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Rare Beast: Republican Congressman Advocates Action About Climate Change

Rare Beast: Republican Congressman Advocates Action About Climate Change | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
I spend a lot of time on this blog talking about global warming. Sadly, much of it isn’t discussing the science—which is now extremely well established—but in debunking the ridiculous and frankly appalling denial so rampant in our political leaders.
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Withering clouds: Climate change damaging biodiverse Costa Rica forest | Al Jazeera America

Withering clouds: Climate change damaging biodiverse Costa Rica forest | Al Jazeera America | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Higher air temperatures mean rising clouds, altering ecosystem and pushing flora and fauna toward higher ground
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As global warming progresses, this will contribute to extinctions in the projected drought regions.

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A World that Never Was

A World that Never Was | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Revisionist history may seem like harmless, feel good child’s play, but the threat it poses (to all other animals at least) is that without hearing the real story, people will never learn from the past.
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Wildlife and Flowers: ELEPHANTS IN DANGER OF EXTINCTION

Wildlife and Flowers: ELEPHANTS IN DANGER OF EXTINCTION | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The ivory trade has raised its ugly head an again and the illegal killing increased last year – 2012.

In 1989 Kenya’s President Daniel Arap Moi set fired to 1`2 tonnes of confiscated elephant task, the value was hundreds of thousands of pounds at that time. Soon after CITES the Convention on International trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora made it law to ban trade in ivory. After this the demand went down drastically. It was hoped than the elephant population would increase.

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Record heat 'virtually impossible' without climate change, report says

Record heat 'virtually impossible' without climate change, report says | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
A Climate Council of Australia reports says the hottest year on record would have been virtually impossible without man-made emissions in the atmosphere.
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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

Wildlife | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
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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robertscribbler

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If you are younger than 29 years old, you haven’t lived in a month that was cooler than the 20th century average. — Dr. Marshall Shepherd, former President of the American Meteorological Society.

NOAA’s own global analysis this year comes with a near-endless list of record flood and drought events ongoing throughout 2014. I highly suggest you read the report. The language is dry, but the list of record events is staggering, even to someone like myself who is treated to these events on a daily basis.

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Today I find myself worried more about our developing climate catastrophe than at any previous moment.  Read this article and its references.  I think you will get the same sense of imminent disaster that I do.

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Outrage Over US Secret Approval of Genetically Engineered Trees -

Outrage Over US Secret Approval of Genetically Engineered Trees - | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The International Campaign to STOP GE Trees, Dogwood Alliance & Biofuelwatch Groups Condemn US for Bowing to Industry, Ignoring Widespread Public Opposition New York (29 Jan. 2015) ­– Groups from around the world [1] today joined together to denounce the US government for allowing the first genetically engineered tree, a loblolly pine, to be legalized with no government or public oversight, with no assessment of their risks to the public or the environment, and without regard to overwhelming public opposition to GE trees.

"A secret letter from the USDA to GE tree company ArborGen [2], dated last August, was recently exposed by scientist Doug Gurian-Sherman of the Center for Food Safety [3]. In this letter, the USDA made the unprecedented decision to allow ArborGen to pursue unregulated commercial cultivation of a loblolly pine genetically engineered for altered wood composition. These trees could be planted anywhere in the US, without public knowledge or access to information about them.

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GR:  As pointed out in the article, pollen from these trees will spread, and we do not understand forest ecology well enough to predict the consequences.

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Save the Monarch Butterfly from extinction

Save the Monarch Butterfly from extinction | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
In 1996, an estimated 1 billion monarch butterflies migrating to forests in central Mexico covered nearly 50 acres. But in 2013, they only covered the area about the size of a football field.
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Western Australia fire declared a national disaster

Western Australia fire declared a national disaster | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Emergency alert still in place for area in state’s south-west as communities hope to claim hardship grants and loans as part of disaster relief
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Climate change will increase evaporation of Colorado River

Climate change will increase evaporation of Colorado River | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The Colorado River faces a dual threat from climate change as rising temperatures increase the demand for irrigation water and accelerate evaporation at the river’s two largest reservoirs, according to a new report from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
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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
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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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