Ecology, Climate Change and Related News

Conservation Science for a Healthy Planet

Managing grazing lands to improve soils and promote climate change adaptation and mitigation: a global synthesis

January 20, 2018

Findings reveal that a variety of management strategies have the potential to improve soil water infiltration rates, with possible benefits for soil carbon as well. Researchers identified a shortage of well-replicated and detailed experiments in all grazing management categories, and call for additional research of both soil water and soil carbon properties for these critical […]


City lights setting traps for migrating birds

How birds are drawn to artificial light pollution in urban areas 19 Jan 2018 University of Delaware read full ScienceDaily article here A new study has examined how light pollution lures birds into urban areas during fall migration, a trend that poses risk for the fowl that often fly into buildings and has increased with […]


20 percent more trees in megacities would mean cleaner air and water, lower carbon and energy use

January 19, 2018

18 Jan 2018   read full ScienceDaily article here Planting 20 percent more trees in our megacities would double the benefits of urban forests, like pollution reduction, carbon sequestration and energy reduction. The authors of the study say city planners, residents and other stakeholders should start looking within cities for natural resources and conserve the nature […]


Advancing climate science with knowledge-discovery through data mining

The new data mining methodology brings out commonalities of data sets without as much expertise from the user, allowing scientists to trust the data and get more robust — and transparent — results. The methodology is open source and currently available to scientists around the world January 18, 2018 Georgia Institute of Technology read full […]


Researchers find post-fire logging harms spotted owls

January 18, 2018

Post-fire logging damages important spotted owl foraging areas in “snag forest habitat” that is created by patches of intense fire. This habitat is rich in the small mammal prey species that the owls feed upon, but post-fire logging largely removes this habitat, thereby causing higher rates of territory abandonment January 17, 2018 by John Muir […]


The world’s biggest worries are environmental disasters, not economic collapse

January 18, 2018 Read full Quartz article here For the second year running, business and political leaders think the world’s biggest threat is extreme weather, according to the latest Global Risks Report by the World Economic Forum (WEF) published today. In recent years, economic risks such as market collapses, fiscal crises, and systemic financial failures, […]


Potential Global Warming From Doubling of CO2 Reduced from 4.5C to 2.8C; critical for guiding efforts to stay under 2C increase since pre-industrial times

The ‘likely’ range of ECS (amount of global warming if doubled CO2) as stated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has remained at 1.5–4.5 degrees Celsius for more than 25 years1. The possibility of a value of ECS towards the upper end of this range reduces the feasibility of avoiding 2 degrees Celsius […]


2017 was the second-warmest year on record per NASA; Trend continued even without El Niño, which helped make 2016 the hottest.

January 18 2018 by James Hansen[a], Makiko Sato[a], Reto Ruedy[b,c], Gavin A. Schmidt[c], Ken Lo[b,c], Avi Persin[b,c]  Read full article here Global surface temperature in 2017 was the second highest in the period of instrumental measurements in the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) analysis.  Relative to average temperature for 1880-1920, which we take as […]


Fire Ecology’s Lessons for a More Resilient Future

January 16, 2018

In the wake of California wildfire’s mass destruction, ecologists see radical hope in regeneration. By Leilani Clark  01.04.18 read full Civil Eats article here ….There is no silver lining to a fire like those that struck Sonoma and Napa counties in October, or the still-burning Thomas Fire in Southern California, which has burned 281,900 acres […]


From the Holocene to the Anthropocene: marked changes started in the early to mid-1950s

The clearest global markers (among many others) for defining the Anthropocene as a formal unit of the Geological Time Scale are radionuclide fallout signals from nuclear testing and changes in carbon chemistry through fossil fuel burning — showing marked changes starting in the early to mid-1950s. The team is studying markers that most clearly and […]