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Saving coffee from extinction - BBC News

Saving coffee from extinction - BBC News | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Two billion cups of coffee are drunk around the world every day but scientists says the most popular species, Arabica, is under threat - they are now working to save it from extinction.
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I worry a lot about the environment and climate change, but nothing scares me more than this. My coffee, not my coffee? Argh! Without my morning coffee my mind goes numb.

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When Humans Declared War on Fish

When Humans Declared War on Fish | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Victory in 1945 meant a new era of violence against ocean life.
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It isn't just war on animals but on the oceans themselves. Consider the dumping of sewage and garbage that has gone one, the discharge of oil from ships and from wells. We are such foolish animals we humans; our wanting knows no bound. Sadly, while we are able to find ways to take more we are often unable to see how our greed will affect the future. Well, isn't that the nature of "war."

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The Elephant Watcher

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As poachers grow bolder, Andrea Turkalo studies the behavior of a vanishing species.
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If we are going to save elephants and other animals of Africa, China will be a central player. The rich of China are the major consumers of animal parts, such as elephant tusks, that fuel the poaching. Ultimately, rational economic development and responsible government throughout Africa can only occur if the rest of the world supports those changes. The Iranian bullets found among poachers, the Russian and U.S. made weapons: all of that indicts the rest of the world in the destruction not only of animal life but also of African societies.

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Hunter shoots Echo, the first wolf to return to Grand Canyon - Telegraph

Hunter shoots Echo, the first wolf to return to Grand Canyon - Telegraph | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Conservationists are furious at death of animal who raised hopes that species might be making a comeback
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If you caught the It Matters Radio show of Feb 5, you will understand what a real shame this is. Wolves help to make a better environment for all species; nature is connected.

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Scientists: Human activity has pushed Earth beyond four of nine ‘planetary boundaries’

Scientists: Human activity has pushed Earth beyond four of nine ‘planetary boundaries’ | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A paper contends that we have already crossed four “planetary boundaries,” including carbon dioxide levels and the extinction rate.
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Certain questions cross my mind as I read this upsetting report> First,  where is Dr. Who when we need him? Second, when will the quality of life start deteriorating for us, not just for the poor and desperate but for all of us? Third, can we stop our egocentric behavior long enough to recognize as a species what we are doing to our children and to other life; and if we do recognize it, can we care and try to do better? Fourth, can I find a Tardis?

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Preserving an Accident, the Salton Sea in California, for the Good of Nature

Preserving an Accident, the Salton Sea in California, for the Good of Nature | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Salton Sea, a briny lake created by a mismanaged effort to divert a river, has become a key habitat for migrating birds and is now in danger of drying out.
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I have visited this region, and it is a very sad place. The drought has certainly made a bad situation worse. The use of the water for irrigation of crops in the Imperial Valley is frightening; one can only imagine the illness that will eventually cause. The best solution would obviously be to add fresh water, but we have less and less of that available. A national water management plan is essential—not just in the U.S. but in every country. We must look at the future and PLAN!

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What a wonderful world: 13 fabulous gardens

What a wonderful world: 13 fabulous gardens | Upsetment | Scoop.it

History and botany mix with landscape design and architecture in these 13 fabulous gardens around the world.

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Beautiful places. Enjoy.

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In Swiss Alps, Glacial Melting Unglues Mountains

In Swiss Alps, Glacial Melting Unglues Mountains | Upsetment | Scoop.it
In a stark example of what’s happening to Switzerland’s glaciers, global warming is melting the ice that buttresses the mountains around Grindelwald, menacing the region with rock slides and flood threats.
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And yet another instance of the terror that awaits in the midst of global climate change.

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Here's What a Massive 5-Year Study of Ocean Life Reveals

Here's What a Massive 5-Year Study of Ocean Life Reveals | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Scientists don't know how climate change may affect life in the ocean
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Plankton, oxygen and viruses: all are showing changing levels and reactions to the rise of global temperatures and therefore the rise in temperatures of the seas. While the oceans are under that attack, we humans continue to dump waste and contaminants into the water. Let us not forget that the oceans, our largest single bio-system may be vast but it is vulnerable.

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Elephants, Rhinos and Other Large Plant-Eaters Face Extinction, Study Says

Elephants, Rhinos and Other Large Plant-Eaters Face Extinction, Study Says | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Scientists see a bleak future for large herbivores
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We must act to preserve the balance of nature and the lives of animals or we shall surely leave our children a much poorer planet.

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Protected Wild Horses Dying for Ranchers’ Profit

Protected Wild Horses Dying for Ranchers’ Profit | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Utah suit wants to eliminate 1,350 horses from public land with the same practices that are killing horses in Wyoming.
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Sadly, American life has become all about the profit.

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Study: Cats, foxes behind Australia's alarming extinctions

Study: Cats, foxes behind Australia's alarming extinctions | Upsetment | Scoop.it
SYDNEY (AP) — 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 —…
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In North America coyotes and other animals prey on feral cats, but in Australia the cat has become (along with European imported fox) a major threat to indigenous animals. Just one horrifying example of the hubris of humans in our treatment of nature.

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Tree Tipping Generates Cash and Seasonal Woes in Maine

Tree Tipping Generates Cash and Seasonal Woes in Maine | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The telltale white tips of snapped off branches may be signs of the seasonal larceny, in which branches are snatched without permission and sold to make wreaths.
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Sure it isn't taking rhino horns or elephant tusks, but it is still a form or poaching and even when legal harmful to the growth of these great trees, which I grew up loving. And for what? That wreath somebody buys at WalMart or Target or Michael and discards after the New Year. We are such wasteful creatures, we human scavengers.

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Unleashing An Epidemic To Kill The Tumbleweeds

Unleashing An Epidemic To Kill The Tumbleweeds | Upsetment | Scoop.it
U.S. Agricultural Research Service scientists have applied to release exotic Eurasian fungi to kill invasive tumbleweeds in the American West.
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As we should always ask when we try to change nature, even nature that has been changed: "What could possibly go wrong?" Now say "Cane Toads in Australia."

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RODANTHE: While the seas rise in the Outer Banks and elsewhere in NC, science treads water | State Politics | NewsObserver.com

RODANTHE: While the seas rise in the Outer Banks and elsewhere in NC, science treads water | State Politics | NewsObserver.com | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Two years after the North Carolina legislature ordered a moratorium on state rules or plans based on changes in sea level, the Coastal Resources Commission has not started work on a new, official sea-level prediction due in 2016.
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Why does the story of King Canute come to mind? Only in America do we believe that politics is more powerful than nature. Only in America do we think that politics should tell scientists what to predict. Oh well, we have become the "Know Nothing Country."

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12 Most Amazing Exotic Birds

12 Most Amazing Exotic Birds | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Here are 12 of the most amazing and gorgeous birds that everyone should see at least once in a their lifetime.
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Got to love these great pictures.

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Sharla Shults's curator insight, February 15, 2013 5:42 PM

I will just ditto a word from the titie: AMAZING! Ken, wherever you found this article, thank you! It is definitely catnipoflife!