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Natural history news and information for animals, plants, and habitats.  See more at http://garryrogers.com.
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Applaud Classification of Animal Cruelty as Top-Tier Felony

Applaud Classification of Animal Cruelty as Top-Tier Felony | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Target: Director of the FBI, James B. Comey Goal: Thank FBI for classifying animal cruelty in its own top-tier felony category Studies have shown that those who torture and kill animals at a young age have shown a tendency to be violent when they...
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Wildlife decline: Why does biodiversity matter anyway? - Christian Science Monitor

Wildlife decline: Why does biodiversity matter anyway? - Christian Science Monitor | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Half of the planet's wildlife populations suffered severe decline between 1970 and 2010, according to a new report from the WWF. So what does dwindling biodiversity mean for us?
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As biodiversity declines, the Earth's carrying capacity, its ability to produce renewable resources, declines. Scientists are already telling us that the growing human population has exceeded the Earth's carrying capacity.  What motivates our leaders to continue with development and "progress" when they surely know what is happening? What should we do?

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The WWFs report on the shockingly rapid decline in wildlife should surely move us to action | Michelle Nijhuis

The WWFs report on the shockingly rapid decline in wildlife should surely move us to action | Michelle Nijhuis | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
We must all take responsibility for combating climate change.
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This will not happen. First, the few that profit from the industries causing the problems feel insulated and protected from the consequences.  Second, the governments and political leaders hope the wealthy will give them enough of the wealth to achieve the same protection.

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Citizen Naturalist Opportunities

Citizen Naturalist Opportunities | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
There are many citizen naturalist projects you can join.
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You don't have to have a PhD to help gather important plant and animal information.

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Research Shows Great Barrier Reef Coral Is Failing

Research Shows Great Barrier Reef Coral Is Failing | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
"The Hebrew University researchers found that although the extent of coral cover was about the same as when it was first examined, calcification rates had fallen by between 27 and 49 per cent, leav...
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Study shows sharks have personalities

Study shows sharks have personalities | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Exeter, UK (SPX) Oct 03, 2014 -
Some sharks are 'gregarious' and have strong social connections, whilst others are more solitary and prefer to remain inconspicuous, according to a new study which is the first to show that the noto
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Further confirmation that fish, like other sentient beings, share some of our psychological traits.


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Don't Appoint Anti-Animal... - The Petition Site

Don't Appoint Anti-Animal... - The Petition Site | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Please sign and share this very important and crucial petition everywhere possible in an effort to... (4106 signatures on petition)
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US reroutes flights around Alaska beach in attempt to avoid walrus stampede (USA)

US reroutes flights around Alaska beach in attempt to avoid walrus stampede (USA) | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Thursday October 2nd, 2014. The plight of thousands of walruses forced to crowd on to an Alaska beach because of disappearing sea ice has set off an all-out response from the US government to avoid...
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Study: Cheetah Population Dwindling

Study: Cheetah Population Dwindling | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
In 1900, cheetahs numbered around 100,000. Today, there are just 10,000 in the wild. A new study says being fast is not enough to survive.

Listen to De Capua report on cheetahs




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Monospecific landscapes are boring.  Wouldn't we all prefer to have a few more cheetahs and a few less humans?

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Predator Killing Contest Environmental Assessment Available for 15-day Comment Period

Predator Killing Contest Environmental Assessment Available for 15-day Comment Period | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
The BLM is asking for comments on an Environmental Assessment that examines the impacts of issuing a Special Recreation Permit (SRP) to conduct a predator killing contest on BLM lands. The comment ...
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GR:  Please send a comment to the BLM.  Instead of killing predators, we should be tending to the habitats that their prey need.  With more than half of Earth's vertebrates wiped out by humans since 1970 (report by World Wildlife Fund), it is past time to begin conserving wildlife species, not killing them for fun.

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Five ways to stop the world's wildlife vanishing

Five ways to stop the world's wildlife vanishing | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Full marks to colleagues at the World Wildlife Fund and the Zoological Society of London for the Living Planet Report 2014 and its headline message which one hopes ought to shock the world out of its complacency: a 52% decline of wildlife...
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Half of nature is still here! ... Yay?

Half of nature is still here! ... Yay? | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Half the animals of planet Earth have disappeared since 1970, and much of it is the fault of humans, a new report says. What!? writes CNN's John D. Sutter.
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Wild Horses a Problem for Ranchers? Wolves Could Fix That

Wild Horses a Problem for Ranchers? Wolves Could Fix That | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it

"Today’s New York Times has a report on the wild horse population boom in the American West, and for once, I agree with the ranchers:  Bizarre federal policies over the last 40 years have caused wild horses to run out of control, causing rampant overgrazing while also running up out-of-control costs (currently $50 million a year) to house horses that have been taken off the land, but can’t be euthanized."

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I agree with Mr. Conniff’s response that predators could control the horse problem. First, the cattle have to go. The cattle use range resources that should support pronghorn and other wildlife species.

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Animal rights groups call for end to wildlife tourism, saying tourists unaware ... - Yahoo!7 News

Animal rights groups call for end to wildlife tourism, saying tourists unaware ... - Yahoo!7 News | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Getting a photo with a tiger or riding through the Thai jungle atop a majestic elephant have become well-worn tourist tropes in Thailand.
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Biodiversity is more than just a numbers game

Biodiversity is more than just a numbers game | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
A new look at one of ecology's unsolved puzzles—why biodiversity is higher in the tropics compared with colder regions—revealed that while this long-recognized pattern holds true for the sheer number of species, it does not for how different...
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Flooding Risk From Climate Change, Country by Country

Flooding Risk From Climate Change, Country by Country | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
A new analysis of sea levels and flood risk around the world offers more evidence that the brunt of climate change will not be borne equally.


More than a quarter of Vietnam’s residents live in areas likely to be subject to regular floods by the end of the century.  Globally, eight of the 10 large countries most at risk are in Asia.  These figures are the result of a new analysis of sea levels and flood risk around the world, conducted by Climate Central and based on more detailed sea-level data than has previously been available.  The analysis offers more evidence that the countries emitting the most carbon aren’t necessarily the ones that will bear the brunt of climate change.  


Tags: Southeast Asia, water, disasters, urban ecology, coastalclimate change


Via Seth Dixon
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The cost of these and other consequences of global warming will not be born by the few growing rich on the industries causing the problems. The cost will be born by the people working to produce the profit.

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Fascinating study on the flood impact of climate change

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For Miami, Sea Level Rise Has Already Gone Exponential

For Miami, Sea Level Rise Has Already Gone Exponential | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Decades or even years ago, astronomical high tide wasn’t so much of a problem for Miami. Now, it means flooded roads and runways. It means salt water backing up through city drainage and municipal ...
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My first reaction to this story was that it is the kind of news that would motivate our leaders to take action to stop greenhouse emissions that are responsible for climate change.  Then it occurred to me that the 98% will pay for the cost of rising sea level. It will have no impact on the 2% and the congress they control. The only solution that comes to mind is divestiture, but even that feels weak.  Got any ideas?

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Global biodiversity targets won't be met by 2020, scientists say

Global biodiversity targets won't be met by 2020, scientists say | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
World leaders are failing in their pledge to cut the rate at which wildlife lose their homes, according to the the first ever progress report on targets to halt biodiversity loss by the end of the decade. Conservationist called the lack of action a…
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We're doing the best we can, but its one step forward, two steps backward.  Shameful, embarrassing, suicidal.

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Human Impact: Artificial Light Disrupts Sex Hormones of Birds

Human Impact: Artificial Light Disrupts Sex Hormones of Birds | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Under light at night, something gets broken and you see a dampening of the hormonal system.
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Artificial light contributes to wildlife decline. Harmful human impacts also come from habitat loss, invasive species, toxic waste, pesticides, hunting, livestock grazing, water diversion, logging, mining, hiking, sound, and more. The growing impact of our seven billion mouths to feed and seats to sit overwhelms every little improvement we make. For a well-documented survey, I recommend Goudie’s “The Human Impact.”

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Jane Goodall speaks from atop a chair at Woburn Safari Park

Jane Goodall speaks from atop a chair at Woburn Safari Park | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Forward: This is a long post, but it is my hope that you will make it to the end. Getting the chance to meet someone as inspiring as Jane Goodall is an experience I could not limit to a few hundred...
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How Monarch Butterflies Found (and Lost) Their Migration

How Monarch Butterflies Found (and Lost) Their Migration | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Reblogged on WordPress.com
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This is what happens when corporations rule the government. Our government is approving herbicide resistant plants and it is allowing continued use of pesticides, both of which eliminate monarch butterflies and many other species. Let’s sign every petition, send every email, divest in toxic polluters, and vote for any conservation conscious politicians that run.

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Good News!! “Federal Judge Denies Wyoming’s Request To Regain Control of Wolf Management”

Good News!! “Federal Judge Denies Wyoming’s Request To Regain Control of Wolf Management” | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A federal judge has denied requests from the state of Wyoming, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service, and pro-hunting groups to change a decision last week that reinstates federal protections for wolves in the state.
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Wildlife numbers plunge by 50% since 1970 in pictures

Wildlife numbers plunge by 50% since 1970  in pictures | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Habitat destruction and hunting causing huge decline in wildlife population on land, in rivers and in the oceans, a new Living Planet analysis from WWF and the Zoological Society of London reveals
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Solutions still in reach as world biodiversity suffers major decline

Solutions still in reach as world biodiversity suffers major decline | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Global wildlife populations have declined by more than half in just 40 years as measured in WWF's Living Planet Report 2014.  (Solutions still in reach as world biodiversity suffers major decline http://t.co/KeAZJ7Pr68)...
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