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FDA Finds Monsanto's Weed Killer In U.S. Honey | The Huffington Post

FDA Finds Monsanto's Weed Killer In U.S. Honey | The Huffington Post | NRG_ENV | Scoop.it
The Food and Drug Administration, under public pressure to start testing samples of U.S. food for the presence of a pesticide that has been linked t
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How big data could save aquatic species

How big data could save aquatic species | NRG_ENV | Scoop.it
Last week, the US Forest Service announced what is perhaps its loftiest conservation goal ever: to map every aquatic animal in the Western states.

By next summer, the department hopes to release the first-ever Aquatic Environmental DNA Atlas. Using new DNA testing technology, researchers plan to comb rivers and streams for the genetic material of every otter, salmon, and water bug west of the Mississippi. The resulting biodiversity map, cataloging thousands of species by population boundary, would be a public resource.
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FWS Proposes New Endangered Species Listing: Should Farmers “Bee” Worried?

FWS Proposes New Endangered Species Listing: Should Farmers “Bee” Worried? | NRG_ENV | Scoop.it
On Thursday, September 22, 2016, the Fish and Wildlife Service proposed a new rule to list the rusty patched bumble bee as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.
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Scientists working on first major map of all aquatic species in western US

Scientists working on first major map of all aquatic species in western US | NRG_ENV | Scoop.it
It sounds like a big fish story: a plan to create a biodiversity map identifying thousands of aquatic species in every river and stream in the western U.S.
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What's the Big Idea? — Using Weather Equipment to Monitor Animal Movement

Robb Diehl, research ecologist at the USGS Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center, explains how he uses remote sensing technology — particularly weathe
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Estimating the short-term recovery potential of little brown bats in the eastern United States in the face of White-nose syndrome

Estimating the short-term recovery potential of little brown bats in the eastern United States in the face of White-nose syndrome | NRG_ENV | Scoop.it
White-nose syndrome (WNS) was first detected in North American bats in New York in 2006. Since that time WNS has spread throughout the northeastern United States, southeastern Canada, and southwest across Pennsylvania and as far west as Missouri. Suspect WNS cases have been identified in Minnesota and Iowa, and the causative agent of WNS (Pseudogymnoascus destructans) has recently been detected in Mississippi. The impact of WNS is devastating for little brown bats (Myotis lucifugus), causing up to 100% mortality in some overwintering populations, and previous research has forecast the extirpation of the species due to the disease. Recent evidence indicates that remnant populations may persist in areas where WNS is endemic. We developed a spatially explicit model of little brown bat population dynamics to investigate the potential for populations to recover under alternative scenarios. We used these models to investigate how starting population sizes, potential changes in the numbe
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Avian Mortality at a Solar Energy Power Plant on JSTOR

Michael D. McCrary, Robert L. McKernan, Ralph W. Schreiber, William D. Wagner, Terry C. Sciarrotta, Avian Mortality at a Solar Energy Power Plant, Journal of Field Ornithology, Vol. 57, No. 2 (Spring, 1986), pp. 135-141
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Solar Energy Industries' Major Solar Projects Map

Solar Energy Industries' Major Solar Projects Map | NRG_ENV | Scoop.it
"About this map The Major Solar Projects List is a database of all ground-mounted solar projects, 1 MW and above, that are either operating, under construction or under development. The list is for informational purposes only, reflecting projects and completed milestones in the public domain. The information in the list was gathered from public announcements of solar projects in the form of company press releases, news releases, and, in some cases, conversations with individual developers. It is not a comprehensive list of all utility-scale projects under development. This list may be missing smaller projects that re not publicly announced. Note: SEIA reports project capacity figures in AC units when available. For other resources related to the Major Solar Projects list, please click here. We would appreciate any updates or corrections you may have to your company's project entries that would help us maintain accurate data in the database. Please click here to access a survey to list your company's current projects that are either operating, under construction and under development. Please send any completed surveys or preexisting project lists to me at aholm@seia.org. Location coordinates, which were developed by Argonne National Laboratory, are provided for those projects for which the location has been confirmed. These data are also available in the Solar Energy Environmental Mapper , an interactive geospatial data viewer developed by Argonne. Developed by the Solar Energy Industries"
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Environmental impacts of utility-scale solar energy

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Renewable energy is a promising alternative to fossil fuel-based energy, but its development can require a complex set of environmental tradeoffs. A recent increase in solar energy systems, especially large, centralized installations, underscores the urgency of understanding their environmental interactions. Synthesizing literature across numerous disciplines, we review direct and indirect environmental impacts – both beneficial and adverse – of utility-scale solar energy (USSE) development, including impacts on biodiversity, land-use and land-cover change, soils, water resources, and human health. Additionally, we review feedbacks between USSE infrastructure and land-atmosphere interactions and the potential for USSE systems to mitigate climate change. Several characteristics and development strategies of USSE systems have low environmental impacts relative to other energy systems, including other renewables. We show opportunities to increase USSE environmental co-benefits, the permitting and regulatory constraints and opportunities of USSE, and highlight future research directions to better understand the nexus between USSE and the environment. Increasing the environmental compatibility of USSE systems will maximize the efficacy of this key renewable energy source in mitigating climatic and global environmental change.
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Avian Solar Work Group Formed to Study the Relationship between Birds and
Solar Energy

"The Large-scale Solar Association announced today the formation of the Avian Solar Work Group, a collaborative group of environmental organizations, academics and solar companies that will advance coordinated scientific research to better understand how birds interact with solar facilities.
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 The Avian Solar Work Group will strive to better understand and address avian interactions with solar projects with an approach that blends collaboration, issue identification and action.

Our understanding of the relationship between solar power projects and birds is limited. Participants will develop and prioritize research questions designed to improve our understanding and inform the siting, development and operation of solar facilities to protect birds. State and federal agencies will also be invited to participate in order to ensure coordination and alignment of the research findings, which will be shared with agencies and the public."
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"Entities participating in the Avian Solar Work Group include: • Audubon California • Defenders of Wildlife • First Solar • Large-scale Solar Association • Natural Resources Defense Council • NextEra Energy Resources • NRG Energy • Recurrent Energy • SunEdison • University of California Los Angeles, Center for Tropical Research"
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Natural Selections
Department of Defense Natural Resources Program Fall 2016 Newsletter

Newsletter that includes info on eDNA research programs, conservation programs, etc. on DoD lands. 
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Story Map Journal

Story Map Journal | NRG_ENV | Scoop.it
This story map was created with the Story Map Journal application in ArcGIS Online.
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Navigating the pitfalls and promise of landscape genetics

Navigating the pitfalls and promise of landscape genetics | NRG_ENV | Scoop.it
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The field of landscape genetics has been evolving rapidly since its emergence in the early 2000s. New applications, techniques and criticisms of techniques appear like clockwork with each new journal issue. The developments are an encouraging, and at times bewildering, sign of progress in an exciting new field of study. However, we suggest that the rapid expansion of landscape genetics has belied important flaws in the development of the field, and we add an air of caution to this breakneck pace of expansion. Specifically, landscape genetic studies often lose sight of the fundamental principles and complex consequences of gene flow, instead favouring simplistic interpretations and broad inferences not necessarily warranted by the data. Here, we describe common pitfalls that characterize such studies, and provide practical guidance to improve landscape genetic investigation, with careful consideration of inferential limits, scale, replication, and the ecological and evolutionary context of spatial genetic patterns. Ultimately, the utility of landscape genetics will depend on translating the relationship between gene flow and landscape features into an understanding of long-term population outcomes. We hope the perspective presented here will steer landscape genetics down a more scientifically sound and productive path, garnering a field that is as informative in the future as it is popular now.
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The ecology, behavior, and conservation of migratory birds

The ecology, behavior, and conservation of migratory birds | NRG_ENV | Scoop.it
"U.S. Geological Survey research contributes to conservation measures and improved management of migratory bird populations and their habitats across the United States. Migratory birds provide ecosystem benefits that include pest control, pollination of plants and serve as food sources for other wildlife. They are also a source of recreation for millions of bird watchers and enthusiasts who provide food and design backyard habitats to attract a variety of species throughout the year. NOROCK researchers are able to explore the behavior and ecology of migratory birds through the unique deployment of tools traditionally used for things such as seafloor mapping, weather forecasting and even military reconnaissance missions. This information can become vital for resource managers to plan conservation measures for migratory bird species into the future."
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Estimating the spatial distribution of wintering little brown bat populations in the eastern United States - Russell - 2014 - Ecology and Evolution - Wiley Online Library

Estimating the spatial distribution of wintering little brown bat populations in the eastern United States - Russell - 2014 - Ecology and Evolution - Wiley Online Library | NRG_ENV | Scoop.it
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Depicting the spatial distribution of wildlife species is an important first step in developing management and conservation programs for particular species. Accurate representation of a species distribution is important for predicting the effects of climate change, land-use change, management activities, disease, and other landscape-level processes on wildlife populations. We developed models to estimate the spatial distribution of little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) wintering populations in the United States east of the 100th meridian, based on known hibernacula locations. From this data, we developed several scenarios of wintering population counts per county that incorporated uncertainty in the spatial distribution of the hibernacula as well as uncertainty in the size of the current little brown bat population. We assessed the variability in our results resulting from effects of uncertainty. Despite considerable uncertainty in the known locations of overwintering little brown bats in the eastern United States, we believe that models accurately depicting the effects of the uncertainty are useful for making management decisions as these models are a coherent organization of the best available information.
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A preliminary assessment of avian mortality at utility-scale solar energy facilities in the United States

A preliminary assessment of avian mortality at utility-scale solar energy facilities in the United States | NRG_ENV | Scoop.it
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Despite the benefits of reduced toxic and carbon emissions and a perpetual energy resource, there is potential for negative environmental impacts resulting from utility-scale solar energy (USSE) development. Although USSE development may represent an avian mortality source, there is little knowledge regarding the magnitude of these impacts in the context of other avian mortality sources. In this study we present a first assessment of avian mortality at USSE facilities through a synthesis of available avian monitoring and mortality information at existing USSE facilities. Using this information, we contextualize USSE avian mortality relative to other forms of avian mortality at 2 spatial scales: a regional scale (confined to southern California) and a national scale. Systematic avian mortality information was available for three USSE facilities in the southern California region. We estimated annual USSE-related avian mortality to be between 16,200 and 59,400 birds in the southern California region, which was extrapolated to between 37,800 and 138,600 birds for all USSE facilities across the United States that are either installed or under construction. We also discuss issues related to avian–solar interactions that should be addressed in future research and monitoring programs.
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Let Your Workers Rebel

Employee engagement is a problem. To fix it, encourage your workers to break rules and be themselves. We’ll show you who does it right and how you can too.
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U of G Researchers to Develop eDNA Tool for Aquatic Tracking - Campus News

U of G Researchers to Develop eDNA Tool for Aquatic Tracking - Campus News | NRG_ENV | Scoop.it

"Bob Hanner and Amanda Naaum will be developing a mobile biodiversity monitoring instrument to track aquatic organisms


Researchers at the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario (BIO) have received an Idea to Innovation grant worth $125,000 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to perfect a mobile biodiversity monitoring instrument.

This device will allow a user to analyze a water sample for “environmental DNA” (eDNA) and confirm whether a particular organism was recently in that water body, said Prof. Bob Hanner, associate director of the Canadian Barcode of Life network based at BIO.

Such a real-time device is of growing interest to power companies, regulatory agencies and environmental inspectors, among others, he said."

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Avian mortality at a solar energy power plant (1986)

Journal of Field Ornithology
Volume 57, Issue 2, Pages 135-141
Avian mortality at a solar energy power plant
McCrary, M.D.,  McKernan, R.L.,  Schreiber, R.L.,  Wagner, W.D.,  Sciarrotta, T.C.

NO ABSTRACT AVAILABLE. 1986 paper. 

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Large Scale Solar Association.

Large Scale Solar Association. | NRG_ENV | Scoop.it
LSA - The Large-scale Solar Association (LSA) is a non-partisan, solar advocacy association whose purpose is to support market penetration of utility-scale solar technologies through appropriate policy mechanisms.
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USDA Protocol for eDNA Sampling for Aquatics

Official protocol developed and tested ~5k times with good results - no contamination of samples. 
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