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IPCC: Irreversible Impacts of Climate Change Inaction

November 7, 2014

    World’s Scientists Warn: We Have ‘High Confidence’ In The ‘Irreversible Impacts’ Of Climate Inaction by Joe Romm Posted on November 2, 2014 at 10:56 am Humanity’s choice (via IPCC): Aggressive climate action ASAP (left figure) minimizes future warming and costs a mere 0.06% of annual growth. Continued inaction (right figure) results in catastrophic […]


Reversing Course on Beavers: Benefits

      Reversing Course on Beavers By JIM ROBBINS NY Times OCT. 27, 2014 In Washington State, beavers are being trapped and relocated to the headwaters of the Yakima River. Credit Manuel Valdes/Associated Press BUTTE, Mont. — Once routinely trapped and shot as varmints, their dams obliterated by dynamite and bulldozers, beavers are getting […]


Learning to Coexist with Fire: Changing Wildfire Paradigm from Fighting to Coexistence

    The lightning-sparked Castle Rock Fire burned nearly 50,000 acres in 2007 in the Sawtooth National Forest and adjacent state and private lands surrounding Ketchum, Idaho, in the Smoky Mountains region of the Rocky Mountain range. Credit: Kari Geer, courtesy of the National Interagency Fire Center Coexist or perish, new wildfire analysis says: Changing […]


Warm Ocean Temperatures and Unusual Species off CA Coast

  Unusual and Warm Ocean Conditions, Species off CA Coast   Anomalies in the California Current November 6, 2014 Meredith Elliott Point Blue Conservation Science, California Current Group   Point Blue’s California Current Group has been discussing some anomalies we’ve noticed this year – from water temperature to higher trophic levels – and I thought […]


Conservation Science News November 7, 2014

  Focus of the Week – Unusual Warm Ocean Conditions and Species off CA Coast 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 […]


Damming last big rivers on Earth

October 31, 2014

We’re damming up every last big river on Earth. Is that really a good idea? Updated by Brad Plumer on October 28, 2014, 4:05 p.m. ET @bradplumer The Three Gorges discharges water during a flood peak July 08, 2012 in Hubei, China. TPG/Getty Images Solar and wind power get all the attention these days, but […]


Climate change impacts countered by stricter fisheries management

    Climate change impacts countered by stricter fisheries management October 24, 2014 Wildlife Conservation Society A new study has found that implementing stricter fisheries management overcame the expected detrimental effects of climate change disturbances in coral reef fisheries badly impacted by the 1997/98 El Niño, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society. The 17-year study […]


Rangelands as Carbon Sinks to Mitigate Climate Change: A Review

Rangelands as Carbon Sinks to Mitigate Climate Change: A Review McDermot C, Elavarthi S (2014) Rangelands as Carbon Sinks to Mitigate Climate Change: A Review. J Earth Sci Clim Change 5:221. doi: 10.4172/2157-7617.1000221 Journal of Rangelands and Climatic Change September 30 2014 ABSTRACT: Rangelands cover large areas in the United States and across the world […]


Restoring wetlands can lessen soil sinkage, greenhouse gas emissions, study finds

  Restoring wetlands can lessen soil sinkage, greenhouse gas emissions, study finds October 30, 2014 Dartmouth College Restoring wetlands can help reduce or reverse soil subsidence and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to research in California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. The study is one of the first to continually measure the fluctuations of both carbon […]


Global Groundwater Crisis

      Sustained drought in California is depleting aquifers (click to enlarge).   NASA Bombshell: Global Groundwater Crisis Threatens Our Food Supplies And Our Security by Joe Romm Posted on October 31, 2014 at 1:22 pm   An alarming satellite-based analysis from NASA finds that the world is depleting groundwater — the water stored […]