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Setting Aside Half the Earth for "Rewilding": The Ethical Dimension 30.8.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Wildlife corridors: four propsals to "rewild" portions of North America. (Photo: Smithsonian Institute ) A much-anticipated book in conservation and natural science circles is EO Wilson's Half-Earth: Our Planet's Fight for Life , which is due early next year. It builds on his proposal to set aside half the Earth for the preservation of biodiversity. The famous biologist and naturalist would do this by establishing huge biodiversity parks to protect, restore and connect habitats at a continental scale. Local people would be integrated into these parks as environmental educators, managers and rangers - a model drawn from existing large-scale conservation projects such as Area de Conservación Guanacaste ( ACG ) in northwestern Costa Rica. The backdrop for this discussion is that we are in the sixth great extinction event in earth's history. More species are being lost today than at any time since the end of the dinosaurs. There is no mystery as to why this is happening: it is a direct result of human ...
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When you mix classic movie lines with nerd humor, you get #scienceamoviequote 29.8.2015 LA Times: Science
Paleontologist Jon Tennant was trying to figure out how climate change, plate tectonics and other factors influenced the diversity of dinosaur species in the Mesozoic Era when he got some results so thrilling he felt compelled to celebrate with a tweet: I love the smell of null hypothesis rejection...
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Community Ag Alliance: Soil Health 101 28.8.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Have you ever thought of soil as a living ecosystem, composed of billions of tiny organisms working to support plants, animals and humans? Healthy soil is the foundation that sustains plentiful croplands and healthy forests, filters pollutants from air and water, maintains productive grazing lands for livestock and wildlife and helps control surface water flows. When we view soil in this way, rather than as an inert growing medium, we are able to recognize the importance of managing this ecosystem so it remains intact for future generations. Humans have the ability to change soil for better or worse, depending on how it is managed and protected. These management decisions can impact key functions provided by the soil, including, nutrient cycling, water relations, biodiversity and physical stability and support. Whether you farm or ranch hundreds of acres of land or compost in your backyard garden, the indicators of soil health remain the same. The ability to recognize these indicators and adapt ...
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Spotlight on green news & views: Wildfires; First Nations battle Chevron; cow power; the Black Hills 27.8.2015 Daily Kos
See RockyMtnHigh's post . The Green Spotlight will not appear Saturday, Aug. 29. Environmentally oriented diaries published between now and then will be included in the Spotlight published Wednesday, Sept. 2. Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The most recent Spotlight can be seen here . More than 23,330 environmentally oriented diaries have been rescued for inclusion in this series since 2006. Inclusion of a diary in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. Offering tobacco and bottled water for a sea of oil, Chevron gets booted from indigenous territory —by citisven: "No, this is not the 17th century: Chevron engineers, looking to frack billions of cubic feet of gas from indigenous Unist’ot’en territory in British Columbia, did indeed try to get past the tribe's roadblock a few weeks ago. Trying to keep out oil and gas pipelines from deep within their unceded ...
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If you’re living in these towns, your home is your best investment right now 27.8.2015 Boston Globe: Latest
Home prices and sales in the Boston area and across the state are hitting new heights, even as global stock markets go on a nauseating roller coaster ...
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Midday open thread: Traffic back to pre-recession 'normal'; U.S. Navy investing in giant solar farm 27.8.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Oh, good. Traffic has returned to pre-Great Recession levels : “According to the 2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard, travel delays due to traffic congestion caused drivers to waste more than 3 billion gallons of fuel and kept travelers stuck in their cars for nearly 7 billion extra hours – 42 hours per rush-hour commuter. The total nationwide price tag: $160 billion, or $960 per commuter.” “Washington, D.C., tops the list of gridlock-plagued cities, with 82 hours of delay per commuter, followed by Los Angeles (80 hours), San Francisco (78 hours), New York (74 hours), and San Jose (67 hours).” Mutant super lice could make kids miserable this year : Lice infestations typically affect up to 12 million kids ages 3 to 11 each year. But, in 25 states, the blood-eating parasites that make their homes in hair and are commonly spread in classrooms have become resistant to most over-the-counter treatment methods, according to a new study. "We are the first group to collect lice samples from a large number of ...
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Activists Work to Stop Building of New Prison in Appalachia 25.8.2015 Truthout.com
A mountaintop removal mine in Wise County, Virginia. The Federal Bureau of Prisons wants to build a prison over a similarly strip-mined parcel of land in neighboring Kentucky, which is still being drilled for gas, and which is located amid a habitat for dozens of endangered species. (Photo: Universal Pops/Flickr ) For all practical purposes the [Cumberland Plateau] has long constituted a colonial appendage of the industrial East and Middle West, rather than an integral part of the nation generally. The decades of exploitation have in large measure drained the region. - Harry M. Caudill, author, historian, lawyer, legislator and environmentalist from Letcher County, in the coalfields of southeastern Kentucky (May 3, 1922 - November 29, 1990) The United States Bureau of Prisons is trying to build a new, massive maximum-security prison in the Appalachian mountains of eastern Kentucky - and there's a growing movement to stop it. The prison industry in the US has grown in leaps and bounds in the past 20 ...
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The Colonial Origins of Conservation: The Disturbing History Behind US National Parks 24.8.2015 Truthout - All Articles
The year 2016 will mark the 100th anniversary of the United States National Park Service. It's time to recognize that conservation dogmas were originally rooted in colonial conquest and inextricably bound up in the genocide committed against Native Americans.       Iconoclasm - questioning heroes and ideals, and even tearing them down - can be the most difficult thing. Many people root their attitudes and lives in narratives that they hold to be self-evidently true. So it's obvious that changing conservation isn't going to be an easy furrow to plow. However, change it must. Conservation's achievements don't alter the fact that it's rooted in two serious and related mistakes. The first is that it conserves "wildernesses," which are imagined to be shaped only by nature. The second is that it believes in a hierarchy, with superior, intelligent human beings at the top. Many conservationists still believe that they are uniquely endowed with the foresight and expertise to control and manage so-called ...
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Feinstein asks Obama to bypass Congress to create three desert monuments 22.8.2015 LA Times: Commentary
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein said she has asked President Obama to bypass Congress and create three new national monuments in California, giving federal protection to more than 1 million acres of mountain ranges, sandy expanses and forests lying roughly between Palm Springs and the Nevada border.
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Regeneration: Global Transformation in Catastrophic Times 21.8.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Where profits alone count, there can be no thinking about the rhythms of nature, its phases of decay and regeneration, or the complexity of ecosystems which may be gravely upset by human intervention. ... It is not enough to balance, in the medium term, the protection of nature with financial gain, or the preservation of the environment with progress. Halfway measures simply delay the inevitable disaster.—Pope Francis,  Papal Encyclical "Laudato Si,"  June 18, 2015 Regenerate - to give fresh life or vigor to; to reorganize; to recreate the moral nature; to cause to be born again." (New Webster's Dictionary, 1997) A growing number of climate, food, environment, health and justice advocates are embracing and  promoting  a world-changing concept: regeneration.   What is regeneration? And why are a so many public figures, including Pope Francis, calling for regeneration or revolution, rather than "halfway measures" such as sustainability or mitigation?  The inconvenient truth of course is that our degenerate ...
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First wolf pack in decades spotted in Northern California 21.8.2015 AP Washington
California has its first wolf pack since the state's gray wolf population went extinct in 1924....
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You probably need more Tasmanian imps in your life 19.8.2015 Boing Boing

Baby Tasmanian devils are called imps. There's a big push underway to breed the ornery marsupials in captivity due to a facial tumor epidemic ravaging wild populations.

The 27 Best Feeds to Follow in the World of Science 18.8.2015 Wired Top Stories
Here's everyone you need to know to keep up with the science ...
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Meat-Eaters Are The Number One Cause Of Worldwide Species Extinction, New Study Warns 17.8.2015 Think Progres

Researchers say that land use changes meant to keep up with global demand for meat will be the leading contribution to species extinction in the future.

The post Meat-Eaters Are The Number One Cause Of Worldwide Species Extinction, New Study Warns appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Numbat Task Force claims a victory in WA landfill site wrangle 14.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Campaigners win appeal over claim that feral cats attracted to the proposed tip, 160km south of Perth, could wreak havoc on highly endangered marsupials

A group of numbat enthusiasts in Western Australia have successfully appealed against a decision not to subject a planned landfill site to assessment by the Environmental Protection Authority by claiming that feral cats attracted to the tip could wreak havoc on the highly endangered marsupial.

The landfill site is proposed for 64 hectares between Cuballing and Narrogin, about 160km south of Perth. It would carry the waste of seven local governments, estimated to be about 7,000 tonnes a year for the next 60 years, and has been pitched as a way to consolidate the shires’ waste management needs.

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Last-minute lack of transparency weakens sustainable development goals 13.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
The backroom deals and pressure campaigns at the end of SDG negotiations call into question the legitimacy of the goals, says Bhumika Muchhala On Sunday 2 August, the 193 countries which make up the UN agreed to a document that will shape the next 15 years of international development policy and action. Hailed “the people’s agenda” by UN secretary-general Ban-Ki moon , the sustainable development goals (SDGs), have taken some two years to negotiate. The SDGs in their final form will be agreed to by all governments at a special summit this ...
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Spotlight on green news & views: the Durango spill; fossil fuel cash for candidates; permafrost melt 13.8.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The most recent Spotlight can be seen here . More than 23,225 environmentally oriented diaries have been rescued for inclusion in this series since 2006. Inclusion of a diary in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. Beneath the Wildfires in Alaska, Melting Permafrost is Releasing Massive Amounts of Ancient Carbon —by Pakalolo: "'The atmosphere thought it lost that carbon and all of a sudden it's being returned to the atmosphere after a prolonged period of time. That's the kind of carbon pulse to the atmosphere that actually can invoke additional climate change, above and beyond human emissions.' Merritt Turetsky, a research ecologist from the University of Guelph in Canada. [...] Land with underlying permafrost is called tundra and tundra covers the northernmost fringes of North America and Eurasia. The arctic tundra is treeless. ...
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We couldn't save Cecil the lion, but can we save the planet? 12.8.2015 LA Times: Commentary
For someone bent on keeping the planet as a going concern, the Nature Conservancy is a formidable place to be. But its renowned chief scientist, Peter Kareiva, is leaving that job to come to UCLA. The potent stew of students, research and the urban laboratory of L.A. enticed him to become director...
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Australia has denied environmental approval to just 11 projects since 2000 12.8.2015 Guardian: Environment
Guardian Australia analysis shows figures for mining projects are skewed even more starkly, as critics of environmental laws renew calls for reform If the Indian mining company Adani is concerned that its beleaguered Carmichael mine will be halted by the government, it should take comfort in the numbers – just 1.3% of projects that require federal environmental approval have ever been knocked back. A Guardian Australia analysis of assessments made under the federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act since its inception in 2000 shows that 97.1% of projects – which include mining, ports and other infrastructure – have been given the green light, with ...
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Abandoned Mine Has Leaked 3 Million Gallons Of Toxic Water Into A Colorado River 10.8.2015 Think Progres

The EPA has been criticized for its response, but the spill might draw attention to the dangerously abandoned mines in Colorado.

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