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Conservation Science for a Healthy Planet

New climate change calculations could buy the Earth some time — if they’re right

September 18, 2017

Contrary to many other studies, this finds we have more than 700 billion tons left to emit to keep warming within 1.5 degrees Celsius, with a two-thirds probability of success. “That’s about 20 years at present-day emissions From their study: Emission budgets and pathways consistent with limiting warming to 1.5 °C Assuming emissions peak and decline […]


Plastics in soil: municipal compost possible major entry path

At least 300 million tons of plastic are produced annually, from which large parts end up in the environment, where it persists over decades, harms biota and enters the food chain. Yet, almost nothing is known about plastic pollution of soil. Soils may receive plastic inputs via plastic mulching or the application of plastic containing […]


Democrats kill bill to require all renewable energy in California by 2046

By Taryn Luna September 16, 2017 read full SacBee article here After facing late opposition from labor unions, a measure to require utility companies to use renewable energy for all of the retail electricity sold in the state faltered in the final week of the legislative session. Senate Bill 100, introduced by Sen. President […]


Los Angeles is Painting its Streets to Combat Climate Change

Los Angeles is coating its streets with a special paint that will reduce the temperature of the city. It’s the latest step the city has taken to combat the effects of climate change alongside the state’s plans. September 2017 read full Futurism article here ….Black is a color that’s prone to absorbing heat from the […]


Sea salt around the world is contaminated by plastic, studies show

New studies find microplastics in salt from the US, Europe and China, adding to evidence that plastic pollution is pervasive in the environment Researchers believe the majority of the contamination comes from microfibres and single-use plastics such as water bottles, items that comprise the majority of plastic waste. Here are 10 simple things you can […]


Jellyfish Seek Italy’s Warming Seas. Can’t Beat ’Em? Eat ’Em.

By JASON HOROWITZ  SEPTEMBER 17, 2017  read full NY Times article here MARINA di GINOSA, Italy — As a small boat loaded with wet suits, lab equipment and empty coolers drifted into the warm turquoise sea, Stefano Piraino looked back at the sunbathers on the beach and explained why none of them set foot in the water. […]


In a Stunning Turnaround, Britain Moves to End the Burning of Coal

Britain is phasing out its coal-burning power plants, with the last one slated to be shuttered by 2025, if not sooner. It is a startling development for the nation that founded an industrial revolution powered by coal. By Fred Pearce • September 18, 2017 see full YaleEnvironment360 article here ….The coal-devouring behemoth, and the endless trains of railroad […]


Globe had 2nd warmest year to date, 3rd warmest August on record

Arctic and Antarctic sea ice extents remain near-record lows September 18, 2017 The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for August 2017 was the third highest for the month of August in the NOAA global temperature dataset record, which dates back to 1880. The June-August seasonal global temperature was also third highest on […]


Cartoons- Sept. 15, 2017

September 15, 2017

Note: These cartoons are opinions of the artists and do not necessarily reflect the views of Point Blue Conservation Science or its staff.


Expect the Unexpected: SF Baylands and Climate Change – Point Blue post for Resilient by Design

Expecting the unexpected (originally posted for the Bay Area: Resilient By Design) Aug. 25 2017 By Sam Veloz, PhD and Ellie Cohen, Point Blue Conservation Science A Research Advisory Committee member contribution to Dispatches from the Challenge Point Blue photos Trying to predict the future of our baylands could seem foolhardy given uncertainty in climate […]