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Monday, January 4th, 2016

To Help Endangered Fish, Scientists “Listen” to River Sediment

BOISE, Idaho — Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey are applying acoustic technology to better estimate the types and amounts of sediment in northern Idaho’s Kootenai River. An improved understanding of how the river transports sediment is critical to ongoing efforts by the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho to restore river habitat.

Monday, December 28th, 2015

Carbon in Water must be Accounted for in Projections of Future Climate

USGS scientists have documented that the carbon that moves through or accumulates in lakes, rivers, and streams has not been adequately incorporated into current models of carbon cycling used to track and project climate change. The research, conducted in partnership with the University of Washington, has been published this week in the Proceedings of the

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Rare Wetland Fires Can Help, Hurt Habitat

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When you think of wildfires, you may not think of wetlands. But the seldom-seen blazes may help some endangered species, according to a newly published study by a former UF/IFAS researcher.

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Climate Past as Prologue for Ponderosa Pines

Scientists from the National Park Service and the U.S. Geological Survey have reconstructed the recent migration history of ponderosa pine trees in the central Rocky Mountains. Their recently published study on the movement of this species, through centuries and across complex terrain, is unprecedented in its methodology and scope. The investigation informs an uncertain climate

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Trees Either Hunker Down or Press on in a Drying and Warming Western U.S. Climate

In the face of adverse conditions, people might feel tempted by two radically different options — hunker down and wait for conditions to improve, or press on and hope for the best. It would seem that trees employ similar options when the climate turns dry and hot.

Saturday, December 12th, 2015

ICLEI Welcomes the Landmark Paris Agreement of 12 December 2015

PARIS, 12 December 2015] The unanimously approved Paris Agreement strives to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius, with the intent to pursue a 1.5-degree target. Through this Agreement, local and subnational governments are recognized as essential actors in fast tracking transformative action in the urban world.

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

New Interactive Site Maps Big Data in Powerful New Policy Tool for Managing Climate and Development Challenges

Paris, Dec. 9, 2015 – As climate change disrupts rural communities around the world, policymakers face the task of helping their societies become more resilient. In many places, though, an information gap prevents decisions from being made with the best available evidence.

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

New Publication Details Financing for Forest and Landscape Restoration

More than USD 300 billion are needed per year to restore the world’s degraded land in order to achieve a new Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target by 2030, according to a new publication by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Global Mechanism of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (GM). The joint

Sunday, December 6th, 2015

Latin American Forest Landscape Restoration Pledges Reach 24.8 Million Hectares, $730 Million through Initiative 20×20

PARIS, Dec. 5, 2015—Today, countries, states, and financial and civil society institutions have announced new restoration pledges for Latin American and Caribbean through Initiative 20×20, a country-led effort to bring degraded and deforested land into restoration by 2020. The new commitments bring the total area to be restored to 24.8 million hectares (or about 95,700 square miles, an area

Friday, December 4th, 2015

New Mapping Platform Reveals How Much Carbon is Locked in Tropical Forests

Between 2001 and 2013, greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation across the world’s tropical forests were, on average, larger than Russia’s economy-wide emissions in 2012. That’s 2,270 million metric tons (Mt) of carbon dioxide every year.

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