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Methane emissions reduction from oil and gas in North America- a proposed policy framework

February 13, 2018

Atmospheric methane concentrations continue to increase globally The oil and gas sector’s contribution to atmospheric methane concentrations is becoming an increasingly prominent issue in climate policy Researchers propose a North American Methane Reduction Framework to integrate public and private research and mitigation policies. February 12, 2018  read full ScienceDaily article here Atmospheric methane concentrations continue […]


Sea level rise accelerating per 25 years of observational satellite data

SLR Feb 2018

4 inches per decade (or more) by 2100 (InsideClimateNews coverage)— 25-years of satellite (observational) data confirm what computer models have warned for years: oceans are rising faster as the planet warms, and coastal communities face increasing flood risk….Some scientists also warn that a rapid disintegration of Antarctica’s ice sheets could push sea level up much […]


NASA Earth Observatory: Pyeongchang and the Olympics

February 12, 2018

Tree-covered slopes were cleared for ski runs and other infrastructure, February 12 2018  see satellite photos and full article here Since the Winter Olympics were first held in 1924, they only have been hosted twice in Asia, both times in Japan. This year the games will find a new home in South Korea, in the […]


Transition from La Niña to more neutral conditions likely this spring

A transition from La Niña to ENSO-neutral is most likely during the Northern Hemisphere spring (~55% chance of ENSO-neutral during the March-May season) 08 February 2018 see El Nino Southern Oscilliation (ENSO) updates here at NOAA NWS …Most models in the IRI/CPC plume predict La Niña will decay and return to ENSO-Neutral during the Northern […]


Keeping the world below 2°C of warming requires negative emissions tech we don’t have (European Academies report)

Negative Emission technologies Jan 2018

European national science academies report warns tepid emission cuts not enough. A new European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) report looks at a number of options, including reforestation, soil management, plankton fertilization, industrial CO2 capture plants, biofuels with emissions injected underground for storage, and even the boosting of bedrock weathering reactions. The report’s conclusions: we […]


Scientists Should be Encouraged to Speak Out about Public Issues (Scientific American editorial)

Society suffers when scientists are discouraged from speaking out Feb 2018 Issue  Read the full Scientific American Editorial …Scientists should be speaking up about all sorts of science-based issues that affect our lives. Especially now, when Trump administration officials tell us that climate change is debatable and that killing African elephants can benefit the herd, […]


Simple rules can help fishery managers cope with ecological complexity

February 11, 2018

Schooling anchovy, a common and valuable forage fish.
Credit: Cathy Schwartz/University of Washington

Schooling anchovy, a common and valuable forage fish. Credit: Cathy Schwartz/University of Washington Ecosystem factors offered helpful information about avoiding worst-case scenarios, and bolstered the argument for maintaining fisheries in “safe zones– scenarios where there are low risks of major economic losses from something going badly in the ecosystem. The findings provide a framework for […]


A focus on fire-resilient forest management and innovative funding mechanisms after CA fires

As California communities look to rebuild after enduring devastating wildfires and mudslides, there is a growing call for more for more fire-resilient forest management such as forest thinning or changes in management practices, to create healthier and more resilient ecosystems, but funds are lacking. One idea is a Forest Resilience Bond with private investors paying up […]


Researchers discover specific protein and location in bird retina responsible for magnetic compass

A protein in the birds’ eye helps them take information from light and process it to a travel course: an inner magnetic compass Researchers discovered that the Cry4 protein – unique to birds- expression level in European robin retinae is significantly higher during the migratory season compared to the non-migratory seasons They found these long […]


Organic food provides significant environmental benefits to plant-rich diets

Organic food provides significant, additional climate benefits for plant-based diets but not for diets with only moderate contribution from plant products. Researchers caution that the environmental effects of production systems are not uniform and can be impacted by climate, soil types and farm management. The study of more than 34,000 people is the first to […]