Deforestation Climate Risk Bigger Than Carbon

Originally posted on GarryRogers Nature Conservation and Science Fiction (#EcoSciFi):

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Peer-reviewed report says that clearing tropical rainforests distorts Earth’s wind and water systems and has impacts far beyond the implications for carbon dioxide. Farmers and food supply potentially at risk as global warming and skewed rainfall could wreak havoc with crops—from coffee to corn—in world’s breadbaskets

“A new study presents powerful evidence that clearing trees not only spews carbon into the atmosphere, but also triggers major shifts in rainfall and increased temperatures worldwide that are just as potent as those caused by current carbon pollution. Further, the study finds that future agricultural productivity across the globe is at risk from deforestation-induced warming and altered rainfall patterns.

“The report, “Effects of Tropical Deforestation on Climate Change and Agriculture,” published today in Nature Climate Change and released in collaboration with Climate Focus provides the most comprehensive analysis to date of the climate impacts of tropical forest destruction on agriculture in the…

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NASA: Evidence for Global Climate Change

Originally posted on GarryRogers Nature Conservation and Science Fiction (#EcoSciFi):

The Earth’s climate has changed throughout history. Just in the last 650,000 years there have been seven cycles of glacial advance and retreat, with the abrupt end of the last ice age about 7,000 years ago marking the beginning of the modern climate era — and of human civilization. Most of these climate changes are attributed to very small variations in Earth’s orbit that change the amount of solar energy our planet receives.

Scientific evidence for warming of the climate system is unequivocal.
– Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

The current warming trend is of particular significance because most of it is very likely human-induced and proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented in the past 1,300 years.1

Earth-orbiting satellites and other technological advances have enabled scientists to see the big picture, collecting many different types of information about our planet and its climate on a global scale. Studying these…

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Massive Mine Could Destroy One of the Last Best Places for Bull Trout and Grizzly Bears

By Katherine O’Brien | Friday, July 17, 2015

Montana—where I’m fortunate to live and work—is often called “the last best place.” The moniker is a tribute to what makes our state unique: vast expanses of undeveloped land on a scale that can be found in few places in the lower 48. This unspoiled wildness makes Montana an incredible place to explore and an invaluable area for wildlife conservation.

In the northwest corner of the state is a place that epitomizes some of the best features of our nation’s remaining wild spaces. The Cabinet Mountains Wilderness is a 35-mile expanse of glaciated peaks that supports countless species of native wildlife, including mountain goats, bighorn sheep, pikas, wolverines, moose, elk, deer, wolves, mountain lions and Canada lynx. The Cabinet Mountains also harbor populations of grizzly bears and bull trout—threatened species protected by the Endangered Species Act. These species are now under even greater threat from a proposed copper and silver mine in the core of their wilderness habitat.

More:

http://earthjustice.org/blog/2015-july/massive-mine-could-destroy-one-of-the-last-best-places-for-bull-trout-and-grizzly-bears?utm_source=crm&utm_content=Minesbutton&curation=ebrief

Wildlife Photography ©Jim Robertson, 2015. All Rights Reserved

Wildlife Photography ©Jim Robertson, 2015. All Rights Reserved

Protesters greet damaged Shell icebreaker in Portland

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Protesters greet damaged Shell icebreaker in Portland
Environmental activists in kayaks protest the Fennica, a vessel that Royal Dutch Shell PLC plans to use in its Arctic offshore drilling project, as it underwent repairs on Swan Island, Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Portland, Ore. (Sam Caravana/The Oregonian via AP)
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Environmental activists in Portland are protesting the arrival of the Fennica, a vessel that Royal Dutch Shell PLC plans to use in its Arctic offshore drilling project after it’s repaired.

The damaged ship, a 380-foot icebreaker, arrived at a Swan Island dry dock about 3 a.m. Saturday. The icebreaker is a key part of Shell’s exploration and spill-response plan off Alaska’s northwest coast. It protects Shell’s fleet from ice and carries equipment that can stop gushing oil.

The Fennica was damaged earlier this month in the Aleutian Islands when it struck an underwater obstruction, tearing a gash in its hull.

About 75 “kayaktivists” and other protesters in boats were on the water Saturday afternoon, near where the Fennica is docked, holding a peaceful on-the-water rally against arctic offshore drilling, activist Mia Reback said. No arrests have been made.

Take Action to Stop Predator Killing in Idaho!

July 14, 2015 

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News came out last week that taxpayer-funded and woefully misnamed Wildlife Services killed five wolves in central Idaho for alleged livestock depredation—another in a long line of such wolf-killing actions by this secretive government agency.

Now is the time to push back against predator-killing activities in Idaho. In the wake of our lawsuit filed with our partners earlier this year, Wildlife Services has issued a new draft Environmental Assessment on its predator-killing activities in Idaho and is soliciting public comments until Monday, July 27th.

The proposed action not only allows for government killing of coyotes, bears, mountain lions and more, but proposes to expand operations to include poisoning ravens in the name of sage-grouse conservation, killing mountains lions in the name of protecting bighorn, and even killing native predators for the sake non-native game species!

Suggested comment points include:

  • Native carnivores belong!
  • Wildlife Services must consider new science that shows killing predators actually backfires and can cause more livestock depredation.
  • Expanding operations to kill native predators in the name of other species, particularly non-native ones like ring-necked pheasants, is inappropriate.
  • Wildlife Services must honestly consider the humaneness of its cruelest methods, including trapping and poisoning, instead of absurdly arguing that it reduces “overall” pain and suffering by being less cruel than predators killing prey in nature. It should halt the use of these methods.
  • Wildlife Services must honestly examine the marginal economics of public lands livestock grazing, and admit that native predators cause a very small fraction of losses (far less than weather and disease).

It’s time to let this federally funded wildlife hit squad know that the public demands accountability!

Read the complete EA and make your voice heard by submitting comments here.

For further information see Ken Cole’s story on The Wildlife News

Working Women Are Planning More, Which is Why Some Are Freezing Their Eggs

Exposing the Big Game:

Just what the world needs–more humans…

Originally posted on TIME:

Women seem to have gotten the message that if we want to have both professional success and a family, we better plan it out. That’s the point of a New York Timespiece this week that concluded that millennial women are leaning away from “leaning in” and instead scheduling family phases into their career plans.

MORE: The Truth About Freezing Your Eggs

Here’s how the Times’s Claire Cain Miller puts it:

You might call them the planning generation: Their approach is less all or nothing — climb the career ladder or stay home with children — and more give and take …“They’re anticipating that in some way they’re going to have to dial down or integrate their career and their life,” said Caroline Ghosn, chief executive of Levo, an online professional network focused on millennial women. “This reality is something that people are a lot more transparent and open…

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Alligator Found Roaming the Streets of New York City

Originally posted on TIME:

New York City streets are no stranger no unwelcome and unexpected visitors, but they received a rather unusual one on Thursday when an undersized alligator was discovered roaming around Manhattan.

It’s unknown where the creature came from, but the police that found the alligator brought it to animal control, the New York Times reported. The picture distributed by the NYPD’s 34th precinct made it clear that humans would likely have little to fear from the alligator, given its size:

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Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: ‘Game farming must go,’ wolf and wildlife conference told

Originally posted on Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic-Vote Our Wildlife:

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“Put a price on death — that’s what you’ll get.” — keynote speaker Darrel Rowledge, Canadian hunter, director of the Alberta Wilderness Association

The huge challenges we face in getting the nonhunting majority to get involved in caring for our wildlife and public lands were the focus last week of the Wolf and Wildlife Conservation and Coexistence Initiative. The theme throughout the two-day conference was how to replace powerful special-interest groups’ influence over legislators, the Natural Resources Board, and the Department of Natural Resources with an all-inclusive democracy and science.

The most cruel and unethical sports killers (bear, wolf and coyote hounders and trappers) have drafted rules and legislation that co-opt our public agencies and legislators. They bypass the public will.

The conference was held at the Ho-Chunk Conference Center in Baraboo and co-sponsored by the Ho-Chunk Nation and Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf, supported by other tribes, wolf groups…

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NBC Shark Hunters Cancelled!

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Andrew Mills
Carmel, IN

Jul 21, 2015 — As it happens, a year ago today a petition was started to ask NBC to stop airing and cancel Shark Hunters. Well today I can tell you that because of you, I can confirm our efforts have been rewarded. Over the last few weeks I have been trying to confirm the cancellation and now two of the shark fishing competitions that were featured have confirmed cancellation as well as one of the boat captains from last season.

NBC of course refuse to comment and seem rather annoyed at the constant enquiries. That said there is nothing on NBC’s schedule and there is nothing building as far as PR hype so I am assuming based on the three confirmations and NBC’s silence that the awful show “Shark Hunters” has been CANCELLED! Hooray!!!!!!!!

Honestly I think the decision was taken quite a while back but I had to keep the petition up and the focus to make sure we did not end up declaring victory too early, only for NBC to do a U Turn!

The reality is sharks are still viewed as big and scary and because of that they will generate ratings, for example Shark Week on the Discovery Channel last week! (If you want some great alternatives to shark week check out this recent blog article I wrote http://goo.gl/6OQUbM)

At the end of the day we would never have got NBC to shut down production without the help and signature of each and every one of you. You are the reason the advertisers pulled out (thank you TripAdvisor, Clorox/Kingsford Charcoal, Allstate, Citrix), that NBC had to go on the defense and why we made season 3 a non-starter for commercial reasons.

That said we won a battle today but certainly not the war. The war on sharks is occurring every day. There are many fantastic organizations trying to stop this war and together just like we did here we can help win that war by winning each battle. A few points to winning the war:

• Take 30 seconds follow/support the groups at the end of this message.
• Take 5 minutes to have a conversation with someone on the value of sharks, try and educate just one person on the fact, no sharks, no ocean, no us.
• Do not support businesses that support the destruction of sharks
• Rally against the Shark Tournaments that are still occurring ☹

Thank you to many groups who rallied behind this petition including, The Dodo (Melissa) (https://www.thedodo.com/), Blue Planet Society (John) (http://blueplanetsociety.blogspot.co.uk/), Fin Free (http://fin-free.com/) and finally, thank you to www.Change.org for providing this platform and for actively supporting this petition.

I am so grateful to all of you, thank you for your support, thank you for your tweets, thank you for your emails of support. This victory is yours.

Humbled,

Andrew J Mills aka #cancelsharkhunters

Groups to follow/support

Shark Girl aka Madison Stewart
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shark-Girl/275053275989330
http://www.madisonstewart.com.au

Fin Free
http://fin-free.com/)
https://www.facebook.com/FinFree

Blue Planet Society
(http://blueplanetsociety.blogspot.co.uk/)
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blue-Planet-Society/218744051495574?fref=ts

The Dodo
https://www.thedodo.com/
https://www.facebook.com/thedodosite

Mission Blue
http://mission-blue.org/
https://www.facebook.com/missionblue

Experts say rising sea levels pose major threat to Hawaii

Originally posted on KHON2:

One of many climate change issues officials are worried about is rising sea levels.

Risk management officials discussed that and more when they gathered for the first day of the 13th annual PRIMO conference.

PRIMO, which stands for Pacific Risk Management Ohana, is a consortium of local, national and regional organizations such as National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Geological Survey and others.

USGS officials say sea levels are changing, which leads beach erosion, and a new study from the University of Hawaii found the state’s coastal erosion rates will double by the year 2050.

Officials say this will affect tourists and residents.

“As the sea level rises, the waves get up above the reefs, the shore breaks,” explained David Helweg, director at USGS Pacific Islands Climate Center. “The waves may break further up the beach. Of course, this is an issue…

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