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World’s Glaciers Melting Faster Than Ever Before Recorded, Study Finds

August 7, 2015

CREDIT: AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko Gentoo penguins stand on rocks on the Antarctic peninsula. Forty-nine billion tons of ice (nearly 45 billion metric tons), is lost here a year according to NASA. World’s Glaciers Melting Faster Than Ever Before Recorded, Study Finds by Samantha Page Aug 5, 2015 1:02pm A century’s worth of data. That’s how […]

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Diet change cuts methane emissions in cow burps


  Emission mission … the new additive has helped slash the cows’ methane output. Photo: Eddie Jim Diet change cuts methane emissions in cow burps Change to cow diet cuts methane emissions August 4, 2015 Darren Gray With the dairy, beef and sheep industries responsible for 11 per cent of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions, scientists […]

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El Nino, the Blob and more


  The present El Niño formation has the potential to become the strongest on record. The yellow areas indicate concentrations of warming water. Worse than ’97-98?! New El Niño growing into monster Mike Moffitt Updated 11:45 am, Monday, July 27, 2015 New computer models suggest that the current El Niño formation brewing in the Pacific could […]

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Thousands of salmon die in hotter-than-usual Northwest rivers


    Thousands of salmon die in hotter-than-usual Northwest rivers PORTLAND, Ore. | By Courtney Sherwood Unseasonably hot water has killed nearly half of the sockeye salmon migrating up the Columbia River through Oregon and Washington state, a wildlife official said on Monday. Only 272,000 out of the more than 507,000 sockeye salmon that have […]

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Ocean changes are affecting salmon biodiversity, survival


    Coho and Chinook salmon survival rates are growing increasingly similar in the Northern Pacific and are influenced by El Nino-associated weather patterns, UC Davis scientists found. Credit: Carson Jeffres/UC Davis Ocean changes are affecting salmon biodiversity, survival Coho, chinook salmon have increasingly similar survival rates August 3, 2015 University of California – Davis […]

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Dry Days Bring Ferocious Start to Fire Season; Smoke Map


    LOWER LAKE, Calif.: Crews battle fast-moving fire in Northern …     Dry Days Bring Ferocious Start to Fire Season Officials are warning about the potential for more catastrophe in the months ahead, as drought, heat and climate change leave the landscape ever thirstier. By FERNANDA SANTOS NY TIMES AUG. 1, 2015 WALLA […]

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Conservation Science News August 7, 2015


Focus of the Week – Dry Days Bring Ferocious Start to Fire Season; Smoke Map 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 […]

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Dutch court orders state to reduce emissions by 25% within five years to protect its citizens from climate change in world’s first climate liability suit

July 24, 2015

    Urgenda supporters celebrate at The Hague after court ruling requiring Dutch government to slash emissions. Photograph: Chantal Bekker/Urgenda Dutch government ordered to cut carbon emissions in landmark ruling Dutch court orders state to reduce emissions by 25% within five years to protect its citizens from climate change in world’s first climate liability suit […]

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International report confirms: 2014 was Earth’s warmest year on record


    International report confirms: 2014 was Earth’s warmest year on record Climate markers continue to show global warming trend July 17, 2015 NOAA In 2014, the most essential indicators of Earth’s changing climate continued to reflect trends of a warming planet, with several markers such as rising land and ocean temperature, sea levels and […]

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Prepare farms for the future


      Prepare farms for the future Scientists must work closely with farmers to ensure that agriculture can stand up to the ravages of climate change. 21 July 2015 NATURE Ignore the climate sceptics who set up a straw man of the need for ‘settled science’ and then burn it to the ground. Ambiguity […]

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