Hopefulness Despite 2.9 Billion Lost Birds

Guest Post by Jim Steele What’s Natural In 2019 bird researchers published Rosenberg et al “Decline of the North American Avifauna”, reporting a decline in 57% of the bird species. They estimated a net loss of nearly 2.9 billion birds since 1970, and urged us to remedy the threats, claiming all were “exacerbated by climate…

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Climate change affects the genetic diversity of a species

“When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’ ’The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’ ’The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master — that’s…

Social media data reveal benefits or threats to biodiversity by visitors to nature locations

This seems useful~ctm University of Helsinki Understanding how people use and experience important places for living nature is essential for effectively managing and monitoring human activities and conserving biodiversity. In a new article published in the journal Science of the Total Environment, a team of researchers assessed global patterns of visitation rates, attractiveness and pressure…

Greenpeace Co-Founder Tells Congress To Ignore UN’s Latest Extinction Warning

From The Daily Caller 9:39 AM 05/22/2019 | Energy Michael Bastasch | Energy Editor Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore will testify before Congress on the U.N.’s alarming biodiversity report. Moore says the report’s “highly exaggerated claims” are “a front for a radical political, social, and economic ‘transformation’ of our entire civilization.” The U.N. report warned that…

Hearing on the UN biodiversity report

Reposted from Judith Curry’s Climate Etc. Posted on May 22, 2019 by curryja by Judith Curry The House Natural Resources Committee Submcommittee on Water, Oceans and Wildlife is holding a Hearing today on Responding to the Global Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. The link to the Hearing page…

How capitalism will save endangered species

From The Washington Examiner by Dan Hannan| May 10, 2019 12:00 AM Not long ago, a new variety of orchid was discovered at the Newmarket racecourse in Suffolk, England. The track’s managers were horrified at first. When an endangered plant is found on your land in England, eco-regulators seize control; and this flower was, apparently,…