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The Sacred Snake

The Sacred Snake | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Today is world snake day: maybe you should run out and do something nice for our scaly limbless friends (though don’t hug them—they don’t like that)! Sadly though, many people do not appreciate sna...
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Half the Earth

Half the Earth | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Apart from the painful inequity of one species offering to give half the world to all the millions of others, I have to question that half will even be enough.  E. O. Wilson is supporting the idea that the current mass extinction can be stopped by reserving half the Earth for wildlife.
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Eben Lenderking's curator insight, August 25, 7:31 AM

A beautiful idea, but how on earth could it be done?  And which half?

Julia Connor's curator insight, Today, 11:48 AM

This is such a beautiful picture to use for such an important issue.

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The Most Influential Climate Science Paper Today Remains Unknown to Most People | InsideClimate News

The Most Influential Climate Science Paper Today Remains Unknown to Most People | InsideClimate News | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
It is probably the most influential paper on climate science today. But few outside scientific circles even know it exists. Though just six pages long, its dense, technical writing makes it largely incomprehensible to non-experts.
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GR:  The discussion of this paper on Inside Climate News is informative.

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Negotiation Is Over – Animal Rights Leadership Council

Negotiation Is Over – Animal Rights Leadership Council | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
RT @defendanimals1: Animal Rights Leadership Council http://t.co/bBPsYCfIIb via @CamilleMarino

by Roland Windsor Vincent

Sometime over the next few months I hope to launch the Animal Rights Leadership Council (ARLC), which will be a non-profit dedicated to the recruitment, motivation, activation of activists and the development of and training of leaders for the Animal Rights movement.


No single organization reflects the Animal Rights movement. Most are animal protection and rescue groups. Even the largest and most influential, such as HSUS and the ASPCA, are not the Animal Rights movement. They make strides in animal welfare, and even greater strides in raising public awareness, but the Animal Rights movement is the sum of all of us working on animal issues in the US and around the world.

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The success of new organizations depends on luck the persistence of the founder. Let's all wish Roland the best.

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Useless Creatures (and Why They Matter)

Useless Creatures (and Why They Matter) | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

GR:  Here’s a quote from Aldo Leopold that relates to the article below: “One basic weakness in a conservation system based wholly on economic motives is that most members of the land community [and ocean community] have no economic value. Wildflowers and songbirds are examples. Of the 22,000 higher plants and animals native to Wisconsin, it is doubtful whether more than 5 per cent can be sold, fed, eaten, or otherwise put to economic use. Yet these creatures are members of the biotic community, and if (as I believe) its stability depends on its integrity, they are entitled to continuance” (Leopold, A. 1949. A Sand County Almanac….

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Vulnerability of biodiversity hotspots to global change

Vulnerability of biodiversity hotspots to global change | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

 http://t.co/t5iYsfgr7D

Results

Our findings show that hotspots may experience an average loss of 31% of their area under analogue climate, with some hotspots more affected than others (e.g. Polynesia–Micronesia). The greatest climate change was projected in low-latitude hotspots. The hotspots were on average suitable for 17% of the considered invasive species. Hotspots that are mainly islands or groups of islands were disproportionally suitable for a high number of invasive species both currently and in the future. We also showed that hotspots will increase their area of pasture in the future. Finally, combining the three threats, we identified the Atlantic forest, Cape Floristic Region and Polynesia–Micronesia as particularly vulnerable to global changes.

Main conclusions

Given our estimates of hotspot vulnerability to changes, close monitoring is now required to evaluate the biodiversity responses to future changes and to test our projections against observations.

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GR:  Invasive species and climate change threaten biodiversity everywhere. Invasive plants have already overrun one of my desert research areas in the central Great Basin Desert.  Invasive species are spreading in other desert areas now.

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#Biodiversity in the #balance, how is it #maintained?

#Biodiversity in the #balance, how is it #maintained? | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Evolutionary theory and ecology have been brought together to explore one of the big questions in ecology: How is biodiversity developed and maintained? "This is a fundamental question if we want t...
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Call for greater protection of endangered lynx in the US

Call for greater protection of endangered lynx in the US | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
New rules reduce rare wild cats critical habitat despite extending legal protection in 48 states, conservationists say
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Human demand for land for growth and profit gradually overcome the needs of wildlife.  Nature suffers gradual wasting in tiny steps.  Over times long for us, and short for Earth the beauty of nature is disappearing. We have to stay engaged--sign the petitions, send the emails, make the calls.

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#Biodiversity in the #balance, how is it #maintained?

#Biodiversity in the #balance, how is it #maintained? | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Evolutionary theory and ecology have been brought together to explore one of the big questions in ecology: How is biodiversity developed and maintained? "This is a fundamental question if we want to protect biodiversity -- what exactly do we need to protect?" says the study's leader.

Via Gaye Rosier, Marian Locksley
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From Pine Beetles to Disappearing Glaciers, NASA Scientists Tell of "Dramatic" Planetary Changes

From Pine Beetles to Disappearing Glaciers, NASA Scientists Tell of "Dramatic" Planetary Changes | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
In addition to droughts and floods, anthropogenic climate disturbances scientists and astronauts can see from space include fires, insect outbreaks and more direct human impacts.
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Recent studies show that global warming didn't stop during the past 10 years, it accelerated. 

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After 90 Percent Decline, Federal Protection Sought for Monarch Butterfly

After 90 Percent Decline, Federal Protection Sought for Monarch Butterfly | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
This will be a major battle to save the Monarch Butterfly.  The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service will not want to ruffle any industry feathers, and might place politics before protection.  We can force them and our politicians to do the right thing, but everyone must help!  Stay tuned.The purpose of the Endangered Species Act is to protect species like the monarch, and protect them, now, before it’s too late.
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This will be a major battle to save the Monarch Butterfly.  The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service will not want to ruffle any industry feathers, and might place politics before protection.  We can force them and our politicians to do the right thing, but everyone must help!  Stay tuned.

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Majority of Threatened African Amphibians May be 'Invisible' Under Climate Change

Majority of Threatened African Amphibians May be 'Invisible' Under Climate Change | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
It turns out that the majority of threatened species are "invisible" when using modern methods to predict species distributions under climate change. This is especially true when it comes to African amphibians, many of which are under the threat of extinction.
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Simple presence/absence trends are lacking for most species.  In Arizona, US, where I live, we lack status and trend information for even common, highly visible, groups such as butterflies (http://wp.me/p26kDO-2ZR).

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Getting the Best Value for Conservation in Africa

Getting the Best Value for Conservation in Africa | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
The Bangweulu Wetlands ecosystem in northern Zambia covers a large area of great biodiversity. This grassy floodplain encompasses high value terrestrial and freshwater habitats with relatively low management and opportunity costs.
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Wolf Weekly Wrap Up

Wolf Weekly Wrap Up | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Alpha Female of Huckleberry Pack Killed by Washington Wildlife Officials: Last week we updated you about a series of livestock-wolf conflicts occurring on a sheep grazing operation in Stevens County, Washington.
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Governor's office suspended hunt for 45 days to make final decision.

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Tanzania: Will Govt Move People So Wildlife Can Access Water?

Tanzania: Will Govt Move People So Wildlife Can Access Water? | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
[Thomson Reuters Foundation]Dar es Salaam -After decades of struggling to help the wildlife of Serengeti National Park cope with Tanzania's increasingly intense droughts, the government is implementing a controversial plan to use Lake Victoria as...
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After so much water for wildlife has been lost to human diversions and use, it seems fair to move people to give wildlife a little access.

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Coca Cola, Heinz And Other Major Food Companies Warn Climate Change Threatens Business

Coca Cola, Heinz And Other Major Food Companies Warn Climate Change Threatens Business | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

But as ThinkProgress noted at the time, the real story was not a guacamole shortage, but the emerging reality of doing business in a warming world. While politicians continue to bicker over whether or not climate change exists, companies now have no choice in the matter — they must acknowledge the science and the risk and disclose the reality of that risk to their investors’ pocketbooks. Whether that risk actually manifests itself is another matter, but the fact that companies are increasingly putting climate change on their threat lists speaks volumes to the severity of the problem.

 

Here are seven other big food companies that disclose to investors that climate change poses a threat to their products and bottom lines.


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Too bad these companies can't bankroll enough congressmen to oppose the fossil fuel industry.

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Vulnerability of biodiversity hotspots to invasive species and climate change

Vulnerability of biodiversity hotspots to invasive species and climate change | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Cclose monitoring is now required to evaluate the biodiversity responses to invasive species and climate change and to test this study projections against observations.
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GR:  Invasive species and climate change threaten biodiversity everywhere. Invasive plants have already overrun one of my desert research areas in the central Great Basin Desert.  Invasive species are spreading in other desert areas now.

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Brazil Amazon: New data reveal that annual rate of deforestation is up for first time in five years

Brazil Amazon: New data reveal that annual rate of deforestation is up for first time in five years | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

GR:  Such waste. Ecological succession, the natural process of recovery after a landslide or flood can take hundreds of years. However, the stripped and grazed landscape can lose its soil and become as barren as a lava flow. Humans could be long gone by the time nature reclaims the land. Oh Brazil, what are you doing?

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Apology to LinkedIn Groups

Apology to LinkedIn Groups | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

I apologize for spamming the group. It was a mistake. I changed my social media software and began linking my reports on nature conservation news and issues from my website to my RebelMouse NatCon Newspaper. In the process, I clicked a wrong choice in ScoopIt and began sending copies of all my posts to my LinkedIn groups.  One minute from now, that mistake will be corrected. 


Please forgive me. 


Garry

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Julia Connor's curator insight, Today, 11:47 AM

Not a problem Garry x

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Monarchs and milkweed: Probing the plant, pollinator partnership

Monarchs and milkweed: Probing the plant, pollinator partnership | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
As dwindling populations of monarch butterflies prepared for their annual migration, two undergraduate students in the William & Mary Plant Ecology Lab spent their summer trying to more deeply understand the plants upon which they rely.
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Frightening how little we know about the things we love.

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Urban wildlife in pictures

Urban wildlife  in pictures | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Bristol-based photographer Sam Hobson portrays wildlife in British cities, from lapwings on a Manchester roof to fallow deer feeding by a London bus stop.
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Lessons from the Field: Learning to Live with Wildlife

Lessons from the Field: Learning to Live with Wildlife | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Living in the non-stop hustle and bustle of Washington, DC, I rarely get the chance to see the wildlife and habitats that we work so hard to protect. I recently got that chance. In addition, I met some of our incredibly dedicated staff in the field.
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Animals are dying off 1,000 times FASTER than 60 million years ago

Animals are dying off 1,000 times FASTER than 60 million years ago | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Brown University scientists in Providence found that pre-human extinction rate was 10 times lower than scientists had believed, which means that the current level is 10 times worse.
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The Earth could get along just fine without us.  If anyone can think of an ecosystem function that requires our presence, I would like to hear about it.  Circumstantial and fossil evidence indicates that even when human numbers were small, the fires, animal drives, and plant preferences had harmful effects.  Ecosystem resilience absorbed early human impacts, but now with more than seven billion of us, the impacts are simply overwhelming earth ecosystems. Livestock?  Earth could tolerate a few domestic beasts, but not the billions we have now.

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USA poll finds renewable energy favoured far more than coal, gas, nuclear power

USA poll finds renewable energy favoured far more than coal, gas, nuclear power | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

"Energy efficiency, renewable energy rules favored by voters, poll finds, Cleveland.com By John Funk, The Plain Dealer on September 05, 2014 COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio voters favor the state’s renewable energy and energy efficiency mandates that Republican lawmakers just put on ice for two years, a new poll suggests."

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Of course, most politicians side with corporations, not voters. 

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Pacific SIDS launch framework for nature conservation and protected areas | Biodiversity & Ecosystems Management

Pacific SIDS launch framework for nature conservation and protected areas | Biodiversity & Ecosystems Management | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (Pacific SIDS launch framework for nature conservation and protected areas http://t.co/IrTzeikr96)...
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Approval to build 5,000 homes on nightingale habitat condemned

Approval to build 5,000 homes on nightingale habitat condemned | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Move to replace songbirds only breeding site in the UK is unscientific and unprecedented, says RSPB Environmental campaigners have condemned a decision to allow the building of 5,000 homes on a nationally protected wildlife area which is home to...
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"Progress" trumps science.

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Existing Coal Power Plants Will Emit 300GT Of CO2

Existing Coal Power Plants Will Emit 300GT Of CO2 | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

“Bringing down carbon emissions means retiring more fossil fuel-burning facilities than we build,” said Steven Davis, assistant professor of Earth system science at UCI and the study’s lead author. “But worldwide, we’ve built more coal-burning power plants in the past decade than in any previous decade, and closures of old plants aren’t keeping pace with this expansion."

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This is bad.  We need to decommission power plants faster than we build them.  Much faster.

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