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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Study Finds Tropical Forests’ Ability to Absorb Carbon Dioxide Is Waning:
“A lot of research that has come before hasn’t been spatially explicit – we haven’t had a map of where carbon fluxes were occurring”.
https://go.nasa.gov/3eKo7jm Via @NASAJPL
Food for a Future Planet:
India’s rice farmers look to an ancient crop to prepare for a flood-prone tomorrow.
According to legend, Pokkali rice dates back to the 14th century, when the Periyar River flooded & washed mountain seeds down to the coast.
The Quest for ‘Lost’ Birds Delivers Highs & Lows:
Thousands of species exist in a liminal space of conservation—they haven’t been seen in a long time, but that doesn’t mean they are extinct. Groups hope to crowdsource more rediscoveries.
DNA Pulled from Thin Air Identifies Nearby Animals:
New research shows that the atmosphere can contain detectable amounts of DNA from many animals, suggesting sampling air may enable a faster, cheaper way to survey creatures in ecosystems.
Africa’s Green Superpower: Why Gabon wants markets to help tackle climate change:
Gabon in is one of the world’s few net sequesters of carbon.
“Ahead of key UN summit, ‘natural capital’ is gaining ground as an idea to avert climate catastrophe”.
We Can No Longer Say Floods Are An Act of God:
“…this will be, I think, the first time in the western world that many people will ascribe the deaths of their own citizens to climate change” writes @joy_lo_dico in @FT.
Fragile cities are being inundated with people fleeing the impacts of climate change. How can they cope?
Multi-stakeholder partnerships that include displaced people in the process show promise for helping overwhelmed communities.
https://bit.ly/3eDnw3a Via @ensiamedia
Top Scientist on Melting Glaciers: ‘I’ve gone from an ecologist to a coroner’:
‘[It’s] not just a loss of ice. It’s everything that depends on it.’
Falling populations of fish, algae, birds, insects & plants in @GlacierNPS are all connected to melting.
Join us, @UNEP, @TEEB4ME & @futureoffoodorg on July 27 as part of the UN @FoodSystems pre-summit.
Panelists will explore how a capitals approach in agriculture can address interconnected challenges of climate change, nature loss, inequity & human health.
“A Generational Historic Struggle to Regain Our Water”:
The Gila River Indian Community is ensuring that its community has long-term access to their own resources while also helping to solve broader water supply problems in the region.
https://bit.ly/3wS9nVZ Via @ensiamedia
Closing the Tree Equity Divide:
In LA, lack of “tree equity” strongly correlates with race & income.
A @USC project could aid communities that lack trees & provide a much-needed tool to protect people from dangerous temperature & deliver other benefits.
Mixing Trees & Crops Helps Farmers, Nature & Climate:
Integrating trees onto farms may seem like a recipe for lower yields, but it can actually produce more food from land while storing carbon, & protecting both biodiversity & livelihoods.
Country Music Star Spurs Unlikely Coalition Against Coal:
With open pit coal mines planned in the picturesque eastern Rocky Mountains, a musician helped unite ranchers, rural landowners, indigenous groups, urban environmentalists & even some oil workers.
Nearly 50% of Americans say Climate Change has Become a Bigger Threat:
“I had never considered moving…but I know the future here will be difficult.”
Extreme weather is behind the shift, & ~1/3 say the change influences their decision on where to live.
‘Like Uber for Snake Emergencies’: Tech Takes the Sting Out of Bites in Rural India:
Venomous snakebites cause tens of thousands of deaths each year. But homegrown apps are coming to the rescue – and protecting reptiles from reprisals.
The Straw-Headed Bulbul Sings About Extinction:
Coveted for its rich, melodious song, rampant capture of the critically endangered straw-headed bulbul threatens to silence the forests of this species’ evolutionarily marvelous melody.
https://bit.ly/2VXTQap Via @Revelator_News
A modern approach to a 19th-century photography technique celebrates both the art & the science behind starling murmurations, one of the UK’s most mesmerizing natural spectacles.
https://bit.ly/3hPgQRf Via @bioGraphic / @KathCooper01
Climate Change will Decimate African Great Ape Habitat:
Africa’s great apes stand to lose ~94% of their current habitat by 2050 if humanity makes no effort to slow climate change.
Even under the “best-case” scenario, ~85% of habitat will still be lost.
The new Value Accounting Network brings together leaders in the nascent field to collaborate, harmonize, build consistency & simplify the landscape for organizations.
Learn more, read our joint statement & find out how to join:
The First Step in Using Trees to Slow Climate Change: Protect the Trees we Have:
To achieve the all-important goal of cutting global emissions, saving the natural forests already in the ground must be a priority, 14 scientists wrote in @GlobalChangeBio.
Protections to be Restored for Alaskan Tongass National Forest:
The former President had invited mining & logging in pristine sections of one of the world’s largest intact temperate rain forests, home to bald eagles, black bears & 800-year-old trees.
Are Salmon Adapting?
Much like social scientists look at a person’s formative years to understand their current & future behavior, biologists are examining the evolutionary history of salmon as part of the research into the future of these iconic fish.
Scientists Are Tricking Birds into Finding New Homes:
New research has added marbled murrelets to the list of seabirds that can be manipulated with misinformation.
The technique that could “revolutionize the conservation” of some threatened seabirds.
Politicians from Across the World Call for a ‘Global Green Deal’:
A new alliance is inviting politicians from legislatures in all countries to work together on policies that would deliver a just transition to a green economy & restore the natural world.
‘No One Is Safe’: Extreme Weather Batters the Wealthy World:
Extreme weather & natural disasters across Europe & the US is driving home the reality that the world’s richest nations remain unprepared for the intensifying consequences of climate change.
Two Arctic Fish Are Breaking the Rules of Genetics:
“I’m still very much puzzled about how this is possible.”
“Probably about half the people in our field said, ‘Oh! This is really cool!’ & the other half said, ‘No. We don’t believe you’”.
Thousands of Flamingos Die in Drought in Central Turkey:
“It is a sin we are all committing”.
Environmentalists blame farming practices for the drought, which saw demand for water in the area outstrip supply by 30% last year.
https://tmsnrt.rs/2VGDpiq Via @TRF_Climate
Hundreds Still Missing After Floods Devastate Germany:
“No one can seriously doubt that this catastrophe is connected to climate change”.
>1,000 people are believed to be missing in one of Germany’s most destructive natural disasters in years.
https://on.ft.com/3esGxoC Via @FT
Work Injuries Tied to Heat Are Vastly Undercounted, Study Finds:
Extreme heat causes many times more workplace injuries than official records capture, & those injuries are concentrated among the poorest workers in unexpected ways.
https://nyti.ms/2VGhVCi Via @nytclimate
What we know about a mystery bird death crisis on the US East Coast:
The District of Columbia & at least 12 states on the East Coast, from Connecticut to Florida to Tennessee, are in the midst of a songbird epidemic.
Experts are racing to find out why.