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People are wildly misinterpreting a "heartwarming" video of a polar bear playing with a dog

People are wildly misinterpreting a "heartwarming" video of a polar bear playing with a dog | Upsetment | Scoop.it
By now, you may have seen the new feel-good video making the rounds on the internet featuring a polar bear “patting” a dog on its head in Churchill, Canada. The CBC called the bear a “gentle giant.”
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Forget about the evil of a man using his dogs to bait polar bears. Forget about the silliness of anthropomorphizing. Let's concentrate instead of the ease with which deception takes place on the social media. Why don't people stop to think before we like and share a story? 
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Can mistake that ruined majestic Kashmir lake be fixed?

Can mistake that ruined majestic Kashmir lake be fixed? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Tucked within Kashmir's Himalayan foothills sits a freshwater lake that was once among Asia's largest. Long an inspiration to poets, beloved by kings, Wular Lake has been reduced in places to a fetid and stinking swamp.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Nature has her own way and we humans tend to think we can override what is natural. Here's a good example of what they grandiosity gets us. Cry to the lake and for the beauty gone. 
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Humans Are Close To Killing Off Two-Thirds Of All Wildlife In Just 50 Years

Humans Are Close To Killing Off Two-Thirds Of All Wildlife In Just 50 Years | Upsetment | Scoop.it
"At some point the earth is going to say 'enough.'"
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In our endless demand for more we humans are destroying the earth, depopulating nature and making our home ultimately unlivable. Still we don't stop lying to ourselves, saying that population growth is fine, that consumption is a good thing, that we can live without the consequences of selfishness. Meanwhile, the sustainability of humanity is seriously at question. 
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10 Unbelievable Wildfire Photos - ODDEE

10 Unbelievable Wildfire Photos - ODDEE | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Wildfires—unpredictable, deadly, and sometimes beautiful. Check out these ten incredible images of fires and the stories behind them.
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Nothing makes me sadder than pictures like this of our forests burning. Yes, some fires are part of the natural cycle, but we are living in a time of horrendous wildfires and human behavior is increasing the risk. 
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Almost everything you buy, from cereal to mascara, is killing the rain forest

Almost everything you buy, from cereal to mascara, is killing the rain forest | Upsetment | Scoop.it
So I tried to give it all up. It was almost impossible.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Let's keep asking the companies from whom we purchase products to make a difference in their policies. Let's cut down on waste and do our best to recycle. Plant trees and encourage tree farming. Remember that the trees of the rain forests are a precious world resource. Most of all: HONOR NATURE!
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Drone flights overhead cause stress for black bears, study says

Drone flights overhead cause stress for black bears, study says | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Drones operated by researchers may have unintended consequences for wildlife, warns the lead author of a new study showing the buzzing of unmanned aerial vehicles overhead can leave black bears stressed, with racing hearts.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

It is a given in science that the process of studying something has its own effects. Therefore, scientists, especially those studying animals, must have a clear sense of responsibility and take care to not do harm. Drones are not toys but invasive incursions into the environment.

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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

The Elephant Watcher | Upsetment | Scoop.it
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.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

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.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

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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Argentina plans to cull 100,000 beavers in Tierra del Fuego - BBC News

Argentina plans to cull 100,000 beavers in Tierra del Fuego - BBC News | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Argentine authorities say they plan to cull the entire population of beavers in Tierra del Fuego.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
More evidence that we humans are not good stewards of the earth, as if we needed more. I do hope they at least figure a use of the pelts of these poor animals. Why is is that so often the great ideas of governments turn out to be mistakes? 
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This Is How A Species Goes Extinct

This Is How A Species Goes Extinct | Upsetment | Scoop.it
An eerie photo of a pit of frozen pangolins shows just how easy it can be for the planet to lose a species.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Yes, those were once living creatures, the delightful if endangered pangolin. There are some creatures, some who are hardly human,  who traffic in death and who take no heed of the animals and of our responsibility to be stewards of the earth. They think only of their own profit and greed. It is those creatures I would gladly see removed to such a pit and set on fire. If I believed in hell, I would people it with those who have such little appreciation for life and its diversity. 
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The rate of species decline is 'no longer safe' for humans

The rate of species decline is 'no longer safe' for humans | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Animal and plant species are declining so quickly that world biodiversity loss is no longer within a “safe limit” and could start to threaten much of the planet’s ability to support humans, according to a major new study. Experts analysed nearly 2.4 million records about more than 39,000 species at 18,600 different places around the world. They discovered that for 58.1 per cent of the world’s land surface the loss of biodiversity was serious enough to call into question its ability to sustain the 5.3 billion people who live there.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Is it possible that in the end we humans will end our term on earth not with a bang but the whimper of ecological collapse? No, Henny Penny, the sky is not falling, but our biodiversity is being overwhelmed by human activity. 
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Birds’ Beaks Deformed in Alaska; Grants Help Researchers Investigate

Birds’ Beaks Deformed in Alaska; Grants Help Researchers Investigate | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Scientists in Alaska are studying ever-increasing beak deformities, and others are investigating climate change effects on songbirds.
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How sad that we humans have so disconnected ourselves and our ways from the animals with whom we share the earth. 
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Amazon residents resort to militias to keep out illegal loggers

Amazon residents resort to militias to keep out illegal loggers | Upsetment | Scoop.it
In Brazil, militias of indigenous people take up arms against illegal logging, but their tactics raise fears of greater violence.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Poachers in Africa and loggers in the Amazon, those who would despoil the treasure that is nature should face justice. Those who purchase the products of that despoiling should also be held accountable. There is no excuse for such selfishness.

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Matt Ramsdell's curator insight, October 12, 2015 3:31 PM

This is a prime example of a way to save a rainforest in a very aggressive way. This group is using tactics that uses torture. Because of the violence that they using it is causing unruly and unrest within the loggers of the nation. The loggers and people of other areas are making threats to this militia of 48 men. Although they are trying to protect the environmental rainforest and all is creatures they are doing this in the wrong way.

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One of the World's Largest Tiger Habitats Has Only 100 Left

One of the World's Largest Tiger Habitats Has Only 100 Left | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A new survey in Bangladesh's Sundarban forests is alarming.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Tigers are a threatened species, but more importantly they are a glorious animal that reminds us of the incomprehensible beauty that is nature.

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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
Kenneth Weene's insight:

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.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

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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