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Interior plans to move thousands of workers in the biggest reorganization in its history

January 12, 2018

By Juliet Eilperin and Darryl Fears January 10 2018 read full Washington Post article here Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke launched an unprecedented effort Wednesday to undertake the largest reorganization in the department’s 168-year history, moving to shift tens of thousands of workers to new locations and change the way the federal government manages more than 500 million acres of […]


California’s water saving brings bonus effects- electricity savings and GHG reductions

The decrease in water usage translated into a significant electricity saving of 1,830 gigawatt hours (GWh) resulting in GHG emissions saved of 524,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), the equivalent of taking 111,000 cars off the road for a year. water conveyance and use accounts for 19 per cent of total electricity demand […]


Like Oceans, Freshwater Is Also Acidifying

Rising CO2 in lakes and reservoirs may harm animals that live in those ecosystems By Erica Gies on January 11, 2018  read full Scientific American article here ….Is [freshwater] also soaking up atmospheric carbon?A new paper published in Current Biology presents some of the first evidence that the answer may be yes, but perhaps not […]


Offshore Drilling Plan Under Fire: Law may have been violated, Senator says

The administration plan calls for opening 90 percent of the U.S. coasts to oil and gas drilling, and scheduling 47 lease sales between 2019 and 2024. With states opposed and potential legal challenges, can it succeed? Sabrina Shankman Jan 11, 2018 read full InsideClimateNews article here On Tuesday evening—five days after releasing a draft five-year […]


Climate change drives collapse in marine food webs

January 11, 2018

Increased ocean temperatures reduce the vital flow of energy from the primary food producers at the bottom (e.g. algae), to intermediate consumers (herbivores), to predators at the top of marine food webs. January 9, 2018 University of Adelaide read full ScienceDaily article here A new study has found that levels of commercial fish stocks could […]


Strong support globally for ocean protection

January 10, 2018 University of California – San Diego read full ScienceDaily article People around the world strongly support ocean conservation measures, according to a new study of public perceptions of marine threats and protection. The public widely believes that the marine environment is under threat from human activities, and supports actions to protect the […]


Adaptation now: River flood risks increase around the globe under future warming

More than half of the United States needs to at least double their protection within the next two decades. The increase in river flood risks over the next 2-3 decades will be driven by the amount of greenhouse-gases already emitted into the atmosphere January 10, 2018  Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) read full […]


Warming ocean water is turning 99 percent of northern Great Barrier Reef sea turtles female; population viability threatened

January 10, 2018

Rising temperatures are skewing population ratios toward extreme imbalance Green sea turtle embryos develop as male or female depending on the temperature at which they incubate in sand In the cooler southern Great Barrier Reef, 67 percent of hatched juveniles were female. But more than 99 percent of young turtles hatched in sand soaked by […]


Interior puts grants worth hundreds of millions of dollars through political review

An attachment to the directive listed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s “Top Ten Priorities” by which each award would be scrutinized. The list begins with “Creating a conservation stewardship legacy second only to Teddy Roosevelt” and includes “Utilizing our natural resources.” The new approval process appears to be without precedent within the department Interior has ordered […]


How Much Has ‘Climate Change’ Been Scrubbed From Federal Websites? A Lot.

the authors found significant loss of public access to information about climate change by Coral Davenport January 10 2018 Read full NY Times article here Nearly a year into the Trump administration, mentions of climate change have been systematically removed, altered or played down on websites across the federal government, according to a report made public […]