Hundreds of people in British Columbia can’t use their water after more than a billion gallons of mining waste spilled into rivers and creeks in the province’s Cariboo region.
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Although most of the world's biodiversity is below ground, surprisingly little is known about how it affects ecosystems or how it will be affected by climate change.
Diversity on the ground surface is also a critical and usually overlooked element of ecosystem function.
Inadequate national targets for curbing climate-altering greenhouse gases meant emissions would be "far above" the level required to stave off disastrous global warming, analysts warned Wednesday.
Instead of the UN-targeted ceiling of two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) of average warming over pre-Industrial Revolution levels, the world was on track for 2.9-3.1 C by 2100, according to the Climate Action Tracker (CAT), a tool developed by a consortium of four research organisations.
"The climate targets so far submitted to the UN by governments collectively lead to global emissions far above the levels needed to hold warming to below 2 C," said a CAT statement.
So far, 56 governments have submitted pledges, known as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions or INDCs, to a UN roster that will form the backbone of a universal climate-rescue pact to be signed in Paris in December.
Unfortunate, but no surprise. When the U. S. President says that we must act now and then gives Shell oil permission to drill in the Arctic, it is easy to see that our political/social institutions are not sufficiently mature to deal with threats. We have ruined our beautiful planet, and we will not stop our depredations until hopes of recovery in a far distant future begin to wain.
New research suggests there are just over 3tn
trees on Earth, which is eight times more than scientists
The painful realization is that those consumers whose demand has caused this are unaware of massive impact of their desires.
Kendall Jones, 19, has drawn the ire of thousands with her Facebook photos showing her smiling alongside rare African beasts But Facebook has now removed her images of dead elephants, hippos and li...
Embarrassing images of a grinning idiot posing beside magnificent creatures whose lives were far more valuable than hers.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The president of Shell Oil Co. said exploratory drilling off Alaska's northwest coast is going well despite stormy weather last week that caused the company to halt operati...
Staying in the same hotel as the President?
Here's an example of the commentary: "A keystone species of California’s Carrizo Plain National Monument, giant kangaroo rats are starving as drought turns these once-vast grasslands into desert, depriving the rodents of plants and seeds they depend on for food. Before the drought, researchers estimated the rodent’s population in the hundreds of thousands, with up to 100 of the animals per acre. That number had fallen to only seven per acre this spring—a crisis for the entire ecosystem.
"Giant kangaroo rats are a main prey source for endangered San Joaquin kit foxes as well as for coyotes, raptors, snakes, weasels and other predators. In addition, the rats’ burrowing churns up nutrient-rich soils that lead to higher levels of plant and invertebrate diversity. Due to habitat loss outside the national monument, the Carrizo Plain kangaroo rat population is the largest remaining in California, says Justin Brashares, a professor of wildlife ecology at the University of California–Berkeley. “If we lose this population, we could see federal support for the start of a captive-breeding population.”
GR: This is a refreshing change from the typical coverage of the California drought. The focus of most drought stories is on human problems. Humans aren't having problems like wild species are; the human population is growing. Other species' populations aren't. The World Wildlife Fund reports that more than half of all vertebrates are gone now and the losses are continuing. Very little is being done to reverse the decline. So.., are California representatives of the people telling them, and the rest of the world, to slow down? No, not at all. Much of the world still sees the profits to be gained from growing populations of consumers and workers. That has to change. Either we manage our population, or we let drought, flood, famine, and war do it for us.
The Hot Blob in the Northeastern Pacific held its own for quite some time. But it now faces the assault of a barrage of tropical cyclones spat from the maw of a monster El Nino that is now tracking its way toward the strongest such event on record. If this keeps up, the Ridiculously Resilient Ridge warding storms off the US West Coast will be besieged by increasingly powerful cyclonic systems. The Ekman pumping from such storms will cool the ocean surface at its periphery and expanding toward its heart, eventually crushing the ocean impetus for ridge formation. The continuation of such a pattern could then kick Bjerknes feedback into higher gear — opening wide the door for powerful storms striking the US West Coast this Fall and Winter.
A Record-Shattering Barrage of Pacific Cyclones
Late during the evening of August 29th of 2015 something odd happened. For the first time in the history of modern meteorological record keeping, three category four typhoons simultaneously churned their way northward through the Pacific Ocean. These massive and powerful storms, just one category shy of the strongest typhoons we have a measure for, were hurled out of a region of extremely hot sea surface temperatures near the Equator. A zone, that for late August was also hitting record hot levels amidst a building Monster El Nino. And never before in modern memory had so many storms of such high intensity filled Pacific Ocean waters.
California storms may replace drought this fall. Not end drought; replace it with another form of catastrophe--floods. Here in central Arizona, I feel an urge to replace that faulty gutter.