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The Arctic Is Melting And Big Business Is Ready To Dig In

The Arctic Is Melting And Big Business Is Ready To Dig In | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

"Standing at a podium before the World Economic Forum, Leonardo DiCaprio briefly smiled as he received an award for his leadership in tackling climate change. Once settled under the spotlight, he quickly moved away from his grateful statements, and began railing on corporate avarice.

"We simply cannot allow the corporate greed of the coal, oil, and gas industries to determine the future of humanity,” said DiCaprio last week while at Davos, Switzerland, where some 2,500 top global business leaders, politicians, and intellectuals gathered to discuss politics, economics, and social issues.

"Fossil fuels must be kept in the ground to avoid catastrophic climate change, he continued. “Enough is enough. You know better. The world knows better.”

"But while DiCaprio was cheered Wednesday as he stepped off the stage with his Crystal award, the international business community appears interested in venturing into new areas despite potential ecological costs. In fact, a day after recognizing environmental leadership, a World Economic Forum advisory group launched the Arctic Investment Protocol, and with that came a tacit push for extracting resources from one of the least-developed areas of the world.

"The Arctic Investment Protocol is a voluntary set of guidelines for nations looking to do business where diminished ice coverage from man-made climate change is allowing access to once-unreachable sea routes as well as vast mineral and fossil fuel reservoirs.

"The protocol calls for building resilient societies through economic development, pursuing measures to protect the Arctic environment, and respecting and including local communities, to name a few. The Guggenheim Partners, a major global investment and financial services firm, quickly endorsed the protocol, saying the Arctic represents one of the last great economic frontiers."

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GR:  No place on Earth is safe from human avarice. DiCaprio mentions the greed of the coal, oil, and gas industries, but he could also have condemned the greed of the mining, farming, and logging industries. Financial interest will overwhelm the wisdom of switching from development to protection. We've stripped away the Arctic's protective skin of ice and cold. Now we will feed on the carcass. 

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Revealed: the dangerous wild animals kept on UK private property

Revealed: the dangerous wild animals kept on UK private property | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Councils have issued licences for thousands of animals, research shows, including lions, wolves and crocodiles
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The Other Wolverine Who Rivaled X-Men for Fame – Defenders of Wildlife Blog

The Other Wolverine Who Rivaled X-Men for Fame – Defenders of Wildlife Blog | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The pointless killing of this special individual from a rare species indicates just how total is our threat to nature.
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The pointless killing of this special individual from a rare species indicates just how total is our threat to nature.
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The US spent $1.4 billion in Africa telling people not to have sex and it didn’t work

The US spent $1.4 billion in Africa telling people not to have sex and it didn’t work | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The United States has spent $1.4 billion over the last decade on promoting abstinence in Africa as a way to slow the spread of HIV. It hasn't helped, according to a study published this week in Health Affairs, and may be causing more harm than good. Researchers Nathan C. Lo, Anita Lowe, and Eran Bendavid from th
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We are Already Facing Consequences of Rapid Climate Change

We are Already Facing Consequences of Rapid Climate Change | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
An unfortunate and dangerous commonality persists among conversations concerning human-driven climate change. Often, the consequences of climate change are spoken of as something that will take place in the future, something that is decades from now. Naively, many even talk as if it is something that is still preventable if only we could convince people to take on a “green” lifestyle, industry to clean up its act, and policy makers to face overwhelming evidence. While those are worthy pursuits, that naiveté is dangerous.
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Rate of Environmental Damage Increasing Across the Planet but There Is Still Time to Reverse Worst Impacts if Governments Act Now, UNEP Assessment Says - UNEP

Rate of Environmental Damage Increasing Across the Planet but There Is Still Time to Reverse Worst Impacts if Governments Act Now, UNEP Assessment Says - UNEP | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Nairobi, 19 May 2016 - The environmental change sweeping the world is occurring at a faster pace than previously thought, making it imperative that governments act now to reverse the damage being done to the planet, says the most authoritative study that UNEP has ever published on the state of the global environment.

Under the title Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6): Regional Assessments, six separate reports provide highly detailed examinations of the environmental issues affecting each of the world's six regions: the Pan-European region, North America, Asia and the Pacific, West Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Africa.
Released ahead of the United Nations Environment Assembly, the regional assessments find that the world shares a host of common environmental threats that are rapidly intensifying in many parts of the world.
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GR:  This detailed summary lays out the problems.  It continues the falacy that nature is a resource that can be preserved merly through better management.  Moreover, it does not offer solutions for reducing our population, the driver of the other problems.
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Why the Environmental Movement Is Not Winning

Why the Environmental Movement Is Not Winning | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
A searing new report says the environmental movement is not winning and lays the blame squarely o
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The Planetary Archives / San Francisco, California's curator insight, May 23, 10:23 AM
There are too many froups competing for the same funds, instead of consolidating resources and cooperating.
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Too much humanity threatens biological diversity - Population Matters

Too much humanity threatens biological diversity - Population Matters | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
for a sustainable future
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The main points here are that human population is the principal threat to biodiversity, and that human population needs to be added to mainstream discussions of biodiversity.
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Paradise lost: World's most beautiful places under threat of tourism - BBC News

Paradise lost: World's most beautiful places under threat of tourism - BBC News | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
As Thailand closes one of its islands due to the environmental damage caused by mass tourism, we take a look at some other popular destinations facing destruction
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TRAFFIC - Wildlife Trade News - Symposium highlights threats to the world’s plants, but solutions are to hand

TRAFFIC - Wildlife Trade News - Symposium highlights threats to the world’s plants, but solutions are to hand | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, works to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature.
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The Fort McMurray fire’s stunning pulse of carbon to the atmosphere

The Fort McMurray fire’s stunning pulse of carbon to the atmosphere | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Experts said the fire's emissions could make up a significant proportion of Canada's total carbon footprint in 2016.
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Sunnyside High School Freshmen Dominate Video Contest - Population Media Center

Sunnyside High School Freshmen Dominate Video Contest - Population Media Center | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
TUCSON, AZ–The Freshman Academy at Sunnyside High School provided 500 participants and most of the winners in a recent video contest sponsored by the Population Media Center’s Arizona Chapter. It was the second annual “One Planet, Many People” video contest, open to high school students throughout Arizona. The contest featured cash prizes for creating a …
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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

Via Wildlife Defence
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Squids and octopuses thrive as 'weeds of the sea' warm to hotter oceans

Squids and octopuses thrive as 'weeds of the sea' warm to hotter oceans | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
“Cephalopods are often called ‘weeds of the sea’,” she said, because their “rapid growth, short lifespans and flexible development” let them adapt to environmental changes more quickly than other marine animals.
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Arctic could warm by 17C if all known fossil fuels are burned, study finds - Carbon Brief

Arctic could warm by 17C if all known fossil fuels are burned, study finds - Carbon Brief | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Until now, simple models have suggested that temperatures rise in proportion with carbon emissions up to about 2tn tonnes but that after that point, warming slows down.

Today’s study suggests that is not the case. It finds the relationship holds up to the full 5tn tonnes, leading to the conclusion that the “unregulated exploitation of the world’s fossil fuel resource could ultimately result in considerably more profound climate changes than previously suggested.”
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Portland school board bans climate change-denying materials

Portland school board bans climate change-denying materials | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Environmental groups say science is clear, so textbooks should be, too, Local News, Portland local News, Breaking News alerts for Portland city.
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Last stand for Europe's remaining ancient forest as loggers prepare to move in

Last stand for Europe's remaining ancient forest as loggers prepare to move in | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

"Europe’s last primeval forest is facing what campaigners call its last stand as loggers prepare to start clear-cutting trees, following the dismissal of dozens of scientists and conservation experts opposed to the plan.

"Poland’s new far right government says logging is needed because more than 10% of spruce trees in the Unesco world heritage site of Białowieża are suffering from a bark beetle outbreak. But nearly half the logging will be of other species, according to its only published inventory.

"Oak trees as high as 150 feet that have grown for 450 years could be reduced to stumps under the planned threefold increase in tree fells. Białowieża hosts Europe’s largest bison population and wolves and lynx still roam freely across its sun-mottled interior. Its foliage stretches for nearly 1,000 square miles across the border between Poland and Belarus."

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Forest management agencies of governments around the world can emulate the U. S. Forest Service in its unrelenting effort to make all big trees available to commercial loggers.  Any and all excuses have been used to justify cutting down the trees.
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Chile's Record Toxic Tides May Have Roots in Dirty Fish Farming

Chile's Record Toxic Tides May Have Roots in Dirty Fish Farming | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
A red tide crisis has stirred fishermen to unrest and may be at least partially linked to controversial aquaculture practices.
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Brazil’s new government may be less likely to protect the Amazon, critics say

Brazil’s new government may be less likely to protect the Amazon, critics say | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Authorities want to loosen regulations to reverse the country’s worst economic slump in decades.
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Short-term vision will end Brazil's great world-power vision, and the Amazon will be at the heart of the disaster.
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Study: Yellowstone bison not to blame for brucellosis

Study: Yellowstone bison not to blame for brucellosis | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Elk deemed mostly responsible for spreading disease to livestock Staff Report The most rapidly spreading strains of brucellosis, a disease with implications for livestock and wildlife management, appear to be centered around areas where humans feed elk to keep populations artificially high for hunters. Those findings come from scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey and…
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Will the ranchers ask the Service to eliminate the elk?
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Climate change will reshape our national parks. Here's how they'll adapt.

Climate change will reshape our national parks. Here's how they'll adapt. | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Increasingly battered by heat, drought, and flood, parks are responding with a combination of resistance, accommodation, and acceptance.
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Conservation’s people problem

Conservation’s people problem | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

The field of conservation has faced down an internal crisis over is its treatment of indigenous peoples and local communities living in ecosystems targeted for protection.

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The article lacks a discussion of population. Some indigenous groups can loose their ability to practice conservation when their population becomes unsustainable.
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Biodiversity Day – May 22

Biodiversity Day – May 22 | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The United Nations has declared that May 22 is Biodiversity Day. The goal this year is to publicize biodiversity. After studying the text of the UN Convention on Biodiversity, I believe that the UN is doing little or nothing for biodiversity.
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Season of the Quail: Falling in Line with Party Leadership – the 2016 Election Campaign moves forward

Season of the Quail: Falling in Line with Party Leadership – the 2016 Election Campaign moves forward | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
By Robert A. Vella Quail are some of the cutest birds you'll ever see.  They are timid little creatures who scurry through the underbrush grazing on seeds and insects.  They make soft, chirpy sounds which are very pleasing to humans, and their ornately tasseled heads spring rhythmically back and forth as if mechanically controlled by…
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A primate genocide and ecological catastrophe on an industrial scale is occurring in some of the most valuable, sensitive and diverse ecological habitats on Earth – all thanks to a cheap cooking oi...

A primate genocide and ecological catastrophe on an industrial scale is occurring in some of the most valuable, sensitive and diverse ecological habitats on Earth – all thanks to a cheap cooking oi... | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
If You Have A Heart Please Don’t Ignore This Post – We Need To Let The Whole World Know What’s Happening Monday, 16 May 2016 01:48 http://zonnews.com/shock/6154-if-you-have-a-heart-please-dont-ignore-this-post-we-need-to-let-the-whole-world-know-whats-happening.html A primate genocide and ecological catastrophe on an industrial scale is occurring in some of the most valuable, sensitive and diverse ecological habitats on Earth – all thanks […]…
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