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10 top writing tips and the psychology behind them - without bullshit

10 top writing tips and the psychology behind them - without bullshit | Conservation GIS | Scoop.it
There are plenty of folks happy to tell you how to write better, just as any doctor will tell you to “eat right and exercise.” But changing your writing (or eating) habits only happens when you understand why you do what you do. I can help you with that. That proposal or email you wrote must now compete for … Continue reading 10 top writing tips and the psychology behind them →
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Presidential Memorandum: Mitigating Impacts on Natural Resources from Development and Encouraging Related Private Investment

Presidential Memorandum: Mitigating Impacts on Natural Resources from Development and Encouraging Related Private Investment | Conservation GIS | Scoop.it
Large-scale plans and analysis should inform the identification of areas where development may be most appropriate, where high natural resource values result in the best locations for protection and restoration, or where natural resource values are irreplaceable. Furthermore, because doing so lowers long-term risks to our environment and reduces timelines of development and other projects, agency policies should seek to encourage advance compensation, including mitigation bank-based approaches, in order to provide resource gains before harmful impacts occur. The design and implementation of those policies should be crafted to result in predictability sufficient to provide incentives for the private and non-governmental investments often needed to produce successful advance compensation. Wherever possible, policies should operate similarly across agencies and be implemented consistently within them.
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meant to streamline wisdom... is it possible?

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County of Sonoma OSD Conservation GIS Analyst Job

County of Sonoma OSD Conservation GIS Analyst Job | Conservation GIS | Scoop.it
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 I will probably get to work with this person

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The geographical distribution of fossil fuels unused when limiting global warming to 2 [deg]C : Nature : Nature Publishing Group

The geographical distribution of fossil fuels unused when limiting global warming to 2 [deg]C : Nature : Nature Publishing Group | Conservation GIS | Scoop.it

Abstract: Policy makers have generally agreed that the average global temperature rise caused by greenhouse gas emissions should not exceed 2 [deg]C above the average global temperature of pre-industrial times... Our results show that policy makers/' instincts to exploit rapidly and completely their territorial fossil fuels are, in aggregate, inconsistent with their commitments to this temperature limit. Implementation of this policy commitment would also render unnecessary continued substantial expenditure on fossil fuel exploration, because any new discoveries could not lead to increased aggregate production.

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Wow, look at the last two sentences of the abstract.  In the journal NAture.

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Citizen Science: Theory and Practice

Citizen Science: Theory and Practice | Conservation GIS | Scoop.it
@CitSciAssoc
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Very excited about the new journal about Citizen Science.  It is open access and now open for submissions!

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Saving Our Birds

Saving Our Birds | Conservation GIS | Scoop.it
Has the passing of the passenger pigeon taught us anything?
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Nice piece by John Fitzpatrick from Cornell in NYT

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Osprey whisperers: Deciphering decades of clues from the sea hawk — Environmental Health News

Osprey whisperers: Deciphering decades of clues from the sea hawk — Environmental Health News | Conservation GIS | Scoop.it
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The "Canary in the Coalmine" except the coalmine is our Earth!

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If You Think the Water Crisis Can't Get Worse, Wait Until the Aquifers Are Drained

If You Think the Water Crisis Can't Get Worse, Wait Until the Aquifers Are Drained | Conservation GIS | Scoop.it
As drought ravages surface water supplies, we're pumping groundwater to save us. And it will-for a while.
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now pumping 60% of our water!

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Free Podcasts on Environmental Governance and Resilience | University of Oxford

Free Podcasts on Environmental Governance and Resilience | University of Oxford | Conservation GIS | Scoop.it
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esp excited to hear Folke & @Robert_Costanza

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Stunning New Video View of Swimming Polar Bears

Stunning New Video View of Swimming Polar Bears | Conservation GIS | Scoop.it
New video footage reveals polar bears in their watery element.
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bear cam!

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The Anthropocene: It’s Not All About Us

The Anthropocene: It’s Not All About Us | Conservation GIS | Scoop.it
Time to celebrate! Woo-hoo! It’s official: we humans have started a new geological epoch—the Anthropocene. Who’d have thought that just one species among millions might be capable of such an amazing accomplishment?
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"The Techno-Anthropocene has an Achilles heel: energy (more specifically, the failings of nuclear power). The Lean-Green Anthropocene has one as well: human nature"

 

"Are the Lean-Green Anthropocene prophets our species’ early warning system whose function is to avert catastrophe—or are they merely ahead of their time, pre-adapting to an ecological slap-down that is foreseeable but not yet fully upon us?"

 

"Just as humans are now shaping the future of Earth, Earth will shape the future of humanity. Amid rapid environmental and social change, the message of the Lean-Greens will gain more obvious relevance. That message may not save the polar bears (though ecosystem protection programs deserve every kind of support), but it might make the inevitable transition to a new species-wide behavioral mode a lot easier. It may lead to a dark age that’s less dark than it would otherwise be, one in which more of our cultural and scientific achievements are preserved. A great deal may depend on the intensity and success of the efforts of the small proportion of the population who are currently open to Lean-Green thinking—success in acquiring skills, in developing institutions, and in communicating a compelling vision of a desirable and sustainable post-boom society."

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Map of California Renewable Energy Projects | UCSUSA

Map of California Renewable Energy Projects | UCSUSA | Conservation GIS | Scoop.it
Locations and information for California renewable energy projects, including wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal energy.
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Mapping Choices: Which sea level will we lock in?

Mapping Choices: Which sea level will we lock in? | Conservation GIS | Scoop.it
Climate Central has created an interactive, zip-searchable map of the U.S. to show the local consequences of high vs. low carbon emissions.
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think of your favorite coastal place and check it out here:

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US forests under threat as demand for wood-based biofuels grows - report | Guardian Sustainable Business | CBI Analysis

US forests under threat as demand for wood-based biofuels grows - report | Guardian Sustainable Business | CBI Analysis | Conservation GIS | Scoop.it
A new report has found an increase in US wood pellet exports may be threatening ecologically important forests across the country
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Based on an analysis by Conservation Biology Institute...


'“It makes perfect sense that we work toward a non-fossil fuel energy source – no argument there – but the issue is the alternatives we pick are not always benign and we need to be thoughtful about that,” Strittholt said. “Just because it’s trees and not fossil fuel, it shouldn’t be everything goes, because everything will indeed go if there aren’t some kinds of controls.”'

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PESTICIDES: Court sparks debate by rebuking EPA on bee-killing chemical -- Monday, September 14, 2015 -- www.eenews.net

PESTICIDES: Court sparks debate by rebuking EPA on bee-killing chemical -- Monday, September 14, 2015 -- www.eenews.net | Conservation GIS | Scoop.it
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals plowed into a regulatory thicket last week when it struck down U.S. EPA's approval of a so-called bee-killing chemical. At issue: how regulators assess pesticide threats to human health and the environment.
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Nice bucking of the trend:

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Yale Climate Opinion Maps

Yale Climate Opinion Maps | Conservation GIS | Scoop.it
Public opinion about global warming is an important influence on decision making about policies to reduce global warming or prepare for the impacts, but American opinions vary widely depending on where people live. So why would we rely on just one national number to understand public responses to climate change at the state and local levels?
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Worth 1,000 words.  Especially telling is viewing by county, then comparing Global Warming will harm me personally, it will ham future generations, and we should have a carbon tax if refunded to every american...Also telling is that there is no question about how global warming is affecting all the rest of life on earth besides humans,  How to move the needle of ethics/morals from self to others?

 

Also the question about if scientists think global warming is happening indicates a failure of our media system, in my opinion.

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Is the Environment a Moral Cause?

Is the Environment a Moral Cause? | Conservation GIS | Scoop.it
Why left and right respond differently to climate change.
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This message emphasized the need to protect natural habitats from “desecration” so that our children can experience the “uncontaminated purity and value of nature.”

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2014 temperature extremes: U.S. runs hot and cold | NOAA Climate.gov

2014 temperature extremes: U.S. runs hot and cold | NOAA Climate.gov | Conservation GIS | Scoop.it
Never in the historical record have such large areas of the country experienced such radically different temperature extremes as they have so far in 2014.
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Family Science Days | AAAS 2015 Annual Meeting

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These days have recived high praise from my colleagues with kids.  And they are free!

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How serious is California drought? Check out these before and after pictures, taken only three years apart. - Imgur

How serious is California drought? Check out these before and after pictures, taken only three years apart. - Imgur | Conservation GIS | Scoop.it
The most viral images on the internet, curated in real time by a dedicated community through commenting, voting and sharing.
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maybe we need to re-evaluate our norms?

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Conservation, or Curation?

Conservation, or Curation? | Conservation GIS | Scoop.it
A new reading of the Endangered Species Act is a dangerous retreat.
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The ESA is hardly working, but the sad thing is, if we opened it up to fix it we'd probably kill it at this stage of political gridlock.  sigh...

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Job Opportunity -- Conservation Biology Institute -- Web Application Test Pilot

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Great opportunity at a great organization!  (OK, yeah, I might be a little biased...)

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Planning for an uncertain future: promoting adaptation to climate change through flexible and forward-looking decision making | Humanitarian News

Planning for an uncertain future: promoting adaptation to climate change through flexible and forward-looking decision making | Humanitarian News | Conservation GIS | Scoop.it
This report outlines the activities of the Africa Climate Change Resilience Alliance (ACCRA) in seeking to strengthen 'Flexible and Forward-Looking Decision Making' (FFDM) among district development actors.
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Love that FFDM is an acronym (Flexible and Forward-Looking Decision Making)

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Impacts of Rodenticide and Insecticide Toxicants from Marijuana Cultivation Sites

Impacts of Rodenticide and Insecticide Toxicants from Marijuana Cultivation Sites | Conservation GIS | Scoop.it
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Pernicious, and yet hardly talked about.  Great to see it getting an article.  Hopefully will be better addressed now if we can help mainstream the problem.  See also http://consbio.org/newsroom/blog/illegal-harvest

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