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What happens if we overshoot the two degree target for limiting global warming? | Carbon Brief

What happens if we overshoot the two degree target for limiting global warming? | Carbon Brief | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
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Wildlife

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Python Capture Patrols Set Up in Infested South Florida, USA Florida wildlife officials are asking for volunteers to help control the population of invasive Burmese pythons, which have now spread across the state to the point that it’s impossible...
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Don’t Lift Ban on Black Bear Hunting

Don’t Lift Ban on Black Bear Hunting | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Target: Executive Director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Nick Wiley
Goal: Protect black bears from hunters.
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License to kill: reforming federal wildlife control to restore biodiversity and ecosystem function

License to kill: reforming federal wildlife control to restore biodiversity and ecosystem function | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
For more than 100 years, the US government has conducted lethal control of native wildlife, to benefit livestock producers and to enhance game populations, especially in the western states. Since 2...
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A planetary boundary for biodiversity

A planetary boundary for biodiversity | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The planetary boundaries framework, first published in 2009, introduced us to the possibility of distilling a complex Earth system – of land, oceans, atmosphere and life – into 9 global-scale dimensions responsible for keeping the Earth in its...
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Meeting two degree climate target means 80 per cent of world's coal is "unburnable", study says | Carbon Brief

Meeting two degree climate target means 80 per cent of world's coal is "unburnable", study says | Carbon Brief | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Turning to the global picture, meeting our two-degree commitment in a cost-effective way means leaving all unconventional oil and 82 per cent of unconventional gas resources in the ground, according to the model. That means Canada's tar sands and the 100 billion barrels of oil estimated to exist in the Arctic would need to go untouched, the paper explains.
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Roz Pidcock, the article's author, concludes: "The new research paints a stark picture of the compromises in fuel use necessary in a climate-constrained world. The researchers say it raises the question of how we divvy up the winners and losers, and that's one we should all now be asking of our policymakers."

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Wildlife: Are lynx holding their own?

Wildlife: Are lynx holding their own? | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Feds conducting five-year status review
Federal biologists are compiling new information about lynx in the United States as part of a five-year review. Photo courtesy USFWS.
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Save Elephants From Extinction

Save Elephants From Extinction | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
We can stop poaching – but only if we eliminate the demand for ivory. Take a stand with African Wildlife Foundation.
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Climate Change and Cultural Cognition

Are global warming deniers just uneducated or stupid? This paper examines two competing models of why people would dispute the conclusion of 97% of the world's climatologists. Is it simply...
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Of droughts and flooding rains

Of droughts and flooding rains | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
"MY COUNTRY", a famed poem by Dorothea Mackellar, is known to generations of Australian schoolchildren. They will know by heart the stanza I love a sunburnt...
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A report by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the Bureau of Meteorology project that most parts of Australia will become hotter and dryer.  Soils will degrade, fires will increase, drought will continue, and floods will become more common.  Meanwhile, prime minister Abbot says it's all normal, and coal burning should continue.

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A Different Perspective to Understand How Energy Impacts Biodiversity

A Different Perspective to Understand How Energy Impacts Biodiversity | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
A wind farm in Texas. Photo: © Drew Kolb/Flickr
By Justine E. Hausheer, science writer at The Nature Conservancy
For biodiversity, there’s no escaping energy development.


“We don’t have a thoughtful, carefully planned energy strategy anywhere in world,” he says. “We need to get ahead of curve and understand the landscape-scale impacts of development before it happens, so we don’t keep making the same mistakes.”

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Arizona Game & Fish Commission May Oppose Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument

Arizona Game & Fish Commission May Oppose Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
From comments included in the press release, it seems to me that the Commissioners are more concerned with retaining the option to develop the land rather than preserve it for wildlife.
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Invasive fish poisoned to prevent "significant threat" to biodiversity in London park

Invasive fish poisoned to prevent "significant threat" to biodiversity in London park | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Fish in a Hackney park will be poisoned this month in a bid to prevent a potentially
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The article doesn't mention prevention and monitoring, both of which are necessary to prevent re-invasion.

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The World Has Lost 52 Percent of Its Wildlife In the Past 40 Years. What This Means For Our Future

The World Has Lost 52 Percent of Its Wildlife In the Past 40 Years. What This Means For Our Future | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Although we might not be forced to confront this salient issue in our everyday lives, it is essential that we take biodiversity loss to heart, as well as learning the steps we can take to make a difference.
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A Tiny Mussel Is About to Destroy the Amazon River's Biodiversity | VICE News

'It's inevitable' that the mussel will populate the river, says one scientist, putting one of the world's most biologically-rich ecosystems at risk and potentially causing havoc for hydroelectric dams.
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Now BP and Shell will consider the cost of climate change when doing business - Grist

Now BP and Shell will consider the cost of climate change when doing business - Grist | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Both oil giants have agreed to support shareholder resolutions that will make them take global warming a little more seriously.
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Q&A: Putting African Communities in Charge of Wildlife Protection

Q&A: Putting African Communities in Charge of Wildlife Protection | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Recognizing that his family's efforts would only succeed in the long term if local communities embraced wildlife protection, in 2004 Ian Craig co-founded the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT), which equips and empowers community conservancies to...
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Somebody Stole $19 Billion from U.S. Wildlife and Open Spaces

Somebody Stole $19 Billion from U.S. Wildlife and Open Spaces | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Reblogged on WordPress.com
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The U. S. Congress is willing to drop any protections that might threaten a developer's opportunity to use the land.

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What the Climate Models have Taught Us

What the Climate Models have Taught Us | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
We've heard a lot about the so called "pause" in global temperatures over the recent decade - a misnomer, since temperatures have continued to rise, just not as rapidly as during, say, 1991 to 2006...
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This is a useful review of climate-change data, models, and ideas.

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Nature Is Speaking – Kevin Spacey is The Rainforest | Conservation International (CI) - YouTube

Julia Roberts, Harrison Ford, Kevin Spacey, Edward Norton, Penélope Cruz, Robert Redford and Ian Somerhalder all join forces to give nature a voice. Watch th...
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Legally Brief: L.A. Animal Law Symposium

Legally Brief: L.A. Animal Law Symposium | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Recently, we told you about the shocking results of an investigation of horrendous cruelty to animals used in taxpayer-funded, government-supported experiments.
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Celebrities and their conservation campaigns

Celebrities and their conservation campaigns | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The stars have been writing letters, staging evens and filming heartfelt pleas to bring the public on board with saving wildlife
What links Joanna Lumley, Prince William and Jackie Chan? Tigers, of course.
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Outrage Over Government's Animal Experiments Leads To USDA Review

Outrage Over Government's Animal Experiments Leads To USDA Review | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Lawmakers also introduced a bill to strengthen laws protecting farm animals used in research. Both moves come out of a New York Times investigation of animal suffering at a federal research center.
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So much more is needed.

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Rapid declines of large mammal populations after the collapse of the Soviet Union

Rapid declines of large mammal populations after the collapse of the Soviet Union | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
by Roberta Kwok
When a country goes into economic freefall, the resulting chaos can trigger a host of environmental changes. Wildlife regulation often falls by the wayside, and poaching rises — but activities such as logging may drop.
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B Team Open Letter Calls For Bold Climate Action at COP21 in Paris - The B Team

B Team Open Letter Calls For Bold Climate Action at COP21 in Paris - The B Team | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Dear Christiana Figueres (Executive Secretary, UNFCCC), Today, as global business leaders and members of the B Team, we are calling on governments and businesses to commit to bold action at this year’s COP21 negotiations in Paris. Our ambition – a global goal of net-zero greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 – builds on recent talks at …
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Yay! Global business leaders for zero greenhouse emissions.  Now they have to start buying up elected representatives to bring governments along.

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