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Final call to save the world from ‘climate catastrophe’

It’s the final call, say scientists, the most extensive warning yet on the risks of rising global temperatures.

Their dramatic report on keeping that rise under 1.5 degrees C says the world is now completely off track, heading instead towards 3C.

From the BBC

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-45775309

October 9th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Final call to save the world from ‘climate catastrophe’

Marine protected areas often expensive and misplaced

Many marine protected areas are often unnecessarily expensive and located in the wrong places, an international study has shown. The research found protected areas missed many unique ecosystems, and have a greater impact on fisheries than necessary.

Source: University of Queensland

From Science Daily

October 4th, 2018|Marine Conservation, News|Comments Off on Marine protected areas often expensive and misplaced

Satellite Monitoring Could Help Protect Rare Vaquita Marina Dolphin In Mexico’s Sea Of Cortez

The Mexican government is using a satellite monitoring system that tracks small fishing boats to help protect an endangered dolphin in the Sea of Cortez.

The Upper Gulf of California is home to the vaquita marina, or “little sea cow.” It’s the world’s smallest porpoise, and with as few as 15 left in the Sea of Cortez, it’s also the rarest marine mammal.

The Mexican government has implemented strict fishing regulations in the Sea of Cortez to protect the small dolphin. Now it’s started using a satellite monitoring system to help enforce those rules, says Melissa Garren.

From  

October 4th, 2018|Gulf of California, News|Comments Off on Satellite Monitoring Could Help Protect Rare Vaquita Marina Dolphin In Mexico’s Sea Of Cortez

Amazon rainforest conservation victories spill losses to neighbors

New research suggests that protecting the Amazon rainforest from deforestation may just be shifting the damage to a less renowned neighbor. The unintended consequences are profound.

Source: Michigan State University

From Science Daily

October 4th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Amazon rainforest conservation victories spill losses to neighbors

Flood frequency of Amazon River has increased fivefold

Source:University of Leeds

Summary:A recent study of more than 100 years of river level records from the Amazon shows a significant increase in frequency and severity of floods.

From Science Daily

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/09/180920075857.htm

September 25th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Flood frequency of Amazon River has increased fivefold

Lifestyle intervention may mitigate weight gain due to ubiquitous contaminant

Source:Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute

Summary:A new study finds that perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) are associated with increases in weight, but exercise and diet may reduce the obesogenic effects of these environmental contaminants.

Science Daily

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/09/180925115233.htm

September 25th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Lifestyle intervention may mitigate weight gain due to ubiquitous contaminant

Is being vegan better for the environment?

An increasing number of people are choosing the plant-based diet and everyone has their own reason for doing it whether it’s for health reasons, to reduce animal cruelty or to protect the environment.

But how environmentally-friendly is being a vegan?

In this video we explore the impact some of the most popular vegan foods have on our planet, comparing them to the farming industry.

From the BBC

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/science-environment-45595043/is-being-vegan-better-for-the-environment

September 25th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Is being vegan better for the environment?

Bird poop helps keep coral reefs healthy, but rats are messing that up

Nitrogen from bird guano is linked to more productive reef ecosystems

September 12th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Bird poop helps keep coral reefs healthy, but rats are messing that up

Wildfires make their own weather, and that matters for fire management

New prediction tools zero in on how blazes throw embers and make weather that fans the flames

BY
LAUREL HAMERS
From ScienceNews
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/wildfires-make-their-own-weather-and-matters-fire-management
September 12th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Wildfires make their own weather, and that matters for fire management

Scientists create a mineral in the lab that captures carbon dioxide

A new technique might one day help combat global warming

BY
CAROLYN GRAMLING

From ScienceNews

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/lab-mineral-magnesite-captures-carbon-dioxide

September 12th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Scientists create a mineral in the lab that captures carbon dioxide