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Hundreds Killed by Heat in India

Hundreds Killed by Heat in India | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The death toll in India has risen past 430 people, according to the BBC, as a devastating heat wave has swept through the country with temperatures reaching 118 degrees in some areas.

Most deaths have taken place in the southern states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, where more than 140 people have died since Saturday, the news service reported. Temperatures also pushed past 118 degrees in Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh while temperatures rose to above 111 degrees in the capital, Delhi.
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Catholics organize to promote pope's climate change message

Catholics organize to promote pope's climate change message | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
When Pope Francis releases his much-anticipated teaching document on the environment and climate change in the coming weeks, a network of Roman Catholics will be ready. These environmental advocates — who work with bishops, religious orders, Catholic universities and lay movements — have been preparing for months to help maximize the effect of the statement, hoping for a transformative impact in the fight against global warming.

“This is such a powerful moment,” said Patrick Carolan, executive director of Franciscan Action Network, a Washington-based advocacy group formed by Franciscan religious orders. “We’re asking ourselves, ‘What would be the best way for us to support the faith community in getting this out and using it as a call to action?’”
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Watershed monument will enhance biodiversity

Watershed monument will enhance biodiversity | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

"The Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument would provide the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management the resource protection tools required to preserve the ecosystem integrity of this spectacular 1.7 million-acre expanse. With biodiversity declining worldwide and habitat destruction the number one cause, the over 20 sensitive species in the proposed monument need these safeguards.

As the title indicates, water is a key feature in this area of the Colorado Plateau, with springs and perennial streams vulnerable to increasing aridity from climate change and ground water pumping. These aquatic habitats are vital to the native wildlife in the region. Along with safeguarding wildlife, old growth forests, Native American cultural sites, and spectacular geologic formations, USFS and BLM natural resource staff will be able to monitor and improve public access for recreation. This area is well-known to birders, hunters, cyclists, hikers, horsemen, and many other types of outdoor use."  --JOE SHANNON

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Gambling on Extinction: Exposing the global trade that threatens elephants and rhinos

Gambling on Extinction: Exposing the global trade that threatens elephants and rhinos | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
This week, we turn the lens on the war between poachers and wildlife in Africa.
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What the Oil Spill Off Santa Barbara Is Going to Kill | WIRED

What the Oil Spill Off Santa Barbara Is Going to Kill | WIRED | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The Santa Barbara oil spill is going to kill a lot of animals. A lot.
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Cannes concludes with call-to-arms on climate change: ‘To not tackle the issue through film would be criminal’

Cannes concludes with call-to-arms on climate change: ‘To not tackle the issue through film would be criminal’ | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The director and star of a film about one of the scientists who proved the contribution of greenhouse gases to global warming have urged audiences and movie-makers to recognise the urgency of action required – a message which has found echoes...
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International Day for Biological Diversity 2014 | UNESCO

International Day for Biological Diversity 2014 | UNESCO | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
@UNESCO:Equity in #biodiversity access&use is a rising moral imperative.We must ensure that its benefits r shr by all http://t.co/GWe8ug29kJ
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Japan pledges climate change aid to Pacific island nations - US News

Japan pledges climate change aid to Pacific island nations - US News | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
TOKYO (AP) — Japan pledged Saturday 55 billion yen ($450 million) in climate change and disaster aid to Pacific island nations that are battling rising sea levels and natural calamities as a result of global warming.
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Primary rainforest cleared for massive palm oil plantations in Peru

Primary rainforest cleared for massive palm oil plantations in Peru | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
More than 9,400 hectares of closed-canopy Amazonian rainforest has been removed for two oil palm plantations in the Peruvian region of Ucayali since 2011, according to scientists working for MAAP, the Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project.
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WWF on Twitter

WWF on Twitter | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Biodiversity is the web of life... RT and support International Day For Biological Diversity #IDB2015 pic.twitter.com/rToDInSf8o
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Endangered species found in Devon raid

Endangered species found in Devon raid | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Stuffed animals including a tiger’s head and birds of prey are seized by National Crime Agency officers
A haul of taxidermy animals including a tiger’s head, monkey skulls, reptiles and stuffed birds of prey have been seized by the authorities.
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Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) » Guide to Groundtruthing the Westside Timber Sale

Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) » Guide to Groundtruthing the Westside Timber Sale | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
While the Klamath National Forest finalizes its Environmental Impact Statement, and prepares to auction off our public forestlands to the highest bidder, citizens are beginning to organize and get out on the ground to explore the land that is targeted for what could be the largest timber sale in Klamath National Forest history. The Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion is rich with biodiversity, hosting more conifer species than any other temperate forest in the world. The region is considered an area of Global Botanical Significance, and is proposed as an UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site.

Most of the timber units proposed in the Westside project include Late Successional Reserves that are set aside for the development of old growth forests, and many of the units are within riparian reserves, and Wild and Scenic river corridors which are intended to protect water quality. The Klamath National Forest admits that the Westside project would negatively affect water quality and cause more sedimentation in the Klamath River, and with recent data foreshadowing that a major fish kill in the Klamath River is likely, this is no time to inflict additional impacts to these watersheds.
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GR:  Private citizens must oppose this proposal.  Like all significant U.S. Forest Service management actions, the plan benefits corporations and politicians, not the forest.

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Eleven new species found in Madagascar

Eleven new species found in Madagascar | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Madagascar is home to extraordinary biodiversity, but in the past few decades, the island's forests and associated biodiversity have been under greater attack than ever.
Garry Rogers's insight:

The Wildlife Conservation Society and others such as those listed by the Lemur Conservation Network are working within Madagascar to preserve wildlife.  However, as elsewhere, those who wish to harvest the land have power and influence.  Perhaps we should all visit, spend a little money, and express our concern.

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Growth at all costs: climate change, fossil fuel subsidies and the Treasury

Growth at all costs: climate change, fossil fuel subsidies and the Treasury | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
There are no oil rigs visible from Aberdeen itself, but evidence of the foundations of Europe’s oil capital is easy to see: plaques for the head offices of major fossil fuel companies, helicopters ferrying workers to and from offshore platforms, designer shops for a city that has more millionaires than any other in the UK.

It is not far from the centre of the granite city to the poorer wards, though, where like so many places, people struggling to pay ever-increasing energy bills are still forced to live in cold, damp, poorly insulated homes.

It seems incongruous then that in the last parliament the government gave the oil and gas industry billions of pounds in tax breaks and subsidies, while it spent barely £400m making buildings more energy efficient. Some argue it is particularly odd in light of the UK’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions by 80% by the middle of this century.

This pursuit of what some would see as growth at all costs is rooted in centuries of Treasury control of Whitehall, not just as a necessarily cautious finance ministry but the hub of economic strategy, too. Critics denounce its often secretive and some say arrogant culture, as well as its unabashed free-market, conservative, short-term growth agenda.
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State of Lebanon’ s Birds and IBAs

State of Lebanon’ s Birds and IBAs | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
RT @UNDP: An illustrated book on the conservation of #Lebanon's birds & #biodiversity: http://t.co/j6r72AlMEU v @UNDPLebanon http://t.co/Pr…;
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The Man in the Arena

The Man in the Arena | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Rhino Girl:Here in the US as we honor the fallen soldiers who have put down their lives for our freedom, let us also remember the fallen rangers. These brave souls have paid the ultimate price for our world’s wildlife.
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Save Alligator Snapping Turtle from Extinction

Save Alligator Snapping Turtle from Extinction | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Target: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Director Rowan Gould
Goal: Offer further protections for the endangered Alligator Snapping Turtle in Louisiana.
The Alligator Snapping Turtle is being hunted and killed at an alarming rate in Louisiana.
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5 major threats to biodiversity, and how we can help curb them

5 major threats to biodiversity, and how we can help curb them more:http://feeds.mashable.com/~r/Mashable/~3/daQkdUdGWJo/
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Applaud Zoo Association’s Withdrawal from Taiji Dolphin Slaughter

Applaud Zoo Association’s Withdrawal from Taiji Dolphin Slaughter | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Target: Kazutoshi Arai, Chairman, Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums
Goal: Praise zoo association’s promise to stop obtaining animals caught during the annual dolphin hunt in Taiji, Japan.
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Climate Change Is Killing Agriculture As We Know It

Climate Change Is Killing Agriculture As We Know It | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
If we don't drown or suffocate first, it's a very real possibility that life on earth will starve to death as climate change ravages planet Earth. Though it serves as the background story for Christopher Nolan's film Interstellar, the agricultural implications of climate change haven't been the face of the planetary event—polar bears are much cuter, of course—but a new documentary film from Academy Award-winning director Sandy McLeod aims to change that, bringing the human toll of drought and crop extinction to the forefront of the discussion.

The film, Seeds Of Time, tracks agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler as he races to preserve as many plant species as possible to retain genetic diversity as plant species extinction marches forward. As the former Executive Director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, Fowler traveled to places like Peru to help farmers catalogue and archive their crops, specifically potatoes in this case. Together with samples from other parts of the world, Fowler helped to found the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a seed storage facility in Norway that's like the Noah's Ark for agriculture.

Along with the vault, the film also explores the human angle of what will happen when biodiversity and agriculture fail. Namely, that the drought conditions we're already experiencing will lead first to rising food costs, then to increased conflict in starving regions and finally to the extinction of life-sustaining crops as we know it.
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Jacqueline Garcia pd1's curator insight, May 26, 2015 9:34 PM

In this scoop the author dives into the idea that through climate change we will lose the important parts of agriculture that help us thrive and survive. A solution of preserving seeds is being taken into action to help save these important crops. I believe that this is a good idea so if something does occur and humanity needs these essentials we will be prepared for the worst. 

Bella Reagan's curator insight, May 27, 2015 12:10 AM

Agriculture Unit

Climate Change effects

The effects of climate change on agriculture are introduced here in this article. This article references a lot of movies to show its point, and to then relate how the author believes this could actually happen. With climate change coming fast, plants aren;t given enough time to adapt. This leads to plants dying and not being during enough. This then leads to the falling of plant diversity, and the extinction o tweaker plants.

Insight

This article was interesting because it showed how the possible effects in the movie could deb possible for us here with climate change. Climate change often is talked about when referring to animals, but here is was interesting because its sole purpose was on plants and plant diversity going away. This can be spotted and should be notices and brought to the attention of people by them looking to see the rising process in food. 

Brandon Chesney's curator insight, May 28, 2015 12:21 AM

With all the rising temperature and climate change if we do not drown of suffocate first then it is likely that humans will starve to death. With temperature rising there is less crop which leads to higher costs which not all people can afford.

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On International Day, Ban says biodiversity is essential to sustainable ... - UN News

On International Day, Ban says biodiversity is essential to sustainable ... - UN News | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Variety of life on Earth is essential for the welfare of current and future generations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today on the International Day for Biological Diversity, as he called on the international community to recommit to reduce...
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Protect & Save Rainforests | The Nature Conservancy

Protect & Save Rainforests | The Nature Conservancy | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Adopt an acre of rainforest and help protect plants and animals for the rainforest. We have preserved over 119 million acres, help to protect more!
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Stop Fueling Climate Change by Logging Public Lands

Stop Fueling Climate Change by Logging Public Lands | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Target: Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell
Goal: Fight climate change by stopping the mass destruction of forests via logging.
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This should also target Tom Vilsack of the U. S. Department of Agriculture, the department responsible for the nation's forests.

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Keeping California Wild

Keeping California Wild | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
EPIC has been talking a lot about the revisions to the Northwest Forest Plan. The Northwest Forest Plan is the governing document for all national forests in the Pacific Northwest and it is undergoing major revisions.
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