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California’s drought linked to greenhouse gases, climate change in Stanford study

October 3, 2014

  California’s drought linked to greenhouse gases, climate change in Stanford study By Lisa M. Krieger Posted:   09/29/2014 10:51:27 AM PDT Updated:   09/30/2014 08:41:52 AM PDT The stubborn high-pressure systems that block California rains are linked to the abundance of human-caused greenhouse gases that heat the oceans, according to a major paper released […]

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Changing Antarctic waters could trigger steep rise in sea levels, conditions 14,000 years ago suggest


  Changing Antarctic waters could trigger steep rise in sea levels, conditions 14,000 years ago suggest October 1, 2014 University of New South Wales Current changes in the ocean around Antarctica are disturbingly close to conditions 14,000 years ago that new research shows may have led to the rapid melting of Antarctic ice and an […]

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2 degrees celsius climate target: right or wrong?


    Could the 2C climate target be completely wrong? The global warming goal that nearly 200 governments have agreed on should be ditched, say scientists writing in Nature Adam Vaughan theguardian.com, Wednesday 1 October 2014 13.03 EDT A discarded signboard from People’s Climate March in a trash bin in Manhattan, New York. Photograph: Carlo […]

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ACCESS in the news—Point Blue, NOAA keeps eye on marine sanctuary rich life


    A researcher holds up a krill from the sampling station on the NOAA research vessel Fulmar. (Photo by Jason Jaacks) In An Unusual Year for Upwelling, Research Cruise Keeps an Eye on Marine Sanctuaries’ Rich Life by Jason Jaacks BAY NATURE on September 29, 2014 An orca glides beneath the research vessel. (Photo […]

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Building an Ark for the Anthropocene; Assisted Migration


      Building an Ark for the Anthropocene By JIM ROBBINS NY TIMES SEPT. 27, 2014 Opinion Credit Jason Holley   WE are barreling into the Anthropocene, the sixth mass extinction in the history of the planet. A recent study published in the journal Science concluded that the world’s species are disappearing as much […]

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Conservation Science News October 3, 2014


Focus of the Week Building an Ark for the Anthropocene; Assisted Migration 1–ECOLOGY, BIODIVERSITY, RELATED 2–CLIMATE CHANGE AND EXTREME EVENTS with special DROUGHT section 3– ADAPTATION 4- POLICY 5- RENEWABLES, ENERGY AND RELATED 6- RESOURCES and REFERENCES 7–OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST  8–IMAGES OF THE WEEK ——————————– NOTE: Please pass on my weekly news update that […]

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Aug Global Temps and Greenhouse Gases Record High Sept 2014

September 19, 2014

    August and June-August global temperatures each reach record high, driven largely by record warm global oceans Posted: 18 Sep 2014 08:19 AM PDT According to NOAA scientists, the globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for August 2014 was the highest for August since record keeping began in 1880. It also marked […]

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Migratory Birds, Refuges Need Consideration in Drought


  Viewpoints: Migratory water birds, refuges need consideration in drought By Brigid McCormack and Mark Biddlecomb Special to The Sacramento Bee Published: Thursday, Sep. 4, 2014 – 12:00 am Brigid McCormack is executive director of Audubon California. Mark Biddlecomb is western regional director of Ducks Unlimited. As we endure the third year of a severe […]

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CA blue whales bounce back to near historic numbers; Whale Alert West Coast


  California blue whales bounce back to near historic numbers By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent, BBC News 5 September 2014 Last updated at 06:11 ET A blue whale estimated to be around 20m long, swimming off Baja California Researchers believe that California blue whales have recovered in numbers and the population has returned to sustainable […]

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Why more trees in the Sierra mean less water for California


  Why More Trees in the Sierra Mean Less Water for California   Lauren Sommer, KQED Science | September 15, 2014 | 13 Comments Sierra Nevada forests are denser than they once were, potentially reducing the amount of runoff that reaches California’s reservoirs. (Dan Brekke/KQED) With California’s reservoir levels dropping, just about everyone is wishing […]

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