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This is What A Fossil Fuel Dystopia Looks Like — The Arctic Sea Ice is Breaking Up North of Greenland in June

This is What A Fossil Fuel Dystopia Looks Like — The Arctic Sea Ice is Breaking Up North of Greenland in June | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
GR.--Read to the bottom for Scribbler's forecast based on the Arctic ice events. RobertScribbler.--The Arctic sea ice is breaking up to the north of Greenland during June. It’s the fossil fuel burning global dystopia phrase of the day. Another cognitive dissonance producing instance of something that would have never happened without the added heat kick…
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Legal Tools & Links For the Conservation of Nature

Legal Tools & Links For the Conservation of Nature | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Despite many solid conservation efforts, wild plants and animals disappear at an ever-increasing rate.
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Wonderful Volunteer Wednesday - Cassie Sonne

Wonderful Volunteer Wednesday - Cassie Sonne | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Periodically we spotlight a wonderful volunteer making a difference by sharing time and expertise with us.

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As Rhino Poaching Incidents In Assam Are On The Rise, Here's Where The Rhino Horns Are Going

As Rhino Poaching Incidents In Assam Are On The Rise, Here's Where The Rhino Horns Are Going | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The one-horned rhinos have been continually poached over the years and although the number of poaching incidents has come down, the lates

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Tibet's 17th Karmapa on Climate Change, the Dalai Lama, and China

Tibet's 17th Karmapa on Climate Change, the Dalai Lama, and China | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The Tibetan Buddhist leader on climate change, his future leadership role, and Tibetan issues.
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Obama at Yosemite attacks ‘lip service’ to natural beauty amid climate inaction | US news | The Guardian

Obama at Yosemite attacks ‘lip service’ to natural beauty amid climate inaction | US news | The Guardian | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
GR.--Lip service indeed.  It's easy to accuse others of "lip service" now that he's leaving office.  Obama's administration supported fossil fuels with permits and subsidies, didn't say no to the tar-sands pipeline until oil prices fell, and urged fracking, through his Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.  Notice that he doesn't mention that the biggest oil…
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IAEA Promotes the Role of Nuclear Technologies in Sustainable Development at European Development Days

IAEA Promotes the Role of Nuclear Technologies in Sustainable Development at European Development Days | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
GR.--Nuclear power generation creates extremely dangerous waste products that people must manage carefully for thousands of years.  If the predictions of a great number of our scientists comes true and human civilization suffers major setbacks due to global warming, nuclear waste management might become impossible.  Does it seem prudent to assume that we will always…
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5 Reasons We Can’t Afford to Ignore the Issue of Animal Rights Any Longer

5 Reasons We Can’t Afford to Ignore the Issue of Animal Rights Any Longer | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
GR.--People cite protein deficiency as their reason for not becoming vegetarian.  However, it's not an issue; there are plant sources for the full suite of proteins.  Here are pictures of a few vegetarians that serve as living proof. Robin Raven.--"The fate of Harambe, the 17-year-old gorilla who was shot dead in a Cincinnati zoo on…
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Fires rage...

Fires rage... | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Fires rage...
(First column, 3rd story, link)Related stories:INFERNO: SOUTHWEST SCORCHER...
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Atrazine and Glyphosate More Harmful Than Scientists Once Thought

Atrazine and Glyphosate More Harmful Than Scientists Once Thought | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Recent scientific research suggests that both atrazine and glyphosate are more harmful than scientists once thought.

For instance, several studies have shown that frequent exposure to glyphosate doubles a person’s risk of developing a blood cancer known as Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Last year, the World Health Organization classified glyphosate as a “probable human carcinogen.”

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Can the Hochbärneckalm survive global warming?

Can the Hochbärneckalm survive global warming? | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
GR.--Climate change will destroy many beautiful places.  It's not just a threat anymore.  The continue burning of fossil fuels to the present and into at least the near future will change the world. Bob Berwin.--"LOWER AUSTRIA — Austria’s high alpine pastures, called Alms, are an important part of the country’s cultural tradition. For centuries, herders…
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Rapid Polar Warming Kicks ENSO Out of Climate Driver’s Seat, Sets off Big 2014-2016 Global Temperature Spike

Rapid Polar Warming Kicks ENSO Out of Climate Driver’s Seat, Sets off Big 2014-2016 Global Temperature Spike | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
GR.--Our response to environmental disasters often comes in the form of rescues and recovery aid after the event.  The climate emergency is different.  The way we've ignored forecasts of global warming is comparable to remaining in the house after receiving the forecasts for an approaching tornado and a tsunami.  For climate change, however, we will…
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Anthony M Turner's curator insight, June 18, 6:51 PM

is this forewarning of more natural disasters in 2016?

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13 state AGs pen letter calling for end to climate change probe | Fuel Fix

13 state AGs pen letter calling for end to climate change probe | Fuel Fix | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
GR.--These public employees have chosen to aid the oil companies in their efforts to deceive the public.  This action demonstrates the power of money over truth.  Dump 'em! Texas Attorney General Kenneth Paxton, center, speaks to the media in Washington in April. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) James Osborne.--"A campaign by Texas Attorney General Ken…
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U.S. Pet Trade Imports 6 Million Tropical Fish Captured Using Cyanide Each Year

U.S. Pet Trade Imports 6 Million Tropical Fish Captured Using Cyanide Each Year | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
GR.--Despite efforts by many conservation organizations, animal trafficking continues to push species toward extinction.  ‘Finding Dory’ Expected to Fuel Consumer Demand for Royal Blue Tangs, Other Wild-caught Fish OAKLAND, Calif.— "A new analysis by the Center for Biological Diversity and For the Fishes finds that 6 million fish tropical marine fish imported into the United…
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Batteries on a Game Changing Curve

Batteries on a Game Changing Curve | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
GR.--What lovely curves ;-). Joe Romm at ClimateProgress.--"Low-cost, high-performance electric batteries are a game changer for the two key clean energy sectors: power generation and transportation. They enable much greater adoption and penetration of both renewable energy and electric vehicles — not just electric cars but electric buses and electric planes. "Since lithium-ion batteries have…
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Endangered Namibian 'desert lion' shot dead - Conservationists

Endangered Namibian 'desert lion' shot dead - Conservationists | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
One of a group of five well-known desert-adapted lions in northwestern Namibia has been shot dead, likely by a disgruntled farmer, conservation groups say.

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Facts About Orangutans

Facts About Orangutans | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Orangutans are the only great apes found in Asia. They spend most of their time in trees, lounging or swinging from branch to branch with their long arms. They are also threatened with extinction.

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Map exposes the scale and nature of rhino horn trade – EIA International

Map exposes the scale and nature of rhino horn trade – EIA International | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

Rhino mother and young:  photo (c) EIA Environmental Investigation Agency.--"EIA has produced an interactive map of the illegal trade in rhino horn, the latest in a series of visualisations of illegal wildlife trade. "Poaching is the main threat to the survival of rhinos today, driven by demand for their horns. The plight of rhinos in…

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Mobil's Chief Executive Warned of CO2 From Oil Sands Fuels in 1982

Mobil's Chief Executive Warned of CO2 From Oil Sands Fuels in 1982 | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
RT @GOJewelry: Mobil's Chief Executive Warned of CO2 From Oil Sands Fuels in 1982 https://t.co/qYsT9wzbL1
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Bill that Would Reduce Unintended Pregnancies Passes California Senate

Bill that Would Reduce Unintended Pregnancies Passes California Senate | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
GR.--Access to contraception is a proven step toward better lives for women and greater control over Earth's population problem.  And yet, in many places, women have no access.  For the sake of wild plants and animals, help make it so for women everywhere. Leon Kolankiewicz.--"Nearly half of all pregnancies in the United States are unintended…
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Requirements for the USDA Organic Seal of Approval

Requirements for the USDA Organic Seal of Approval | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
GR.--Take action for butterflies:  According to the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), organic farms in the U. S. sales reached $5.5 billion in 2014, up 72 percent since 2008.  Save the pollinators and the animals that depend on them; go organic!  It's the simplest way to boycott Monsanto and all the users of glyphosate…
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Whistleblower Says EPA Officials Covered Up Toxic Fracking Methane Emissions for Years

Whistleblower Says EPA Officials Covered Up Toxic Fracking Methane Emissions for Years | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

"Why has the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) failed to take adequate action against disastrous, climate-warming methane emissions from the fracking industry?

An environmental watchdog alleges that the answer may be a years-long, systematic cover-up of the true data surrounding these toxic emissions. That cover-up, the group says, was at the hands of at least one EPA researcher who accepted payments from the oil and gas industry."


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Cost of Abandoned, Contaminated Mine Sites in B.C. $508 Million, Up 83 Per Cent Since 2014

Cost of Abandoned, Contaminated Mine Sites in B.C. $508 Million, Up 83 Per Cent Since 2014 | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Costs associated with the closure and reclamation of 84 abandoned industrial sites, mostly from mining, in B.C. have increased to $508 million, according to new information released from the Crown Contaminated Sites Program.

Responsibility for the sites has fallen to the province because the owners or operators of the projects “no longer exist,” according to a provincial press release. 

The estimated cleanup costs have grown by $231 million since 2014, representing an increase of 83.4 per cent, watchdog group MiningWatch notes. 

According to the province, a number of the mines, like the Britannia Mine near Squamish, or the Bralorne-Takla Mine in northern B.C., that now present a risk to human and enviornmental health, operated before 1969 when modern environmental legislation was created.

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pdeppisch's curator insight, June 16, 10:14 PM
The story of mining from day one, i.e. antiquity, to the present day!  They take the profits, make the miners sick or kill them and laugh all the way to the bank and then the public spends billions, ultimately, to clean up the mess! 
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Why a referendum is needed on South Australian govt’s nuclear waste import plan « Antinuclear

Why a referendum is needed on South Australian govt’s nuclear waste import plan « Antinuclear | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

GR.--People have the right to decide, but they must often fight for that right.

John Jasson.--Chapter 6 page 122 [Nuclear Fuel Chain Royal Commission Recommendations] states:  “Because of these shifts, a public vote on a proposal is not a reliable indicator of ongoing social consent: A vote for or against a proposal one day may…

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Seven climate records set so far in 2016 | Environment | The Guardian

Seven climate records set so far in 2016 | Environment | The Guardian | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
GR.--When national emergencies arise, we expect our leaders to guide us to an effective response.  The global-warming disaster illustrated in this article is thundering down upon us, but our leaders offer little guidance or, worse, they lie to obfuscate the emergency.  I believe that this shows the venal weakness of our leaders and the lack…
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