Ecology, Climate Change and Related News

Ellie Cohen, President and CEO, Point Blue Conservation Science

Carbon Farming Workshop

February 2, 2016
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  RECORDED: Carbon Farming Workshop- November 18, 2015 Training for RCD and NRCS staffModerated by Pelayo Alvarez, Carbon Cycle Institute Download a workshop manual: CFP-training Download a carbon farming brochure: carbon-farming-brochure-CCI Presentations available on line: Introduction – Why Carbon Farming and How Marin RCD Got Started – Nancy Scolari, Marin RCD Carbon Farm Planning – How conservation […]

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Meat, diet and climate change- recent peer reviewed studies and perspectives

January 24, 2016
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  Eating less meat might not be the way to go green, say researchers January 19 2016 R. de Oliveira Silva, L. G. Barioni, J. A. J. Hall, M. Folegatti Matsuura, T. Zanett Albertini, F. A. Fernandes, D. Moran. Increasing beef production could lower greenhouse gas emissions in Brazil if decoupled from deforestation. Nature Climate Change, 2016; […]

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Eating Right Can Save the World

January 14, 2016
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  Fueling up should be healthy for you—and the planet. But how do you figure out the most sustainable diet?    Photo: Hannah McCaughey (2), Sang An, Hannah McCaughey Eating Right Can Save the World The endless cascade of nutritional information—about localism, vegetarianism, veganism, organic food, the environmental impact of eating meat, poultry, or fish, […]

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Ocean acidification affects ability of bacteria to clean our oceans


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What is acidification? Oceana.org     Acidification affects the ability of bacteria to clean our oceans Posted: 12 Jan 2016 06:18 AM PST Marine bacteria are heavily influenced by the ongoing ocean acidification caused by human emissions of carbon dioxide. … The results are presented in an article in the scientific journal Nature Climate Change. […]

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Early data shows 2015 blew away previous records to become Earth’s hottest year


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Global temperature anomaly for 2015 compared to the 1951-1980 average. Image: Berkeley Earth Early data shows 2015 blew away previous records to become Earth’s hottest year By Andrew Freedman January 13 2016 Mashable During the next week, the official climate agencies around the world that are responsible for tracking the planet’s average temperatures will almost […]

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This is your brain on nature: reducing stress


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      Within sight of downtown Seoul, capital of South Korea and a hub of stressful modern life, salesman Sungvin Hong rests after a hike in Bukhansan National Park. The park attracts some five million visitors a year. This Is Your Brain on Nature When we get closer to nature—be it untouched wilderness or […]

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SF Bay Area Parcel Tax for Tidal Marsh Restoration on Ballot for June 2016


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  The Facebook campus sits next to the Menlo Park Baylands amid the rich colors of the drying mud flats in Ravenswood Slough in this aerial view taken Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 2, 2015, in Menlo Park, Calif. (Karl Mondon) First-of-its-kind $12 parcel tax proposed for all nine Bay Area counties By Paul Rogers San Jose […]

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California’s state fish can benefit from restoring and protecting streamside vegetation in high elevation meadows


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  Credit: US Forest Service California’s state fish can benefit from restoring and protecting streamside vegetation in high elevation meadows Phys. Org. January 14, 2016 Rising temperatures can create stressful and possibly lethal stream habitat for native trout. To help understand the interactive effects of climate warming and livestock grazing on water temperature, researchers from […]

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Current pace of environmental change is unprecedented in Earth’s history


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  Current pace of environmental change is unprecedented in Earth’s history 4 January 2016 University of Bristol Cabot Institute researchers and their colleagues today published research that further documents the unprecedented rate of environmental change occurring today, compared to that which occurred during natural events in Earth’s history. The research, published online on 4 January […]

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Private lands habitat program benefit California’s native birds


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  Private lands habitat programs benefit California’s native birds BY Ryan T. DiGaudio*, Kimberly E. Kreitinger**, Catherine M. Hickey*, Nathaniel E. Seavy*, Thomas Gardali* California Agriculture, October-December 2015 Volume 69, Number 4. *Point Blue Conservation Science **Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, Madison, WI To address the loss of wetlands and riparian forests in California, private lands […]

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