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Ice Apocalypse – Rapid collapse of Antarctic glaciers could flood coastal cities by the end of this century.

November 21, 2017

High tides would creep higher, slowly burying every shoreline on the planet, flooding coastal cities and creating hundreds of millions of climate refugees. All this could play out in a mere 20 to 50 years — much too quickly for humanity to adapt. Six feet of sea level rise is more likely than three feet. […]


A Population of Billions May Have Contributed to Passenger Pigeon Extinction

Passenger pigeons were so plentiful and so mobile that beneficial genetic mutations spread and detrimental ones disappeared very quickly throughout their population. This caused a loss in overall genetic diversity, which meant less raw material for adapting to human-induced change by Steph Yin November 16, 2017   read full NYTimes article here North America was […]


COP23: Key outcomes agreed at the UN climate talks in Bonn

Three perspectives on the outcomes of the UNFCCC’s COP23 in Bonn, Germany: 1- read full Carbon Brief article here  19 November 2017 …COP23, the second “conference of the parties” since the Paris Agreement was struck in 2015, promised to be a somewhat technical affair as countries continued to negotiate the finer details of how the […]


Bonn Climate Summit Coasting Forward, but Acceleration Needed

Steady progress on implementation rules for the Paris Agreement, but more work to do Two years after adopting the Paris Agreement, the global climate policy process is on cruise-control in the race toward a low-carbon, resilient future.  We are still headed in the right direction, but since the U.S. took its foot off the accelerator, […]


Consumption of chinook salmon increases with recovery of West Coast marine mammals

November 20, 2017 Oregon State University The researchers estimate that from 1975 to 2015, the yearly biomass of chinook salmon consumed by pinnipeds (sea lions and harbor seals) and killer whales increased from 6,100 to 15,200 metric tons, and from five to 31.5 million individual salmon. ….While the recovery of marine mammals represents a conservation […]


New Map of Worldwide Croplands Supports Food and Water Security- USGS

November 17, 2017

New USGS worldwide map of croplands November 14, 2017 see full USGS press release here ….With the global population nearing the 7.6 billion mark and expected to reach 10 billion by 2050, it is of increasing importance to understand and monitor the state of agriculture across the world in great detail. This new research is […]


FAO launches new Climate-Smart Agriculture web platform

New digital resource is a guide to effectively transforming agriculture and food systems: Climate-Smart Agriculture Sourcebook – Second Edition 2017 For example- see climate-smart cattle production November 10, 2017 Bonn read full FAO news release here A FAO-supported project in Bhagawoti Kauledhara, Nepal. 10 November 2017, Rome – To help steer our food systems in […]


UN Climate Meetings- Where are we? Process for Implementing Paris Accords, Rise of Focus on Agriculture

Where are we? Where do we want to go? How do we get there? [Ellie’s Note: this UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP23) meeting in Bonn continued the process of agreeing on the rules for implementing the Paris Accords.  This is a multi-year consensus effort. After 5 years of debate, according to an UN Food […]


Europe steps in to cover US shortfall in funding climate science

November 16, 2017

By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent, Bonn November 15, 2017  read full BBC article here French president Emmanuel Macron says that Europe will cover any shortfall in funding for the global climate body, the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change). The scientific organisation has faced uncertainty since President Donald Trump outlined plans earlier this year to […]


COP23 UN Climate Meeting in Bonn: Press Conference/Science Videos and Virtual Tour

By Ellie Cohen November 16, 2017 An interesting experience here at COP23 in Bonn has been to attend some press conferences.  See here for the full listing of press conferences and other meetings held at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Convention of the Parties (COP23).  I believe they are strictly limited to […]