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The Biodiversity Of Azerbaijan

The first reports on the richness and diversity of animal life in Azerbaijan can be found in travel notes of Eastern travelers. Animal carvings on architectural ...
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Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up

Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Wildlife Biologists Looking for Opportunities to Improve Genetics of Highly Imperiled Mexican Gray Wolves
One of the largest, most persistent threats to the recovery of Mexican gray wolves is low levels of genetic diversity.
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Always a concern for endangered species.

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India pledges to fight climate change but falls short of stating emissions cap

India pledges to fight climate change but falls short of stating emissions cap | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Modi offers ‘leadership’ on global efforts to tackle global warming but reveals no details on emissions cuts plans ahead of Paris climate talks, reports RTCC India’s prime minister has stressed his commitment to finding a global solution to climate...
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India has taught me that wisdom without action is often merely sophistry.

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California's Great Wilting -- Lake Mead Heading Toward Rationing Line, Extreme Fire Hazard as 12.5 Million Trees Stand Dead, Agriculture Under Threat

California's Great Wilting -- Lake Mead Heading Toward Rationing Line, Extreme Fire Hazard as 12.5 Million Trees Stand Dead, Agriculture Under Threat | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
(Video provided by NASA Goddard) According to the California Government, State snowpack levels are now at 1 percent of average. That's not just the lowest ever recorded. That's about as close to ze...
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GR:  Some are hoping that a super El Nino will break the drought.  Though the likelihood of a strong El Nino later this year is growing, climate scientists warn that massive flooding might further damage agriculture and do little to improve  drought conditions.

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Monthly carbon dioxide levels hit new milestone | NOAA Climate.gov

Monthly carbon dioxide levels hit new milestone | NOAA Climate.gov | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
For 800,000 years before the twentieth century, carbon dioxide levels in Earth’s atmosphere never exceeded 300 parts per million. In March 2015, the monthly average went above 400 ppm for the first time.
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GR:  Emissions appear to be increasing despite all that's been said. 

From the article:  "In addition to the cascade of climate impacts from this global warming—rising sea level, more extreme rain events, insect pest population explosions, increasing coral bleaching—the extra carbon dioxide is also changing the pH of the ocean.  Carbon dioxide is mildly acidic when it dissolves in water (think of your favorite carbonated beverage). The ocean’s rising acidity has harmed oysters and other marine creatures by weakening their shells."

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Thank Volunteers for Helping to Save Wildlife

Thank Volunteers for Helping to Save Wildlife | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Target: California Roadkill Observation System
Demand: Thank volunteers for fighting for better protection for wildlife.
Thousands of animals are killed every year by cars who don’t see them, or don’t care enough to slow down to avoid hitting them.
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Stop Toxic Coal Export Proposals

Stop Toxic Coal Export Proposals | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Target: The governments of Canada and British Columbia and the Ministers of Trade and Transport
Goal: Protect wildlife, the environment, and human health from the toxic coal export industry.
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Steaming Equatorial Pacific Sees Winds Blowing Toward Monster El Nino

Steaming Equatorial Pacific Sees Winds Blowing Toward Monster El Nino | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Last year, we raised a warning that the 2014-2015 El Nino could develop into a monster event. And, unfortunately, there is some indication that conditions may well be continuing in that direction. ...
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Weather extremes on the way.

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Climate Change and the Catholic Church

Climate Change and the Catholic Church | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Pope Francis is calling on the world to take action against global warming, and many conservatives in the United States are up in arms.

Via Share The World's Resources, SustainOurEarth
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Horribly bleak study sees ‘empty landscape’ as large herbivores vanish at startling rate

Horribly bleak study sees ‘empty landscape’ as large herbivores vanish at startling rate | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
"Ever-larger swaths of the world will soon lack many of the vital ecological services these animals provide, resulting in enormous ecological and social costs," the article said.
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Email - Sierra Club 2015 Environmental Report Card - Sierra Club

Email - Sierra Club 2015 Environmental Report Card - Sierra Club | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

May 5, 2015
Photo:  Arizona Capitol by Mark Coryell

"Sierra Club just released its 2015 Environmental Report Card for the Arizona Legislature and Governor. The first regular session of the 52nd Legislature wrapped up quickly – in only 81 days – which was a good thing as the session was focused on taking Arizona backwards, one bill at a time.

"Legislators trashed local control by prohibiting ordinances to limit plastic bags and other “auxiliary containers” and banned cities from implementing energy-saving benchmarking, too – all in one bill. This makes Arizona the first state in the nation to ban plastic bag bans, a dubious distinction. To take the Grand Canyon state backwards further still, legislators passed four bills to seek control of federal public lands through various means and passed a memorial opposing protection of public lands around Grand Canyon."

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My home state (embarrassing).

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Ricky Gervais Blasts Trophy Hunters…..

Ricky Gervais Blasts Trophy Hunters….. | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Originally posted on Howling For Justice:
Ricky Gervais is having none of trophy hunters BS they like to throw around, to defend their indefensible behavior and blood lust by killing innocent animals for sport.
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California drought’s devastating toll: 12 million trees killed in one year

California drought’s devastating toll: 12 million trees killed in one year | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Water scarcity is harming the state's forests, aerial surveys reveal
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Combating Wildlife Trafficking | U.S. Agency for International Development

Combating Wildlife Trafficking | U.S. Agency for International Development | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The loss of iconic wildlife and the presence of violent elements linked to trafficking reduce prospects for sustainable development such as nature-based tourism, an important source of revenue in many developing countries.
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End Exotic Animal Performances in Hawaii

Target: Hawaii Governor David Ige
Demand: End performances of exotic animals in Hawaii’s state fair.
The annual state fair in Hawaii has always featured performances by live, exotic animals including bears and elephants.
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Vital Signs: Sea Level

Vital Signs: Sea Level | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Vital Signs of the Planet: Global Climate Change and Global Warming. Current news and data streams about global warming and climate change from NASA.
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Greg Hunt promised UN climate envoy Australia's industrial emissions will drop

Greg Hunt promised UN climate envoy Australia's industrial emissions will drop | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Christiana Figueres says the environment minister has assured her emissions from industry and power generation will be reduced, despite experts’ scepticism
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GOP once again attacking Endangered Species Act

GOP once again attacking Endangered Species Act | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Slew of bills aimed at undermining protection for plants and animals threatened with extinction
A rare lynx kitten in Colorado protected by the Endangered Species Act. Photo courtesy Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
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Solomon Islanders kill more than 1,600 dolphins for their teeth

Solomon Islanders kill more than 1,600 dolphins for their teeth | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Residents of a village where dolphin teeth are used for currency killed 1,600 of the animals in 2013 alone, and researchers are calling for urgent monitoring Residents of the tiny village of Fanalei in the Solomon Islands killed more than 1,600...
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Is this indigenous natural harmony?

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Carbon dioxide levels reach global milestone

Carbon dioxide levels reach global milestone | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Worldwide atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide (CO2), the gas that scientists say is most responsible for global warming, surpassed 400 parts per million in March 2015.
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Emissions are accelerating.

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California Farmers Are Watering Their Crops With Oil Wastewater, And No One Knows What’s In It

California Farmers Are Watering Their Crops With Oil Wastewater, And No One Knows What’s In It | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Chevron is selling recycled oil wastewater to California farmers, but some environmental groups are raising concerns about the water's safety.
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Inordinate growth focus hurts biodiversity - VietNamNet Bridge

Inordinate growth focus hurts biodiversity - VietNamNet Bridge | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
  Senior Government officials have acknowledged that a skewed
vision of development has severely degraded the natural environment and
called for urgent remedial measures to stem the rot.
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Tough laws 'not enough' to stop endangered wildlife trade

Tough laws 'not enough' to stop endangered wildlife trade | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The international wildlife trade is a major threat to various endangered animals across the world, but as western conservation groups seek stricter law enforcement over this practice, new research finds that tough laws are "not enough" to stomp out...
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Australian economist: Tesla battery can solve climate change - MarketWatch

Australian economist: Tesla battery can solve climate change - MarketWatch | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Elon Musk gives the world all it needs to solve global warming, an Australian economist said.
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Where’s the Water for Wildlife?

Where’s the Water for Wildlife? | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Latest plans to manage water in the face of California’s drought could mean more struggles for the state’s wildlife
Growing up, I read Dr.
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