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Nature Conservation News and information for animals, plants, and nature.  See more at http://garryrogers.com.
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Brazil climate change plan backfires, doubling steel emissions

Brazil climate change plan backfires, doubling steel emissions | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - "A plan to reduce climate-changing emissions from Brazil's steel industry has failed, causing the amount of carbon pollution produced by the sector to double in less than a decade."

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Dollars and Dogs: Film Explores Role of Money and Politics in Puppy Mills

Dollars and Dogs: Film Explores Role of Money and Politics in Puppy Mills | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Amy Worden writes the Philly Dawg blog for The Philadelphia Inquirer. With her permission, we are reposting her excellent blog Dollars and Dogs: Film Explores Role of Money and Politics in puppy mi...
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Study: Cats, foxes behind Australia's alarming extinctions

Study: Cats, foxes behind Australia's alarming extinctions | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Australia has always been unique, from its geographical isolation at the bottom of the Earth to its infamous bevy of venomous creatures. Now, scientists have uncovered another unique—and disturbing—facet of Australian life: the country's mammals are going extinct at an alarmingly high rate, due ...
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The Abbott-oir survives another day to wreak more environmental havoc

The Abbott-oir survives another day to wreak more environmental havoc | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Tone Abbott-oir, easily the most environmentally destructive Prime Minister this country has seen in the modern era, has survived the party room spill for a leadership change. Although 39% of his o...
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Stop Hunting With Drones

Stop Hunting With Drones | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Drone hunting may soon be banned in Oregon. Support the illegality of drone hunting in favor of allowing hunted animals the chance to flee from their pursuers without being tracked by a robot.
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Finds Southwestern Alaska Glaciers Rapidly Disappearing

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Finds Southwestern Alaska Glaciers Rapidly Disappearing | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Finds Southwestern Alaska Glaciers Rapidly Disappearing
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Pineapple Express weather system in prompts climate-change worries in B.C.

Pineapple Express weather system in prompts climate-change worries in B.C. | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
As Mount Washington resort is forced to close due to warm weather, the ski industry mulls diversification
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Rare Beast: Republican Congressman Advocates Action About Climate Change

Rare Beast: Republican Congressman Advocates Action About Climate Change | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
I spend a lot of time on this blog talking about global warming. Sadly, much of it isn’t discussing the science—which is now extremely well established—but in debunking the ridiculous and frankly appalling denial so rampant in our political leaders.
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Withering clouds: Climate change damaging biodiverse Costa Rica forest | Al Jazeera America

Withering clouds: Climate change damaging biodiverse Costa Rica forest | Al Jazeera America | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Higher air temperatures mean rising clouds, altering ecosystem and pushing flora and fauna toward higher ground
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As global warming progresses, this will contribute to extinctions in the projected drought regions.

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A World that Never Was

A World that Never Was | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Revisionist history may seem like harmless, feel good child’s play, but the threat it poses (to all other animals at least) is that without hearing the real story, people will never learn from the past.
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Wildlife and Flowers: ELEPHANTS IN DANGER OF EXTINCTION

Wildlife and Flowers: ELEPHANTS IN DANGER OF EXTINCTION | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The ivory trade has raised its ugly head an again and the illegal killing increased last year – 2012.

In 1989 Kenya’s President Daniel Arap Moi set fired to 1`2 tonnes of confiscated elephant task, the value was hundreds of thousands of pounds at that time. Soon after CITES the Convention on International trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora made it law to ban trade in ivory. After this the demand went down drastically. It was hoped than the elephant population would increase.

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Record heat 'virtually impossible' without climate change, report says

Record heat 'virtually impossible' without climate change, report says | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
A Climate Council of Australia reports says the hottest year on record would have been virtually impossible without man-made emissions in the atmosphere.
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Australia in 'extinction calamity'

Australia in 'extinction calamity' | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

A new survey of Australia's native mammals, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests the scale of the problem is more serious than anticipated.

Since 1788, 11% of 273 native mammals living on land have died out, 21% are threatened and 15% are near threatened, the study found. Marine mammals are faring better.

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No other nation has had such a high rate of loss of land mammals.

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Living With Stink Bug Costs

Living With Stink Bug Costs | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Think the cost of keeping invasive insects out of the US is expensive? Then consider the costs of not keeping them out. The brown marmorated stink bug burst into the public eye in 2010 with widespr...
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Kenya: Poachers Kill 50-Year-Old Elephant

Kenya: Poachers Kill 50-Year-Old Elephant | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
A 50-year-old elephant has been killed by poachers in Laikipia Nature Conservancy, Laikipia county.
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Petition: Turn Back Congress's Assault on our Environment!

Petition: Turn Back Congress's Assault on our Environment! | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Tell President Obama to stop the Congressional onslaught on our environment by using his executive power now. (7002 signatures on petition)
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Government of Canada announces 2020 biodiversity goals and targets

Government of Canada announces 2020 biodiversity goals and targets | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

OTTAWA, Feb. 9, 2015 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, announced Canada's 2020 biodiversity goals and targets, which will guide further action on the conservation and sustainable use of living resources in Canada. These goals and targets were collaboratively developed by federal, provincial and territorial governments and benefited from input provided by Aboriginal organizations and stakeholders.

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Perhaps the drop in oil prices will help biodiversity compete with resource harvest.

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New rules expand roaming area for endangered Mexican gray wolf

New rules expand roaming area for endangered Mexican gray wolf | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
New rules expand the territory of the endangered Mexican gray wolf beyond a limited area of New Mexico and Arizona, to the Mexican border and Texas State line.
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Schwarzenegger: Climate change is 'the issue of our time'

Schwarzenegger: Climate change is 'the issue of our time' | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
"We all breathe the same air," the former California governor and Hollywood action star said to a security conference in Munich last weekend.
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Inditex bans angora sales worldwide after animal welfare protests

Inditex bans angora sales worldwide after animal welfare protests | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Owner of Zara and Massimo Dutti stores joins M&S, Topshop, Primark and H&M in banning fur after Peta campaign highlighted cruelty to rabbits in Chinese factories
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robertscribbler

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If you are younger than 29 years old, you haven’t lived in a month that was cooler than the 20th century average. — Dr. Marshall Shepherd, former President of the American Meteorological Society.

NOAA’s own global analysis this year comes with a near-endless list of record flood and drought events ongoing throughout 2014. I highly suggest you read the report. The language is dry, but the list of record events is staggering, even to someone like myself who is treated to these events on a daily basis.

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Today I find myself worried more about our developing climate catastrophe than at any previous moment.  Read this article and its references.  I think you will get the same sense of imminent disaster that I do.

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Outrage Over US Secret Approval of Genetically Engineered Trees -

Outrage Over US Secret Approval of Genetically Engineered Trees - | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The International Campaign to STOP GE Trees, Dogwood Alliance & Biofuelwatch Groups Condemn US for Bowing to Industry, Ignoring Widespread Public Opposition New York (29 Jan. 2015) ­– Groups from around the world [1] today joined together to denounce the US government for allowing the first genetically engineered tree, a loblolly pine, to be legalized with no government or public oversight, with no assessment of their risks to the public or the environment, and without regard to overwhelming public opposition to GE trees.

"A secret letter from the USDA to GE tree company ArborGen [2], dated last August, was recently exposed by scientist Doug Gurian-Sherman of the Center for Food Safety [3]. In this letter, the USDA made the unprecedented decision to allow ArborGen to pursue unregulated commercial cultivation of a loblolly pine genetically engineered for altered wood composition. These trees could be planted anywhere in the US, without public knowledge or access to information about them.

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GR:  As pointed out in the article, pollen from these trees will spread, and we do not understand forest ecology well enough to predict the consequences.

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Save the Monarch Butterfly from extinction

Save the Monarch Butterfly from extinction | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
In 1996, an estimated 1 billion monarch butterflies migrating to forests in central Mexico covered nearly 50 acres. But in 2013, they only covered the area about the size of a football field.
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Western Australia fire declared a national disaster

Western Australia fire declared a national disaster | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Emergency alert still in place for area in state’s south-west as communities hope to claim hardship grants and loans as part of disaster relief
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