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Can organic farming save the world from global warming?

Can organic farming save the world from global warming? | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Feed the world, and cut greenhouse gases? It can be done, scientists say. Photo courtesy USDA.
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GR:  Briefly perhaps, but a lasting solution requires cutting human population.

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The next step in saving the planet: E O Wilson and Sean Carroll

To save our planet’s biodiversity – something that’s essential for our survival as a species – could biologists worldwide be united behind a single common purpose?
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GR:  Wilson and Carroll reach general agreement that biologists need a common purpose that will save life on Earth, but they do not produce a unifying statement.  Major ideas discussed are education, biological inventory, and protection.  The gist of the discussion is that we need biological scientists to turn away from molecular biology and human concerns and dedicate themselves to inventorying, studying, preserving, and protecting species.  I have to agree.  It seems pointless to expand our life span if there are no safe places left in which to live.

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How international travel is changing biodiversity

How international travel is changing biodiversity | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Erin Brodwin says along with international travellers often travel dozens of tiny hitchhikers - foreign plants, insects, and sometimes other animals too.
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GR:  Human sailing ships that began crossing the oceans 500 years ago gave a tremendous boost to natural plant and animal dispersal.  Though some plant seeds can blow or float across the oceans, most cannot.  Many, however, can stow away in cargo and on ship hulls.  Regular human travel across deserts and through the jungles began even earlier.  A friend once counted the plant seeds in car-wash drains and found more than 400 species.  Human assisted dispersal is continuing and after global warming and habitat destruction, is the most critical impact that humans have on natural ecosystems.  If Elon Musk and Pope Francis can convince our leaders to solve the global warming crisis, we can turn our attention to other critical issues including population and pollution.

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HVNP BioBlitz, Biodiversity & Cultural Festival (May 15-16) - Hawaii 24/7 (press release)

HVNP BioBlitz, Biodiversity & Cultural Festival (May 15-16) - Hawaii 24/7 (press release) | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
MEDIA RELEASE Grab your daypack and join the National Geographic Society and the National Park Service at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park BioBlitz and Biodiversity & Cultural Festival, Frida...
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National parks ink $2.5M marketing pact with Anheuser-Busch

National parks ink $2.5M marketing pact with Anheuser-Busch | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
National Park Service suspends rules preventing alcohol company donations and partners with Anheuser-Busch InBev to promote Find Your Park campaign.
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Tesla's Powerwall Puts Huge Crack in Carbon-Based Energy Dominance

Tesla's Powerwall Puts Huge Crack in Carbon-Based Energy Dominance | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
"I think we should collectively try to do this, and not win the Darwin Award." -- Elon Musk *   *   *   *   * This week, with much fanfare, Elon Musk's Tesla launched a new venture -- Tesla Energy....
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Salem conservation group to mark Earth Day with nature walk - The Union Leader

Salem conservation group to mark Earth Day with nature walk - The Union Leader | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The Conservation Commission will celebrate Earth Day with a nature walk through the Salem Town Forest on Saturday, April 25.
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Run for Biodiversity 2015

Run for Biodiversity 2015 | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Guest post submitted by David Rain, USC Canada. For the 7th year running USC Canada's Run for Biodiversity team will be going the distance as part of the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend (marathon, hal...
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Ecologist trio calls for efforts to mitigate human impact on flying animals

Ecologist trio calls for efforts to mitigate human impact on flying animals | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
(Phys.org)—A trio of ecologists, one with Universidad Nacional del Comahue in Argentina and the other two with Swansea University in the U.K., has written and published a Perspective piece in the journal Science, calling for increased efforts to...
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Topic: in the amazon rainforest, drought, logging,

Look today on new interesting topic - in the amazon rainforest, drought, logging,. *---*---*---*---*---*---*---*---*---*--*---*---*---* Check out more exciting topics: ...
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What You Can Do to Protect Biodiversity – State of the Planet

What You Can Do to Protect Biodiversity – State of the Planet | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
What can we as individuals do to help slow the loss of biodiversity? Since consumption of resources is a root cause of biodiversity loss, we can consume less and be more mindful about what we consume.
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GR:  This is a useful reference to the conventional conservation techniques we all can use.  Learn the meaning of "Green Seal Certified" and other regulatory labels.

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CIAT’s agroforestry project on biodiversity and other ecosystem services

CIAT’s agroforestry project on biodiversity and other ecosystem services | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Photo credit: CIAT Blog Juan Delgado, a farmer in Chalatenango, is collecting beans growing on trees within his Agroforestry system Agroforestry systems: Preliminary lessons learned with small farm...
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Wildlife on your doorstep: May

Wildlife on your doorstep: May | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Wildlife in the northern hemisphere will welcome May this week as the summer fast approaches, while the southern hemisphere wildlife are busy getting everything ready for winter during the last weeks of autumn.
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Identifying species imperiled by the wildlife trade may require a trip to the market

Identifying species imperiled by the wildlife trade may require a trip to the market | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Scientists, conservationists and governments could have a new weapon in their struggle to gauge—and halt—the devastation of the wildlife trade on populations of prized animals: the very markets where the animals are bought and sold.
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Stern warning: Emissions pledges too weak to stop global warming

Stern warning: Emissions pledges too weak to stop global warming | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The pledges made by major international emitters ahead of the Paris UN conference are not strong enough to limit global warming to 2C, according to team of researchers led by Nicholas Stern.
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Workshop on urban biodiversity - Assam Tribune

Workshop on urban biodiversity - Assam Tribune | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Workshop on urban biodiversity Assam Tribune In his inaugural speech, Kamrup (Metro) Deputy Commissioner Dr M Angamuthu appealed to all the NGOs, the general public and scientists to document the rich biodiversity of Guwahati and look for measures...
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UAE youth plant 200 Ghaf trees as part of reforestation plan - Khaleej Times

UAE youth plant 200 Ghaf trees as part of reforestation plan - Khaleej Times | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
These trees planted in hazardous waste treatment facility will aid vegetation and conservation within the fragmented landscape to maintain and improve the broader ecosystem across the area.
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Could Pope Francis actually depoliticize climate change by mixing it with religion?

Could Pope Francis actually depoliticize climate change by mixing it with religion? | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
As Pope Francis prepares to deliver a powerful message on climate change, deniers are beginning to realize they haven’t got a prayer.
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Time to Switch to Solar Power

Time to Switch to Solar Power | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Solar Energy Can Replace Fossil Fuels Very Quickly Collecting and storing solar power is not a new concept.  In the 1960's, more than 50,000 solar water heaters were sold in Florida alone.  When I ...
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Queensland's climate change refuge - Brisbane Times

Queensland's climate change refuge - Brisbane Times | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Seventy years from now one area of Queensland could be the country's best refuge for thousands of animals as it remains relatively untouched by climate change.
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UK scientists find big, fat global warming fingerprint

UK scientists find big, fat global warming fingerprint | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
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Greenhouse gas buildup raises chances of record-breaking warmth
Staff Report
FRISCO — There’s little doubt that global warming will lead to, well, warmer weather in most places.
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Judge upholds U.S. Forest Service sustainability regs

Judge upholds U.S. Forest Service sustainability regs | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
National Forest lands in Summit County, Colorado.
Mining and logging companies fail in bid to overturn science-based forest rules
Staff Report
FRISCO — A federal judge has upheld U.S.
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The times are changing!  Of course, this might not be the end of the challenge. 

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Moose mortality: scientists try to explain mystery of animals’ decline

Moose mortality: scientists try to explain mystery of animals’ decline | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Minnesota moose population has gone from 8,000 to 3,450 since 2006
“Moose are a symbol of Minnesota,” says Dr Ron Moen. But their future is bleak. It’s not due to hunting; the state stopped that three years ago.
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The week in wildlife – in pictures

The week in wildlife – in pictures | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Diving penguins, endangered pangolins and a hunting jackal feature in this week’s pick of images from the natural world Continue reading...
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