Jeff Copeland, a spokesman for the nonprofit Wolverine Foundation and a retired U.S. Forest Service biologist, said that for Walsh to reverse the recommendation "without any new scientific evidence...
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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.
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."
The president’s plan, likely to draw opposition from Republicans, would cut greenhouse gas emissions in the United States 26 to 28 percent by 2025.
"Mr. Obama’s new blueprint describes how the United States will meet its pledge, using the president’s executive authority. It is an acknowledgment that any proposal to pass climate change legislation would be blocked by the Republican-controlled Congress.
"At the heart of the plan are ambitious but politically contentious Environmental Protection Agency regulations meant to drastically cut planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions from the nation’s cars and coal-fired power plants. The plan also relies on a speedy timetable, which assumes that Mr. Obama’s administration will issue and begin enacting all such regulations before he leaves office."
Since we know we have to cut 100% by 2025, it isn't clear what the President is trying to accomplish. We might consider letting the Republicans have their way for now. Perhaps their opinion pendulum would swing toward reason sooner if they see some real destruction for which they are responsible.