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Looking Down Under for Solutions to CA Drought

June 5, 2015

FILE – In this March 3, 2015, file photo, a flock of sheep drink from a dam at the edge of dried-up Lake George, about 250 kilometers (155 miles) southwest of Sydney. On the world’s driest inhabited continent, drought is a part of life, with the struggle to survive in a land short on water […]

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Heat Accelerates Dry in California Drought


Heat Accelerates Dry in California DroughtReleased: 5/28/2015 1:56:43 PM USGS Although record low precipitation has been the main driver of one of the worst droughts in California history, abnormally high temperatures have also played an important role in amplifying its adverse effects, according to a recent study by the U.S. Geological Survey and university partners. […]

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No slow down in global warming


A NOAA analysis using updated global surface temperature data disputes the existence of a 21st century global warming slowdown. The new analysis suggests no discernable decrease in the rate of warming between the second half of the 20th century, a period marked by manmade warming, and the first fifteen years of the 21st century, a […]

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Rapid Arctic ice loss linked to extreme weather changes in Europe and US


Arctic is warming faster than elsewhere, triggering changes in the jet stream which will create more extreme weather in western Europe and North America, researchers say. Photograph: Alamy Rapid Arctic ice loss linked to extreme weather changes in Europe and US Arctic warming appears to be the prime reason behind fluctuations in the polar jet […]

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New far-reaching bills on climate change passed in CA


    State lawmakers pass bills combatting climate change By Melody Gutierrez June 3, 2015 Updated: June 3, 2015 4:11pm SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers passed ambitious proposals Wednesday aimed at reaffirming California’s commitment to combatting global warming. The bills, which still need to be voted on by the full Legislature, would translate into law the […]

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Conservation Science News June 5, 2015


Focus of the Week – New Far-reaching CA Bills Passed on Climate Change 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 pass on my weekly […]

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Conservation Science News May 22, 2015

May 22, 2015

Focus of the Week – New studies on nature slowing impacts of climate change 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 pass on my […]

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Antarctic ice sheets—thinning faster


  Antarctic glacier from the melting Larsen B iceshelf. CREDIT: Shutterstock Antarctic ice shelf [Larsen C] is thinning from above and below Posted: 13 May 2015 05:37 AM PDT A decade-long scientific debate about what’s causing the thinning of one of Antarctica’s largest ice shelves is settled this week with the publication of an international […]

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The Earth’s Hottest January-April Since We Started Keeping Records


  Global temperatures in April vs. 1951-1980 average. Via NASA. You Just Lived Through The Earth’s Hottest January-April Since We Started Keeping Records by Joe Romm Posted on May 14, 2015 at 11:11 am climateprogress.org It’s increasingly likely that 2015 will be the hottest year on record, possibly by a wide margin. NASA reported Wednesday […]

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Diverse soil communities can help offset impacts of global warming


  Earthworm in soil (stock image). “In disturbed environments, where soil animals are not present, the feedback between climate change and microbial carbon production was strong,” said the lead author of the study. “Meanwhile, when the soil community is healthy and diverse, we saw that animals feed on the microorganisms, limiting the feedback effects.” Credit: […]

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