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The Human Hothouse Turns Bolivia's Second Largest Lake into a Withered Wasteland

The Human Hothouse Turns Bolivia's Second Largest Lake into a Withered Wasteland | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Lake Poopo in Bolivia has dried up. And Climate Change has been named as the top cause of the disaster.

After decades of drought and depressed rainfall related to a human-forced warming of the globe, the once-massive lake is now gone. Once measuring 90 by 32 kilometers and covering an area of over 1,000 square kilometers this second largest lake in all of Bolivia has turned into a dried out disaster zone. Cracked, baked earth, overturned and abandoned boats, and the desiccated remains of lake life are all that are left as sign to the fact that a giant lake once existed. The flamingos, fish and other wildlife that relied on the lake are now dead or long gone. Yet more lonely casualties of a climate changed radically by an incessant burning of fossil fuels.

(Human-forced climate change is implicated in Bolivia’s loss of Lake Poopo. Video source: TeleSUR English.)

Rainy Season Undone

About a decade ago, the rainy season in this region of the Altiplano Mountains began to dry up. Rainfall became less regular and the great Lake Poopo — important to locals for its supply of fish and wildlife — began to fade away. By 2015, record global temperatures and El Nino conditions had again pushed the rainy season back. By January of 2016, one month into the typical rainy season, no rains had yet fallen and the great lake had dried up completely.
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serena woods's curator insight, February 16, 6:43 PM

When we have destroyed everything around us, will we then understand what we've done to the Earth?

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Disappearing West

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  Construction Eliminating Plants and Animals Every 2.5 minutes, the American West loses a football field worth of natural area to human development. This project maps a rapidly changing landscape, explores what is being lost, and profiles a new movement for conservation that is gaining ground. Natural areas in the West are going fast. With…
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Excellent review of the loss of natural areas to construction.
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Peace park proposed for Karen State, Myanmar- DVB Multimedia Group

Peace park proposed for Karen State, Myanmar- DVB Multimedia Group | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Proposed Nature Sanctuary/Park in Myanmar KESAN hopes the introduction of the Salween Peace Park will also stop logging concessions in the area, which cause irreparable damage to wildlife and the environment.  Source: Peace park proposed for Karen State- DVB Multimedia Group Click for Photo Source  
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Abrupt Sea Level Rise Looms As Increasingly Realistic Threat by Nicola Jones: Yale Environment 360

Abrupt Sea Level Rise Looms As Increasingly Realistic Threat by Nicola Jones: Yale Environment 360 | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Ninety-nine percent of the planet's freshwater ice is locked up in the Antarctic and Greenland ice caps. Now, a growing number of studies are raising the possibility that as those ice sheets melt, sea levels could rise by six feet this century, and far higher in the next, flooding many of the world's populated coastal…
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Electric aircraft Sun Flyer – Business Insider

Electric aircraft Sun Flyer – Business Insider | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
A small Denver, Colorado, manufacturer has rolled out the first prototype of a new all-electric aircraft, suggesting that the same revolution currently sweeping through the auto industry may soon become airborne.  Source: Electric aircraft Sun Flyer - Business Insider
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Multi-Day ‘Siege of Storms’ Follows Exxon Shareholder Meeting | robertscribbler

Multi-Day ‘Siege of Storms’ Follows Exxon Shareholder Meeting | robertscribbler | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
A multi-day siege of severe thunderstorms morphed into a major flash flood event in parts of Texas, Kansas, and other states late Thursday into Friday, and more severe weather is expected into Friday night.

NOAA weather forecasts earlier this week had identified some risk of severe rainfall over this region. But the forecasts had only predicted around 3 inches of rainfall in the most heavily affected areas. The forecast therefore undershot Thursday rainfall intensity by 14-16 inches. And this makes it look like the current weather models are having some serious difficultly keeping up with the human-forced atmospheric changes that are now fully in swing. Combine this with current weather media’s near complete blindness (there are noted exceptions — Weather Underground included) to factors related to human-caused climate change and we have what could best be described as a hazardous degree of under-reporting on climate related risk factors. And the result is a great underutilization of a vast array of weather sensors and scientific talent that would be capable of providing helpful and life-saving information if only they were enabled to. But media-wide, we’re still living and acting as if climate change doesn’t affect the weather. Source: Multi-Day ‘Siege of Storms’ Follows Exxon Shareholder Meeting | robertscribbler
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GR:  Forcasting in the time of climate change.
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'Insane Damage': Activist Accuses Logger of Breaking Disclosure Law | The Tyee

'Insane Damage': Activist Accuses Logger of Breaking Disclosure Law | The Tyee | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Ministry says Vancouver Island cuts are okay but citizen demands to see plans.
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Colorado Parks and Wildlife targets illegally stocked pike in Green Mountain Reservoir with a bounty for anglers | Summit County Citizens Voice

Colorado Parks and Wildlife targets illegally stocked pike in Green Mountain Reservoir with a bounty for anglers | Summit County Citizens Voice | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Non-native predators could threaten endangered species in Colorado River. Colorado wildlife managers will try to curb expansion of non-native northern pike in Summit County’s Green Mountain Reservoir by paying anglers a $20 bounty for each fish they deliver to the Heeney Marina. The illegally introduced fish are taking a toll on trout in the reservoir…
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Human-introduced invasive species are the second most environmentally destructive human activity after direct habitat destruction by roads and buildings. And I guess we will soon have to modify that by placing global warming in first or second place.
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Australia scrubbed from UN climate change report after government intervention | Environment | The Guardian

Australia scrubbed from UN climate change report after government intervention | Environment | The Guardian | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Exclusive: All mentions of Australia were removed from the final version of a Unesco report on climate change and world heritage sites after the Australian government objected on the grounds it could impact on tourism. Guardian Australia can reveal the report “World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate”, which Unesco jointly published with the…
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G7 nations pledge to end fossil fuel subsidies by 2025 | Environment | The Guardian

G7 nations pledge to end fossil fuel subsidies by 2025 | Environment | The Guardian | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Leaders of the UK, US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the EU urge all countries to join them in eliminating support for coal, oil and gas in a decade. The statement did not define precisely what the G7 consider to be a subsidy. The word “inefficient” in the G7 text indicates subsidies that distort…
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Senators demand US halt inquiries into climate denial by oil companies | US news | The Guardian

Senators demand US halt inquiries into climate denial by oil companies | US news | The Guardian | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Five hardline conservatives tell Department of Justice to stop any investigations into whether companies lied to the public about climate change Source: Senators demand US halt inquiries into climate denial by oil companies | US news | The Guardian
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Is the lion the new rhino?

Is the lion the new rhino? | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Is poaching coming to the domain of the lion? This is the third of these brutal incidents in less than a week.

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Saying Goodbye to Twin and Mottled – Heartaches for the Lamar Canyons

Saying Goodbye to Twin and Mottled – Heartaches for the Lamar Canyons | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Saying goodbye to two more members of the Lamar Canyon pack, Twin, the alpha male, and Mottled, the beta male, is long overdue. Truth be told, every time someone asks me a question about the Lamar …

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Inside the Race to Save Cuba’s Coral Reefs — Pacific Standard

Inside the Race to Save Cuba’s Coral Reefs — Pacific Standard | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Given the dual threats of climate change and increased tourism, conservationists are attempting to gather all the data they can before it’s…

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One-fifth of world’s plants at risk of extinction: study | The Japan Times

One-fifth of world’s plants at risk of extinction: study | The Japan Times | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The survey by Britain’s Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, London, said 21 percent of species are under threat. The report, the first of its kind, is intended to become a global reference point for the study of plants. The study, which estimates there are a total of 390,900 plants known to science, found farming to…
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We tend to focus on animals. However, plants are the primary producers upon which all animals, including humans, depend. This study gives us an extremely valuable starting point for evaluating the status of plants. I suspect that further analysis will show that there are more plant species at risk than the 21% indicated here. I think this is because the effects of climate change are not yet fully understood by many scientists. For instance, several recent studies (here's an example) found that most forest trees will disappear this century. With them will go many of the understory plants and, of course, the animals.
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The number one thing we can do to protect Earth’s oceans | Ensia

The number one thing we can do to protect Earth’s oceans | Ensia | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Protecting Earth's Oceans By Liza Gross When New England fishers complained of working harder and harder to catch fewer and fewer fish, Spencer Baird assembled a scientific team to investigate. Though a fishery failure would once have seemed inconceivable, Baird wrote in his report, “an alarming decrease of the shore-fisheries has been thoroughly established by…
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This Is The Side Of The Great Barrier Reef The Government Doesn’t Want You To See – BuzzFeed News

This Is The Side Of The Great Barrier Reef The Government Doesn’t Want You To See – BuzzFeed News | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Australia Coral Reef Deception:  BuzzFeed News: Photos and text from: Rob Stott, BuzzFeed News Reporter, Australia Take a quick look at the Tourism Australia website and social media channels and you’ll find all of the things you’d expect from the Great Barrier Reef: glossy photos of divers, happy turtles, and coral. Lots of coral. But…
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Meteorologists are seeing global warming’s effect on the weather | Paul Douglas | Environment | The Guardian

Meteorologists are seeing global warming’s effect on the weather | Paul Douglas | Environment | The Guardian | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

GR:  Read my last post to see how forecasters failed to predict the extreme rainfall and flooding that hit Texas today.


"Whatever happened to normal weather? Earth has always experienced epic storms, debilitating drought, and biblical floods. But lately it seems the treadmill of disruptive weather has been set to fast-forward. God’s grandiose Symphony of…GR:  Read my last post to see how forecasters failed to predict the extreme rainfall and flooding that hit Texas today. "Whatever happened to normal weather? Earth has always experienced epic storms, debilitating drought, and biblical floods. But lately it seems the treadmill of disruptive weather has been set to fast-forward. God’s grandiose Symphony of…

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Agreement turns I-35 into pollinator haven | Finance & Commerce

Agreement turns I-35 into pollinator haven | Finance & Commerce | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
GR:  It is definitely time to get serious about pollinator protection.  Unfortunately, this agreement is not binding and it does not mention mowing or herbicides, the principal roadside vegetation management tools of departments of transportation.  If I-35 roadsides start to become wild and rough, it will be a sign that the effort to aid pollinators…
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Ethics and nuclear power – theme for May 2016 « nuclear-news

Ethics and nuclear power – theme for May 2016 « nuclear-news | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
I have been managing this site for 9 years. With viewers, the most popular posts and pages have been on ETHICS. Isn’t that extraordinary, in this world where money, growth, and material consumption are generally seen as the top priorities! There is nothing ethical about the nuclear industry. It began with making weapons of mass murder,…
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Will the Citizens’ jury be able to say NO to nuclear waste importing for South Australia? « Antinuclear

Will the Citizens’ jury be able to say NO to nuclear waste importing for South Australia? « Antinuclear | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Just how strictly controlled the process is becomes obvious when it emerges that the task of those 50, during two weekend meetings in June and July, will be to produce ‘a short independent guide to help every South Australian understand the recommendations raised’ by the report.ABC news dubbed this whole process the Premier’s ‘public relations…
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What Do Elephants and Cocaine Have in Common? – Scientific American Blog Network

What Do Elephants and Cocaine Have in Common? – Scientific American Blog Network | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Wildlife products and drugs both fuel massive levels of international crime, according to a new United Nations report. A massive new report published this week by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) proves what conservationists have been saying for years: smuggling of wildlife products is huge business. The report—compiled from records of…
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The Howl of the Hunted Part Two

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Continued from: https://exposingthebiggame.wordpress.com/2016/05/23/excerpt-from-the-howl-of-the-hunted/ "The mournful, eerie howl, heard at dusk and dawn, contributed greatly to the fears man had of wolves. It was believed his howls at dusk were signaling the coming of the hours of famine, witchery, or, as they were called, 'the hours of the wolf.' "In reality, the howl is one of…
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Atlantic Tropical Storm Bonnie May Become Second 2016 Cyclone to Form Before Hurricane Season Start | robertscribbler

Ocean temperatures off the East Coast of the US are extraordinarily warm for this time of year. A region of water in the Gulf Stream 100 miles off Virginia Beach now features sea surface temperatur… Source: Atlantic Tropical Storm Bonnie May Become Second 2016 Cyclone to Form Before Hurricane Season Start | robertscribbler
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Sick wildlife trafficker arrested after being caught with frozen tiger cubs

Sick wildlife trafficker arrested after being caught with frozen tiger cubs | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
A WILDLIFE trafficker has been arrested after police seized the frozen carcasses of four tiger cubs.

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Can America learn to love the big bad wolf? There are signs of change

Can America learn to love the big bad wolf? There are signs of change | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
They’ve been called ‘the beast of destruction’ and ‘the abortion issue of wildlife’. But efforts to save the wolf’s population, and perception, are worth celebrating

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