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Record global carbon dioxide concentrations surpass 400 parts per million in March 2015

May 8, 2015

  Record global carbon dioxide concentrations surpass 400 parts per million in March 2015 Posted: 07 May 2015 05:42 AM PDT For the first time since we began tracking carbon dioxide in the global atmosphere, the monthly global average concentration of this greenhouse gas surpassed 400 parts per million in March 2015, according to NOAA’s […]

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Earliest Start to Plover Nesting Season in 32 Years


    Earliest Start to Plover Nesting Season in 32 Years April 16, 2015, Monterey – Historically, March has marked the start of the Snowy Plover nesting season in Monterey Bay, but this year a pair started nesting in February.  This nest is 10 days earlier than any nest recorded in the Monterey Bay area […]

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Point Blue Sierra study: Diversity of habitat needed around spotted owl reserves, study shows


  Diversity of habitat needed around spotted owl reserves, study shows April 28, 2015 ScienceDaily A new study shows that many bird species, including several of high conservation concern, aren’t getting the habitat they need due to a focus on promoting California Spotted Owl habitat in the northern Sierra Nevada. The study, published in the […]

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Soil and climate change


    Environmental groups want to make soil a red hot climate change issue. CREDIT: Shutterstock   Is 2015 The Year Soil Becomes Climate Change’s Hottest Topic? by Natasha Geiling Posted on April 29, 2015 at 8:00 am climateprogress.org Last week, 650 people from 80 countries gathered in Germany for a week-long discussion about an […]

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Conservation Science News 2015


    Focus of the Week – Is 2015 The Year Soil Becomes Climate Change’s Hottest Topic? 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 […]

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Five years after the BP/Deepwater Horizon disaster, oil spills are on the rise.

April 24, 2015

    Photo by Ideum – ideas + media, on Flickr The Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling platform on fire following the explosion of the Macondo oil well. The federal government estimates that 4.9 million barrels of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico before the well was capped. Five years after the BP/Deepwater Horizon disaster, […]

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Goldman Environmental Prize 2015


    Goldman Environmental Prize — moving and inspiring.  You can see videos on some of the awardees here from 2014 and 2015. 

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Carbon emissions [from wildfire and deforestation] higher in California ecosystems than previously thought, study finds


  CALFIRE/Courtesy Carbon emissions higher in California ecosystems than previously thought, study finds By Robert Patrick Van Tooke | Staff Monday, April 20, 2015 A recently published study has found that wildfires and deforestation have contributed more to greenhouse gas emissions than previously expected. The study, published online in the journal Forest Ecology and Management […]

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Plants may not protect us against climate change


  William R. Wieder/NCAR The carbon uptake of rainforests will be crucial to how the climate responds to human emissions. Plants may not protect us against climate change By Tim Wogan 20 April 2015 11:30 am \Science| DOI: 10.1126/science.aab2513 Plants are one of the last bulwarks against climate change. They feed on carbon dioxide, growing […]

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Phytoplankton, reducing greenhouse gases or amplifying Arctic warming?


    http://www.whoi.edu/oceanus/feature/life-in-the-arctic-ocean   Phytoplankton, reducing greenhouse gases or amplifying Arctic warming? Posted: 21 Apr 2015 07:53 AM PDT Scientists have presented the geophysical impact of phytoplankton that triggers positive feedback in the Arctic warming when the warming-induced melting of sea ice stimulates phytoplankton growth.When the Arctic sea ice melts away due to greenhouse warming, […]

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