Ecology, Climate Change and Related News

Ellie Cohen, President and CEO, Point Blue Conservation Science

Five years after the BP/Deepwater Horizon disaster, oil spills are on the rise.

April 24, 2015
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    Photo by Ideum – ideas + media, on Flickr The Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling platform on fire following the explosion of the Macondo oil well. The federal government estimates that 4.9 million barrels of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico before the well was capped. Five years after the BP/Deepwater Horizon disaster, […]

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Goldman Environmental Prize 2015


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    Goldman Environmental Prize — moving and inspiring.  You can see videos on some of the awardees here from 2014 and 2015. 

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Carbon emissions [from wildfire and deforestation] higher in California ecosystems than previously thought, study finds


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  CALFIRE/Courtesy Carbon emissions higher in California ecosystems than previously thought, study finds By Robert Patrick Van Tooke | Staff Monday, April 20, 2015 A recently published study has found that wildfires and deforestation have contributed more to greenhouse gas emissions than previously expected. The study, published online in the journal Forest Ecology and Management […]

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Plants may not protect us against climate change


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  William R. Wieder/NCAR The carbon uptake of rainforests will be crucial to how the climate responds to human emissions. Plants may not protect us against climate change By Tim Wogan 20 April 2015 11:30 am \Science| DOI: 10.1126/science.aab2513 Plants are one of the last bulwarks against climate change. They feed on carbon dioxide, growing […]

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Phytoplankton, reducing greenhouse gases or amplifying Arctic warming?


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    http://www.whoi.edu/oceanus/feature/life-in-the-arctic-ocean   Phytoplankton, reducing greenhouse gases or amplifying Arctic warming? Posted: 21 Apr 2015 07:53 AM PDT Scientists have presented the geophysical impact of phytoplankton that triggers positive feedback in the Arctic warming when the warming-induced melting of sea ice stimulates phytoplankton growth.When the Arctic sea ice melts away due to greenhouse warming, […]

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Thomas Nutall – Brief life of a pioneering naturalist: 1786-1859


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    Thomas Nutall – Brief life of a pioneering naturalist: 1786-1859 by John Nelson Harvard Magazine May-June 2015 In 1808, a day after landing in Philadelphia, Yorkshireman Thomas Nuttall found a common greenbrier, a plant new to him. The apprentice printer and aspiring naturalist took it to Benjamin Smith Barton of the University of […]

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Farms that help wildlife


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    Farms that Help Wildlife Nathaniel Seavy, John Eadie, Jeffrey Mount, Peter Moyle April 21, 2015 CA Public Policy Institute Blog When we hear that agriculture accounts for 80% of human uses of water in California, attention often turns to water intensive crops like rice and alfalfa (almonds—a water intensive but high revenue crop—have […]

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Species abundances in natural ecosystems may never settle at a stable equilibrium


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  Ecosystems not searching for balance Phys.org April 22, 2015 Species abundances in natural ecosystems may never settle at a stable equilibrium. Biologists from the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Leigh Marine Laboratory (New Zealand) and Cornell University (USA) report that species in one of the world’s oldest marine reserves showed chaotic fluctuations for more […]

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Happy Earth Day Images


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Conservation Science News April 24, 2015


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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  8-IMAGES OF THE WEEK ——————————– NOTE: Please pass on my weekly news update that has been prepared for Point Blue […]

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