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Humans Are Wiping Out Their Closest Relatives

Humans Are Wiping Out Their Closest Relatives | Increase Biodiversity - Species Protection, Preservation, & Promotion | Scoop.it
The world's largest environmental group has stark news for homo sapiens.
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Indigenous peoples’ voices must be heard at Paris climate change conference, UN agency says

Indigenous peoples’ voices must be heard at Paris climate change conference, UN agency says | Increase Biodiversity - Species Protection, Preservation, & Promotion | Scoop.it
Indigenous peoples own, occupy or manage up to 65 per cent of the Earth’s land surface, yet they have largely been excluded from national plans prepared for next month’s United Nations climate change conference in Paris, according to the UN Development Programme (UNDP), which is working to address the issue.
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There are so many reasons for greater inclusion. Cultural and biological diversity are linked - mutually interdependent. It is the just thing to do.

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Major Study Finds The US Is An Oligarchy

Major Study Finds The US Is An Oligarchy | Increase Biodiversity - Species Protection, Preservation, & Promotion | Scoop.it
Government serves special interests, not people.
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This is a thorough academic look at a major relationship in the complex web of causes of speciesism and species extinction.

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Shocking Court Documents Expose SeaWorld’s Continued Cruelty of Orca Whales

Shocking Court Documents Expose SeaWorld’s Continued Cruelty of Orca Whales | Increase Biodiversity - Species Protection, Preservation, & Promotion | Scoop.it
A sworn affidavit filed in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice reveals that
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The true sickness is in the dispassionate, spiritless cold hearts of the greedy bums that decide and carry out speciesism.

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Home | FlyFree - Stop the wild-caught bird trade and help save parrots

Home | FlyFree - Stop the wild-caught bird trade and help save parrots | Increase Biodiversity - Species Protection, Preservation, & Promotion | Scoop.it
Learn about heroic efforts to end the wild bird trade and return parrots to the wild. Discover how you can help stop wildlife trafficking with this program from the World Parrot Trust
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Great work being done to protect and preserve species which have become commodities. I say prosecute the buyers.

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Energy Secretary Moniz Announces $6.5 Billion Loan For First Nuclear Plants in Nearly 30 Years | EcoWatch

Energy Secretary Moniz Announces $6.5 Billion Loan For First Nuclear Plants in Nearly 30 Years | EcoWatch | Increase Biodiversity - Species Protection, Preservation, & Promotion | Scoop.it
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I guess "all of the above" energy policy includes all possible hazard, waste, and extinction scenarios. Not to mention the involvement of a web of companies connected to the current pollution scene in Japan.

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After the Michael Flatley theft: Irish criminals’ role in rhino horn trafficking

After the Michael Flatley theft: Irish criminals’ role in rhino horn trafficking | Increase Biodiversity - Species Protection, Preservation, & Promotion | Scoop.it
Irish people have been jailed in a US clampdown on the illegal trade in elephant ivory, rhino horns, turtle shells and other endangered wildlife products, which is worth up to $10 billion a year

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Successful sting. Organized gangs, lots of dough coming from rich collectors, death collectors. No honor, no courage - just wads of cash. Getting the middleman is one thing, now the cowardly castle owner who must have it on his wall for his ego.

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A data visualization of how oil and gas are transforming our landscape

A new analysis of oil and gas pipeline safety in the United States reveals a troubling history of spills, contamination, injuries and deaths. Read more at No...

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Mind blowing number of incidents and fatalities since 1986. No, nothing to worry about with Keystone, just another one.

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A devastating visualization of oil and gas pipelines built in the US since 1986.

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Questionable 'Science' Behind Controversial Rhino Hunt Auction :: ANNAMITICUS

Questionable 'Science' Behind Controversial Rhino Hunt Auction :: ANNAMITICUS | Increase Biodiversity - Species Protection, Preservation, & Promotion | Scoop.it
The rationale behind the permit to hunt a black rhino in Namibia -- which fetched $350,000 at an auction held by the Dallas Safari Club on January 11, 2014 -- is being questioned by the scientific community.

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So the money does not come without the shot of a bullet, the price of a life. Big men! Why not just donate the damn money?

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Algae to Bio-Crude in Less Than 60 Minutes - YouTube

Engineers have created a chemical process that produces useful crude oil just minutes after engineers pour in harvested algae -- a verdant green paste with t...
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Not perfect, exploits organisms, but another step away from mined petroleum and a hell of a lot better than tar sands and keystone.

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– Climate Silence (and how to break it)

– Climate Silence (and how to break it) | Increase Biodiversity - Species Protection, Preservation, & Promotion | Scoop.it
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COIN explains why "The climate silence is deafening." and offers great narratives for how to break it.

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How Exxon Mobil And Koch Brothers Created A Culture Of Climate Doubt

How Exxon Mobil And Koch Brothers Created A Culture Of Climate Doubt | Increase Biodiversity - Species Protection, Preservation, & Promotion | Scoop.it
A new study finds that groups funded by the energy industry heavyweights use similar messages.
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Ever wonder why so few people in the USA take anthropogenic climate change seriously?..
why there are people, IN CONGRESS, and SCHOOLS, and RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT, who deny the reality of anthropogenic climate change?..
Part of the answer, of course: some same old corporate funding

polarize = divide and conquer...

and here for the original study…
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Cahokia Statement | Cahokia Statement on Tribal Adaptation

Cahokia Statement | Cahokia Statement on Tribal Adaptation | Increase Biodiversity - Species Protection, Preservation, & Promotion | Scoop.it
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While emanating from North America, this has many ideas relevant to Indigenous peoples and biocultural diversity everywhere.

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Watch now: Nature | Animal Odd Couples | PBS Video

Love apparently knows no boundaries in the animal kingdom.
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Western civ needs disconnected human relationships with nature to continue its mad march off the cliff. This wonderful video reveals much about how our human capacities for reverence, and friendship, can lead to healing.

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Report Exposes Products Driving International Killing and Trade of Whales

Report Exposes Products Driving International Killing and Trade of Whales | Increase Biodiversity - Species Protection, Preservation, & Promotion | Scoop.it
Whale and Dolphin Conservation announced the release of a new report which highlights the global scale of killing
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Many thanks to WDC for exposing this disgusting trade. The report is very detailed and eye-opening.

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50 Reasons We Should Fear the Worst from Fukushima | EcoWatch

50 Reasons We Should Fear the Worst from Fukushima | EcoWatch | Increase Biodiversity - Species Protection, Preservation, & Promotion | Scoop.it
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The reality of the disaster and what it means for nuclear around the world.... ignored by mainstream.

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New Evidence Submitted in State Department Hiring of Oil Industry Consultant to Write Keystone XL Environmental Review | EcoWatch

New Evidence Submitted in State Department Hiring of Oil Industry Consultant to Write Keystone XL Environmental Review | EcoWatch | Increase Biodiversity - Species Protection, Preservation, & Promotion | Scoop.it
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the plot thickens...

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Email - Chaco Canyon Saved From Fracking - WildEarth Guardians

Email - Chaco Canyon Saved From Fracking - WildEarth Guardians | Increase Biodiversity - Species Protection, Preservation, & Promotion | Scoop.it
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This is good news. See the original article here: http://bit.ly/1ftnqVO

 

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Report Lends Support To Keystone XL Pipeline Approval

Report Lends Support To Keystone XL Pipeline Approval | Increase Biodiversity - Species Protection, Preservation, & Promotion | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- The State Department released a new environmental analysis of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline on Friday that increases the likelihood that the Obama administration will approve the project.
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Justification because the projected insult to the environment is small compared to all that is already occurring? Really? Gutless.

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bp-working-for-few-political-capture-economic-inequality-200114-en.pdf

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In time for Davos, Oxfam releases this report. These are just two of the startling findings:

-"The bottom half of the world’s population owns the same as the richest 85 people in the world."

-"In the US, the wealthiest one percent captured 95 percent of post- financial crisis growth since 2009, while the bottom 90 percent became poorer."

Hard to see where the climate or extinction crises can get serious notice. 

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Obama and Climate Change: The Real Story | Politics News | Rolling Stone

Obama and Climate Change: The Real Story | Politics News | Rolling Stone | Increase Biodiversity - Species Protection, Preservation, & Promotion | Scoop.it
The president has said the right things about climate change and has taken some positive steps. But we're drilling for more oil and digging up more carbon than ever
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Right on, Bill McKibben.

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Electronic Waste: We Must Design Gadgets that Don't Poison the Planet

Electronic Waste: We Must Design Gadgets that Don't Poison the Planet | Increase Biodiversity - Species Protection, Preservation, & Promotion | Scoop.it

Via Antonio Lopez
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... and that don't require destruction of habitat. Corporations need to be made responsible for product materials from cradle to grave.

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