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Climate change, fracking, water shortages in Northern CO top environmental concerns
Monday, 29 July 2013 00:00

By Bobby Magill Coloradoan July 28, 2013

As the environmental challenges Northern Colorado faces in the coming years continue to mount, a look back at headlines of a half-decade ago shows how quickly the region’s environmental concerns have evolved. For full article, click here.

ND center researches wetlands and climate change
Monday, 22 July 2013 00:00

By Patrick Springer – San Francisco Chronicle – July 13, 2013

Mother Nature is full of competitions that cause species to rise and fall with shifting climate conditions in the prairie potholes pockmarking the James River Valley. "It's hard to find a yellow-head now," David Mushet, a research wildlife biologist and wetland specialist, said of the flip-flopped fortunes of the two species. Mushet and his senior colleague, Chip Euliss, have seen many such fluctuations play out in the more than two decades they have studied wetlands at the U.S. Geological Survey's Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center. For full story, click here.

What Role Do Beavers Play in Climate Change?
Monday, 15 July 2013 00:10

By Sid Perkins –  Science Now – July 12, 2013

When it comes to transforming their environment, beavers have a lot in common with humans. They clear-cut trees and build dams to block streams, in the process radically altering the world around them. Now, it appears that beavers play a complex role in climate change, too. A new study suggests that beaver dams and the sediments corralled behind them sequester carbon, temporarily keeping greenhouse gases containing the element out of the atmosphere. But when the animals abandon these sites, the carbon leaks back out, contributing to global warming. For full article, click here.

Seabirds Warn of Ocean Change
Monday, 08 July 2013 00:00

USFWS National Wildlife Refuge System – June 18, 2013

What can 30 years of research and monitoring on Maine seabirds teach us? That the marine environment is changing fast. That ocean birds may be failing to adapt. That the scope of few marine threats – from ocean warming and offshore energy development to competition from commercial fisheries − could have been foreseen when Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge staff began studying the birds in the early ‘80s. For full story, click here.

Mapping the Benefits of Our Ecosystems
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 00:01

Science Daily – July 1, 2013

We rely on our physical environment for many things -- clean water, land for crops or pastures, storm water absorption, and recreation, among others. Yet it has been challenging to figure out how to sustain the many benefits people obtain from nature -- so-called "ecosystem services" -- in any given landscape because an improvement in one may come at the cost of another. For full artlice, click here.

Climate Change, Water Shortages, Biodiversity Loss, will have Growing Impacts on Global Business: UN Report
Monday, 22 July 2013 00:00

Contact: Nick Nuttall – UNEP News Centre – June 21, 2013

The future of the private sector will increasingly hinge on the ability of businesses to adapt to the world's rapidly changing environment and to develop goods and services that can reduce the impacts of climate change, water scarcity, emissions of harmful chemicals, and other environmental concerns. For full story, click here.

High Carbon Dioxide Spurs Wetlands to Absorb More Carbon
Monday, 15 July 2013 00:09

Science Daily – July 15, 2013

Under elevated carbon dioxide levels, wetland plants can absorb up to 32 percent more carbon than they do at current levels, according to a 19-year study published in Global Change Biology from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, Md. With atmospheric CO2 passing the 400 parts-per-million milestone this year, the findings offer hope that wetlands could help soften the blow of climate change. For full story, click here.

Australia: The Critical Decade 2013
Monday, 08 July 2013 00:00

Climate Commission – June 2013

Two years ago the Climate Commission warned that 2011-2020 is the ‘Critical Decade’ for tackling climate change. In particular, this is the Critical Decade for turning around rising emissions of greenhouse gases and putting us on the pathway to stabilising the climate system. One quarter of the way through the Critical Decade, many consequences of climate change are already evident, and the risks of further climate change are better understood. It is clear that global society must virtually decarbonise in the next 30-35 years. This means that most of the fossil fuel reserves must stay in the ground. To read more, click here. To download the full report, The Critical Decade 2013 Climate change science, risks and responses, click here.

Experts: More grasslands, wetlands needed to help reduce flooding
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 00:00

DesMoines Register – June 22, 2013

Iowans can’t control the weather, but they could do a lot more to limit how much rainfall runs off into the state’s rivers and streams and heightens flood risks, experts say. Changes in climate and landscape — including more pavement, row crops and fewer water-absorbing acres of prairie grasses and wetlands — mean more rain and snowmelt are entering Iowa’s waters. That makes conditions ripe for severe floods like those of 2008 and 1993. For full story, click here.

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