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Why the NRDC’s Montana “Wolf Stamp” Must Be Stopped

Why the NRDC’s Montana “Wolf Stamp” Must Be Stopped | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

By Brooks Fahy, Executive Director, Predator Defense

"Recently one of our county’s most highly respected environmental organizations, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), proposed that wildlife advocates improve the plight of wolves in Montana by purchasing a special wolf “conservation” stamp for $20. The money raised would allegedly be used to resolve wolf conflicts nonlethally, as well as for public education, habitat improvement and procurement, and law enforcement.

"Sounds great, right?

"WRONG.

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As much as we want to trust and work with our public agencies, we have to do so with caution.  Shifting political breezes often force well-intentioned agency employees to change their commitments.  We must seek strong, binding agreements before beginning any cooperative ventures.

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Balancing hydropower and biodiversity in the Amazon, Congo, and Mekong

Balancing hydropower and biodiversity in the Amazon, Congo, and Mekong | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
GR:  Why don't conservationists give up their pleas for river ecosystems.  After a century of effort, they should have learned that investors will do nothing that might jeopardize profits. From Science Policy Forum:  "The world's most biodiverse river basins—the Amazon, Congo, and Mekong—are experiencing an unprecedented boom in hydropower dam construction. These projects address important…
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Arizona Game & Fish Department - Off Highway Vehicles

Arizona Game & Fish Department - Off Highway Vehicles | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation is one of the most popular recreational activities taking place on public and state lands in Arizona. Please obey the laws, stay on designated open roads and trails, and ride safely and responsibly.
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GR:  The sights and sounds of humans on foot and on wheeled vehicles are disruptive to wildlife.  Numerous studies have shown their harmful effects on foraging and reproductive success.  So why would a wildlife management agency promote such behavior?  Why in the midst of the great mass extinction of life on Earth would a government agency promote activities harmful to wildlife?  Oh, wait a minute, is it for money?  Crazy.  Will voters ever come to respect wildlife and require their management agency to dedicate its efforts to protection?

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18 cities in Pennsylvania reported higher levels of lead exposure than Flint

18 cities in Pennsylvania reported higher levels of lead exposure than Flint | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
There are 17 cities in Pennsylvania where 10 percent of children tested positive for lead exposure

Philadelphia was not able to share community-area lead level exposure rates, but a 2014 Pennsylvania Department of Health annual report that included detailed information on 20 cities showed that 17 of those had a higher percentage of children with blood lead levels (BLLs) ≥ 5 μg/dL than the rest of the state.
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Christina MacPherson

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Read all of the posts by Christina MacPherson on Antinuclear
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North Atlantic CO2 Storage Doubles In 10 Years

North Atlantic CO2 Storage Doubles In 10 Years | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
From the University of Miami

A University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science-led study shows that the North Atlantic absorbed 50 percent more man-made carbon dioxide over the last decade, compared to the previous decade. The findings show the impact that the burning of fossil fuels have had on the world’s oceans in just 10 years.

To determine the total uptake and storage of carbon dioxide in the North Atlantic over the last several decades, researchers analyzed data collected from the same locations, but 10 years apart, to identify changes caused by man-made CO2. The data were collected during two National Science Foundation-funded international ship-based studies, CLIVAR (Climate Variability CO2 Repeat Hydrography) and GO-SHIP (Global Ocean Ship-Based Hydrographic Investigations Program).

“This study shows the large impact all of us are having on the environment and that our use of fossil fuels isn’t only causing the climate to change, but also affects the oceans by decreasing the pH,” said Ryan Woosley, a researcher in the UM Rosenstiel School, Department of Ocean Sciences.
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Grazing Fees Still a Sweetheart Deal for Private Industry, Agencies Abashed at Having to Raise It

Grazing Fees Still a Sweetheart Deal for Private Industry, Agencies Abashed at Having to Raise It | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Boise, Idaho – Amid significant recent controversy over the national public lands grazing program, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service announced today the 2016 fee for grazing livestock on public allotments. At a mere $2.11 per cow/calf pair (AUM), it is clear that the government plans to keep up the heavy subsidies for this extractive industry. Despite this ongoing giveaway, it appears this year that the agencies are trying to lay low about the fee increase and have declined to issue a press advisory announcing this year’s rates, unlike previous years when the announcement was made public in January.

“We have been hearing a lot about the problems of public lands management,” said Travis Bruner, Executive Director of Western Watersheds Project. “Really it’s the taxpayers who are the ones getting a raw deal regarding grazing. In addition to losing valuable ecological function, wildlife habitat, and scenery, Americans are effectively supporting a very narrow welfare program for the benefit of western livestock operations. The BLM and Forest Service charge far lower than fair rates and still seem embarrassed this year to bring them up.”
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Drought tightening grip on nation's forests, rangelands

Drought tightening grip on nation's forests, rangelands | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

The U.S. Forest Service released a comprehensive report analyzing the research compiled so far on drought and its effects on the country's forests and rangelands.

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Some tiny plankton may have big effect on ocean's carbon storage

Some tiny plankton may have big effect on ocean's carbon storage | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

How do you find your food? Most animal species, whether they rummage through a refrigerator or stalk prey in the wild, obtain nutrients by consuming living organisms. Plants, for the most part, adopt a different feeding, ...

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Topography shapes biodiversity, and not only through temperature

Topography shapes biodiversity, and not only through temperature | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

A warming climate is likely to drive species to higher, cooler altitudes. A new study highlights a less obvious, yet crucial way in which their new habitat could differ from the one they leave behind.

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Extinction means more than a loss of species to Australia's delicate ecosystems

Extinction means more than a loss of species to Australia's delicate ecosystems | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

European settlement of Australia, and the exotic predators and herbivores they brought with them, caused rapid widespread biodiversity loss. As a result, for the past 200 years Australia has had the highest mammal extinction ...

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Organic Ambitions: Scotland's Organic Action Plan 2016 -2020

Organic Ambitions: Scotland's Organic Action Plan 2016 -2020 | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

An ambitious new action plan to help organic food and farming build a more sustainable future, regenerate the rural economy and conserve biodiversity and natural resources is being launched for Scotland.

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Report offers mixed climate change outlook for pikas

Report offers mixed climate change outlook for pikas | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Some populations likely to blink out because of global warming Staff Report Climate change may push pikas out of some western national parks, but they are expected to survive in others, where global warming won't hit quite so hard, scientists said in a new report. The tiny mammals are common residents of the alpine zone…
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How to Track a Poacher 101

How to Track a Poacher 101 | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Rangers are taught “basic training” in a short 6-8 week period of time. During this general training they learn

animal identification and behavior
bird identification
plant and grass identification
how to recognize and manage soil erosion
general patrol techniques
bush craft
bush survivalTracker training 4
first aid
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AZGFD.gov Sunday is last day to hunt Arizona’s quail

AZGFD.gov Sunday is last day to hunt Arizona’s quail | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
PHOENIX — With nothing but sunshine and spring-like temperatures in the weather forecast for this weekend, there’s really no excuse for hunters not to get out in the field and chase quail one last time.

The season for the state’s three main species – Gambel’s, scaled and Mearns’ – ends Sunday, Feb. 7. The general bag limit is 15 quail per day in the aggregate, of which no more than eight may be Mearns’ quail. The general possession limit is 45 quail in the aggregate, of which no more than 15 Gambel’s, scaled or California quail in the aggregate may be taken in any one day. The 45-quail possession limit may include 24 Mearns’ quail, of which no more than eight may be taken in any one day.
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GR:  Many of these beautiful birds will die over the next 72 hours.  Shouldn't killers be given psychiatric treatment rather than living targets? 

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Rapid Acceleration in Sea Level Rise -- From 2009 Through October 2015, Global Oceans Have Risen by 5 Millimeters Per Year

Rapid Acceleration in Sea Level Rise -- From 2009 Through October 2015, Global Oceans Have Risen by 5 Millimeters Per Year | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

The evidence that a human-forced warming of the globe is hitting a much higher gear in terms of both added heat and ramping impacts just keeps streaming on in. Today, an update in the satellite monitor tracking global sea level rise provides yet one more ominous marker. The world’s oceans are rising at an unprecedented rate not seen since the end of the last Ice Age. A rate that appears to be rapidly accelerating.

It’s a tough bit of evidence that the world is swiftly accumulating heat. For aside from atmospheric temperature readings, the rate of sea level rise is probably the best marker for how fast the world is warming. It’s a sign of heat build-up that’s thermally expanding the ocean. And, far more ominously, it’s a sign that the great glaciers of the world are starting to accumulate enough heat to go into a more and more widespread melt and destabilization.

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There is hope that the rate of sea-level rise will slow in 2017, but not much hope.  All evidence points to a 15-20 foot rise even if we stop our CO2 emissions now (within 10-15 years).  If we don't, the rise will be greater.  Read Scribbler's article for a clearer understanding of what's going on.

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Continental Refugium in the Mongolian Plateau during Quaternary Glacial Oscillations: Phylogeography and Niche Modelling of the Endemic Desert Hamster, Phodopus roborovskii

Continental Refugium in the Mongolian Plateau during Quaternary Glacial Oscillations: Phylogeography and Niche Modelling of the Endemic Desert Hamster,  Phodopus roborovskii | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

The Mongolian Plateau (MP), which is situated in the interior of Asia and possesses a typical continental climate, experienced harsh climatic conditions during the Quaternary glacial fluctuations.

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Sea Ice Death Spiral Continues -- Start of 2016 Sees Arctic Ocean Ice Hitting New Record Lows

Sea Ice Death Spiral Continues -- Start of 2016 Sees Arctic Ocean Ice Hitting New Record Lows | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
In January, Arctic sea ice extent hit a new record average low for the month. Meanwhile, during the first days of February, both Arctic sea ice extent and area hit new daily record lows even as global sea ice area also entered the second lowest range ever recorded. And so it seems that the sea ice death spiral of a record warm world continues.

January lowest sea ice on record

(According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, Arctic sea ice extent averages were the lowest on record for the month of January since at least 1979. The new low beats out 2011, continuing an ongoing decadal January decline of about 420,000 square kilometers every ten years. Image souce: NSIDC.)

But before we go more into the new spate of record low Arctic and global sea ice measures, it’s important to consider the context — our world has not seen the current level of heat forcing from greenhouse gasses (CO2 + methane + NOx + other greenhouse gasses) in the atmosphere since about 15 million years ago. It’s an unprecedented amount of hothouse potential that is having equally unprecedented results.
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DROUGHT: Forest Service warns climate change brings serious consequences

DROUGHT: Forest Service warns climate change brings serious consequences | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

Drought is projected to intensify in frequency and severity, bringing with it more wildfires, insect-induced tree mortality and a host of economic impacts as global temperatures rise, according to a comprehensive scientific assessment released by...

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The climate-change refugee crisis is only just beginning – ‘I’m dead if I stay, so it doesn’t matter if I die on the way’

The climate-change refugee crisis is only just beginning – ‘I’m dead if I stay, so it doesn’t matter if I die on the way’ | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The Amhara Plateau is no one’s idea of a gloomy landscape. Rich fields blossom as far as the eye can see; bountiful rivers zigzag through the region’s rolling hills. It isn’t hard to see why local Orthodox Christians believe the Ark of the Covenant was floated down the Nile from Egypt and ended up here. Nor why desert raiders continually stormed in off the nearby Sahara for hundreds of years.

But to those who farm the fertile reaches of Western Ethiopia, their home environment is growing a good deal less enticing by the day.

Erratic temperatures and rains, which culminated last year in the total failure of the belg, the short rainy season, have struck locals hard. In a country still scarred by the deadly famines of the 1980s and 90s, reduced crop yields are panicking villagers, almost
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More on the Monsanto Tribunal

More on the Monsanto Tribunal | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

For an increasing number of people from around the world, Monsanto today is the symbol of industrial agriculture.

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New report assesses impacts of drought on US forests

New report assesses impacts of drought on US forests | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

A new U.S. Forest Service report, edited in partnership with Duke University, projects that drought will have far-reaching impacts on U.S. forests and grasslands in coming decades.

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What about logging, grazing, roads, transmission corridors, and recreation?

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Cause for hope: Secondary tropical forests put on weight fast

Cause for hope: Secondary tropical forests put on weight fast | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

How fast tropical forests recover after deforestation has major consequences for climate change mitigation. A team including Smithsonian scientists discovered that some secondary tropical forests recover biomass quickly: ...

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Hope?  Perhaps we would have hope if we reversed population growth and greenhouse gas emissions today.

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How the Role We Play in Species Extinction is Tied to Our Own Demise

How the Role We Play in Species Extinction is Tied to Our Own Demise | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

The world is currently experiencing its sixth mass extinction event in its history – 52 percent of wildlife has been lost in the past four decades alone. While the other five events were caused by natural disasters ...

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The Indiscriminate Wildlife Killer

The Indiscriminate Wildlife Killer | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Poaching, an ongoing global threat to wildlife, usually brings to mind bad guys with guns and machetes intent on stealing rhino horns and elephant tusks. But another poaching method, silent, yet just as deadly are snares. Relatively easy to come by telephone or cable wire is used to trap whatever comes into its path. While some animals…
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AUSTRALIAN NUCLEAR ASSOCIATION wants nuclear reactors on Spencer Gulf

AUSTRALIAN NUCLEAR ASSOCIATION wants nuclear reactors on Spencer Gulf | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
THE AUSTRALIAN NUCLEAR ASSOCIATION (ANA) put in a submission to #NuclearCommissionSAust devoted only to promoting NUCLEAR ELECTRICITY GENERATION. Of course, they made no attempt to consider renewable energy generation, let alone compare the costs. Heaven forfend, as that would have blown their argument right out of the water! Anyway, they selected recommending Upper Spencer Gulf Area…
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Boosting food crop yields 'can protect biodiversity' - BBC News

Boosting food crop yields 'can protect biodiversity' - BBC News | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

Increasing crop yields could help meet the rising global demand for more food while sparing land to protect biodiversity, a study suggests.

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This is such a short-term view.

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