Has the extintion cascade already begun?

PARIS: Mankind may have unleashed the sixth known mass extinction in Earth’s history, given the known species losses over the past few centuries and millennia, palaeobiologists have reported.

Over the past 540 million years, five mega-wipeouts of species have occurred through naturally-induced events. But the new threat is man-made, inflicted by habitation loss, over-hunting, over-fishing, the spread of germs and viruses and introduced species and by climate change caused by fossil-fuel greenhouse gases, says the study.

“It looks like modern extinction rates resemble mass extinction rates, even after setting a high bar for defining ‘mass extinction’,” said researcher Anthony Barnosky from the University of California at Berkeley.

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US Ecology (ECOL) Tops Q4 EPS Views; Guides FY11 EPS – StreetInsider.com

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Halogen Software On-Demand Environment Audited in Accordance With Three Industry Recognized Type II Auditing Standards – Consumer Electronics Net

OTTAWA, ONTARIO — (Marketwire) — 03/07/11 — Halogen Software Inc. , a leading provider of talent management software today announced it is one of the first software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers in the world to have completed the following Type II …
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High country ought stay a cattle no-go zone

The Baillieu government’s decision to reintroduce cattle into the Alpine National Park not only snubs 80 years of research highlighting the environmental damage they can do, it also undermines co-operative management of Australia’s alpine parks.
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Shale Gas Needs to Allay Environmental Doubts

The drumbeat of public opinion against fracking, or hydraulic fracturing to extract shale gas, is getting louder.
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Spectacular CEO Enters The Environment Of Stanford Who’s Who – PR-USA.net

Bruce C. Aube has been accepted among the prestigious ranks of Stanford Who’s Who as a result of his remarkable professional career. As Founder and CEO of ABC Environmental International, as well as throughout his incredible 33 years in the business, Bruce …
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Wikileaks: GMO conspiracy reaches highest levels of US Government

There can be no doubt that Monsanto is evil and money is their god.

Recent Wikileaks cables are typically associated with information leaks related to U.S. war strategy, and foreign policy, which has led some people to conclude that leaked information of this nature is a possible threat to national security.

But in this case, Wikileaks cables leaked information regarding global food policy as it relates to U.S. officials — in the highest levels of government — that involves a conspiracy with Monsanto to force the global sale and use of genetically-modified foods.

In 2007, then-U.S. ambassador to France Craig Stapleton conspired to retaliate against European countries for their anti-biotech policies. U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks reveal the Bush administration formulated battle plans to extract revenge against Europe for refusing to use genetically modified seeds.

In the leaked cable, Stapleton writes: “Europe is moving backwards not forwards on this issue with France playing a leading role, along with Austria, Italy and even the [European] Commission…Moving to retaliation will make clear that the current path has real costs to EU interests and could help strengthen European pro-biotech voice.”

Ambassador Stapleton goes on to write: “Country team Paris recommends that we calibrate a target retaliation list that causes some pain across the EU since this is a collective responsibility, but that also focuses in part on the worst culprits. The list should be measured rather than vicious and must be sustainable over the long term, since we should not expect an early victory,” he wrote.

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Save Grizzlies’ Habitat in Alberta

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Atop the Crown of the Continent ecosystem, north of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, towers the Castle wilderness, a critical piece of grizzly bear habitat in Alberta, Canada.

The Castle was once part of the Waterton Lakes National Park, which adjoins Montana’s scenic Glacier Park. But years ago the Castle’s protections were removed, and now it is threatened by ski resorts, oil and gas developments and all-terrain vehicles. It has become a population sink for bears, the place grizzlies go to die.

The latest assault is a plan to begin roading and logging the heart of the Castle’s wild grizzly habitat this June. The Castle needs to be protected as a Wildland Park.

Time is running out. Alberta’s legislature closes shop on March 14, by which time the Castle’s fate may be sealed.

Urge Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach to stop the logging of this prime grizzly bear habitat, and to renew the Castle’s protections as a Wildland Provincial Park.

Source: Save Grizzlies’ Habitat in Alberta

Bent Creek Experimental Forest vital to research – Asheville Citizen-Times

For more information, call 524-2128 or visit www.srs.fs.usda.gov/coweeta. Studying forestry?Each July, the Upland Hardwood Ecology and Management unit of the Southern Research Station offers a weeklong course that features lectures and hands-on field …
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Health reform: Blue Cross willing to adapt to changing health insurance environment – Burlington Free Press

It’s surprising to hear Don George, president of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont, praise the health care reform efforts under way in Vermont — because insurance companies could be a casualty of the transformation to a single-payer system. “It would be …
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