Archives for October 2015

Future temperature in southwest Asia projected to exceed a threshold for human adaptability

Regional climate models for the Persian (Arabian) Gulf indicate that extremes of wet-bulb temperature—a measure of temperature and humidity—may exceed a critical threshold for human tolerance with implications for the future human habitability of the region.

Nature Climate Change doi: 10.1038/nclimate2833

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Old soil carbon losses increase with ecosystem respiration in experimentally thawed tundra

Research utilizing C isotopes to partition ecosystem respiration sources in a subarctic warming experiment shows that old soil contributions increased with soil temperature but that carbon losses were modulated by plant responses to warming.

Nature Climate Change doi: 10.1038/nclimate2830

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The Top 10 Horned Animals Don’t Need Costumes: Photos

Pets forced into donning humiliating horns this Halloween can only look with envy at these amazing creatures that wear the real thing year-round.
Discovery News

Beverly Hills fined for not conserving enough water in drought

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – Upscale Beverly Hills is among four California cities whose water utilities have been fined for not forcing residents to conserve enough water during California’s unrelenting four-year drought, officials said on Friday.

Reuters: Environment

ONW: Week of October 26, 2015 – Number 292 – Available Now!

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2015 Antarctic Ozone Hole larger and formed later than previous holes

The 2015 Antarctic ozone hole area was larger and formed later than in recent years, said scientists from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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The northern snakehead fish

The invasive northern snakehead fish found in the mid-Atlantic area is now cause for more concern, potentially bringing diseases into the region that may spread to native fish and wildlife, according to a team of U.S. Geological Survey scientists.

The team found that a group of adult northern snakehead collected from Virginia waters of the Potomac River south of Washington D.C. were infected with a species of Mycobacterium, a type of bacteria known to cause chronic disease among a wide range of animals.

“Mycobacterial infections are not unusual among fish, but they are nonetheless noteworthy because they can have an impact at the population level and potentially even affect other fish and wildlife,” said lead author Christine Densmore, a veterinarian with the USGS.

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EU-Canada CETA trade deal is a back door for US to sue EU – even if TTIP fails

There’s been a big fuss about the ‘ISDS’ clauses in the TTIP trade deal that would allow US corporations to sue the EU and its member states for ‘lost profits’, writes Maude Barlow. But ISDS is already in CETA, the already negotiated EU-Canada trade deal – and nothing would be easier than for US companies to use it as their ‘back door’. We must make sure CETA is rejected at its final hurdle.
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The Ecologist

Cod’s Continuing Decline Linked to Warming Gulf of Maine Waters

A new study finds that drastic cuts in fishing quotas have not helped cod recover because rising temperatures have also decreased reproduction and increased mortality.
NYT > Oceans

Some Ice Sheets in Greenland slowing their movement

In the face of decades of increasing temperatures and surface melting, the movement of the southwest portion of the Greenland Ice Sheet that terminates on land has been slowing down, according to a new study being published by the journal Nature on Oct. 29.

Researchers derived their results by tracking ice sheet movement through Landsat satellite images taken from 1985 to 2014 across a roughly 3,088-square-mile (8000-square-kilometer) region in southwest Greenland. They found that, between 2007 and 2014, ice movement slowed in 84 percent of the study area, during a period of high surface melt, compared to the years between 1985 and 1994. The average slowdown was 12 percent, or 32.8 feet (10 meters) per year.

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