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The biggest story in the world podcast: Episode 8, the US

It's time to talk about one of the biggest players in the climate change story, the US, and look at its climate denial movement
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US taxpayers subsidising world's biggest fossil fuel companies

US taxpayers subsidising world's biggest fossil fuel companies | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Shell, ExxonMobil and Marathon Petroleum got subsidises granted by politicians who received significant campaign contributions from the fossil fuel industry, Guardian investigation reveals
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New Zealand Officially Recognizes Animals As ‘Sentient Beings’

New Zealand Officially Recognizes Animals As ‘Sentient Beings’ | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
New Zealand just took a huge a step forward for animal welfare by legally recognizing them as “sentient” beings.
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Indonesia extends moratorium on partial forest clearing

Indonesia extends moratorium on partial forest clearing | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Activists call for country’s flagship conservation policy to be strengthened to cope with pressures on forests and wildlife, reports Mongabay Indonesia’s president Joko “Jokowi” Widodo extended the country’s partial forest-clearing moratorium on...
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Patricia Randolph's Madravenspeak: Let's have $5 'gatherer' license to take live animals and plants from public lands

Patricia Randolph's Madravenspeak: Let's have $5 'gatherer' license to take live animals and plants from public lands | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
To equalize fair citizen participation, I propose that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources establish laws encouraging citizens to dig up trees and plants and take live animals from our public lands without limit, with a $5 annual “gatherer” license incentive. Citizens can start a small nursery business of indigenous plants and trees or a live indigenous animal center to re-populate empty Wisconsin woods.

The season would not have to interrupt the $5 licenses sold to new trappers for indiscriminate killing of wildlife. Their $5 season spans mid-October through March in the south, into April birthing seasons up north. It would be appropriate to have live animal trapping after birthing seasons in March/April and plants and trees taken during spring re-growth of new vegetation through fall.

As equal citizens, we should all be able to use our public lands for equal enterprise and private profit opportunities.

Trapping is the only private for-profit business of indiscriminate exploitation currently allowed on our publicly purchased lands. With this new proposal, the majority who want to experience living wildlife could start private businesses and buy back living systems to reboot life in their own
Garry Rogers's insight:

Sound like nonsense?  Actually, it is probably an environmentally dangerous proposal.  If State Game and Fish, and Natural Resources departments hear about it, they will begin promoting the concept immediately.  Anything for the money.

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New evidence that global warming will hurt US wheat production

New evidence that global warming will hurt US wheat production | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
(Phys.org)—A trio of researchers, one each from Mississippi State University, Kansas State University and the University of Arkansas has found evidence that suggests global warming will cause a reduction in U.S.
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Should we drop protections for birds of prey?

Should we drop protections for birds of prey? | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Daily Mail article by Robin Page claims birds of prey are damaging wild bird populations, but wildlife experts say his ‘naive’ proposal is not backed by science and predators regulate populations Calls for the protection of birds of prey to be...
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As we eliminate habitat, small mammals and birds decline.  This produces a sad but true decline in birds of prey.  What are they thinking??

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Interactive Map: The Changing Arctic

Interactive Map: The Changing Arctic | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Receding sea ice has opened the Arctic to greater energy prospecting and shipping. Emergency response infrastructure is limited.
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Campaigners fight 'biggest threat to European biodiversity in a generation'

Campaigners fight 'biggest threat to European biodiversity in a generation' | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
One hundred voluntary organisations across the UK have united to protest what they are terming the 'single biggest threat to UK and European nature and biodiversity in a generation'.
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Best conservation practices consider both genetics and biology

Best conservation practices consider both genetics and biology | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Restoring diverse vegetation along the Atlantic seaboard after devastating hurricanes or replanting forests after destructive wildfires rests mightily upon one tiny but important ingredient: the seed.

Seeds are also important for conserving rare species, from trees to shrubs to other flowering plants. For example, the recently discovered Trillium tennesseense is only known in three locations in East Tennessee.

But seeds must be saved the right way.

Including a species' biology in sample guideline calculations can dramatically improve sampling effectiveness, according to a new study from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis.

For a long time, seed sampling guidelines have typically been quite general: the same recommended minimum sample applied to all species, roughly 50 seeds per population, whether a towering tree, widespread grass, or a small bee-pollinated herb. Such recommendations were based on genetic theory without considering plant ecology and reproductive biology.

In the new study, published today in the journal Biological Conservation, researchers tested the importance of three factors in seed sampling: a species' "selfing" rate, or rate at which a species pollinates itself, its seed and pollen dispersal distances, and whether an annual or perennial.
Garry Rogers's insight:

GR:  As good stewards, we could be restoring healthy conditions in burned, clear-cut, flooded, and overgrazed vegetation. If we were giving restoration the proper amount of attention, we would refine many of our practices.  In this study, the researchers studied the genetic variability of seeds and discovered that obtaining adequately variable seed collections requires that seed sample sizes vary with species' reproductive traits. 

Of course, we could consider other things.  For instance, we might find that genetic variability is related to species interaction strategies and to their spatial distribution, their areography.  However, our species has not become a good steward.  We know about many factors that we haven’t taken time to understand well enough to apply to our stewardship practices. And now, the news is that we are going to destroy a large portion of the species that ecosystems need to remain stable and productive.

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Threat from Boreholes in Nigerian Community

Threat from Boreholes in Nigerian Community | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
There are concerns among the residents of Tsaunin Kura GRA, Sabon-Tasha area of Kaduna metropolis over the proliferation of boreholes in the community. John Shiklam writes

The proliferation of borehole as a source of water for domestic use by residents of Tsaunin Kura GRA in Sabon -Tasha area of Kaduna metropolis is raising serious environmental concern among members of the community.

Unlike most government reserved areas (GRAs), where almost every amenity, from good road network to provision of electricity and potable water is provided by the government, the case of Tsaunin – Kura is different as the community had been solely responsible for the provision of these basic amenities following neglect by the state government.
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GR:  First electricity was acquired (2008), then the population increased, then better roads were built, then more people came....  In Tsaurin Kura GRA, there is no public water system and people have been making their own wells.  Private (and public) wells can draw down water tables making it more difficult and expensive to acquire groundwater.  Tsaurin Kura may eventually have a public water system, but this is no guarantee that water will not become scarce and intermittent like the electricity.

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The influence of increased atmospheric CO2 concentration on European trees

The influence of increased atmospheric CO2 concentration on European trees | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Increased atmospheric CO2 concentrations have already caused large-scale physiological responses of European forests.
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Australia: The new coal frontier

Australia: The new coal frontier | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Around 27bn tonnes of coal are thought to be locked under the ground of the Galilee Basin in the outback of Queensland. A huge proposed complex of coal mines is planned here, including the world’s largest thermal coal project.

So are railway lines and a massive expansion of the Abbot Point port on the Great Barrier Reef.

What will this mean for the Aboriginal community, the Great Barrier Reef and the world's climate?
Garry Rogers's insight:

The kinds of development that Australia's government wants produce both short- and long-term damages.  They produce no long-term benefits.  It's easy for all of us to think of the consequences of our daily, monthly, and yearly actions.  It is difficult to care about consequences that apply over the course of our lifetimes.  Few people care about consequences that persist for hundreds and thousands of years.  But we must try.

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743 million tons of soil perishes in Turkey due to erosion

743 million tons of soil perishes in Turkey due to erosion | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Moreover, countries spend $2.4 billion to fight against soil erosion at global levels,” Çalık pointed out. It would be much more if economic and social losses were taken into account. To tackle desertification, it is absolutely necessary to avoid soil erosion, preserve and efficiently use water resources and properly manage forest and pasture lands. He underlined the need for raising consciousness in society, including private and public sectors, academic institutions and NGOs.
Garry Rogers's insight:

Arid regions are particularly susceptible to erosion.  Livestock grazing and intermittent farming disturb stable soils and permit erosion to begin.  Once soil-surface microorganisms are lost, soil erosion by wind and water is almost inevitable. 

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Protect Loch Ness Red Squirrel from Extinction

Protect Loch Ness Red Squirrel from Extinction | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Target: Simon Hodge, Chief Executive of the Scottish Forestry Commission
Goal: Protect the Loch Ness red squirrels from extinction by protecting their forest habitat.
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Fox hunting and anti-vivisection: Why animals matter more than people | Dean Burnett

Fox hunting and anti-vivisection: Why animals matter more than people | Dean Burnett | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Outrage at fox hunting and anti-vivisection campaigns are just two examples of people putting animals first. But why do we favour other species over our own?
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Charlize Theron: Mad Max landscape awaits unless we tackle climate change

Charlize Theron: Mad Max landscape awaits unless we tackle climate change | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The star of the new Mad Max movie, Fury Road, has spoken of the film as a cautionary tale which offers a premonition of a world ravaged by drought and hardship unless global warming is addressed The actor Charlize Theron, who takes a leading role...
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Scientists develop new methods to track ocean biodiversity

Scientists develop new methods to track ocean biodiversity | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
How can you track changes in complex marine ecosystems over time? MBARI scientists are part of a team trying to do just this with a five-year, $7 million grant through the National Ocean Partnership Program.
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Brazilian Ranchers Aren’t Cutting Down As Much Forest Anymore. Here’s Why.

Brazilian Ranchers Aren’t Cutting Down As Much Forest Anymore. Here’s Why. | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Millions of species live in the Amazon Basin, including sloths, poison dart frogs, pygmy marmosets, and black spider monkeys — all threatened by human encroachment as well as climate change. Worldwide, there is still the equivalent of 35 football fields of forest being cut down each minute, the World Wildlife Foundation says.
Garry Rogers's insight:

Everything is getting better.  Deforestation is slowing, nations are planning to slow their carbon emissions, there's talk of fishing treaties for international waters, people are becoming concerned about biodiversity decline. . . .  If only it had all started 50 years ago.  But let's get serious and keep pushing.  We can still save part of what we had. 

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New app puts the world's biodiversity in the palm of your hand

New app puts the world's biodiversity in the palm of your hand | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
People can check out local wildlife wherever they are in the world with a new app that says what species of animals and plants might be nearby.
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Arctic Development Is Ramping Up: What Do We Urgently Need to Know? Big Energy Question

Arctic Development Is Ramping Up: What Do We Urgently Need to Know? Big Energy Question | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
As shipping and energy activity increase in the region, what do we urgently need to learn more about? Vote and comment on the list.
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River of desert dust feeds Amazon forests

River of desert dust feeds Amazon forests | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The Amazon rainforest and the Sahara desert seem utterly different. Yet NASA satellites have discovered a surprising connection that intimately links these two disparate parts of our planet.
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Solving corrosive ocean mystery reveals future climate

Solving corrosive ocean mystery reveals future climate | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Around 55 million years ago, an abrupt global warming event triggered a highly corrosive deep-water current through the North Atlantic Ocean.
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Just a week ahead of Biodiversity Day, 2300 birds died on Chilean coast

Just a week ahead of Biodiversity Day, 2300 birds died on Chilean coast | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
World Biodiversity Day is observed all over the world on 22nd May every year to pledge for safety of life on Earth but practically we forget our commitment
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Shifts in sea temperature change the distribution of sea creatures.  Migratory birds expecting to find food in normal stopover locations can starve.

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