Biodiversity

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Hybrid Sharks: Evidence of Species Resilience to Climate Change?

Hybrid Sharks: Evidence of Species Resilience to Climate Change?

A recent article by Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports that Australian scientists have discovered the world’s first hybrid sharks in Australian waters. The article, based on results published in Conservation Genetics, could challenge ideas of how sharks had and continue to evolve; namely, how these species are adapting to cope with warmer temperatures driven by climate […]

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Northern Developments: Oil vs. Conservation

Northern Developments: Oil vs. Conservation

Today’s New York Times web site features a slideshow that highlights an emerging dilemma in Point Hope. Alaska. Climate change is melting permafrost and creating access to the enormous reserves of oil that lie under the ice cap. 13% of the world’s oil is stored in this pristine area. Not to mention minerals and precious […]

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The adaptation-mitigation cocktail, or why policy-makers have hangovers

The adaptation-mitigation cocktail, or why policy-makers have hangovers

In a thoughtful article for FORESTS blog, Emilia Pramova examines the hangover-inducing negotiation between mitigation and adaptation when devising strategies for long-term management of forests. In reference to international climate change meetings, she writes, “Adaptation had long been the neglected child at the climate negotiations dinner table. Discussions had primarily focused on mitigation, in part […]

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Videos from Columbia Basin Trust

Videos from Columbia Basin Trust

Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) supports efforts by the people of the Basin to create a legacy of social, economic and environmental well-being and to achieve greater self-sufficiency for present and future generations. Check out two great videos on their website: Communities Adapting to Climate Change: A Tale of Two Communities; and stories and views of […]

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'Vanishing of the Bees' screening and Q&A at SFU Tuesday August 9

‘Vanishing of the Bees’ screening and Q&A at SFU Tuesday August 9

Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives! Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries and a hundred other fruits and vegetables. Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that make up one out of every […]

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Change is in the Air: Seeing Trends, Coalition Works to Help a River Adapt

Change is in the Air: Seeing Trends, Coalition Works to Help a River Adapt

A unique coalition of tribal government leaders, private partners and federal and local agencies in Washington State is working to help the Nisqually River watershed and its inhabitants adapt as its ecosystems shift due to climate change. An article by Leslie Kaufman in the NY Times says the coalition is reserving land farther in from […]

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Leaving a warming Arctic: First-hand account of climate change and the effect on bowhead whales

Leaving a warming Arctic: First-hand account of climate change and the effect on bowhead whales

Kate Stafford, an oceanographer at the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington, writes a blog from the NY Times entitled “Scientist at Work, Notes From The Field”. Writing from Alaska where she is finalizing in a visual census of bowhead whales, Kate gives a first-hand account of the how the changes in climate […]

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Clean Air Task Force Leads Meeting of Eight Nations to Plan Response to Arctic Climate Changes

Clean Air Task Force Leads Meeting of Eight Nations to Plan Response to Arctic Climate Changes

On May 4, 2011, the US-based Clean Air Task Force held an online briefing to update the news media on the state of Arctic climate changes, and recommend possible courses of action for the Arctic Council. The briefing precedes a May 12 meeting in Nuuk, Greenland of Foreign Ministers from the eight countries surrounding the […]

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