September 29, 2014

12:31 PM | Antarctica Is Doing Its Best Sandra Bullock Impression
By Susan Cosier Melting on the Antarctic Ice Sheet is weakening the region’s gravitational pull. OMG! Are penguins floating into the heavens? Um, no. The changes are slight, but they're still significant enough for the European Space Agency to detect with its most “accurate gravity model ever.” Earth’s gravitational pull can vary due to the planet’s rotation and changes in land mass, such as mountains or ocean trenches. Between […]
9:36 AM | Autumn at Kew
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2:56 AM | Killing Fields for Songbirds
By Rocky Kistner A small brown warbler dangles upside down in a grove of acacia trees, its feet and wings stuck to a sticky, lime-soaked branch. The bird had been flying from Europe to northern Africa, when it decided to make a pit stop on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. Little did it know that thousands of traps and nets wait there for migrating songbirds.According to the new documentary Emptying the Skies, directed by Douglas Kass, hunters in rural […]

September 28, 2014

10:03 PM | Water in the desert, apple orchard edition
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5:19 PM | Special issue on geo-environmental effects of wildfires
Noemí Lana-Renault Monreal University of La Rioja, Spain We are glad to announce that the Special Issue on “Geo-environmental effects of wildfires”, which has been recently published by Cuadernos de Investigación Geográfica (volume 40 (2), 2014). This Special Issue aims at bringing together the key impacts of wildfires on runoff, soil properties and erosion, […]
5:08 PM | Does affluence make you more resilient to drought?
My quick, poorly thought out answer to the question in the post title would have been “yes”, but OtPR once again has pointed out the error in my thinking. The wealthiest California farmers, OtPR argues, have locked themselves into high value but permanent crops (especially almonds) that leave them less flexibility to respond to climate ...Continue reading ‘Does affluence make you more resilient to drought?’ »
4:55 PM | In Arizona, talk of water supply augmentation
There’s a long and important history behind Arizona’s enthusiasm for water supply augmentation. The short arm-wave version is Arizona’s belief that part of the Central Arizona Project’s grand bargain was that the Superhot State would accept a junior priority for its CAP water in return for a commitment to water supply augmentation at some unspecified ...Continue reading ‘In Arizona, talk of water supply augmentation’ »
4:25 PM | Some day this drought’s gonna end….
Jim Carlton, in the Wall Street Journal last week (behind paywall, sorry*) does something I wish there was more of – looking at what happens when drought ends. In particular, a visit to Wyoming, where it was dry for a spell, then got wet: “You can get out of drought if everything goes right, and ...Continue reading ‘Some day this drought’s gonna end….’ »
4:04 PM | Neighborhood Planning for Resilient and Livable Cities, Part 1 of 3: Why Do Neighborhoods Matter and Where Are We Going Wrong?
Jane Jacobs said: ‘Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.’ To embrace this idea that everyone has to be involved in creating cities is to recognize the vitality … Continue reading →

September 27, 2014

11:54 PM | How to Look for Pine Marten
The pine marten (Martes martes) is one of Ireland’s most beautiful but elusive mammals. It is notoriously difficult to see as it tends to be mostly nocturnal, and is a naturally shy animal. It is about the size of a … Continue reading →

O’Mahony, D., O’Reilly, C. & Turner, P. (2012). Pine marten (Martes martes) distribution and abundance in Ireland: A cross-jurisdictional analysis using non-invasive genetic survey techniques, Mammalian Biology - Zeitschrift für Säugetierkunde, 77 (5) 351-357. DOI: 10.1016/j.mambio.2012.04.001

Carlos Lobato hace un recorrido por el mundo de los superheroes y sus poderes; y los compara con animales que tienen las mismas capacidades en la naturaleza
8:48 AM | Gardening offers 27/9
The update to the website will have to wait until after we’ve moved (and no, we still don’t have a date!), but the new layout is simpler and so I am going to start posting the gardening offers here rather than on their own separate blog. The posts will contain affiliate links – if you decide to click through and make a purchase, then I will receive a small amount of money that helps with the upkeep of the blog. It doesn’t cost you anything. Harrod Horticultural are […]
2:39 AM | numerology
I had a simple question: How many scientists are there in New Zealand? The answer provided by the wonderful folk at Stats NZ was embedded in a 59 page spreadsheet […]

September 26, 2014

11:37 PM | Long distance kelp rafting
Bull kelp (credit's post is about a new paper by a good friend of mine, Gary Saunders from the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, Canada. Gary is happily barcoding seaweeds pretty much since the first days of DNA Barcoding and he assembled some 12 000 specimens barcodes to date. Every time we have a chance to meet at conferences, symposia, or even in the field, sure enough he will have a very interesting story to tell and most of the time they have […]
9:23 PM | Warming Arctic Ocean Is Blooming More Than Ever
Following another season of shrinking sea ice Arctic Ocean life has been blessed with a doubling of plankton bloom cycles. Historically, phyto-plankton began to bloom... The post Warming Arctic Ocean Is Blooming More Than Ever appeared first on Russ George.
8:14 PM | Our fossil fueled world
While I sat at home in Mount Rainier, Maryland writing this essay, dozens of my friends and hundreds of thousands of fellow humans were in New York for the People’s Climate March. That I was not there is perhaps strange, because I believe climate change is probably humanity’s most serious problem—in other words, the one most...»
6:59 PM | This Week in EPA Science
By Kacey Fitzpatrick With more than 300,000 people turning out for the People’s Climate March in New York City and leaders from around the world meeting for the United Nations Climate Summit, climate change has been big news this week.  It was also Climate Action Week at EPA, starting with Administrator Gina McCarthy’s message: Climate […]
3:15 PM | A Climate Debate I Would Like to See
Of the all the famous names associated with climate change, there are two I would love to see headlined in a debate–against each other. Both of these individuals believe global warming presents an existential threat, both believe Big Green is part of the problem, and both offer a radically different path to decarbonization of the […]The post A Climate Debate I Would Like to See appeared first on Collide-a-Scape.
3:00 PM | Certainties, Uncertainties and Choices with Global Warming
We can be certain about climate change uncertainty but still address the risk.
2:00 PM | Restoring the Serpentine Prairie Habitat in Oakland
A highly endangered species exists on the urban edge of Redwood Regional Park in Oakland. Find out what volunteers and the East Bay Regional Park District are doing to protect and restore the serpentine prairie.
12:00 PM | What is an isolated island in an era of global shipping?
Biodiversity on islands is governed by the push and pull of life and death. Species disappear as they become extinct, and colonists from nearby islands create new populations. Bigger islands have more habitats, and thus colonists can diverge to become different species. Smaller islands have less space, so any speciation that does occur will leave
11:35 AM | Cloudy with a Chance of ... Butterflies?
By Susan Cosier Meteorologists spotted a strange blip on the radar last week: a butterfly-shaped cloud hovering over southern Illinois and central Missouri. The reading was peculiar, since at the time there wasn’t an actual cloud in the sky over the region. The flying mass was big, and the meteorologists had a hunch it was something biological, but knew it wasn’t an enormous flock of birds, gaggle of geese, or colony of bats. Well, the mystery […]
11:00 AM | Genetically Modifying Deadly Bacteria Could End Their Resistance to Antibiotics
In the past decade, many deadly bacteria have developed ways to resist antibiotics. Altering these bacteria at the genetic level may help people to fight back.A cluster of drug-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria. Streptococcus pneumoniae (or pneumococcus) is the leading cause of bacterial pneumonia and meningitis. It also is a major cause of bloodstream infections and ear and sinus infections. Image courtesy of the CDC/Melissa Brower.With increased use of […]
8:17 AM | The last days of September
Colouring leaves are a joy in store for October Despite the lovely weather, September is drawing to a close and we can expect a more autumnal feel to be around the corner. There’s still time to do your September planting if you’re going to be joining the Glutbusters this year – and there will be a new issue published on 1st October. There’s also still time to enter Write Club 2014, but only just – entries close at the end of the month, and I will be picking our […]
5:18 AM | Fish Give Back Iron To Sustain Their Ocean Pastures, Or They Used To!
Newly published work in the prestigious science journal PLoS ONE confirms the vital role fish play in recycling iron that sustains their ocean pastures. Or... The post Fish Give Back Iron To Sustain Their Ocean Pastures, Or They Used To! appeared first on Russ George.
4:36 AM | US Government Buys Another 50 Million Servings Of Our Pasture Fed Pink Salmon
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Domestic Food Aid program is on a salmon-buying binge. It usually spends $6 million a year buying Alaska Pink Salmon.... The post US Government Buys Another 50 Million Servings Of Our Pasture Fed Pink Salmon appeared first on Russ George.

September 25, 2014

8:22 PM | Contingency planning in the Upper Colorado River Basin
Water managers in the Upper Colorado River Basin are beginning to roll out details of their contingency planning aimed at preventing Lake Powell from dropping to troublingly low levels. Among the key steps being discussed, according to a presentation Monday by New Mexico’s Kevin Flanagan to his state’s Interstate Stream Commission (more over on my ...Continue reading ‘Contingency planning in the Upper Colorado River Basin’ »
7:14 PM | Two New Studies Underline How Methane Matters to Global Carbon Cycle
Natural gas is often called a "bridge fuel" that will help ease us off of carbon-based energy. But a study suggests that without policies to push us toward renewables and away from fossil fuels, natural gas will still leave the sky as a waste dump.
6:36 PM | Reigning in the Rain with Satellite and Radar
By Marguerite Huber When it rains, it pours! Actually, that phrase is not necessarily true. A rain shower can consist of just drizzle, a steady rain, a downpour, or even all three! Either way, accurate rain totals are the basis of watershed modeling for evaluating the water cycle. Meteorological data (precipitation, temperature, humidity, etc.) required […]
6:34 PM | Fungal communities and forest degradation
The change of land-use, e.g. deforestation, is one of the greatest threats to biodiversity worldwide, particularly within tropical ecosystems. There are quite a few projections out there that aim to predict extinction rates  in relation to climate change. However, such estimated extinction risks might be higher than projected if future potential locations of suitable climate do not coincide with other essential resources such as soil type or food resources. One aspect that is still […]
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