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Desertification: The people whose land is turning to dust #Auspol #EarthToParis #COP21

Desertification: The people whose land is turning to dust #Auspol #EarthToParis #COP21 | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The UN predicts over 50 million people will be forced to leave their homes by 2020 because their land has turned to desert. This is already happening in Senegal, writes Laeila Adjovi.Cattle herder ...
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GR:  Desertification on the left, deforestation on the right, and nature squeezed in the middle.  As the pressure ejects those 50 million people over the next five years, Europe will become a different kind of place.

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Climate change: a survivors' guide

Climate change: a survivors' guide | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
As warnings of global climate change grow ever more dire, John Vidal offers 10 tips on how to prepare for an apocalyptic future
ship stuck on salt flats
Without a paddle … in the parched future, it may be wise to move to somewhere with a good water supply. Photograph: Vahid Salemi/AP

John Vidal

Sunday 13 October 2013 13.15 EDT Last modified on Thursday 22 May 2014
1 Stay cool, dry

Britain is expected to get more extremes of heat and rainfall, so prepare for more severe floods, longer droughts and more powerful storms. No one knows quite what the effect over time will be of a slowing Gulf stream, or the melting of arctic sea ice, but climate scientists confidently expect temperatures to rise up to 4C by 2100. That could mean big shifts in rainfall patterns and a more unpredictable climate. So clear your drains, fix your roof and move to Wales – or at least to somewhere with good water supply. The worst that could happen? Your grandchildren will inherit inexorably rising temperatures that render much of the Earth uninhabitable. Their problem? Yes, but yours, too.
2 Move

Sea levels are rising gradually
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Japan Met Agency Confirms Early Concerns -- October 2015 Shaping up to Be Hottest Month Ever Recorded

Japan Met Agency Confirms Early Concerns -- October 2015 Shaping up to Be Hottest Month Ever Recorded | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
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Check out the Arctic anomaly; it's incredible.

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9 animals that are feeling the impacts of climate change

9 animals that are feeling the impacts of climate change | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
RT @Interior: These animals are too cute to lose to climate change: https://t.co/N7FSQjxD9K #ActOnClimate https://t.co/xiVSQ4EHlw
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GR:  This beautifully illustrated blog post explains how climate change threatens these species.  The U. S. Department of the Interior provide the post.  This is the agency that:

  • approves fossil-fuel exploration and extraction,
  • approves excessive livestock grazing that removes forage needed by wildlife, spreads weeds, and increases fires,
  • approves power production and transmission projects that benefit humans and harm wildlife,
  • promotes recreation and tourism often at the expense of wildlife habitat, and
  • decides which species get to be protected under the Endangered Species Act.

All of this indicates that resource management cannot be sustainable in a political system like that of the U. S.

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How You Can Help Protect Arizona Wildlife

How You Can Help Protect Arizona Wildlife | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Support Arizona Wildlife Each year, more than 100,000 people apply for a license to kill one or more of Arizona's wild animals.  The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) encourages wildlife kil...
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Did Exxon Mobil Know About Climate Change In The 70’s And Do Nothing?

Did Exxon Mobil Know About Climate Change In The 70’s And Do Nothing? | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The parallel to Tabaco companies hiding research on the harmful effects of smoking is obvious. If the government can prove ExxonMobil knew about the dangers of climate change, there would be significant repercussions around the world.
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Like New York, other states,  the U. S. government is opening an investigation.  Exxon's funding of climate-change-denying organizations seems to be the focus, but how about adding a few climate-change-denying congressmen who also received funds from Exxon.

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Rich praise for poor nation’s emissions targets - Climate News Network

Rich praise for poor nation’s emissions targets - Climate News Network | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Analysts say the DRC, one of the world’s poorest countries, has more credible plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions from forestry than several more developed states.

LONDON, 16 November, 2015 – An African country whose people are among the poorest on Earth has won plaudits from US scientists for its clear and detailed plans to reduce climate-warming emissions from its forests and farms.

The strategy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – rated next to bottom of the 187 countries on the UN’s Human Development Index in 2013 – is described as “robust” by the US-based Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

They also rate it as better than those produced by three other more prosperous countries struggling to combat deforestation − Brazil, India and Indonesia.
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GR:  The targets aren't that far in the future.  Meeting them will put pressure on the standard growth model that is followed by the great majority of the world's businesses.  It is essential that energy and resource commodity corporations move toward zero-growth.  Eventually, they will have to shrink.  Voluntary downsizing now, rather than later when conditions force it to happen, would help preserve some of the planet's ecosystems. 

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Climate change putting UK wildlife 'increasingly at risk'

Climate change putting UK wildlife 'increasingly at risk' | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Climate change is already affecting UK nature, from seabirds to plants, with wildlife “increasingly at risk” as temperatures rise, conservationists have warned.

A report from the RSPB shows the impact that warming temperatures in Europe are having on birds, bees, butterflies and plants and the risks of future impacts from more extreme storms, loss of habitat and disruption between predators and prey.

The study shows that extreme weather such as heavy rainstorms, which is already becoming more frequent as a result of a warming world, hits species such as Scotland’s capercaillie and the cormorant-like seabird, the shag.
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The TPP is a nightmare and I don't understand corporate greed

The TPP is a nightmare and I don't understand corporate greed | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

So it’s finally here. After years of fear-mongering among activists groups and Wikileaks, the full TPP text is finally released, on Guy Fawks day, no less! A complete corporate coup d’etat. A takeover of the state and a reemergence of divine power only rivaling that of long dead kings and popes. And the verdict? It’s worse than we imagined.

"And by we I mean the handful of activists and awake citizens around the world. In the US, maybe a couple of millions of people. 5 millions, if we are lucky. Not enough to sway an election, or even make much noise. We fare slightly better in Europe, Australia and Canada. They actually like their universal healthcare over there and are willing to put up a fight. So-called developing countries are way ahead of us on this one. They have been screwed over by multinational corporations for over a century. They know the score. When big business with no allegiance other than maximizing profit moves in, it is bad news for citizens. They don’t care that they pollute the river; their children are not drinking from it. Their children are at a boarding school in Switzerland. They don’t care that the price of medicine goes up 5000%. They and their family have access to the best doctors money can buy."

Garry Rogers's insight:

GR:  I'm out to end corporate rule today.  We can't defend the Earth and its creatures when the bulk of our activities are aimed at stuffing dollars into pockets.  So lend a hand.  Look for ways to block growth, development, and progress in your neighborhood and beyond.

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Ghost deer haunt New York cold war bomb site under threat from developers

Ghost deer haunt New York cold war bomb site under threat from developers | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Group proposes turning the old depot into a world-class tourist attraction to show off both its rich military history and its unusual wildlife Hundreds of ghostly white deer roaming among overgrown munitions bunkers at a sprawling former US army...
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GR:  Without help from friends, the deer are sure to loose their homes (and their lives).

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Kids in Mexico block a development that would pave over a mangrove forest

Kids in Mexico block a development that would pave over a mangrove forest | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

"When it comes to fighting environmental battles, low expectations are kind of the name of the game. So when a group of warm-hearted kids tries to stop a massive development project in the name of environmental protection, they ought to be met with immediate and soul-crushing failure, right?

"But, as we’ve seen recently in Washington, the tide may be turning! As Quartz reports, a group of 113 youngsters in Mexico garnered a big win for their local community — and, you know, the air and water around them. They petitioned a judge to halt the pending destruction of 170 acres of mangrove forest in Cancún to build a mixed-use resort development, arguing that they have a constitutional right to a healthy environment. The judge apparently agreed that fancy new homes, shops, and a boardwalk didn’t quite fit that definition.

"Mexico’s tourism development agency put this project in the works more than two decades ago, and if it doesn’t go forward, investors stand to lose something like $900 million, Quartz reports. But, as one four-year-old explained to Quartz, “If we cut everything down then we’re going to die. … Trees help us breathe.” That’s a compelling point — and makes it pretty hard to give a shit about those investors, $900 million or no.

"Here’s Quartz with more on the unfolding drama:

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GR:  Come on kids let's defend the Earth against development and progress.  They can be beaten.

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G20 Spending on Fossil Fuels Dwarfs Renewables

G20 Spending on Fossil Fuels Dwarfs Renewables | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The G20 countries spend almost four times as much to prop up fossil fuel production as they do to subsidize renewable energy, calling into question their commitment to halting climate change, a think tank said.

The G20 spent an average $78 billion on national subsidies delivered through direct spending and tax breaks in 2013 and 2014, according to a report from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).

View of smokestacks, about 200m (656 feet) high, at a thermal power plant in Inchon, west of Seoul, Feb. 1, 2007.
Credit: Reuters

A further $286 billion was invested in fossil fuel production by G20 state-owned enterprises. Related public finance was estimated to average a further $88 billion a year.
Garry Rogers's insight:

GR:  The energy industry control of government policy and spending will make enforcement of any emissions pledges difficult to enforce.  The writing is on the wall, however, and some investors will switch to renewable energy technology and production.  The great energy battle to come will be between the distributed individual power producers and government policies controlled by centralized producers.  The need to limit corporate power has never been greater.

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Nevada fossil records offer global warming clues

Nevada fossil records offer global warming clues | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

Abrupt climate change ripples through desert ecosystems

Freshwater springs outside Las Vegas offer some clues about how global warming will affect desert ecosystems, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

New research shows the seeps and springs expanded and contracted dramatically in response to past episodes of abrupt climate change, even disappearing altogether for centuries at a time when conditions became too warm.

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To save Brazil's forests, focus on big landowners - Futurity

To save Brazil's forests, focus on big landowners - Futurity | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Richards and VanWey predict that Mato Grosso is entering a period of renewed high rates of deforestation because of several factors, including the increasing value of farmland, the growing size of the state’s cattle herd, the current dollar-real exchange rate, and the Brazilian government’s continued support of export-oriented commodity agriculture.
Focus on larger properties

Brazil’s Plan for the Control of Deforestation in the Amazon III focuses on reducing deforestation in smallholder farms, given the success the government previously had in targeting owners of larger properties. But in looking at the results of their analysis, Richards and VanWey advocate for continued focus on larger properties.
Garry Rogers's insight:

The stories today support the contention that deforestation is still too high in Brazil.  Stopping deforestation will be no easier with the large landowners discussed in this article. Sure, the owners can afford to pay the fines (unlike the small landowners), but who is going to fine them?

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Health and biodiversity restored? How farming can rediscover its long-lost roots

Health and biodiversity restored? How farming can rediscover its long-lost roots | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
As industrial agriculture continues to erode our wildlife, Dave Goulson challenges the methods and objectives of ever-increasing food production. We need to move towards sustainable, evidence-based farming systems that produce healthy food, rather than allowing the agrochemical industry to reshape our farming, countryside and nutrition to its quest for profit.

In our rush to increase yields, based on an ill-conceived notion that this is needed to feed the world, we run the risk of irrevocably damaging our environment and hence our food production system.

Modern intensive farming produces plentiful, cheap food but is reliant on heavy use of agrochemicals and is a major driver of the ongoing collapse of wildlife populations.

Taxpayers pay billions each year to support this system, with the bulk of this money going to the biggest, richest farming operations.
Garry Rogers's insight:

GR:  This excellent article argues well for sustainable agriculture, but it overlooks the most significant problem.  It describes the failures of factory farming, and it discusses how we can shift to better practices.  It does not mention population.  The article aims at long-term solutions, but of course, everything eventually fails without population control.

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Explainer: Why Deforestation Happens (And Why It's Hard To Stop)

Explainer: Why Deforestation Happens (And Why It's Hard To Stop) | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
NPR spent 2 weeks in the Amazon to find out. Take 10 mins to look at our photos and learn about why it's so hard for us to stop deforestation -- and what could happen if we don't.
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This slide show, composed of beautiful photos and brief comments, drills right through to the problems that continue to destroy Brazilian rain forest.  Small land owners continue to burn and ignore the fines that they have no money to pay anyway.  Elected congressional representatives run illegal logging enterprises.  The people of Brazil live in the world's eighth largest economy built and maintained through the destruction of the rain forest.  Brazil's large commitments to eliminate deforestation and cut greenhouse gasses are admirable, but they are unlikely to be approved by the Brazilian Congress.  So the Earth's lungs shrink and the temperature rises.

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Congo Basin under deforestation threat - Yahoo! Maktoob News

Congo Basin under deforestation threat - Yahoo! Maktoob News | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Congo Basin under deforestation threat
Yahoo! Maktoob News
The Congo Basin in Africa, the world's second-largest tropical forest, is facing a growing threat of deforestation carried out to clear the way for palm oil plantations.
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GR:  Deforestation might eliminate a large portion of the forest before national emission goals of regional nations can save it.

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The World Runs on Palm Oil, and That’s Fueling Climate Change

The World Runs on Palm Oil, and That’s Fueling Climate Change | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The worst climate crisis of the year is happening right now in Indonesia due to slash-and-burn deforestation that sends up as much carbon dioxide as the U.S. does. It’s all for the sake of palm oil.

Each day in Indonesia, forest fires release as much carbon dioxide as the entire United States. The fires have been burning since July, thanks to a combination of slash-and-burn land clearing, flammable peat soil, and El Nino. And the worst part is, although your and my consumption habits are largely to blame, there’s almost nothing we can do about it.

Palm oil companies are largely to blame for this crisis. The larger companies usually don’t set the fires, but (not unlike the chocolate industry) they often buy palm oil from smaller landholders, who do. This makes it very hard to assign blame (there are over 200,000 small landholders in Indonesia) and hold the larger firms accountable, and it means the direct culprits are often impoverished small farmers trying to make ends meet.
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Deforestation: Give credit where credit is due - GreenBiz

Deforestation: Give credit where credit is due - GreenBiz | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
With Indonesia burning, are corporations failing in their "no deforestation" pledges?
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GR:  This story is long and empty.  Deforestation is required for Cargill and other major commodities corporations to keep growing.  There is no indication that any of them have committed at all to zero-growth, the policy that is necessary if Earth ecosystems are to withstand the human onslaught.

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Biologists Brought Wyoming Toads Back From the Brink of Extinction - Gizmodo

Biologists Brought Wyoming Toads Back From the Brink of Extinction - Gizmodo | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The only Wyoming toads in the world live in Mortenson Lake National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Wyoming, where they were common until the 1970s, hopping around at the edges of creeks, ponds, and small lakes.
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GR:  The toad was saved by captive breeding and is being reintroduced to its former habitats, but it still faces the great danger of the chytrid fungus that we have spread around the planet.  The disease has probably reached Wyoming by now, and we should know within a few years if the Wyoming toad is immune enough to survive. 

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Call to Action Against Global Corporate Domination: November 14-18 ← Flush the TPP!

Call to Action Against Global Corporate Domination: November 14-18 ← Flush the TPP! | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

The United States is negotiating three massive international treaties–the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Trade-in-Services Agreement (TiSA). These deals are crafted in secret by multinational corporations and big bankers for their own benefit at our expense. They will expand global corporate rule, harming the planet and people everywhere, and destroying democracy.

"From November 14 to 18, 2015, people will converge on Washington, DC to demand that the United States drop these deals and create, in a transparent and democratic way, alternative international agreements that put people and the planet first. Our actions coincide with the APEC meetings in the Philippines, where US officials (including trade reps) will push the TPP, and our Philippine allies will have mass protests.

"The TPP, TTIP, & TiSA are much more than trade deals–only 5 of the 29 TPP chapters even deal with trade. They are corporate power grabs that impacts every aspect of our lives. If passed, the TPP, TTIP, & TiSA would take away environmental protections, offshore American jobs & decrease wages, remove food safety laws, curtail internet freedom, inhibit access to lifesaving medicine, spur further financial deregulation and more. Under Obama’s recent Fast Track bill these treaties would even ban climate action and immigration reform."

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Support That Helps Governments Build Sustainable Capacity Essential to Development Goals

Support That Helps Governments Build Sustainable Capacity Essential to Development Goals | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
RT @WorldLungFdn: Tobacco is major cause to climate change, causing huge deforestation #GlobalGoals http://t.co/sRb0KggeD1 http://t.co/eb5f…;
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GR:  We need to upgrade legacy attitudes that overlook the destruction of the Earth by the growing human population. This quote from the World Lung Foundation is a good example of an ignorant prescription for an unhealthy world:  "Underlining the fundamental dependency between health and wellbeing, environmental protection, social development, and prosperity, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include targets on reducing maternal mortality, reducing by one-third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases, halving global deaths and injuries from road traffic crashes, ensuring universal access to health services including family planning, and reducing illness and death from air pollution and tobacco use."


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Bernie Sanders: Climate Change Causes Terrorism

In the Democratic debate Bernie Sanders continues to say that Climate Chage (global warming) is the #1 threat to America. During this debate Mr. Sanders was ...
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GR:  Good attitude from our best chance for a rational president (Sanders).  I say this in reaction to the politics-as-usual of our past presidents and current candidates that has exchanged half the living creatures on this planet for unsustainable human population growth.

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