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We've been asking the wrong questions about conservation

We've been asking the wrong questions about conservation | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
James Watson: Stop worrying about how species will respond to climate change – focus on how our adaptations are going to affect them
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Minnesota Stops Moose Hunting, Hunt Canceled, Moose Die Off | Global Animal

Minnesota Stops Moose Hunting, Hunt Canceled, Moose Die Off | Global Animal | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
(WILDLIFE) MINNESOTA – Wildlife officials in Minnesota have suspended all moose hunting, as moose populations continue to drop for unknown reasons.
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Sacred albino moose killed by hunters

Sacred albino moose killed by hunters | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
A rare albino moose, considered a sacred "spirit animal" by Nova Scotia's indigenous Mi’kmaq people, was killed last week by visiting hunters unaware of its spiritual significance.
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Rhino Permit to be Auctioned at Dallas Safari Club Convention

Rhino Permit to be Auctioned at Dallas Safari Club Convention | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
Through an historic collaboration between governments, one hunter will have a chance to hunt a black rhino, help manage and conserve the species, and import a rare trophy to the US in 2014...
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Clinton Global Initiative pledges $80 million to combat elephant poaching

Clinton Global Initiative pledges $80 million to combat elephant poaching | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
Hillary and Chelsea Clinton on Thursday deployed their mother-daughter star power to help the effort to save African elephants, brokering an $80m effort to stop the ivory poaching which threatens the animals with extinction..
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Tony Abbott green lights Great Barrier Reef destruction for the big mining companies | Australian Greens

Tony Abbott green lights Great Barrier Reef destruction for the big mining companies | Australian Greens | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
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Tony Abbott’s Great Barrier Reef policy, reported on today, completely ignores the impacts of mining industrialisation, just like Kevin Rudd’s does, say the Australian Greens.

“Tony Abbott has joined Kevin Rudd today with a toothless Great Barrier Reef policy that does nothing to stand in the way of the reef being turned into a dumping ground for dredge spoil and a shipping super highway for the big mining companies,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

“Only the Greens are taking heed of UNESCO’s warning that the Great Barrier Reef could be added to the international list of World Heritage sites in danger by next year if the reef continues to be industrialised at such an alarming rate.

“The Greens are standing up to the big mining companies with a plan to stop new dredging and offshore dumping of dredge spoil in this World Heritage Area and put an end to damaging port expansions like Abbot Point.

“While we agree that funding for crown of thorns eradication is needed, the problem will only be exacerbated by the continued mass dumping of dredge spoil which lowers water quality, creating ideal conditions for this invasive species.  

“The Greens have a comprehensive $176 million Great Barrier Reef package, which includes increased funding for the Reef Rescue program, which supports farmers improving the water quality of their runoff to the reef, and an extra $20 million a year for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to properly resource its important research, regulatory compliance and community engagement.

“We are also committing $16 million for long-term reef planning to set clear no-go zones for destructive development.

“While Tony Abbott wants to hand federal approval powers for developments that impact on nationally significant environmental assets, like the Great Barrier Reef, over to state governments, the Greens long-term reef plan will ensure Campbell Newman is not given total responsibility for the Great Barrier Reef,” Senator Waters said.

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The Elephant In TImes Square

The Elephant In TImes Square | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
Take a stand, help The Elephant In Times Square lend a hand to make the billboard in NY's Times Square a reality for elephants. Trumpet to Amplify!
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Lori Marino – Dolphins are not healers

Lori Marino – Dolphins are not healers | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
Dolphins are smart, sociable predators. They don't belong in captivity and they shouldn't be used to 'cure' the ill
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Mammal carnivore is major discovery

Mammal carnivore is major discovery | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
US scientists describe a new animal living in the cloud forests of Colombia and Ecuador - the first new mammal carnivore species to be identified in the Western hemisphere in 35 years.
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BirdLife and EBCC join wildlife comeback study » Rewilding Europe

BirdLife and EBCC join wildlife comeback study » Rewilding Europe | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
Making Europe a wilder place. With much more space for wildlife, wilderness and wild values. Bringing the variety of life back to Europe's abandoned lands and exploring new ways for people to earn a fair living from the wild.
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The Cruelty of Industrial Technology »

The Cruelty of Industrial Technology » | Life on Earth | Scoop.it

Here is a critique of technology by a man who used to install machinery in slaughterhouses. Highly recommend reading.

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Texas town runs out of water after using it for fracking

Texas town runs out of water after using it for fracking | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
Drill, Baby, Drill, until the water runs dry. A tale of climate, sprawl and greedy fossil fuel companies, has left residents with little options.
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It's time the Simpson Desert was protected.

The Simpson Desert is truly spectacular. It is one of the largest areas of high-quality wilderness left in Australia, of particular importance is the souther...
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Rare White Kermode Spirit Bear Photographed In B.C. Canada | Global Animal

Rare White Kermode Spirit Bear Photographed In B.C. Canada | Global Animal | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
(CANADA) Photographer Paul Nicklen has captured images of the extremely rare Kermode "Spirit" bear in a British Columbia forest. A subspecies of the American black bear, the population is believed to only be around a few hundred.
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Dollar Value of Hunted African Animals: Photos : DNews

Dollar Value of Hunted African Animals: Photos : DNews | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
Rare and endangered animals may be legally hunted in parts of Africa, so long as the hunter is willing and able to pay the hefty price.
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"Cyberpoaching" Feared as New Threat to Rare Wildlife

"Cyberpoaching" Feared as New Threat to Rare Wildlife | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
A possible hacking incident in India has some concerned that wildlife poachers could use the Internet as another resource for criminal activity.
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Human role in warming 'more certain'

Human role in warming 'more certain' | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists are more certain than ever that greenhouse emissions from human activities are heating the planet, the UN's climate panel chief says.
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Victory! Puget Sound's Orcas Will Stay Protected

Victory! Puget Sound's Orcas Will Stay Protected | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
Following a legal battle about whether or not to remove a group of orca whales from the endangered species list, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced they will be keeping their protection.
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The science of animal consciousness – Brandon Keim – Aeon

The science of animal consciousness – Brandon Keim – Aeon | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
Animals have thoughts, feelings and personality, so why has science taken so long to catch up with animal consciousness?
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Is this the world's worst zoo? Visitors' fury after staff in China try to pass off Tibetan mastiff as a lion and a mongrel as a leopard

Is this the world's worst zoo? Visitors' fury after staff in China try to pass off Tibetan mastiff as a lion and a mongrel as a leopard | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
Angry visitors to the People's Park in Luohe, Henan province, complained when the 'African lion' started barking and turned out to be a dog.
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Sweet Disguise: Chocolate-Covered Elephant Ivory Seized in Macau

Sweet Disguise: Chocolate-Covered Elephant Ivory Seized in Macau | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
Ivory poachers go to sometimes-absurd lengths to smuggle prized pieces of elephant tusks across borders. Officials in Macau recently discovered 583 bars of ivory disguised as bars of chocolate.
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The Wilderness Society | Bambuser

The Wilderness Society | Bambuser | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
Its Day 3 of our Tarkine Vigil 'Bear Witness'. Trucks, bulldozers and equipment move into the site every morning. We invite the workers for a cup of tea and cake so that we can share with them what the Tarkine means to us and the reasons it needs to be protected. So far we have had chats with the media and the police. We love the Tarkine and shall continue on until it is protected. 
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Costa Rica Passes Ban on Shrimp Trawling - Costa Rica Connection

Costa Rica Passes Ban on Shrimp Trawling - Costa Rica Connection | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
In the latest move by Costa Rican officials to protect the counties waters and wildlife, the Costa Rican Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court (Sala IV) has declared shrimp trawling unconstitutional in Costa Rican Waters.
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