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Shorebirds, the world’s greatest travelers, face extinction

May 18, 2018

By John W. Fitzpatrick and Nathan R. Senner  April 27 2018  See full NYTimes Opinion article here Dr. Fitzpatrick is director of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. Dr. Senner is a scientist who studies migratory shorebirds. A worldwide catastrophe is underway among an extraordinary group of birds — the marathon migrants we know as shorebirds. […]


Beaver dams reduce soil loss and trap pollutants

May 11, 2018

Researchers found that beaver dams trapped more than 100 tonnes of sediment, 70% of which was soil, which had eroded from ‘intensively managed grassland’ fields upstream. This sediment contained high concentrations of nitrogen and phosphorus, which are nutrients known to create problems for the wildlife in rivers and streams and which also need to be […]


UN Climate Talks Suspended Until September: Focus on Rules of Paris Accord in Preparation for COP24

By Matt McGrath Bonn May 11 2018 Read full BBC article here UN talks have been officially suspended as countries failed to resolve differences about implementing the Paris climate agreement. The negotiations will resume in Bangkok in September where an extra week’s meeting has now been scheduled . Delegates struggled with the complexity of agreeing […]


White House quietly cancels NASA research verifying greenhouse gas cuts

“If you cannot measure emissions reductions, you cannot be confident that countries are adhering to the agreement,” she says. Canceling the CMS “is a grave mistake By Paul Voosen May. 9, 2018  Read full Science Magazine article here You can’t manage what you don’t measure. The adage is especially relevant for climate-warming greenhouse gases, which […]


Shock and Thaw—Alaskan Sea Ice Just Took a Steep, Unprecedented Dive

Weather conditions and a boost from global warming led to the stunning record low ice cover in winter 2018 “There’s never ever been anything remotely like this for sea ice” in the Bering Sea going back more than 160 years The unusual warmth continued throughout this winter, in part because of an atmospheric pattern that […]


Record-breaking ocean heat fueled Hurricane Harvey; volume of rainfall matched volume of ocean evaporation

Hurricane Harvey

Researchers show for the first time that the volume of ocean evaporation matched up with massive overland rainfall Warmer oceans increased the risk of greater hurricane intensity and duration May 10, 2018 National Center for Atmospheric Research/University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Read full ScienceDaily article here In the weeks before Hurricane Harvey tore across the […]


Big fish produce disproportionately more and bigger eggs; need to reduce fishing pressure on larger fish to maintain stocks

Taking a single big fish has a bigger impact on the fish population than taking multiple small ones. May 10, 2018 Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute read full ScienceDaily article here Contrary to prevailing dogma, plus-sized female fish invest disproportionately more in making eggs than smaller females. Therefore, taking a single big fish has a bigger […]


Carbon satellite to serve as an important tool for politicians and climate change experts

May 9, 2018

a new French satellite can measure carbon balance far more precisely than the current method, which uses aerial photography. The satellite uses low-frequency passive microwaves to measure the biomass of above ground vegetation 08 May 2018 University of Copenhagen  Read full ScienceDaily article here A new satellite that measures and provides detailed carbon balance information […]


On Climate Change, a Disconnect Between Attitudes and Behavior: Skeptics more likely to behave in eco-friendly ways than those highly concerned

May 8, 2018

A new study finds climate change skeptics are more likely to behave in eco-friendly ways than those who are highly concerned about the issue. An urgent task is to get people who already grasp the problem to actions that align with their concern. Tom Jacobs May 4, 2018 Read full PS Magazine article here Do […]


Greenhouse gas concentrations hit highest level in human history: 410 ppm of CO2

For the first time on record, the average amount of carbon dioxide — the main long-lived gas responsible for global warming — in the air passed 410 parts per million (ppm) for an entire month Andrew Freedman May 3 2018 Read full Mashable article here The Earth’s atmosphere is more saturated with greenhouse gases now […]