GarryRogers Biosphere News
20.0K views | +1 today
Follow
 
Scooped by Garry Rogers
onto GarryRogers Biosphere News
Scoop.it!

One More Time – Here Is A Video That Tells It Like It Is When It Comes To The Serious Threat This Thing Government Reps Call “Biodiversity Offsetting” Poses To Niagara’s Natural Wetlands

One More Time – Here Is A Video That Tells It Like It Is When It Comes To The Serious Threat This Thing Government Reps Call “Biodiversity Offsetting” Poses To Niagara’s Natural Wetlands | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

"The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority – a government body created by the Province of Ontario decades ago and stacked with board members appointed by municipal governments in the region – is floating the idea of destroying at least some of that’s left of Niagara’s natural wetlands to make way for more development.
Only about 10 to 15 per cent of Niagara's wetlands - vital to the survival of many birds, fish and other wildlife - remain in Niagara and a regional 'Conservation Authority" is now looking at "offsetting" to make way for development. Photo by Doug Draper

"Only about 10 to 15 per cent of Niagara’s wetlands – vital to the survival of many birds, fish and other wildlife – remain in Niagara and a regional ‘Conservation Authority” is now looking at “offsetting” to make way for development. Photo by Doug Draper

"The NPCA says it is thinking of taking this idea to the provincial government for approval under the guise of something called “biodiversity offsetting” which involves (as best as one can determine from an explanation offered by Conservation Authority’s chief administrative officer Carmen D’Angelo at a public meeting this January) replacing some wetland for development and replacing it somewhere else with something the same or similar that someone would construct.
More than 200 citizens attended the January meeting, many of them to express their concern or outright opposition to the idea. And when one citizen asked NPCA representatives flat out for a definition of “biodivesity offsetting,” one Conservation Authority member stood to say they do not yet have a full definition of the term."

Garry Rogers's insight:

Experience has taught me that most governments represent business interests dominated by desire for short-term profits and growth-at-all-costs.  When individuals take public office, their new power over the wealth of the people elevates them to the society of investors and developers. Rather than becoming advisers that help the wealthy control their avarice, they become students and tools of the wealthy.  Whatever original thoughts they had about stability and sustainability fade away. There are exceptions, but they are rare and fleeting.

The only solution is heavy public participation and opposition to development proposals.  Without overwhelming threats from large numbers of people, individuals in governments will be most strongly influenced by their new society—the rich and ambitious.  Activism is the answer.

more...
pdeppisch's comment, February 14, 1:01 PM
Could it be Exxon? Never! Except of course the CEO has mumbled about humans needing to adapt. But that will be after his watch, eh! If our civilization goes down - they go with it! Did I say: TWITS TURKEYS etc. ?
Garry Rogers's comment, February 14, 3:10 PM
We could add t**ds too.
pdeppisch's comment, February 14, 5:15 PM
:) There are lots of "expletives deleted" I want to use but I would be wasting my breath! grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr What a bunch of yahoos! :)
GarryRogers Biosphere News
Nature Conservation News and information for animals, plants, and nature.  See more at http://garryrogers.com.
Curated by Garry Rogers
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Garry Rogers
Scoop.it!

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
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Garry Rogers
Scoop.it!

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
Garry Rogers's insight:
GR:  Forcasting in the time of climate change.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Garry Rogers
Scoop.it!

'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.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Garry Rogers
Scoop.it!

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…
Garry Rogers's insight:
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.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Garry Rogers
Scoop.it!

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…
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Garry Rogers
Scoop.it!

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…
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Garry Rogers
Scoop.it!

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
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Garry Rogers from Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it?
Scoop.it!

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.

Via Wildlife Margrit
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Garry Rogers from Oceans and Wildlife
Scoop.it!

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 …

Via Wildlife Defence
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Garry Rogers from Coastal Restoration
Scoop.it!

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…

Via PIRatE Lab
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Garry Rogers
Scoop.it!

Warming oceans to aid spread of invasive species in Antarctica | Summit County Citizens Voice

Warming oceans to aid spread of invasive species in Antarctica | Summit County Citizens Voice | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Kelp rafts seen pathways for non-native worms, snails Staff Report Parts of Antarctica could soon face an invasion by exotic species floating southward on kelp rafts, Australian researchers found i… Source: Warming oceans to aid spread of invasive species in Antarctica | Summit County Citizens Voice
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Garry Rogers
Scoop.it!

Thailand closes dive sites over coral bleaching crisis | Environment | The Guardian

Thailand closes dive sites over coral bleaching crisis | Environment | The Guardian | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
In a rare move to shun tourism profits for environmental protection, 10 popular dive sites have been shut down in a bid to slow a coral bleaching crisis Source: Thailand closes dive sites over coral bleaching crisis | Environment | The Guardian
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Garry Rogers
Scoop.it!

What’s the Big Deal If The Planet Is a Few Degrees Warmer? | Climate Reality

What’s the Big Deal If The Planet Is a Few Degrees Warmer? | Climate Reality | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
RT @ClimateReality: Here's why only a few degrees of global warming is a really big deal: https://t.co/kySlxSSum3 https://t.co/C1GGK3ItE3
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Garry Rogers
Scoop.it!

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…

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Garry Rogers
Scoop.it!

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…
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Garry Rogers
Scoop.it!

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,…
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Garry Rogers
Scoop.it!

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…
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Garry Rogers
Scoop.it!

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…
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Garry Rogers
Scoop.it!

The Howl of the Hunted Part Two

The Howl of the Hunted Part Two | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
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…
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Garry Rogers
Scoop.it!

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
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Garry Rogers from Wildlife Trafficking: Who Does it? Allows it?
Scoop.it!

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.

Via Wildlife Margrit
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Garry Rogers from Oceans and Wildlife
Scoop.it!

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
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Garry Rogers
Scoop.it!

Colorado cities, counties to lobby state on climate change | Summit County Citizens Voice

Colorado cities, counties to lobby state on climate change | Summit County Citizens Voice | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
New organization to push for more aggresive steps to curb greenhouse gases Staff Report Nine Colorado cities and counties are forming a new group that aims to push the state to take more aggressive… Source: Colorado cities, counties to lobby state on climate change | Summit County Citizens Voice
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Garry Rogers
Scoop.it!

Africa’s Most Vulnerable Face an Even Hotter Future | Climate Central

Africa’s Most Vulnerable Face an Even Hotter Future | Climate Central | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Heat waves will be more intense and happen more often in Africa, home to some of the most vulnerable populations on the planet. Source: Africa’s Most Vulnerable Face an Even Hotter Future | Climate Central
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Garry Rogers
Scoop.it!

WA beekeepers rejoice in full karri forest bloom

WA beekeepers rejoice in full karri forest bloom | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
A forest of giant karri trees near Pemberton in Western Australia's South West is blooming in a way that has not been seen in nearly 50 years and it has beekeepers rejoicing.
more...
No comment yet.