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FIS - Worldnews - Scotland's marine reserve benefits fisheries and conservation

FIS - Worldnews - Scotland's marine reserve benefits fisheries and conservation | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

"The first and only fully protected marine reserve in Scotland is continuing to provide benefits for fisheries and conservation, according to new research by the University of York.

"Backing from the local community has been crucial to the success of Lamlash Bay marine reserve after its creation off the Isle of Arran in 2008, following a decade-long campaign by the local Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST)."

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GR:  Of course, we all know that fishing is not sustainable.  Worldwide, marine life is sinking as human populations rise. Reserves such as the one in Lamlash Bay will only slow the demise of ocean life.

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New mining plans to identify Hunter biodiversity risks

New mining plans to identify Hunter biodiversity risks | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
NSW Environment Minister, Rob Stokes, says draft plans for future coal mining in the Hunter Valley will identify potential impacts on biodiversity in the region.
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Why The Butterflies Are Gone

Why The Butterflies Are Gone | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
When I was a teenager, I came home one day to find monarch butterflies covering a tree in my parents’ backyard. Hundreds of them had swarmed the leaves
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Antarctica Is The 'Ground Zero Of Global Climate Change'

Antarctica Is The 'Ground Zero Of Global Climate Change' | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
CAPE LEGOUPIL, Antarctica (AP) — From the ground in this extreme northern part of Antarctica, spectacularly white and blinding ice seems to extend forever. What can't be seen is the battle raging thousands of feet (hundreds of meters) below to ...
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Exposing the Doubt-Mongers Trying to Convince You Climate Change Isn’t Real

Exposing the Doubt-Mongers Trying to Convince You Climate Change Isn’t Real | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The documentary "Merchants of Doubt" looks at folks who claimed cigarettes were safe and are now focused on climate change.
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Michigan DNR appeals ruling that put grey wolves back on federal endangered species list

Michigan DNR appeals ruling that put grey wolves back on federal endangered species list | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
By Jonathan Oosting LANSING, MI -- The Michigan Department of Natural Resources on Friday announced that it is appealing a recent federal ruling that returned the state's grey wolves to the endange...
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Global Warming

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Global Warming Fuels Coral Killer
Global warming worsens a disease that has almost wiped out Caribbean coral reefs, according to a new study by researchers at the Florida Institute of Technology.
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Not just hot summers, climate change will affect winter, too

Not just hot summers, climate change will affect winter, too | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Most people think about global warming during the dog days of summer. But temperatures are rising in the winter too, and that means less snow.
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Waimakariri Zone Committee focuses on local biodiversity - Voxy

Waimakariri Zone Committee focuses on local biodiversity - Voxy | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The Waimakariri Zone Committee will meet in Rangiora on Monday (2 March) for its regular monthly meeting to address local water management issues.
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Myanmar captures rare white elephant in western jungles

Myanmar captures rare white elephant in western jungles | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
(AP)—Myanmar's forestry department has captured a rare white elephant in the jungles of the country's western Ayeyarwaddy region, an official said Sunday.
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Most Americans see combating global warming as a moral duty – ‘When climate change is viewed through a moral lens it has broader appeal’

Most Americans see combating global warming as a moral duty – ‘When climate change is viewed through a moral lens it has broader appeal’ | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

"WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A significant majority of Americans say combating climate change is a moral issue that obligates them – and world leaders - to reduce carbon emissions, a Reuters/IPSOS poll has found.

"The poll of 2,827 Americans was conducted in February to measure the impact of moral language, including interventions by Pope Francis, on the climate change debate. In recent months, the pope has warned about the moral consequences of failing to act on rising global temperatures, which are expected to disproportionately affect the lives of the world’s poor."

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Imported invasive beavers and minks threaten biodiversity in southern Chile

Imported invasive beavers and minks threaten biodiversity in southern Chile | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The proliferation of beavers and minks at Chile's southern tip - a legacy of a failed attempt to establish a fur industry - threatens biodiversity in one of the world's most pristine corners.
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GR:  Human introductions (accidental and intentional) account for 99.99% of invasive species problems.  It all began more than 500 years ago as sailing ships began crossing the great ocean barriers.  Surprising that after all these years, we can still find problem species to transport.

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Various Petitions: Please Keep On Supporting !

Various Petitions:  Please Keep On Supporting ! | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
We have some happy talk for you:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=291ET6Py6H8
We are amazed to see such a fantastic  response to our petition appeal – in the first day we have achieved well in excess of 3,000 signatures for the animals of Serbia.
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Keystone plankton 'go slow' as ocean acidity rises

Keystone plankton 'go slow' as ocean acidity rises | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Increasing acidity in the Southern Ocean is slowing the growth of diatoms, reports Tim Radford. Why worry? Because these tiny plankton sustain essential marine ecosystems, and are highly effective at drawing CO2 down into the deep ocean. 

"Nobody expected this. And since tiny, single-celled algae are a primary food source for an entire ocean ecosystem, the discovery seems ominous."

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Lost at Sea: Starving Birds in a Warming World

Lost at Sea: Starving Birds in a Warming World | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The Pacific Coast saw record numbers of dead Cassin’s Auklets this winter. We dive in to see what went wrong.
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Dr Rajendra Pachauri: the clown of climate change has gone - Telegraph

Dr Rajendra Pachauri: the clown of climate change has gone - Telegraph | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
This absurd figure, with his PhD in the economics of railway engineering, should never have been given the IPCC job in the first place, writes Christopher Booker
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Cairo demonstrates for stricter animal rights law - Daily News Egypt

Cairo demonstrates for stricter animal rights law - Daily News Egypt | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Animal rights enthusiasts held a demonstration Saturday condemning the brutal killing of a dog and calling on President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to issue a stricter animal rights law.
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NCC – Land Lines: Citizenship and biodiversity conservation

NCC – Land Lines: Citizenship and biodiversity conservation | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Biodiversity conservation is no longer a topic reserved for scientists. It’s an issue that impacts all Canadians.
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Turkey Vultures Poisoned By Veterinary Drug

California Department of Fish & Wildlife News Release Euthanasia Drugs Reach the Wrong Animals The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has confirmed that several turkey vultures have been poisoned from the veterinary euthanasia drug...
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How that cork in your wine bottle helps forests and biodiversity, an interview with Patrick Spencer

How that cork in your wine bottle helps forests and biodiversity, an interview with Patrick Spencer | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Next time you’re in the supermarket looking to buy a nice bottle of wine: think cork.
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Tony Abbott's 'captain’s call' over Tasmanian forest humilated Australia, say Greens

Tony Abbott's 'captain’s call' over Tasmanian forest humilated Australia, say Greens | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

"Prime minister Tony Abbott made a “captain’s call” over Tasmanian forestry policy which globally humiliated Australia, the Greens and a conservation group claim.

"The Wilderness Society (TWS) says Freedom of Information documents reveal Abbott pushed forward with election commitments in the sector despite departmental caution.

One pledge included delisting 74,000 hectares of Tasmanian wilderness world heritage area, an application swiftly rejected by the United Nations’ world heritage committee in June last year.
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Appeal to save endagered lemurs is falling on deaf ears, say campaigners

Appeal to save endagered lemurs is falling on deaf ears, say campaigners | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

Ian Johnston:  "Conservationists are on the brink of despair over the plight of the lemur after an international appeal for funds to help save the world’s most endangered primates fell on deaf ears.

"About 90 per cent of all lemur species – including the only other primate apart from humans to have blue eyes – are at risk of extinction on their native island of Madagascar.

"But a major appeal for nearly £5m launched in 2013 has since raised less than 20 per cent of the target and conservation groups have now launched a new international body designed to reinvigorate the campaign."

Garry Rogers's insight:

GR:  So numerous the natural world's problems and so distracted the average sports/fashion/television fan, the great dying, as we name our time, continues unabated.  If only we could turn from our appetites and fears to perceive the world around us; if only we could see other creatures as having value; if we could, we would redirect our national energies to saving our Earth, our home.  Please call out the places you know for public support for lemurs.

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Shut Down Hunting Ranches that Drive Species to Extinction

Shut Down Hunting Ranches that Drive Species to Extinction | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Target: Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe              
Goal: Close down hunting ranches that are driving Zimbabwe’s animals to extinction.
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Success: Conservation Efforts Made to Save Critically Endangered Leopard

Success: Conservation Efforts Made to Save Critically Endangered Leopard | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Target: President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund, Carter Roberts
Goal: Praise the World Wildlife Fund for helping to restore the critically endangered Amur Leopard.
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