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Why We Need to Save Wildlife to Save Ourselves

Why We Need to Save Wildlife to Save Ourselves | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Midway through the new special issue of Science, about the global loss of wildlife, my heart caught on this idea: We now live with a steady, imperceptible loss “in people’s expectations of what the...
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The essence of Aldo Leopold's "Land Ethic" is that human acceptance of the equality of other creatures is essential for the survival of all.

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Eben Lenderking's curator insight, July 25, 2014 6:00 AM

Compelling argument for respect for the natural environment.

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Arctic Sea Ice is Falling off a Cliff and it May Not Survive The Summer

Arctic Sea Ice is Falling off a Cliff and it May Not Survive The Summer | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Near zero sea ice by the end of melt season. The dreaded Blue Ocean Event. Something that appears more and more likely to happen during 2016 with each passing day.

These are the kinds of climate-wrecking phase changes in the Arctic people have been worrying about since sea ice extent, area, and volume achieved gut-wrenching plunges during 2007 and 2012. Plunges that were far faster than sea ice melt rates predicted by model runs and by the then scientific consensus on how the Arctic Ocean ice would respond to human-forced warming this Century. For back during the first decade of the the 21st Century the mainstream scientific view was that Arctic sea ice would be about in the range that it is today by around 2070 or 2080. And that we wouldn’t be contemplating the possibility of zero or near zero sea ice until the end of this Century.
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Insect outbreaks reduce wildfire severity: Pine beetle, budworm outbreaks dampen forest fire impacts

Insect outbreaks reduce wildfire severity: Pine beetle, budworm outbreaks dampen forest fire impacts | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Outbreaks by the mountain pine beetle and western spruce budworm can actually reduce wildfire severity, surprising new research shows. The findings contrast sharply with popular attitudes -- and some US forest policies.
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This article describes reduced fire severity as the "silver lining" of forest-killing insect outbreaks. That’s like praising the discovery that after bedbugs suck your blood you have less blood to lose if you injure yourself falling out of bed (;-).
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Urban population growth and demand for food could spark global unrest, study shows

Urban population growth and demand for food could spark global unrest, study shows | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
A population explosion in urban center around the world is expected to fuel an unprecedented demand for food that - if not met -- could trigger economic
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Joe Bish of the Population Media Center commented on the LA Times article:
"The following article was published by the L.A. Times late last week, and reports out on a new report titled "Growing Food for Growing Cities: Transforming Food Systems in an Urbanizing World." This lengthy study was issued by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and weighs in at around 100 pages. The report continually cites population growth as a major factor in pressuring food supply chains. For example: "Explosive population growth, both rural and urban, will require 50 to 60 percent increases in global food production by 2050 in order to meet projected demand," says the introduction. Overall, the word population is mentioned 67 times. Unsurprisingly, but nonetheless regrettably, the report fails to offer a shred of advice to policy makers regarding family planning information and services or universal, unrestricted access to modern contraception. The report's priority recommendation is for the US government to "Pass legislation committing the United States to a long-term global food and nutrition security strategy." This would have been a perfect spot to share and emphasize best-practice interventions on family planning. The key question about the failure to do so may be whether it was a failure of the report's author -- or the failure of population advocates and communicators to effectively and widely engage professional experts outside our silo?"
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The Buzz on Native Bees | Science Features

The Buzz on Native Bees | Science Features | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Bevy of Bees

Anthophora bomboides

Bees are nearly ubiquitous, occurring on every continent except Antarctica. Wherever there are insect-pollinated flowering plants — forest, farms, cities and wildlands — there are bees. And just because you don’t see plants blooming, does not mean that there are no bees around. There are nearly 20,000 known bee species in the world, and 4,000 of them are native to the United States. From the tiny and solitary Perdita minima, known as the world’s smallest bee, to the large carpenter bee, to the brilliant blue of the mason bee; native bees come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. And all these bees have jobs, as pollinators

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Obama administration warns of ‘climate refugees’ due to rapid Arctic warming

Obama administration warns of ‘climate refugees’ due to rapid Arctic warming | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
US Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has painted a stark picture of communities displaced by rising Arctic temperatures that are ‘washing away’ towns

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Overfishing puts $42bn tuna industry at risk of collapse

Overfishing puts $42bn tuna industry at risk of collapse | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Experts make first estimate of the value of tuna fisheries and warn Pacific Islanders have most to lose from declining stocks
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Austria's Treasured National Resource, Its Glaciers, Are Melting Fast

Austria's Treasured National Resource, Its Glaciers, Are Melting Fast | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
VIENNA—Nearly all of Austria's 900 glaciers retreated last year amid record-setting heat, according to Austrian scientists.
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Chacha, Rachel, Teeoni: On Silly Headlines & Untold Stories : The Nonhuman Rights Project

Chacha, Rachel, Teeoni: On Silly Headlines & Untold Stories : The Nonhuman Rights Project | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
That Chacha’s “great escape” at once provoked horror and amusement, empathy and irreverence, speaks to what we at the NhRP consider an increasingly pervasive discomfort in our society with the imprisonment of self-aware, autonomous nonhuman animals, which some humans (and human institutions) remain unwilling to fully acknowledge or express.
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How The Presidential Candidates Stack Up When It Comes To Animal Issues

How The Presidential Candidates Stack Up When It Comes To Animal Issues | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
I started by visiting each candidate’s website and reading through their issues page. Unfortunately, only one candidate mentioned animal issues: Bernie Sanders. Senator Sanders dedicated an entire page to his stance on animal welfare.
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Australia: ethics and the nuclear industry – theme for April 2016

Australia: ethics and the nuclear industry – theme for April 2016 | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
There is nothing ethical about the nuclear industry. It was begun in a 1940s scheme to kill millions of people - first with a plan to do this by radiation, then changed to do it by explosive annihilation of cities. Sadly, some nuclear physicists thought they could turn all this to good - with producing…
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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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The math the planet relies on isn’t adding up right now

The math the planet relies on isn’t adding up right now | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
As over 150 nations assemble to sign the Paris climate agreement in New York on Friday, reams of new analysis are pouring out from the planet’s vital number-crunchers, who look at the fundamental relationship between how much carbon we put in the air and how much the planet’s temperature increases as a result.

And it’s adding up to a somber verdict: We seem closer to must-avoid climate thresholds than we thought — and crossing them may have bigger consequences than we recognize.

The Paris climate agreement pledges countries to keep the planet’s warming “well below” 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees F) above pre-industrial levels, and to strive to keep warming as low as 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees F) above those levels. But here are four things you need to know about these targets, based upon four separate new and insightful analyses:

1.5 degrees C isn’t looking so far off lately. An analysis by Climate Central shows that the planet has been right around 1.5 degrees C all year this year, if you take temperatures from 1881-1910 to be the pre-industrial baseline. “The average global temperature change for the first three months of 2016 was 1.48°C, essentially equaling the 1.5°C warming threshold agreed to by COP 21 negotiators in Paris last December,” the group wrote. February of 2016, Climate Central calculates, was actually slightly warmer than 1.5 degrees C over pre-industrial levels.
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Leuser Ecosystem Area being destroyed by deforestation as Sumatran orangutans become endagered

Leuser Ecosystem Area being destroyed by deforestation as Sumatran orangutans become endagered | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The orangutans living in the Leuser Ecosystem Area, in Sumatra, Indonesia, are losing their habitat due, in large part, to the palm oil plantations which bring in huge profits to companies.
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Discover how UNEP is setting the global environmental agenda in its annual report #UNEP2015

Discover how UNEP is setting the global environmental agenda in its annual report #UNEP2015 | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
United Nations Environment Programme
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The loftiest goals, the finest presentation, for the glossiest oxymoron: "sustainable development". We must keep in mind that population control is the key issue. Population control is not mentioned in the UNEP Annual Report, and in fact, most of the sustainable development goals will increase population. It is an artful deception to praise development for its contributions to humans and nature. Development, the increasing overpopulation and overuse of the Earth, must make a U-turn now if we are to save the majority of wild plants and animals--nature. Moreover, without nature, our artificial lives will become tedious and tenuous.
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Is climate change causing the oceans to run out of oxygen?

Is climate change causing the oceans to run out of oxygen? | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Scientists at the National Centre for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, have warned that by 2040, oxygen levels in many of the world's oceans will have noticeably dropped.
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Urban Bee Legends

Urban Bee Legends | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
From doing our many talks throughout the state to a variety of audiences we have decided that we need to dispel some myths people have about bees. These are the most common misconceptions that we have heard and we hope to bring to light the real truths.

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The Woolly Wolf Is Spotted in Nepal for the First Time

The Woolly Wolf Is Spotted in Nepal for the First Time | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
With its smaller stature, long muzzle, and white fur coloration around the throat, chest, and belly, the Himalayan wolf looks different from than the gray wolves of Europe and North America.

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Funds Ignoring Climate Risks Rose Last Year Despite BOE Warning

Funds Ignoring Climate Risks Rose Last Year Despite BOE Warning | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The number big investors ignoring climate change risk increased last year despite a stark warning from Bank of England Governor Mark Carney’s about the potential for “huge” losses from a sudden shift in regulation designed to curb global warming and fossil fuels.
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About This Section Archives - Nonhuman Rights Project

Each of the 50 states has different laws and regulations concerning how the common law can be used and how it’s been interpreted by judges over the years.

Here at the Nonhuman Rights Project, our team of attorneys, legal experts and volunteer law students have been working their way through each of the states to see how our key arguments might fare.

At the same time, the science team has been researching the situation of nonhuman animals – especially chimpanzees, elephants and cetaceans (whales and dolphins) – being held in captivity, to help in the selection of our first plaintiffs.

In this section of the website, we give a brief report on the legal situation in each state, along with a few examples of animals we might select as plaintiffs.
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This page has an interactive map that gives you information about each U. S. state's laws and regulations for animals.
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Return of the bison: new American national symbol tells story of strife

Return of the bison: new American national symbol tells story of strife | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Nearly wiped out in a bid to demolish Native American resistance, the bison’s history paints a picture of strife and redemption that mirrors the US’s own
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Burn baby burn

Burn baby burn | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
I spoke to Chinese visitors who were astounded to see these mountains of ivory. After explaining where the tusks come from and the burn they agreed to pose with a tusk. It's raw form is not beautiful or shiny; it is smelly, dirty and has hack marks on it. I explained why. At first she had no words.…
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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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