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Conservation Science for a Healthy Planet

Amazon forests: Biodiversity is a “must-have” to help mitigate climate risks

August 30, 2016
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A forest with greater diversity of plants can better adjust to climatic stress under moderate climate change scenario https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160829122237.htm August 29, 2016 “Plant trait diversity may enable the Amazon forests, the world’s greatest and maybe most fascinating tropical ecosystem, to adjust to some level of climate change — certain trees dominant today could decrease and […]

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The ‘Social Cost of Carbon’ – Historic Climate Change Decision $36 per ton (or $220 per ton?)


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For the first time, the federal government has put a price on carbon dioxide and it’s bound to transform how we fight global warming. Jay Michaelson 08.29.16 10:00 PM ET One of the most significant court cases about climate change was decided earlier this month by a federal appeals court in Chicago. Given that it […]

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Plants retain more water with more CO2 in environment—implications for current drought and hydrology studies

August 29, 2016
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http://phys.org/news/2016-08-climate-impact-drought-previously.html#jCp August 29, 2016 As a multiyear drought grinds on in the Southwestern United States, many wonder about the impact of global climate change on more frequent and longer dry spells. As humans emit more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, how will water supply for people, farms, and forests be affected? A new study from […]

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No-name storm dumped three times as much rain in Louisiana as Hurricane Katrina

August 28, 2016
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Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2016/08/19/no-name-storm-dumped-three-times-as-much-rain-in-louisiana-as-hurricane-katrina/ By Jason Samenow August 19 2016   The  Louisiana flood has taken at least 13 lives and damaged 40,000 homes. This multibillion-dollar disaster is a devastating example of the damage water can do and proves that a hurricane is not required to leave behind a flooding catastrophe. This unnamed storm produced three […]

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More e-cars, solar needed to reach tough new CA climate standard- 40% below 1990 levels, from 441 mt GHG to 260 mt


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To reach 40% below 1990 levels, must go from 441 million metric tons greenhouse gas emissions in 2014 to ~260 million metric tons in emissions by 2030 Current laws get CA to ~375 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, ~only 1/3 of the way to the new 2030 goal http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_30298296/more-electric-cars-more-solar-power-expected-state By Paul […]

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Coal Executive Says His Industry Must Confront Climate Change

August 25, 2016
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Richard Reavey says climate denial is eerily parallel to the tobacco industry’s old tactics, which hurt that business long-term By Benjamin Hulac, ClimateWire on August 25, 2016 in Scientific American It’s one thing when environmentalists say that fossil fuel companies’ positions on climate change are similar to Big Tobacco’s past deflections about the hazards of […]

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Study Finds Biofuels Worse for Climate than Gasoline


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August 25th, 2016 By John Upton climatecentral.org http://www.climatecentral.org/news/study-biofuels-worse-for-climate-than-gasoline-20634 Years of number crunching that had seemed to corroborate the climate benefits of American biofuels were starkly challenged in a science journal [Climatic Change] on Thursday, with a team of scientists using a new approach to conclude that the climate would be better off without them. Based […]

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Biological invasions threaten developing countries and remaining biodiversity strongholds


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August 23, 2016 University of Exeter Invasions from alien species such as Japanese Knotweed and grey squirrels threaten the economies and livelihoods of residents of some of the world’s poorest nations, new University of Exeter research shows. The damage caused by non-native species like the Harlequin ladybird and mink threaten global biodiversity and cost global […]

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Forest and watercourse interplay important for restorations


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August 24, 2016 Umea University Humans utilise forests and watercourses in a way that depletes ecosystem habitats, biodiversity and ecosystem services. Many areas are restored to break the trend, but to succeed you need to consider not only the ecosystem in mind, but also surrounding ecosystems. ….”Despite evident correlations between land and water ecosystems, forests […]

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New map shows alarming growth of human footprint- 75% of Earth’s land surface altered


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August 24, 2016 James Cook University … a new map of the ecological footprint of humankind shows 97 per cent of the most species-rich places on Earth have been seriously altered….”The most species-rich parts of the planet — especially including the tropical rainforests — have been hit hardest. In total, around 97 per cent of […]

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