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3.6 Degrees F of Uncertainty

January 6, 2015

  3.6 Degrees [F] of Uncertainty Justin Gillis, NY Times, DEC. 15, 2014 Photo   After two weeks of grinding meetings in Lima, Peru, the world’s climate negotiators emerged this weekend with a deal. They settled on preliminary language, to be finalized a year from now in Paris, meant to help keep the long-term warming […]


Environmental tipping points key to predicting extinctions

December 13, 2014

      This graph shows evolutionary response to environmental variation under different levels of predictability and relative timescale of environmental variation. Credit: Dr. Carlos Botero Environmental ‘tipping points’ key to predicting extinctions Posted: 24 Nov 2014 12:25 PM PST Researchers from North Carolina State University have created a model that mimics how differently adapted […]


California drought- worst in 1,200 years; new insights in predicting future droughts

  California’s drought is the worst in 1,200 years, evidence suggests Posted: 05 Dec 2014 09:43 AM PST California finally experiences the arrival of a rain-bearing Pineapple Express this week, two climate scientists from the University of Minnesota and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have shown that the drought of 2012-2014 has been the worst in […]


How birds weather bad storms

    HOW BIRDS WEATHER BAD STORMS At Point Blue, some scientists have been talking about how birds responds to big storms like this – for example, do they know ahead of time that they should fatten up?  (Thanks Nat, Libby and others!) Rogers et al. 1994 ( They look at juncos, and then propose […]


Jan- Oct 2014 highest temp on record; El Nino news

  January-October 2014 temperatures highest on record Posted: 29 Nov 2014 04:57 AM PST The global average temperature over land and ocean surfaces for January to October 2014 was the highest on record, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It said October was the hottest since records began in 1880.…     […]


Family matters when predicting ecosystems’ reaction to global change

    ‘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 […]


A little rest from grazing improves native grassland

    A little rest from grazing improves native grasslands Dec 04, 2014 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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]