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Last 250-300 Wolverines in Lower-48 Denied Protection | Defenders of Wildlife

Last 250-300 Wolverines in Lower-48 Denied Protection | Defenders of Wildlife | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

"WASHINGTON – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today denied protections for the rare wolverine under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), potentially jeopardizing the species’ long-term survival in the lower-48 states. Although the Service proposed to list wolverines as “threatened” in 2013 citing a primary threat of reduced habitat and range from climate change, the agency today said wolverines do not warrant a listing due to uncertainty about the effects of climate change on the animals, a claim disputed by conservation groups."

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When a species' numbers get this low, there can be no denying that it is endangered.  Without protection, trapping and habitat disruption by human activity will extinguish this fine example of nature's art.  Has the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service no feelings for wildlife?


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Species Introductions Are Accelerating

Species Introductions Are Accelerating | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Invasive plants and animals introduced by humans are a damaging ecosystems and causing species extinctions.
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Invasive plants and animals are destroying native ecosystems. Some species that we take from their homes and release in other regions explode across the new habitat. Free from their natural competitors and diseases, the species are like Superman freed from Krypton's light. Local species cannot compete and are replaced. I've studied some of the plant species that do this. You can read what I've learned here.
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Wind Briefly Sets Record as Source for Electricity in U.S.

Wind Briefly Sets Record as Source for Electricity in U.S. | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
For the first time on a North American power grid, wind powered more than 50 percent of electric demand on Feb. 12.
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Scientists have just detected a major change to the Earth’s oceans linked to a warming climate

Scientists have just detected a major change to the Earth’s oceans linked to a warming climate | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Declining ocean oxygen can also worsen global warming in a feedback loop. In or near low oxygen areas of the oceans, microorganisms tend to produce nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas. This study's results indicate that has probably begun increasing.
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Here’s some really bad news. It’s been expected, but it hasn’t been confirmed until now. Global warming is robbing the oceans of the oxygen necessary for life. This is just another extinction threat from global warming.
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Damning reports emerge of Trump campaign's frequent talks with Russian intelligence

Damning reports emerge of Trump campaign's frequent talks with Russian intelligence | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Campaign aides said to have been in regular contact, despite repeated insistence there had been no pre-election talks between Trump team and Russia
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NASA launched an unprecedented study of Greenland’s melting. Now, the data are coming in

NASA launched an unprecedented study of Greenland’s melting. Now, the data are coming in | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The new information suggests the possibility of a more rapid rate of global sea-level rise.
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Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life by Edward O Wilson – review

Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life by Edward O Wilson – review | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
A chilling warning that we’re in danger of wiping out all wildlife on Earth
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Humans causing climate to change 170 times faster than natural forces

Humans causing climate to change 170 times faster than natural forces | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Researchers behind ‘Anthropocene equation’ say impact of people’s intense activity on Earth far exceeds that of natural events spread across millennia
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Not sure why knowing this is significant--a little surprised our contribution isn't larger.
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Taking the Lives of Wolves

Taking the Lives of Wolves | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Without Respect for the Innocent We kill by accident as we drive the roads we built over the woods and prairies, we kill by accident when we hide the land beneath houses and farms, and we kill on purpose when we seek excitement to end the life of a one-time enemy who is now our…
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Faster than Expected – Nature Bats Last

Faster than Expected – Nature Bats Last | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
As I’ve pointed out previously, I doubt there will be a human on Earth by mid-2026. Indeed, I doubt there will be complex life on this planet by then. It’ll be a small world, as was the case in the wake of each of the five prior Mass Extinction events on Earth. Bacteria, fungi, and…
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Here are the arguments for near-term-extinction of humanity and most complex life on Earth. Personally, I can’t believe that we will all be dead in 10 years. I think it’s a mental block of some kind. Nevertheless, I feel compelled to read the arguments. Things are going to get bad, but I know that without a catastrophic methane release, it may be centuries, before the last shreds of our civilization disappear. It’s probably too late to prevent our extinction, but understanding the arguments lets us see how grave our predicament and it might help us support the right attempts to dampen the rate of climate change.
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Watchdog group sues EPA nominee Pruitt for emails with fossil fuel backers

Watchdog group sues EPA nominee Pruitt for emails with fossil fuel backers | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Trying to reveal more about Scott Pruitt's ties to the fossil fuel industry, the Center for Media and Democracy has been waiting nearly two years for records it requested. Now, it's suing so they are released before Pruitt's confirmation vote.
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Let's sue them all for their crimes against nature and humanity!
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Jeremy Jackson: How we wrecked the ocean

http://www.ted.com In this bracing talk, coral reef ecologist Jeremy Jackson lays out the shocking state of the ocean today: overfished, overheated
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Coral decline is only part of the story of human devastation of the oceans. We really have gone too far.
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Study says road threat to carnivores is underestimated globally

Study says road threat to carnivores is underestimated globally | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
GR: Roads are an element of widespread human construction that destroys habitat and causes wildlife decline. As reported here, roads have other serious ecosystem impacts. They cause selective deaths of the regulators of food chains, the top carnivores. "The threat of roads to carnivore species around the world has been seriously underestimated, according to a…
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Science doesn't care if you believe in it or not

Science doesn't care if you believe in it or not | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Whether you believe in climate change or not, the laws of physics will continue to work and ice will continue to melt.
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Images of new bleaching on Great Barrier Reef heighten fears of coral death

Images of new bleaching on Great Barrier Reef heighten fears of coral death | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
“There’s no doubt about that anymore,” Imogen Zethoven said. “They know what they are doing and they should come clean with the Australian public that they have no interest in the long-term survival of the Great Barrier Reef." As in the U. S., the fossil fuel industry owns the government and places profits over people…
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An update on the continuing bleaching disaster. It appears to me that the fossil-fuel industry has purchased the Australian government and directing the government to permit for-profit developments harmful to the reef.
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Unprecedented Climate Extremes: One Year After Record Drought, Lake Oroville is Spilling Over

Unprecedented Climate Extremes: One Year After Record Drought, Lake Oroville is Spilling Over | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
We know that climate change pushes the weather toward extremes, but this is getting ridiculous. In California, in less than a span of 24 months, water levels at a key reservoir have shifted from record drought to a flood that's now endangering the state's water supply system. Unfortunately, it's these kinds of extreme shifts that…
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Climate scientists have warmed that global warming would be accompanied by weather extremes--greater droughts, greater floods, greater snowfall, etc. Here's a discussion of the extremes foucsed on this winter's flooding in California.
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Native American tribes make new court filing to stop Dakota Access pipeline

Native American tribes make new court filing to stop Dakota Access pipeline | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The filing calls the Army Corps of Engineers' action in issuing a final easement for the pipeline “arbitrary, capricious, and contrary to law.”
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I'm not sure how the pipeline ever got as far as it did. The Indian Nation treaty rights, once recognized, should have forced a reroute. That is, unless might has greater authority than right in our nation of laws.
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‘Extremely High Levels’ Of Toxic Pollutants Found In Deepest Parts Of World’s Oceans

‘Extremely High Levels’ Of Toxic Pollutants Found In Deepest Parts Of World’s Oceans | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
the legacy we humans are leaving behind is not a good one and that the findings “really bring home the long term, devastating impact that mankind is having on the planet.” --Dr Alan Jamieson, Senior Lecturer in Marine Ecology
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We can reverse some of our environmental impacts by removing toxic waste and restoring native species. However, some of the things we've done seem irreversible. Here's a report on deep-ocean pollution that, like climate change, is another of the marks of our presence that will persist long after we're gone. The subtitle sums it up: "There’s literally no escaping mankind’s mess."
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Act now before entire species are lost to global warming, say scientists

Act now before entire species are lost to global warming, say scientists | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Published in the Nature Climate Change journal, the analysis of 130 studies reported between 1990 and 2015 painted a grim picture of the impact of the changing climate on birds and mammals already under threat.
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The top two threats to species are habitat loss due to human farming and construction and the spread of invasive plants and animals. We have expected climate to catch up, and here is clear evidence that this is so. What can we do? Simple, stop destroying habitat, ignoring invasive species, and burning coal, oil, and gas. Simple to say, that is, but probably impossible to do.
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February 11, 2017: A gazillion high temperature records broken today in the US

February 11, 2017: A gazillion high temperature records broken today in the US | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
climate change denial greenland arctic methane
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Trophy hunters overstate contribution of big game hunting to African economies: Report

Trophy hunters overstate contribution of big game hunting to African economies: Report | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
A new report released by the Humane Society International finds that trophy hunters are “grossly” overstating the economic benefits of big game hunting in Africa.
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The contribution of money and jobs is much smaller than claimed. The gross overstatement sounds a bit like a lie Trump would tell. And why? Just to continue to have the right to kill innocent creatures? Go to the paint-ball park boys.
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As Antarctic ice shelves shrink, 'shelfwatchers' await major break-off

As Antarctic ice shelves shrink, 'shelfwatchers' await major break-off | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
A huge iceberg is likely to soon break off from the Larsen C Antarctic ice shelf. Although break-ups themselves don't contribute to sea rise, they can indirectly increase it.
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Winter migration of monarch butterflies to Mexico drops after one-year recovery

Winter migration of monarch butterflies to Mexico drops after one-year recovery | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Experts say decline to coverage of only 7.19 acres of forest could be due to late winter storms last year that knocked down more than 100 acres of trees
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Climate change and fishing lay ‘ecological trap’ for African penguins | Carbon Brief

Climate change and commercial fishing are luring endangered African penguins into an “ecological trap” that threatens their survival, a new study warns.
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Yearly Coral Bleaching Will Not End

Yearly Coral Bleaching Will Not End | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
the likely range for annual global temperatures over the next 5 years will be about 1 to 1.3 C above 1880s averages. These readings are so high (the warmest in 115,000 years) and have risen so much, in such a geologically short span of time, that many of the world’s more sensitive species are now…
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Ivory is not beautiful, it’s barbaric | Nicky Campbell

Ivory is not beautiful, it’s barbaric | Nicky Campbell | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
I grew up with a piano in my bedroom, but now the thought of ivory fills me with revulsion. The UK needs to impose a total ban on the trade of elephant tusks
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