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Climate and the crowds at national parks

NOAA Climate.gov: “In 2014, America’s national parks hosted a record-breaking 292.8 million visits, breaking the previous record of 287.1 million visits set in 1999.  According to a recent study, warming temperatures will attract even more visitors to most national parks in coming decades. The change could both increase economic opportunities and put stress on park staff, facilities, and natural and cultural resources. Researchers considered the relationship between historical long-term temperature averages and park visitation numbers, identified parks where visits were influenced by temperature, and used these data and projected greenhouse gas concentrations* to estimate future park visitation. Overall, warming temperatures are projected to increase total annual visits to most parks. Some parks in the lower latitudes are projected to welcome fewer visitors in the future, but no less than 80 percent of the historical average…”

Depths of Hydraulic Fracturing and Accompanying Water Use Across US

Environ. Sci. Technol., Article ASAP. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b01228 Publication Date (Web): July 21, 2015 Copyright © 2015 American Chemical Society “Reports highlight the safety of hydraulic fracturing for drinking water if it occurs “many hundreds of meters to kilometers underground”. To our knowledge, however, no comprehensive analysis of hydraulic fracturing depths exists. Based on fracturing depthsContinue Reading

Can Desalination Counter the Drought?

The New Yorker: “The waves of the Pacific seem to taunt the thirsty landscape of California. The state has eight hundred and forty miles of coastline adjoining the world’s largest ocean—an oversupply of brine at a time when drought has left fallow more than half a million acres of farmland, claimed some twenty thousand jobs,Continue Reading

Feasibility Study to Remove Plastic from Ocean

Ocean Cleanup: “While Boyan Slat’s idea to rid the ocean of plastic gained worldwide attention and acclaim in 2013, it was still just that: an idea. In order to investigate whether the passive cleanup technology could indeed be an effective way to remove vast amounts of plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, The OceanContinue Reading

Art and the History of Environmental Law

“Schorr, David, Art and the History of Environmental Law (July 19, 2015). Critical Analysis of Law (2015, Forthcoming). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2633175 “This article is an initial exploration of what the history of environmental law can learn from the arts. Looking at visual art (mainly paintings, with some drawings, prints, photographs, and posterContinue Reading

Natural Atlas Map and Guide to the Outdoors Built by the People Out in It

“Natural Atlas is a platform for outdoor knowledge. We want to build great maps and tools for navigating and learning about the outdoor world. Natural Atlas – Map and guide to the outdoors built by the people out in it. Explore 1,000,000+ waterfalls, campsites, trails, and taxonomy.”  

International report confirms: 2014 was Earth’s warmest year on record

NOAA, Climate markers continue to show global warming trend – July 16, 2015:  “In 2014, the most essential indicators of Earth’s changing climate continued to reflect trends of a warming planet, with several  markers such as rising land and ocean temperature, sea levels and greenhouse gases ─ setting new records.  These key findings and othersContinue Reading

EIA – Drilling Productivity Report

“The Drilling Productivity Report – July 13, 2015 –  uses recent data on the total number of drilling rigs in operation along with estimates of drilling productivity and estimated changes in production from existing oil and natural gas wells to provide estimated changes in oil and natural gas production for seven key regions. EIA’s approachContinue Reading

Global Genome Initiative

“The Global Genome Initiative (GGI) is a collaborative effort to create a solid foundation for genomic research through a global network of biorepositories and research organizations. The GGI will preserve and study genomic diversity and increase access to genomic information from the key branches of the Tree of Life––expanding our contribution to the preservation andContinue Reading

Climate change impacts on bumblebees converge across continents

“For many species, geographical ranges are expanding toward the poles in response to climate change, while remaining stable along range edges nearest the equator. Using long-term observations across Europe and North America over 110 years, we tested for climate change–related range shifts in bumblebee species across the full extents of their latitudinal and thermal limitsContinue Reading

Tests Find Asbestos in Kids’ Crayons, Crime Scene Kits

Asbestos Nation – Bill Walker and Sonya Lunder: “Samples of four brands of children’s crayons and two kids’ crime scene fingerprint kits contained deadly asbestos fibers, according to tests commissioned by EWG Action Fund. The toys, purchased at national retail chains or through online retailers, were tested by two government-certified laboratories, using state-of-the-art equipment. TheContinue Reading

California drought impacting rural poor – arsenic tainted water

Washington Post: “For many Californians, the state’s long drought has meant small inconveniences such as shorter showers and restrictions on watering lawns. But in two rural valleys, the Coachella southeast of Los Angeles and the San Joaquin to the north, farmworkers and other poor residents are feeling its impact in a far more serious andContinue Reading