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Nature Conservation News and information for animals, plants, and nature.  See more at http://garryrogers.com.
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Scientists issue carbon price call to curb climate change #Auspol 

Scientists issue carbon price call to curb climate change #Auspol  | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Academics and economists called Friday for a price on carbon and an end to fossil fuel subsidies to help curb rampant greenhouse gas emissions harming Earth's climate system. Rather than an economi...
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Don't Let Them Silence Us · Petitions · Australian Marine Conservation Society

Don't let them silence us

We've been really outspoken about the threats our oceans are facing, and the Australian Government doesn't like it. So now they're trying to silence us, along with hundreds of other environmental organisations.

They've launched a parliamentary inquiry in an attempt to take away our tax-deductibility status, and limit our freedom to speak out. Almost all our funding comes from generous people making tax deductible donations. We simply cannot operate without the support of public donations.

How will we campaign if we don’t have the resources to fight for the Reef? Sharks? Marine Parks? Our marine animals need a voice, but the Government is trying to silence ours.

Please tell Minister Hunt and your MP you don't support attacks on environmental organisations!
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Australian petition supports nature conservation.

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Unprecedented Fire Season Has Burned 11 Million Acres In Alaska and Canada

Unprecedented Fire Season Has Burned 11 Million Acres In Alaska and Canada | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
(What the hell is wrong with this picture? Here we have a bog fire burning away in Saskatchewan, Canada on July 1st, 2015. The bright white color of the smoke is indicative of water vapor mixing in. Due to permafrost thaw, both bogs and related themokarst lakes have been emitting higher and higher volumes of methane over recent years. Methane that could well serve as a volatile fuel for fire ignition over wetlands like the one shown…
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When fire frequency increases, habitats change and biodiversity tumbles.

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Global Warming Is Wiping Out the Bees

Global Warming Is Wiping Out the Bees | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Bumblebees, a linchpin of the global food supply, are vanishing across huge swaths of North America and Europe as a result of climate change, a new study says.
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GR:  Apparently, Earth's lands, like its oceans, can't take anymore. Though many species are better adapted to warming than bumblebees, none will escape human impacts unchanged.

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Green energy sector attacks chancellor's changes to climate change levy

Green energy sector attacks chancellor's changes to climate change levy | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Greenpeace accuses George Osborne’s budget of taxing clean-power schemes as if they were fossil fuel producers
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The Scariest Thing About Sharks Is If They Disappear

The Scariest Thing About Sharks Is If They Disappear | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Sharks are apex predators, and as such, affect the entire ocean food chain from their position at the top. Sharks are both predators and scavengers — they contribute to eliminating diseased and genetically defective animals and help stabilize fish populations. Without sharks, whole ecosystems collapse, which inevitably negatively impacts humans and the rest of the planet.
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U.N. panel 95 percent certain climate change is man-made

U.N. panel 95 percent certain climate change is man-made | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
U.N. report will say scientists are about as certain that global warming is a real, man-made threat as they are that cigarettes kill
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Many scientists are more confident than that.  It depends on the evidence they consider.  From the article:  "Jeff Severinghaus, a geoscientist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, said that through the use of radioactive isotopes, scientists are more than 99 percent sure that much of the carbon in the air has human fingerprints on it. And because of basic physics, scientists are 99 percent certain that carbon traps heat in what is called the greenhouse effect."

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Regerating Coral Reefs to Preserve Marine Biodiversity | Colleen Flanigan | TEDxGalapagos

Through visual, performing, and biological arts, Colleen investigates contemporary issues of species endangerment and ecosystem regeneration, specifically .
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$283bn of liquefied natural gas projects 'unnecessary'

$283bn of liquefied natural gas projects 'unnecessary' | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Approximately $283bn of potential liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects are likely to be surplus to requirements over the next 10 years if the world is to limit global warming to two degrees, experts have warned.
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GSF Awards | BASF | Biodiversity - Making it work on a modern farm (film)

How can nine billion people be fed while nature is protected? Conventional agriculture and biodiversity go here more and more hand in hand. BASF initiated the ...
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This is spam.  It's included as an example of what the major corporate polluters are doing to fool people into thinking that their products are beneficial.

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Island solutions: Eradicating invasive species for biodiversity restoration UNEP (en)

The Dominican Republic is succeeding in eradicating lionfish from its waters by eating them...before they devour local species. Created: 2014 Credits: UNEP.
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Climate: Coral reefs taking a big hit this year

Climate: Coral reefs taking a big hit this year | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Coral reefs in the Caribbean, like this one in the U.S. Virgin Islands, are at risk of bleaching as global warming heats up the world’s oceans. Photo by Caroline Rogers/USGS.
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Polar Bears will soon be extinct - Sadly, we humans must shoulder the blame

Polar Bears will soon be extinct - Sadly, we humans must shoulder the blame | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

Times Gazette:  The population of Polar Bears across the globe is on the verge of extinction and on Thursday, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service announced...

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Oil Company Exxon Knew About The Scientific Reality Of Climate Change In 1981

Oil Company Exxon Knew About The Scientific Reality Of Climate Change In 1981 | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
“Pope Francis blasts global warming deniers,” the Washington Post wrote last month. The Pope’s climate encyclical focused on the immorality of climate inaction — which makes the immorality of knowingly spreading disinformation for the purpose of delaying action all the more base.

Now the Union of Concerned Scientists has disclosed an email revealing that Exxon understood the scientific reality of climate change as far back as 1981. “Other companies, such as Mobil, only became aware of the issue in 1988, when it first became a political issue,” Exxon’s former in-house climate expert, chemical engineer Leonard S. Bernstein wrote last year. The 30-year veteran of Mobil and Exxon explained:

Exxon first got interested in climate change in 1981 because it was seeking to develop the Natuna gas field off Indonesia. This is an immense reserve of natural gas, but it is 70% CO2. That CO2 would have to be separated to make the natural gas usable.

And yet despite a growing understanding of the scientific reality of climate change in the 1980s and 1990s, Exxon became one of the biggest funders of scientists and think tanks and others who do little but deny and cast doubt on the scientific understanding of human-caused global warming.
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Corporations are run by people. Is it futile to expect honor, ethics, or even responsibility?

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Denies Threatened Status for Gray Wolf

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Denies Threatened Status for Gray Wolf | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
WODCW was one of the 21 wolf conservation and wolf protection organizations to sign the petition for threatened status that the USF&WS rejected today. Threatened status would provide solutions to depredation concerns for the state’s farmers and ranchers. Under threatened status a trophy hunt of wolves would not be allowed.

WODCW believes the state of WI has mismanaged wolves that were delisted in 2012 by holding a recreational trophy hunt on wolves. The recreational trophy hunt employed the barbaric method of using hound hunting dogs to track and trail wolves and also, the inhumane method of trapping.
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Perhaps FWS admins are hoping they will be rewarded with ranch properties when they retire?

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Previously in Earth history, sea levels have risen six meters or more with just 1 to 2 degree (Celsius) global warming

Previously in Earth history, sea levels have risen six meters or more with just 1 to 2 degree (Celsius) global warming | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
A new review analyzing three decades of research on the historic effects of melting polar ice sheets found that global sea levels have risen at least six meters, or about 20 feet, above present levels on multiple occasions over the past three...
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Current beachfront property on many coasts will soon begin to loose its value.


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Contentious China-run mine in Australia shows 'world gone mad'

Contentious China-run mine in Australia shows 'world gone mad' | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The Abbott government was under fire Thursday after approving a huge Chinese-run coal mine near prime farmland, sparking division in its own ranks with Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce complaining that "the world has gone mad".

Joyce called the decision "ridiculous" after Chinese company Shenhua was granted approval for the $1 billion Watermark mine near Gunnedah in New South Wales state, under 18 conditions the government said were among the strictest in Australia's history.
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Wildlife Services kills 5 wolves

Wildlife Services kills 5 wolves | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Local wolf advocate Lynne Stone, director of the Boulder White Clouds Council, said the wolves were part of the Red Warrior pack, which had been viewed by people this winter on the hillside opposite the Warm Springs base area. She said that at that time, the pack consisted of nine wolves, though the alpha female died before the depredation incidents occurred.

“These wolves were in a great place with lots of wild country,” she said. “Then in came the sheep and we lose the wolves.”

Stone contended that Wildlife Services was “jumping the gun” by using lethal means before giving other methods a chance to scare off the wolves.
Garry Rogers's insight:

As always, the interests of a few humans guide wildlife managers. Extinction is inevitable if we do not remove special interest controls over the management of nature.

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Study: Climate Deniers Tend to be Conspiracy Theorists

Study: Climate Deniers Tend to be Conspiracy Theorists | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
ThinkProgress: The Heartland Institute got out ahead of the curve, publishing a piece titled Is The Global Left Counting on Pope to Split the Catholic Church Over Global Warming? back in May.
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Global warming skeptics cite personal weather observations as the key reason for their views

Global warming skeptics cite personal weather observations as the key reason for their views | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The number of Americans who believe there is evidence of global warming rose to 63 percent after a memorable winter that included record cold and snow in the Northeast and historic warmth and drought in the West, according to a University of...
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Why do rainforests matter? You asked Google – and here’s the answer | Tim Flannery

Why do rainforests matter? You asked Google – and here’s the answer  | Tim Flannery | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
People turn to Google for answers to some of the world’s most pressing issues.
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Threatened Australian wildlife at grave risk from habitat loss, study finds

Threatened Australian wildlife at grave risk from habitat loss, study finds | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Habitat loss is seen as the primary threat to at-risk species but recovery plans avoid addressing it and governments have entrenched the extinction process Successive Australian governments have failed to protect the habitat of the country’s most...
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Barilla bans animal experiments

Barilla bans animal experiments | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
I have exciting news to share from the frontlines of our work with industry-leading corporations to end experiments on animals.
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Fight Deforestation, Fight Climate Change | Rainforest Alliance

Fight Deforestation, Fight Climate Change | Rainforest Alliance | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
RT @RnfrstAlliance: This 30-second video shows the extent of #deforestation in the Amazon: http://t.co/Gf1Ysu8Dim #fight #climatechange ht…
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Mass extinction (Permian-Triassic- Extinction) - The Evolutionary Theory on Extinction

Extinction happens. But what's evolution got to do with it? Mass extinctions. Dinosaurs and the first mammals. Saving an unspoiled forest near Bangkok.
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