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Ellie Cohen, President and CEO, Point Blue Conservation Science

Aug Global Temps and Greenhouse Gases Record High Sept 2014

September 19, 2014
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    August and June-August global temperatures each reach record high, driven largely by record warm global oceans Posted: 18 Sep 2014 08:19 AM PDT According to NOAA scientists, the globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for August 2014 was the highest for August since record keeping began in 1880. It also marked […]

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Migratory Birds, Refuges Need Consideration in Drought


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  Viewpoints: Migratory water birds, refuges need consideration in drought By Brigid McCormack and Mark Biddlecomb Special to The Sacramento Bee Published: Thursday, Sep. 4, 2014 – 12:00 am Brigid McCormack is executive director of Audubon California. Mark Biddlecomb is western regional director of Ducks Unlimited. As we endure the third year of a severe […]

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CA blue whales bounce back to near historic numbers; Whale Alert West Coast


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  California blue whales bounce back to near historic numbers By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent, BBC News 5 September 2014 Last updated at 06:11 ET A blue whale estimated to be around 20m long, swimming off Baja California Researchers believe that California blue whales have recovered in numbers and the population has returned to sustainable […]

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Why more trees in the Sierra mean less water for California


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    Why More Trees in the Sierra Mean Less Water for California Lauren Sommer, KQED Science | September 15, 2014 | 13 Comments Sierra Nevada forests are denser than they once were, potentially reducing the amount of runoff that reaches California’s reservoirs. (Dan Brekke/KQED)   With California’s reservoir levels dropping, just about everyone is […]

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Conservation Science News September 19, 2014


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    Focus of the Week – Why More Trees Mean Less Water for California… Blue Whales make comeback/Whale Alert West Coast 1-ECOLOGY, BIODIVERSITY, RELATED 2-CLIMATE CHANGE AND EXTREME EVENTS 3- ADAPTATION 4- POLICY 5- RENEWABLES, ENERGY AND RELATED 6- RESOURCES and REFERENCES 7-OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST  8-IMAGES OF THE WEEK ——————————– NOTE: Please pass […]

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CA Adaptation Forum Aug 2014

August 29, 2014
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  TO SEE CA Adaptation Forum PRESENTATIONS, visit http://www.californiaadaptationforum.org/program/presentations.     California Adaptation Forum 2014  ASAP Aug 29 2014   What do you get when you bring together local, state & federal government representatives; academics; nonprofit practitioners; and private sector adaptation specialists? A lot of conversations, sharing lessons learned, ideas for future collaboration, and new […]

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Record decline of ice sheets: Scientists map elevation changes of Greenlandic and Antarctic glaciers


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Record decline of ice sheets: Scientists map elevation changes of Greenlandic and Antarctic glaciers Posted: 20 Aug 2014 08:05 AM PDT Researchers have for the first time extensively mapped Greenland’s and Antarctica’s ice sheets with the help of the ESA satellite CryoSat-2 and have thus been able to prove that the ice crusts of both […]

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Winged Warnings: Built for survival, birds in trouble from pole to pole


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Winged Warnings: Built for survival, birds in trouble from pole to pole By Alanna Mitchell Environmental Health News August 25, 2014 Part 1 of Winged Warnings, published in conjunction with National Geographic The ice of Antarctica doesn’t faze birds. Nor does the heat of the tropics. They thrive in the desert, in swamps, on the […]

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Southwest U. S. may face ‘megadrought’ this century


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       http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/   Southwest U. S. may face ‘megadrought’ this century Posted: 27 Aug 2014 09:25 AM PDT Due to global warming, scientists say, the chances of the southwestern United States experiencing a decade long drought is at least 50 percent, and the chances of a “megadrought” – one that lasts over 30 […]

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Conservation Science News Aug 29 2014


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Focus of the Week – What Birds Are Telling Us About Our Planet’s Health 1-ECOLOGY, BIODIVERSITY, RELATED 2-CLIMATE CHANGE AND EXTREME EVENTS 3- ADAPTATION 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 news update that has been […]

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