Ecology, Climate Change and Related News

Ellie Cohen, President and CEO, Point Blue Conservation Science

Water Crisis: 40% shortfall by 2030, U.N. says

March 27, 2015
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  40% shortfall by 2030, U.N. says  ASSOCIATED PRESS  March 21, 2015 NEW DELHI — The world could suffer a 40 percent shortfall in water in just 15 years unless countries dramatically change their use of the resource, a U.N. report warned Friday. Many underground water reserves are already running low, while rainfall patterns are predicted […]

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Arctic Sea Ice Extent Hits Record Winter Low As Thickness Collapses


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    The 2015 Arctic sea ice maximum is the lowest on record. Here it’s compared to the 1979-2014 average maximum shown in yellow. A distance indicator shows the difference between the two in the Sea of Okhotsk north of Japan. Via NASA. Arctic Death Spiral: Sea Ice Extent Hits Record Winter Low As Thickness […]

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Ocean acidification likely hampers tiny shell builders in Southern Ocean


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    Shell-shocked: Ocean acidification likely hampers tiny shell builders in Southern Ocean Posted: 25 Mar 2015 10:51 AM PDT A ubiquitous type of phytoplankton — tiny organisms that are the base of the marine food web — appears to be suffering from the effects of ocean acidification caused by climate change. According to authors […]

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Rethinking wetland restoration: Smaller wetlands more valuable than previously thought


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Rethinking wetland restoration: Smaller wetlands more valuable than previously thought Posted: 24 Mar 2015 01:40 PM PDT Most efforts to protect and restore wetlands mistakenly focus on preserving only total wetland area, with no consideration of ecosystem services provided by different wetland types, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo. The study, […]

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West Coast ocean waters shifting to lower-productivity regime, new report finds


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  West Coast waters shifting to lower-productivity regime, new report finds Posted: 17 Mar 2015 09:27 AM PDT Large-scale climate patterns that affect the Pacific Ocean indicate that waters off the West Coast have shifted toward warmer, less productive conditions that may affect marine species from seabirds to salmon, according to the 2015 State of […]

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Rangelands, water, carbon and global warming


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    How Maintaining California’s Rangelands Benefits Wildlife and Water Supplies   By Bonnie Dickson and Laurel Rogers, USGS California Water Science Center March 25 2015 Posted by www.climate.calcommons.org   “Results from this study reinforce the role of open rangelands in capturing water and reducing runoff. Maintaining rangelands can help mitigate the effects of climate […]

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Conservation Science News March 27, 2015


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  FYI, here is the link to Congressman Jared Huffman’s fabulous congratulatory video for Point Blue’s 50th anniversary. Enjoy!   Focus of the Week 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  […]

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California has about one year of water left and PPIC Policy Recommendations

March 20, 2015
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  California has about one year of water left. Will you ration now? By Jay Famiglietti LA Times OpEd March 13, 2015 We’re not just up a creek without a paddle in California, we’re losing the creek too Authorize mandatory water rationing across the state Given the historic low temperatures and snowfalls that pummeled the […]

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Near-term acceleration in the rate of temperature change


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    Near-term acceleration in the rate of temperature change Nature Climate Change | Letter Steven J. Smith, James Edmonds, Corinne A. Hartin, Anupriya Mundra & Katherine Calvin Nature Climate Change (2015) doi:10.1038/nclimate2552 Received 24 June 2014 Accepted 27 January 2015 Published online 09 March 2015 Abstract:Anthropogenically driven climate changes, which are expected to impact […]

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Global warming messing with the jet stream and your weather


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    Visualization of a very wavy northern hemisphere jet stream. (Credit: NASA) \ The scary idea that won’t go away: Global warming messing with the jet stream and your weather By Chris Mooney March 12 2015 Washington Post Is the rapid melting of the Arctic paying us back for our greenhouse gas emissions by […]

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