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Pakistan customs bag record haul of illegal turtle meat

Pakistan customs bag record haul of illegal turtle meat | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Pakistani authorities are investigating after nearly two tonnes of freshwater turtle meat—a record haul taken from more than 4,000 animals—was seized from smugglers at Karachi port, officials said Friday.
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It's Official: El Nino is Here

It's Official: El Nino is Here | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
NOAA: For nearly a year, conditions in the Pacific seemed favorable for the formation of an El Niño – part of a multi-year cycle that creates warmer than average ocean temperatures, and greatly imp...
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Norman Baker gets musical to highlight dangers of animal extinction - Liberal Democrat Voice

Norman Baker gets musical to highlight dangers of animal extinction - Liberal Democrat Voice | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Lewes MP Norman Baker has taken to music to warn us all of the dangers facing some animals we take for granted. Lions, tigers, elephants and rhinos are under threat. I spent 99p on it and it’s actually very good.
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Washington Bills Undermine Advancements for Wildlife

Washington Bills Undermine Advancements for Wildlife | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Wildlife Photography ©Jim Robertson
Two new bills seek to underhandedly undermine voter-approved advancements for wildlife that set Washington apart from its anti-wildlife neighbors.
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​US House denies Pentagon funds to tackle climate change as security threat

​US House denies Pentagon funds to tackle climate change as security threat | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The US House has voted to deny the Pentagon funding to combat impacts of climate change and its own heavy dependence on fossil fuels. The Department has long acknowledged the realities of global warming amid political wrangling over its effects.
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Urgent action needed to halt biodiversity loss - swissinfo.ch

Urgent action needed to halt biodiversity loss - swissinfo.ch | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
With only 6.5% of its land set aside as protected area, Switzerland occupies last place out of 38 European countries in the latest ...
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UCSB Hofmann Lab examines effects of ocean acidification on rockfish

UCSB Hofmann Lab examines effects of ocean acidification on rockfish | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, received funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to study the effect of pH variability on the early life stages of the cabezon, a kelp forest rockfish.
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Create Wildlife Reserves for Endangered Bird

Create Wildlife Reserves for Endangered Bird | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Target: Máximo Pacheco, Chile’s Minister of the Environment
Goal: Create wildlife reserves to protect the habitat of this endangered coastal bird.
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Saving the Sundarbans ~ The world’s largest mangrove forest and home to the endangered Royal Bengal tiger.

Saving the Sundarbans ~ The world’s largest mangrove forest and home to the endangered Royal Bengal tiger. | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Via – Sudeep Sunderban Travels https://www.facebook.com/prodas.mondal   Indo-Bangla boat ride to save Sunderbans In what could add a new chapter to bilateral equations between the sub-continental neighbours, a team of policy makers and scientists...
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Wild yaks: Shaggy barometers of climate change

Wild yaks: Shaggy barometers of climate change | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
A new study led by WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), University of Montana, Qinghai Forestry Bureau, Keke Xili National Nature Reserve, and other groups finds that climate change and past hunting in the remote Tibetan Plateau is forcing female...
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Deadly frog fungus dates back to 1880s, studies find

Deadly frog fungus dates back to 1880s, studies find | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
A deadly fungus responsible for the extinction of more than 200 amphibian species worldwide has coexisted harmlessly with animals in Illinois and Korea for more than a century, a pair of studies have found.
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Some progress, but more needed, and needed soon.

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What does the science say about polar bears and climate change

What does the science say about polar bears and climate change | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
We've all seen the pictures of polar bears
stranded on sea ice. They're
all too often used as the iconic poster
animals of a rapidly changing climate.
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From the conclusion:  "There are polar bear populations about which scientists still know very little, and the total number of polar bears worldwide remains uncertain. But the populations for which there is data together clearly point to a species in decline. And with the impacts of warming on polar bear habitat and feeding practices well documented, scientists who work in the field are clear that polar bears face a profound threat to their survival in the coming decades."

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Arctic sea ice is getting thinner faster than expected

Arctic sea ice is getting thinner faster than expected | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Study combining disparate data for first time finds sea ice thickness down 65% since 1975 because of global warming, reports Climate Central While the steady disappearance of sea ice in the Arctic has been one of the hallmark effects of global...
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"Dramatic Thinning" -- Arctic Sea Ice Enters Record Low Territory as Northern Polar Region Heats Up

"Dramatic Thinning" -- Arctic Sea Ice Enters Record Low Territory as Northern Polar Region Heats Up | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The Arctic sea ice is melting. It is melting far more rapidly than ever expected. This loss is measured in the form of square kilometers melted, in the form of ice thinned, in the form of new, blue...
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Jeff Masters and Kevin Trenberth on El Nino and Ocean Heat

Jeff Masters and Kevin Trenberth on El Nino and Ocean Heat | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
It's great when an El Nino comes around, (see below) and you just happen to have current footage of two acknowledged global experts on the subject. Kevin Trenberth of the National Center for Atmosp...
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Applaud Government for Protecting Aged Animals

Applaud Government for Protecting Aged Animals | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Target: Eknath Khadse, Maharashtra Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Minister
Goal: Applaud government for setting up shelters to house unproductive and aged cattle.
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Menopausal whales are influential and informative leaders

Menopausal whales are influential and informative leaders | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Menopause is a downright bizarre trait among animals. It's also rare. Outside of the human species, only the female members of two whale species outlive their reproductive lives in such a major way.
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Schorfheide-Chorin: from Nazi hunting ground to biodiversity hotspot - Deutsche Welle

Schorfheide-Chorin: from Nazi hunting ground to biodiversity hotspot - Deutsche Welle | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Nazi and East German political elites went to great lengths to preserve the Schorfheide as their hunting grounds for decades. This pays off today: The area has turned into one of the most biodiverse places in Europe.
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Stop Dangerous Fishing Practice That Harms Endangered Dolphins

Stop Dangerous Fishing Practice That Harms Endangered Dolphins | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Target: Win Tun, Myanmar’s Minister of Environmental Conservation and Forestry
Goal: Put a stop to dangerous electrofishing that shocks and kills endangered dolphins.
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How Climate Change Will Alter New York City's Skyline | WIRED

How Climate Change Will Alter New York City's Skyline | WIRED | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
New York city knows global warming is going to come lapping over its shores, and new building codes aim to do something about it.
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Revisiting spatial scale in the productivity-species richness relationship: fundamental issues and global change implications

Revisiting spatial scale in the productivity-species richness relationship: fundamental issues and global change implications | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The relationship between climate and biodiversity has been long debated.
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From the article:  "Ecoregions that are both large and productive are globally important biodiversity sources that shape the biota of the smaller regions around them."

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World Wildlife Day: Organized Crime Threat Growing

World Wildlife Day: Organized Crime Threat Growing | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
NEW YORK, New York, March 4, 2015 (ENS) - "It's time to get serious about wildlife crime," says the United Nations as the second World Wildlife Day was observed around the world this week.
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Direct evidence that drought-weakened Amazonian forests 'inhale less carbon'

Direct evidence that drought-weakened Amazonian forests 'inhale less carbon' | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
For the first time, an international research team has provided direct evidence of the rate at which individual trees in the Amazonian basin 'inhale' carbon from the atmosphere during a severe drought.
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Combating Poaching and Wildlife Trafficking | UNDP

Combating Poaching and Wildlife Trafficking | UNDP | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Wildlife trafficking is among the five most lucrative illegal trades globally, worth an estimated 23 billion USD annually.
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Newly Found Brazilian Rainforest Monkey Already at Risk

Newly Found Brazilian Rainforest Monkey Already at Risk | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
SAO PAULO, Brazil, March 4, 2015 (ENS) - A bright orange tail and ocher sideburns distinguish a newly found species of Brazilian monkey from its closest relatives.
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