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California's Great White Sharks Need Our Help, Not Our Fear

California's Great White Sharks Need Our Help, Not Our Fear | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

About the Petition

The number of adult great whites swimming off our Pacific Coast is alarmingly low, and they are losing their pups to deadly gillnets. If something doesn't change, they could disappear forever.

We shouldn't be scared of sharks, we should be scared for them.

Great whites help keep the ocean food web healthy and stable as they hunt their prey. Our oceans need sharks. We're petitioning the state of California to protect great whites as an endangered species. Please help us protect these iconic sharks — before it's too late.

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Bed of Dan River is Poisoned by Coal Ash for 70 Miles: Turtles Emerging & Dying

Bed of Dan River is Poisoned by Coal Ash for 70 Miles: Turtles Emerging & Dying | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
On February 2, 2014, a release of coal ash into the Dan River occurred at the Dan River Steam Station (Duke Energy) north of Eden, N.C. creating the Eden Ash Spill Site. The Site extends approximately 70 miles downstream from the Dan River Steam Station. The Dan River watershed is home to two identified endangered…
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Trump has removed protection from streams. He is probably unaware that the problem below is typical of many situations where mine wastes threaten or actually poison our streams. However, ignorance is not a satisfactory excuse. Can Trump believers continue to support actions that carelessly threaten people and wildlife across the country? Trump promised to remove regulations that restrict business and reduce employment. But did anyone expect he would do so blindly without regard for the long-term consequences? Poisoning people so mining companies can continue profitable operations is not the right way to go. It’s worth noting that the Environmental Protection Agency forced Duke Energy to assess the coal ash problem. Without the EPA, the company would have simply ignored the problem and moved on. If it’s jobs you want, why not ask the EPA to force Duke Energy and other stream polluters to clean up their wastes? That would create many many jobs. So many.
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Aerosol Study Targets Great Unknown in Climate Science

Aerosol Study Targets Great Unknown in Climate Science | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Australian scientists seek to understand how non-carbon aerosolized particles affect global temperatures.
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As with the biosphere, we have much to learn about the atmosphere. However, in both realms we tend to trail behind critical changes, learning how things work after they've changed, instead of before.
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Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) » Intersectional Ecofeminism: Environmentalism for Everybody

Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) » Intersectional Ecofeminism: Environmentalism for Everybody | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
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Marine hotspots under dual threat from climate change and fishing

Marine hotspots under dual threat from climate change and fishing | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The study identifies 30 countries that are responsible for around 80% of the commercial fishing in the Major Fishing Areas that cover the six marine hotspots. The biggest players include China, Peru, Indonesia, Chile and Japan.
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Nature rarely forms straight lines or even distributions. Global warming, just like biodiversity, is not even. The study reported below suggests areas that need our greatest conservation efforts. However, we have to try to save more than just the best areas. We also need to save some of the intervening regions.
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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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Activist toolkit: Your guide to defending wildlands in the Trump era | Wilderness.org

Activist toolkit: Your guide to defending wildlands in the Trump era | Wilderness.org | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
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Practical suggestions and resources for contributing to the political process. Recommended.
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Drastic cooling in North Atlantic beyond worst fears, scientists warn

Drastic cooling in North Atlantic beyond worst fears, scientists warn | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Climate News Network: Climatologists say Labrador Sea could cool within a decade before end of this century, leading to unprecedented disruption
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Need a little more alarming climate-change information? Here's some.
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The U.S. is Poised to Set a Record-Setting Record

The U.S. is Poised to Set a Record-Setting Record | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Record February heat is kickstarting spring from the Southeast to the Midwest.
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Though we will still have cold winters, warm winters will become more frequent. It's likely that the big news will be the unbearably hot summers. So far, this year's "warmth hasn’t just broken records. It has been long lasting, too. Atlanta has cracked 70°F four times in the past week and has now had more 70°F days in 2017 than any other year-to-date. Dallas has set a similar record for the most 80°F days," according to the Washington Post .
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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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