Rhinos are the irreplaceable savanna maintenance crew and tourist magnets. More of the savanna's human occupants need to realize this and protect rhinos.
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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.
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter was arrested Tuesday with a pack of Yellowstone wolves in the back of his pickup truck.
Other stories here include:
> A curmudgeonly freshwater mussel has announced its intention to commit ritual suicide rather than endure the humiliation of being driven extinct by humankind.
> Pregnancy rates plunge in Oregon after every fertile male is given an accordion.
> And more.
The study is the first global analysis of human impacts on local biodiversity. It is a major collaboration between the Natural History Museum, United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), and British universities.
Scientists submitted data from more than 70 countries and considered 26,593 species, adding more than 1.1 million records to the PREDICTS (Projecting Responses of Ecological Diversity In Changing Terrestrial Systems) survey database.
The team's figure of a 14 per cent drop in species in local ecosystems is a global average. So local biodiversity in some areas is still quite intact, but others - including Western Europe - have had losses of 20-30 per cent.
Making projections requires assumptions about what we are going to do. Reviews of this research try to be optimistic by emphasizing positive projections. However, if we make the most likely assumption that we will do nothing substantive to stop global warming, deforestation, and human population growth, the red areas will spread. As stated earlier, everyone that cares needs to begin making local efforts to preserve biodiversity.
GR: If you live in North America, here's a good source for beekeeping information: http://www.beeculture.com/directory/find-local-beekeeper/. Beekeeping associations in other parts of the world are listed here: http://honeyo.com/org-International.shtml. You can find more information through the one of the beekeeping forums. Interested? It takes about 30 minutes per hive per week, and 2 hours per hive twice a year to extract honey.
Kinessa Johnson is a US Army veteran who served for 4 years in Afghanistan, this week she arrived in Africa to take on a different kind of enemy. Her new mission is, as she puts it, “We’re going over there to do some anti-poaching, kill some bad guys, and do some good.” She is now [...]
We need more like Kinessa.
Stronger local management can increase the resilience of nature to the impacts of climate change, writes an international team of researchers in Science.
GR: Hmm, effective local management, at least in the U. S., has to be by citizen naturalists. The government agencies often make management choices that favor private profits over nature health.
Target: John Roberts, Chief Justice of the United States
Goal: Praise prosecution in case of animal torture for the purpose of sexual gratification.
Yep kitty it was bizarre.
Understanding ocean acidification is not simple, because the process of acidification is not simple. Neither is the rest of nature simple. Nature is more complex that we can imagine. We can over-harvest, mine, bomb, poison, pave and otherwise mess up this great world, do our very best to destroy the ecology that supports our lives, and yet, nature bats last.
From the article: "nature bats last."
Livestock mix seen as key to upland biodiversity in JHI and universities study
That way you only loose a few members of the wildlife species that depend on the same plants.
While native plants are adapted to thrive in our region, they don’t always provide the best forage for livestock or wildlife. But what if you could change that? What if you could convert bad forage to good? That’s the question Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist Lance Vermeire asked when studying purple threeawn, a decidedly less than...
GR: Managing nature to benefit domestic livestock creates a willingness to take chances. Range managers have gambled on new techniques and new species for many years. They ignore negative possibilities and focus on their goal—more food for cows or sheep. They do not consider the effects of their new techniques on soil microorganisms and they do not worry about future invasion potential. The result has been the loss of more than 100-million acres of productive native grasslands in the western U. S. Go here to read more about the results of foolhardy management of rangelands.
"The crustaceans have been spotted north of Cape Cod.
"In the last few years, researchers have noticed the appearance of an unusual southern species in New England waters, the delectable blue crab.
"Populations of the crabs are typically found between the Gulf of Mexico and Cape Cod in Massachusetts, but in 2012, shellfish wardens and wildlife managers started noting sightings of the crustaceans miles north of the cape."