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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 | GarryRogers Biosphere 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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Wildlife Weekly Wrap-Up - Defenders of Wildlife Blog

Wildlife Weekly Wrap-Up - Defenders of Wildlife Blog | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Local Citizens Monitor Elusive Wildlife; Bison as America’s National Mammal; NDAA Once Again Loaded Down With Anti-Wildlife Riders; Wildlife Trafficking Bill Passes Colorado House; Mexican Gray Wolf Milestone
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#ClimateKids Win Again! 

#ClimateKids Win Again!  | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
In a surprise ruling from the bench, King County Superior Court Judge Hollis Hill ordered the Washington Department of Ecology to promulgate an emissions reduction rule by the end of 2016 and, in consultation with the youth petitioners, to make recommendations to the state legislature on science-based greenhouse gas reductions during the 2017 legislative session.

Noting the extraordinary circumstances of the climate crisis, the judge said, “this is an urgent situation…these kids can’t wait,” and referenced catastrophic impacts of climate destabilization. Building on their earlier win in November where this court ruled that the youth have constitutional rights to their public trust resources and a safe climate, this decision takes another substantial step by setting specific dates in the near future for science-based action in the state of Washington.
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This second ruling in favor of the youths is great news.  However, the situation is indeed urgent. The state legislature needs to respond now rather than wait until next year to consider the issue.
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Antarctica's March of the Penguins | IOL

Antarctica's March of the Penguins | IOL | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Celebrated twice a year, scientists hope that #WorldPenguinDay aims to promote the conservation of all penguin species.

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Scientists now know the psychology behind your worries about the environment

Scientists now know the psychology behind your worries about the environment | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
More and more, attempts to explain why people behave the way they do in politics have turned away from the actual substance of issues and toward the traits of individuals themselves. Thus, this election season, there has been considerable focus on why Donald Trump appeals to voters, with psychologists noting that traits like “authoritarianism” — a preference for clear, unambiguous and decisive answers — help to explain the phenomenon.

So what about other political identities — like, say, being a major tree-hugger? Clearly, such people aren’t authoritarians, but then, what are they?

Past research has highlighted that those who care about the environment tend to be “Open to Experience” — wanting to try out new things and new experiences — and also to have high levels of empathy, or sensitivity to the suffering of others (including not just humans, but plants and animals). New research, though, suggests there’s a more intellectual side to being green as well. In particular, it finds that those with a tendency to engage in what is called “systems thinking” — embracing complex, multifaceted causal explanations for phenomena and recognizing the unpredictability of how nature works — also tend to value the environment more and to be more concerned about climate change.
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The smarter you are, the more interest and concern you have for nature.
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Swaziland unveils plan to legalise rhino horn to pay for anti-poaching efforts

Swaziland unveils plan to legalise rhino horn to pay for anti-poaching efforts | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Leaked document shows proceeds from the sale of 330kg stockpile would be used to protect country’s 73 white rhinos from poaching
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Adoption of the plan is unlikely.
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Climate Change Depleting Ocean Oxygen

Climate Change Depleting Ocean Oxygen | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPq9YAg9mfc New study profiles decreasing oxygen levels in oceans. Above, scientists tell us about what's happened in Earth's deep past  when the process went to extremes. Washington Post: The oceans are getting warmer — they are, after all, where 90 percent of global warming actually ends up. And when they warm up they expand, because that’s…
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Penguin Populations Are Changing Dramatically

Penguin Populations Are Changing Dramatically | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Rapid warming on the Antarctic Peninsula is killing some species but helping others
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Activists Step Up Long-Running Campaign to Hold Oil Industry Accountable for Climate Damages

Activists Step Up Long-Running Campaign to Hold Oil Industry Accountable for Climate Damages | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
A four-year, coordinated strategy by environmental organizations to hold ExxonMobil and other fossil fuel corporations legally accountable for climate change denial has come to fruition, as state attorneys general have teamed up to launch...
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More evidence that melting Arctic ice drives widespread changes in northern hemisphere weather patterns

More evidence that melting Arctic ice drives widespread changes in northern hemisphere weather patterns | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Just a few weeks after scientists reported record early melting on parts of the Greenland Ice Sheet, a new study helps explain some of the recent dramatic climate shifts in the high latitudes of the northern hemisphere.

Stationary high pressure systems over Greenland have become more frequent since the 1980s, said University of Sheffield geographer Prof. Edward Hanna, adding that the pattern is also linked with extreme weather over northwest Europe, including unusually wet conditions in the UK in the summers of 2007 and 2012.

The study, published in the International Journal of Climatology, looked at large-scale weather patterns over Greenland going back to 1851 using a measure called the Greenland Blocking Index, which marks the how strong the high pressure systems are, how long they last and how often they occur.
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Surgeons trained on living animals save lives

Surgeons trained on living animals save lives | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
In emergencies, surgeons, whose training has been as realistic as possible, can make the difference between life and death.
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Read the comments on this article to learn why this form of cruelty to animals is unnecessary.
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Loservilles of the West and modern day Ghost Dance

Loservilles of the West and modern day Ghost Dance | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
LOSERVILLE OR WINNERVILLE?

Imagine, what Burns, Oregon (where the Malheur Wildlife Refuge take over occurred) could be if instead of promoting ranching and longing for the “good old days” when logging was a big employer in the community, they instead promoted the area as a great place to live because the proximity to Steens Mountain Conservation Area, the beautiful Wild and Scenic rivers that are near-by, and the wildlife watching at Malheur Wildlife Refuge. Instead of opposing wolf restoration, imagine how the tenor of the town would change if they actively promoted wolf restoration and advocated wildernesses designation for the many roadless lands nearby? The community could boast that it was the center of wildlands in Oregon. And that moniker would resonate with many people who can afford to live anyplace, as well as businesses looking for a high quality of life for their employees.
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Homocentric conservation is better than no conservation.
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30th Anniversary of Chernobyl – Time for South Australia to think about our future

30th Anniversary of Chernobyl – Time for South Australia to think about our future | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

Photo by  Roland Verant.  “As South Australians toy with the idea of further entrenching ourselves in the nuclear industry, the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster is a stark and sobering reminder of the dangers inherent in this industry,” says Mark Parnell MLC, Parliamentary Leader of the Greens SA. Today is the 30th anniversary of the…

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The story behind Prince’s low-profile generosity to green causes

The story behind Prince’s low-profile generosity to green causes | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Environmental justice activist Van Jones helped the musician give to good causes anonymously.
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The Race to End Fossil Fuel Based Vehicle Emissions is On — Tesla Model 3 to hit 500,000 Preorders, Dutch Motions to Ban Petrol, and Shell’s Shilling for Biofuels

The Race to End Fossil Fuel Based Vehicle Emissions is On — Tesla Model 3 to hit 500,000 Preorders, Dutch Motions to Ban Petrol, and Shell’s Shilling for Biofuels | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
This week Shell and Volkswagon banded together in a big EU lobbying push. Their goal -- to promote biofuels as a 'bridge fuel' to EVs in what some say has become a rather obvious bid to delay the entry of electric vehicles in large numbers to fleets across Europe. An effort that some analysts are…
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USFWS says it won’t set critical habitat for threatened bat

USFWS says it won’t set critical habitat for threatened bat | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Conservation groups say agency sold out to special interests Staff Report Federal biologists say they won't designate critical habitat for a species of bat threatened by white-nose syndrome. The decision was immediately protested by conservation advocates, who claim the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service caved to industry pressure in making the decision. In a press…
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NYU’s sustainable landscaping efforts on view for all

NYU’s sustainable landscaping efforts on view for all | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Despite the nontraditional campus, NYU still has landscaping and its gardens -- including 700 green spaces throughout the city -- can be enjoyed by all New Yorkers.
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Two of the world's top three insecticides harm bumblebees – study

Two of the world's top three insecticides harm bumblebees – study | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Different types of neonicotinoid pesticide have varying effects on colonies with one showing no bee decline, say scientists
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NCAR: Global Temperature Increase Depletes Oxygen in Most Ocean Zones by the 2030s

NCAR: Global Temperature Increase Depletes Oxygen in Most Ocean Zones by the 2030s | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
A reduction in the amount of oxygen dissolved in the oceans due to climate change is already discernible in some parts of the world and should be evident across large regions of the oceans between 2030 and 2040. -- The National Center for Atmospheric Research in a press release on April 27th. ***** Loss of…
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At Chernobyl And Fukushima, Radioactivity Has Seriously Harmed Wildlife

At Chernobyl And Fukushima, Radioactivity Has Seriously Harmed Wildlife | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The largest nuclear disaster in history occurred 30 years ago at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in what was then the Soviet Union.
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Huge drop in krill population impacting Antarctic penguin colonies 

Huge drop in krill population impacting Antarctic penguin colonies  | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Penguins, seals and whales in the Southern Ocean are being threatened by a declining krill population caused by climate change and melting Antarctic sea ice.

The inch-long crustaceans are considered the 'basis' of the Antarctic food chain and use sea ice to protect themselves and feed from the algae that grows from it. 


Animals on the western Antarctic peninsula are being monitored by several organisations including US conservation group Oceanities.

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Activists seek humane treatment for livestock stranded in desert by outlaw rancher Cliven Bundy

Activists seek humane treatment for livestock stranded in desert by outlaw rancher Cliven Bundy | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Activists launch online petition launched to spur action Staff Report Feral cattle that may be descended from livestock owned by outlaw rancher Cliven Bundy is roaming the Nevada desert, and activists say the cows deserve humane treatment. To that end, they've launched an online petition to focus national attention on the fate of the cattle.…
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Record-Breaking Hot Ocean Temperatures Are Frying The Great Barrier Reef

Record-Breaking Hot Ocean Temperatures Are Frying The Great Barrier Reef | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The reefs can't catch a break.
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Soda Mountains Solar Project

Soda Mountains Solar Project | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
April 6, 2016 - The Interior Department approved the Soda Mountain Solar Energy Project next to the Mojave National Preserve against great public opposition. The project was reduced to 287 megawatts, on 1,767 acres of Bureau of Land Managament lands about six miles southwest of Baker, California. This was reduced from an originally proposed 2,222 acres. Yet Interior calls this site "disturbed," yet it is largely Mojave Desert creosote-bursage ecosystems, with areas of undistrurbed sand sheets and desert rock pavement. We have visited the site numerous times and witnessed beautiful wildflowers displays across the site.

BLM says: "The BLM’s approved design removes an array of solar panels originally proposed for north of the interstate highway, eliminating virtually all visual impacts from the project within neighboring Mojave National Preserve. The project would not be seen from most parts of the Preserve, including from any highway or established route of travel within the Preserve."

Yet the solar project would be highly visible from the hills within the Preserve around Zzyzx, so this project modification would not "eliminate" visual impacts to the park unit. In fact, the solar panels closest to the preserve boundary have been retained.
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Bison to become first national mammal, joining bald eagle as American symbol

Bison to become first national mammal, joining bald eagle as American symbol | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The bison will join the bald eagle, the national emblem since 1782, as America’s symbol animal, in an effort to prevent it from going extinct
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