals and buy a little water for $120

It’s scary; drought disaster as Somalis lose 80% of their animals and buy a little water for $120 | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

It’s scary; drought disaster as Somalis lose 80% of their animals and buy a little water for $120

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Volunteers want to help fix damage at Malheur refuge | The Columbian

Volunteers want to help fix damage at Malheur refuge | The Columbian | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

Oregon conservation groups say volunteers are lining up to help reverse damage done to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge during the ongoing occupation.
At the end of January, the Oregon Natural Desert Association put out a call for volunteers...

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Here’s What Happened to the Exxon-funded EU Think Tanks After It Pledged Not To Fund Climate Denial

Here’s What Happened to the Exxon-funded EU Think Tanks After It Pledged Not To Fund Climate Denial | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

This is the second part of DeSmog UK’s series mapping Exxon’s ties to EU think tanks and lobby groups. Here we explore what happened to Exxon’s EU think tank ties after it pledged to stop funding climate denial.

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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, February 13, 12:45 PM

Interesting that some of the European "think" tanks seem to be folding and/or having a much harder time getting started.  Contrast this to the situation in the mid-1990s.

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Vascular plants - Biodiversity Ireland

Vascular plants - Biodiversity Ireland | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

National Vascular Plant Database Spring flowering plants project: can you help by submitting records of these plants in 2016?

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Call to abandon WA's new biodiversity laws

Call to abandon WA's new biodiversity laws | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

Western Australia's new biodiversity laws should be abandoned because of the power they hand to the Environment Minister and Department of Parks and Wildlife chief executive, opponents say.

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No politicians deciding our fate please.

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Lawrence Solomon: It's 'game over' for global warming activists

Lawrence Solomon: It's 'game over' for global warming activists | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

The climate change industry has no hope for a comeback with Obama leaving office and the world yawning over the hottest year on record

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Solomon's article carries hint of regret for devastation of Earth--or is that just me?

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Analysis: How BP's energy outlook has changed after the Paris agreement - Carbon Brief

Analysis: How BP's energy outlook has changed after the Paris agreement - Carbon Brief | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Carbon Brief explores why the 2016 BP energy outlook appears impervious to the Paris climate agreement, the world's first universal, global commitment to cut emissions.
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Instead of drastic cuts in CO2 emissions, BP predicts global emissions fall less than 3% by 2035.

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Even a Monster El Nino Can't Beat the Southwest Drought

Even a Monster El Nino Can't Beat the Southwest Drought | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
For those who follow weather, it's a rather strange and disturbing story. A powerful Pacific Ocean storm forms about 500 miles south of the Aleutian Islands. Heavily laden with rains, strong winds, and trailing a long squall line, the system takes aim at the US West Coast. It's a burly beast of a thing. Pumped…
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Wildlife

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Hunters have Bagged 10 000 Lions in Africa Since 2003 Given that in Africa wild lions are in catastrophic decline–the latest International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) figures suggest that fewer than 20 000 remain – it may...

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Hope for scrub jays?

Hope for scrub jays? | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

Only 15 Florida scrub jays remain at Oscar Scherer State Park, but a panel of bird experts found reason for hope Saturday at the 7th annual Scrub Jay Festival.The first line of defense is preservation of scrub habitat, which continues at Oscar...

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Indigenous communities enhance biodiversity

Indigenous communities enhance biodiversity | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

Traditional farming methods of indigenous people in Malaysia preserve tree species and attract more larger mammals.

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Now if they could just stop their bulging population, their future and the future of the forest would last a few more generations.

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U.S. Forest Service Stretched After Record Wildfires Year

U.S. Forest Service Stretched After Record Wildfires Year | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

"The U.S. Forest Service has warned it is at the “tipping point” of a crisis in dealing with escalating wildfires and diseases that are ravaging America’s increasingly fragile forest ecosystems.

"The federal agency, which manages 193 million acres of forest, will plead once again for more funding from Congress, in the wake of a devastating 2015 that saw record swaths of forest engulfed in flames.

"A total of 10.1 million acres were burned last year, a figure that is double the typical losses seen 30 years ago. During this time, the average fire season in the U.S. has lengthened by 78 days, with scientists predicting that the amount of forest razed by fire will double by 2050."

Garry Rogers's insight:

GR:  This is one example of the public being charged for climate change caused by greenhouse emissions.  Oil and gas producers, energy producers, automakers, climate deniers, and individual congressmen should pay for the Forest Service's increased costs.

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One More Time – Here Is A Video That Tells It Like It Is When It Comes To The Serious Threat This Thing Government Reps Call “Biodiversity Offsetting” Poses To Niagara’s Natural Wetlands

One More Time – Here Is A Video That Tells It Like It Is When It Comes To The Serious Threat This Thing Government Reps Call “Biodiversity Offsetting” Poses To Niagara’s Natural Wetlands | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

"The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority – a government body created by the Province of Ontario decades ago and stacked with board members appointed by municipal governments in the region – is floating the idea of destroying at least some of that’s left of Niagara’s natural wetlands to make way for more development.
Only about 10 to 15 per cent of Niagara's wetlands - vital to the survival of many birds, fish and other wildlife - remain in Niagara and a regional 'Conservation Authority" is now looking at "offsetting" to make way for development. Photo by Doug Draper

"Only about 10 to 15 per cent of Niagara’s wetlands – vital to the survival of many birds, fish and other wildlife – remain in Niagara and a regional ‘Conservation Authority” is now looking at “offsetting” to make way for development. Photo by Doug Draper

"The NPCA says it is thinking of taking this idea to the provincial government for approval under the guise of something called “biodiversity offsetting” which involves (as best as one can determine from an explanation offered by Conservation Authority’s chief administrative officer Carmen D’Angelo at a public meeting this January) replacing some wetland for development and replacing it somewhere else with something the same or similar that someone would construct.
More than 200 citizens attended the January meeting, many of them to express their concern or outright opposition to the idea. And when one citizen asked NPCA representatives flat out for a definition of “biodivesity offsetting,” one Conservation Authority member stood to say they do not yet have a full definition of the term."

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Experience has taught me that most governments represent business interests dominated by desire for short-term profits and growth-at-all-costs.  When individuals take public office, their new power over the wealth of the people elevates them to the society of investors and developers. Rather than becoming advisers that help the wealthy control their avarice, they become students and tools of the wealthy.  Whatever original thoughts they had about stability and sustainability fade away. There are exceptions, but they are rare and fleeting.

The only solution is heavy public participation and opposition to development proposals.  Without overwhelming threats from large numbers of people, individuals in governments will be most strongly influenced by their new society—the rich and ambitious.  Activism is the answer.

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Garry Rogers's comment, Today, 12:20 PM
They'll never run out of natural causes: Sunspots, 25-year axial precession, continental drift (no scratch that--the Earth isn't that oldl), seven-year El NIno cycle, elliptical orbit, planetary alignment, the devil, singing bushes, or, you know, the almighty himself. It's not and never could be Exxon!
pdeppisch's comment, Today, 1:01 PM
Could it be Exxon? Never! Except of course the CEO has mumbled about humans needing to adapt. But that will be after his watch, eh! If our civilization goes down - they go with it! Did I say: TWITS TURKEYS etc. ?
Garry Rogers's comment, Today, 3:10 PM
We could add t**ds too.
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Foie Gras - The Reality Of The Cruel Production And Slaughter Processes - Narrated By Sir Roger Moore.

Foie Gras - The Reality Of The Cruel Production And Slaughter Processes - Narrated By Sir Roger Moore. | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbUP9Wnv3Y4 Torture In A Tin - We need to show you here the reality and disgusting abuse of birds which are force fed to produce the so called...

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El Niño and Climate Change: Wild Weather May Get Wilder by Fred Pearce: Yale Environment 360

El Niño and Climate Change: Wild Weather May Get Wilder by Fred Pearce: Yale Environment 360 | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
This year’s El Niño phenomenon is spawning extreme weather around the planet. Now scientists are working to understand if global warming will lead to more powerful El Niños that will make droughts, floods, snowstorms, and hurricanes more intense.
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Policy makers must take long-term view of climate change

Policy makers must take long-term view of climate change | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
‘It is high time that this essential irreversibility is placed into the focus of policy-makers’

Staff Report

Today’s debates about global warming impacts are much too shortsighted, according to a new analysis, which warns that, at the current rate of greenhouse gas emissions, the Earth is likely to suffer irreparable damage that could last tens of thousands of years.

“Much of the carbon we are putting in the air from burning fossil fuels will stay there for thousands of years – and some of it will be there for more than 100,000 years,” said Oregon State University paleoclimatologist Peter Clark. “People need to understand that the effects of climate change on the planet won’t go away, at least not for thousands of generations,” said Clark, lead author of the article.

Too much of the climate change policy debate has focused on observations of the past 150 years and their impact on global warming and sea level rise by the end of this century, the authors wrote. Instead, policy-makers and the public should also be considering the longer-term impacts of climate change. The analysis is being published this week in the journal Nature Climate Change.
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Policy makers should have listened to climate scientists 25 years ago.  They didn't, and they won't now.

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South Africa revives ‘extinct’ zebra subspecies

South Africa revives ‘extinct’ zebra subspecies | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

In a spectacular valley less than two hours’ drive north of Cape Town, a small herd of animals provides the chance to travel back in time over more than a century.

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Interesting effort to repair ecological damage. Now remove the people and their livestock so the animal can flourish.

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Collective Decision-Making in Homing Pigeons: Larger Flocks Take Longer to Decide but Do Not Make Better Decisions

Collective Decision-Making in Homing Pigeons: Larger Flocks Take Longer to Decide but Do Not Make Better Decisions | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

Social animals routinely are challenged to make consensus decisions about movement directions and routes. However, the underlying mechanisms facilitating such decision-making processes are still poorly known.

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Countries Agree Ambitious Conservation Measures for Mediterranean - UNEP

Countries Agree Ambitious Conservation Measures for Mediterranean - UNEP | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

40th anniversary of Barcelona Convention celebrated with strong commitments on biodiversity protection, sustainable consumption and climate change adaptation.

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Will global warming desiccate the Southwest?

Will global warming desiccate the Southwest? | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
A subtle long-term shift in atmospheric patterns driven by global warming could lead to longer and more intense droughts in the southwestern U.S. and other semi-arid regions. Most climate models suggest that that a belt of higher average pressure that now sits closer to the equator will move north. This high-pressure belt is created as air that rises over the equator moves poleward and then descends back toward the surface.
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Global warming: Shareholders must vote for climate-change mitigation

Global warming: Shareholders must vote for climate-change mitigation | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

Investors who are standing idly by as emissions erode the value of their stock could find themselves in court, warn Howard Covington and colleagues.

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