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  • Nature has something to tell us. It’s time we listened.

    Nature has something to tell us. It’s time we listened.

    via The Washington Post: John McKinney is the author of 30 books about hiking, including “Hiking on the Edge: Dreams, Schemes, and 1600 Miles on the California Coastal Trail.” Not so long ago, California wildfires knew their place. They burned wilderness areas, national forests and remote, sparsely inhabited canyons far from population centers. Sometimes cabins would burn, even homes when sparks flew and landed on the wooden shake roofs that were still allowed back in those […]

  • Experts call attention to global warming, push for changes

    Experts call attention to global warming, push for changes

    via sfchronicle: NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (AP) — The former head of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanographic Command called attention to climate change during an extreme weather symposium at the University of Rhode Island. The Providence Journal reports that retired Rear Adm. Jonathan White called climate change a threat to humanity’s survival at the Graduate School of Oceanography this week. White said the military has been stretched thin as it deals with “infrastructure and the effects of climate […]

  • How do natural hazards cascade to cause disasters?

    How do natural hazards cascade to cause disasters?

    via nature: This has been an exceptional year so far for natural disasters. Typhoons in Asia and Hurricane Florence hitting the US east coast have caused extensive damage, flooding and mudslides. In the past two months, Scandinavia, Spain and Portugal, the United Kingdom, North America and South Africa experienced fierce forest blazes. Just outside Athens in July, one of the deadliest conflagrations in recorded history raged through coastal towns, killing 99 people. In the same month […]

  • Climate change has doubled the frequency of ocean heatwaves

    Climate change has doubled the frequency of ocean heatwaves

    via nature: Ocean heatwaves will become more frequent and extreme as the climate warms, scientists report1 on 15 August in Nature. These episodes of intense heat could disrupt marine food webs and reshape biodiversity in the world’s oceans. Scientists analysed satellite-based measurements of sea surface temperature from 1982 to 2016 and found that the frequency of marine heatwaves had doubled. These extreme heat events in the ocean’s surface waters can last from days to months and […]

  • When You Hurt Nature, You Are Hurting Yourself

    When You Hurt Nature, You Are Hurting Yourself

    via INDIAN EXPRESS: BENGALURU : Surely educators are aware of what is actually happening in the world. People are divided racially, religiously, politically, economically, and this division is fragmentation. It is bringing about great chaos in the world-wars, every kind of deception politically, and so on. This is what is happening; and the responsibility of the educator is really very great. What is education doing actually? Is it really helping mankind, our children, to become more […]

  • 3 Ways Climate Change Affects Tropical Rainforests

    3 Ways Climate Change Affects Tropical Rainforests

    via humanature: Not everyone lives in a tropical rainforest — but everyone benefits from them. Home to nearly half of the plants and wildlife on Earth, tropical rainforests perform an essential function for the climate by absorbing carbon dioxide. Unfortunately, cutting down these forests is releasing carbon into the atmosphere and driving climate change — in fact, deforestation causes 15 percent of all human-induced carbon emissions. Multiple studies show that climate change is harming tropical forests. […]

  • Cheap Carbon Capture Technology Might Make Our Climate Goals Possible

    Cheap Carbon Capture Technology Might Make Our Climate Goals Possible

    via Futurism: So, let’s just say it: we are not on track to meet the ambitious goals of the Paris Accord, the ambitious international agreement intended to limit global warming. If we are to reach our goals — and perhaps to limit the seemingly inevitable devastation — we need to do something to reduce the greenhouse gases we’ve pumped (and are pumping) into the atmosphere. For decades, carbon capture has seemed like a promising solution. Why […]

  • Natural Connections: Nature Is So Often Much Better Than Fiction

    Natural Connections: Nature Is So Often Much Better Than Fiction

    Sawyer Country Record: Bliss. It was warm enough to wear shorts, but the mosquitoes hadn’t hatched yet, and the spring ephemerals were blooming. Days like that are rare in the Northwoods. So I kidnapped Mollie, the Cable Natural History Museum’s new curator, to show her Juniper Rock overlook on the North Country Trail. In the parking area, two shining clusters of bloodroot flowers spread their white petals to the sun. We took that as a good […]

  • Global Warming A Threat To Nature’s Timing

    Global Warming A Threat To Nature’s Timing

    via Independent: Climate change is an issue that is set to remain near the top of the scientific and political agenda for the foreseeable future. Mean global temperature is increasing rapidly, and that trend is anticipated to continue because of rising greenhouse gas concentrations. One of the most widespread and well reported effects of climate change in recent years has been changes in the timing of events in nature. Plants are flowering earlier, frog spawn is […]

  • Global Warming Is Messing Up Nature’s Dinner Time, Study Says

    Global Warming Is Messing Up Nature’s Dinner Time, Study Says

    via CBS News: WASHINGTON — Global warming is screwing up nature’s intricately timed dinner hour, often making hungry critters and those on the menu show up at much different times, a new study shows. Timing is everything in nature. Bees have to be around and flowers have to bloom at the same time for pollination to work, and hawks need to migrate at the same time as their prey. In many cases, global warming is interfering […]