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New studies look at impact of protected areas on poverty, human well-being

October 24, 2015

    These are women from Uaxactun village in the Peten, Guatemala preparing dinner for tourists. Credit: Lovett Williams New studies look at impact of protected areas on poverty, human well-being Posted: 14 Oct 2015 11:22 AM PDT A substantial fraction of the Earth is now legally protected from damaging human activities. Does this protection […]

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Solar Energy Impacts Protected Areas and Ecosystems


  A solar power plant in California’s Mojave Desert. Credit: Worklife Siemens/flickr Study Sees Ecological Risks as Solar Expands October 19th, 2015 By Bobby Magill Climate Central Solar power development is big business in sunny California, fueled by low solar panel prices and the drive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to tackle climate change. Some […]

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Is 2015 the Last Year Below 400 ppm of CO2?


    Scientists at the Scripps Institution project that the powerful El Niño condition this year, along with rising emissions, will send concentrations of carbon dioxide, even accounting for annual ups and downs, beyond 400 parts per million shortly. Credit Scripps Institution of OceanographyIs This the Last Year Below 400? [ppm of Co2] Leader of Keeling […]

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Conservation Science News Oct 24 2015


  Focus of the Week – Is This the Last Year Below 400 ppm of CO2? 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 […]

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Conservation Science News October 16, 2015

October 16, 2015

Focus of the Week – El Niño in; ridiculously resilient ridge out 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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NEW FEDERAL POLICY GUIDANCE ON NATURAL INFRASTRUCTURE


NEW FEDERAL POLICY GUIDANCE ON NATURAL INFRASTRUCTURE October 7, 2015 — the memo directs all Federal agencies to incorporate the value of natural, or “green,” infrastructure and ecosystem services into Federal planning and decision making. This builds on previous efforts such as guidance for GHG and climate change impacts when developing NEPA reviews; and Executive Orders […]

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Beavers: A Potential Missing Link in California’s Water Future


The industrious rodents can offer a range of benefits for California water supplies and habitats. But they’re still officially considered a pest Beavers: A Potential Missing Link in California’s Water Future October 16th, 2015 by Alastair Bland  ·  On California’s central coast, a region that usually receives drenching rainfall or fog for most of the […]

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Quantifying the impact of climate on ecosystems worldwide


Quantifying the impact of climate on ecosystems worldwide Posted: 08 Oct 2015 11:25 AM PDT Record-breaking temperatures and droughts are directly affecting ecosystems worldwide, an international research team of life scientists reports. An international research team led by UCLA life scientists has, for the first time, quantified the direct influence of climate on the growth […]

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Global marine analysis suggests food chain collapse


Bleached coral colony, no fish. Credit: © ead72 / Fotolia Global marine analysis suggests food chain collapse Posted: 12 Oct 2015 03:10 PM PDT A world-first global analysis of marine responses to climbing human carbon dioxide emissions has painted a grim picture of future fisheries and ocean ecosystems. Published today in the journal Proceedings of […]

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Earth just had its warmest September on record — by a long shot


Global average surface temperature anomalies during the month of September. Image: Japan Meteorological Agency Earth just had its warmest September on record — by a long shot By Andrew Freedman October 16, 2015 It’s virtually certain that in January 2016, the planet will set a new record for the warmest calendar year on record. A […]

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