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Thomas Nutall – Brief life of a pioneering naturalist: 1786-1859

April 24, 2015

    Thomas Nutall – Brief life of a pioneering naturalist: 1786-1859 by John Nelson Harvard Magazine May-June 2015 In 1808, a day after landing in Philadelphia, Yorkshireman Thomas Nuttall found a common greenbrier, a plant new to him. The apprentice printer and aspiring naturalist took it to Benjamin Smith Barton of the University of […]

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Farms that help wildlife


    Farms that Help Wildlife Nathaniel Seavy, John Eadie, Jeffrey Mount, Peter Moyle April 21, 2015 CA Public Policy Institute Blog When we hear that agriculture accounts for 80% of human uses of water in California, attention often turns to water intensive crops like rice and alfalfa (almonds—a water intensive but high revenue crop—have […]

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Species abundances in natural ecosystems may never settle at a stable equilibrium


  Ecosystems not searching for balance Phys.org April 22, 2015 Species abundances in natural ecosystems may never settle at a stable equilibrium. Biologists from the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Leigh Marine Laboratory (New Zealand) and Cornell University (USA) report that species in one of the world’s oldest marine reserves showed chaotic fluctuations for more […]

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Happy Earth Day Images


     

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Conservation Science News April 24, 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 Point Blue […]

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Saving Tidal Marshes in the SF Bay- US Climate Resilience ToolKit

April 17, 2015

  A Story of Saving Tidal Marshes in the San Francisco Bay Tuesday, April 14, 2015 A new article “Saving Tidal Marshes in the San Francisco Bay” tells the story of taking action against multiple threats to improve the resilience of tidal marshes in San Francisco Bay using innovative modeling tools and adaptation strategies. This […]

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LA launches first-ever sustainability plan for economy and environment


    Mayor Launches ‘First-Ever’ Sustainability Plan For LA Economy, Environment April 8, 2015 11:20 AM LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti released a long-range plan Wednesday aimed at making the city more economically and environmentally sustainable. The Sustainable City Plan calls for “an environmentally healthy, economically prosperous, equitable future in the context […]

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CA Drought and Desalination


      The Pacific Ocean will feed a desalination plant in Carlsbad, Calif. The intake of seawater and the disposal of salt into the ocean can harm sea life, environmentalists say. Credit Damon Winter/The New York Time For Drinking Water in Drought, California Looks Warily to Sea By JUSTIN GILLISAPRIL 11, 2015 CARLSBAD, Calif. […]

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Carbon and soils—plant roots may accelerate carbon loss from soils; increased atmospheric carbon dioxide limits soil storage


  Climate change, plant roots may accelerate carbon loss from soils Posted: 06 Apr 2015 01:55 PM PDT Soil, long thought to be a semi-permanent storehouse for ancient carbon, may be releasing carbon dioxide to the atmosphere faster than anyone thought. In a new study, researchers showed that chemicals emitted by plant roots act on […]

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The Arctic is ‘unraveling’ due to global warming, and the consequences will be global


    Calved icebergs from Greenland’s Twin Glaciers are seen floating on the water on July 30, 2013 in Qaqortoq, Greenland.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) The Arctic is ‘unraveling’ due to global warming, and the consequences will be global By Chris Mooney April 16 at 10:25 AM Washington Post We often hear that climate […]

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