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Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology

“Handbok of the Birds of the World Alive [HBW Alive] has been created by Lynx Edicions, a publishing house founded in Barcelona, Spain, in 1989, and committed to providing high quality ornithology and natural history books. Foremost among these is the Handbook of the Birds of the World, a 17-volume encyclopaedia that describes and illustratesContinue Reading

U.S. National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking – 2015 Annual Progress Assessment

Via DOJ: “The escalation of wildlife trafficking in recent years poses an urgent threat to conservation and global security. African elephant populations have declined by about 20 percent in the last decade to just over 400,000, and one out of every twenty wild rhinos was killed by a poacher in the last year alone. Well-armedContinue Reading

Aerial Surveys of Elevated Hydrocarbon Emissions from Oil and Gas Production Sites

Aerial Surveys of Elevated Hydrocarbon Emissions from Oil and Gas Production Sites Environ. Sci. Technol., Article ASAP. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b00705 Publication Date (Web): April 05, 2016. Copyright © 2016 American Chemical Society Abstract – “Oil and gas (O&G) well pads with high hydrocarbon emission rates may disproportionally contribute to total methane and volatile organic compound (VOC)Continue Reading

EWG’s 2016 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce

“Nearly three-fourths of the 6,953 produce samples tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2014 contained pesticide residues – a surprising finding in the face of soaring consumer demand for food without synthetic chemicals. This year’s update of EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ reports that USDA tests found a total 146 differentContinue Reading

Decoupling of global emissions and economic growth confirmed

“International Energy Analysis [IEA] analysis shows energy-related emissions of CO2 stalled for the second year in a row as renewable energy surged. Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) – the largest source of man-made greenhouse gas emissions – stayed flat for the second year in a row, according to analysis of preliminary data for 2015 released [MarchContinue Reading

Weather conditions continue record breaking snow melt in Greenland

Washingotn Post: “The Danish Meteorological Institute reported that although it’s only April, nearly 12 percent of the ice sheet’s surface is covered with a layer of meltwater of a depth of at least a millimeter. “The former top 3 earliest dates for a melt area larger than 10% were previously all in May (5th May 2010, 8th May 1990,Continue Reading

U.S. Carbon Dioxide Emission Trends and the Role of the Clean Power Plan

CRS report via FAS – U.S. Carbon Dioxide Emission Trends and the Role of the Clean Power Plan, Jonathan L. Ramseur, Specialist in Environmental Policy. April 11, 2016. “Recent international negotiations and domestic policy developments have generated interest in current and projected U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emission levels. GHG emissions are generated throughout the UnitedContinue Reading

A new view of the tree of life

Nature Microbiology Article number: 16048 (2016) doi:10.1038/nmicrobiol.2016.48 “The tree of life is one of the most important organizing principles in biology. Gene surveys suggest the existence of an enormous number of branches but even an approximation of the full scale of the tree has remained elusive. Recent depictions of the tree of life have focused either onContinue Reading

GAO Reports – FEMA, Federal Real Property, IRS InfoSec and ID Theft, Resolution Plans, Presidential Drawdowns, Terrorism Risk Insurance

Federal Emergency Management Agency: Progress and Continuing Challenges in National Preparedness Efforts, GAO-16-560T: Published: Apr 12, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 12, 2016. Federal Real Property: Improving Data Transparency and Expanding the National Strategy Could Help Address Long-standing Challenges, GAO-16-275: Published: Mar 31, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 12, 2016. Information Security: IRS Needs to Further ImproveContinue Reading

New LA Database Seeks to Help Keep Streets Clean

Los Angeles Times: “A new database, Clean Streets LA,  measuring garbage on more than 9,100 miles of Los Angeles streets and alleys shows poorer areas of the city see more illegal dumping and litter than affluent ones. City officials on Friday released details on the far-reaching study, which is designed to help guide the cityContinue Reading

Pew – Planning for responsible shipping in Canada’s Arctic waters

Via Pew Charitable Trusts: “The world is looking to Canada’s Arctic Ocean for the promise of faster and cheaper intercontinental shipping and unexploited natural resources. The Arctic ice is melting because of climate change, which is creating a longer shipping season and has already resulted in vessel traffic increases of 166 percent through the CanadianContinue Reading

IMF – The Big Squeeze Global Population Pressures

Demographic Upheaval Finance & Development, March 2016, Vol. 53, No. 1. David E. Bloom. “The world will struggle with population growth, aging, migration, and urbanization.” Humankind is being buffeted by the forces of demographic change. The most prominent changes are rapid population growth in some developing economies and shifting shares of adolescents and young adultsContinue Reading