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#Biodiversity in the #balance, how is it #maintained?

#Biodiversity in the #balance, how is it #maintained? | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Evolutionary theory and ecology have been brought together to explore one of the big questions in ecology: How is biodiversity developed and maintained? "This is a fundamental question if we want to protect biodiversity -- what exactly do we need to protect?" says the study's leader.

Via Gaye Rosier, Marian Locksley
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From Pine Beetles to Disappearing Glaciers, NASA Scientists Tell of "Dramatic" Planetary Changes

From Pine Beetles to Disappearing Glaciers, NASA Scientists Tell of "Dramatic" Planetary Changes | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
In addition to droughts and floods, anthropogenic climate disturbances scientists and astronauts can see from space include fires, insect outbreaks and more direct human impacts.
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Recent studies show that global warming didn't stop during the past 10 years, it accelerated. 

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After 90 Percent Decline, Federal Protection Sought for Monarch Butterfly

After 90 Percent Decline, Federal Protection Sought for Monarch Butterfly | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
This will be a major battle to save the Monarch Butterfly.  The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service will not want to ruffle any industry feathers, and might place politics before protection.  We can force them and our politicians to do the right thing, but everyone must help!  Stay tuned.The purpose of the Endangered Species Act is to protect species like the monarch, and protect them, now, before it’s too late.
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This will be a major battle to save the Monarch Butterfly.  The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service will not want to ruffle any industry feathers, and might place politics before protection.  We can force them and our politicians to do the right thing, but everyone must help!  Stay tuned.

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Majority of Threatened African Amphibians May be 'Invisible' Under Climate Change

Majority of Threatened African Amphibians May be 'Invisible' Under Climate Change | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
It turns out that the majority of threatened species are "invisible" when using modern methods to predict species distributions under climate change. This is especially true when it comes to African amphibians, many of which are under the threat of extinction.
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Simple presence/absence trends are lacking for most species.  In Arizona, US, where I live, we lack status and trend information for even common, highly visible, groups such as butterflies (http://wp.me/p26kDO-2ZR).

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Getting the Best Value for Conservation in Africa

Getting the Best Value for Conservation in Africa | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
The Bangweulu Wetlands ecosystem in northern Zambia covers a large area of great biodiversity. This grassy floodplain encompasses high value terrestrial and freshwater habitats with relatively low management and opportunity costs.
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Wolf Weekly Wrap Up

Wolf Weekly Wrap Up | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Alpha Female of Huckleberry Pack Killed by Washington Wildlife Officials: Last week we updated you about a series of livestock-wolf conflicts occurring on a sheep grazing operation in Stevens County, Washington.
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Governor's office suspended hunt for 45 days to make final decision.

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Environmental and Animal Groups: Views on Hunting

Environmental and Animal Groups: Views on Hunting | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
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Climate Change and Food Riots: Learn to Farm

Climate Change and Food Riots: Learn to Farm | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

AKIRA WATTS FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT (Photo: Christian Fischer)"[D]uring the summer of 1789 a fresh cause of discontent was added to all those which have just been enumerated. This cause was the famine — the exorbitant price of bread, for lack of which bread the poorer classes were suffering in most of the towns."

- Peter Kropotkin, The Great French Revolution 1789–1793.

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GR:  Most of us have no place to farm, but even in urban places there are ways to garden.  Of course, that won't be enough.  Perhaps the article's advice should be to make connections with nearby farmers.  Some added advice is to pay attention to water supplies for farmers.

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California water infrastructure on verge of historic collapse

California water infrastructure on verge of historic collapse | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
(NaturalNews) Water is increasingly hard to come by in drought-stricken California, where many farmers are struggling to get enough water just to pay the bills. But the situation in the Golden State is far worse than many people realize, according to new reports, as underground aquifers that take decades to recharge are being sucked dry, and water infrastructure that has long sustained the agricultural growing regions of the state continue their collapse.
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Throughout the western U.S., groundwater levels are declining, increasing pumping costs, and making agriculture more costly.

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Dolphin butchering time again in Japan – sparks protest in Phillippines

Dolphin butchering time again in Japan – sparks protest in Phillippines | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Dolphin butchering time again in Japan - sparks protest in Phillippines Filipino activists protest in Manila, Philippines at the Japanese embassy against the controversial six-month dolphin hunting...
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EPA staff recommends significantly lower ozone standard

EPA staff recommends significantly lower ozone standard | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency staff said Friday that the nation should tighten smog rules significantly, a step that would improve air quality in California but force costly new requirements on government and industry.
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Extinctions and permanent reductions in habitat quality are the costs we face.  In a global state of emergency, it is prudent to call on government and industry to contribute.  Enforceable requirements are only necessary if they refuse.

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Irreversible damage from climate change seen in leaked UN paper

Irreversible damage from climate change seen in leaked UN paper | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
LONDON — Humans risk causing irreversible and widespread damage to the planet unless there's faster action to limit the fossil fuel emissions that cause climate change, according to a leaked draft United Nations report.
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GR:  Climate scientists such as James Hansen (http://wp.me/p26kDO-7c2) and biologists such as E.O. Wilson (http://wp.me/p26kDO-7ZO) believe we are in the midst of an emergency.  More than climate change, we are reducing habitat through construction, farming, and grazing; we are aiding the takeover by invasive species (http://wp.me/p26kDO-4we), we are eliminating fresh water supplies for wildlife, and we are polluting the land, air, and water.  Where is the emergency response?

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Let's Start Caring About Seagrass Like We Care About The Rainforest

Let's Start Caring About Seagrass Like We Care About The Rainforest | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Seagrass is disappearing at the same rate as the rainforest and coral reefs. The loss equals serious environmental and economic effects.
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Seagrass and kelp form critical habitats within marine ecosystems.  Both grow in shallow water, and both are important recyclers of nutrients.  Compared to terrestrial vegetation, we know little about these vegetation types.  Biogeographers have mapped general distributions, but they have not made detailed maps of species associations.

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Lessons from the Field: Learning to Live with Wildlife

Lessons from the Field: Learning to Live with Wildlife | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Living in the non-stop hustle and bustle of Washington, DC, I rarely get the chance to see the wildlife and habitats that we work so hard to protect. I recently got that chance. In addition, I met some of our incredibly dedicated staff in the field.
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Animals are dying off 1,000 times FASTER than 60 million years ago

Animals are dying off 1,000 times FASTER than 60 million years ago | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Brown University scientists in Providence found that pre-human extinction rate was 10 times lower than scientists had believed, which means that the current level is 10 times worse.
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The Earth could get along just fine without us.  If anyone can think of an ecosystem function that requires our presence, I would like to hear about it.  Circumstantial and fossil evidence indicates that even when human numbers were small, the fires, animal drives, and plant preferences had harmful effects.  Ecosystem resilience absorbed early human impacts, but now with more than seven billion of us, the impacts are simply overwhelming earth ecosystems. Livestock?  Earth could tolerate a few domestic beasts, but not the billions we have now.

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USA poll finds renewable energy favoured far more than coal, gas, nuclear power

USA poll finds renewable energy favoured far more than coal, gas, nuclear power | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

"Energy efficiency, renewable energy rules favored by voters, poll finds, Cleveland.com By John Funk, The Plain Dealer on September 05, 2014 COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio voters favor the state’s renewable energy and energy efficiency mandates that Republican lawmakers just put on ice for two years, a new poll suggests."

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Of course, most politicians side with corporations, not voters. 

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Pacific SIDS launch framework for nature conservation and protected areas | Biodiversity & Ecosystems Management

Pacific SIDS launch framework for nature conservation and protected areas | Biodiversity & Ecosystems Management | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (Pacific SIDS launch framework for nature conservation and protected areas http://t.co/IrTzeikr96)...
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Approval to build 5,000 homes on nightingale habitat condemned

Approval to build 5,000 homes on nightingale habitat condemned | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Move to replace songbirds only breeding site in the UK is unscientific and unprecedented, says RSPB Environmental campaigners have condemned a decision to allow the building of 5,000 homes on a nationally protected wildlife area which is home to...
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"Progress" trumps science.

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Existing Coal Power Plants Will Emit 300GT Of CO2

Existing Coal Power Plants Will Emit 300GT Of CO2 | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

“Bringing down carbon emissions means retiring more fossil fuel-burning facilities than we build,” said Steven Davis, assistant professor of Earth system science at UCI and the study’s lead author. “But worldwide, we’ve built more coal-burning power plants in the past decade than in any previous decade, and closures of old plants aren’t keeping pace with this expansion."

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This is bad.  We need to decommission power plants faster than we build them.  Much faster.

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'Tipping Point' for Rhinos

'Tipping Point' for Rhinos | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
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No More 'Hiatus' -- Human Emission to Completely Overwhelm Nature by 2030

No More 'Hiatus' -- Human Emission to Completely Overwhelm Nature by 2030 | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

"Keep burning fossil fuels at current rates and you can kiss nature's influence over temperature good-bye. That's the conclusion of two recent scientific studies."

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GR:  The current global-warming slowdown is predicted to end by 2030 as ocean-stored heat begins to escape.

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Why coal is (still) worse than fracking and cow burps

Why coal is (still) worse than fracking and cow burps | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Geoscientist Raymond Pierrehumbert argues that carbon dioxide is always worse than shorter-lived pollutants like methane.
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Interesting article that delivers real information.

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Does Antarctic sea ice growth negate climate change? Scientists say no

Does Antarctic sea ice growth negate climate change? Scientists say no | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
In the blue half-light of the Antarctic autumn, a thin film spreads across the continent's coastal waters. It's an embryonic form of sea ice: a mush of microscopic crystals that floats on the dense, salty water of the Southern Ocean.
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GR:  The title is as silly as asking if Putin sending foreign aid to Ukraine negates invasion.  Repeating the opinions of climate-change skeptics is as silly as repeating the invasion opinions of Russian troops in Ukraine.  A better title might be "The Mysteries of Climate Change."

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Coal industry dealt another setback as Oregon blocks export plan – will feds help?

Coal industry dealt another setback as Oregon blocks export plan – will feds help? | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
The coal industry has been dealt another blow after a state agency in Oregon denied a key permit for a controversial terminal, marking the latest salvo in an escalating fight between coal exporters and fossil-fuel loathing environmentalists on the West Coast.
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They will be back.

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Half the Earth

Half the Earth | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Apart from the painful inequity of one species offering to give half the world to all the millions of others, I have to question that half will even be enough.  E. O. Wilson is supporting the idea that the current mass extinction can be stopped by reserving half the Earth for wildlife.
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Eben Lenderking's curator insight, August 25, 10:31 AM

A beautiful idea, but how on earth could it be done?  And which half?

Julia Connor's curator insight, September 15, 2:48 PM

This is such a beautiful picture to use for such an important issue.