It’s Hotter Than You Think: Climate-Change Summary and Update

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Updated most recently, likely for the final time, 2 August 2016.

The Great Dying wiped out at least 90% of the species on Earth due to an abrupt rise in global-average temperature about 252 million years ago. The vast majority of complex life became extinct. Based on information from the most conservative sources available, Earth is headed for a similar or higher global-average temperature in the very near future. The recent and near-future rises in temperature are occurring and will occur at least an order of magnitude faster than the worst of all prior Mass Extinctions. Habitat for human animals is disappearing throughout the world, and abrupt climate change has barely begun. In the near future, habitat for Homo sapiens will be gone. Shortly thereafter, all humans will die.

There is no precedence in planetary history for events unfolding today. As a result, relying on prior events to predict the…

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Don’t allow bear hunting: Letter

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Once again it’s that time of the year when our legislators will be taking up bills that not only affect Connecticut voters, but also those without a vote, namely, Connecticut’s black bear population. The proposed bill, Bill 586, would allow the hunting of black bear in Litchfield County. The alternative to that is Bill 894, which would require the state to come up with nonlethal methods of keeping bears out of heavily populated areas. Those favoring opening a season on black bear hunting cite the numerous (8,992) reported sightings in Connecticut last year.

In 1975 the legislature passed the Deer Management Act which was Connecticut’s first regulated deer hunting season using the excuse that the deer population was overpopulated and needed to be culled. Today, the excuse for opening a season on black bear hunting is based on little if any factual information, but rather on flimsy and…

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No changes to hunting seasons

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Ruling does not allow tribal members to hunt without restriction


From county commission meetings to the governor’s office, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on a Crow tribal member’s alleged poaching in the Bighorn National Forest has officials and hunters discussing — and mostly guessing about — the ramifications of the decision.

The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision can be considered a victory for Clayvin Herrera, who appealed his conviction for killing an elk out-of-season in the Bighorn Mountains. However, Herrera is not off the hook and there won’t be a free-for-all in the forest, or anywhere else in the region, according to officials and those familiar with the case.

The dispute hinges on the interpretation of a 1868 treaty between the federal government and the Crow Tribe.

The treaty promised that — in exchange for the government acquiring…

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An Attack on Iran Would Violate US and International Law

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As President Donald Trump, National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo rattle their sabers, there is no evidence that Iran poses a threat to the United States. It was Trump who threatened genocide, tweeting, “If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran.” The Pentagon is now considering sending 10,000 additional troops to the Gulf region for “defensive” purposes and not in response to a new threat by Iran. Threats to use military force — like the use of force itself — violate U.S. and international law.

Last week, Pompeo said U.S. intelligence had determined that Iranian-sponsored attacks on U.S. forces “were imminent.” The…

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Fierce divide as Botswana lifts hunting ban

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Botswana says lifting the ban will not threaten the elephant population
Botswana says lifting the ban will not threaten the elephant population

Many conservationists on Thursday reacted with anger over Botswana’s decision to lift its blanket ban on hunting, describing it as a “horrifying” move, though others backed the idea.

Botswana fended off criticism of its decision to end the five-year ban, saying the move would not threaten the elephant population.

A government statement said the cabinet had been influenced by the “high levels of human-elephant conflict” and its “impact on livelihoods”.

“Predators appear to have increased and were causing a lot of damage as they killed livestock in large numbers,” it said.

“The general consensus from those consulted was that the hunting ban should be lifted.”

A blanket hunting ban was introduced in 2014 by then-president Ian Khama, a keen environmentalist, to reverse a decline in the population of wild animals.

But lawmakers from the ruling Botswana Democratic Party…

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China has been emitting illegal greenhouse gas that destroys ozone layer, scientists find

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  • A study by scientists from the University of Bristol, Kyungpook National University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology finds China responsible for much of a recent spike in the emission of an illegal greenhouse gas.
  • China accounted for 40% to 60% of the global increase in trichlorofluoromethane, or CFC-11, emissions between 2014 and 2017, the study says.
  • CFC-11 was internationally banned under the Montreal Protocol because it can destroy earth’s protective ozone layer.
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Factories in China’s Shandong province.
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There has been a rise in the emission of an illegal greenhouse gas that destroys the earth’s ozone layer — and China is responsible for “a substantial fraction” of that increase, according to a new study.

The research published on Wednesday found that China accounted for 40% to 60% of the global increase in trichlorofluoromethane, or CFC-11, emissions…

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Republicans aren’t just climate deniers. They deny the extinction crisis, too

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Republican officials and their industry benefactors are sowing doubt about the wildlife extinction crisis that threatens as many as one million species

Mandarin ducks, an endangered species.
 Mandarin ducks, an endangered species. Photograph: Yuri Smityuk/TASS

Maybe you’ve read King Lear and remember this famous line: “‘Tis the time’s plague when madmen lead the blind.” The words were written more than 400 years ago as a comment on the deadly consequences of greed, delusion and political folly, but they could serve just as well as a Republican party slogan today. They’re a fitting description of the Republican party’s delusional campaign to deny the environmental crises that threaten our planet and our civilization.

For decades now, Republican politicians and their patrons in the fossil fuel industry have used thinktanks, front groups and public relations operatives to promote faulty science and perpetuate the myth that the climate crisis is a hoax. This campaign…

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What To Know About The Sudden Talk Of War With Iran

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The USS Arlington, shown in December in Morehead City, N.C., has been sent to the Middle East to bolster an aircraft carrier force sent to counter alleged threats from Iran.

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President Trump came into office criticizing the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and promised he would try to avoid foreign military engagements. Yet this month the White House has been talking as if conflict with Iran is suddenly on the table. Trump tweeted over the weekend, “If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran.”

But it’s not clear if U.S. officials have…

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Unravelling migration connectivity reveals unsustainable hunting of the declining ortolan bunting

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Bear-baiting or baiting bears — a matter of semantics

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A recent ISJ article titled ‘Baiting for bears’ caught my eye as it reminded me of the background lectures I gave on Shakespeare and the theater prior to studying one of his plays in my high school classes.

The students were shocked as we discussed bear-baiting as a form of entertainment back in sixteenth-century England. They found it hard to believe that people could be so cruel and enjoy viewing such blood sport. Ah, to be young and naïve.

Generally, in bear-baiting a pit was formed in which the bear was chained to a post in the ground. Several trained dogs were set loose to attack the bear until they were tired, wounded, or killed. Fresh dogs would then replace them, and the fight continued.


Stands were set up for the spectators and wagering frequently took place as to the outcome of the battle. Bear-baiting…

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