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Globe had 2nd warmest year to date and 4th warmest September on record

October 18, 2017

Arctic and Antarctic sea ice coverage remains small October 18, 2017 This monthly summary is developed by scientists at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for September 2017 was the fourth highest for the month of September in the NOAA global temperature dataset record, which dates […]


Review of research and future priorities to inform CA’s GHG emissions reductions plan: Agriculture and working lands

October 13, 2017

Byrnes R, Eviner V, Kebreab E, Horwath W, Jackson L, Jenkins B, Kaffka S, Kerr A, Lewis J, Mitloehner F, Mitchell J, Scow K, Steenwerth K, Wheeler S. 2017. Review of research to inform California’s climate scoping plan: Agriculture and working lands. California Agriculture 71(3):160-168. This article grew out of conversations with state agencies […]


Diversity of large animals plays an important role in carbon cycle

We have to maintain the diversity and abundance of animals, especially mammals, in order to ensure a well-functioning carbon cycle and the retention of carbon in soils To increase carbon sequestration, we have to preserve not only high numbers of animals but also many different species October 10, 2017 Stanford University read full ScienceDaily article […]


Herbivores help protect ecosystems from climate change

In the summer, when temperatures were at their warmest in the intertidal zone, biological communities could fare well even if they were heated, but only if limpets were present October 11, 2017 University of British Columbia read full ScienceDaily article here Plant-eating critters are the key ingredient to helping ecosystems survive global warming, finds new […]


The world’s first “negative emissions” plant has begun operation—turning carbon dioxide into stone

Akshat Rathi October 12, 2017 read full Quartz article here …We produce 40 trillion kg of carbon dioxide each year, and we’re on track to cross a crucial emissions threshold that will cause global temperature rise to pass the dangerous 2°C limit set by the Paris climate agreement. …On Oct. 11, at a geothermal power […]


Northern California firestorm ‘literally exploded’; 2015 study found warming climate to make “Diablo” offshore winds more frequent and stronger, fueling more destructive fires

October 12, 2017

years of drought followed by record-breaking rainfall increased fuel load [after a century of fire-suppression combined with inappropriate siting of houses and other built infrastructure] 2015 study found that a warming climate will likely make these “Diablo” offshore winds both more frequent and stronger, fueling potentially destructive fires Natasha Geiling Oct 10, 2017 Updated Oct […]


Slightly warmer temperatures and moderate CO2 [275 ppm] ~120,000 years ago led to superstorms and abrupt multi-meter sea-level rise

geologic findings from the western Atlantic Ocean indicate ominous prospects for a warming Earth October 12, 2017  Elsevier read full ScienceDaily article here While strong seasonal hurricanes have devastated many of the Caribbean and Bahamian islands this year, geologic studies on several of these islands illustrate that more extreme conditions existed in the past..[per a] […]


Even modest oil exposure can harm coastal and marine birds

“Even birds with relatively limited exposure to oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill sustained damage to circulating red blood cells and had evidence of anemia, which can adversely affect reproduction and reduce survival.” October 12, 2017 Wiley read full ScienceDaily article here Many birds and other wildlife die following an oil spill, but there are […]


Better managing plastic waste in 10 rivers could stem ~90% of plastics in the ocean

Scientists have found that 10 rivers around the world where plastic waste is mismanaged contribute 88-95% of global load of plastics in the ocean. Halving plastic pollution in these 10 waterways — eight of which are in Asia — could potentially reduce the total contribution by all rivers by 45 percent. October 11, 2017 American […]


Electric Vehicles Expected to Push Oil Demand Down

With China now planning to phase out gas-powered cars, automakers are talking about an all-electric future. It could mean a big drop in emissions. By Erica Gies Oct 10, 2017 read full InsideClimate News article here A research note from Barclay’s Bank last week summed up what the boom in electric vehicles, along with gains […]