Ecology, Climate Change and Related News

Ellie Cohen, President and CEO, Point Blue Conservation Science

San Francisco- Adaptation Check List for Sea Level Rise

October 24, 2014
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    A representation of what San Francisco’s Crissy Field would look like under 12 feet of sea level rise. Credit: Nickolay Lamm. Data: Climate Central San Francisco Rising to Threat of Swelling Seas October 23rd, 2014 By John Upton climatecentral.org The fog of uncertainty cast by rising seas is starting to lift from $25 […]

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Compost helps rangeland lock up carbon


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  A sprinkle of compost helps rangeland lock up carbon By Carolyn Lochhead Updated 8:22 pm, Saturday, October 18, 2014 A compost experiment that began seven years ago on a Marin County ranch has uncovered a disarmingly simple and benign way to remove carbon dioxide from the air, holding the potential to turn the vast rangeland […]

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No-till with cover crops and rotation effective in dryland ecosystems, less so in moist climates


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  No-till farming, such as used in this Illinois soybean field, shows promise in dry regions but causes lower yields in cold, moist areas like Northern Europe, a new study finds. Credit: Paige Buck/USDA NRCS Illinois photo No-till agriculture may not bring hoped-for boost in global crop yields, study finds October 23, 2014 University of […]

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Where Have All The Rangelands Gone?


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  New Study: Where Have All The Rangelands Gone? October 23, 2014  |  by: Matt Miller  |  TNC Cows on a California ranch. Photo by Matt Miller/TNC. By Matt Miller, senior science writer, The Nature Conservancy Across the western United States, it’s a familiar conservationist’s lament: rangelands are disappearing at an alarming rate, lost in […]

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Stormy outlook for long-term ecology studies


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  Stormy outlook for long-term ecology studies The closure of a 40-year project to understand and protect seabirds shows the false priorities of funders, warns Tim Birkhead. NATURE October 2014 PDF In the early months of this year, a series of fierce storms battered Europe’s western seaboard. Seabirds struggle to feed in rough water, and […]

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Hottest month and 12 months on record globally


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  NOAA: September global temperature reaches record high; January-September global temperature ties as record highest October 20, 2014 NOAA The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for September 2014 was the highest for the month since record keeping began in 1880, according to NOAA scientists. It also marked the 38th consecutive September with […]

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Conservation Science News October 24, 2014


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Focus of the Week – Hottest month and 12 months on record globally 1-ECOLOGY, BIODIVERSITY, RELATED 2-CLIMATE CHANGE AND EXTREME EVENTS with special DROUGHT section 3- ADAPTATION and HOPE 4- POLICY 5- RENEWABLES, ENERGY AND RELATED 6- RESOURCES and REFERENCES 7-OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST  8-IMAGES OF THE WEEK ——————————– NOTE: Please pass on my weekly […]

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EPA Launches Broad Collaborative of External Stakeholders to Advance Green Infrastructure

October 17, 2014
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  EPA Launches Broad Collaborative of External Stakeholders to Advance Green Infrastructure EPA’s Green Infrastructure Program and the White House Council on Environmental Quality have launched a broad collaborative of external stakeholders to advance the implementation of green infrastructure. The Green Infrastructure Collaborative will leverage efforts from the federal family, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, and academia […]

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Fish moving poleward at rate of 26 kilometres per decade


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Caribbean islands (stock image). “The tropics will be the overall losers,” says William Cheung, associate professor at the UBC Fisheries Centre and co-author of this study. “This area has a high dependence on fish for food, diet and nutrition. We’ll see a loss of fish populations that are important to the fisheries and communities in […]

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What’s the role of the deep ocean in global warming? Climate contrarians get this wrong


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  What’s the role of the deep ocean in global warming? Climate contrarians get this wrong Posted on 10 October 2014 by Guest Author This is a re-post from Greg Laden’s Blog I’ve already posted on a study published in Nature Climate change that shows that the amount of extra global warming related heat in […]

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