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One of wettest winters on record in CA- new warm & wet atmospheric river to affect Oroville Dam watershed

February 16, 2017
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by Daniel Swain on February 16, 2017 Very heavy precipitation expected across Southern California on Friday and Northern California on Monday (including the Feather River watershed). NCEP California is currently experiencing one of its wettest winters on record. Precipitation has been especially remarkable across the Northern Sierra watersheds, where liquid equivalent (rain+melted snow) is presently […]

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Disappearing Seagrass Protects Against Pathogens, Even Climate Change, Scientists Find


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February 16 2017  Carl Zimmer NY Times Full article here Every continent save Antarctica is ringed by vast stretches of seagrass, underwater prairies that together cover an area roughly equal to California. Seagrass meadows, among the most endangered ecosystems on Earth, play an outsize role in the health of the oceans. They shelter important fish […]

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Underwater seagrass beds dial back polluted seawater


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February 16 2017 ScienceDaily  full article here Seagrass meadows — bountiful underwater gardens that nestle close to shore and are the most common coastal ecosystem on Earth — can reduce bacterial exposure for corals, other sea creatures and humans, according to new research. …While research is beginning to reveal the mechanisms driving bacterial-load reductions in […]

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Monitoring birds by drone


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15 Feb 2017 Science Daily  full story here Forget delivering packages or taking aerial photographs — drones can even count small birds. A new study tests this new approach to wildlife monitoring and concludes that despite some drawbacks, the method has the potential to become an important tool for ecologists and land managers…. Andrew M. […]

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Long-term eelgrass loss due to joint effects of shade, heat


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Analysis puts resulting economic losses at $1-2 billion in Chesapeake Bay alone February 14 2017  Science Daily see full article here A new study links a long-term decline in Chesapeake Bay’s eelgrass beds to both deteriorating water quality and rising summertime temperatures. It also shows that loss of the habitat and other benefits that eelgrass […]

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Some marine creatures may be more resilient to harsher ocean conditions than expected


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Posted: 15 Feb 2017 05:41 AM PST full article here As the world continually emits carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, the oceans are taking a hit, absorbing some of it and growing more acidic. Among other effects, scientists have found that coral reefs and oyster hatcheries are deteriorating as a result. However, scientists studying a […]

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Risk of rapid North Atlantic cooling greater than previously estimated


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February 15 2017 Science Daily  full article here The possibility of major climate change in the Atlantic region has long been recognized and has even been the subject of a Hollywood movie: The Day After Tomorrow. To evaluate the risk of such climate change, researchers ….developed a new algorithm to analyze the 40 climate models […]

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Antarctica Just Shed a Manhattan-Sized Chunk of Ice- Pine Island Glacier


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By Brian Kahn Published: February 15th, 2017 Climate Central  full article here The growing crack in the Larsen C ice shelf is the most dramatic example of change in Antarctica right now….Ice around the continent is disappearing as the air and water heat up and the less dramatic breakdowns are just as important to understanding […]

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Sea ice around Antarctica hits record low, preliminary US data show.

February 15, 2017
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February 14, 2017 reuters.com  see full article here Sea ice around Antarctica has shrunk to the smallest annual extent on record after years of resisting a trend of man-made global warming, preliminary U.S. satellite data showed on Tuesday  

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US Republican idea for tax on carbon makes climate sense- Nature editorial


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Nature | Editorial A conservative solution to global warming. 14 February 2017 see full editorial here Nature 542, 271–272 (16 February 2017) doi:10.1038/542271b

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