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Bright spots: seeds of a good Anthropocene

July 14, 2017

Bennett et al Bright spots: seeds of a good Anthropocene. Frontiers in Ecology Environ 2016; 14(8): 441–448, doi:10.1002/fee.1309 Existing global scenarios of possible futures are often based on highly simplified worldviews dominated by just a few driving forces and are therefore less nuanced than the real world tends to be Such scenarios may be improved […]

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Iconic coast threatened as rising seas ‘drown’ beaches


Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News reporter Climatewire: Wednesday, July 12, 2017  Read full article here ….Effects of higher oceans already are visible in the Golden State: Low-lying areas are experiencing more frequent flooding; chunks of beachfront bluffs have crashed to the shore, in some cases killing people sitting nearby; and the walkable beach is shrinking […]

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Extreme coastal sea levels more likely to occur- new projections


Extreme coastal sea levels more likely to occur, new data, advanced modeling techniques suggest Posted: 07 Jul 2017 10:38 AM PDT …a new international study that incorporates extreme events may have just given researchers and coastal planners what they need. The study uses newly available data and advanced models to improve global predictions when it […]

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Climate change to deplete water basins used for irrigation in US


Posted: 12 Jul 2017 08:04 AM PDT  read full ScienceDaily article here Certain hotspots in the country will experience severe reductions in crop yields by 2050, due to climate change’s impact on irrigation, a new study by climate scientists, economists, and agriculture experts finds. The most adversely affected region, according to the researchers, will be […]

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Warmer Arctic linked to weaker vegetation growth in North America


Posted: 11 Jul 2017 06:43 AM PDT  read full ScienceDaily article here The warmer Arctic has triggered cooler winters and springs in North America, which has in turn weakened vegetation growth and lowered carbon uptake capacity in its ecosystems, research shows. The team analyzed an index of sea surface temperatures from the Bering Sea and […]

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Arctic Heat Is Becoming More Common and Persistent


By Brian Kahn July 13 2017  see full Climate Central article here ..in the latest sign of how quickly changes are happening, new research published this week shows that the Arctic has seen more frequent bouts of warm air and longer stretches of mild weather.  The new findings show that while warm snaps have occurred […]

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Climate-Altering Gases Spiked in 2016, Federal NOAA Scientists Report; no mention of human contributions


By LISA FRIEDMAN NY Times July 13 2017 read full article here The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration attributed the increase in part to the El Niño weather pattern. Its report makes no mention of human contributions….

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Chillier Winters, Smaller Beaks


researchers found no correlation with summer temperatures but a clear one for winter — the coldest winters were associated with the smallest beaks, whereas warmer winters were associated with larger beaks. Posted: 13 Jul 2017 05:20 AM PDT see full ScienceDaily article here …in the 1990s, researchers began to explore a new question concerning the […]

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How to Feed the World Without Killing the Planet?


How can we balance demand for agricultural products with biodiversity protection? By Claire Kremen  July 7, 2017 The Nature Conservancy  read full blog article here ….Agriculture contributes one-third of greenhouse gas emissions, uses 70% of freshwater resources, and harms wildlife through conversion and fragmentation of biodiversity-rich habitats, water diversions, pesticide poisoning and creation of oceanic […]

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Seaside sparrows caught between predators, rising seas


Posted: 12 Jul 2017 04:28 AM PDT  read full story at ScienceDaily Sea-level rise is a problem for saltmarsh birds, but so is predation, and birds sometimes find themselves caught between two threats: They can nest lower in vegetation to avoid predators, putting them at risk of flooding, or move up to keep dry but […]

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