Friday, March 22, 2019

Loose Feathers #690

Red-winged Blackbird / Photo by Tom Koerner/USFWS
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Friday, March 15, 2019

Loose Feathers #689

Pine Grosbeak / USFWS Photo
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Friday, March 08, 2019

Loose Feathers #688

Wild Turkeys / Photo by Brandon Jones/USFWS
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Friday, March 01, 2019

Loose Feathers #687

Trumpeter Swan / Photo by Tom Koerner/USFWS
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Friday, February 22, 2019

Loose Feathers #686

Northern Pintail / Photo by Brandon Jones/USFWS
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Friday, February 15, 2019

Loose Feathers #685

Horned Lark / Photo by Tom Koerner/USFWS
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  • This week the Senate passed a significant public lands bill that permanently renewed the Land and Water Conservation Fund and extended the Neotropical Migratory Bird Act in addition to expanding some national parks and increasing protections for other sites. See another summary here.
  • While that was a bit of good news, the destruction of two nature preserves in the Lower Rio Grande Valley still looms. The National Butterfly Center is seeking a restraining order to prevent wall construction that would block access to most of their property. A historic church is also fighting the wall, which would seal off the church from most of its parishioners.
  • The Green New Deal has many critics but relatively few counter-proposals that would result in the decarbonization recommended by the IPCC. 
  • It is also worth noting that "pragmatic" approaches to climate policy have largely failed in the U.S.
  • Adopting some of the policies being implemented in several states and European countries could take the U.S. most of the way to its stated goals in the Paris agreement (which are still short of what is necessary).
  • A new website tries to predict how U.S. cities will feel in 2080, using analogies to the current climate in other cities. See the website here.
  • Phil Murphy has promised to shift New Jersey to obtaining 50% of its energy from renewable sources by 2030 and 100% by 2050, but a dozen proposed fossil fuel projects stand in the way of those goals.

Friday, February 08, 2019

Loose Feathers #684

Common Merganser / Photo by Tom Koerner/USFWS
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Friday, February 01, 2019

Loose Feathers #683

American Coot / Photo: Tom Koerner/USFWS
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Friday, January 25, 2019

Loose Feathers #682

Turkey Vulture / Photo by Krista Lundgren/USFWS
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  • A warmer climate might lead to plants absorbing less carbon dioxide because of the increased risk of drought.
  • A triage approach can help planners decide how to adapt to climate change, but governments still need to budget enough to carry through with adaptation. 
  • The importance of the climate change problem tends to be underreported, even as communities are forced to move or disasters strike. 
  • Because it is an El Niño year, atmospheric carbon dioxide is expected to rise more this year than it did last year. 
  • Parts of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument are now available for mining, but it remains to be seen if mining will actually happen.
  • Protests and corruption investigations stopped a series of dams along the Marañón River between Peru and Brazil that would have resulted in an environmental disaster.
  • A bill in the NJ Assembly would protect Liberty State Park from further development schemes.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Loose Feathers #681

Northern Shovelers / Photo by June Durbian/USFWS
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