Ecology, Climate Change and Related News

Conservation Science for a Healthy Planet

Farming with crops and rocks to address global climate, food and soil security

March 17, 2018

February 2018 ABSTRACT: The magnitude of future climate change could be moderated by immediately reducing the amount of CO2 entering the atmosphere as a result of energy generation and by adopting strategies that actively remove CO2 from it. Biogeochemical improvement of soils by adding crushed, fast-reacting silicate rocks to croplands is one such CO2-removal strategy. […]


Soil fungi may help determine the resilience of forests to environmental change

Association of ectomycorrhizal trees with high carbon-to-nitrogen ratio soils across temperate forests is driven by smaller nitrogen not larger carbon stocks the findings suggest that the mycorrhizal guild could be an emerging “functional trait” that define species in terms of their ecological roles — how they interact with the environment and with other species. they […]


New climate change research weekly compilation- sign up at Skeptical Science

March 16, 2018

Read and sign up for future weekly climate research updates here at 15 March 2018 by Ari Jokimäki Check out former new research posts in the “archives” section.


Should some species be allowed to die out?

Of the 1,280 endangered animals and plants listed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, 557 are from Hawaii, including the short-tailed albatross, the Hawaiian hoary bat and the Kauai cave wolf spider, as well as four species of turtle, six damselflies, two varieties of pond shrimp, four snails and seven kinds of yellow-faced […]


Pacific Heat Wave Known As ‘The Blob’ Appears To Be In Retreat

The transition from “the Blob” to cooler water was observed for 2 months but the deep water is still very warm. by Jes Burns March 15, 2018  Read OPB/EarthFix article here ….A report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) outlined the latest ocean observations for the organization that sets salmon catch limits off […]


Small-scale farmers in a 1.5°C future: The importance of local social dynamics as an enabling factor for implementation and scaling of climate-smart agriculture

• Small-scale farmers can contribute to a 1.5°C future while adapting to climate change. • By using adaptation as an entry point, climate-smart ag (CSA) mitigation co-benefits can help reduce GHG. • Social capital generated through social networks can promote CSA scaling. • Social networks enable interactions across scales that can support spreading of CSA. […]


Digging deep: Harnessing the power of soil microbes for more sustainable farming

March 15, 2018

Farm of the future’ project marries microbiology and machine learning March 14, 2018 DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Read full ScienceDaily article here How will the farms of the future feed a projected 9.8 billion people by 2050? A ‘smart farm’ project marries microbiology and machine learning in an effort to reduce the need for chemical […]


World’s largest cities depend on evaporated water from surrounding lands

A study found that 19 of the 29 largest cities in the world depend on evaporation from surrounding lands for more than one-third of their water supplies. The team previously coined the term “precipitationsheds,” a watershed of the sky that identifies the origin of precipitation falling in a given region. March 13, 2018 Colorado State […]


Rapid growth of the US wildland-urban interface raises wildfire risk

March 14, 2018

Approximately one in three houses and one in ten hectares are now in the WUI. These WUI growth trends will exacerbate wildfire problems in the future. March 12 2018 read full ScienceDaily article here The so-called wildland-urban interface, or WUI, where homes and wild vegetation meet, increased rapidly from 1990 to 2010, adding a collective […]


Feeding wildlife can influence migration, spread of disease

March 13, 2018 University of Georgia read full ScienceDaily article here Animal migration patterns are changing as humans alter the landscape, according to new research. Those changes can affect wildlife interactions with parasites-with potential impacts on public health and on the phenomenon of migration itself…. …”When you get resident populations forming, you might extend the […]