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Nature Conservation News and information for animals, plants, and nature.  See more at http://garryrogers.com.
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Old-Growth Forest with Astonishing Biodiversity

Old-Growth Forest with Astonishing Biodiversity | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Astonishing biodiversity exists in Congaree National Park, the largest intact expanse of old growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the southeastern United States.
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This is a region that has received little protection from development and has survived simply by chance.  Small bits are protected, and we can add to those.  But rather than saving a specimen of this beautiful place, wildlife survival requires that we connect the bits and save a large portion of the surrounding region.

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Whale & dolphin meat tested in Japan exceeds mercury limits

Whale & dolphin meat tested in Japan exceeds mercury limits | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Whale & dolphin meat samples tested in Japan exceed safe mercury limits

LONDON: The Government of Japan and the country’s largest online marketplace for whale and dolphin meat have been urged to stop turning a blind eye to consumer health after the latest analysis revealed unsafe mercury contamination in 100 per cent of samples tested.

The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) tested 13 products purchased from Yahoo! Japan – the only major online retailer to continue to profit from sales of whale and dolphin meat – and an additional seven products from Japanese supermarkets.

Every sample showed mercury contamination exceeding the Japanese Government’s own recommended safe level of 0.4 parts per million (ppm).
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The two issues exposed here are animal protection, and environmental pollution.  We shouldn't be killing and eating increasingly rare species, and we should stop polluting the oceans.

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Two pygmy sperm whales beach on Neptune Beach (Florida, USA)

Two pygmy sperm whales beach on Neptune Beach (Florida, USA) | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
April 12th, 2015. NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla. - Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says two pygmy sperm whales that beached on Neptune Beach will be put down.
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France urges Australia to keep climate commitment

France urges Australia to keep climate commitment | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The French government is urging Australia to stick to an international commitment to limit global warming.
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The Extinction Crisis

The Extinction Crisis | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
With 52% wildlife gone since 1970, it's time to make the bloody hunters go extinct ���� http://t.co/WiIX2KFeMc http://t.co/LkZWObQ8U1
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Hunting, not the hunters.

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Vernal pools subject of study

Vernal pools subject of study | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Historically, vernal pools were quite common in New Hampshire and in New England. But over the last half century, Veysey Powell says the number of functional vernal pools has declined significantly.

“Not only have many pools been directly filled by development activities, but others have been impacted indirectly, rendering them functionally obsolete as wildlife habitat. Often this happens when inadequate habitat is left adjacent to vernal pools following development so that species like wood frogs no longer have adequate habitat for hibernating, foraging, and migrating. Many amphibian and reptile species that use vernal pools are also sensitive to roads: their proximity, traffic intensity, and density,” she said.
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Small springs provide habitats for many species in the desert region where I live.  As we eliminate the springs, some species are lost forever.

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Other Evils of the Livestock Industry

Other Evils of the Livestock Industry | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The following is by Rosemary Lowe: Thinking Beyond the Animal Factories to Save This Planet    Those out there who are concerned about this planet, the wildlife, the wild places, really need to understand how very destructive the Livestock Industry...
Garry Rogers's insight:

Full acceptance of Leopold's land ethic requires that we consume a fully vegan diet, release all imprisoned animals, and do what we can to preserve and protect wildlife and wildlife habitat.  Sometimes called biocentric ethics, Leopold's land ethic, that I prefer to call the Earth Ethic, is the only sensible behavior for our species.  Anything else will lead to eventual decline and extinction of life on our planet.

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Greater sage-grouse face serious global warming threat

Greater sage-grouse face serious global warming threat | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Greater sage-grouse may lose ground to global warming. Photo courtesy USGS.
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GR:  Of course, the overwhelming threat to the sage-grouse and the other members of nature began with human development and progress.  The things we desired, warmth and safety, have filled the air with pollutants that are threatening all life, sage-grouse included.

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8 maps showing American lands are changing

8 maps showing American lands are changing | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Maps are great tool for locating wildlands and wilderness areas we might want to visit, but they can also tell us much more. Maps can shed light on much larger stories about our changing country and our disappearing wilderness.

In the past century, American has undergone rapid change - from technology to population growth to energy development- and these changes of modernity are also transforming American lands. Some of these changes become quite visible when a map is the storytelling device. We've worked to bring some of those to light in this collection of maps that demonstrate how truly fragile our wildlands are:
1. Proliferating pavement

It's hard to imagine America without its gorgeous mountains and graceful rivers but that's exactly what is shown in this map of only roads created by Boston-based design firm Fathom. The four million miles of roads (shown in black) that cover the U.S. have a powerful impact on us, from pollution runoff to floods to heat islands. When near wildlands, they also create barriers for migrating wildlife and interrupt other ecological processes. That's why we support conserving roadless areas.
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GR:  These maps illustrate some of the consequences of all the things our presence does to our environment.  For many, the changes are unimportant, but for others the changes are a gut-wrenching ruin of so many of our favorite places.  Take a look.

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Wildlife

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Whales Beach in Japan – Fears of Earthquake The mass beaching of more than 150 melon-headed whales on Japan’s shores has fuelled fears of a repeat of a seemingly unrelated event in the country – the devastating 2011 undersea earthquake that...
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We can avoid mass extinction, but time is running out

We can avoid mass extinction, but time is running out | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Humans have wiped out 13% of the world's plants and animals species, according to a new study.
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A love of elephants is not enough for film funders

A love of elephants is not enough for film funders | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The much taunted film of Richard Leakey that is set to be made by Angelina Jolie may not get off the ground. One of the major funders has decided that the love of elephants is not enough to make the film a success and the film should become a love story.

Film funders Skydance Productions are said
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A case of awkward adolescent eagles

A case of awkward adolescent eagles | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Eagles require about four to five years to mature.
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Learning about eagles.

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Lake Oku clawed frog saved from brink of extinction

Lake Oku clawed frog saved from brink of extinction | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has successfully bred the rare Lake Oku clawed frog
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Compassion, kindness and love

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I seldom post about 'compassion', 'kindness' or even 'love' in relation to nonhuman rights because whilst they are admirable qualities, compassion, kindness and love do not necessarily drive our va...
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The Archaeology News Network: A fraction of the global military spending could save the planet’s biodiversity

The Archaeology News Network: A fraction of the global military spending could save the planet’s biodiversity | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
RT @Alex_Verbeek: A fraction of the global military spending could save #biodiversity
http://t.co/TrLeo7lyGJ http://t.co/JwLD7NwsLy
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Thousands March In Canada To Call For Action On Climate Change

Thousands March In Canada To Call For Action On Climate Change | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Thousands of Canadians took to the streets of Quebec City, Quebec on Saturday to call on their country to curb tar sands growth take action to address the threat of climate change.

The march, which was organized by the environmental and social coalition Act on Climate, drew about 25,000 participants from across Canada, including representatives from First Nations, environmental groups, unions, and student groups. The protesters’ march comes a few days before Canada plans to host a provincial summit on climate change in Quebec City, during which the country’s premiers will discuss their plans in the lead-up to the U.N. climate talks this November in Paris.

One of the messages the protesters wanted to send to the premiers was their opposition to proposed tar sands pipelines like Northern Gateway and Energy East. Those projects, opponents say, would endanger Canada’s land and water and accelerate the fossil fuel production that drives climate change.
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Yes.  Drop the tar sands projects.

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Rancho Santa Fe faces major water cuts

Rancho Santa Fe faces major water cuts | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
At the epicenter of California’s withering drought is the oasis of Rancho Santa Fe, lush with tropical plants, lemon groves and acre after acre of grass.

The upscale enclave earned the dubious distinction of having the state’s highest per-capita residential water use in September, when regulators began collecting that type of monthly calculation for water districts statewide.

The number for the Santa Fe Irrigation District was 584 gallons per day — more than four times the state average.
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Array of animals surrendered at Exotic Pet Amnesty Day

Array of animals surrendered at Exotic Pet Amnesty Day | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The event was held at the Wickham Park Pavilion in Melbourne.
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Some good news.

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IUCN - Human development and biodiversity conservation can go hand in hand, study finds

IUCN - Human development and biodiversity conservation can go hand in hand, study finds | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

For A development scenario involving reduced meat consumption and crop waste, as well as less energy-intensive lifestyles can help us reach global development goals while also protecting biodiversity, according to a new study.

Garry Rogers's insight:

What are our global development goals?  Total annihilation of nature? The Trantor of Asimov's novel?  The words "development" and "progress" are words that are used by those that seek to profit from human desires and fears.  Let's look closely at our desires and think about making them lasting and beneficial for all--including our fellow Earthlings.

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The Power and Limits of Pope Francis's Climate Change Campaign

The Power and Limits of Pope Francis's Climate Change Campaign | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
I encourage you to read “The pope as messenger: making climate change a moral issue,” an essay on The Conversation website by Andy Hoffman, director of the Erb Institute at the University of Michigan, and Jenna White, a graduate student studying the role of religious institutions in shaping humanity’s response to global warming. (The Erb Institute pursues “a sustainable world through the power of business.”)

Here’s their key point:

This summer, Pope Francis plans to release an encyclical letter in which he will address environmental issues, and very likely climate change.

His statement will have a profound impact on the public debate. For one, it will elevate the spiritual, moral and religious dimensions of the issue. Calling on people to protect the global climate because it is sacred, both for its own God-given value and for the life and dignity of all humankind, not just the affluent few, will create far more personal commitment than a government call for action on economic grounds or an activist’s call on environmental grounds.
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Climate Change Means This Tree May Soon Become An Endangered Species

Climate Change Means This Tree May Soon Become An Endangered Species | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The US Fish and Wildlife Service is considering adding the yellow cedar (Callitropsis nootkatensi) to its list of threatened or endangered species, at the urging of environmental groups.
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Nepal: A Trailblazer in Biodiversity Conservation - Inter Press Service

Nepal: A Trailblazer in Biodiversity Conservation - Inter Press Service | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Inter Press Service Nepal: A Trailblazer in Biodiversity Conservation Inter Press Service “A lot of our success was due to our close collaboration with local communities who depend on biodiversity conservation for their livelihoods.” -- Sher Singh...
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Don’t Locate Oil with Harmful Blasting Method

Don’t Locate Oil with Harmful Blasting Method | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
More than 100,000 marine mammals will be killed if seismic blast testing is performed off the coast of Florida to locate oil. Sign this petition and urge Governor Rick Scott to explore alternative energy options.
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