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Perspective: It’s Not a War on Science

April 28, 2017

Issues in Science and Technology Volume XXXIII Issue 3, Spring 2017 by Clark A. Miller Full article here …Science is, for today’s conservatives, an instrument of federal power. They attack science’s forms of truth-making, its databases, and its budgets not out of a rejection of either science or truth, but as part of a coherent […]


Will The Third Industrial Revolution Create An Economic Boom That Saves The Planet?

Jeremy Rifkin’s thinking about how to build a clean-energy powered, automation-filled future is inspiring major infrastructure plans in Europe and China… By Jeff Beer 04.26.17 | Fast Company First, the bad news: GDP is slowing all over the world because productivity has been in decline for two decades. The result has been higher unemployment (especially […]


Cormorant Colony Adrift as Old Bay Bridge Comes Down

The Old Bay Bridge Is Coming Down, Leaving a 40-Year-Old Cormorant Colony Adrift by Mark J. Rauzon on March 28, 2017  BayNature ….Back in the late 1800s before bridges spanned the Bay, several thousand double-crested cormorants nested on Lands End near Seal Rocks off the coast of San Francisco and on the Farallon Islands. The […]


Reforestation to help Mexico restore watersheds, reduce floods and other benefits

April 27, 2017

Coke and Pepsi, gardening together in Mexican mountains to preserve urban water April 26 2017  PRI The semiarid Mexican city of Monterrey has two major challenges with water: either there is not enough of it, or there’s far too much. Improving and fixing the area’s infrastructure could cost billions. But a US environmental organization [The Nature Conservancy] […]


California among 33 states that reduced CO2 while growing its economy

December 8 2016 KPCC Emily Guerin A new report from the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program has found that 33 states and Washington D.C. have managed to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions while simultaneously growing their economies….Lead author Devashree Saha said her findings challenge assertions that efforts to fight global warming will necessarily hurt the economy …Decoupled just […]


America’s rapidly growing wind industry now employs more than 100,000 people

April 19 2017  Samantha Page More than 100,000 Americans now work in the wind industry, which is adding jobs much more rapidly than the economy as a whole, according to new data released Wednesday. “We are hiring at a nine times faster rate than the average industry in the country,” Tom Kiernan, CEO of […]


High severity fire likely to increasingly limit conifer forest recovery in Klamath region

Study finds that wildfire in a warming climate could relegate portions of forested landscapes to shrubland April 27 2017 The ability of some Western conifer forests to recover after severe fire may become increasingly limited as the climate continues to warm, scientists from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and Harvard Forest found in a […]


Wind and rain play bigger role than temperature in breeding timing of tree swallows

Wind, rain play key role in breeding patterns of migratory tree swallows April 27 2017 ScienceDaily  CU Boulder Wind and precipitation play a crucial role in advancing or delaying the breeding cycles of North American tree swallows… [the study] underscores the importance of considering factors beyond temperature when examining how climate change might affect species’ […]


Coal decline due mostly to cheaper natural gas, less electricity demand and renewables

Environmental Rules Played Minor Role in Coal’s Decline By Bobby Magill April 27 2017 Climate Central Environmental and climate regulations that cut pollution from coal-fired power plants have played only a minor role in the decline of the coal industry, which has been hurt mainly by expanding use of natural gas and less demand for […]


California- new state update on sea-level rise science

April 26 2017  California Ocean Protection Council Full report here Key Findings 1 Scientific understanding of sea-level rise is advancing at a rapid pace. Projections of future sea-level rise, especially under high emissions scenarios, have increased substantially over the last few years, primarily due to new and improved understanding of mass loss from continental ice […]