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Recreationists--the latest threat to wildlands

Recreationists--the latest threat to wildlands | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
  “Voluntary adherence to an ethical code elevates the self-respect of the sportsman, but it should not be forgotten that voluntary disregard of the code degenerates and depraves him. Our tool...
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The Wilderness Act permits livestock grazing, mineral prospecting, water utilization, transmission corridors, road construction, and of course, recreation in wilderness areas. Restrictions presently limit these impacts. However, the force of continued growth and development could dilute the restrictions. When our government turns to wilderness, we must be prepared to argue that the Act needs to be strengthened, never the opposite.

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Westside Fire Recovery Project a Hot Mess

Westside Fire Recovery Project a Hot Mess | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
With over 30,000 acres of Klamath National Forest proposed to be harvested and sold, the Westside Fire Recovery Project is poised to be one of the largest ever post-fire timber harvests on a National Forest.
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The primary mission of the  U. S. D. A. Forest Service is providing support for big business.  Secondarily, the Service protects biodiversity, soil, and watershed.  In instances where corporations see a profit opportunity, the Service will throw conservation concerns in the toilet.


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Thousands Speak Out Against Post-Fire Logging In Klamath Region

Thousands Speak Out Against Post-Fire Logging In Klamath Region | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Concerned community members attend Forest Service meeting to oppose the Westside proposal.
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The Biodiversity of Shade Grown Coffee - EcoFriendly Coffee

The Biodiversity of Shade Grown Coffee - EcoFriendly Coffee | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
In its wild form, coffee has always grown under a canopy of leaves. Coffee growers would manage the natural forest and produce coffee in a way that was, in terms of biodiversity, second only to prime, untouched rainforest.
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Overlooked evidence - global warming may proceed faster than expected

Overlooked evidence - global warming may proceed faster than expected | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The inconvenient evidence for high climate sensitivity is often ignored
It’s known as “single study syndrome”.
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GR:  This is a helpful review of the major issues with predictions of global warming.  From the article:  "Ultimately when we consider all the available scientific evidence and risk management principles, there’s no case to be made for delaying action to curb global warming."

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Climate Change Ratcheting Up: El Nino Strengthens in Equatorial Pacific Increasing Likelihood for Record Warm 2015

Climate Change Ratcheting Up: El Nino Strengthens in Equatorial Pacific Increasing Likelihood for Record Warm 2015 | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
A powerful Kelvin Wave continued to ripple through the near-surface waters of the Equatorial Pacific this week -- heightening sea surface temperatures, strengthening an ongoing El Nino, and pushing...
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From the article:  "...while model forecasts indicating the potential for a Super El Nino type event for late 2015 may be somewhat uncertain, there is a much higher certainty that very dangerous climate impacts starting at the current level of human warming will ramp up here on out — with the 1.5 C threshold looking very bad and the 2.0 C threshold looking terrible."

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The Pope: Not a Scientist, But Listening to Science

The Pope: Not a Scientist, But Listening to Science | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The editorial excerpted below from the Louisville Courier Journal ia a perfect illustration of why climate deniers are freaking out about the Pope's imminent Encyclical on Climate Change. Some of t...
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Eugene Louicius M.'s curator insight, April 29, 2015 4:18 PM

Une sortie impressionnante du Pape Francois

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Patron of the Oceans

Patron of the Oceans | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Lewis Pugh with Archbishop Desmond Tutu,  September 15, 2010 Picture credit: Publicist   On GMHQ this morning Sam Champion interviewed a true Hero, one who is not just another wildlife activis...
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Buffalo Escape Farm Only to Be Shot and Killed

Buffalo Escape Farm Only to Be Shot and Killed | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
by Sarah Von Alt - April 28, 2015 The Boston Globe reports that after a herd of buffalo escaped from a farm in upstate New York, they were intentionally shot and killed: Three men hired by the farm...
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Norway Creates Animal Rights Police

Norway Creates Animal Rights Police | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
A heralded initiative is coming out of Norway this week, as government ministers have announced the start of a program employing animal rights cops.
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Coffee production starting to decline

Coffee production starting to decline | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Scientists have provided the first on-the-ground evidence that climate change has already had a substantial impact on coffee production in the East African Highlands region, according to a recently published paper in Agricultural and Forest...
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Okay, now it's serious.

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Applaud Protection Plan for Critical Pollinator Animals

Applaud Protection Plan for Critical Pollinator Animals | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Target: Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York
Goal: Praise a plan to protect and preserve declining pollinator species.
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Saving the World From Us: Strategies for Conservation

We need nature to live, eat and work, but nature does not need us. Each year, we burn more than 15 million hectares of forest. We have overfished nearly a third ...
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"I've been sayin' it for ten damn years. Ain't I been sayin' it, Miguel?" -- Russell Casse.

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Northwest Forest Plan and Connectivity

Northwest Forest Plan and Connectivity | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

"You’ve heard the news about species loss, right?  About how we humans are causing a global extinction event, something akin to the comet impact which killed the dinosaurs; that global climate change is only going to exacerbate our impacts to biodiversity; and over half of California’s wildlife is at risk and in need of additional protection? Yeah, that. EPIC is doing something about that."

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GR:  Connectivity is complicated, and it will not prevent extinctions.  Leading conservation scientists have determined that at least half of the planet must be human-free if most wildlife species are to survive.

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Pakistan investing $150m in billion-tree reforestation effort

Pakistan's forests are shrinking rapidly because of illegal logging. With the threat of climate change, one province has decided to start a massive tree-planting ...
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IUCN - Conservation action makes vital difference to world’s biodiversity, study shows

IUCN - Conservation action makes vital difference to world’s biodiversity, study shows | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
A new IUCN study evaluating the impact of conservation action on ungulates (hoofed mammals) shows that species have greatly benefited from measures taken to prevent their extinction.
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Animals and plants that could be lost because of climate change – in pictures

Animals and plants that could be lost because of climate change – in pictures | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
From ice-dependant emperor penguins to Australia’s heat-sensitive possum and Britain’s golden plover, one-in-six species around the world could become extinct as the planet warms, according to scientists • Read more: One in six of world’s species...
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Never Mind, I Hate 'em*

Never Mind, I Hate 'em* | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
...Despite anything I might have said in yesterday's post, In Defense of Our Misanthropy, some people deserve nothing less than full on hatred! (*Title by my wife.) Moose stabbed to death in Alaska...
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16 Lucky Piglets Escape Brutal Farm Life After Transport Truck Overturns

16 Lucky Piglets Escape Brutal Farm Life After Transport Truck Overturns | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
When a truck carrying 800 piglets to a fattening farm overturned, the most unimaginable terror ensued. Close to 450 piglets died on impact and hundreds more were left injured, trapped and screaming...
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From the post:  When the local people heard about the accident they too flocked to the scene. Seeing the poor defenseless crash victims as a free meal, they began cramming as many piglets as they could into their cars and hiding them in their gardens, a sight which showed the darker side of humanity. There was total disparity between these body snatchers and the small team of animal activists who heard about the unimaginable incident and came to try and save some of the piglets who were still fighting for their lives.

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Record Number of Whales Snared in Fishing Gear off West Coast (USA)

Record Number of Whales Snared in Fishing Gear off West Coast (USA) | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 (Ken Broder). Whales are becoming entangled in crab fishing gear, and dying, at a fearfully accelerating rate in waters off California, Oregon and Washington, according ...
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Scientists say mountains are warming up and it is not good news

Scientists say mountains are warming up and it is not good news | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Experts from Newcastle University's school of civil engineering and geosciences fear for water supplies and wildlife
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Nepal: World Animal Protection Appeal To Help Animals In Disaster Area.

Nepal:  World Animal Protection Appeal To Help Animals In Disaster Area. | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
 
A team of disaster response vets from World Animal Protection is preparing to deploy to Nepal, to help animals who’ve been injured or left without shelter, after a devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit the country on Saturday.
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Space Station safari's ultimate wildlife research vantage point

Space Station safari's ultimate wildlife research vantage point | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
What do bats, birds, sea turtles and even primates have to do with the International Space Station? Scientists want to use the orbiting laboratory's spectacular view to track creatures on our planet and learn more about their behavior.
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GR:  Seems like cruel and unusual punishment for the animal bearing the tracker.  We need to spend our millions for on-the-ground surveys to monitor wildlife and habitat--not for tracking a few poor animals from space.

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Escaped Eurasian beavers breeding in Scotland but pose challenge to farming

Escaped Eurasian beavers breeding in Scotland but pose challenge to farming | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
More than 150 beavers living in the wild in Perthshire and Angus after fleeing private collections, but study says animals could cause drainage systems to fail Naturalists have confirmed that more than 150 beavers are now living and breeding...
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Throughout our history, we have considered wildlife a nuisance.  We have poisoned, shot, and trapped everything from butterflies to wolves.  However, our population has grown so large that we can't continue past practices without extinguishing our fellow passengers on spaceship Earth.  We must reduce our population and make room for other species.

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