The following is by Rosemary Lowe: Thinking Beyond the Animal Factories to Save This Planet Those out there who are concerned about this planet, the wildlife, the wild places, really need to understand how very destructive the Livestock Industry… Source: exposingthebiggame.wordpress.com
GR: Full acceptance of Leopold’s land ethic requires that we consume a fully vegan diet, release all imprisoned animals, and do what we can to preserve and protect wildlife and wildlife habitat. Sometimes called biocentric ethics, Leopold’s land ethic, that I prefer to call the Earth Ethic, is the only sensible behavior for our species. Anything else will lead to eventual decline and extinction of life on our planet.
“Free and open-access satellite data are key to biodiversity conservation” http://t.co/psw1hVPwih
GR: This is a well-written article. Unfortunately, it’s assumptions are wrong. Satellite data aren’t very useful for conservation. It only provides indirect evidence of the condition and trend of animal populations and most plant species. For example, in a forest containing over 200 plant species, satellite data only reveals generalities such as total cover and perhaps the condition of the two or three dominant tree species. The 197 other plant species are invisible from space. We need to spend the money for on-the-ground surveys and monitoring. Technology can be a diversion kids.
Arctic ground squirrels churn up and warm soil in the Tundra, releasing carbon dioxide, while beavers contributes 200 times more methane than they did 100 years ago
GR: Lot’s of worthwhile comments for this one. Here’s mine: “Squirrels improve soils, beaver reduce flooding, and both species feed predators. Dynamic balance occurs. What can balance humans?”