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Conservation Science for a Healthy Planet

Declining baby songbirds need forests to survive drought

October 20, 2017

Birds in larger mature forest areas, on the other hand, were better able to withstand the dry conditions since these areas offer more shade and resources. Forest cover helps maintain climatic conditions, including moist soil, which is an important factor for wood thrush food availability October 19, 2017 Virginia Tech  read full ScienceDaily article here […]


Climate change and biodiversity – recent reports and books

Information on 11 reports released by NGOs, international agencies, and research centers. Yale Climate Connections Oct. 19 2017 read full article here This post highlights reports on climate change and biodiversity released by environmental organizations, international agencies, and research centers. We present these reports in chronological order; as always, the descriptions are drawn from copy […]


Climate shifts shorten marine food chain off California

Research counters earlier thinking that food chains remain constant through time A longer food chain is more typical, and reflects a relatively diverse community, while shorter chains occur during extreme environmental conditions and suggest a decline in that diversity. Extreme El Nino conditions shortened the food chain October 19, 2017 NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region […]


‘Like a blowtorch’: Powerful winds fueled tornadoes of flame in Tubbs No. SF Bay Fire

Peter Fimrite Oct. 19 2017 Read full SF Chronicle article here The Tubbs Fire that raged through Santa Rosa last week unleashed a series of fiery tornadoes powerful enough to flip cars, yank trees out of the ground and rip homes apart, fire scientists said Wednesday. Gusts of up to 73 mph were recorded at […]


Sea Level Rise update- webinar

RISeR SF Bay Project – Mark Stacey, Mark Lubell and Patrick Barnard October 18, 2017 Watch the 90 minute webinar here. The latest sea level rise science (Barnard), initial modeling findings on regional/local impacts for SF Bay (Stacey) and new Bay Area polling data + The Governance Gap (Lubell) Climate Readiness Institute UC Berkeley   […]


Natural climate solutions can provide up to 37% of emissions reductions needed by 2030

October 18, 2017

Nature-based solutions such as tree planting, protecting peatlands and better land management could account for 37% of all cuts needed by 2030 to keep global temperature increases below 2C, says study (see GuardianUK article about this study here) Bronson Griscom et al. Natural Climate Solutions. PNAS (Proceedings of the Ntional Academy of Sciences, US). October […]


Tropical forest carbon sink is disappearing; 69% of loss from smaller scale disturbances such as fires, minor logging

In the world’s tropical forests, small-scale disturbances like fires and minor logging are adding up for a net carbon loss per above ground measurements Researchers found that forests lost more carbon across every continent, with the average loss across the tropics of about 425 million metric tons a year—nearly a tenth of the annual U.S. […]


Ancient Egypt’s rulers mishandled climate and natural disasters. Then the people revolted.

by William Wan October 17, 2017 read full Washington Post article here The leaders of ancient Egypt knew a thing or two about natural disasters. Handle a famine or drought badly as pharaoh, and you could have empire-wide revolt on your hands. A new study shows how big a role climate change and natural disasters likely played in sparking such political uprisings. […]


Impacts of land protection on carbon sequestration in coastal California forests and rangelands- UC Berkeley webinar on findings

Assessed impacts of land protection on carbon sequestration due to avoided development and land management practices See the October 3 2017 webinar on their findings here The UC Berkeley team—David Ackerly, Whendee Silver, Patrick Gonzalez, Van Bustic, Maggi Kelly, John Battles, and Allegra Mayer—conducted an end-of-the-project WEBINAR for the Coastal Conservancy’s “Land Acquisition and Ecosystem […]


Whales and dolphins have rich ‘human-like’ cultures and societies

October 16, 2017 University of Manchester  read full ScienceDaily article here Whales and dolphins (cetaceans) live in tightly-knit social groups, have complex relationships, talk to each other and even have regional dialects — much like human societies. A major new study has linked the complexity of Cetacean culture and behavior to the size of their […]