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Family matters when predicting ecosystems’ reaction to global change

December 13, 2014

    ‘Family’ matters when predicting ecosystems’ reaction to global change Posted: 05 Dec 2014 07:00 AM PST A new study shows that just as our family histories dictate what we look like and how we act, plant evolutionary history shapes community responses to interacting agents of global change… The research, published in the open-access […]

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A little rest from grazing improves native grassland


    A little rest from grazing improves native grasslands Dec 04, 2014 phys.org Just like us, grasslands need rest to improve their health. A study just published by Point Blue Conservation Science in the journal Ecological Restoration shows a 72 percent increase in where native perennial grasses were found on a coastal California ranch […]

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Conservation Science News December 12, 2014

December 12, 2014

    Focus of the Week 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 news update that has been prepared for […]

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The Planet – Hottest October on Record

November 14, 2014

  The Planet Just Had Its Hottest October On Record by Joe Romm Posted on November 14, 2014 at 9:22 am The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) reports that last month was the hottest October in more than 120 years of record-keeping — by far. This follows the hottest September, August, June, and March-May in JMA’s […]

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Warmest Oceans Ever Recorded


    Warmest Oceans Ever Recorded Figure 1: a) NOAA Sea Surface Temperature anomaly (with respect to period 1854-2013) averaged over global oceans (red) and over North Pacific (0-60oN, 110oE-100oW) (cyan). September 2014 temperatures broke the record for both global and North Pacific Sea Surface Temperatures. b) Sea Surface Temperature anomaly of September 2014 from […]

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US – CHINA CLIMATE AGREEMENT


      Why The U.S.-China CO2 Deal Is An Energy, Climate, And Political Gamechanger by Joe Romm Posted on November 12, 2014 at 5:01 pm CREDIT: Shutterstock The historic new U.S.-China climate deal changes the trajectory of global carbon pollution emissions, greatly boosting the chances for a global deal in Paris in 2015. The […]

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Conservation Science News November 14, 2014


Focus of the Week – US- CHINA Climate Agreement 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 news update that has […]

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New research predicts California droughts will worsen

November 7, 2014

    New research predicts California droughts will worsen By Matt Weiser mweiser@sacbee.com 10/31/2014 8:26 PM 11/02/2014 11:22 PM Weeds and dirt were still seen under a chairlift in January 2013 at Donner Ski Ranch.Randy Pench/rpench@sacbee.com Future droughts in California are likely to bite deeper and last longer than the one now gripping the state, […]

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IPCC: Irreversible Impacts of Climate Change Inaction


    World’s Scientists Warn: We Have ‘High Confidence’ In The ‘Irreversible Impacts’ Of Climate Inaction by Joe Romm Posted on November 2, 2014 at 10:56 am Humanity’s choice (via IPCC): Aggressive climate action ASAP (left figure) minimizes future warming and costs a mere 0.06% of annual growth. Continued inaction (right figure) results in catastrophic […]

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Reversing Course on Beavers: Benefits


      Reversing Course on Beavers By JIM ROBBINS NY Times OCT. 27, 2014 In Washington State, beavers are being trapped and relocated to the headwaters of the Yakima River. Credit Manuel Valdes/Associated Press BUTTE, Mont. — Once routinely trapped and shot as varmints, their dams obliterated by dynamite and bulldozers, beavers are getting […]

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