Ecology, Climate Change and Related News

Ellie Cohen, President and CEO, Point Blue Conservation Science

Damming last big rivers on Earth

October 31, 2014
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We’re damming up every last big river on Earth. Is that really a good idea? Updated by Brad Plumer on October 28, 2014, 4:05 p.m. ET @bradplumer brad@vox.com The Three Gorges discharges water during a flood peak July 08, 2012 in Hubei, China. TPG/Getty Images Solar and wind power get all the attention these days, but […]

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Climate change impacts countered by stricter fisheries management


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    Climate change impacts countered by stricter fisheries management October 24, 2014 Wildlife Conservation Society A new study has found that implementing stricter fisheries management overcame the expected detrimental effects of climate change disturbances in coral reef fisheries badly impacted by the 1997/98 El Niño, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society. The 17-year study […]

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Rangelands as Carbon Sinks to Mitigate Climate Change: A Review


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Rangelands as Carbon Sinks to Mitigate Climate Change: A Review McDermot C, Elavarthi S (2014) Rangelands as Carbon Sinks to Mitigate Climate Change: A Review. J Earth Sci Clim Change 5:221. doi: 10.4172/2157-7617.1000221 Journal of Rangelands and Climatic Change September 30 2014 ABSTRACT: Rangelands cover large areas in the United States and across the world […]

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Restoring wetlands can lessen soil sinkage, greenhouse gas emissions, study finds


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  Restoring wetlands can lessen soil sinkage, greenhouse gas emissions, study finds October 30, 2014 Dartmouth College Restoring wetlands can help reduce or reverse soil subsidence and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to research in California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. The study is one of the first to continually measure the fluctuations of both carbon […]

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Global Groundwater Crisis


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      Sustained drought in California is depleting aquifers (click to enlarge).   NASA Bombshell: Global Groundwater Crisis Threatens Our Food Supplies And Our Security by Joe Romm Posted on October 31, 2014 at 1:22 pm   An alarming satellite-based analysis from NASA finds that the world is depleting groundwater — the water stored […]

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Conservation Science News October 31 2014


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Focus of the Week – Global Groundwater Crisis 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 news update that has been […]

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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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