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Patriots narrowly defeat Texans2015-Mar-2

Patriots narrowly defeat Texans

 

The Patriots (9 3) snapped a three game road losing skid as quarterback Tom Brady passed for 371 yards and a pair of touchdowns. New England amassed 307 yards in the second half and overcame a surprisingly game effort from the Texans (2 10), whose four rushing touchdowns were a franchise best but couldn't halt a losing streak that stretched to 10 games.

 

Houston running back Ben Tate rushed http://www.blackhawksteamproshop.com/Marian_Hossa_Jersey for 102 yards and three touchdowns while quarterback Case Keenum passed for 272 yards. The Texans scored two second half touchdowns, their most since Keenum took over as the starter at Kansas City in Week 8. Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson had eight receptions for 121 yards and become the second fasted player in league history to record 900 career receptions.

 

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Houston covered a grand total of 58 yards on its two scoring drives, with Johnson responsible for 42 yards on the opening march capped by an 8 yard Tate touchdown run. Following cornerback Johnathan Joseph's interception of Brady, and a 31 yard return to the Patriots 31, Texans kicker Randy Bullock drilled a 43 yard field goal with 4:10 remaining in the period. The Texans' start was no fluke.

 

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Running back LeGarrette Blount pounded his way into the end zone for a 7 yard touchdown with 13:09 to play, lifting the Patriots to a 28 24 lead. But Keenum struck back, his 66 yard pass to DeAndre Hopkins providing the biggest chunk of a three play, 80 yard drive capped by Tate's 10 yard touchdown run.

 

NOTES: After recording only two rushing touchdowns through the first 11 games, the Texans rushed for a pair of touchdowns in the first half, both by RB Ben Tate, and had two more in the second half. Patriots QB Tom Brady surpassed 3,000 passing yards for the 11th time in his career, becoming the sixth signal caller in league history to accomplish that feat. With his 43 yarder at the 4:10 mark of the first quarter, Texans kicker Randy Bullock converted one field goal in his 10th consecutive game to blackhawksteamproshop.com/Patrick_Kane_Jersey match Kris Brown for the second longest streak in franchise history. Second year Patriots FB James Develin recorded his first career touchdown, a 1 yard plunge in the third quarter.

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Patriots narrowly defeat Texans2015-Mar-2

Patriots narrowly defeat Texans

 

The Patriots (9 3) snapped a three game road losing skid as quarterback Tom Brady passed for 371 yards and a pair of touchdowns. New England amassed 307 yards in the second half and overcame a surprisingly game effort from the Texans (2 10), whose four rushing touchdowns were a franchise best but couldn't halt a losing streak that stretched to 10 games.

 

Houston running back Ben Tate rushed http://www.blackhawksteamproshop.com/Marian_Hossa_Jersey for 102 yards and three touchdowns while quarterback Case Keenum passed for 272 yards. The Texans scored two second half touchdowns, their most since Keenum took over as the starter at Kansas City in Week 8. Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson had eight receptions for 121 yards and become the second fasted player in league history to record 900 career receptions.

 

After mustering only a Jonathan Toews Jersey pair of field goals against the Jacksonville Jaguars last Duncan Keith Jersey week, the Texans were prolific from the onset, capitalizing on excellent field position to grab a 10 0 lead in the first quarter.

 

Houston covered a grand total of 58 yards on its two scoring drives, with Johnson responsible for 42 yards on the opening march capped by an 8 yard Tate touchdown run. Following cornerback Johnathan Joseph's interception of Brady, and a 31 yard return to the Patriots 31, Texans kicker Randy Bullock drilled a 43 yard field goal with 4:10 remaining in the period. The Texans' start was no fluke.

 

The Patriots managed just one scoring drive prior to intermission, with Brady and tight end Rob www.blackhawksteamproshop.com/Patrick_Kane_Jersey Gronkowski hooking up for a 23 yard scoring play with 1:25 left in the first. New Duncan Keith Premier Jersey England totaled 146 yards in the first half, trailed 17 7 at the break, and reversed course once the second half commenced.

 

Brady passed for 176 yards in the third quarter, engineering a pair of breathless scoring drives blackhawksteamproshop.com/Marian_Hossa_Jersey that encountered little resistance from the Houston defense. His 9 yard touchdown pass to Shane Vereen pushed the Patriots in front 21 17 with 8:06 left in the period Jonathan Toews Premier Jersey and, after the Texans reclaimed their lead when Keenum scampered in from the New England 5 at the 2:11 mark, Brady mounted a quick reply.

 

Running back LeGarrette Blount pounded his way into the end zone for a 7 yard touchdown with 13:09 to play, lifting the Patriots to a 28 24 lead. But Keenum struck back, his 66 yard pass to DeAndre Hopkins providing the biggest chunk of a three play, 80 yard drive capped by Tate's 10 yard touchdown run.

 

NOTES: After recording only two rushing touchdowns through the first 11 games, the Texans rushed for a pair of touchdowns in the first half, both by RB Ben Tate, and had two more in the second half. Patriots QB Tom Brady surpassed 3,000 passing yards for the 11th time in his career, becoming the sixth signal caller in league history to accomplish that feat. With his 43 yarder at the 4:10 mark of the first quarter, Texans kicker Randy Bullock converted one field goal in his 10th consecutive game to blackhawksteamproshop.com/Patrick_Kane_Jersey match Kris Brown for the second longest streak in franchise history. Second year Patriots FB James Develin recorded his first career touchdown, a 1 yard plunge in the third quarter.

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Patriots narrowly defeat Texans2015-Mar-2

Patriots narrowly defeat Texans

 

The Patriots (9 3) snapped a three game road losing skid as quarterback Tom Brady passed for 371 yards and a pair of touchdowns. New England amassed 307 yards in the second half and overcame a surprisingly game effort from the Texans (2 10), whose four rushing touchdowns were a franchise best but couldn't halt a losing streak that stretched to 10 games.

 

Houston running back Ben Tate rushed http://www.blackhawksteamproshop.com/Marian_Hossa_Jersey for 102 yards and three touchdowns while quarterback Case Keenum passed for 272 yards. The Texans scored two second half touchdowns, their most since Keenum took over as the starter at Kansas City in Week 8. Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson had eight receptions for 121 yards and become the second fasted player in league history to record 900 career receptions.

 

After mustering only a Jonathan Toews Jersey pair of field goals against the Jacksonville Jaguars last Duncan Keith Jersey week, the Texans were prolific from the onset, capitalizing on excellent field position to grab a 10 0 lead in the first quarter.

 

Houston covered a grand total of 58 yards on its two scoring drives, with Johnson responsible for 42 yards on the opening march capped by an 8 yard Tate touchdown run. Following cornerback Johnathan Joseph's interception of Brady, and a 31 yard return to the Patriots 31, Texans kicker Randy Bullock drilled a 43 yard field goal with 4:10 remaining in the period. The Texans' start was no fluke.

 

The Patriots managed just one scoring drive prior to intermission, with Brady and tight end Rob www.blackhawksteamproshop.com/Patrick_Kane_Jersey Gronkowski hooking up for a 23 yard scoring play with 1:25 left in the first. New Duncan Keith Premier Jersey England totaled 146 yards in the first half, trailed 17 7 at the break, and reversed course once the second half commenced.

 

Brady passed for 176 yards in the third quarter, engineering a pair of breathless scoring drives blackhawksteamproshop.com/Marian_Hossa_Jersey that encountered little resistance from the Houston defense. His 9 yard touchdown pass to Shane Vereen pushed the Patriots in front 21 17 with 8:06 left in the period Jonathan Toews Premier Jersey and, after the Texans reclaimed their lead when Keenum scampered in from the New England 5 at the 2:11 mark, Brady mounted a quick reply.

 

Running back LeGarrette Blount pounded his way into the end zone for a 7 yard touchdown with 13:09 to play, lifting the Patriots to a 28 24 lead. But Keenum struck back, his 66 yard pass to DeAndre Hopkins providing the biggest chunk of a three play, 80 yard drive capped by Tate's 10 yard touchdown run.

 

NOTES: After recording only two rushing touchdowns through the first 11 games, the Texans rushed for a pair of touchdowns in the first half, both by RB Ben Tate, and had two more in the second half. Patriots QB Tom Brady surpassed 3,000 passing yards for the 11th time in his career, becoming the sixth signal caller in league history to accomplish that feat. With his 43 yarder at the 4:10 mark of the first quarter, Texans kicker Randy Bullock converted one field goal in his 10th consecutive game to blackhawksteamproshop.com/Patrick_Kane_Jersey match Kris Brown for the second longest streak in franchise history. Second year Patriots FB James Develin recorded his first career touchdown, a 1 yard plunge in the third quarter.

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Time to optimize your fantasy playoff roster2015-Mar-2

Time to optimize your fantasy playoff roster

 

Tony Romo and Dez Bryant look primed for big Cheap Jerseys From China games during the fantasy playoff season.(Photo: Tim Heitman, USA TODAY Sports)

 

Story HighlightsNick Foles and DeSean Jackson will go up against the Lions, Vikings and Bears starting Week 14Expect big stats from Tony Romo as the Cowboys face the Bears, Packers and RedskinsCarson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald go up against top 10 pass defenses in Tennessee and Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys SeattleThe entirety of your fantasy season revolves Cheap nfl jerseys china around making the playoffs. It doesn't matter if you went undefeated or squeaked in with a .500 record, being there is all that matters. But everything changes once the playoffs start because of those three magic words: one and done.

 

In most leagues, Weeks14 16 are used for the fantasy postseason. Owners who have clinched spots can afford to look ahead a little this week. All allow above average fantasy points per game. RB LeSean McCoy will benefit as well.

 

QB Joe Flacco and WR Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens: The reigning Super Bowl champions have played their toughest division opponents twice, but starting in Week14, the Flacco Smith combination hosts the Vikings, visits the Lions and ends up at home vs. the New England Patriots.

 

QB Tony Romo, WR Dez Bryant and TE Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys: A poor defense means many shootouts. But the Cowboy start out at the Bears in Week14, then host the Green Bay Packers and end up at the NFL Jerseys Wholesale Washington Redskins. Romo is a lock for big stats, and getting Bryant and Witten more involved are jobs No.1 and 1a.

 

QB Matthew Stafford and WR Calvin Johnson, Lions: This duo needs no help generating fantasy points, but facing the NFC East is always a positive. The Lions get the Eagles and Ravens, then host the New York Giants. Megatron is producing another monster season, and that isn't going to change when you need him the most.

 

QB Case Keenum and WR Andre Johnson, Houston Texans: The Texans begin the playoff weeks with trips to play the Jacksonville Jaguars and Indianapolis Colts. In Week16, they host the Denver Broncos, who have the most generous secondary in the NFL.

 

RB Eddie Lacy, Packers: Running backs are premium starters in bad weather, and the possibility of frozen tundra makes Lacy look even better. He welcomes the Atlanta Falcons a tremendous way to start the fantasy playoffs and then plays at the Cowboys before returning home to face the Pittsburgh Steelers. Injuries to Green Bay receivers make Lacy more important, even when QB Aaron Rodgers returns.

 

RB Maurice Jones Drew, Jaguars: His decent performances this season have been outweighed by weeks of mediocrity, but Jones Drew has something left in the tank. He has all three playoff weeks at home against the Texans, Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans.

 

RB DeMarco Murray, Cowboys: He doesn't share carries much, and he has games at the Bears who have the league's worst run defense at home against the Packers and at the Redskins.

 

STUDS AND DUDS: Expect Fitzpatrick to feast on ColtsQB Carson Palmer and WR Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals: The schedule won't help an enigmatic offense, though it has been hot lately. Hilton, Colts: The offense is trying to replace Reggie Wayne, but games at the Cincinnati Bengals, at home vs. the Texans and a brutal Week16 at the Kansas City Chiefs aren't likely to carry anyone to a fantasy championship.

 

QB Tom Brady and TE Rob Gronkowski, Patriots: A few players are always bigger than their schedule, and certainly Brady is one of them. But the Pats host the Cleveland Browns in Week14, then hit the road to play the Miami Dolphins and the Ravens. Most years that would not be a major issue, but this has been a season of muddled expectations.

 

QB Drew Brees and TE Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints: Brees has been the premier fantasy quarterback for several years and has been instrumental in many fantasy teams reaching the playoffs. Owners have to play Brees and Graham every week, but don't be shocked if the results aren't quite good enough to bring home a title.

 

RB Reggie Bush, Lions: The schedule seems bad at the Eagles, then at home against the Ravens and Giants. The silver lining is that Bush's role in the passing game helps preserve his fantasy value. Plus, he always plays better on Detroit's artificial turf.

 

RB Trent Richardson and RB Donald Brown, Colts: Richardson, in particular, is a major disappointment. Don't expect any positive developments during fantasy playoffs when the duo has to play the Bengals, Texans and Chiefs.

 

RB Andre Brown and RB Brandon Jacobs, Giants: Brown was a fantasy delight in his first game back from a broken leg. The next week he was good but watched Jacobs steal his short yardage touchdown. Now it looks as if Brown might not pay off as well as his first two games suggested. The Giants spend Week 14 visiting the San Diego Chargers and then host the Seahawks. The final week they play at Detroit, where the pass will rule. Unfortunately, neither one is a very good receiver.

 

RB Darren McFadden and RB Rashad Jennings, Oakland Raiders: Jennings played so well while McFadden was out that he'll remain a part of a backfield committee when McFadden returns. That waters down what either can do, though it might not matter. The Raiders spend the fantasy playoffs playing at the New York Jets and hosting the Chiefs before visiting the Chargers. McFadden again muddles through a lost season that won't end well.

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Patriots make it ten on the bounce2015-Mar-2

Patriots make it ten on the bounce

 

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The New England Patriots claimed their 10th consecutive NFL season opening win when Stephen Gostkowski hit a 35 yard field goal with five seconds left to beat the Buffalo Bills 23 21. Tom Brady set up the decisive score by leading a 49 yard, 12 play drive.

 

Reggie Bush proved to www.blackhawksteamproshop.com/Patrick_Kane_Jersey be the game changer as he turned a short pass into a 77 yard touchdown in the third quarter as the Detroit Lions beat the Minnesota Vikings 34 24.

 

Bush, who was making his Detroit debut, finished with 191 yards of offense as he looked to be the answer to Jonathan Toews Jersey the franchise lack of pace since Jahvid Best retired.

 

The Chicago Bears edged out the Cincinnati Bengals http://www.blackhawksteamproshop.com/Marian_Hossa_Jersey 24 21 after Jay Cutler passed to Brandon Marshall for the go ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter.

 

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Indianapolis Colts claimed their first opening day win since 2009 after Andrew Luck ran 19 yards for the winning touchdown to beat Oakland Raiders 21 17.

 

Luck was 18 of 23 for 178 yards with two touchdown passes, but earned his eighth career fourth quarter comeback by scrambling for a score with five minutes 20 seconds to go in the game.

 

Nick Folk kicked a 48 yard field goal with two seconds left on the clock as the New York Jets snatched a last gasp 18 17 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

 

The Jets were trailing 17 15 and rookie Geno Smith scrambled 10 yards only to be fouled by Lavonte David when he was out of bounds.

 

The 15 Duncan Keith Womens Jersey yard penalty gave the Jets the ball at the Buccaneers 30 and set up the winning field goal by Folk on the next play.

 

Elsewhere, Russell Wilson threw for 320 yards including a 43 yard fourth www.blackhawksteamproshop.com/Marian_Hossa_Jersey quarter touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse as Seattle Seahawks claimed a 12 7 win over the Carolina Panthers.

 

Tennessee beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 16 9 thanks to their revamped defence, who sacked Ben Roethlisberger five times, while Drew Brees passed for 357 yards and scored twice as New Orleans claimed a 23 Duncan Keith Premier Jersey 17 win over Atlanta Falcons.

 

Kansas City defence dominated as they inspired a 28 2 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars while Ryan Tannehill passed for 272 yards and a touchdown as the Miami Dolphins claimed a 23 10 win over the Cleveland Browns.

 

Frank Gore scored a one yard touchdown with 5:47 remaining as the San Francisco 49ers beat the Green Bay Packers 34 28.

 

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw for a career high 412 yards for the NFC champion 49ers while debutant Anquan Boldin caught 13 passes for 208 yards and a touchdown.

 

Off season acquisition Jared Cook caught two touchdown passes and had a key reception in the drive that led to Greg Zuerlein tie breaking field goal with 40 seconds to go as the St Louis Rams edged out the Arizona Cardinals 27 24.

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the greatest threat to mankind2015-Mar-2

the greatest threat to mankind

 

Such is also the path of a dying species. Beyond a critical point, the collective body of a unique kind of mammal or bird or amphibian or tree cannot be salvaged, no matter the first aid rendered. Too few individuals spread too far apart, or too genetically weakened, are susceptible to even small natural disasters: a passing thunderstorm; an unexpected freeze; drought. At fewer than 50 members, populations experience increasingly random fluctuations until a kind of fatal arrhythmia takes hold. Eventually, an entire genetic legacy, born in the beginnings of life on earth, is removed from the future.

 

Scientists recognise that species continually disappear at a background extinction rate estimated at about one species per million per year, with new species replacing the lost in a sustainable fashion. Occasional mass extinctions convulse this orderly norm, followed by excruciatingly slow recoveries as new species emerge from the remaining gene pool, until the world is once again repopulated by a different catalogue of flora and fauna.

 

From what we understand so far, five great extinction events have reshaped earth in cataclysmic ways in the past 439 million years, each one wiping out between 50 and 95 per cent of the life of the day, including the dominant life forms; the most recent event killing off the non avian dinosaurs. Speciations followed, but an analysis published in Nature showed that it takes 10 million years before biological diversity even begins to approach what existed before a die off.

 

Today we're living through the sixth great extinction, sometimes known as the Holocene extinction event. We carried its seeds with us 50,000 years ago as we migrated beyond Africa with Stone Age blades, darts, and harpoons, entering pristine Ice Age ecosystems and changing them forever by wiping out at least some of the unique megafauna of the times, including, perhaps, the sabre toothed cats and woolly mammoths. When the ice retreated, we terminated the long and biologically rich epoch sometimes called the Edenic period with assaults from our newest weapons: hoes, scythes, cattle, goats, and pigs.

 

But, as harmful as our forebears may have been, nothing compares to what's under way today. Throughout the 20th century the causes of extinction habitat degradation, overexploitation, agricultural monocultures, human borne invasive species, human induced climate change increased exponentially, until now in the 21st century the Brandon Saad Jersey rate is nothing short of explosive. The World Conservation Union's Red List a database measuring the global status of Earth's 1.5 million scientifically named species tells a haunting tale of unchecked, unaddressed, and accelerating biocide.

 

When we hear of extinction, most of us think of the plight of the rhino, tiger, panda or blue whale. But these sad sagas are only small pieces of the extinction puzzle. The overall numbers are terrifying. Of the 40,168 species that the 10,000 scientists in the World Conservation Union have assessed, one in four mammals, one in eight birds, one in three amphibians, one in three conifers and other gymnosperms are at risk of extinction. The peril faced by other classes of organisms is less thoroughly analysed, but fully 40 per cent of the examined species of planet earth are in danger, including perhaps 51 per cent of reptiles, 52 per cent of insects, and 73 per cent of flowering plants.

 

By the most conservative measure based on the last century's recorded extinctions the current rate of extinction is 100 times the background rate. But the eminent Harvard biologist Edward O Wilson, and other scientists, estimate that the true rate is more like 1,000 to 10,000 times the background rate. The actual annual sum is only an educated guess, because no scientist believes that the tally of life ends at the 1.5 million species already discovered; estimates range as high as 100 million species on earth, with 10 million as the median guess. Bracketed between best and worst case scenarios, then, somewhere between 2.7 and 270 species are erased from existence every day. Including today.

 

We now understand that the majority of life on Earth has never been and will never be known to us. In a staggering forecast, Wilson predicts that our present course will lead to the extinction of half of all plant and animal species by 2100.

 

You probably had no idea. Few do. A poll by the American Museum of Natural History finds that seven in 10 biologists believe that mass extinction poses a colossal threat to human existence, a more serious environmental problem than even its contributor, global warming; and that the dangers of mass extinction are woefully underestimated by almost everyone outside science. In the 200 years since French naturalist Georges Cuvier first floated the concept of extinction, after examining fossil bones and concluding "the existence of a world previous to ours, destroyed by some sort of catastrophe", we have only slowly recognised and attempted to correct our own catastrophic behaviour.

 

Some nations move more slowly than others. In 1992, an international summit produced a treaty called the Convention on Biological Diversity that was subsequently ratified by 190 nations all except the unlikely coalition of the United States, Iraq, the Vatican, Somalia, Andorra and Brunei. The European Union later called on the world to arrest the decline of species and ecosystems by 2010. Last year, worried biodiversity experts called for the establishment of a scientific body akin to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to provide a united voice on the extinction crisis and urge governments to action.

 

Yet, despite these efforts, the Red List, updated every two years, continues to show metastatic growth. There are a few heartening examples of so called Lazarus species lost and then found: the wollemi pine and the mahogany glider in Australia, the Jerdon's courser in India, the takahe in New Zealand, and, maybe, the ivory billed woodpecker in the United States. But for virtually all others, the Red List is a dry country with little hope of rain, as species Brandon Saad Youth Jersey ratchet down the listings from secure to vulnerable, to endangered, to critically endangered, to extinct.

 

All these disappearing species are part of a fragile membrane of organisms wrapped around the Earth so thinly, writes Wilson, that it "cannot be seen edgewise from a space shuttle, yet so internally complex that most species composing it remain undiscovered". We owe everything to this membrane of life. Literally everything. The air we breathe. The food we eat. The materials of our homes, clothes, books, computers, medicines. Goods and services that we can't even imagine we'll someday need will come from species we have yet to identify. The proverbial cure for cancer. The genetic fountain of youth. Immortality. Mortality. The living membrane we so recklessly destroy is existence itself.

 

Biodiversity is defined as the sum of an area's genes (the building blocks of inheritance), species (organisms that can interbreed), and ecosystems (amalgamations of species in their geological and chemical landscapes). The richer an area's biodiversity, the tougher its immune system, since biodiversity includes not only the number of species but also the number of individuals within that species, and all the inherent genetic variations life's only army against the diseases of oblivion.

 

Yet it's a mistake to think that critical genetic pools exist only in the gaudy show of the coral reefs, or the cacophony of the rainforest. Although a hallmark of the desert is the sparseness of its garden, the orderly progression of plants and the understated camouflage of its animals, this is only an illusion. Turn the desert inside out and upside down and you'll discover its true nature. Escaping drought and heat, life goes underground in a tangled overexuberance of roots and burrows reminiscent of a rainforest canopy, competing for moisture, not light. Animal trails criss cross this subterranean realm in private burrows engineered, inhabited, stolen, shared and fought over by ants, beetles, wasps, cicadas, tarantulas, spiders, lizards, snakes, mice, squirrels, rats, foxes, tortoises, badgers and coyotes.

 

To survive the heat and drought, desert life pioneers ingenious solutions. Coyotes dig and maintain wells in arroyos, probing deep for water. White winged doves use their bodies as canteens, drinking enough when the opportunity arises to increase their bodyweight by more than 15 per cent. Black tailed jack rabbits tolerate internal temperatures of 111F. Western box turtles store water in their oversized bladders and urinate on themselves to stay cool. Mesquite grows taproots more than 160ft deep in search of moisture.

 

These life forms and their life strategies compose what we might think of as the "body" of the desert, with some species the lungs and others the liver, the blood, the skin. the effect one species has on the others. The loss of even one species irrevocably changes the desert (or the tundra, rainforest, prairie, coastal estuary, coral reef, and so on) as we know it, just as the loss of each human being changes his or her family forever.

 

Nowhere is this better proven than in a 12 year study conducted in the Chihuahuan desert by James H Brown and Edward Heske of the University of New Mexico. When a kangaroo rat guild composed of three closely related species was removed, shrublands quickly converted to grasslands, which supported fewer annual plants, which in turn supported fewer birds. Even humble players mediate stability. So when you and I hear of this year's extinction of the Yangtze river dolphin, and think, "how sad", we're not calculating the deepest cost: that extinctions lead to co extinctions because most living things on Earth support a few symbionts, while keystone species influence and support myriad plants and animals. Army ants, for example, are known to support 100 known species, from beetles to birds. A European study finds steep declines in honeybee diversity in the past 25 years but also significant attendant declines in plants that depend on bees for pollination a job estimated to be worth 50bn worldwide. Meanwhile, beekeepers in 24 American states report that perhaps 70 per cent of their colonies have recently died off, threatening 7bn in US agriculture. And bees are only a small part of the pollinator crisis.

 

One of the most alarming developments is the rapid decline not just of species but of higher taxa, such as the class Amphibia, the 300 million year old group of frogs, salamanders, newts and toads hardy enough to have preceded and then outlived most dinosaurs. Biologists first noticed die offs two decades ago, and, since then, have watched as seemingly robust amphibian species vanished in as little as six months. The causes cover the spectrum of human environmental assaults, including rising ultraviolet radiation from a thinning ozone layer, increases in pollutants and pesticides, habitat loss from agriculture and urbanisation, invasions of exotic species, the wildlife trade, light pollution, and fungal diseases. Sometimes stressors merge to form an unwholesome synergy; an African frog brought to the West in the 1950s for use in human pregnancy tests likely introduced a fungus deadly to native frogs. Meanwhile, a recent analysis in Nature estimated that, in the past 20 years, at least 70 species of South American frogs had gone extinct as a result of climate change.

 

In a 2004 analysis published in Science, Lian Pin Koh and his colleagues predict that an initially modest co extinction rate will climb alarmingly as host extinctions rise in the near future. Graphed out, the forecast mirrors the rising curve of an infectious disease, with the human species acting all the parts: the pathogen, the vector, the Typhoid Mary who refuses culpability, and, ultimately, one of up to 100 million victims.

 

"Rewilding" is bigger, broader, and bolder than humans have thought before. Many conservation biologists believe it's our best hope for arresting the sixth great extinction. Wilson calls it "mainstream conservation writ large for future generations". This is because more of what we've done until now protecting pretty landscapes, attempts at sustainable development, community based conservation and ecosystem management will not preserve biodiversity through the critical next century. By then, half of all species will be lost, by Wilson's calculation.

 

To save Earth's living membrane, we must put its shattered pieces back together. Only "megapreserves" modelled on a deep scientific understanding of continent wide ecosystem needs hold that promise. "What I have been preparing to say is this," wrote Thoreau more than 150 years ago. "In wildness is the preservation of the world." This, science finally understands.

 

The Wildlands Project, the conservation group spearheading the drive to rewild North America by reconnecting remaining wildernesses (parks, refuges, national forests, and local land trust holdings) through corridors calls for reconnecting wild North America in four broad "megalinkages": along the Rocky Mountain spine of the continent from Alaska to Mexico; across the arctic/boreal from Alaska to Labrador; along the Atlantic via the Appalachians; and along the Pacific via the Sierra Nevada into the Baja peninsula. Within each megalinkage, core protected areas would be connected by mosaics of public and private lands providing safe passage for wildlife to travel freely. Broad, vegetated overpasses would link wilderness areas split by roads. Private landowners would be enticed to either donate land or adopt policies of good stewardship along critical pathways.

 

It's a radical vision, one the Wildlands Project expects will take 100 years or more to complete, and one that has won the project a special enmity from those who view environmentalists with suspicion. Yet the core brainchild of the Wildlands Project that true conservation must Jiri Hudler Red Jersey happen on an ecosystem wide scale is now widely accepted. Many conservation organisations are already collaborating on the project, including international players such as Naturalia in Mexico, US national heavyweights like Defenders of Wildlife, and regional experts from the Jiri Hudler Pink Jersey Southern Rockies Ecosystem Project to the Grand Canyon Wildlands Council. Kim Vacariu, the South west director of the US's Wildlands Project, reports that ranchers are coming round, one town meeting at a time, and that there is interest, if not yet support, from the insurance industry and others who "face the reality of car wildlife collisions daily".

 

At its heart, rewilding is based on living with the monster under the bed, since the big, scary animals that frightened us in childhood, and still do, are the fierce guardians of biodiversity. Without wolves, wolverines, grizzlies, black bears, mountain lions and jaguars, wild populations shift toward the herbivores, who proceed www.blackhawksteamproshop.com/Brent_Seabrook_Jersey to eat plants into extinction, taking birds, bees, reptiles, amphibians and rodents with them. A tenet of ecology states that the world is green because carnivores eat herbivores. Yet the big carnivores continue to die out because we fear and hunt them and because they need more room than we preserve and connect. Male wolverines, for instance, can possess home ranges of 600 sq m. Translated, Greater London would have room for only one.

 

The first campaign out of the Wildlands Project's starting gate is the "spine of the continent", along the mountains from Alaska to Mexico, today fractured by roads, logging, oil and gas development, grazing, ski resorts, motorised back country recreation and sprawl.

 

The spine already contains dozens of core wildlands, including wilderness areas, national parks, national monuments, wildlife refuges, and private holdings. On the map, these scattered fragments look like debris falls from meteorite strikes. Some are already partially buffered by surrounding protected areas such as national forests. But all need interconnecting linkages across public and private blackhawksteamproshop.com/Patrick_Sharp_Jersey lands farms, ranches, suburbia to facilitate the travels of big carnivores and the net of biodiversity that they tow behind them.

 

The Wildlands Project has also identified the five most critically endangered wildlife linkages along the spine, each associated with a keystone species. Grizzlies already blackhawksteamproshop.com/Brent_Seabrook_Jersey pinched at Crowsnest Pass on Highway Three, between Alberta and British Columbia, will be entirely cut off from the bigger gene pool to the north if a larger road is built. Greater sage grouse, Canada lynx, black bears and jaguars face their own lethal obstacles further south.

 

But by far the most endangered wildlife linkage is the borderland between the US and Mexico. The Sky Islands straddle this boundary, and some of North America's most threatened wildlife jaguars, bison, Sonoran pronghorn, Mexican wolves cross, or need to cross, here in the course of their life's travels. Unfortunately for wildlife, Mexican workers cross here too. Men, women, and children, running at night, one gallon water jugs in hand.

 

The problem for wildlife is not so much the intrusions of illegal Mexican workers but the 700 mile border fence proposed to keep them out. From an ecological perspective, it will sever the spine at the lumbar, paralysing the lower continent.

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Somewhere Jack Del Rio is smiling2015-Mar-2

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Somewhere Jack Del Rio is smiling. I'm not suggesting Del Rio, fired three weeks ago as the Jaguars coach, wants to see his former team lose. But he has to get some satisfaction with all the heat General Manager Gene Smith is catching, heat that amped up considerably Thursday night after an embarrassing 41 14 loss at Atlanta. The game wasn't that close.

 

Nor am I suggesting Del Rio deserved more time with the Jaguars or that he'll ever be a Hall of Fame NFL coach. But the truth is Del Rio never had a playoff caliber roster at his beck and call.

 

First he was saddled with Shack Harris' horrible first round picks and free agent signees. Then he tried to make something out of Smith's draft picks. Like Shack, Geno has had far more whiffs than base hits.

 

Even with all of the injuries suffered by the Jaguars, the roster that played the Falcons was mediocre. Let's see, there's MJD. . . a couple of offensive linemen . . . some solid linebackers . . . decent defensive tackles . . . and, well, see why Del Rio can't help but at least grin these days?

 

Many of us have a habit of thinking of the latest as the greatest or the worst. With that in mind, I spent much of Sunday trying to talk myself out of declaring right now as "the worst it's ever been" in Jaguars history.

 

I couldn't do it. This IS the worst it's ever been.

 

For the record, that's not just my opinion. I sought out the opinions of others who like me have been around the Jaguars since Patrick Sharp Youth Jersey their first season (1995). Without exception and after some thought all agreed the Jaguars franchise has reached a new low.

 

It Brent Seabrook Jersey isn't just a matter of the team's record, although at 3 8 after Sunday's 20 13 home loss to Houston the Jaguars could wind up with the worst record (4 12 in '95) in team history.

 

Nor is it a slam dunk that this is, indeed, the worst of times. The 2002 season is a candidate. That was Coach Tom Coughlin's last season. The fans had soured on a Coughlin's Sgt. Bark Orders' personality. The Jaguars, after a promising 3 1 start, struggled, losing five of their last six games to finish 6 10, a third straight losing season. Tickets sales plummeted. The 2008 season is another candidate. One year after going 11 5 and winning a playoff game art Pittsburgh, the team started slowly, rebounded and then collapsed in the second half, finishing 5 11 and becoming a national joke because of TV blackouts.

 

This season, however, started badly and has gotten worse. The fans were upset because Coach Jack Del Rio hadn't been fired after the 2010 season. The owners' lockout angered many fans. Five days before the start of the season the release of longtime starting quarterback David Garrard shocked the NFL world.

 

Inserting rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert as the starter for the third game gave the fan base a boost, but the Jaguars' inept offense remains the lowest scoring in the league. blackhawksteamproshop.com/Brandon_Saad_Jersey The offense and Gabbert have been so bad that the "franchise quarterback of the future" was benched in the fourth quarter of the loss to Houston. The wide receivers have been horrible. Tight end Marcedes Lewis, after a brief holdout and getting a new contract, has become a punch line.

 

Back to back plays in the second quarter against the Texans summarized the Jaguars offense: A wide open Lewis dropped a pass in the end zone from the 3 yard line; Gabbert missed an open Lewis on the next play; the Jaguars then settled for a chip shot field goal.

 

Then there was another head scratching time management issue. Facing 4th and 2 from the Houston 40 with 1:16 to play, the Jaguars opted to play hurry up instead of calling timeout. QB Luke McCown's pass intended for Mike Thomas was badly off target. Why not call timeout? Del Rio blamed his offensive coordinator, Dirk Koetter. It wasn't the first time JDR threw his assistant under the bus.

 

Meanwhile, TV ratings have hit an all time low; TV blackouts have been avoided only because of "mystery companies" stepping up at the last moment; Del Rio is still the coach.

 

There's every reason to believe it will get uglier before this season is in the book. Of the remaining five games, three are at Everbank Field. You can expect TV blackouts. The Jaguars already have been eliminated from winning the AFC South.

 

Yeah, the worst it's ever been.

 

Jaguars fans may look back in several years and smile about Blaine Gabbert's rookie season. Much like Cowboys fans did with Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman, who helped his team go 1 15 as a rookie. Much like Colts fans do with future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning, who threw a league high 28 interceptions as rookie as his team went 3 13.

 

Gabbert's rookie season flamesprostore.com/Jiri_Hudler_Jersey thus far has been ugly, and that includes Sunday's 14 10 loss at Cleveland. Oh, Gabbert showed some statistical improvement against the Browns, but the NFL's lowest scoring team still managed only 10 points and couldn't score at the end from inside the 5.

 

Gabbert's biggest problem isn't making mistakes; it's making plays. Think about it: How many big plays http://www.flamesprostore.com/Jiri_Hudler_Jersey as No. 11 made? How many big throws? How many clutch throws?

 

Much of the blame for Gabbert's struggles is handed to Coach Jack Del Rio and offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. Their critics scream they're keeping handcuffs on him. "Open up the offense" is a deafening cry from the fans and media. There's no question Gabbert is operating from a small playbook.

 

I've known coaches who were bad leaders; coaches who were bad motivators; coaches who panicked on game day; coaches who stubbornly refused to make adjustments based on personnel. But, honestly, I've never met a coach who didn't know the Xs and Os of the game. Sure, some are better at it than others, but all of them how the draw up plays and call plays.

 

Common sense says Del Rio and Koetter are keeping the handcuffs on Gabbert because they don't think he has the ability or the experience or the help (or all three) to execute a wide open attack. Clearly, he isn't getting much help from his receivers. We wouldn't even be having this conversation if Jason Hill had caught a pass in the corner of the end zone with three seconds to play against the Browns. Was Hill interfered with on the play or did he simply drop it? Replays made it appear Browns' cornerback Joe Haden hit Hill's left hand before the ball arrived. For the record, it was a good throw by Gabbert.

 

The final pass was a terrible throw. Mike Thomas never had a chance to catch it. Should the Jaguars have handed the ball to Maurice Jones Drew on the www.blackhawksteamproshop.com/Brandon_Saad_Jersey final play? Should Gabbert have passed the ball to MJD? Hindsight says absolutely, but remember this: if MJD had gotten the Brent Seabrook Premier Jersey ball and not scored, then the critics would be screaming just as loudly.

 

Here's what we do know: a highlight tape of Gabbert's rookie season thus far would be a very short one.

 

Jaguar fans can only hope that in a few years the memories of Gabbert's rookie season are that of a learning experience, not a sign of things to come.

 

I don't blame Jaguars Coach Jack Del Rio for deciding to no longer talk about the development of rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert and the pass catching woes of Pro Bowl tight end Marcedes Lewis.

 

As my mama used to say, "If you can't say something nice about someone, then don't say anything."

 

I'm serious when I say I don't blame Del Rio. He's smart enough to know how insincere it sounds when he praises Gabbert and Lewis. I'm not claiming to be an expert, but Gabbert looks no better now than he did in his first start. If anything, he seems to be going backwards. Lewis' pass catching problems have reached the point that the Jaguars have almost quit throwing to him.

 

Everyone says Lewis is physically healthy and working hard. If that's the case, then he's developed a mental block when the ball is headed his way. In case you're wondering, the Patrick Sharp Womens Jersey Jaguars say they don't have a "mental coach" as some golfers and baseball players have. Maybe in the macho world of the NFL "mental coaches" are seen as a lack of toughness.

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