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Upland Bare Ground and Riparian Vegetative Cover Under Strategic Grazing Management, Continuous Stocking, and Multiyear Rest in New Mexico Mid-grass Prairie

February 17, 2018

Upland Bare Ground and Riparian Vegetative Cover Under Strategic Grazing Management, Continuous Stocking, and Multiyear Rest in New Mexico Mid-grass Prairie RANGELANDS 2017 (pdf) IN PRESS By Rick Danvir, Gregg Simonds, Eric Sant, Eric Thacker, Randy Larsen, Tony Svejcar, Douglas Ramsey, Fred Provenza, and Chad Boyd  Rangelands xx(x):1—8 doi 10.1016/j.rala.2017.12.004 © 2017 The Society for […]


Providing for 7 billion. Or not.

February 15, 2018

After looking at data on quality of life and use of resources from some 150 countries, they found that no nation currently meets the basic needs of its citizens in a sustainable way. Only Vietnam came close to meeting both measures of providing the basics of a good life without excessive cost in resources. The […]


Extreme Weather Will Occur More Frequently Worldwide Even if 2C Paris Target Met

Even if we stay under 2C, extreme events -heat, floods, drought – will become more likely in the decades ahead. And if countries do not meet the Paris climate agreement goals, the risks will be even greater Overall, up to 60% of locations across North America, Europe, East Asia and parts of southern South America […]


Peru Moves to Protect ‘One of the Last Great Intact Forests’

While the United States may be weakening protections for wilderness, the creation of Yaguas National Park protects millions of acres from development and deforestation. February 14, 2018 JoAnne Klein  read full NY Times Magazine article here The remote rain forests in Peru’s northeast corner are vast — so vast that the clouds that form above […]


Presence, persistence of estrogens in vernal pools an emerging concern

The planned, beneficial re-use of water has become an increasingly common conservation practice worldwide, sparking questions about the degree of water treatment needed to mitigate negative environmental impacts Sewage treatment plants are not designed with the capability to remove hormones or other emerging contaminants, and there are currently no water standards for these contaminants. Low […]


Penguins track Antarctic changes

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Shifts in food webs and climate are written in penguin feathers and eggshells and revealed through an amino acid isotope technique. By Carolyn Gramling February 14, 2018 read full Science News post here Penguins preserve records of Antarctic environmental change. The birds’ feathers and eggshells contain the chemical fingerprints of variations in diet, food web […]


Fracking tied to reduced songbird nesting success

February 14, 2018 American Ornithological Society Publications Office Read full ScienceDaily coverage here The central Appalachian region is experiencing the country’s most rapid growth in shale gas development, or ‘fracking,’ but we’ve known almost nothing about how this is affecting the region’s songbird populations — until now. A new study demonstrates that the nesting success […]


Wildfire management of CA’s chaparral ecosystem can devastate wild bird populations and fire-risk reduction is only temporary- new study

Although bird species diversity and abundances rebounded after one-time use of prescribed fires, most birds never returned to masticated sites. Mastication reduced the number of bird species by about 50 percent and reduced total numbers of birds by about 60 percent. “The best available science tells us that managing chaparral imperils wildlife and increases fire […]


Intensive agriculture caused cooler temps and more rain in US Midwest from 1950-2000

February 14, 2018

The combination of improved seeds, fertilizers, and other practices, between 1950 and 2000 increased the annual yield of corn in the Midwest fourfold and soybeans 2x. Denser plants with more leaf mass increased the amount of moisture released into the atmosphere that served to both cool the air and increase the amount of rainfall, the […]


Living in a fire-adapted landscape: Priorities for watershed resiliency in Sonoma County’s natural and working lands

February 13, 2018

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February 12 2018 Living in a Fire-Adapted Landscape In the wake of the North Bay fires, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors directed the Sonoma County Ag + Open Space District to convene a coalition of organizations and agencies to identify short-term actions for watershed recovery and long-term strategies for watershed resiliency. This Watershed Collaborative […]