100th meridian: East-west divide between moist and arid parts of U.S. may be shifting

April 18th, 2018|

Warming climate may push western aridity to the east

Source: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University

Nearly a century and a half after explorer John Wesley Powell zeroed in on the 100th meridian west as the dividing line between the humid east and arid west of the United States, researchers say he was right — but that climate change is now moving the line eastward, into the traditionally fertile Midwest. The effects on U.S. farming and other pursuits could be huge.

From Science Daily


Recycling hope for plastic-hungry enzyme

April 18th, 2018|

Scientists have improved a naturally occurring enzyme which can digest some of our most commonly polluting plastics.

From the BBC:


The Impact Of Pruitt’s EPA Rollback

April 11th, 2018|

NPR’s Michel Martin asks former EPA official Lisa Heinzerling whether EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s moves to roll back regulations are actually making an impact on the agency and the environment.

Full transcript: https://www.npr.org/2018/04/08/600703087/the-impact-of-pruitt-s-epa-rollback

Center of world’s marine biodiversity is in danger

April 11th, 2018|

Researchers have found that the world’s center of biodiversity is under widespread threat of losing a key marine resource.

Source: Swansea University

Full article Science Daily: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180410132848.htm

Carbon taxes can be both fair and effective, study shows

April 5th, 2018|

Several different carbon-pricing approaches would help reduce emissions, and some would be fair as well, researchers report

Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Study shows a tax on carbon-based fuels would go a long way toward curbing global climate change, and could be designed so that it doesn’t hurt the poorest households.

Science Daily Article: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180405120337.htm

New Twitter Handle @BioFGsf

April 4th, 2018|

The Biodiversity Funders Group’s Twitter handle is now @BioFGsf BFG was too short and BFGsf was already taken.

Pennsylvania Superior Court rules that fracking natural gas from a neighboring property is trespassing

April 4th, 2018|

Landmark ruling could open the door to “hundreds of trespass lawsuits”

On Monday the Pennsylvania Superior Court issued an opinion that could have major ramifications for the hydraulic fracturing industry in the state: It states a company trespassed on a family’s land by extracting natural gas from beneath their property while operating a fracking well next door.

Read the full article at Environmental Health News

International Save the Vaquita Day

April 3rd, 2018|

July 7 2018

The first Saturday after the 4th of July has been designated as International Save the Vaquita Day!! This is intended to be an annual event similar to Earth Day, but with a specific focus on raising awareness and appreciation of the world’s most endangered marine mammal, the vaquita (Phocoena sinus). Events around the globe direct the attention of people to the plight of this tiny porpoise species, and what needs to be done to save it from extinction. There are booths, games, music, free prizes, educational brochures, inspirational talks, face painting, and several life-size […]

Rapid emissions reductions would keep CO2 removal and costs in check

April 3rd, 2018|

Rapid greenhouse-gas emissions reductions are needed if governments want to keep in check both the costs of the transition towards climate stabilization and the amount of removing already emitted CO2 from the atmosphere. To this end, emissions in 2030 would need to be at least 20 percent below what countries have pledged under the Paris climate agreement, a new study finds.

Source:Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

Full article in Science Daily


Drought-induced changes in forest composition amplify effects of climate change

March 27th, 2018|

The face of American forests is changing, due to climate change-induced shifts in rainfall and temperature that are causing shifts in the abundance of numerous tree species, according to a new article. The result means some forests in the eastern U.S. are already starting to look different, but more important, it means the ability of those forests to soak up carbon is being altered as well, which could in turn bring about further climate change.

University of Florida. ScienceDaily, 21 March 2018.


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