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bos2Habitat on the Edges: Making Room for Wildlife in an Urbanized World

By Richard Conniff – YaleEnvironment360 – January 3, 2018
One morning not long ago, in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, I traveled with a Wildlife Conservation Society biologist on a switchback route up and over the high ridge of the Western Ghats. Our itinerary loosely followed the corridor connecting Bhadra Tiger Reserve with Kudremakh National Park 30 miles to the south. Read more here.

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wppHow to build a city that doesn’t flood? Turn it into a sponge

Daily JSTOR – December 5, 2017
Urban floods make the news with alarming regularity. Just in the past few months, Hurricane Harvey submerged Houston, and the seasonal monsoon crippled cities in South Asia. Dramatic floods from increasingly severe storms come with a steep cost, both human and financial, and the problem will only get worse with climate change. One of the biggest culprits for the deadly toll these floods wreak? Urbanization. Read more here.

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bos2Changing Behaviors Vs. Changing Values: An Argument Over How to Save Nature

By Brandon Keim – Anthropocene Magazine – December 20, 2017
In order to protect species from extinction, habitats from destruction, and prevent the impoverishment of Earth’s nonhuman life, is it necessary to change people’s values — or should nature-loving citizens work within existing value systems, seeking pragmatic rather than radical transformations? Read full article here.

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wppA Response For People Using Record Cold U.S. Weather To Refute Climate Change

By Marshall Shepherd – Forbes – December 28, 2017
If you are reading or watching the news, winter weather is the current headline. Negative wind chills, feet of lake effect snow in the Great Lakes region, and possibly the coldest New Year’s Eve ball drop in almost a half century are on tap. Forecasts are suggesting that temperatures will be in the teens and wind chills below 0 deg F as the famed ball descends from the New York City skyline. The top 3 coldest temperatures were: 1 degree F in 1917, 11 degrees in 1962, and 15 degrees in 1976/1996, respectively. Like clockwork, you will also start seeing tweets and posts refuting climate change even though 2017 will end as one of the top 3 warmest years on record. It is very common to see statements like“those climate scientists are full of it, I have 30 inches of global warming in my yard.” These moments are perfect opportunities to increase science literacy. Here is a template for how I often explain cold weather within the context of a warming climate. For full story, click here.

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bos2Fenced Nature Preserves Have Benefits Beyond Their Boundaries

By Robert Lawrence – Hakai Magazine – December 15, 2017
With few exceptions, New Zealand has been free of land mammals since it broke away from Australia and Antarctica 80 million years ago. In their place, a unique ecosystem arose, with distinctive flightless birds, large insects, and primitive reptiles and amphibians evolving to fit the niches so often occupied by mammals. For full article, click here.

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wppCoastal Kids’ Books to Cozy Up with This Season

By Raina Delisle – Hakai Magazine – December 7, 2017
Long after the Hatchimals have hatched, their batteries have died, and they’ve been relegated to the donation bin, a good book will still be standing strong on the shelf. From tall pirate tales to small seabirds with big personalities, here are nine new coastal books for the children on your list. To read more and view list, click here.

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bos2Stopping the next wave of invasive species in Saskatchewan lakes

By Costa Maragos – University of Regina – December 5, 2017
Invasive species continue to be a critical threat to freshwater ecosystems in Saskatchewan and across North America. But the species that have yet to enter Saskatchewan waters might be of greatest concern. Zebra and Quagga mussels are invasive species from Eurasia that have severely altered the ecosystems of the Great Lakes and many other water bodies in North America. Now, these mussels are making their way toward Saskatchewan. The good news? They’re not here yet. For full story, click here.

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wppPay-for-Performance: Bringing the Best of the Private Sector to Realize Wetland

By Shannon Cunniff – Restore the Mississippi River Delta – December 6,2017
Over the next 15 years, Louisiana will receive billions of dollars for coastal restoration from Gulf oil spill settlements. While this influx will provide a significant, steady investment in restoring Louisiana’s coast, the amount falls short of what is needed to fully implement the wetland restoration projects in the state’s Coastal Master Plan. One idea to help reduce the funding gap is outcome-based contracting. Often called pay-for-performance contracting, this approach could help the state build wetland restoration projects at a lower cost, more quickly, and with better quality, so that they are more sustainable to erosion and sea level rise. For full story, click here.

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bos2Farmers Can Help #SaveTheBay… But They Need Our Help 

Choose Clean Water Coalition – November 15, 2017
The Chesapeake watershed is home to many farms; 87,000 to be exact. Farmers have been a force for Bay restoration for a long time, employing a litany of different sustainable farming practices to protect clean water in local streams and rivers. A new report by the Chesapeake Bay Commission finds that these practices are serving the watershed well, however farmers will require much more outside help to get the Bay to meet its 2025 cleanup goals. For full blog post, click here.

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wppRaising a hellbender is rough, but rewarding

By Aaron Dodds  – Farm and Dairy – November 24, 2017
Over the past 10 years, the Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District has been a part of the
Ohio Hellbender Partnership, an organization of private, state and federal entities that is trying to preserve the state endangered hellbender. The hellbender is the largest native salamander found in North America and is found within the unglaciated ragged and worn hills of Appalachia and the Ozarks. Jefferson County and its citizens have an extensive and intertwined relationship with the hellbender (stone carvings of hellbenders by the Monongahela people dating to 600 BC were found in the Ohio River bed stone just north of Steubenville) that continues to this day. For full story, click here.

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