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Jan-Mar 2015 record breaking temp globally; lowest winter ice in arctic

April 17, 2015

      Record-breaking heat globally This Was The Hottest 3-Month Start Of Any Year On Record by Joe Romm Posted on April 15, 2015 at 1:39 pm Updated: April 15, 2015 at 4:38 pm NASA reported Tuesday that this was the hottest three-month start (January to March) of any year on record. This was the […]

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If We Dig Out All Our Fossil Fuels, Here’s How Hot We Can Expect It to Get


    A huge excavator shoveled earth and brown coal near the Boehlen-Lippendorf power station in Germany in 2013. Credit Michaela Rehle/Reuters If We Dig Out All Our Fossil Fuels, Here’s How Hot We Can Expect It to Get APRIL 8, 2015 NY Times by Michael Greenstone Michael Greenstone, the Milton Friedman professor of economics at […]

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Conservation Science News April 17 2015


    Focus of the Week – Hottest Jan-Mar, lowest Arctic winter ice on record; If we dig out all fossil fuels, here’s how hot we can expect it to get 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- […]

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Conservation Science News April 10 2015

April 14, 2015

    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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Point Blue Conservation Science turns 50!

April 9, 2015

    Point Blue Conservation Science turns 50   April 3, 2015 California Rice Commission [thanks Paul!]   By Paul Buttner Paul Buttner is Manager of Environmental Affairs for the California Rice Commission. I was honored last month to attend an intimate celebration at the City Club in San Francisco commemorating the 50th Anniversary of […]

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Has climate change made it harder for people to care about bird conservation – Franzen (and rebuttals)


  Carbon Capture Has climate change made it harder for people to care about conservation? By Jonathan Franzen New Yorker April 6 2015 Last September, as someone who cares more about birds than the next man, I was following the story of the new stadium that the Twin Cities are building for their football Vikings. […]

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Climate sensitivity is unlikely to be less than 2C, say scientists


Climate sensitivity is unlikely to be less than 2C, say scientists Posted on 2 April 2015 skepticalscience.com by Guest Author This is a re-post from Roz Pidcock at Carbon Brief Does the fact that surface temperatures are rising slower than in previous decades mean scientists have overestimated how sensitive the Earth’s climate is to greenhouse gases? […]

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Antarctica may have just set its highest temperature on record


Temperature anomalies in Antarctica on March 24, 2015. Antarctica may have just set its highest temperature on record By Andrew Freeman, March 28, 2015 Antarctica, Earth’s coldest, most barren continent, may have just set a remarkably unusual weather record. An Argentinian research station on the rapidly warming Antarctic Peninsula recorded a high temperature of 63.5 […]

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Study takes aim at mitigating the human impact on the Central Valley, California


    Study takes aim at mitigating the human impact on the Central Valley, California Posted: 27 Mar 2015 10:22 AM PDT Study of California’s Central Valley shows that as temperature-mitigating technologies are deployed, other environmental factors like pollution become a concern. As more people move to different regions of the country it will require […]

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Soil organic matter susceptible to climate change


    Soil organic matter susceptible to climate change March 31, 2015 DOE/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Soil organic matter, long thought to be a semi-permanent storehouse for ancient carbon, may be much more vulnerable to climate change than previously thought. Plants direct between 40 percent and 60 percent of photosynthetically fixed carbon to their roots […]

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