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Save Reservoir Animals from Intentional Water Drainage

Save Reservoir Animals from Intentional Water Drainage | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Target: Mayor Percy Bland of Meridian, Mississippi Goal: Relocate fish and other animals that are dying because of the intentional draining of their native reservoir The city of Meridian, Mississippi has slowly begun to drain the water from a...
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Fish, amphibians, waterfowl, dragonflies, mammals, and more depend on water.  They all feel pain and fear and deserve better treatment than this.

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We’re Eating Pangolins Off the Face of the Earth

We’re Eating Pangolins Off the Face of the Earth | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

by Alicia Graef July 31, 2014


While we’ve been focused on the poaching crisis that’s threatening the future for charismatic animals like elephants, rhinos and tigers, another species now faces the threat of extinction thanks to human appetites and could disappear before most people even hear of it.


The pangolin, which includes eight species who live in Africa and Asia, are unique little creatures in a number of ways. They’ve been described as walking artichokes and because they’re insectivores they’ve been dubbed “scaly anteaters.” These toothless animals are also the only mammal covered in true scales, which are made of keratin, and the the fact that they walk like a miniature T. rex only adds to their charm.

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Guess who's motivating the poachers:  The Chinese and Vietnamese.

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Chinese Must Pay More for Tiger Penis, Rhino Horn, and Other Endangered Animal Products

Chinese Must Pay More for Tiger Penis, Rhino Horn, and Other Endangered Animal Products | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Rare animals are widely used in traditional Chinese medicine for supposed health benefits, and are also consumed as a mark of status.
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Primitive beliefs become global problems as personal wealth rises.

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Arctic Emergency: Top Scientists Explain How Arctic Warming is Wrecking Our Weather and Pushing World To Rapidly Cross Climate Tipping Points

Arctic Emergency: Top Scientists Explain How Arctic Warming is Wrecking Our Weather and Pushing World To Rapidly Cross Climate Tipping Points | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
(Must-watch video that includes direct observation and analysis of Arctic tipping points provided by a number of the world's top climate scientists.) You don't want to mess with Arctic warming. It's an engine of destruction straining to be set loose. A mad burning beast of a thing. One whose fires we are now in the process of stoking to dangerous extremes.

Don’t believe me? Then just listen to top scientists like Dr. Jennifer Francis, Dr. Jason Box, Dr. Jeff Masters, Dr. Natalia Shakhova, Dr. Igor Semiletov, Dr. Peter Wadhams, Dr. James Hansen, Dr. Steve Vavrus, Dr. Ron Prinn, Dr. Kevin Schaefer, Dr. Nikita Zimov, Dr. Jorien Vonk, and a growing list of many, many more (also see above video).

An Arctic that Appears on the Verge of Large Carbon Emissions Adding to an Already Dangerous Human Warming

At issue is the fact that the Arctic is very sensitive to global heat forcing. And any small warming there can rapidly trigger a number of feedbacks that generate more warming for the Arctic and the globe. These feedbacks include but are not limited to:

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GR:  In this video, arctic scientists describe the dangers, list the expected outcomes, and explain why we must cut fossil fuel burning immediately.  Definitely worth watching.


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White House OKs Underwater Torture Chamber

White House OKs Underwater Torture Chamber | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
This is the propaganda that lulls the public into thinking that a meaningless balanced approach which juggles the rights of polluters to profit and the rights of helpless animals to live is tantamount to ethical policy.


"And here's the part where the oil cartel hilariously pretends to be very, very miffed at the government's outrageous strong-arm "humanitarian" tactics:

The American Petroleum Institute, the National Ocean Industries Association and other groups were unable to persuade the Interior Department to scale back proposed time-outs to watch for animals before starting testing and requirements that companies shut down activities when dolphins and other animals are nearby."

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GR:  Harsh? I don't think so.  This administration seems to hold no love for animals or the Earth environment.  As Karen Garcia points out, it isn't really negotiating when the argument is over profits vs. life.  It's pseudo negotiating intended to convince the masses that our leaders are being fair and balanced.

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Wisconsin: A Sadist's Paradise

Wisconsin: A Sadist's Paradise | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
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Why Killing Wildlife Is Very Bad For Our Health

Why Killing Wildlife Is Very Bad For Our Health | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
A just-published study in the online journal PLOS Biology says that shrinking biodiversity means a rise in tropical diseases including malaria and dengue fever.
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Following 'Rim Fire,' what should be done with the trees left behind? | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour

Following 'Rim Fire,' what should be done with the trees left behind? | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
A year after a California wildfire known as the “Rim Fire” burnt through over 250,000 acres of Sierra Nevada forests, environmentalists and loggers are debating what to do with the blackened woodland it left behind. The timber industry believes that chopping … Continue reading →
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Logging healthy forests destroys soil microorganisms and reduces forest diversity.  Logging burned forests is even more destructive.  Access roads and equipment movements promote erosion, introduce weeds, damage surviving undergrowth, and crush the new tree seedlings that would replace the original forest.  Logging these fragile environments reduces watershed values and slows recovery.  Only an agency such as the U. S. Forest Service that is controlled by the profit-motivated logging industry would approve logging a burned forest.   

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Commend Organizations for Rescuing Animals From Puppy Mill

Commend Organizations for Rescuing Animals From Puppy Mill | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Target: Quebec Agriculture Ministry and other organizations Goal: Praise organizations for rescuing animals from deplorable conditions at puppy mill Quebec agriculture officials have recently discovered one of the largest puppy mills in the...
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Sign the Animal Bill of Rights

Sign the Animal Bill of Rights | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Animal Legal Defense Fund is working to show Congress that there is popular support for legislation that protects animals and recognizes that, like all sentient beings, animals are entitled to basi...
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Animal Cruelty No Contest Plea from CA Livestock Auction Owner - Public News Service

Animal Cruelty No Contest Plea from CA Livestock Auction Owner - Public News Service | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

Animal Cruelty No Contest Plea from CA Livestock Auction Owner. 

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - The owner of a Southern California livestock auction house is facing probation and fines after pleading no contest to animal cruelty charges under California's "downer" law.

Charges were brought against Horacio Santorsola after an animal-rights group secretly videotaped workers at the auction house beating, throwing and neglecting injured, lame or sick animals. Matt Rice, director of investigations for Mercy for Animals, said this case graphically illustrates the cruel, inhumane and often illegal abuses of farm animals.

"This conviction should serve as a warning to auctions across the state and the country that animal abuse will not be tolerated," he said.

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Ban Cruel Wildlife Traps

Ban Cruel Wildlife Traps | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Target: Honorable Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources
Goal: Ban the use of cruel leghold traps in British Columbia
Leghold traps are cruel devices designed to hold an animal against its will.
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Washington Fish & Wildlife Rejects Nonlethal Wolf Management

Washington Fish & Wildlife Rejects Nonlethal Wolf Management | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Historical ties to special interests that harvest the land’s resources influence government wildlife agencies. The agencies are resisting the shift to preservation rather than harvest. Like the ...
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The White House posted a video linking the California wildfires to climate change. Here’s why.

The White House posted a video linking the California wildfires to climate change. Here’s why. | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Wildfires are tangible. Carbon dioxide is not.
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GR:  Fire fighters know that climate controls fire occurrence.  Day to day variations and annual averages of temperature, humidity, wind, and fuel are principal ingredients in fire severity and spread.  As the normal gradient from arctic to tropics breaks down and the jet stream wanders and stalls, occasional high-fire-danger conditions can persist long enough for destructive fires to spread far beyond historical experience.

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England: 8/8/14 Is 'World Cat Day' - The BUAV Exposes Cats Born To Die In UK Labs - Watch the Footage, Please Sign the Petition - and Lots More.

England:  8/8/14 Is 'World Cat Day' - The BUAV Exposes Cats Born To Die In UK Labs - Watch the Footage, Please Sign the Petition - and Lots More. | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

"On the 8th of August, cat lovers around the world will celebrate a day dedicated to all things fantastic and fascinating about felines.


"There will be homes around the world where cats and kittens are lucky enough to spend their lives protected by the security of a loving family.


"Sadly, behind other closed doors – not of homes but of laboratories – there will also be many other cats and kittens suffering in silence.


"This time last year, one of our investigators, Suzie, was undercover at a MSD Animal Health laboratory and reflects on the time she spent with the kittens used in research. Please read her words and take action to stop this suffering by signing up to our Thunderclap for World Cat Day to raise vital awareness about the investigation and to end these cruel and unnecessary practices."

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Cats are a distraction; one that rests our minds and clears our thoughts.

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Divers pull fishing hook from jaws of 6ft shark

Divers pull fishing hook from jaws of 6ft shark | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
A pair of amateur conservationists film themselves removing a fishing hook from a shark's mouth off the coast of Jupiter, Florida
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Humans need to recognize they have a great opportunity to care for nature.  We can assist rather than destroy plants, animals, and soils.  We are the only species that can do this, it needs doing, so let's do it.

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Indigenous Seed Savers Gather in the Andes, Agree to Fight Climate Change With Biodiversity

Indigenous Seed Savers Gather in the Andes, Agree to Fight Climate Change With Biodiversity | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
As climate change makes it more difficult to practice agriculture in their ancestral homelands, indigenous communities are exchanging seeds in hopes of finding the hardiest varieties.


During a series of talks held between April 26 and May 2, the farmers forged a unique partnership entailing the exchange of indigenous crop varieties and farming methods, which they hope will protect agricultural biodiversity in the face of climate change. The exchange will begin with potatoes—a sturdy crop that thrives in the mountains of China, Bhutan, and Peru—and will enable the farmers to experiment together from a distance, so they can find the hardiest, most resilient varieties. 

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A benefit from indigenous crops is preservation of genetic diversity and avoidance of genetically modified crops designed to be pesticide resistant.  We need to steer away from the pesticides.

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Neonics and genetically engineered crops to be phased out at national wildlife refuges

Neonics and genetically engineered crops to be phased out at national wildlife refuges | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
These elements of "industrial agriculture" not needed at refuges- Pressure to ban neonictinoid pesticides and mobilization against GE crops has been growing. The U.S. government is perceived by man...
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The US Fish and Wildlife Service will terminate use of Neonics and GMOs in most wildlife refuges by 2016.  Let's hope  this is the start of a change across the US Department of the Interior, the largest manager of US public lands.

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Hallmark is selling ivory….as a perfect 14th anniversary present

Hallmark is selling ivory….as a perfect 14th anniversary present | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Hallmark is promoting IVORY as a 14th wedding anniversary gift on their website and posting this blatant falsehood: “Many pieces of beautiful jewelry showcase ivory shed naturally from animals. Loo...
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Plant Trees, Save Lives

Plant Trees, Save Lives | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Of course, in the Southwest we can't plant more trees because the supply of water is dwindling. Over the past year, I've had to turn six large native cottonwood trees into wildlife woodpiles. Cot...
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Tanzanian Conservationists propose ways of securing the Eastern Arc Mountain forests | BirdLife

Tanzanian Conservationists propose ways of securing the Eastern Arc Mountain forests | BirdLife | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
RT @CommunityCEPF: Tanzanian conservationists propose ways of protecting #biodiversity in the @Data_EACF, http://t.co/8Glq2VUaqp @BirdLife_…
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350 New Bird Species; More Than 25% Threatened

350 New Bird Species; More Than 25% Threatened | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
From Birdlife
One tenth of bird species flying under the conservation radar
More than 350 newly recognised bird species have been assessed by BirdLife International for the first time on behalf of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™.
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Perhaps the real surprise is that more aren't threatened.  In my home state, wildlife biologists consider more than half of the 451 native species vulnerable or imperiled, many critically imperiled.


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North American waterfowl are newest casualty of California’s drought - The Sacramento Bee

North American waterfowl are newest casualty of California’s drought - The Sacramento Bee | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

"California wildlife officials are asking the public to help watch for sick waterfowl that may be suffering because of the drought. Avian botulism is more likely to spread when birds cluster in small pockets of water. Already, hundreds of dead birds have been reported at three locations across the state, including the canal that bisects Sacramento’s Pocket neighborhood.  

"Add another casualty to California’s prolonged and punishing drought: Wildlife officials warned this week that dry conditions in the state’s Central Valley could have a devastating effect on North American waterfowl.

"The Central Valley is recognized as the most important resting and wintering ground on the Pacific Flyway, a global migratory path for millions of ducks, geese and other birds. About 5 million waterfowl spend the winter on state and federal wildlife refuge areas and flooded rice fields in the Central Valley each winter.

"This year, the worst drought in a generation means those Central Valley habitats have been dramatically reduced in size. Wildlife refuges have had their state and federal water supplies cut by 25 percent. Rice acreage has been reduced by a similar amount as farmers also have endured water cutbacks.

"As a result, millions of migrating birds will be crowded into less habitat, significantly increasing the odds of botulism outbreaks, which spread rapidly and can kill thousands of birds in a matter of days. The problem is not limited to rural areas but can affect waterfowl drawn to urban water bodies as well. Officials also are concerned the drought could cause food shortages.

"Already, at least 1,700 waterfowl have died at Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge near the...."


Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/07/30/6593565/drought-contributing-to-waterfowl.html#mi_rss=Environment#storylink=cpy

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This is a very sad consequence of the drought...

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New Lawsuit To Protect Richardson Grove Redwoods

New Lawsuit To Protect  Richardson Grove Redwoods | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

News release from wildcalifornia.org:   Third Lawsuit Filed to Prevent Caltrans From Vandalizing Ancient Redwoods in Richardson Grove State Park SAN FRANCISCO


— Following two previously successful federal and state court legal actions, conservation...

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These incredible trees are worthy of protection. 

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Gila National Forest Plan Allows 3,000 Miles for Off-road Vehicles

Gila National Forest Plan Allows 3,000 Miles for Off-road Vehicles | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Off-road vehicles disturb wildlife and damage habitats. According to RoadFree.org, keeping wild areas free of roads is a remarkably cost-efficient way of protecting biodiversity.
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