The Arctic Is Melting And Big Business Is Ready To Dig In

GarryRogers Nature Conservation

“Standing at a podium before the World Economic Forum, Leonardo DiCaprio briefly smiled as he received an award for his leadership in tackling climate change. Once settled under the spotlight, he quickly moved away from his grateful statements, and began railing on corporate avarice.

“We simply cannot allow the corporate greed of the coal, oil, and gas industries to determine the future of humanity,” said DiCaprio last week while at Davos, Switzerland, where some 2,500 top global business leaders, politicians, and intellectuals gathered to discuss politics, economics, and social issues.

“Fossil fuels must be kept in the ground to avoid catastrophic climate change, he continued. “Enough is enough. You know better. The world knows better.”

“But while DiCaprio was cheered Wednesday as he stepped off the stage with his Crystal award, the international business community appears interested in venturing into new areas despite potential ecological costs. In fact, a day…

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Tawny owl couple call to each other, video

African wild dogs video

Raptor consevation in India

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video is about an Amur falcon. One of the raptor species migrating through India.

From BirdLife:

Indian Government signs raptor conservation agreement

By Ed Parnell, Thu, 21/01/2016 – 11:28

India has become the 54th country to sign the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MOU), an important international agreement to protect migratory birds of prey.

Approval to sign the Raptors MOU was given by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a Cabinet meeting held on 30 December 2015. Although legally non-binding, the Raptors MOU –which was concluded under the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) – is an important instrument for the conservation of birds of prey.

“It gives us immense pleasure to congratulate the Prime Minister and Government for making India the 54th signatory to the Raptors MOU. This agreement is a…

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Great Cats of the "World"

BIG SHOUT OUT TO WYOMING AND USA CITIZENS ( and even if you are outside the USA) to SIGN and SHARE this as far and as wide as you can!
You Remember the post earlier this week about the bill that could be introduced allowing hunters to start using snare and traps to hunt these Lions………..
Please help get this Bill stopped


Wyoming House Bill 0012 (HB0012) has been introduced by Republican Representatives Jim Allen and Hans Hunt and Senators Eli Bebout and Larry Hicks; it would allow any person holding a valid mountain lion license to take a mountain lion by use of a trap or snare. Trapping is a cruel and indiscriminate practice that injures and kills millions of wildlife and pets annually. Please help us stop this terrible bill. <<<

Our action alert to stop Wyoming from…

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~ As WE Continue to Take Action for T-24 Ustad ~

Great Cats of the "World"

Even tho Ustad’s court case was “dismissed” last week, it does not mean we stop Fighting for him.
If anything we have to Fight harder. If we Stop now, then he goes Silent. If Ustad goes Silent ~ then all hope is lost….

For those of Us who live outside India, We must keep up the pressure “Internationally” as much and as hard as we can. We must continue to share his Story everywhere. We must not stop Trying to Fight for “Justice 4 Ustad”.

The Online Action will continue as always which has been suggested in the past, and new ideas and initiatives will be added as time goes on.
The major factor right now is that Ustad’s health is not in jeopardy and it is imperative that we know what is going on with him. Without a healthy and stable Ustad , there is no chance of him…

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Grouse killing worsens British flooding

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This is a red grouse video.

The flooding disasters in Britain have various causes. Contrary to what right-wing politicians say, gay people are not one of them. Contrary to what right-wing politicians say, refugees are not one of them (quite the contrary).

Now, on to one of the real causes.

By Peter Lazenby in Britain:

Grouse shooting ‘making flood wreckage worse’

Saturday 16th January 2016

GROUSE shooting is contributing to the flooding which has devastated dozens of communities across Britain, the Green Party warned yesterday.

Landowners’ cultivation of moorland to suit grouse breeding — instead of managing it to prevent flooding — allows water to pour off moorlands instead of being absorbed.

Green leader Natalie Bennett reiterated a call for a ban on the “sport” after visiting flood-hit communities in Yorkshire.

“Management of moors for intensive shooting is simply incompatible with 21st-century needs —…

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Pensthorpe, ducks and stuff

Hethersett Birdlife

After a week of sleet and rain a patch of weekend sunshine seemed the best excuse for a trip to see some natural and some less natural avian pleasures at Pensthorpe. Locally with singing mistlethrush and mallards chasing each other round point towards spring. Although we are in winter the slight lengthening of days is now perceptible.   First to show their fantastic colours and spring time displays in all their pseudo captive glory were the mandarin ducks.


Mandarins sharing a moment of intimacy

Feral and escaped mandarins pop up all over the county but the best spot for them last year was the breckland birding mecca Santon Downham were it is possible these tree nesting imports bred.  The next bird to show us how to do courtship properly and perhaps trying to make up for his less impressive plumage were a goldeneye. This diving duck is a…

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How Much Ice is Right? Collaboratives and forest ecosystems

GarryRogers Nature Conservation

“In my mind the right amount of trees, wildfire, juniper, bark beetles, is whatever exists. All of these are controlled by climate, just like the amount of ice that covered the continents and mountains was dictated by climate. Climate will decide what density of trees can grow on any particular site.


“One of the assumptions of many collaboratives, agencies like the Forest Service, and of course the timber industry is that logging emulates natural processes. There is a very small amount of truth in that logging as well as wildfire, beetles and other natural agents do kill trees. However, that is like suggesting that someone shot to death by a gun is analogous to dying from old age because in both cases, the person is dead. The sad truth is that most so-called “restoration” is degrading our forest ecosystems.”

GR:  Wuerthner debunks many of the…

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