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Global Warming ‘Pause’ Extends Nearly 18 And A Half Years

Satellite temperature readings show there has been no warming trend for nearly 18 and one-half years, meaning there has been no statistically significant warming since the late 1990s. Two satellite datasets show that warming has been more moderate than predicted by the United Nations and most climate scientists. The Remote Sensing Systems satellite dataset...

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New Study Documents Continued Sage-Grouse Population Declines

Apr 24, 2015

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2015 - Greater sage-grouse populations declined by at least 55 percent range-wide from 2007 to 2013, according to a new study by leading sage-grouse experts released by the Pew Charitable Trusts today. Populations declined even more steeply in some areas, including the Powder River Basin in Wyoming, which suffered a 76...

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The value of the ocean’s riches valued at US$24 trillion, but sinking fast

Apr 24, 2015
The value of the ocean’s riches valued at US$24 trillion, but sinking fast

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Nitrogen fingerprints point to the planet heading for a warmer future than previously thought

Apr 24, 2015

April 23, 2015 - Scientists at the University of California, Davis, have developed a way to more accurately forecast nitrogen’s effects on the climate cycle. Incorporating this method shows the planet may be headed for a warmer future than was previously thought, according to research published today in the journal Nature Climate Change.

According to...

Davis Vanguard
Commentary: Water Uber Alles?

Apr 23, 2015
Commentary: Water Uber Alles?

An article last week on Fox News called this is a “man-made disaster,” arguing “the Golden State’s misguided environmental policies allow much-needed freshwater to flow straight into the Pacific.” They write, “In an average year, California gets enough snow and rain to put 200 million acres under a foot of water, but environmental opposition...

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Coalition Challenges EPA Expansion of Hazardous Herbicide Containing Agent Orange Ingredient

Apr 21, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, April 20, 2015 - A coalition of conservation, food safety, and public health groups filed a motion today challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s decision to expand the use of “Enlist Duo” on genetically engineered (GE) corn and soy crops to nine additional states: Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri,...

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Just two countries – the US and China – discarded nearly one-third of the world’s total e-waste in 2014

Apr 21, 2015

BONN, April 20, 2015 - The amount of global e-waste — discarded electrical and electronic equipment — reached 41.8 million tonnes in 2014, according to a new United Nations University report.

The Global E-waste Monitor 2014: Quantities, Flows and Resources provides an unprecedented level of detail and accuracy about the size of the world’s...

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Down to 3 wolves on Isle Royale

Apr 20, 2015
Down to 3 wolves on Isle Royale

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Davis Vanguard
Monday Morning Thoughts: Diversifying Environmentalism to Solve Human Suffering and Climate Change

Apr 20, 2015
Monday Morning Thoughts: Diversifying Environmentalism to Solve Human Suffering and Climate Change

Last week, we discussed the need for environmentalism to be able to reconcile poverty along with energy needs where the US and its allies have often blocked financing of power overseas. The implication of eco-modernism is to change strategies for combating climate change acknowledging, “Most societies will not follow low-energy, low-development paths, regardless of...

Davis Vanguard
Much Finger Pointing, Few Concrete Answers in Water Crisis

Apr 18, 2015
Much Finger Pointing, Few Concrete Answers in Water Crisis

There is a lot of finger-pointing. The Associated Press reported Friday, that California cities are pushing back against the mandatory water use reductions, however, the State Water Resources Control Board is expected to release its draft emergency water conservation regulations this morning with a goal of slashing urban water use by one-quarter. The LA...

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