Ecology, Climate Change and Related News

Conservation Science for a Healthy Planet

Most accurate climate change models predict the most alarming consequences

December 7, 2017

The climate models that project greater amounts of warming this century are the ones that best align with observations of the current climate. The models used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, on average, may be underestimating future warming. By Chris Mooney | The Washington Post December 7 2017 read full article here The […]


US government report finds steady and persistent global warming

All of nature’s thermometers indicate a rapid rise in global temperatures. The United States Global Change Research Program report paints a bleak picture of the consequences of climate denial– Nov 27 2017 The report also shows is that the biggest uncertainty in future climate change is us. What will humans do about it? We have […]


2017’s Ridiculously Resilient Ridge & the North American Winter Dipole

December 6, 2017

Persistent western ridge and eastern trough next 2+ weeks–warm in the west, cool in the east– linked to western tropical Pacific ocean warming Tropical warmth (in the West Pacific) and coolness (in the East Pacific) are both linked to different patterns of North Pacific winter ridging, and may offer an early warning of seasons with […]


California Fires and Climate Change

Offshore winds are whipping up wildfires in California….Rising temps combined with fire suppression, increased development in wildland areas are making the West dangerously combustible. [see my post on the No CA fires here; 2015 study found that a warming climate will likely make these “Santa Ana” offshore winds both more frequent and stronger, fueling potentially […]


Riparian restoration’s leaf litter can reduce nitrate pollution from fertilizers

Riparian restoration in agricultural landscapes can result in leaf litter that enhances microbial activity and reduction of polluting nitrates from fertilizers- and downstream impacts of the nitrates through eutrophication (major increases in algal growth that create dead zones without oxygen). Leaf inputs associated with increased riparian cover had the potential to double the catchment level […]


Healthy soils can play big role in avoiding climate catastrophe- NY Times Op-Ed

December 4, 2017

Regenerative agriculture will be a key part of solving the climate crisis By JACQUES LESLIE DEC. 2, 2017 Read NYTimes article here The last great hope of avoiding catastrophic climate change may lie in a substance so commonplace that we typically ignore it or else walk all over it: the soil beneath our feet. The earth […]


Floodplains for the future: Processes and Management for Ecosystem Services

December 2, 2017

“Floodplains: Processes and Management for Ecosystem Services”, published by University of California Press New book on reconciliation ecology, the science of integrating habitat for wild plants and animals into landscapes dominated by people in California and around the world “a future in which people work with natural processes rather than continually fighting them” is in […]


The role of cities in climate change: massive upscaling of local climate policies key to achieving 1.5 °C target

• Local governments are crucial actors in the multi-level climate governance system. • A massive upscaling of local climate policies is key to achieving the 1.5 °C target. • Local climate action must go hand in hand with higher-level governance initiatives. Fuhr, H. et al. The role of cities in multi-level climate governance: local climate policies […]


CA case studies on natural shoreline infrastructure for coastal resilience: NEW from NOAA, TNC, Point Blue and ESA

November, 2017 by Jenna Judge, NOAA Sentinal Site Cooperative (reprinted from an email) “Case Studies of Natural Shoreline Infrastructure in California,” conducted with support from California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment and led by Jenna Judge of the NOAA Sentinel Site Cooperative, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, Point Blue, and Environmental Science Associates. Sea level […]


Deforestation in wintering grounds drives decline of wood thrushes, not habitat fragmentation of breeding grounds

Wood thrushes are sensitive to breeding forest fragmentation but the loss and/or degradation of habitat in the winter range in Central America is the cause of their population decline. November 29, 2017 Tulane University A decline in the number of wood thrushes is probably due to deforestation in Central America, a new study has concluded. […]