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Nature Conservation News and information for animals, plants, and nature.  See more at http://garryrogers.com.
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Nepal Temple Bans Animal Sacrifices as Offerings

Nepal Temple Bans Animal Sacrifices as Offerings | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
A Hindu temple in Nepal has banned the sacrifice of animals as offerings at the traditional Gadhimai festival.
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Wild Bengal Tigers On The Verge Of Extinction - The Inquisitr

Wild Bengal Tigers On The Verge Of Extinction - The Inquisitr | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Bengal tigers in the Sundarbans forest have reached alarmingly low numbers, indicating that extinction may be imminent.
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We Are Not Alone!

We Are Not Alone! | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
You might be surprised by how many nonhuman sentient beings that you recognize. You may even count some of them as your friends.
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The question–Are we are alone?–has been answered!

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Screw the Sceptics—Humans Are to Blame!

Screw the Sceptics—Humans Are to Blame! | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
First there were the global warming sceptics and anthropogenic climate change deniers; now we are hearing from the downplayers and confuse-the-issuists like those who keep blaming everything on El Nino—a temporary, natural, cyclic phenomenon, not linked with human-caused climate change.

Another example of an effort to hold humans harmless is the debate around what is to blame for the early mass extinction of Pleistocene megafauna: humans or climate change? (unbelievably, still being debated after all these years.) Indeed, Discover.com has recently put out two differing articles with opposite titles, one blaming humans for what is known as the Pleistocene overkill (in an article entitled: “Humans Blamed for Extinction of Mammoths, Mastodons & Giant Sloths“, the other backing the climate change as the agent primarily to blame, (Still, even that new study blames humans for the coup de grace that finished off the species now extinct).
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Arizona’s new water rush raising tensions

Arizona’s new water rush raising tensions | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
BOWIE — Farmers from California and Arizona are pushing to drill wells and pump unregulated water in Cochise County, triggering intense rivalries and calls for a crackdown.

Some farmers from the drought-parched, increasingly regulated Central Valley of California want to plant pistachios and other crops here, largely to feed China’s growing demand for tree nuts. But others who are already here and pumping water want the state to limit new irrigation.
Garry Rogers's insight:

Everyone acknowledges that groundwater is a limited resource that will all be gone one day, but no one acknowledges that the riparian habitats along streams and springs fed by groundwater have either already disappeared or will disappear over the next few years. Such blind ambition is destroying our wildlife.  Arizona farmers, "Wealth isn't just bank balances, it's also the beauty of our surroundings."

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Misconceptions about disruption of fire cycles

Misconceptions about disruption of fire cycles | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

"I would like to point out a typical bias that I see and hear all the time. The Forest Service often promotes the idea that lodgepole pine stands are “overstocked”. Actually lodgepole and many other species always grow that way after a disturbance. There is frequently a significant amount of natural regeneration that is gradually whittled down by natural thinning agents like beetles or fire.

"It baffles me that the FS tries to prevent beetles from “thinning” the forest when indeed, they believe they are “overstocked”. Beetles, disease and fire will thin them naturally, and these agents are much better at selecting which trees should live and die than any forester." --George Wuerthner

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GR:  Many excuses for logging are offered as scientific justifications just as hunting is said to be good wildlife management. This article offers several solid counterpoints to the Forest Service's effort to justify logging as forest management.  Recommended.

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Stadium lighting affects bat behavior and may threaten biodiversity

Stadium lighting affects bat behavior and may threaten biodiversity | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
A new Animal Conservation study shows that sports stadium lighting can alter patterns of bat species activity and feeding, which may in turn have cascading effects on other organisms and the ecosystem as a whole.
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Inbreeding not to blame for Colorado's bighorn sheep population decline

Inbreeding not to blame for Colorado's bighorn sheep population decline | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The health of Colorado's bighorn sheep population remains as precarious as the steep alpine terrain the animals inhabit, but a new study led by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder has found that inbreeding—a common hypothesis for a...
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Mercury Contamination of Arizona Fish

Mercury Contamination of Arizona Fish | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Mercury is one of the most harmful pollutants faced by fish and wildlife. Toxic mercury is released from coal burning power plants across the country and accumulates in rivers, lakes, and forests.
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Unfortunately, wildlife eat these mercury-contaminated fish their whole lives. Unlike humans, they can't "limit their consumption."

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Welcome, aliens! Wait, just gimme a sec to clean up ‹ Reader — WordPress.com

Welcome, aliens! Wait, just gimme a sec to clean up ‹ Reader — WordPress.com | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
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Okay, so it's not fiction. But if your science fiction goes off planet, this is inspiring.

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Corridors for Biodiversity Conservation: A Forest Corridor in Madagascar

Corridors for Biodiversity Conservation: A Forest Corridor in Madagascar | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
by Tanjona Ramiadantsoa, Otso Ovaskainen, Joel Rybicki, Ilkka Hanski
In biodiversity conservation, habitat corridors are assumed to increase landscape-level connectivity and to enhance the viability of otherwise isolated populations.
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London's economy facing 'great unknown' on climate risks, warns Assembly

London's economy facing 'great unknown' on climate risks, warns Assembly | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
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Businesses in London are unprepared for the impacts of global warming and more than half of FTSE 100 companies have no strategy to deal with climate change.
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Scientists see risks in biodiversity offsets misuse

Scientists see risks in biodiversity offsets misuse | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Australian scientists have warned governments against using biodiversity offsetting to meet existing conservation commitments.
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Denmark Bans Kosher and Halal Animal Slaughter

Denmark Bans Kosher and Halal Animal Slaughter | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Denmark chose animal rights over religion Monday by enacting a sweeping ban on the religious slaughter of animals.
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An Interview with Sir John Houghton on Global Warming: The Complete Briefing (5th edition)

How much of global warming is due to human activities? How far will it be possible to adapt to changes of climate? John T. Houghton's definitive, full colour, ...
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Here is a clear description of how Earth's climate is changing and what must be done to stop the change.

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Switch to 100% Clean Energy Today

Switch to 100% Clean Energy Today | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Clean-energy programs are available in all U. S. states and Canadian provinces. Any homeowner, renter, or business that pays for their electricity can switch.
Garry Rogers's insight:

This morning, with one phone call, I switched my four electric utility accounts (two residential, two commercial) to 100% clean energy from renewable sources.

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Jukka Melaranta's curator insight, August 2, 2015 9:46 AM

This morning, with one phone call, I switched my four electric utility accounts (two residential, two commercial) to 100% clean energy from renewable sources.

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13 Giant Companies Just Made Big Climate Pledges

13 Giant Companies Just Made Big Climate Pledges | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Big-name companies like Coca-Cola, Walmart, Apple, and Google have pledged to tackle climate change.
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Every homeowner in the U. S. and Canada has an opportunity to follow suit.  Check my blog tomorrow for details.

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Sockeye fishing closure as half of Upper Columbia's run apparently dies in warm waters

Sockeye fishing closure as half of Upper Columbia's run apparently dies in warm waters | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
JULY 24, 2015 By Rich Landers richl@spokesman.com UPDATE, 2:20 p.m.:  Sockeye closure has been announced starting Sunday, July 26, a half our after sunset  upper Columbia from Rocky Reach Dam upstr...
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Warning From Scientists -- Halt Fossil Fuel Burning Fast or Age of Superstorms, 3-20 Foot Sea Level Rise is Coming Soon

Warning From Scientists -- Halt Fossil Fuel Burning Fast or Age of Superstorms, 3-20 Foot Sea Level Rise is Coming Soon | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
First the good news. James Hansen, one of the world's most recognized climate scientists, along with 13 of his well-decorated fellows believe that there's a way out of this hothouse mess we're brew...
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According to this review of the latest climate model simulations, there is an immediate need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Otherwise, rising sea level, massive storms, and permanent winter in Great Britain (the map above) are only a few of the changes we can expect. Recommended reading.

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The Skriker: global warming, eco-fairytales, and science on the stage | Amy C Chambers

The Skriker: global warming, eco-fairytales, and science on the stage | Amy C Chambers | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Sarah Frankcom and Maxine Peake’s interpretation of Caryl Churchill’s The Skriker retains its environmental relevance, but can it inspire audiences into political action?
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Investors could lose $4.2tn because of climate change, report warns

Investors could lose $4.2tn because of climate change, report warns | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Investments in fossil fuel companies face serious risk from global warming, research by the Economist Intelligence Unit shows Private investors stand to lose $4.2tn (£2.7tn) on the value of their holdings from the impact of climate change by 2100...
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How This Year's El Niño Compares to the Past

How This Year's El Niño Compares to the Past | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
It was the winter of 1997-1998 when the granddaddy of El Niños—the one by which all other El Niños are judged—vaulted the climate term to household name status. It had such a noticeable impact on U.S. weather that it appeared everywhere from news coverage of mudslides in Southern California to Chris Farley’s legendary sketch on “Saturday Night Live.” Basically, it was the “polar vortex” of the late ‘90s.


January and February 1998 were the wettest and warmest first two months to a year for the contiguous U.S. in the 104-year record at that time, according to NOAA. The position of the jet stream meant that some northern states saw temperatures up to 15 degrees above normal and both the Southeast and Southern California were awash in a series of storms.

Garry Rogers's insight:

GR:  Strong El Ninos can produce strong weather events. But when, where, and even if are all uncertain.

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Cows Help Stranded Baby Seal to Safety

Cows Help Stranded Baby Seal to Safety | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
In the most recent showcase of animals showing compassion for one another, a herd of cows has helped save a stranded baby seal in England. The five day old seal Read More
The post Cows Help Stranded Baby Seal to Safety appeared first on Ecorazzi.
Garry Rogers's insight:

GR:  The larger number of similar incidents across many species supports the idea that the emotions of other species resemble those of humans.  For some humans, the similarity awakens sympathy for our fellow creatures.  Killing them, eating them, and exploiting them becomes sad tragedy.

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Mounting threat to Galapagos from 'El Nino'

Mounting threat to Galapagos from 'El Nino' | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The Galapagos Islands, celebrated for their breathtaking biodiversity, could face a major threat from "El Nino," the weather system known to wreak havoc every few years.
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Stop Funding the Destruction of Massive Forest

Stop Funding the Destruction of Massive Forest | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Target: Rite Aid CEO John T. Standley
Goal: Stop purchasing paper products from loggers that are destroying the massive Boreal Forest.
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