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Vegan because plants don’t have feelings? You’re going to need a new reason.

Vegan because plants don’t have feelings? You’re going to need a new reason.

Have fun eating air.

Source: grist.org

GR:  The title is just a bit misleading.  Unlike most animals, plants can lose parts with minimal harm.  I doubt if a Bermuda grass clone is too concerned when my friend Moe eats a few leaves. The plant simply grows new ones. Moreover, many plants drop fruit in hopes that a consumer will distribute the seeds.  Since most seeds fail to reach safe germination…

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Development could lead to extinction of rare Australian bird

Development could lead to extinction of rare Australian bird

The critically endangered Regent Honeyeater could be at risk of extinction if plans to develop an industrial estate in New South Wales in Australia goes ahead, experts have found.

The bird is endemic to South Eastern Australia and this site contains one of the most important breeding habitats for this extremely rare bird, whose population has declined by more than 80 percent over the last 24…

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Biodiversity emerges as key U.N. development goal - The Korea Herald

Biodiversity emerges as key U.N. development goal – The Korea Herald

PYEONGCHANG, Gangwon Province ― The 12th meeting of members of the Convention of Biological Diversity closed Friday with the global community showing its commitment to increasing funding significantly to achieve conservation targets.The members…

Source: www.koreaherald.com

Around 25,000 participants and observers from 164 countries agreed to ask the UN to emphasize biodiversity as an essential…

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Roads Benefit People But Can Have Massive Environmental Costs

Roads Benefit People But Can Have Massive Environmental Costs

“Road-killed tapir in Peninsular Malaysia (photo © WWF-Malaysia/Lau Ching Fong).  Located in the wrong places, roads can open a Pandora’s Box of problems, says William F. Laurance. 

“In a recent Opinion in National Geographic News (“Want to make a dent in world hunger? Build better roads”, 14 October 2014), U.S. Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn makes a compelling case that roads can have major…

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Developing a Taste for Animal Rights: For Our Health, for Our Planet, for Our Future

Developing a Taste for Animal Rights: For Our Health, for Our Planet, for Our Future

There is no greater example of inequality than the question of animal rights and our diet choices. When will we stop eating animals?

Source: eatdrinkbetter.com

GR:  Human concerns for animal rights are steadily increasing.  Once, the only argument against raising animals for food was that eating plants instead of animals was the most economical and efficient means to feed the growing human…

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Australia aims to end extinction of native wildlife by 2020

Australia aims to end extinction of native wildlife by 2020

Australia’s Environment Minister Greg Hunt has pledged to end the extinction of native mammal species by 2020, with a focus on culprits such as feral cats.

Source: phys.org

Invasive species, including feral species, are the second greatest short-term reasons for extinction.  Even if we removed them all, extinctions would still occur.  Habitat loss to human development is the greatest short-term…

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Behind on biodiversity targets, govts pledge to increase funding for conservation

Behind on biodiversity targets, govts pledge to increase funding for conservation

“On the heels of a report showing that the world is far behind on targets to halve habitat loss, cut pollution, and reduce overfishing, delegates meeting at a United Nations conference in Pyeongchang, South Korea have agreed to increase efforts to conserve biodiversity in developing nations.

“After nearly two weeks of discussions, governments pledged to double average annual biodiversity…

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How Beavers Build Biodiversity

How Beavers Build Biodiversity

GarryRogers:

Flood damage by natural streams used to be controlled by beaver dams. We removed beaver, and flood control became expensive. This story discusses other natural beaver benefits.

Originally posted on strange behaviors:

It's not postcard pretty to human eyes. But it's habitat to wildlife.

It’s not postcard pretty to human eyes. But it’s habitat to wildlife.

Even species as small and relatively uncharismatic as beavers produce dramatic changes in the…

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Nature Conservation (NatCon) News Premiere

Nature Conservation (NatCon) News Premiere

Nature Conservation (NatCon) News is ready for prime time with dozens of stories reported daily.  Click an edition and sign up for free.  Currently, only the morning edition is automatically delivered to your inbox.

Coverage:  The NatCon News global coverage includes information and issues for animals, plants, soils, and ecosystems they form.

be006e79-7518-451d-b25d-393d8641a2a4General topics include animal protection and human…

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Pentagon: We Could Soon Be Fighting Climate Wars

Pentagon: We Could Soon Be Fighting Climate Wars

GR:  The U. S. military is taking climate change seriously.  A new report released yesterday by the Department of Defense describes military preparations for the expected changes and efforts to reduce greenhouse gasses responsible for the changes.

2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap.  U. S. Department of Defense,

Department of Defense Climate Change Excerpt From the Foreword:

army in dust storm 2

“The…

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Still on Track for the Collapse of Modern Civilization

Still on Track for the Collapse of Modern Civilization

GarryRogers:

More than just the likely collapse of human civilization, our power dash toward a warmer world has already wiped out more than half our wildlife. Most will die if we keep it up.

Originally posted on Collapse of Industrial Civilization:

BeFunky_null_u1.jpg

Two recent pieces of scientific evidence really hammer home the predicament of modern industrial civilization, and they have to do with the fact…

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Current Sea Level Rise is Faster Than at Any Time in Last 6,000 Years

Current Sea Level Rise is Faster Than at Any Time in Last 6,000 Years

GarryRogers:

Clearly, we are changing Earth’s climate at an unprecedented rate. It’s hard to predict how this will change human society. The possibilities are discussed in the next post from xraymike79. Important reading.

Originally posted on robertscribbler:

Antarctica October 14

(NASA satellite shot of Antarctica on October 13 of 2014. Recent scientific papers point toward a vicious cycle of Antarctic glacial…

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Vegan because plants don’t have feelings? You’re going to need a new reason.

Vegan because plants don’t have feelings? You’re going to need a new reason.

Have fun eating air.

Source: grist.org

GR:  The title is just a bit misleading.  Unlike most animals, plants can lose parts with minimal harm.  I doubt if a Bermuda grass clone is too concerned when my friend Moe eats a few leaves. The plant simply grows new ones. Moreover, many plants drop fruit in hopes that a consumer will distribute the seeds.  Since most seeds fail to reach safe germination…

View On WordPress

Development could lead to extinction of rare Australian bird

Development could lead to extinction of rare Australian bird

The critically endangered Regent Honeyeater could be at risk of extinction if plans to develop an industrial estate in New South Wales in Australia goes ahead, experts have found.

The bird is endemic to South Eastern Australia and this site contains one of the most important breeding habitats for this extremely rare bird, whose population has declined by more than 80 percent over the last 24…

View On WordPress

Biodiversity emerges as key U.N. development goal - The Korea Herald

Biodiversity emerges as key U.N. development goal – The Korea Herald

PYEONGCHANG, Gangwon Province ― The 12th meeting of members of the Convention of Biological Diversity closed Friday with the global community showing its commitment to increasing funding significantly to achieve conservation targets.The members…

Source: www.koreaherald.com

Around 25,000 participants and observers from 164 countries agreed to ask the UN to emphasize biodiversity as an essential…

View On WordPress

Roads Benefit People But Can Have Massive Environmental Costs

Roads Benefit People But Can Have Massive Environmental Costs

“Road-killed tapir in Peninsular Malaysia (photo © WWF-Malaysia/Lau Ching Fong).  Located in the wrong places, roads can open a Pandora’s Box of problems, says William F. Laurance. 

“In a recent Opinion in National Geographic News (“Want to make a dent in world hunger? Build better roads”, 14 October 2014), U.S. Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn makes a compelling case that roads can have major…

View On WordPress

Developing a Taste for Animal Rights: For Our Health, for Our Planet, for Our Future

Developing a Taste for Animal Rights: For Our Health, for Our Planet, for Our Future

There is no greater example of inequality than the question of animal rights and our diet choices. When will we stop eating animals?

Source: eatdrinkbetter.com

GR:  Human concerns for animal rights are steadily increasing.  Once, the only argument against raising animals for food was that eating plants instead of animals was the most economical and efficient means to feed the growing human…

View On WordPress

Australia aims to end extinction of native wildlife by 2020

Australia aims to end extinction of native wildlife by 2020

Australia’s Environment Minister Greg Hunt has pledged to end the extinction of native mammal species by 2020, with a focus on culprits such as feral cats.

Source: phys.org

Invasive species, including feral species, are the second greatest short-term reasons for extinction.  Even if we removed them all, extinctions would still occur.  Habitat loss to human development is the greatest short-term…

View On WordPress

Behind on biodiversity targets, govts pledge to increase funding for conservation

Behind on biodiversity targets, govts pledge to increase funding for conservation

“On the heels of a report showing that the world is far behind on targets to halve habitat loss, cut pollution, and reduce overfishing, delegates meeting at a United Nations conference in Pyeongchang, South Korea have agreed to increase efforts to conserve biodiversity in developing nations.

“After nearly two weeks of discussions, governments pledged to double average annual biodiversity…

View On WordPress

How Beavers Build Biodiversity

How Beavers Build Biodiversity

GarryRogers:

Flood damage by natural streams used to be controlled by beaver dams. We removed beaver, and flood control became expensive. This story discusses other natural beaver benefits.

Originally posted on strange behaviors:

It's not postcard pretty to human eyes. But it's habitat to wildlife.

It’s not postcard pretty to human eyes. But it’s habitat to wildlife.

Even species as small and relatively uncharismatic as beavers produce dramatic changes in the…

View On WordPress

Nature Conservation (NatCon) News Premiere

Nature Conservation (NatCon) News Premiere

Nature Conservation (NatCon) News is ready for prime time with dozens of stories reported daily.  Click an edition and sign up for free.  Currently, only the morning edition is automatically delivered to your inbox.

Coverage:  The NatCon News global coverage includes information and issues for animals, plants, soils, and ecosystems they form.

be006e79-7518-451d-b25d-393d8641a2a4General topics include animal protection and human…

View On WordPress

Pentagon: We Could Soon Be Fighting Climate Wars

Pentagon: We Could Soon Be Fighting Climate Wars

GR:  The U. S. military is taking climate change seriously.  A new report released yesterday by the Department of Defense describes military preparations for the expected changes and efforts to reduce greenhouse gasses responsible for the changes.

2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap.  U. S. Department of Defense,

Department of Defense Climate Change Excerpt From the Foreword:

army in dust storm 2

“The…

View On WordPress

Still on Track for the Collapse of Modern Civilization

Still on Track for the Collapse of Modern Civilization

GarryRogers:

More than just the likely collapse of human civilization, our power dash toward a warmer world has already wiped out more than half our wildlife. Most will die if we keep it up.

Originally posted on Collapse of Industrial Civilization:

BeFunky_null_u1.jpg

Two recent pieces of scientific evidence really hammer home the predicament of modern industrial civilization, and they have to do with the fact…

View On WordPress

Current Sea Level Rise is Faster Than at Any Time in Last 6,000 Years

Current Sea Level Rise is Faster Than at Any Time in Last 6,000 Years

GarryRogers:

Clearly, we are changing Earth’s climate at an unprecedented rate. It’s hard to predict how this will change human society. The possibilities are discussed in the next post from xraymike79. Important reading.

Originally posted on robertscribbler:

Antarctica October 14

(NASA satellite shot of Antarctica on October 13 of 2014. Recent scientific papers point toward a vicious cycle of Antarctic glacial…

View On WordPress

Vegan because plants don’t have feelings? You’re going to need a new reason.
Development could lead to extinction of rare Australian bird
Biodiversity emerges as key U.N. development goal - The Korea Herald
Roads Benefit People But Can Have Massive Environmental Costs
Developing a Taste for Animal Rights: For Our Health, for Our Planet, for Our Future
Australia aims to end extinction of native wildlife by 2020
Behind on biodiversity targets, govts pledge to increase funding for conservation
How Beavers Build Biodiversity
Nature Conservation (NatCon) News Premiere
Pentagon: We Could Soon Be Fighting Climate Wars
Still on Track for the Collapse of Modern Civilization
Current Sea Level Rise is Faster Than at Any Time in Last 6,000 Years

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