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Federally Protect Declining Moose Species

Federally Protect Declining Moose Species | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Target: Dan Ashe, Director U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Goal: Protect a suffering subspecies of moose that could become extinct within five years.
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Leonardo DiCaprio to donate £15m for environmental causes

Leonardo DiCaprio to donate £15m for environmental causes | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Funds will be awarded to wildlife and conservation projects and other collaborative initiatives around the world
The actor Leonardo DiCaprio has pledged $15m (£10m) in donations to a host of environmental causes.
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Monster El Nino Emerging From the Depths -- Sea Surface Temperatures Hit Strong Event Threshold

Monster El Nino Emerging From the Depths -- Sea Surface Temperatures Hit Strong Event Threshold | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Last year’s warnings from this blog of a possible extreme heat eruption in the Equatorial Pacific, unfortunately, appear to be bearing out. In other words, It’s really starting to look like a monster out there.

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Repeatedly over the past year and a half, noses of warm water have emerged from the heat overburdened Pacific. Massive, godzilla-like things delivering extraordinary warmth to thousands of miles of Equatorial Pacific surface waters. An epic ocean heat reflux that is now boosting human carbon emissions’ push to crack new record global high temperatures for 2014 and 2015. One that is resulting in far-flung extreme weather events around the globe and is, even now, injecting an obscene amount of record heat into the Arctic, setting off unprecedented wildfires and blasting plumes of permafrost burn smoke up and over the North Pole.
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El Nino Drives Up Tropical Air Temperatures

El Nino Drives Up Tropical Air Temperatures | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Atmospheric temperatures in the tropics during June were driven higher by the developing El Niño Pacific Ocean warming event, according to the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH).

Temperatures in the global lower troposphere in June averaged +0.33oC above the long term seasonal average compared with + 0.27oC in May, +0.06oC in April and +0.14oC in March. These anomalies were calculated from satellite instrument data using the latest version of the UAH analysis software.

The global atmospheric temperature anomaly rose in June, driven by a significant increase in the atmospheric temperature anomaly for the tropics related to El Niño. This made June the second warmest month in the tropics since 2010, according to UAH
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Arizona #Endangered Species: River Otters

Arizona #Endangered Species:  River Otters | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Like other predators, Otters help control the numbers of their prey species. They happily take introduced alien species along with natives. In a few instances, people have complained that River Ott...
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Prevent Dangerous Increase in Cougar Hunting Quota

Prevent Dangerous Increase in Cougar Hunting Quota | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Target: Jim Unsworth, Director of Washington Fish and Wildlife Department
Goal: Return cougar hunting quota to proven numbers before season begins.
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The Heroic Bomb-Sniffing Rats Of Africa That Are Helping Save Thousands ...

The Heroic Bomb-Sniffing Rats Of Africa That Are Helping Save Thousands ... | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Throughout the world, places that have been involved in war and/or civil strife often have large minefields that still need clearing. In 2013, it was estimated that there was a global average of around nine mine-related deaths every day. The situation is especially dire in Africa.

Typically, clearing a minefield involves men in body armor walking in very precise lines with metal detectors. Anything (from a rusty nail to an old ammo cartridge) that sets the detectors off must be investigated before moving on. A new method of bomb detection using rats, however, is flipping this process on its head.
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Oil Company Exxon Knew About The Scientific Reality Of Climate Change In 1981

Oil Company Exxon Knew About The Scientific Reality Of Climate Change In 1981 | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
“Pope Francis blasts global warming deniers,” the Washington Post wrote last month. The Pope’s climate encyclical focused on the immorality of climate inaction — which makes the immorality of knowingly spreading disinformation for the purpose of delaying action all the more base.

Now the Union of Concerned Scientists has disclosed an email revealing that Exxon understood the scientific reality of climate change as far back as 1981. “Other companies, such as Mobil, only became aware of the issue in 1988, when it first became a political issue,” Exxon’s former in-house climate expert, chemical engineer Leonard S. Bernstein wrote last year. The 30-year veteran of Mobil and Exxon explained:

Exxon first got interested in climate change in 1981 because it was seeking to develop the Natuna gas field off Indonesia. This is an immense reserve of natural gas, but it is 70% CO2. That CO2 would have to be separated to make the natural gas usable.

And yet despite a growing understanding of the scientific reality of climate change in the 1980s and 1990s, Exxon became one of the biggest funders of scientists and think tanks and others who do little but deny and cast doubt on the scientific understanding of human-caused global warming.
Garry Rogers's insight:

Corporations are run by people. Is it futile to expect honor, ethics, or even responsibility?

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Denies Threatened Status for Gray Wolf

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Denies Threatened Status for Gray Wolf | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
WODCW was one of the 21 wolf conservation and wolf protection organizations to sign the petition for threatened status that the USF&WS rejected today. Threatened status would provide solutions to depredation concerns for the state’s farmers and ranchers. Under threatened status a trophy hunt of wolves would not be allowed.

WODCW believes the state of WI has mismanaged wolves that were delisted in 2012 by holding a recreational trophy hunt on wolves. The recreational trophy hunt employed the barbaric method of using hound hunting dogs to track and trail wolves and also, the inhumane method of trapping.
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Perhaps FWS admins are hoping they will be rewarded with ranch properties when they retire?

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Previously in Earth history, sea levels have risen six meters or more with just 1 to 2 degree (Celsius) global warming

Previously in Earth history, sea levels have risen six meters or more with just 1 to 2 degree (Celsius) global warming | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
A new review analyzing three decades of research on the historic effects of melting polar ice sheets found that global sea levels have risen at least six meters, or about 20 feet, above present levels on multiple occasions over the past three...
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Current beachfront property on many coasts will soon begin to loose its value.


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Contentious China-run mine in Australia shows 'world gone mad'

Contentious China-run mine in Australia shows 'world gone mad' | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The Abbott government was under fire Thursday after approving a huge Chinese-run coal mine near prime farmland, sparking division in its own ranks with Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce complaining that "the world has gone mad".

Joyce called the decision "ridiculous" after Chinese company Shenhua was granted approval for the $1 billion Watermark mine near Gunnedah in New South Wales state, under 18 conditions the government said were among the strictest in Australia's history.
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Wildlife Services kills 5 wolves

Wildlife Services kills 5 wolves | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Local wolf advocate Lynne Stone, director of the Boulder White Clouds Council, said the wolves were part of the Red Warrior pack, which had been viewed by people this winter on the hillside opposite the Warm Springs base area. She said that at that time, the pack consisted of nine wolves, though the alpha female died before the depredation incidents occurred.

“These wolves were in a great place with lots of wild country,” she said. “Then in came the sheep and we lose the wolves.”

Stone contended that Wildlife Services was “jumping the gun” by using lethal means before giving other methods a chance to scare off the wolves.
Garry Rogers's insight:

As always, the interests of a few humans guide wildlife managers. Extinction is inevitable if we do not remove special interest controls over the management of nature.

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Study: Climate Deniers Tend to be Conspiracy Theorists

Study: Climate Deniers Tend to be Conspiracy Theorists | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
ThinkProgress: The Heartland Institute got out ahead of the curve, publishing a piece titled Is The Global Left Counting on Pope to Split the Catholic Church Over Global Warming? back in May.
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Global warming is causing rain to melt the Greenland ice sheet | John Abraham

Global warming is causing rain to melt the Greenland ice sheet | John Abraham | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Higher temperatures are melting Greenland ice directly, but also indirectly via increased rainfall
Greenland, one of the largest ice sheets in the world, is melting. In fact, it is melting ahead of schedule as the world warms.
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Don't Let Them Silence Us · Petitions · Australian Marine Conservation Society

Don't Let Them Silence Us · Petitions ·  Australian Marine Conservation Society | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
We've been really outspoken about the threats our oceans are facing, and the Australian Government doesn't like it. So now they're trying to silence us, along with hundreds of other environmental organisations.

They've launched a parliamentary inquiry in an attempt to take away our tax-deductibility status, and limit our freedom to speak out. Almost all our funding comes from generous people making tax deductible donations. We simply cannot operate without the support of public donations.

How will we campaign if we don’t have the resources to fight for the Reef? Sharks? Marine Parks? Our marine animals need a voice, but the Government is trying to silence ours.

Please tell Minister Hunt and your MP you don't support attacks on environmental organisations!
Sign our Petition
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What's Killing the Babies of Vernal, Utah?

What's Killing the Babies of Vernal, Utah? | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
A fracking boomtown, a spike in stillborn deaths and a gusher of unanswered questions
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Helping Rhinos393 Rhinos Poached in First 120 Days of 2015

Helping Rhinos393 Rhinos Poached in First 120 Days of 2015 | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
On Sunday 10th May 2015, Edna Molewa, South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs Minster released the much anticipated statistics of the number of rhinos poached in the first quarter of this year. She revealed the official death toll for South Africa alone as 393. The reality is that number is likely to be much higher!
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Drought, beetles preying on weakened California forests | The Sacramento Bee - Sacramento Bee

Drought, beetles preying on weakened California forests | The Sacramento Bee - Sacramento Bee | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Frank Cody wasn’t surprised to learn that at least 12 million trees across California recently have died from a lethal mix of bugs and long-term drought. Business is booming for the South Lake Tahoe tree service business owner.
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Instead of addressing the source of the problem, the USDA Forest Service and the timber companies that control its decisions will see this as an opportunity to gain access to protected forest areas.  They need to thin the forest and clear areas to create barriers to insect spread, right? Wrong. The USDA needs to focus on stopping livestock grazing and timber harvest in the forests, and it needs to do what it can to reduce CO2 emissions. The agency has various means to block fossil fuel mining and encourage renewable energy,

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New bug outbreak hitting Colorado trees

New bug outbreak hitting Colorado trees | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
By Bob Berwyn

FRISCO — Colorado forest experts are documenting an unprecedented outbreak of pine needle scale on conifer trees in Grand, Summit and Eagle counties that may be linked with the widespread application of pesticides used several years ago to try and kill mountain pine beetles.

The intensive use of those pesticides may have wiped out beneficial insects like predatory wasps and beetles that keep pine needle scale in check, said Granby-based Ron Cousineau, district forester for the Colorado State Forest Service.
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Similar unintended consequences of pesticide use are commonplace. With everything else we've learned about the dangers of pesticides, it appears that the people in federal regulatory are either dopes or stooges.

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Scientists issue carbon price call to curb climate change #Auspol 

Scientists issue carbon price call to curb climate change #Auspol  | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Academics and economists called Friday for a price on carbon and an end to fossil fuel subsidies to help curb rampant greenhouse gas emissions harming Earth's climate system. Rather than an economi...
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Don't Let Them Silence Us · Petitions · Australian Marine Conservation Society

Don't let them silence us

We've been really outspoken about the threats our oceans are facing, and the Australian Government doesn't like it. So now they're trying to silence us, along with hundreds of other environmental organisations.

They've launched a parliamentary inquiry in an attempt to take away our tax-deductibility status, and limit our freedom to speak out. Almost all our funding comes from generous people making tax deductible donations. We simply cannot operate without the support of public donations.

How will we campaign if we don’t have the resources to fight for the Reef? Sharks? Marine Parks? Our marine animals need a voice, but the Government is trying to silence ours.

Please tell Minister Hunt and your MP you don't support attacks on environmental organisations!
Garry Rogers's insight:

Australian petition supports nature conservation.

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Unprecedented Fire Season Has Burned 11 Million Acres In Alaska and Canada

Unprecedented Fire Season Has Burned 11 Million Acres In Alaska and Canada | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
(What the hell is wrong with this picture? Here we have a bog fire burning away in Saskatchewan, Canada on July 1st, 2015. The bright white color of the smoke is indicative of water vapor mixing in. Due to permafrost thaw, both bogs and related themokarst lakes have been emitting higher and higher volumes of methane over recent years. Methane that could well serve as a volatile fuel for fire ignition over wetlands like the one shown…
Garry Rogers's insight:

When fire frequency increases, habitats change and biodiversity tumbles.

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Global Warming Is Wiping Out the Bees

Global Warming Is Wiping Out the Bees | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Bumblebees, a linchpin of the global food supply, are vanishing across huge swaths of North America and Europe as a result of climate change, a new study says.
Garry Rogers's insight:

GR:  Apparently, Earth's lands, like its oceans, can't take anymore. Though many species are better adapted to warming than bumblebees, none will escape human impacts unchanged.

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Green energy sector attacks chancellor's changes to climate change levy

Green energy sector attacks chancellor's changes to climate change levy | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Greenpeace accuses George Osborne’s budget of taxing clean-power schemes as if they were fossil fuel producers
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The Scariest Thing About Sharks Is If They Disappear

The Scariest Thing About Sharks Is If They Disappear | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Sharks are apex predators, and as such, affect the entire ocean food chain from their position at the top. Sharks are both predators and scavengers — they contribute to eliminating diseased and genetically defective animals and help stabilize fish populations. Without sharks, whole ecosystems collapse, which inevitably negatively impacts humans and the rest of the planet.
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