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HFCs- Worst Climate Threat, Stronger Than CO2

October 30, 2015

HFCs- Worst Climate Threat You Never Heard of Is Stronger Than CO2 Alex Nussbaum anussbaum1 October 29, 2015 — 5:00 PM PDT Updated on October 30, 2015 — 7:44 AM PDT HFCs are thousands of times stronger than CO2 at trapping heat As envoys debate a phase-out, some countries balk at cost The biggest global […]

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Marine reserves will need stepping stones to help fish disperse between them


  http://www.ecology.com/2012/11/13/marine-reserves-make-fish-naive/ Marine reserves will need stepping stones to help fish disperse between them Posted: 27 Oct 2015 10:29 AM PDT A massive field effort on the Belizean Barrier Reef has revealed for the first time that the offspring of at least one coral reef fish, a neon goby, do not disperse far from their […]

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Rewilding the future


Rewilding the future Posted: 27 Oct 2015 06:52 AM PDT New research shows that the loss of large animals has had strong effects on ecosystem functions, and that reintroducing large animal faunas may restore biodiverse ecosystems. Rewilding is gaining a lot of interest as an alternative conservation and land management approach in recent years, but […]

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Scientists’ warning: Extinction of big land animals forever alters environment


  In this photo taken on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, an elephant crosses the road in Hwange National Park, about 700 kilometers south west of Harare, Zimbabwe. Cyanide poisoning has killed 22 elephants in Zimbabwe. Photo: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, Associated Press Scientists’ warning: Extinction of big land animals forever alters environment By Peter Fimrite Updated 3:03 pm, […]

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Conservation Science News Oct 30 2015


Focus of the Week When megafauna disappear, so does their ecosystem-sustaining poop 1–ECOLOGY, BIODIVERSITY, RELATED 2–CLIMATE CHANGE AND EXTREME EVENTS with special DROUGHT section 3– ADAPTATION AND HOPE 4- POLICY 5- RENEWABLES, ENERGY AND RELATED 6- RESOURCES and REFERENCES 7–OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST  8–IMAGES OF THE WEEK ——————————– NOTE: Please share this news update that […]

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When megafauna disappear, so does their poop- disrupts Earth’s nutrient cycle


      This diagram shows an interlinked system of animals that carry nutrients from ocean depths to deep inland — through their poop, urine, and, upon death, decomposing bodies. A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports that — in the past–this chain of whales, seabirds, migratory fish and […]

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Why Restoring Nature Could Be the Key to Fighting Climate Change

October 24, 2015

Getty Images Why Restoring Nature Could Be the Key to Fighting Climate Change ‘It’s a solution that’s available now’ Justin Worland TIME Oct. 14, 2015 For decades, scientists and policymakers have focused on changing human behavior to address climate change. Regulations have mandated reduced carbon emissions, subsidies have supported the development of renewable energy and […]

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El Nino and Global Warming– California 2100: More frequent and more severe droughts and floods likely


On the left, La Nina cools off the ocean surface (greens and blues) in the winter of 1988. On the right, El Nino warms up it up (oranges and reds) in the winter of 1997. Credit: Jin-Ho Yoon/PNNL California 2100: More frequent and more severe droughts and floods likely El Nino and global warming work […]

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Carbon sequestration in soil: The potential underfoot


Carbon sequestration in soil: The potential underfoot Posted: 19 Oct 2015 08:23 AM PDT Declining greenhouse gas emissions from European cropland could compensate for up to 7 percent of annual agricultural emissions from the region, according to a new study analyzing the carbon uptake potential of soil. However at global scale, indirect effects could offset […]

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The Baylands and Climate Change: What We Can DoScience Update 2015


  The Facebook campus sits next to the Menlo Park Baylands amid the rich colors of the drying mud flats in Ravenswood Slough in this aerial view taken Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 2, 2015, in Menlo Park, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) ( Karl Mondon ) San Francisco Bay: Race to build wetlands is needed […]

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