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Science World Report Global Biodiversity Losses May Need to be Stopped with More Drastic Measures Science World Report The researchers examined the growing role that "conservation translocation," which is the movement and release of plants and...
Scientists roll up your sleeves. University of Florida: Require physical strength in those new hires. Biodiversity needs some real help.
As the number of humans on Earth has nearly doubled over the past four decades, the number of bugs, slugs, worms and crustaceans has declined by 45 per cent, say researchers.
Meanwhile, the larger loss of wildlife big and small across the planet may be a key driver of growing violence and unrest, said another study in the journal Science as part of a special series on disappearing animals.
Invertebrates are important to the Earth because they pollinate crops, control pests, filter water and add nutrients to the soil.
The decline of invertebrates is similar to that of land-based vertebrates, according to an analysis of scientific literature by an international team including Ben Collen of University College London.
Among animals with backbones that live on land, 322 species have disappeared in the past five centuries, and the remaining species show about a 25 per cent decline in abundance.
"We were shocked to find similar losses in invertebrates as with larger animals, as we previously thought invertebrates to be more resilient," says Collen.
The numbers are staggering. Every new bit of research shows it's worse than I thought. Every bit of good news is so small compared to the bad. We have to stay engaged--sign the petitions, send the emails, make the calls.
The U.S. government is starting to prepare a five-year program—spanning the years 2017 to 2022—that could open the Arctic Ocean to oil and gas drilling. Stand with us against new oil and gas leasing and protect the animals and people who depend on a clean, healthy Arctic Ocean.
Tell the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to say no to risky Arctic drilling.
Fossil fuels pollute our air and water. Overfishing, ocean acidification, and other human activities are already harming marine life. Let's stop looking for oil and clean up the mess we've already made. Please sign the petition.
Leonardo DiCaprio has friends in high places, which comes in handy when he’s trying to raise money to save the planet. The award winning actor raised $25 million on Wednesday to protect the environ...
Again, leadership comes from outside government. Thank you Leonardo.
Introduction to Invasive Plants in Deserts
One or a few species of invasive plants can replace native plant communities across entire landscapes. Biodiversity and stability of vegetation, soils, and wildlife decline dramatically. Once the replacement is complete, it is difficult to restore the original species. In some instances, the replacement is so widespread there are not enough resources available to achieve restoration. The loss is permanent.
Invasive non-native species are a central management concern for all wild land managers because they “threaten biodiversity and other ecological functions and values” (Warner et al. 2003). This statement represents a consensus by the scientists and land managers concerned with natural ecosystems (e.g., Mau-Crimmins et al. 2005). Native vegetation is more diverse, resilient, and persistent than invasive plant vegetation; it provides food and cover for wildlife, absorbs precipitation, increases water storage, protects soil, reduces flooding and sedimentation, and helps maintain air and water quality. According to the Sonoran Institute: “Invasive species are the second most significant threat to biological diversity after direct habitat loss”.
GR: Invasive species, like storm troopers leading the surging ruin of global warming, are demolishing Earth’s ecosystems.
Midway through the new special issue of Science, about the global loss of wildlife, my heart caught on this idea: We now live with a steady, imperceptible loss “in people’s expectations of what the...
The essence of Aldo Leopold's "Land Ethic" is that human acceptance of the equality of other creatures is essential for the survival of all.
It's no longer a question of 100% drought coverage for the stricken state of California. That barrier was crossed months ago. Today, it's how severe that drought coverage has become. And in a state...
March through June 2014 were the hottest on record globally. While a single extreme weather event is not proof of anthropogenic climate disruption, the increasing intensity and frequency of these events are.
Excellent review of news on effects and responses to anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD). Covers Earth, water, air, fire, and denial.
(Graphic of 135 year temperature record by NOAA. Image source: NCDC.) According to reports from NOAA, human-caused warming continued unabated into June of 2014 as land and ocean surface temperature...
GR: To whom will deniers of human-caused global warming apologize? Perhaps they will simply fail to notice the change.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's Kruger National Park is considering a plan to move some rhinos out of the flagship wildlife reserve in an attempt to protect them from poachers.
This is not a serious plan. Poachers can reach any park.
Poachers represent international invasions into South Africa. National safety and defense are at stake. According to the Defense Ministry, the South African National Defense Force (SANDF) is currently in serious decline. Perhaps a few "advisers" and a few million dollars in aid to the right government agencies would benefit SANDF and encourage a military response.
MADRAVENSPEAK “Consider this. What if all life on earth could go extinct because of man-made climate change?” — “Last Hours” documentary There is little, these days, that brings state power in line...
The "Urgent Care prescription" at the end is worth reading and discussing.
Northern Canada is On Fire, And It's Making Global Warming Worse For the past few weeks, dry and warm weather have fueled large forest fires across Canada's remote Northwest Territories. The extent of those fires is well above average for the year to-date, and is in line with climate trends of more fires burning in the northern reaches of the globe.
Of the 186 wildfires in the Northwest Territories to-date this year, 156 of them are currently burning. That includes the Birch Creek Fire complex, which stretches over 250,000 acres.
The amount of acres burned in the Northwest Territories is six times greater than the 25-year average to-date according to data from the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Center.Boreal forests like those in the Northwest Ter..
Increasing fire occurrence means that a site is more likely to be burned a second time before the vegetation can recover. This quickly leads to a reduction in diversity and stability.
President Obama just made an unprecedented move in the fight against illegal wildlife trafficking. In a visit to Tanzania, the President launched a poaching crackdown, dedicating the United States to fighting back against poachers and criminal wildlife traffickers. His new $10 million initiative is devoted to protecting Africa's iconic species from the threat of the bloody trade in illegal ivory.
We can't think of a better ally in the fight to save elephants, rhinos, and other species driven to the brink of extinction by the illegal wildlife trade.
Let Obama know that we stand with him – and with elephants. Send your letter of support today!
Please sign the petition.
So far the EPA has refused to ban use of neonicotinoid insecticides — despite mounting evidence that they kill bees and other wildlife, despite a ban in the European Union, despite a lawsuit filed by activists and beekeepers.
But if the EPA is somehow still unclear on the dangers posed by neonics, it need only talk to the official who oversees federal wildlife refuges in the Pacific Northwest and Pacific Ocean..
Pressure mounts for EPA to ban neonicotinoid insecticides.
Florida panthers once prowled and flourished in America’s southeastern woodlands and swamps, but today fewer than 160 remain.
GR: Sign the petition to the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
By Anne Petermann, Executive Director of Global Justice Ecology Project. from the Venezuela Social Pre-COP. peoples climate march2. Today's blog post is not addressing directly what is happening here in Venezuela at the SocialPreCOP, but something on the minds of many people here–the next step in the series of climate meetings/actions this year. That is the upcoming climate march planned for New York City on September 21st, two days before UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon’s UN Climate Summit–a closed door session where the world’s “leaders” will discuss “ambitions” for the upcoming climate conference (COP20) in Lima, Peru. Part of the objective of the Venezuelan government at this SocialPreCOP meeting is to come away with a set of demands from people gathered here that they can take to this exclusive summit.
In his Rolling Stone piece, McKibben quotes a Princeton scientist who stated, “we are all sitting ducks.” That is true. However, the missing analysis in this assertion is identifying just exactly who is holding the shotgun. The inference is that it is climate change pointing its double barrels at us, but I disagree.
We are sitting ducks alright, but the ones threatening our existence are the ones on Wall Street and its equivalents, buying policies that maintain business as usual. Like Chad Holliday, the Chair of Bank of America (who co-Chairs the UN’s absurdly named Sustainable Energy for All initiative), the Koch Brothers, Chase Manhattan Bank, and on and on. A smorgasbord of power elite.
My hope is that some folks coming for the march will be inspired by the powerful accomplishments of the movements that came before and will form affinity groups to take their outrage and their demands directly to the source. Directly to the ones holding the shotguns. Making their business as usual impossible.
As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. pointed out, “The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be… The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.”
GR: Good common sense recommendations, but I have to think about Occupy whose impact on Wall Street has been that of a moth beating its wings on a window.
Deer are declining in the western U. S. because of drought.
Drought is forcing deer to visit the irrigated lawns in gardens in local towns. The outcome of developing conflicts is uncertain.
Gill concluded that studies like this are vital, "because many long-distance migrant bird populations are currently declining very rapidly, and identifying how climate change is affecting these pop...
We don't know much about animal migration, its causes and consequences. We know much more about human migration, but in the U. S. we tend to focus on the consequences rather than the causes.