Ecology, Climate Change and Related News

Ellie Cohen, President and CEO, Point Blue Conservation Science

Conservation Science News May 22, 2015

May 22, 2015
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Focus of the Week – New studies on nature slowing impacts of climate change 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 […]

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Antarctic ice sheets—thinning faster


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  Antarctic glacier from the melting Larsen B iceshelf. CREDIT: Shutterstock Antarctic ice shelf [Larsen C] is thinning from above and below Posted: 13 May 2015 05:37 AM PDT A decade-long scientific debate about what’s causing the thinning of one of Antarctica’s largest ice shelves is settled this week with the publication of an international […]

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The Earth’s Hottest January-April Since We Started Keeping Records


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  Global temperatures in April vs. 1951-1980 average. Via NASA. You Just Lived Through The Earth’s Hottest January-April Since We Started Keeping Records by Joe Romm Posted on May 14, 2015 at 11:11 am climateprogress.org It’s increasingly likely that 2015 will be the hottest year on record, possibly by a wide margin. NASA reported Wednesday […]

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Diverse soil communities can help offset impacts of global warming


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  Earthworm in soil (stock image). “In disturbed environments, where soil animals are not present, the feedback between climate change and microbial carbon production was strong,” said the lead author of the study. “Meanwhile, when the soil community is healthy and diverse, we saw that animals feed on the microorganisms, limiting the feedback effects.” Credit: […]

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Savannahs slow impacts of climate change


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    New studies on nature slowing impacts of climate change       African Savannah. An international study shows that semi-arid ecosystems–savannahs and shrublands–play an extremely important role in controlling carbon sinks and the climate-mitigating ecosystem service they represent. Credit: © tellmemore / Fotolia Savannahs slow climate change, experts say Posted: 21 May 2015 […]

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Marshes, reefs, beaches can enhance coastal resilience

May 8, 2015
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  Natural “green barriers” help protect this Florida coastline and infrastructure from severe storms and floods.Credit: NOAA Marshes, reefs, beaches can enhance coastal resilience Posted: 03 May 2015 06:52 AM PDT The resilience of U.S. coastal communities to storms, flooding, erosion and other threats can be strengthened when they are protected by natural infrastructure such […]

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Wild animals in drought-stricken Western states are dying for a drink


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Wild animals in drought-stricken Western states are dying for a drink Drought’s domino effect on Western wildlife big and small Dying of thirst and hunger, critters search for sustenance. By Darryl Fears May 6 For the giant kangaroo rat, death by nature is normally swift and dramatic: a hopeless dash for safety followed by a […]

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Return of the Blob: giant mass of warm water in Pacific Ocean


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  Sea surface temperature anomalies (standard deviations from the mean) in NE Pacific Ocean for February 2014 based on the record from 1981–2010. (Graphic courtesy of American Geophysical Union) Return of The Blob By Matt Miller, KTOO – Juneau | May 5, 2015 Climate researchers say a giant mass of warm water in the Pacific […]

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One in six species could be wiped out by climate change, study says


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  A warming climate means less Arctic ice and less opportunity for polar bears to hunt. A new study predicts that climate change could cause as many as one in six species to become extinct. One in six species could be wiped out by climate change, study says By Karen Kaplan contact the reporter LATIMES […]

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Global warming brews weird weather: Human influence on extreme heat and rain events is growing.


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    Cathal McNaughton/Reuters/Corbis Global warming brews weird weather: Human influence on extreme heat and rain events is growing. Quirin Schiermeier 27 April 2015 nature.com Climate change will increase the risk of extreme precipitation, such as storms that cause flooding. Global warming has profoundly changed the odds of extreme heat, rain and snowfall, researchers report […]

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