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Habitat loss rampant across Earth; more than half converted to human-dominated land use

December 8, 2016
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Dec 7 2016 University of Queensland ScienceDaily …researchers from three continents found habitat destruction still far outstrips habitat protection across many parts of the planet….. the published study revealed more than half the planet could now be classified as completely converted to human-dominated land use. “An area of 4.5 million square kilometres, or about two […]

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We did it again! November is hottest on record


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https://thinkprogress.org/satellites-hottest-november-on-record-93fa59887f09#.jvcokpd1h Joe Romm, PhD ClimateProgress  December 6 2016 Last month was easily the hottest November on record globally, according to satellite data sets. …In fact, satellite data, ground-based weather stations, sea-based buoys, and even weather balloons all reveal a steady long-term warming trend. These satellites have documented a steady warming of the troposphere (the lower […]

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Greenland on thin ice?


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from ScienceDaily: Most of Greenland ice melted to bedrock in recent geologic past, says study Posted: 07 Dec 2016 10:34 AM PST Scientists have found evidence in a chunk of bedrock drilled from nearly two miles below the summit of the Greenland ice sheet that the sheet nearly disappeared for an extended time in the […]

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Carbon is not the enemy– the new language of carbon by innovative architect Wm. McDonough

December 6, 2016
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http://www.nature.com/news/carbon-is-not-the-enemy-1.20976 Design with the natural cycle in mind to ensure that carbon ends up in the right places, urges William McDonough by William McDonough  NATURE 14 November 2016 …carbon — the element — is not the enemy. Climate change is the result of breakdowns in the carbon cycle caused by us: it is a design […]

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Extreme downpours could increase fivefold across parts of the US


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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/12/161205113434.htm Warming climate would also boost individual storm intensity December 5, 2016  National Center for Atmospheric Research/University Corporation for Atmospheric Research  ScienceDaily At century’s end, the number of summertime storms that produce extreme downpours could increase by more than 400 percent across parts of the United States — including sections of the Gulf Coast, Atlantic […]

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Toles Cartoon of the Month

December 5, 2016
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http://www.gocomics.com/tomtoles Dec 5 2016

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Fall snow, rains above average in Northern Sierra Nevada; drought continues in much of state


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http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-fall-precip-drought-buster-20161202-story.html by Joseph Serna LA Times Dec 2 2016 … if past weather patterns are fulfilled this year, experts say, Northern California’s winter — and long-term relief from years of drought — could be just around the corner for the state’s most important watershed. The Northern Sierra Nevada area has received more than 17 inches […]

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Six maps that show the anatomy of America’s vast infrastructure


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https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/national/maps-of-american-infrastrucure/ By Tim Meko Dec. 1, 2016 Washington Post President-elect Donald Trump’s plan to invest about $550 billion in new infrastructure projects across the country was a central theme in his campaign….The maps you are about to see show the massive scope of America’s infrastructure using data from OpenStreetMap and various government sources. They provide a glimpse into where […]

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Open Letter to President-elect Trump on Climate Action- 42 Mayors

December 2, 2016
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http://www.climate-mayors.org/our-letter-to-the-presidentelect-november-2016/ November 22, 2016 Dear President-elect Trump, As Mayors, we have taken it upon ourselves to take bold action within our cities to tackle the climate crisis head-on. We write today to ask for your partnership in our work to clean our air, strengthen our economy, and ensure that our children inherit a nation healthier […]

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Rangeland acreage in California and globally


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How many acres of rangeland are there in CA? (compiled by Point Blue staff) Spiegal, S., Huntsinger, L., Hopkinson, P. and Bartolome, J., 2016. Range Ecosystems.  Pages 835-864 in Mooney, H., & Zavaleta, E. (Eds.). Ecosystems of California, University of California Press. “Terms describing grazing and its land base can be confusing and are often […]

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