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Conservation groups to sue over wolverine decision

Conservation groups to sue over wolverine decision | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
A coalition of 13 conservation groups has filed notice that it will sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its decision to withdraw proposed protections for the wolverine.
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Having to sue for protection for a species that is down to a few hundred individuals should not be necessary.  Perhaps we need some new faces in the FWS.

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Ethiopia's farmers fight devastating drought with land restoration

Ethiopia's farmers fight devastating drought with land restoration | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Ethiopia has confirmed its commitment to restore its degraded lands to improve food security and biodiversity. Now, it’s looking to the private sector for support
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With 100 million people and a high population growth rate, Ethopia needs to concentrate on family planning to prepare for future droughts.
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1-800-FAM(ily)-PLAN(ning), INC.

1-800-FAM(ily)-PLAN(ning), INC. | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
It is time to privatize family planning. There is no reason our government should be involved in family planning issues. Family planning is the right and decision of women, their partners, other family members, the family doctor and in some cases, clergy, if desired. As a for-profit business, the primary outcome would be providing underserved women with free family planning products and services. Additionally let’s all remember that the most controversial service, abortion, is legal. We have to stop fighting for it as though it is not legal, as this only serves to somehow diminish its validity. A for-profit company would only solidify the legitimacy of the current legal status of abortion.
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Leopards have lost 75% of their historical habitat

Leopards have lost 75% of their historical habitat | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The area of the world roamed by leopards has declined by three quarters over the last two and a half centuries, according to the most comprehensive effort yet to map the big cat.

Researchers said they were shocked by the shrinking of the spotted hunter’s range, and that the decline had been far worse for several of the nine subspecies of leopards and in some parts of the world.

“We found the leopard had lost 75% of its historical habitat, we were blown away by that, it was much more than we feared,” said Andrew Jacobson, a conservationist at the Zoological Society of London and lead author of a new study on their range published in the journal PeerJ.
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Wildlife Babies!

Wildlife Babies! | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Ah, spring! There’s lots to love about the season, from longer days and warm rains to fragrant flowers. But if you’re a wildlife lover—and we know you are—one of the best things about spring is that newly born wild animals have begun making their first forays into the world.

Some of us may venture out in the hope of seeing adults and their offspring in our national parks, national wildlife refuges and other wild places. But for most of us, just knowing that the cycle of life renews itself on the landscape every spring is reason for delight.

Here’s how some of our favorite wildlife spring into life every year.
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The Fires of Climate Change are Burning the Himalayas

The Fires of Climate Change are Burning the Himalayas | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
It's the highest mountain range in the world. Featuring peaks that scrape the sky, dwindling glaciers, and lush forests, these gentle giants are essential to the prosperity and stability of one of Asia's greatest lands. For rainwater and glacial melt flowing out of the Himalayas feeds the rivers that are the very life-blood of India…
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World heading for catastrophe over natural disasters, risk expert warns

World heading for catastrophe over natural disasters, risk expert warns | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
With cascading crises – where one event triggers another – set to rise, international disaster risk reduction efforts are woefully underfunded
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Sometime soon, experts predict global population starts to fall, but not from wise family planning, rather it is from hunger, thirst, and conflict. Population is mentioned by the UN advisor quoted in this article, but the need for family planning is not.
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Environment: Can dams be operated without killing rivers?

Environment: Can dams be operated without killing rivers? | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
New study eyes impacts to aquatic insects Staff Report Using a vast sample of data collected in a citizen science project, researchers say they've been able to discern how hydropeaking affects aquatic insects that form the base of river food chains. The information could help resource managers develop alternative hydropower practices that aren't as harmful…
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Ranching compromises Yellowstone Economic Values

Ranching compromises Yellowstone Economic Values | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Recently it was reported in the Livingston Enterprise that visitors to Yellowstone National Park contributed $493.6 million in spending in communities near the park. That spending supported 7,737 j…
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Deputy Director's Corner | Negative Population Growth

Deputy Director's Corner | Negative Population Growth | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

Deputy Director’s Corner. Recently, I came across an article on the CNN Money website detailing yet another immigration scam working to increase U.S. population growth. It turns out, there’s a fairly major racket for fake student visas. According to the article: “brokers recruited …

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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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Oyster producers monitoring ocean acidification

Oyster producers monitoring ocean acidification | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Scientists warn of the growing threat of ocean acidification to marine ecology, industry and food security.
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BP Drops $1 Billion Seafood Industry Spill Payments Fight

BP Drops $1 Billion Seafood Industry Spill Payments Fight | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
After fighting for more than two years to avoid paying almost $1 billion in oil spill damages to Gulf Coast shrimpers, oystermen and seafood processors it claimed didn’t exist, BP Plc has thrown in the towel.

“We have withdrawn our claims seeking an injunction against payments by the Seafood Program so the program can be concluded,” Geoff Morrell, a BP spokesman, said in an e-mail Tuesday. The company will keep pursuing fraud claims against lawyer Mikal Watts and his firm, Morrell said. Watts was indicted for allegedly making false claims in connection with the BP spill.
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Deadly heat wave is shattering all-time records in Southeast Asia and India

Deadly heat wave is shattering all-time records in Southeast Asia and India | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
A deadly, record-shattering heat wave continues to grip India, Thailand, Cambodia and other countries in southern Asia.
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Alberta Burning

Alberta Burning | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Fort McMurray fire officials are prepared for another challenging day Wednesday as firefighters try to save the oilsands city from a massive wildfire that has destroyed homes and businesses, and forced the largest wildfire evacuation in Alberta’s history.

Tens of thousands of people have fled north and south.

Fueled by soaring temperatures that hit 32 C and tinder-dry forest, the fire broached the city limits and by 6:20 p.m. a mandatory evacuation order was issued for the entire city.
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“Please Get Us Out” — Alberta Wildfire Threatens Tar Sands City of Fort McMurray, 61,000 Forced to Evacuate

“Please Get Us Out” — Alberta Wildfire Threatens Tar Sands City of Fort McMurray, 61,000 Forced to Evacuate | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Emergency situation now developing in Fort McMurray, Alberta where a massive wildfire in this near-Arctic zone is  engulfing the city. This is a very dangerous developing situation. More updates to follow. (Super 8 Motel burns as massive, unseasonal wildfire enters the downtown area of Fort McMurray.) **** Yesterday, a massive wildfire began to encroach upon…
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Baby rhino gives Sudan new lease on life

Baby rhino gives Sudan new lease on life | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The baby southern white rhino was abandoned by mom and found by the Ol Pejeta team when he was only 2 weeks old. Very sick and barely alive, he has made an amazing recovery with the help of caretakers. Named Ringo, after rhino advocate Ringo Starr, he has been introduced to Sudan, the last male…
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Denver authorizes gray water program

Denver authorizes gray water program | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
City takes big step toward more sustainable water use Staff Report Denver, Colorado took a big step toward meeting an ambitious 20 percent water conservation target by passing an ordinance authorizing the use of gray water for residential, commercial and industrial purposes. The city hopes to cut per capita use of potable water by 20…
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Death at Yellowstone: Feds probe shooting of ‘Scarface,’ the park’s most famed grizzly

Death at Yellowstone: Feds probe shooting of ‘Scarface,’ the park’s most famed grizzly | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The Washington Post Karin Brulliard   There are more than 750 grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park, but none as famed as a brawny, cocoa-colored male dubbed No. 211. He was best known by his nickname, which was inspired by his fight-maimed face and damaged right ear: Scarface. He roamed far, wide and…
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Global water shortages to deliver 'severe hit' to economies, World Bank warns

Global water shortages to deliver 'severe hit' to economies, World Bank warns | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The Middle East, north Africa, central Asia and south Asia due to suffer biggest economic hit from water scarcity as climate change takes hold, report finds
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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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