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Latest Research Finds Serious Heart Troubles When Oil and Young Tuna Mix

NOAA: “In May of 2010, when the Deepwater Horizon rig was drilling for oil in the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico, schools of tuna and other large fish would have been moving into the northern Gulf. This is where, each spring and summer, they lay delicate, transparent eggs that float and hatch nearContinue Reading

California Roadkill Observation System

“Roadkill occurs when vehicles collide with or run over wildlife, such as birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. According to the Humane Society of the United States, over a million animals are killed every day on our roads and highways. We have created this site to provide a way for people like you to report roadkillContinue Reading

A Periodic Table Of Elements That The World Is Running Out Of

FastCompany – “You might not realize it, but almost everywhere around you are rare metals from the earth. In your phone, computer, or any other LCD screen, for example, you’ll find a dash of indium, a soft, malleable metal that is in short supply in the Earth’s crust. Gallium, which can emit light from aContinue Reading

Governor Brown Directs First Ever Statewide Mandatory Water Reductions

News release: “Following the lowest snowpack ever recorded and with no end to the drought in sight, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced actions that will save water, increase enforcement to prevent wasteful water use, streamline the state’s drought response and invest in new technologies that will make California more drought resilient. “Today weContinue Reading

Five years after Deepwater Horizon, wildlife still struggling

ScienceDaily via National Wildlife Federation – Five years after Deepwater Horizon, wildlife still struggling dolphins dying in high numbers; sea turtles failing to nest, March 31, 2015. “As the five-year anniversary of the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig approaches, a new National Wildlife Federation report looks at how twenty species of wildlife areContinue Reading

Studying the air above oil and gas production areas in the western United States

NOAA and CIRES lead airborne field campaign to look at climate and air quality impacts: “Vast regions west of the Mississippi River are under development for oil and gas extraction, and the associated equipment has become a familiar sight on any cross-country road trip or flight.  But while one focus is on what comes outContinue Reading

NASA – ‘megadrought’ will grip U.S. in the coming decades

Darryl Fears – Washington Post: ” The long and severe drought in the U.S. Southwest pales in comparison with what’s coming: a “megadrought” that will grip that region and the central Plains later this century and probably stay there for decades, a new study says. Thirty-five years from now, if the current pace of climateContinue Reading

Planting your spring garden? Consider climate’s ‘new normal’

“Among the most important factors determining which plants can survive where is how cold the winter is. If you’re planting a garden this spring, this set of maps can help you see how planting zones across the country have shifted ever so subtly over the past few decades in response to warming climate. Click titlesContinue Reading

It’s been 26 years since Exxon Valdez spilled 11 million gallons of oil off Alaska

Via NOAA – “On March 24, 1989, the tanker Exxon Valdez grounded on Bligh Reef in Alaska’s Prince William Sound, rupturing its hull and spilling nearly 11 million gallons of Prudhoe Bay crude oil into a remote, scenic, and biologically productive body of water. Prior to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, it was theContinue Reading

New Yorker – across the planet road construction has destroyed or splintered natural habitats

What Roads Have Wrought by Michelle Nijhuis “Today, a study in Science Advances synthesizes results from Manaus [a city in northwest Brazil] with those from similar experiments worldwide, confirming what scientists have long suspected: no matter the ecosystem—forest, prairie, patch of moss—the effects of habitat fragmentation are ruinous.””[a] new study, led by Nick Haddad, aContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Border Security, DOJ Budget, Medicare, National Nuclear Security Administration, Nuclear Waste, Private Health Insurance

Border Security: Additional Efforts Needed to Address Persistent Challenges in Achieving Radio Interoperability, GAO-15-201: Published: Mar 23, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 23, 2015. Department of Justice: Alternative Sources of Funding Are a Key Source of Budgetary Resources and Could Be Better Managed, GAO-15-48: Published: Feb 19, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 23, 2015. Medicare: Payment MethodsContinue Reading

Quantifying Uncertainty and Variable Sensitivity within the U.S. Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disaster Cost Estimates

Smith, Adam, Quantifying Uncertainty and Variable Sensitivity within the U.S. Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disaster Cost Estimates (March 11, 2015). Natural Hazards, 2015, DOI: 10.1007/s11069-015-1678-x. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2581699 “Research examining natural disaster costs on social and economic systems is substantial. However, there are few empirical studies that seek to quantify the uncertaintyContinue Reading