Ecology, Climate Change and Related News

Conservation Science for a Healthy Planet

We need biodiversity to save biodiversity in a warmer world

July 21, 2017

July 14, 2017 German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig  see full sciencedaily article here Climate change leads to loss of biodiversity worldwide. However, ecosystems with a higher biodiversity in the first place might be less affected a new study. Scientists found that when they experimentally warmed meadows, the diversity of nematode worms living […]

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Can Restored Meadows Fight Climate Change? California Seeks to Find Out [Sierra Meadows Partnership research]


Franson’s work [with Point Blue] is one of eight studies on carbon storage in Sierra Nevada meadows, all of which are part of California’s pioneering cap-and-trade legislation to reduce carbon emissions. California’s cap-and-trade extension, passed by lawmakers this week, ensures continued study of whether Sierra Nevada meadow restoration can capture carbon pollution and help birds at once. by […]

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Invasive plant species can enhance coastal ecosystems; better to have non-native habitat than none at all


There needs to be more comprehensive and empirical assessment of invasive species’ effects before the conclusion of negative impacts is assigned. Researchers hope the findings will stimulate new thinking about the effects of nonnative habitat-forming coastal plant species, which are likely to become increasingly common as human activities accelerate rates of native species losses and […]

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Today’s Extreme Heat May Become Norm Within a Decade


The term “new normal” is defined and applied to 2015 record-breaking temperatures. A new normal can be useful for understanding and communicating extremes in a changing climate when precisely defined By Andrea Thompson Published: July 14th, 2017  see full climatecentral.org article here When 2015 blew the record for hottest year out of the water, it […]

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Since 1950s, 8.3 billion tons of plastics produced; 79% discarded into landfills and environment; only 9% recycled


Humans have created 8.3 billion metric tons of plastics since large-scale production of the synthetic materials began in the early 1950s, and most of it now resides in landfills or the natural environment, according to a study. Posted: 19 Jul 2017 11:09 AM PDT  read full ScienceDaily article here …The researchers found that by 2015, […]

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The Uninhabitable Earth- what the science says about climate change and our future; “we should be alarmed” [must read]


The science says climate change threatens nearly every aspect of human life on this planet, and that inaction will hasten the problems. In that context, I don’t think it’s a slur to call an article, or its writer, alarmist. I’ll accept that characterization. We should be alarmed…. By David Wallace-Wells, July 14, 2017  see full […]

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2017 2nd-hottest year on record midway through; surprise given El Nino role in 2016 record temps


According to NASA, the first six months were 1.64°F above the 1951-1980 average. Climate Central re-analyzed the numbers by averaging together NASA and NOAA’s data and comparing them to the average for 1881-1910. June 2017 was 1.81°F (1.01°C) above that average, showing how little wiggle room is left to keep temperatures under that level By […]

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Marin County joins San Mateo Co and City of Imperial Beach legal suit vs. fossil fuel giants; could be next big strategy for suing over climate change


Two California coastal counties and one beach-side city touched off a possible new legal front in the climate change battle this week, suing dozens of major oil, coal, and other fossil fuel companies for the damages they say they will incur due to rising seas. Washington Post. County contends that the companies knew for nearly […]

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California lawmakers approve cap-and-trade extension to 2030 in bipartisan effort to further reduce GHG emissions


How does California’s Cap and Trade program work? July 17, 2017 LA Times  read full article here In a big victory for Gov. Jerry Brown, state lawmakers approved a 10-year extension for California’s cap-and-trade program. The vote came with bipartisan support, a significant shift from previous years where climate policies squeaked by along party lines […]

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Shifting storms to bring extreme waves, seaside damage to once placid areas


Sea level rise not only impact climate change will bring to the world’s coastlines It is the damaging power of wave energy — and the disruption of long-established storm patterns due to climate change — that present a new danger. July 20, 2017  University of New South Wales The world’s most extensive study of a […]

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