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Contribution of anthropogenic warming to California drought during 2012–2014

“A suite of climate datasets and multiple representations of atmospheric moisture demand are used to calculate many estimates of the self-calibrated Palmer Drought Severity Index, a proxy for near-surface soil moisture, across California from 1901–2014 at high spatial resolution. Based on the ensemble of calculations, California drought conditions were record-breaking in 2014, but probably notContinue Reading

July 2015 was warmest month ever recorded for the globe

The “warmest ever notices” are arriving with regular frequency – new heat records are recorded so quickly it is difficult to distinguish the impact – but the overall trend is clear – the weather is getting warmer – in the US and around the world (2015 may be the hottest year in recorded history). ToContinue Reading

Voice for science in climate change media coverage

“Climate Feedback brings the expertise of the scientific community into the world of online climate coverage to provide readers and authors with in-situ feedback about the content’s scientific credibility. Climate Feedback is a project born from the reality that we are at a critical moment in history, one in which important decisions about climate changeContinue Reading

Centre for Study of Existential Risk

“The Centre for Study of Existential Risk is an interdisciplinary research centre focused on the study of human extinction-level risks that may emerge from technological advances. We aim to combine key insights from the best minds across disciplines to tackle the greatest challenge of the coming century: safely harnessing our rapidly-developing technological power.” One ofContinue Reading

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

“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 others can be found in the State of the Climate in 2014 report releasedContinue Reading

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources – The IUCN Global Species Programme working with the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) has been assessing the conservation status of species, subspecies, varieties, and even selected subpopulations on a global scale for the past 50 years in order to highlight taxa threatened with extinction, and thereby promote their conservation.Continue Reading

Implications of fishing rope strength on severity of large whale entanglements

Conservation Ecology – Amy R. Knowlton, Jooke Robbins, Scott Landry, Henry A. McKenna, Scott D. Kraus and Timothy Werner. doi: 10.1111/cobi.12590 “Entanglement in fixed fishing gear is a conservation concern for whales worldwide, including in the United States where deaths of North Atlantic right and humpback whales have exceeded management limits for decades. We examinedContinue Reading

GAO reports – Nuclear Security Enterprise, African Growth, State Revolving Funds

•    Modernizing the Nuclear Security Enterprise: NNSA Increased Its Budget Estimates, but Estimates for Key Stockpile and Infrastructure Programs Need Improvement, GAO-15-499: Published: Aug 6, 2015. Publicly Released: Aug 6, 2015. •    African Growth and Opportunity Act: Insights from Other Countries’ Preference Programs and Participation in Trade Negotiations, GAO-15-701: Published: Aug 5, 2015. Publicly Released:Continue Reading

Where have all the wildlife gone?

UN Resolution on Wildlife Trade – 30 July 2015 – “Recognizing that wild animals and plants are an “irreplaceable part of the natural systems of the Earth,” the United Nations General Assembly today urged its Member States to take decisive steps to prevent, combat and eradicate the illegal trade in wildlife, “on both the supplyContinue Reading

GM Sets Pace for Zero Waste

Great news via GM: “Ten years ago GM reached a significant milestone in our waste reduction journey when our Flint Engine plant in Michigan became landfill-free. With 122 such facilities under our belt now, we now aspire to send zero of our manufacturing waste to landfills. We produce vehicles in 30 countries, so this commitmentContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Environmental Litigation, Disability Insurance, DOD Financial Management, Army Reserve Components

Environmental Litigation: Information on Cases against EPA and FWS and on Deadline Suits on EPA Rulemaking, GAO-15-803T: Published: Aug 4, 2015. Publicly Released: Aug 4, 2015. Disability Insurance: Actions Needed to Help Prevent Potential Overpayments to Individuals Receiving Concurrent Federal Workers’ Compensation, GAO-15-531: Published: Jul 8, 2015. Publicly Released: Aug 3, 2015. DOD Financial Management:Continue Reading

Climate Change in the United States: Benefits of Global Action

“From this page, you can download a PDF version of the complete report, Climate Change in the United States: Benefits of Global Action. You can also download sections of the report, the technical appendix, and an overview fact sheet.” “This report summarizes and communicates the results of EPA’s ongoing Climate Change Impacts and Risk Analysis (CIRA) project.Continue Reading